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6 popular things to do in Hanoi city tours

Thu, 19 Mar 2015. Last updated Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:46

Hanoi has been an indispensable destination in Vietnam. In Hanoi city tours, visitors are often attracted by museums, Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison, enjoying Water Puppet Theater and other famous stopovers in the city.

Hanoi Capital has been one of famous destinations in Vietnam which are always listed in best places to visit of TripAdvisor – a well-known and reputable travel website in the world. Hanoi fascinates travelers not just by its long-lasting and unique traditional culture, but also outstanding tourist attractions such as museums and historical relics. While most of Hanoi people feel so familiar with those places that they rarely visit them, such attractions do appeal tourists in Hanoi city tours. Even, tourists coming to Hanoi may understand more clearly about these attractions than the locals. Let’s discover the following top things to do in Hanoi short tours.

Visiting museums

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Hanoi is home to 16 museums scattering throughout the urban districts with extremely diverse themes. These museums in Hanoi are open by hour everyday. To visit the museums, tourists need to buy tickets according to the regulations of each museum. Almost visitors are people from other places in Vietnam and from other countries. Top famous museums in the city are Museum of Vietnam Ethnology, Vietnamese Women’s Museum, and Vietnam Museum of History. Coming here, tourists will have an opportunity to explore and understand more about the heroic history of Vietnam in general and of Hanoi in particular.

Dropping by Temple of Literature

Inside Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature is seen as one of should-not-miss places in Vietnam tour packages to religious destinations. Considered as the rich and diverse tourist complex in Hanoi, Temple of Literature (Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam) is listed in 23 special national monuments in Vietnam. Hanoi people are always proud and consider Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam as a symbol of Hanoi tourism. However, tourists not all the time come to visit this historical complex. The time attracting the most attention of Hanoians to Temple of Literature is often in the first days of the year or right before the university entrance examination season. People coming here to wish for luckiness.

Visiting Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison or Maison Centrale

Having existed since 1896, Hoa Lo Prison used to jail numerous Vietnamese political prisoners under French occupation of Vietnam. After 1954, Hoa Lo has been under management of the Vietnamese government and has held American pilots in Vietnam War, including Senator John McCain.

Today, Hoa Lo leaves only a small corner as the place for visiting serving tourists when participating in Ha Noi tours. The remaining area is Hanoi Tower commercial buildings. The opening hour of Hoa Lo Prison is from 8am to 5pm everyday. Most visitors coming to the tourist attraction are foreigners.

Enjoying Water Puppets Shows

Water Puppet Show

In Hanoi, the most famous venue of puppet shows is at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater at 57B Dinh Tien Hoang Street near Hanoi Old Quarter. With the performing frequency from 13h45 to 21h15, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is a famous stopover of travelers in Vietnam tours to discover local culture. As Hanoian, almost everyone come to the puppet theater once in a lifetime to enjoy the shows, later they return to introduce the unique Vietnam culture to friends, or take their children here to enjoy. The current ticket price at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is from 60,000-100,000 VND. Beside Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, tourists can visit Vietnam Puppet Theater at 361 Truong Chinh Street. That will be an interesting experience on exploring Vietnamese culture.

Traveling Hanoi Old Quarter on cyclo

Used to be one of popular vehicles in the last century, the cyclo is both a means of transportation in Hanoi Old Quarter and a traditional cultural feature of Hanoi. The vehicle mostly serves international tourists. Nowadays, cyclo rarely appears in Hanoi streets. With a fast pace of life, Hanoi people mostly use motorbikes or automobiles for daily travel.

Cyclo in Hanoi

Buying conical hats and lacquer

Taking a stroll on Hanoi Old Quarter, tourists will easily catch the image of stores selling lacquer paintings with meticulously and unique artworks. International tourists usually buy these items as souvenirs or gifts inspiring Vietnamese culture. And, conical hats are often bought and used by tourists when traveling Hanoi. Normally, famous images about Hanoi are expressed on these items which bring souls of Hanoian, and they will be an unforgettable memory about Hanoi.

Are you wondering where to go and what to do in Hanoi city? That will be an interesting idea to begin your summer vacation by spending time on Hanoi city tours. Currently, AloTrip – a reputable travel company with its official website of is providing a wide range of airfares to Hanoi. Hidden beauties in the heart of Vietnam are looking for your discovery. Let’s take a flight and enjoy your holiday!

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