As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has been known for its famous tourist destinations. The city attracts tourists from around the world mainly because of its French influences, especially their exquisite French Colonial landmarks. The city has been voted as one of the best places to go to since 2014 and has been ranked in the top ten world’s most popular destinations. Here are 5 worth-visiting places in Hanoi.

Hanoi Old Quarter

In the central stage of Hanoi, the Old Quarter brings numerous activities for travellers. Not only sight-seeing on ancient French Colonial architecture, spending time to enjoy delicious Vietnamese food and traditional shops will complete the Hanoi journey. Hence, ancient temples and pagodas are present along with the overview of Hanoi Old Quarter.

Hanoi Old Quarter - travel treasures

Hoan Kiem Lake

The lake of Hoan Kiem has a great view of a red wooden bridge and a tower in the middle of the lake, called Turtle Tower, on one side of the area. While on the other side, lies a temple, called Ngoc Son Temple that connects straight to the lake. During the day, visitors and locals wander around the lake for activities such as jogging, relaxing, and so on. At night, the lights are lit up like a festival.

Hoan Kiem Lake - travel treasures

Hoa Lo Prison Memorial

The Hell’s Hole or known as Hoa Lo Prison was a place of horror during the war between Vietnam and the French colonisation. The prison serves as a memorial for those who were prisoned before while the building remained structured as it is in the past. This place also a great learning experience for anyone since the historical site occupies an audio tour guide with headphones.

Hoa Lo Prison Memorial - travel treasures

Hanoi Opera House

Built during the French colonisation in 1911, Hanoi Opera House is not only a historical site, but also home to many performers, art lovers and performances. So many great acts and performances were held at the opera house all year long, including The New York Philharmonic.

Hanoi Opera House - travel treasures

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Vietnamese former President, Ho Chi Minh, was resting in peace at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum after his death in 1969. The body of President Ho Chi Minh was embalmed in a glass case tombstone. Open to the public, the mausoleum is surrounded by flowers and gardens with divided pathways.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - travel treasures