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Guide to Hanoi for Families

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Hanoi is a fascinating city for family travel. Introducing children of all ages to completely different cultures is always an exciting part of travel for families, and there are plenty of fun and educational attractions to explore in Hanoi. Families will find something for everyone, from toddlers through to teenagers.

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

Theatres

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

History Museums

HanoiKids Free Tour

Food Tours, Private Tours, City Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Cultural Tours

Old Quarter

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Thong Nhat Park (Lenin Park)

Parks

Vietnam Circus Federation

Performances

VietClimb

Climbing Tours

Vietnam Military History Museum

Military Museums

Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA)

Art Galleries

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • Most restaurants and attractions in Hanoi welcome kids, but if you’re heading somewhere fancy or obviously aimed at adults, check that it’s suitable for children first.
  • Hanoi is a busy city with lots of traffic and scooter drivers who may use the sidewalk if the road is full. Keep younger children close by in busy areas and ensure teens are aware.
  • Some vaccinations and anti-malarial medications are recommended for travel to Vietnam. Ask your doctor about the best way to protect young children from common health problems in the region.
  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
    Theatres
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    Kirsty S Says:

    This is a far more spectacular show than you might expect from the words 'puppet theatre'. It’s incredibly elaborate, with everything from dragons to back-flipping babies, and the show actually takes place on the water. Each show lasts just 45 minutes, so it’s not too long for smaller kids to sit through either.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Shows run every hour with tickets at the entrance, but you don’t have to buy them for the current show; get better seats for an evening show by buying tickets during the day.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice little break 20/04/2019
    • Amazing 20/04/2019
    • Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
    Address:
    57B Dinh Tien Hoang - Hoan Kiem - Ha Noi
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 24 3936 4335
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
    History Museums
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Vietnam has a total of 54 ethnic groups, and this is a great family-friendly museum that covers the ethnic diversity of Vietnam, as well as its history and culture. There’s an indoor and outdoor section to explore so you might want to plan your visit with outdoor temperatures in mind.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The small gift shop offers many ethnic craft items at surprisingly low prices.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great intro to Vietnam 20/04/2019
    • History brought to life by a special guide 20/04/2019
    • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
    Address:
    Nguyen Van Huyen Street
    Cau Giay
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 3756 2193
    Price range:
    US$100,000 - US$100,000
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • HanoiKids Free Tour
    Food Tours, Private Tours, City Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Cultural Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    This tour involves young English-speaking students who will show you around the city according to an itinerary you can help plan yourself. Great for older kids and teens, as their guide will be another young person who is not much different to them in age.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The students volunteer for HanoiKids in order to practice their English and learn about other cultures, so encourage your children to share their own interests with your guides.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 289 Food & Drink in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Night food tour 19/04/2019
    • Love Hanoi Kids. 4 tours in 2yrs 19/04/2019
    • HanoiKids Free Tour
    Phone:
    +84 162 743 8686
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Old Quarter
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    Kirsty S Says:

    In Hanoi’s Old Quarter you’ll find fascinating buildings, interesting shops, various entertainment options and tasty street food. You can take a tour, hire a guide or simply stroll around and take in the atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • This is a fun environment but also very busy. Scooter traffic is heavy, especially at night, so be aware and keep a close eye on the kids.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • First visit 20/04/2019
    • Old and pretty 20/04/2019
    • Old Quarter
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
  • Thong Nhat Park (Lenin Park)
    Parks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Sometimes when you do a city break with kids, you need a big, reasonably quiet park to chill out in between activities. This park is convenient, with plenty of space for the kids to let off steam, plus plenty of spots to sit and watch Hanoi life go by.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Tips
    • The park is sometimes the venue for children’s entertainment or outdoor music concerts. Ask at your hotel if there’s anything planned during your stay.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    • Reunification Park 23/01/2019
    • Nice park 05/12/2018
    • Thong Nhat Park (Lenin Park)
    Address:
    Tran Nhan Tong, Le Duan, Hai Ba Trung
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
  • Vietnam Circus Federation
    Performances
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you don’t mind a real old-fashioned circus, complete with performing animals as well as a healthy dose of clowns, acrobats, trapeze artists and tightrope walkers, try the Hanoi Circus in Lenin Park.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Check out the Sunday morning performance if you have young kids. It’s specifically aimed at younger children.
    • If you hate performing animals, give this one a miss. If you don’t mind as long as the animals seem well cared for, you shouldn't find anything to upset you at this circus.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 28 Concerts & Shows in Hanoi
    • Children loved the show 22/03/2019
    • Good for kids to spend a couple of hours 09/01/2019
    • Vietnam Circus Federation
    Address:
    69 67, Tran Nhan Tong
    Hai Ba Trung
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 3942 2116
    Other:
  • VietClimb
    Climbing Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If your kids are into bouldering, or would like to learn, the Viet Climb Gym has an impressive 200 square-metre climbing surface, and six bouldering circuits. Bouldering is ‘freestyle’ climbing at low levels, with no ropes or harness and a padded surface to land on. It’s a great way to learn, practice and refine the techniques needed in any rock-climbing situation.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Many climbing facilities around the world offer bouldering, so if your family enjoy it you’ll likely find somewhere near home to continue your new hobby.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #157 of 671 Outdoor Activities in Hanoi
    • Awesome gym! 20/03/2019
    • Fantastic climbing gym 22/01/2019
    • VietClimb
    Address:
    So 40 ngo 76 An Duong
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 6682 4352
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Vietnam Military History Museum
    Military Museums
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you and your family are into military history and like getting up close to tanks, planes, helicopters and guns, you’ll find a few hours’ worth of entertainment at the Hanoi Military Museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The more you know about Vietnamese military history, the easier you’ll find it to decipher the various exhibits, as many signs are only in Vietnamese.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    • Very informative 19/04/2019
    • Vietnam Military History Museum 19/04/2019
    • Vietnam Military History Museum
    Address:
    28A Dien Bien Phu St.
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 (0) 4823-4264
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Tue
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Tue - Thu
    8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Wed
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 a.m.
    Thu
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Sat
    1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA)
    Art Galleries
    Kirsty S Says:

    While it’s exciting to introduce children and teenagers to a whole new culture, sometimes it can also be useful to treat them to some entertainment that reminds them of home, especially on a long trip. The Vincom Mega Mall has shopping, ice skating, a cinema and even an indoor water park.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Western brands here tend to be at western prices (or not much cheaper). Come to escape the heat or rain, and enjoy some western style entertainment – not to find bargains!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    • Hiraki Sawa at the VCCA 02/10/2018
    • Stroll around some unique work 17/09/2018
    • Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA)
    Address:
    72A Nguyen Trai
    R3-B1 Royal City, Thanh Xuan
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 24 6666 0606
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
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