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Alright travel kids who are infinitely cooler than me, today we’re talking about all of the bananas level awesome things to see in Hanoi, Vietnam!

“Why?”, you may rightly wonder.

Well, uhh, cuz it’s next level awesome, that’s why.

But in all seriousness:

I was there for a whopping 6 weeks and LOVED every minute of it. Okay, maybe not every single minute, but you know what I’m getting at here.

I mean:

There are a ton of Hanoi points of interest that are just waiting to be explored.

That’s why:

You’ll never really have to worry about experiencing a dull moment in this vibrant, capital city, especially if you”re planning ajam-packedd, 2 day Hanoi itinerary!

Sprinkle in some egg coffee (Dessert in a glass! So flippin’ good. A pool of saliva is beginning to form just as I’m thinking about this decadent drink!), copious amounts of Pho (aka Vietnamese noodle soup), and a dash of water puppetry, and you’ll be not-so-quietly wondering to yourself, “Ugh, Do I REALLY have to leave?”

And while you probably will have to leave Hanoi at some point (Sorry, I’m not a miracle worker. Sadly.):

This post will give you some ideas about various Hanoi things to see and Hanoi top attractions that you absolutely cannot miss.

No really!

I forbid you to miss out on any of these 25 top things to see in Hanoi!

Kidding!

It’s obviously YOUR vacation and you can totally do whatever you want!

Because my goal here is to simply give you some amazing ideas about what to do and where to go while in this awesome, Northern Vietnamese metropolis.

So:

If all this sheer, Hanoi fabulosity has you raring to pole vault into this post, then grab some earplugs (Because the honking in Hanoi really is pretty dang loud), an extra fast pair of running shoes (Yes, you really will need to haul ass to avoid rogue motorbikes when crossing the street), and some extra stretchy elastic waist pants (I pinkie promise that the food in Hanoi really is THAT good) as we get jiggy with it…Vietnam style.

And yes, I really did just use a 90s era Will Smith reference. Because I really am that anti-cool.

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1. Fine Arts Museum

Some of the amazing folk art that you'll find on display at the Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Some of the amazing folk art that you’ll find on display at the Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Alright, kids:

We’re kicking off this epic list of things to see in Hanoi with some fine art.

La dee da. 

But in all seriousness, this wonderfully comprehensive art museum sits just across the street from Hanoi’s immortal Temple of Literature and is the perfect place to stop either before or after your visit here (Hint, hint, you really must see the Temple of Literature before you leave Hanoi).

Plus:

This massive collection of authentic, Vietnamese art actually sits inside a HUGE AF mansion.

That’s why, you literally and figuratively can’t miss it. 

So much so that this building actually looks like it belongs to someone powerful and mysteriously wealthy (Cough. a rogue drug lord).

In fact:

I really wouldn’t mind living here myself.

But sadly:

That’s not really an option since this swanky house is home to Hanoi’s one and only Fine Arts Museum. 

Once upon a time though:

This building was actually a girls’ school for the daughters of VIP colonial Frenchmen that was later converted into a museum in 1962 after the school fell into disuse.

Which is fantastic for you since there is a TON of important artwork on display here. 

And while many of the pieces here are actually replicas, because so many originals were lost or destroyed during the war, the collections here still give you a glimpse into Vietnam’s turbulent past, through the eyes of the artists who lived it. 

So:

If you’re into art and/or history, then this place should definitely be on your list of top things to see in Hanoi.

Additionally:

This museum also houses a selection of works that date all the way back to the ye olde feudal times, as well as pieces from the colonial era, the harrowing Vietnam War, and the 21st century. 

However:

The main focus here really is on the presentation of folk art and propaganda. 

Although:

Museum curators have recently started to welcome more abstract, modern pieces into the collection.

But sadly:

No $120,000 bananas have been duct-taped to walls…yet.

And I for one am all the worse for it. LOL.

Address: 66 Nguyễn Thái Học, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Price: 40,000VND / $1.75 

How to Get there: Head to the bus stop at 48 Hai Ba Trung in the city center and take the number 34 bus to Tran Phu street. From there, it’s a 3-minute walk to the museum.

Hours: Open daily from 8.30 am to 5:00 pm.

2. The Temple of Literature

The ancient beauty of Hanoi's iconic, Temple of Literature. One of the best things to see in Hanoi.

The ancient beauty of Hanoi’s iconic, Temple of Literature. One of the best things to see in Hanoi.

While the Temple of Literature does kinda sound like a fancy name for a library.

In truth:

It’s actually a shrine to Confucius and Vietnam’s oldest university. 

I dunno.

I guess people felt like Confucius deserved a suitable memorial since he, y’know, came up with the philosophy that underpins basically all of Vietnamese society and stuff. 

Now, opened in 1070:

Only royals and aristocrats were initially admitted into the school.

However:

Over time, officials eventually found a bit of compassion in their hearts and decided to admit commoners too.

Even so:

The entrance walkway was still reserved solely for the King.

That’s why:

You can feel like a total baller as you strut your stuff and follow in the footsteps of royalty while you explore this complex! 

While you’re here though:

Make sure that you check out the Stelae of Doctors. 

Sure:

These slabs may look like giant gravestones balancing on the backs of enormous turtles, but they’re actually engraved with motifs and mottos that encouraged students to pursue knowledge and not to give up when the exams got them down.

See, some things really do never change!

And seeing as this is one of Vietnam’s most revered national sites, you should take extra care to dress respectfully when you visit the Temple of Literature. 

That means:

Shoulders and knees must be covered. You also may want to leave that beyond hilarious shirt with the middle finger emoji on it back at your hostel.

#justsayin’

Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Dong Da

Price: 30,000VND / $1.30

How to Get there: Take the 02 bus from Ben xe Yen Nghia bus station.

Hours: Open daily from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm, April through October, and open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from November through March.

3. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Behold, the final resting place of Uncle Ho! 

And by final resting place, I mean that his perfectly preserved body lies here for your viewing pleasure.

Yup!

It is here that you can see Uncle Ho in all his glory… Maybe not exactly alive, but certainly in the flesh. 

An experience that is an important part of understanding the ethos of Vietnam since Ho Chi Minh has become the ultimate hero of the Vietnamese people. 

Which makes sense when you realize that he mobilized the Viet Minh and led them to victory as they booted the French, and later the Americans, out of Vietnam. 

Currently located in Ba Dinh square:

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is also the site where he read Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence in 1945. 

You go Ho! That’s why:

Seeing Ho Chi Minh’s body is kind of like meeting a real-life superhero since he attained near-mythic status in Vietnam, making this a bit of a surreal experience.

In fact, I’m gonna come right out and say it.

Of all the things to see in Hanoi, this is definitely one of the most unique. 

I mean:

It’s literally the only place in the world you can see Uncle Ho in the (embalmed) flesh. 

However:

The mausoleum has very restricted hours and is only open for a few hours in the morning and is closed on Mondays and Fridays.

And because of course, dead bodies require a certain amount of upkeep and maintenance, Uncle Ho is routinely sent off to Russia for a bit of a touch up every year between October and November, which is why you can’t visit him then.

So:

If really you want to visit Uncle Ho, do yourself a favor and plan ahead. 

Address: 2 Huong Vuong, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh

Price: 40,000VND / $1.75

How to Get there: Head to the Bo Ho bus stop – around 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake – and take the 09 towards Hang Gai. Get off at 18A Hong Phong and the mausoleum will be a 4-minute walk from there. 

Opening Hours: Open 7.30 am to 10:00 am, Tuesday through Thursday, and from 7.30 am to11am, Saturday through Sunday. It’s also closed throughout October and November. 

4. Thang Long Imperial Citadel

The main entrance to Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The main entrance to Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Thang Long Imperial Citadel has played a significant role in both the modern and ancient past of Vietnam.

That’s why:

The cultural and historical significance of this place really cannot be overstated, making this one of the best things to see in Hanoi for anyone who has even the slightest appreciation for Vietnamese history.  

I mean:  

This place dates all the way back to 1010 when Hanoi – or Dai La, as it was formerly known – was chosen as the site of the country’s new capital. 

At this time:

The citadel was used both as a royal residence and as the country’s main military hub.

Now:

Fast forward about a thousand years to when the French took over Vietnam, in the late 19th century, and destroyed much of this ancient structure.

However, don’t let the high-cost Imperialism get you down!

Because some of the complex’s buildings were left untouched and later used as the headquarters for the Vietnamese government, and army, during the Vietnam War (1954-75).

So:

While you’re here, be sure to explore some of the fascinating military command bunkers that were added to this site at that period in time. 

Also visit the Princess Pagoda, where all the royal women used to hang out, and the superimposing north and south gates, which only aristocrats and nobles were allowed to use. 

Plus:

Don’t miss, the Kinh Thien Palace, which was actually described as “thecentere of heaven and earth” by King Ly Thai To. 

A pretty bold claim if I do say so myself.

But alas:

I’ll let you be the judge of that folks.

Address: 19C Hoang Dieu, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh, Hanoi 

Price: 40,000VND / $1.75 

How to Get there: It’s a 10-minute walk from the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, so you may as well kill two birds with one stone and visit while you’re here. As with the mausoleum: take the 09 bus from Bo Ho and get off at 18A Hong Phong. It’s a further 8 minutes on foot to the citadel. 

Opening Hours: Open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

5. Ethnology Museum

One of the best things to see in Hanoi is the Ethnology Museum, where you can learn all about the 54 different ethnic groups in Vietnam.

One of the best things to see in Hanoi is the Ethnology Museum, where you can learn all about the 54 different ethnic groups in Vietnam.

 

Ok, so in case you were wondering: 

Ethnology is a branch of anthropology that examines the characteristics of different peoples and the relationships that exist between them! 

Pretty neat, huh? 

And the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is full of information about the 54 different ethnic groups that call Vietnam home.

Yup, all 54 of them. 

Which is awesome since this place is all about education and preserving the diverse cultural heritage of Vietnam.

And I for one think that is a super admirable mission.

Plus, prior to my visit to this museum, I had zero ideas of just how varied and rich Vietnamese culture really is.

Now, as if this museum wasn’t already cool enough:

There’s also an expansive outdoor area that is full of quaint gardens, full-scale replicas of traditional homes from various ethnic groups, and historic activities that you can participate in like calligraphy and puppetry.

However, what about inside the museum itself?

Well, it’s home to an incredible collection of artifacts from the country’s various ethnic groups. 

So:

While you’re here, you’ll be able to see traditional costumes from different groups of Vietnamese people, as well as some of the crafts that they’re known for. 

Heck:

You’ll even see distinct variation between the different types of knives and bowls that are used by some of these groups of people.

Not that kitchenware was at the top of my list of things to see in Hanoi, but who knew it could be so interesting? 

Yup, not this chick right here.

Address: Nguyen Van Huyen, Quan Hoa, Cau Giay, Hanoi 

Price: 40,000VND / $1.75

How to Get there: Take the 34 bus towards Ben xe My Dinh and alight at 225 Cau Giay since the museum is about a ten-minute walk from here. 

Opening Hours: Open daily from 8:00 am to 5.30 pm, except Monday

6. One Pillar Pagoda

They’re all about pagodas here in Hanoi.

And the very-literally named One Pillar Pagoda is one of the most sacred in the city since it even got the Uncle Ho seal of approval.

Apparently:

The late, great Vietnamese legend himself used to pass through here from time to time. 

And you know what they say if it’s good enough for Ho Chi Minh…

Okay:

Maybe they don’t actually say that, but you get what I’m trying to say here.

Because this temple is one not to miss! 

I mean, even though it’s small, it’s still a beautiful site of worship that has a beyond quirky story behind it.

See:

Apparently, Emperor Ly Thai Thong was childless and wasn’t exactly thrilled about it. 

Luckily though:

The spirits conspired to help him out and had good old bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara appear to the king, one night, in a dream.

(For those of you not down with difficult-to-spell Buddhist terminology, that’s an enlightened being who’s one step away from becoming a bonafide Buddhist deity.)

Anyway: 

This almost-deity was sitting on a lotus flower and just happened to deliver unto him, a brand-spanking’ new, baby boy. 

And soon after?

Well, Ly Thai Tong married himself a peasant girl that he’d taken a shine to and, SURPRISE, they had a son. 

That’s why:

A wise monk later told Ly Thai Tong that he should build a temple to show his gratitude. 

So:

The Emperor went out, found himself a lotus pond that was similar to the one in his dream, and, BOOM, built the One Pillar Pagoda right in the middle of it. 

Now:

Because this is a sacred religious site, you should wear full-length clothes when visiting the pagoda.

Which is a recurring theme here in Hanoi.

So:

Be sure to wear a shirt with sleeves, and pants, or a long dress when visiting any religious sites that I mention here. UNLESS of course, I specifically tell you that it’s okay to prance around in your favorite pair of hot pants.

SPOILER ALERT, that probably won’t happen.

Address: Chua Mot Cot, Doi Can, Ba Dinh 

Price: Free – wahoo!

How to Get there: Take the 34 bus towards Ben xe My Dinh and alight at 60 Tran Phu, then walk for ten minutes. 

Opening Hours: Open daily from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

7. Day Trip To Ninh Binh

Take a day trip to Ninh Binh from Hanoi and enjoy the mesmerizing, Karst topography there.

Okay:

We’re taking a break from your regularly scheduled program of pagodas and temples to bring your the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world. 

Because while the hustle and bustle of Hanoi is fun and fascinating, it’s always nice to escape the chaos of the city and get out into nature. 

Which is why: 

You HAVE to take a day trip to Ninh Binh.

If you don’t:

You’ll regret it FOREVER. And for once, I’m actually not kidding!

See:

Ninh Binh is often referred to as “Halong Bay on land” which is a pretty accurate description since this place looks almost exactly like Vietnam’s most famous attraction except… it’s not in the middle of the ocean. 

And since Ninh Binh is an easy 45-minute drive from Hanoi, it makes for one hella awesome day trip.

Now personally:

I’d recommend this organized tour of Ninh Binh since this experience quickly became one of my favorite days in Vietnam (Public transit in the area also isn’t all that great. Plus, attractions here are pretty spread out so it’s nice to have someone chauffeur you from one site to the next).

I mean:

The trip was so well organized and is just an all-around great option for anyone who is short on time but who still wants to make the most out of their time in Vietnam.

Plus:

Between cycling around traditional villages and climbing to the top of the insanely beautiful Hang Mua caves, you’ll definitely earn yourself some buns of steel along the way.

Although:

One of my favorite parts of the tour had to be the scenic rowboat ride along the Tam Coc River 

Especially since my Vietnamese guide didn’t use her hands to row the boat – she used her feet!

FYI though:

While you’re on the river, you might be bombarded (read: mildly harassed) by ladies selling snacks. 

Yeah:

They’ll insist that you buy something as a tip for your guide. 

But:

Let’s be real, guides don’t want snacks as tips, they want cold hard cash.

So:

If you do buy them a bag of peanuts, they’ll just get handed back to the original vendor.

That’s why:

If you want to tip your guide, do it the old-fashioned way and give them a little cash (50,000 VND should suffice).

How to Get There: The tour will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel in the center of Hanoi (think the Old Town area).

Price: $48 per person

Hours: The tour will pick you up around 7:30 am and drop you off, back in Hanoi, around 7:30 pm, depending on traffic.

8. Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple – aka the Temple of the Jade Mountain – is kind of a big deal. 

I mean:

It’s located on the famous Hoan Kiem lake, which automatically makes it one of the most-visited attractions in Hanoi. 

And although it may look pretty new:

The temple actually dates aaaaall the way back to the 1600s and is made up of two connecting temples.

One of which is dedicated to the military hero Tran Hung Dao and the other of which is dedicated to the worship of Saint Van Xuong, a famous intellectual and poet/wordsmith.

Before you head inside though:

Be sure to get a few pics of yourself on the red Huc entrance bridge.

Because yes:

This place really is kind of a Hanoian Insta hotspot. 

And once you’re inside?

Well, you’ve just gotta say “hey” to the grandfather turtle. 

Apparently:

He once popped out of the lake and gave a great King a wicked awesome sword that was later used to lead the Vietnamese army to victory. 

Yup, talk about my hero (insert swoons of joy here). FYI though:

You should probably also see the Pen Tower and the Ink Slab while you’re here since both were added to the Temple, in 1864, to honor Confucian literature and academia. 

Believe it or not:

The Pen is actually designed to look as though it’s writing on the sky. 

And if that doesn’t inspire you to channel your inner William Shakespeare, then I don’t know what will. 

Address: Hoan Kiem Lake

Price: 30,000 VND – $1.30

How to get there: It’s right on the lake in the middle of the city, so chances are you can walk here from your hotel or hostel.

Opening hours: Open daily from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

9. Day Trip to Halong Bay

The otherworldly beauty of Halong Bay, the perfect day trip from Hanoi.

You just can’t go to Vietnam without checking out the emerald waters, limestone karsts and crazy caves of Halong Bay. 

Unless you hate epic, otherworldly beauty, of course. Now:

Ha Long literally translates into ‘descending dragon’. 

That’s because:

Back in the day, Vietnam was constantly fighting off invaders.

As a result:

The great Jade Emperor decided to ask his dragon pals for a little help. 

Apparently:

The whole family answered the call and fought off Vietnam’s enemies by sprinkling emeralds into the sea, thereby blocking their path into the country.

And once the war was finally won?

Mother Dragon herself decided to stick around and protect her country, thus forming Halong Bay with the emeralds that she had rise up out of the water, thus creating the bay’s famed limestone islands. 

So yeah:

Show some appreciation for Mother Dragon and check this place out! 

Ideally:

You’ll want to spend at least a night or two in Halong Bay (If you have the time to do this, then check out this tour right here. I took this tour myself and enjoyed kayaking through the bay, exploring the beautiful and criminally underrated Cat Ba Island, exploring hidden caves, and hiking to the top of mountains for stunning, panoramic views of the bay. The food on this tour was also delish and my guide Dan (clearly not his real name) was really friendly, informative, and helpful. The rooms were also pretty nice too), but sometimes time just doesn’t allow. 

Luckily for you though:

It’s totally possible to do Halong Bay in a day. Albeit a long day since it takes about 3 hours to get there from Hanoi, but a doable day trip none the less.

And while there’s nothing you can do about the long drive:

This day cruise does make for a hassle-free way to see Halong Bay since it includes both pickup and drop off from your hotel.

Plus:

Once you finally do arrive, you’ll have PLENTY of time to kayak around the bay, hike up Dau Go Island, visit Heavenly Cave, and just be generally gobsmacked by Halong Bay’s insane beauty. 

Because trust me on this:

One day in Halong Bay is definitely better than zero days! 

How to Get There: The tour will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel in the center of Hanoi (think the Old Town area).

Price: $45 per person

Hours: The tour will pick you up between 8:00/8:30 am and drop you off, back in Hanoi, around 8:30 pm, depending on traffic.

10. Old Quarter (Including St. Joseph’s and the Ancient House) 

Some of the amazing architecture that you'll find in Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Some of the amazing architecture that you’ll find in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

Are you bored of architecture and heritage yet?

Well, I certainly hope not because we’re about to delve into Hanoi’s Old Quarter with all its gothic, French/colonial style, old-world glory! 

Consisting of 36 streets: 

The Old Quarter is THE place to shop in Hanoi. That’s because each street here is dedicated to a specific trade or item. 

That’s why:

While strolling through this iconic Hanoi neighborhood, you’ll find shoe street, silver street, and even fish sauce street, just to name a few (Feel free to “oh” and “ah” at will here people).

But wait, because the fun doesn’t stop there!

See, Hanoi’s Old Quarter is also home to St. Joseph’s Cathedral, a huge, ultra-intimidating work of Neo-Gothic architecture. 

You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’ve been instantly teleported out of Vietnam and into the middle of Europe when seeing this bad boy of religiosity. 

Consecrated in 1886: 

This Cathedral was built by the French to replace an important pagoda that once stood here.

Yeah, not gonna lie: 

Catholicism in Vietnam is a pretty complex topic and there’s definitely been a lot of persecution of Catholics in recent years.

But:

People still turn up in spades for Sunday mass here and visitors love stopping by to marvel at the building’s grand exterior (And yes, you’ll also see tons of people taking more than a few selfies because honestly, the exterior is far more impressive than the interior).

Now, since you’re in the Old Quarter anyway:

Might as well check out the Ancient House while you’re here.

Built-in the 19th century: 

This house is one of the most well-preserved examples of traditional, Hanoian architecture in the entire city.

Basically:

This is exactly what all the buildings in Hanoi looked like before the “tube” houses took over. 

This is also a great place to learn about what life was like back in ancient Vietnam and definitely one of the most interesting things to see in Hanoi. 

For example:

While I was here, I discovered that old-school Hanoians didn’t actually sleep on mattresses. 

Which might explain why the Vietnamese are such early birds in general! 

Coincidence? I think not (JK because I actually don’t know that for a fact)!

St Joseph’s 

Address: 40 Nha Chung, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem 

Price: Free – wahoo!

How to get there: On foot since this is the best way to explore the narrow streets of the Old Quarter.

Opening hours: Open between 8:00 am and 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and between 7:00 am and 10.30 am and 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Sunday.

Ancient House 

Address: 87 Pho Ma May, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem 

Price: 10,000 VND / $0.43

How to get there: On foot since this is the best way to explore the narrow streets of the Old Quarter.

Opening hours: Open between 8.30 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and between 8.30 am and 5:00 pm and 7.30 pm and 10:00 pm Friday through Sunday.

11. Dong Xuan Market 

Honesty is the best policy, so let me tell it to you like it is.

Dong Xuan market is cramped, sweaty, and a bit smelly in places. 

That’s why:

Compared to many of the other majestic and beautiful things to see in Hanoi, it’s a bit underwhelming. 

But:

It’s the biggest wholesale market in Northern Vietnam and is a place where some serious bargains can be found.

Therefore, clearly, a visit is a must.

Not only that, but you can also find some amazingly delicious, incredibly cheap street food here, too! 

Especially the rice dumplings… nom nom nom. 

Now:

I’m sure you’re a smart cookie, but just in case you were wondering…

All of the designer goods here are FAKE, my friends! High-quality for sure and seemingly real, but fake none the less.

So:

If you’re still interested in seeing Dong Juan Market in all its glory, then you’ll find a wealth of electronics, souvenirs, and accessories on the first floor. 

While on the second floor, it’s all about the fabric. And on the third floor? Yup, it’s all about the clothing.

And if you find something you like?

Just be prepared to haggle for it! 

Typically, I like to start haggling at around ¼ to ⅓ of the original price just so that I have a bit of wiggle room to work with.

Not gonna lie though:

Learning a few Vietnamese phrases definitely helps too. 

But, even if you’re not here to shop:

It’s still 100% worth stopping by just to soak up the hustle and bustle of the market atmosphere and see how the locals do their weekly shop. 

Address: Dong Xuan, Hoan Kiem 

Price: Free – wahoo!

How to get there: You can easily walk here since this market is located in the Old Quarter.

Opening hours: Open daily from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm 

12. Visit an Ancient Pottery Village

If you're gonna visit Bat Trang Ceramics Village, then why not do it in style and ride in this vintage, motorcycle with Vietnam Retro Tours? And while you can't actually drive the motorcycle yourself, you can take a sweet, sweet photo like this one!

If you’re gonna visit Bat Trang Ceramics Village, then why not do it in style and ride in this vintage, motorcycle with Vietnam Retro Tours? And while you can’t actually drive the motorcycle yourself, you can take a sweet, sweet photo like this one!

Bat Trang Ceramics Village is hands-down one of my favorite Hanoi attractions. 

And as you can probably tell from this epic list:

There are A LOT of great things to do in Hanoi, so that’s clearly saying something!

But, this praise is well-deserved since while you’re here:

You can learn all about ancient ceramics making practices, watch uber-talented local artists create gorgeous pottery right before your very eyes, and even buy some of their artwork; pieces that might make for the perfect, authentic souvenir for someone special back at home.

Y’know, if you’re the generous, souvenir-buying type.

Plus, while you’re here, you can even join a pottery-making workshop and create your very own, super special (And if you’re anything like me then by special I mean slightly deformed) piece of art.

Because If you’ve ever wanted to recreate THAT pottery scene from Ghost, then now’s your chance.

But please people, let’s keep it PG. For the sake of the kids.

Now:

While you can take the 470 bus to get here, the absolute best way to visit this village is through a tour. 

I personally took a Vietnam Retro Tour here and got to visit Bat Trang Ceramics Village in a vintage, bright blue, motorcycle sidecar.

Yup, talk about traveling in style.

Plus:

As we quietly drove through the peaceful banana fields of outer Hanoi, we got to stop at a beyond beautiful local temple, try some delicious local street food, and even took a local ferry back to Hanoi!

So yes:

This tour really was even more amazing than it sounds because not only was my tour guide incredibly friendly, informative, kind, and helpful, but he also went out of his way to make sure that I had the best time possible while in Hanoi.

So much so that I left the tour with a cheesy, Chesire-cat smile plastered across my face! 

Address: Bat Trang, Gia Lam, Hanoi 

Price: Vietnam Retro Tours has several personalized tour options that cost between $59 and $89 per person.

How to get there: Vietnam Retro Tours offers private tours and can setup a specific pick up/drop off time that best fits your schedule.

Opening Hours: The pottery village is open daily between 8:00 am and 5.30 pm 

13. Hoa Lo Prison 

Step back in time with a visit to Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Step back in time with a visit to Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, Vietnam.

It’s not every day that you get to visit one of the most notorious prisons in the world. 

At least, I hope not, anyway. 

And Hoa Lo certainly is since it is where many American prisoners of war were famously detained during the Vietnam War conflict, between 1954 and 1975. 

Sadly though:

Much of the prison was actually demolished in the 1990s.

However:

The gatehouse still remains and was actually transformed into a museum as a result of Hoa Lo’s tremendous, historical significance.

See:

This prison was originally built in the late 1800s, by the French, to detain Vietnamese political prisoners. 

And as you might expect:

The treatment they received was less than stellar and accordingly, Hoa Lo quickly became a much-hated symbol of modern-day colonialism. 

That’s why, even today, you can still visit the tiny cells that Vietnamese detainees lived in and learn all about the harsh punishments they received as you make your way through the complex.

Now:

When the French were finally kicked out of Vietnam in 1954, local authorities assumed control of Hoa Lo and used it to hold American prisoners of war, who later nicknamed the place, “The Hanoi Hilton.” 

That being said:

This name was definitely intended sarcastically since the conditions inside the prison were pretty horrendous, and that’s putting it mildly.

Which is why:

Hanoi’s actual Hilton hotel had to later change its name since it didn’t want to be associated with the negative connotations of the prison.

However:

That’s definitely not what the information inside the prison would have you believe. 

In fact: 

A quick walk through the prison will reveal claims that any Americans imprisoned here actually left Hoa Lo fitter, healthier and happier than when they first arrived!

Yeah:

I’ll let you make up your own mind about the validity of that statement.

But:

Regardless of the accuracy of the information inside, a visit to Hoa Lo prison is definitely one of the most fascinating (and creepiest) things to do in Hanoi. 

Address: 1 Hoa Lo, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem 

Price: 30,000 VND / $1.30

How to get there: You can either walk to the Prison from the Old Quarter or take the 09 bus towards Hang Gai from the Bo Ho bus stop. Get off at Benh vien Viet Duc hospital and walk five minutes to the prison.

Opening hours: Open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

14. Visit Train Street

Enjoying the beauty of Train Street, one of the many things to see in Hanoi!

Enjoying the beauty of Train Street, one of the many things to see in Hanoi!

Train Street is one of the coolest and most surreal things to see in Hanoi. 

Or at least, it was. 

Because at present, the situation is just a wee bit complicated.

See:

Train Street is famous for being a totally normal residential street – except for the fact that a giant train passes through the area several times a day, within mere centimeters of people’s homes. 

Now, when this happens:

Everything pretty much comes to a total standstill as people quickly make way for the incoming train. 

And then?

Well, within moments it’s back to business as usual. Like the train never even existed.

Crazy, right? 

However, not surprisingly, this unusual Hanoi thoroughfare steadily became quite the photo hotspot for Instagram mavens from around the world.

So much so that within the past few years, a plethora of cafes opened up right along the train tracks. 

Sadly though:

Tourists began taking these photo ops way too far and started putting their own lives at risk by standing right in front of an oncoming train…for a photo.

*eye roll* 

That’s why, the government quickly shut the street down and closed it off to tourists after a train was forced to come to an abrupt, emergency stop when people were standing on the tracks.

But, not to worry!

Because even though Train Street itself is closed, you can still swing by the Railway Hanoi Cafe (AKA Choo Choo Cafe) for one of their outrageously delicious, coconut coffees (FYI, they also have a menu full of delicious vegan fare).

Seriously, this drink is the stuff that coffee lover’s dreams are made of. 

Plus:

The kind staff at this cozy little cafe will even take you down to the tracks so that you can watch the train as it rolls through the area.

Which is still a pretty cool experience. 

You just can’t, you know, play chicken on the tracks anymore.

Not gonna lie though:

That coconut coffee definitely made the whole trip worthwhile. 

Address: 26/10, Dien Bien Phu, Cua Nam, Ba Dinh

How to Get There: Train street is a short stroll from Hoan Kiem lake. 

Opening hours: The train comes through between 1:00 pm and 9.30 pm, Monday through Tuesday; between 10.30 am and 9.30 pm, Wednesday through Friday; and between 9:00 am and 8.30 pm Saturday and Sunday. 

15. West Lake 

West Lake – aka Tay Ho – is where you can go to see how the other half lives in Hanoi.

Because yes my friends:

This is a slightly more affluent part of the city where you’ll find ex-pats, ex-pats, and, oh yeah, more ex-pats!

Which is why:

This area is brimming over with western restaurants and fancy bars aplenty.

So:

Feel free to party ‘til the break of dawn at Savage Club or satisfy your inner cocktail connoisseur at the Mad Botanist. 

But:

If you’d rather just sit back, relax, and enjoy the simple things in life, then you can always spend a quiet afternoon wandering around this slightly enormous lake.

And while you’re here:

Don’t pass up on the opportunity to devour an assortment of delicious street food as you make your way around the lake.

Yup:

We’re talking fresh fruit and coffee as far as the eye can see. 

However:

You should also keep an eye out for…Tay Ho Shrimp! cakes. 

Because they’re crispy, shrimpy (hey, it’s a word) and on so delicious, making them the perfect Vietnamese, afternoon snack. 

And the best of the best can be found at Banh Tom Ho Tay on Thanh Nien street. 

Because while Tay Ho lake may not be the most jaw-dropping Hanoi attraction on this list, spending an hour or two walking around the perimeter of the lake, eating as much food as you can possibly get your hands on, is definitely a nice and relatively peaceful way to wile away an afternoon in this bustling metropolis.

Address: Tay Ho, Hanoi 

Price: Everyone’s favorite…FREE!

How to Get There: Head to the bus stop at 75 Dinh Tien Hoang and take the 86 towards San bay Noi Bai. Get off when you see the lake! 

16. Tran Quoc Pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest and most important temple in all of Hanoi!

Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest and most important temple in all of Hanoi!

 

Hold on to your hats ladies and gents!

Because guess what?

It’s time for another pagoda! But not just any old pagoda. 

Oh, no. 

This pagoda is the OLDEST and MOST IMPORTANT one in the whole of Hanoi! 

And believe you me:

Hanoi definitely has its fair share of pagodas, so that really is saying something. 

Now, first built in the sixth century: 

Tran Quoc Pagoda is over 1450 years old, making it THE oldest Hanoi attraction on this list, by a whole country mile. 

Walk inside though and you’ll find all sorts of Buddhist symbols, including an 8-spoked wheel, lotus flowers, and so much more. 

There’s also a Bodhi tree inside that was planted here by the President of India, as a tribute to good old Uncle Ho. 

Supposedly:

Picking up the fallen leaves of this tree is said to be lucky, so if you see one, GRAB IT. (And if you win the lottery, feel free to share the winnings with me! JK…Not really.) 

Visitors here also burn copious amounts of incense to help send their prayers to the gods.

Which brings me to a super fun fact!

Because believe it or not, incense sticks are actually burned in odd numbers, which are considered to be lucky in Vietnamese culture.

However:

They are never EVER burned in fours, which is a number that is commonly associated with doom, gloom, and death. 

So:

If you look closely at any Vietnamese elevator, you’ll notice that the fourth-floor button is often conveniently left out.

SPOOOOOOKY. 

Address: Thanh Nien, Yen Phu, Tay Ho

Price: Free – wahoo!

How to Get There: You’ll see this temple as you walk around Tay Ho lake.

Opening Hours: Open daily between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. 

17. Sip on Some Egg Coffee at Cafe Dinh

The beautiful AND delicious egg coffee that you'll find at Cafe Dinh in Hanoi.

The beautiful AND delicious egg coffee that you’ll find at Cafe Dinh in Hanoi.

“Egg coffee? EWW! GROSS!”

Yeah:

That was my reaction too when I first heard about this coffee-related concoction.

However:

Put all your misgivings aside because I’m here to tell you that egg coffee is just about one of the tastiest beverages known to woman. 

Because what you may or may not know is that the Vietnamese usually take their coffee with a hearty dose of condensed milk.

Which makes sense since there were severe milk shortages throughout the Vietnam War. 

But:

A bright young man named Nguyen Giang decided that a distinct lackage of milk wasn’t gonna prevent him from getting his daily dose of sweet, caffeinated goodness.

Oh hell to the no! That’s why:

He created egg coffee by expertly whipping together egg yolks, condensed milk, and sugar.

Once light and frothy:

This magical elixir was then placed on top of Robusta coffee and voila! Ca phe trung (AKA egg coffee) was born. 

Honestly though:

Egg coffee is so sweet and thick and delicious that it feels more like a Tiramisu dessert than an actual cup of joe… which is precisely why it’s so fantastic. 

And most Hanoians?

Well, they believe that Cafe Dinh serves up the best egg coffee in the city… and I couldn’t agree more! 

Which is why you NEED to stop by Cafe Dinh and try their egg coffee for yourself.

I will warn you though.

This place is a bit of a challenge to find since it’s hidden on the second floor of a building that has a clothing store on the ground floor.

Therefore:

You will have to walk through a clothing store just to access a set of stairs, along the back of the building, that will lead you to Cafe Dinh.

But I promise:

It’s totally worth the effort to find this place since it’s a true hidden gem if you will. 

Because once inside:

You’ll find a busy, cramped, lively, and oddly charming little cafe that is more local than touristy 

Yeah:

This place basically feels like Hanoi’s entire character wrapped up into one delicious little cafe. 

PS:

The egg coffee served here is also next-level beautiful, in addition to being straight-up delicious.

So:

Don’t be surprised if an overwhelming urge to lick your cup clean hits you.

Address: 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem 

Price: 17,000 VND/ $0.73

How to get there: You can easily walk here since it’s a five-minute walk from Ngoc Son Temple. 

Opening hours: Open daily from 7:00 am to 9.30 pm. 

18. Enjoy a Butterbeer at Always Cafe (AKA the Harry Potter Cafe in Hanoi)

Enjoying a Butterbeer at Always Coffee and Butterbeer in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Enjoying a Butterbeer at Always Coffee and Butterbeer in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Who would have thought that you could find a Harry Potter cafe in Hanoi?

I know I sure didn’t!

But for all my fellow Potterheads out there, this place is straight up, UNMISSABLE.

It’s also an oasis of pure, Harry Potter awesomeness for anyone who is going into acute, Harry Potter withdrawals after not watching the films for a hot minute.

So:

Whether you’re a wizard, a muggle, or the Dark Lord himself, you’ll definitely enjoy knocking back a butterbeer or two at this magical spot. 

Now, I’m not gonna lie:

Before I got here, I was a bit worried that this place would be overly gimmicky or overcrowded and slightly mediocre at best.

But:

The owners here have pulled out all the stops and have adorned this cafe with a wealth of Harry Potter inspired decor that makes you feel like you’re Harry Potter as he’s heading down Diagon Alley for the first time on his 11th birthday. 

There’s also a selection of Wizarding robes, scarves, and wands available for you to wear, just in case you want to create some extra awesome, Harry Potter inspired photos.

Because:

If you honestly believe that your Hogwarts letter just got lost in the mail, then Always Cafe is the place for you (it’s also known as Always Coffee and Butterbeer).

Plus:

The butterbeer here is actually really good! And you can even enjoy it with or without alcohol, just in case you’re worried about what Professor McGonagall might say! 

And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy: 

Then you can always try some of the cafe’s other drinks like Forbidden Forest Fancy, a Goblet of Fire, and even Polyjuice Potion.

Don’t worry though:

This Polyjuice Potion looks infinitely tastier than the one featured in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

Address: 8B Hang Tre, Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem 

How to Get There: You can easily get here on foot since this cafe is located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

Price: A butterbeer here will cost you 45,000 VND (or a little less than $2.00)

Opening Hours: Open daily between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm. 

19. Stop by The Note Coffee 

Hanoi is nothing if not chock-full of cutesy cafes.

But:

The Note Coffee really takes the cake (or should that be coffee?) since it has colorful post-it notes plastered on every surface imaginable.

So:

Enjoy a veritable bonanza of floor-to-ceiling post-it notes as you sip on your coffee of choice.

However, time out, What’s with all the post-it notes?

Well, every visitor to the cafe is given a post-it note that they can write a special message on; a note that can then be added to the wall.

So:

Feel free to write whatever you want and share a profound quote, a secret message, a drawing, or a declaration of love for Girl With The Passport blog (Kidding. But feel free to do it if you feel so inclined). 

Naturally: 

All of these post-it notes everywhere have created a vibrant, colorful, and quirky atmosphere that has transformed this place into an Instagram Mecca of sorts.

Therefore:

Don’t be surprised if you see tripods and selfie sticks out in full force while you’re here.

I also highly recommend ordering either the coconut or egg coffee.

Because let’s be real:

No one wants to come to a cute cafe like this just to drink water (Plus, both types of coffee are actually really good here.).

And an extra awesome bonus?

The entire drinks menu here can actually be made vegan, which is kind of a rarity in Vietnam.

That’s why:

This cafe is a total must visit or any vegans out there who feel like they’re missing out on Hanoi’s beyond epic coffee scene! 

Address: 64 Luong Van Can, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem 

How to Get There: Feel free to visit while you walk around the Hoan Kiem lake area

Price: A small coconut coffee or egg coffee will cost you 39,000 VND (or $1.67).

Opening hours: Open daily from 6.30 am to 11:00 pm. 

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20. Visit the Vietnamese Women’s Museum 

Explore some of the amazing exhibits that you'll find at the Vietnamese Women's Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Explore some of the amazing exhibits that you’ll find at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Turn up your favorite female-empowerment anthem and do a sassy strut, because this place is all about the #girlpower. 

Now:

When you do decide to visit the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, I HIGHLY recommend that you opt for a self-guided audio tour since you’ll learn a ton of awesome information along the way!

Because honestly:

There’s so much to see and do throughout the four floors of this museum that you could easily spend a couple of hours here.

Plus:

As you explore this museum, it’s kind of hard NOT to feel mad inspired by all the badass Vietnamese women you learn about along the way.

I mean:

You’ve got rebels, revolutionaries, and even a group of kickass, Saigonese nuns who successfully fought back an entire army siege. 

Additionally:

The museum also offers insight into the unique role of women throughout many of Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups (Some of which are actually matriarchal! Hell to the yeah!) with a wealth of exhibits that showcase women’s clothing, jewelry, tribal wedding dresses, and even various household objects. 

Heck:

You can even try lifting a carry pole, something that you’ll still see many Vietnamese women using to transport their wares throughout town. 

Spoiler alert though:

It’s heavy AF and I seriously DO NOT know how they do it! 

Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hang Bai, Hoan Kiem

Price: 60,000 VND / $2.60 for entry and an audio guide

How to Get There: It’s a 10-minute walk from the top of Hoan Kiem lake (And by “top” I mean the “non-temple end”). 

Opening Hours: Open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

21. Watch the Bamboo Circus at the Opera House 

Alright, cool kids!

Don your fanciest attire because we’re about to hit up the opera! 

And not just any Opera, but the Vietnamese inspired, Bamboo Circus.

In all honesty though:

You really don’t have to dress up to attend a performance here.

But:

The Hanoi Opera House itself is SUPER swank. Which makes sense since it’s modeled after the one and only, Palais Garnier in Paris.

Walk inside through and you’ll find the interior to be equally extravagant, with an ornate domed ceiling and red velvet drapery as far as the eye can see.

However:

The stunning beauty of the Opera House itself takes a backseat to the jaw-dropping amazingness that is the Bamboo Circus. 

It’s like Vietnamese Cirque du Soleil! 

No really! Your mouth will be agape from start to finish as you continually think to yourself “how the HELL did they do that?” 

Because since its inception in 2005:

The Bamboo Circus has been depicting rural life in northern Vietnam through the use of bamboo stagecraft, complete with gravity-defying acrobatics and traditional dance. 

There’s even some traditional music thrown in there too, which is played for you live, on over twenty different instruments. 

Plus:

The Bamboo Circus itself has become so popular, that the show has actually traveled all across the globe, (a bit like yours truly.) to places like Hong Kong and Europe.

However:

There’s really no better place to see this performance than in its home town of Hanoi. 

So:

What are you waiting for? Definitely get your tickets now!

Address: Meet at 51A Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Price: 695,000 VND / $30

How to Get There: The Opera House is a short walk from Hoan Kiem lake. 

Hours: The show is about an hour long and runs daily between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. 

22. Visit the 6.5 km Tile Mosaic

Me posing in front of the monumental tile mosaic in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Me posing in front of the monumental tile mosaic in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Q: What’s better than a mosaic wall?

A: How about the world’s longest mosaic wall?

Because believe it or not:

Not-so-little old Hanoi is home to a 6.5km-long mosaic wall!

And you can go check it out for the bargain-basement price of nothing since any visit to this iconic wall of wonder is totally FREE. 

Plus:

In my mildly humble opinion, this wall is definitely one of the coolest and straight-up quirkiest things to see in Hanoi. 

It’s also a Guinness-world-record-holding wall that was built back in 2010, to commemorate Hanoi turning 1,000 years old and to pay homage to various epochs in Vietnamese history. 

Originally though:

The wall was actually located along a flood bank near the Red River.

However:

in 2007 a journalist actually came up with the beyond brilliant idea of spicing things up a bit and turning the wall into a celebration of Hanoi’s thousandth birthday. 

‘Cause, you know, that’s a pretty big deal. 

What’s really cool about the wall though is that artists of all ages and nationalities actually got involved in its creation. 

That’s why:

In section A3, you’ll find a replica of a child’s drawing that is centered around the theme of peace in Hanoi. 

Many foreign embassies and organizations also contributed to the ceramic work here too, including the Goethe-Institut, the British Council, and the South Korean cultural center. 

Which is why:

This mural really is more than just a little awesome.

Address: Hong Hoa, Phuc Tan, Hoan Kiem 

Price: Free! 

Hours: Open twenty-four hours a day.

How to get there: It’s a short, 15-minute walk from Hoan Kiem lake 

23. Long Bien Bridge

Hands up if you’ve heard of Gustave Eiffel.

Yeah:

Apparently, he designed some big old tower in Paris?

But:

Believe it or not, Mr. Eiffel was also a pretty big deal over in French Indochina and designed several different structures in Vietnam too.

So, even though Long Bien Bridge was designed by the French:

It’s still a tremendous source of local pride since it has become a symbol of Hanoian resistance. 

See:

Not only was it the Vietnamese who actually built the bridge, but the structure was also bombed repeatedly and has been rebuilt numerous times since its original construction in 1899. 

Which is why it still stands today, as a fully functional bridge that represents the hard work and dedication of Hanoi’s local people.

Now:

Stop by and in the center, you’ll find a set of train tracks that are flanked on either side by a sidewalk-slash-road.

So:

While you can walk across, do be mindful of the insane number of motorbikes zooming all around you.

There are also tons of street food vendors here selling yummy snacks, as well as a full-fledged market that opens up every afternoon. 

And since the abrupt closure of train street:

Long Bien Bridge has become the new Insta hotspot for anyone looking to take beyond risky selfies. 

That’s why:

While you’re here, you’ll probably see a fair number of tourists climbing onto the tracks to snap a picture-perfect selfie. 

Is it worth risking your life for?

Yeah, I’m gonna give that type of risky behavior a hard pass since I’d rather head to nearby Tran Nhat Duat cafe and snap a pic of the bridge from the safety of their awesome balcony.

Yeah:

Somehow the danger associated with being flattened by an oncoming train isn’t really my idea of a hopping good time.

But hey, that’s just me!  

Address: Cau Long Bien, Ngoc Thuy, Long Bien

Price: FREE!

Hours: Open twenty-four hours a day.

How to Get There: Take the 86 bus from Hanoi train station 

24. National Museum of Vietnamese History

The beautiful exterior of the National Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi, Vietnam!

The beautiful exterior of the National Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi, Vietnam!

Now, I’m not gonna lie: 

You might struggle with this museum if you haven’t the foggiest idea about Vietnamese history. 

Because:

Truth be told, there’s not a ton of information available (in English) with the artifacts displayed here. There’s also no awesome audio tour that you can rent.

But:

This museum is home to a whopping 200,000 artifacts that date all the way back to prehistoric times! 

There’s also a Dong Son bronze drum here, as well as various Buddhist statues and a series of wooden stakes that were once used in the Battle of Bach Dang River. 

So yeah:

If you’re a history buff, this place is well worth a visit.

Besides:

The National Museum of Vietnamese History actually sits inside the most GORGEOUS building, which was originally designed by Ernest Hebrard as an archeology research institution for the French School of Asian Studies. 

That’s why:

It combines the best elements of French and Chinese architecture and has a sunny, colonial yellow hue that I just can’t get enough of. 

However:

If you do decide to visit, be aware of the fact that the museum is closed every day, between 12:00 pm and 1.30 pm, for lunch (and probably a nap).

Address: 216 Duong Tran Quang Khai, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem

Price: 30,000 VND / $1.30

How to Get There: Take either the 02, 24, or 34 bus, all of which will stop close to the museum. If you’re coming from the Old Quarter though, take the 02 bus from Hai Ba Trung street towards Bac Co and get off at 6C Phan Chu Trinh. 

Opening hours: Open daily between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm and again between 1.30 pm and 5:00 pm (Closed on Mondays).

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25. Water Puppet Show 

Last, but by no means least, is one of the quirkiest Hanoi attractions of them all!

And that is…a traditional water puppet show! 

And Thang Long is the OG show. 

I know, I know:

I was kinda skeptical about how much I’d enjoy a puppet show too. 

I mean:

I’m not gonna lie, puppets kinda give me the heebie-jeebies. 

But I swear:

This puppet show is well worth your time (and facing your inner puppet related demons). 

For one thing:

The art of water puppetry in Vietnam dates all the way back to the 11th century. 

Yup:

Locals used to perform shows in flooded rice paddy fields during the rainy season.

Now, as time went on:

Villagers eventually got more and more and began to stand in the water while performing with puppets attached to long rods.

And while the show in Thang Long is a long way from the water puppet shows of old, it still involves 17 short sketches that are all about rural life in Vietnam and northern Vietnamese history. 

Is the whole experience a little bizarre?

Absolutely! But it’s highly entertaining and one of those truly memorable things to see in Hanoi.

So:

If you decide to go for it, then I’d recommend booking your tickets in advance (like right now) to avoid lengthy queues. 

Because not surprisingly:

This is a really popular show that people from all around the world come to see.

Address: 57B Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem 

Price: 208,000 VND / $9 

How to Get There: The theatre is right next to Hoan Kiem Lake, so if you’re staying in the Old Quarter, it will be really easy to walk here.

Showtimes: The show is about 45-minutes long and starts at 5.20 pm, 6.30 pm, and 8:00 pm each evening. But, if you haven’t precooked your tickets, get there early to avoid the queue.

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