While you could spend your entire visit to Hanoi strolling past sidewalk vendors, impromptu badminton games and scenic lakes, there is a wealth of activities to explore in the capital. Don't miss out on unique cultural events, Western imports and all of the other thrills and engagements Hanoi has to offer. For a slice of authentic Vietnamese leisure that appeals to both locals and travellers, begin by sampling traditional performances at local theatres. The Water Puppet Theatre at Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of Hanoi is always a big draw and Cheo, a satirical form of folk music theatre, is showcased at a number of indoor and outdoor venues in the city.

Should you be athletically inclined enjoy a round at one of the many first-class golf resorts in the area, a shimmy up a rock wall or a bicycle tour through Hanoi. After exerting yourself, cool off with a rubdown at a lavish massage parlour, plentiful around the capital city. Hanoi also boasts an extensive supply of modern entertainment, from karaoke and state-of-the-art cinemas to tenpin bowling and casino gaming. Whether you're harmonizing with a hostess, taking in a taste of home or lollygagging with Lady Luck, it's a safe bet that Hanoi will put a jackpot smile on your face.

What to Do in Hanoi

Amadora Wellness & Spa

Amadora Wellness & Spa

The architectural and design themes of Amadora Wellness & Spa in Hanoi, showcase a combination of Champa artistry and Western modern styles. Inferring many aspects of culture and religion, these themes convey vivid impressions about diversified shades of ancient and modern design. There is a welcoming ambience as soon as customers walk through the door. In Amadora’s cozy, distinct and ...

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Menard Spa

Menard Spa

Utilising international advances in shiatsu massage techniques, Menard brings you luminous beautiful skin and the chance to completely relax the upper body. Reishi, collagen and vitamins will rejuvenate your skin from the inside.

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Le Spa du Metropole

Le Spa du Metropole

Whether you’re searching for a luxury body treatment, top-quality pedicure or a Vietnamese massage, Le Spa du Metropole is one of the best places to relax in Hanoi. With an expansive list of treatments, top-quality facilities and staff trained to meticulously high standards, Le Spa du Metropole is well-equipped to serve the needs of stressed-out businessmen and women, and Hanoi ...

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Ca Tru Thang Long Guildes

Ca Tru Thang Long Guildes

Outside the Ca Tru Thang Long Guilds life unfolds as usual in the busy Old Quarter; inside this beautifully restored ancient home, however, the melodies and surroundings move at the pace of 15th Century Northern Court entertainment. Ca Tru has existed for over 10 centuries. At its base are poetry and music comprised of many melodies sung in a singing ...

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Hanoi Club Driving Range

Hanoi Club Driving Range

Golf enthusiasts can draw inspiration from their surroundings while practicing their swing. The Hanoi Club offers the unique opportunity to putt or drive into Hanoi’s West Lake, either day or night.

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Urban Discovery

Urban Discovery

An Urban Discovery city bicycle tour is the best way to get off the beaten path in Hanoi. Enjoy the sights, smells and thrills of Hanoi's Old Quarter on a self-propelled two-wheeler as you traverse through a 20km, four hour maze of side streets. Each tour is kept to a maximum of eight people and includes lunch. Urban Discovery also ...

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Le Spa du Metropole

Le Spa du Metropole

Whether you’re searching for a luxury body treatment, top-quality pedicure or a Vietnamese massage, Le Spa du Metropole is one of the best places to relax in Hanoi. With an expansive list of treatments, top-quality facilities and staff trained to meticulously high standards, Le Spa du Metropole is well-equipped to serve the needs of stressed-out businessmen and women, and Hanoi ...

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Hair Salons / Nails

Hair Salons / Nails

At most salons around Hanoi, VND100,000 will buy you a hair wash and a head massage. If you're willing to part with a little more cash, many of Hanoi's luxury salons offer the services of experienced hair gurus at rock-bottom prices that would be unimaginable back home; take advantage of it while you can. Nail art can run you anywhere ...

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How to play golf in Ha Noi

How to play golf in Ha Noi

If you want to fit a game or two of golf into your Hanoi holiday, contact the golf course directly and book accordingly. On the weekends, slots fill up quickly and courses run a strict tee off schedule so make sure you arrive with plenty of time. The alternative is to go through an agent who will organise everything for ...

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Water Puppets

Water Puppets

Originating in the rice paddies of the nearby Hong River Delta, traditional Vietnamese puppet theatre uses the water as a stage while the gliding puppets are controlled by actors hiding behind a screen. Shows in Hanoi feature traditional instrumentation and exceptional acrobatic feats while performers are mired in waist deep water. The performances are in Vietnamese; nonetheless, with all the ...

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King's Island Golf Resort

King's Island Golf Resort

Only 36km west of Hanoi, Kings' Island Golf Resort measures up to international standards and wraps around scenic Dong Mo Lake. Accessible only by boat, both 18-hole courses offer challenge and beauty, a result of building the difficult hazards into the natural landscape. The club house and accompanying facilities such as a restaurant, locker rooms and pro shop are also ...

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Tam Dao Golf and Resort

Tam Dao Golf and Resort

A fully integrated golf course and resort with 18 championship level holes, Hanoi's Tam Dao Golf and Resort combines veteran Western management with experienced local groundskeepers. The practice facilities, residential opportunities and full service function room are only the tip of the iceberg. Dine in comfort and style at the 19th Hole Restaurant. For any occasion and any travelling company, ...

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Karaoke

Karaoke

Hanoians like to sing. Not just in the shower or after a few beers, but also on the street and at 12pm lunch hour karaoke sessions. So let out your inner songbird and join in the fun. Rates depend on the venue and time of day, but you can expect to shell out around VND100,000 per hour. Karaoke, whether the ...

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Phoenix Golf Resort

Phoenix Golf Resort

Located amidst spectacular limestone scenery nicknamed the Halong Bay of land, Phoenix Golf Resort is surrounded by impressive nature and offers professional facilities sure to nurture. Only 38km from Hanoi, Phoenix Golf Resort is located in Yongbong Village. Featuring three different 18-hole courses designed by international professionals, the full scale resort has done its homework regarding every detail. Memberships and ...

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Landmark 72 Observatory

Landmark 72 Observatory

At 350 metres, Calidas Landmark 72 Residence is the tallest skyscraper in Vietnam. Bring your camera and head up to the 72nd floor observatory for stunning vistas of Hanoi and environs. Landmark 72 is Hanoi's recently completed, state-of-the-art mixed-use multiplex that houses residences, commercial offices, retail outlets, cinemas and hotels. There are also high-class amenities including a fitness centre and ...

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Ca Tru

Ca Tru

Ca Tru, which was granted UNESCO Cultural Heritage status, is said to have originated in the 11th century, but developed in the 15th century as religious chants and court entertainment throughout northern Vietnam. This genre of chamber music adapted to historical changes by gradually becoming part of village entertainment and eventually finding itself confined to private homes. Throughout its evolution, ...

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Hanoi Club Driving Range

Hanoi Club Driving Range

Golf enthusiasts can draw inspiration from their surroundings while practicing their swing. The Hanoi Club offers the unique opportunity to putt or drive into Hanoi’s West Lake, either day or night.

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Cinematheque

Cinematheque

The coolest hidden cinema spot in Hanoi, Cinematheque is run by volunteer film lovers. The films screened here can hardly be found elsewhere in town and there's a pleasant cafe in the same courtyard with live music performances. Hunker down with your friend or loved one in Cinematheque's 89-seat theatre on Hai Ba Trung in Hanoi and enjoy state-of-the-art movie ...

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Massage/ Spas

Massage/ Spas

Massage therapy is an ancient medical practise. The skin is the largest organ in the human body, endowed with multiple nerve endings. Ancient therapists realised that massage effectively invigorates soft tissue and helps to achieve relaxation. This knowledge is entrenched in Vietnamese culture, with all variations of massage therapy available in Hanoi. Whether you seek Vietnamese traditional, Thai, Swedish, deep ...

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Winner's Club

Winner's Club

Are you game for an exciting night out at one of the biggest slot centres in the capital city? Then head to Winner's in Hanoi Hotel Club. The venue boasts two roulette machines, blackjack tables and baccarat tables in addition to Winner's main attraction: 58 unique electronic slot machines. Open 24 hours, you'll find huge jackpots and a multitude of ...

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Win's Club

Win's Club

The newest casino slot centre in Hanoi, Win's Club in Moevenpick Hotel boasts two sparkling roulette machines where you can test your luck and try to win big on the 'little wheel'. This new hotspot also has a blackjack table in addition to 35 slot machines. Take a chance on Lady Luck and roll the dice.

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Cyclo Tours

Cyclo Tours

Holdovers from Vietnam's colonial era, cyclos are bicycle taxis that can carry everything from passengers to broken-down motorbikes. Today, however, cyclos mostly ferry tourists around Hanoi's Old Quarter. You'll probably be spotted by a cyclo driver before you spot a cyclo! Standard rides include trips around Old Quarter streets including Hang Bac, Ma May and Hang Ma. Expect to pay ...

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Dai Lai Star Golf & Country Club

Dai Lai Star Golf & Country Club

40km from Hanoi at the base of Ngoc Thanh Mountain, Dai Lai Star Golf & Country Club wraps around Dai Lai Lake to dazzling effect. Offering championship level courses in pristine surroundings, the natural terrain offers unique challenges to all levels of golfers. The construction materials and primary design were imported to ensure an internationally flavoured course near Hanoi that ...

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Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes

Although there is a wealth of cooking classes in Hanoi to choose from, City Pass Guide's pick this time around is Hanoi Cooking Centre, cooking school and cafe. It was designed by Chef Tracey Lister, co-author of KOTO - A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam. From specific Vietnamese dishes and street food to regionally-themed cuisine, the average price per class is ...

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Menard Spa

Menard Spa

With locations all throughout the city, guests have access to a variety of high quality products and services. What separates Menard Spa from its competitors is their use of natural products including reishi, collagen and vitamins to bring luminous beautiful skin and refreshments for one’s body and soul. From body fragrances, to make-up, hair care and skin care products, Menard ...

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Biking

Biking

Everyone wants to explore the real Hanoi and there is no better way than renting a bicycle. Having access to two-wheeled transportation opens up the city's undiscovered treasure trove of sights and smells, so get up, get on and go! Consider Urban Discovery's bike tour, a great way to get off the beaten path in Hanoi. The company offers two ...

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Cheo

Cheo

Cheo is a form of satirical musical theatre traditionally performed in the countryside of northern Vietnam by travelling touring companies, though modern cheo is increasingly performed indoors. Stories commonly involve legendary tales and musical accompaniment features significantly in the performances. In fact, the audience at a Cheo show applauds by way of banging a drum, often in response to the ...

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Doson Seaside Golf Resort

Doson Seaside Golf Resort

Down the road from Hanoi and nestled in Hai Phong, Doson Seaside Golf Resort's par 72 course was specially designed by the Australian firm Pacific Coast Design Company. The range of greens and hazards throughout accommodate a variety of skill levels and create an experience unavailable elsewhere. If you've ever imagined a round of golf with an accompanying cool sea ...

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Hanoi Star Bowl

Hanoi Star Bowl

An unabashed tribute to the bowling alleys that once dominated Western culture, Hanoi Star Bowl has the lanes, the tunes and the decor to transport you back to the land of the strikes. Don't worry if you forgot your shoes back at home, they'll fix you up with a rental pair for a low fee. Drop in for a round ...

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Hanoi Golf Club

Hanoi Golf Club

The only Japanese-managed golf course in Vietnam, Hanoi Golf Club features 18 signature holes gently manoeuvring over hilly terrain. Whether you come to get a personal best, sign a new client or simply stretch your legs on the green, Hanoi Golf Club will cater to your needs. The first class facilities, equipped with locker room, restaurant and pro shop, are ...

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Stardust E-Gaming Club

Stardust E-Gaming Club

Las Vegas in Hanoi! Stardust E-Gaming Club is an authentic casino-style gaming arena located in Melia Hanoi Hotel. It features casino gaming, lucky draws, event nights and a variety of promotions. Try your luck with slot machines, roulette, blackjack, baccarat, and the mystery jackpot. Guests receive complimentary food and beverages and good luck gifts. An advantageous membership program is available.Stardust ...

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Gaming

Gaming

Care to test your fortunes in Hanoi? From posh hotels to independent venues, gambling is alive and well here, but, besides an unofficial game of Chinese chess, gaming is unavailable to local Vietnamese. Slots, poker, blackjack, baccarat and roulette are all a big gamble, but just the trick if you crave a little Lady Luck by your side while you're ...

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Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club

Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club

On the way from Hanoi to Halong Bay, stop off at Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club for an afternoon of hitting the links and sipping on iced drinks. Beside an expansive lake and surrounded by rolling hills, the professional level course at Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club is complemented by a club house with panoramic views ...

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Ionah

Ionah

Star Galaxy Theater and Convention87 Lang Ha, HanoiEvery Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m Ionah is the name of the current production running at the spectacular Star Galaxy Theater just 5km from the city centre of Hanoi. The 300 seat theatre is a superb semicircular venue, presenting the entire audience with “ringside” seats. It benefits from multi-layered projection, a ...

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CGV Cinemas Hanoi (Megastar Cinema)

CGV Cinemas Hanoi (Megastar Cinema)

Showing the newest Western and Vietnamese releases in a modern, well-furnished space, CGV Cinemas is a great spot to while away a few hours with pleasant air conditioning or reconnect with the entertainment culture back home. Choose between regular, VIP or couples seating and digital 2D or 3D. Whatever your selection, the Hanoi movie theatre experience will transport you far, ...

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Intrepid Travel Vietnam

Intrepid Travel Vietnam

Uncover Hanoi's back streets, hidden gems and fascinating sights with Intrepid Travel. Providing outings ranging from a half day to five days, the tour company's unique style and professionalism make for unforgettable adventure. Check out their Hanoi Street Food by Night and Hanoi Highlights tours. Whether you're looking to trek within the villages of Sapa or set sail on Halong ...

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Amadora Wellness & Spa

Amadora Wellness & Spa

The architectural and design themes of Amadora Wellness & Spa in Hanoi, showcase a combination of Champa artistry and Western modern styles. Inferring many aspects of culture and religion, these themes convey vivid impressions about diversified shades of ancient and modern design. There is a welcoming ambience as soon as customers walk through the door. In Amadora’s cozy, distinct and ...

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Observation Deck at The Lotte Center Hanoi

Observation Deck at The Lotte Center Hanoi

The Lotte Center Hanoi is a relatively recent addition to the Hanoi skyline, opened in 2014. Standing at 272 metres, it dominates the area of Ba Dinh District, about 3km to the east of Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. Located at 54 Lieu Giai, the tower offers Southeast Asia's first-ever skywalk. Lotte Center Hanoi contains a 5 star ...

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Just Massage

Just Massage

Hanoi's Just Massage offers a clean, professional massage by vision-impaired and disadvantaged massage therapists. Most of the business's profits funds massage training and education programs for underprivileged Hanoi youth who work at the centre. Relax with an aromatherapy treatment, foot massage or Swedish massage. What's better than offering economic opportunity and personal empowerment while also enjoying a 'just' great massage? ...

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Thu Cuc Exotical Spa

Thu Cuc Exotical Spa

Thu Cuc Spa offers complete therapeutic services in a building overlooking peaceful Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi. The elegant decor establishes good feng shui and guarantees relaxing moments in a world apart from the stresses and chaos of modern Hanoi. In addition to excellent massage services other treatment options include skin and body whitening, anti-acne treatments and waxing. Reservations are ...

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Ca Tru Thang Long Guildes

Ca Tru Thang Long Guildes

Outside the Ca Tru Thang Long Guilds life unfolds as usual in the busy Old Quarter; inside this beautifully restored ancient home, however, the melodies and surroundings move at the pace of 15th Century Northern Court entertainment. Ca Tru has existed for over 10 centuries. At its base are poetry and music comprised of many melodies sung in a singing ...

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