In a dynamic city like Hanoi, your bucket list will be endless with lots of exciting things to do here. During your trip, don't forget to immerse yourself in the pace of this beautiful city with these following exciting outdoor activities.
One of the best outdoor activities in Hanoi that you shouldn't miss out is the walking tours. In Hanoi, a lot of walking tours are led by dynamic and experienced local tour guides. They will take you to the most famous places to visit here, mostly around the Old Quarter area.
Walking tours are among the best outdoor activities in Hanoi.
Walking Tours in Hanoi has many forms, and the most famous one is street food tours. It is the most recommended choice for many tourists as it's cheap but still unique. The street food in Hanoi, which has been famous all around the world, will surely make you satisfied.
Enjoy a street food tour when you come to Hanoi.
Cycling in Hanoi is also an exciting outdoor activity. As it isn't limited to your visiting area like walking; on the bike, you can visit many interesting places. With Cycling Tour, you can rent a bike, or grab a cyclo, and enjoy the city at a relaxing pace.
Cycling around the lake is an excellent outdoor activity you should try.
Bicycle rental prices in Hanoi are not so high, usually ranging from US$ 1.5 - US$ 2 per hour. There are many bike rental places near two big lakes of Hanoi - Hoan Kiem Lake and West Lake, where cycling is quite popular.
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With a total area of 35,560m² and located in Tay Ho district, West Lake water park (Cong vien nuoc Ho Tay) is an interesting entertainment, which attracts many visitors with two amusement parks. They are the Water Amusement park and New Sun park (Land Amusement Park).
The water park mainly serves underwater entertainment games such as swimming pools, slide pipes, swing cables, etc. The New Sun Park provides tourists with terrestrial adventure games such as Swing stay cables, flying saucers, swings, tsunamis... that create a thrilling and exciting experience. Certainly, you will have interesting memories here.
West Lake Water Park.
Tips - What to bring along:
- Clothes: Visitors only need to bring a swimsuit. However, when you go swimming, please keep in mind to not wear clothes made from jeans, as you will not be able to participate in adventure games such as water skiing or sliding.
- Food: There are many places selling food, but they often sell at very high prices. A tip is that visitors should bring fast food from homes like bread, fruit, and water. Keep them in the locker; it will save a lot of costs.
Address: 614 Lac Long Quan, Tay Ho, Hanoi.
Google Maps location: West Lake Water Park
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
- Saturday and Sunday : 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
- Customers higher than 1.35 m: Ordinary days VND 135,000; Saturdays, Sundays, holidays: VND 160,000.
- Customers under 1.35m: Ordinary days VND 110,000; Saturdays, Sundays, holidays: VND 130,000.
After PM 5:00, the ticket price is only VND 90,000 for all customers.
One of the most popular outdoor activities in Hanoi is pedaling on swan paddle boats. To participate in this activity, go to Thu Le Park - a popular park with the locals. The area which has the swan paddle boats is Thu Le Lake - a large lake in the middle of the park. After a stroll in the park, relax by pedaling and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere here.
Swan Paddle Boat is quite popular among locals.
Address: Kim Ma, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Google Maps location: Thu Le Park
Opening hours: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Ticket price (for Swan Paddle Boat): VND 50,000/hour
Long Bien Bridge is one of the most famous attractions in Hanoi. It is not only a unique architectural work, but it's also meaningful for every Hanoian, as it's the witness of heroic historical events. Long Bien Bridge is a great place to escape the hasty life in the city and enjoy the open space. Here you can watch the sunrise or sunset with a majestic view.
Google Maps location: Long Bien Bridge
The sunset at Long Bien Bridge.
In Hanoi, there are many places where you can make a one-of-a-kind photo shoot. These places are some famous streets such as Phan Dinh Phung Street, Kim Ma Street, Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi Train Street.
Let's make some unforgettable photoshoot in Hanoi.
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To call it a day, what’s better than grabbing a beer on the most uproarious street in the city – Ta Hien street. No need to introduce more as it’s a must-do here in Hanoi, just come to this street and enjoy the lively atmosphere.
Grab a beer at Ta Hien to rewind.
In a cultural site like Hanoi, tourists can find many enjoyable outdoor activities which help you understand the city more than ever, like a native. No matter how many times you visit this beautiful city, these outdoor activities will never get old.
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