Things to do in Hanoi

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Looking for a way to escape the tourist traps and figure out the best things to do in Hanoi? Here’s your ultimate guide! First, let’s understand what this city is about from a local perspective.

Unlike the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi is more tranquil with a nostalgic ambiance of times gone by. Although the vibe is considerably different, the capital is a rapidly developing city, which means there are enough things to do to keep even the most avid traveler busy.

Take your time strolling through the top attractions: the Old Quarter, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, or Museum of Vietnamese Women. For those who want to learn more about Vietnamese culture, you can visit the well-loved Museum of Ethnology.

If you feel a bit more explorative, there are many ways to start your day in Hanoi. One is to visit Hoan Kiem Lake in the early morning while the air is still fresh, local people usually hang out here at this time to workout. You can join the crowds of the elders practicing taichi or of the kids playing football. Another way is to have breakfast at a local restaurant, then enjoy a cup of "egg coffee" by the street, watching the streams of scooters rushing to work.

Hanoi is famous for its unparalleled cuisine, distinctly ancient charm, and an abundance of cultural sights for you to explore. There are a lot of things to do in this city, whether it's iconic attractions, hidden gems, or delicious foods.