24 hour to do in Hanoi

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What should you do if you have only 24 hours for your stay in Hanoi? Let’s read out some suggestions on the best way to immerse yourself in an exotic and exciting city with full of ancient history and bustling life!

Hanoi sightseeing 

The best place for explore Hanoi sightseeing tour in 24 hours is the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, regarded as the heart of the capital city. It is also where you can find a mass of activity and great chance to cater all your tastes, particularly in the narrow streets and alleys which are bustling with traffic!

Joining a walking tour in the Hanoi’s Old Quarter is an ideal way to see the variety of small shops, cafes and restaurants as well as to meet the street vendors. During your walking tour, why not stop for a quick break at a café and let yourself a chance to try a cup of Vietnamese coffee, which will surely give you a boost for the rest of the morning. As you stroll along the old streets, you can easily find out the gifts for your beloved, such as Vietnamese clothes, souvenirs or traditional artwork.

Otherwise, if you are not fancy of walking, you can take a cyclo tour to travel around the Old Quarter. The cyclo tour only takes you for about one hour and cost you a few dollars. Furthermore, it’s quite easy to find the cyclo driver, right on the streets!

The following stop-over of a walking tour around Hanoi should be the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake. You will find the Ngoc Son temple at the northern side of the lake. It is located on an island over the little red bridge over the lake. Prepare your camera with you as you will surely need it for taking some picturesque photos.

Visit Museums and Temples in Hanoi

For those who are interested in the long-lasting Hanoi history, taking a Hanoi culture tour to explore one among the numerous museums or temples around Hanoi is an ideal option.

If you have to opt for one place to visit in Hanoi, it must be Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a grand and powerful structure displaying the embalmed body of the beloved President Ho Chi Minh himself. The mausoleum is open for free and you are only allowed to enter here from 8am to 10am. You need to be informed that the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum will be closed between October and December, so leave this one off your agenda if your plan in Hanoi is set at that time.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is part of Ho Chi Minh Complex, offering you other place-to-visit including the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House, the Presidential Palace, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

If you are a fan of Vietnamese architecture, you are strongly to take a visit to both the two attractions of the Temple of Literature and the Fine Arts Museum. While the Temple of Literature offers you a tranquil atmosphere and a good escape from the hustle and bustle city, the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is where you can find a mixture of sculptures, panting and ceramics from a range of periods, along with the impressive collection of modern art displaying on one floor.

Where to go if you are fond of understanding more about Vietnam war as well as listening to stories of old Veteran in Hanoi? Nothing is more worthwhile than a Hanoi tour to the private war museum. Just take a chance to visit the first private war remnants museum, featuring thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by a war veteran named Nguyen Manh Hiep. There are bomb shells, soldiers’ utilities and photos displaying in a 30-square-meter yard in front of his house.

In addition, for studying Vietnamese ethnic minorities, visiting the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is definitely a must. The space inside the museum is for showcasing a great collection from the numerous minority tribes of Vietnam together with a variety of typical objects from the village and the materials used to make them; whereas, the outside displays a full scale replica houses, typical of those found in tribal area.

Enjoy nightlife and entertainment

With a free night, you are advised to check-in at the Municipal Water Puppet Theatre for a water puppet performance, which is held daily from late afternoon to evening. Join it for a truly authentic Vietnamese experience than ever! Let's check out the agenda for four hours Hanoi by night tour!

On the other hand, you can opt for going to bars and nightclubs around the Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Trying a glass of Bia Hoi at Ta Hien street can’t be your bad choice to entertain the nightlife in Hanoi!

Things to eat

Pho is the first and foremost you must try when staying in Hanoi as it is the most traditional and famous food of Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular. Pho is a noodle soup which is served with either beef or chicken. You can easily find Pho at one of the street stalls or at most of restaurants in the old quarter. 

For truly experience on eating with locals, trying the BBQ on the side of the street must be a good choice. Let’s sit not far off the ground on small plastic chair for great and cannot-be-missed experience in Hanoi. Ma May Street tops the list of BBQ places.

Can you believe that the street food of Hanoi will come to you if you don’t want to go to the street food! At Quan An Ngan, you can pick your dish from all the options and the waiters will order it from the relevant stall for you. It’s a 3-star way to try what the locals eat for their daily meal.

Otherwise, you can choose to join a home hosted dinner tour in Hanoi for only 3-4 hours for amazing and unforgettable time when the host treats you with delicious Vietnamese traditional dishes and teaches you the customs of a typical family dinner in Vietnam!

Wish you can choose the best things to do in Hanoi in 24 hours only, out of the above suggestions, so as you will have an unforgettable trip in the city with true experience!