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Vietnam is an incredible country to visit. It boasts amazing food, beautiful nature, a spectacular countryside and many other attractions. One of the most incredible parts of the country though has to be Hanoi, the largest city in the North. Hanoi is now one of the most bustling and quick growing cities in South East Asia as Vietnam’s economy has been on a tear over the past few years. It also remains an incredible place to visit filled with culture and cool things to do. Here is a list of five of the most exciting and fun activities you can do when visiting Hanoi in 2020:

Take a Trip to the Old Quarter


The Old Quarter is one of the coolest places in an incredibly awesome city. It is filled with a large amount for any tourist to do or see. One of the attractions of the old quarter is all of the food and drink vendors and the shopping. You are able to find a lot of great street food in the area and are also able to find cool souvenirs or inexpensive items to buy. Vietnam overall has amazing shopping which will be considered very cheap for many people visiting who live outside of South East Asia. Be careful what you do here, the market is filled with food stalls that could potentially cause an upset stomach and it is not a surprise to see live animals.

Visit the Museum of Ethnology


A Museum of Ethnology is a museum that helps to go over the study and history of different types of people. Hanoi’s Museum of Ethnology helps to chronicle the history of different types of ethnic groups that live all across Vietnam. It is a great place to visit and the goal of the museum is to help be long term documentation so people can better appreciate the incredible diversity of cultures across the country. You probably only need a couple of hours at most when you are visiting this Museum but it is a good place to spend some time.

Visit the Hoa Lo Prison


One of the things people may want to do when they visit Vietnam is see some of the sites and the history from the American-Vietnam war. One of the key sites to see if you are interested in doing something along these lines is the Hoa Lo Prison. The Hoa Lo Prison is more famously known in the United States as the Hanoi Hilton and it was used to house a large number of prisoners of war during the conflict. One has to understand that the perspective is from the Government of Vietnam which is the group that manages the prison, but overall it is a great place to learn and visit for a few hours.

Take a Stroll Around Hoan Kiem Lake


If you are getting tired of the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and you are craving something that is a bit quieter, one of the options for you is to go to check out Hoan Kiem Lake, which is also known as the Lake of the Restored Sword. The Lake of the Restored Sword is a very popular place to visit in Hanoi and not just for tourists but also for locals who want to go to the park. One of the most significant and famous things about the lake is that it has an endangered species of turtle that lives in it - the Giant Soft Shell Turtles. It can be kind of hard to see the turtles but overall it is a really great place to visit located near the Old Quarter.

Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum


For visitors who want to understand more about the Vietnamese perspective on the Vietnam-American war and to understand more about the leader of Vietnam at the time, Ho Chi Minh, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a very interesting experience. The leader of Vietnam at the time of the war, Ho Chi Minh is seen as perhaps the most important person in the modern Vietnamese history. He is treated as such and his large Mausoleum reflects the importance the government feels about his impact on the country.