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Hanoi Sports & Activities

What to Do in Hanoi

Our Hanoi activities section proves that there’s more to this bustling city than its chaotic traffic, colonial buildings, and ancient pagodas. Hanoi’s countryside is just an hour’s drive from the city, where you can experience the traditional Vietnamese lifestyle by visiting ancient villages, nature reserves, national parks, verdant rainforests, colourful wildlife, and limestone islands.

Downtown Saigon also offers an array of fulfilling activities that are definitely well worth the time and effort. With a city plan almost tailor-made for exploring, you can opt for walking tours, join a cooking class, or even unwind with a pampering spa treatment or two. If you still have time in your hands after visiting all of Hanoi’s attractions, check out our guide on what to do in Hanoi.

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Biking in Hanoi

Hanoi biking tours give riders a chance to leave the city and visit some of the countryside villages dotted further afield. Sites include rice fields, pagodas dating back to the 12th century, a chance to meet and talk with a host family, a visit to a war memorial and other historic places of interest. One special Read More...

Cooking Class

Cooking classes are held in almost every five-star hotel and prominent local restaurants in Hanoi, so finding one that fits your budget and time is relatively easy. Prior to the cooking session, guests are given a brief introduction to Vietnamese cuisine before visiting a local market to shop for fresh produce, meats, herbs and spices. Priced at USD50 onwards, the classes are conducted in English, where you get a hands-on experience in preparing authentic northern Vietnamese dishes such as banh xeo (Vietnamese crepe), pho noodle soup, and cha Ca (turmeric fish with fill).

Ho Tay Water Park

Ho Tay Water Park is located inside the amusement park of West Lake Park, the water park is a modern entertainment complex where you will find water attractions like pools, slides and a lazy river, in total there are 10 state-of-the-art water features. The park is set in a green oasis 5 km north of Hanoi

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  • Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00 (Wed-Mon)
  • Location: 614 Lạc Long Quân, Nhật Tân, Tây Hồ, Hànội
  • Tel: +84 4 3718 4222
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Megastar Complex

The Megastar Complex centres around an ultra-modern cinema geared towards tourists showing all films in English with Vietnamese subtitles. All the latest films are presented including 3D movies with five-star comforts provided; you can choose a couple’s seat or use the separate VIP cinema. Drinks and snacks are readily available and there is a huge games arcade located on the fifth floor. The complex is a five-minute taxi ride south from the city centre.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00-Late
  • Location: Level 6 VinCom City Towers, 191 Ba Trieu Street, Hai Ba Trung District
  • Tel: +844 3 974 3333
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Perfume Festival

The Perfume Festival draws throngs of pilgrims from all over Vietnam to Hanoi’s iconic Perfume Pagoda, where visitors come to pray for a prosperous year and pay their respects to Buddha. The pilgrimage takes place on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, which is usually between mid-February or March. As one of Hanoi’s Read More...

  • Highlights: 15th day of the 1st lunar month (Mid-February/March)
  • Location: Perfume Pagoda, Hanoi
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Trekking in and around Hanoi

There are quite a number of trekking tours, ranging from half-day walks to more challenging trekking lasting a number of days. Options include Mai Chau valley, Pu Luong nature reserve, and Tam Do and Cat Ba national parks. The most popular trek is Pu Luong nature reserve which usually takes four days and will take you to Thai hamlets nestled in mountain foothills. Despite its length, this trip does not require too much exertion or skill. Alternatively, Mai Chau valley is a great option if you are short on time and it will offer a rare chance to see rural Vietnamese villages. Additionally, there are an array of jungle treks designed to test more advanced trekkers, including a seven-day challenging trek to Ha Giang and Bac Ha in Northern Vietnam.

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