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.Read More
- Small-Group Evening Street Food Tour
- Night Walking Tour with Water Puppet Show
- Private Van Phuc Silk Village Half-Day Tour
- Vietnamese Culture Tour
- Ionah Show Admission with Dinner & Transfer
- Historic Art of Calligraphy Class
- Back Seat Motorbike City Tour
- Local Flavors Food Walking Tour
- 10-Day Northern Vietnam Excursion
- Fine Art, Walking Tour & Traditional Show
Other Activities 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 place worth a bike outing is Duong Lan, an old village that has its roots in the origins of rice farming and includes ancient houses still in use today with fascinating architecture built four centuries ago.
Bike tours are a great way to see how the locals live and explore some of Hanoi beyond Read More...
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).
Hanoi Water Park (Ho Tay Water Park)
A great day out and a great way to cool off when the city gets too hot and dusty, Hanoi Water Park is perfect for a fun family excursion. Located five kilometres north of Hanoi city, the water park features 12 slides and tube rides, a hydrotherapy pool, dive pool and wave machine. Smaller kids will enjoy the lazy river whilst older kids will love the corkscrew roller-coaster at the Moon Park next door. There is even a 3D cinema and mini-golf attached. The water park is best avoided at weekends when its gets really busy with locals.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00
- Location: 614 Pho Lac Long Can, Ho Tay District
- Tel: +844 3753 2757
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
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.