Things to do

  • The Old Quarter
    The Old Quarter
    Welcome to a dizzying maze of endless shops, cafes, temples, fascinating locals going about their business and plenty of hole-in-the-wall restaurants to eat in. Do not fret about getting lost here; just enjoy following your nose and reorient yourself back to Hoan Kiem Lake when need be. Thriving since the 13th century, each street is unique in that it generally produces and sells one product: on one street one can find just metal cages, then just shoes, then just a whole lot of fabric and materials to create your own beautiful things. It’s a lot of fun to explore this area and surrender oneself to discovery without following any map. You can easily snack and rest on your way throughout at the many café pit stops and coffee stalls scattered throughout the streets. Enjoy!
    Get There
    To travel back in time to Hanoi’s Old Quarter, one can find it located next to Hoan Kiem Lake in Hoan Kiem District. The best way to get there is by foot, a ‘Grab’ moto or via a bus. From around the city you can catch bus 9, 14, 31, 17 or 23 going to Hoan Kiem Lake. Tickets costs around 7,000 dong. If coming from the airport, take bus 86 from outside Terminal 2. It costs 30,000 dong and runs from 06:30 to 23:00.

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  • Water Puppet Theatre
    Water Puppet Theatre
    The Water Puppet show is definitely worth going to see. This unique, ancient art form, dating back to the 11th century, is one of Hanoi’s biggest pride and joys. There are a handful of places that you can see a show, but the most reputable is the Thang Long Puppet Theatre. Upon entering and settling down, the show will begin along the magical liquid stage. The masterful puppeteers hiding behind the puppets themselves can hardly be seen and soon enough, the audience is transported to a different place with many stories to be witnessed and experienced.
    Get There
    Thang Long Puppet Theatre is located at 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District. This is right next to Hoan Kiem Lake, next to the Old Quarter. It is advised to book tickets early as they quickly sell out. A ticket costs 100,000 dong.

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  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
    It’s slightly weird and a unique experience for sure, to see Vietnam’s ‘greatest leader’s’ preserved body in a glass case in Ba Dinh Square. Inspired by ‘pickled Lenin’ in Moscow, the Vietnamese decided to go ahead and do the same with ‘Uncle Ho’, even though he did not wish for it. This is one of the most visited ‘attractions’ in Hanoi and taken very seriously by visitors. Ensure your clothing is respectful and not to stop when you enter the mausoleum; just keep walking slowly around the body and remain silent.
    Get There
    The mausoleum is located at 8 Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh. Be aware that the mausoleum is closed on Fridays and from 4th September to the 4th November. During this time, it is sent to Moscow to be maintained. The best way to get here is by taxi or motorbike. You can use the ‘Grab’ app, to know the price from the beginning and book your ride.

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    Last updated on the 25 October 2017
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