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Hanoi for Families

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Although Hanoi's hectic streets make it a less than obvious destination for family travel, on closer inspection the city is actually a fine choice for both old and young. The narrow thoroughfares of the Old Quarter offer sights, smells, and sounds to stimulate inquisitive minds. And myriad activities offer youngsters fun and thrills—like boating on one of Hanoi's many lakes, riding on a cyclo around town, and enjoying water puppet shows or the Vietnamese circus.
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Nguyễn Văn Huyên, Quan Hoa, Cầu Giấy, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Showcasing the heritage of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups, this museum has an indoor exhibition space with a large collection of photographs and artifacts including clothing, jewelry, tools, military equipment, and items related to religious beliefs...
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The first thing that everybody comments on about Hanoi is its heavy traffic, and it is true that the mayhem can be intimidating for those with a timid disposition. Nevertheless, enclaves of peace and quiet remain and a number of fascinating bike...
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57B Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
While the art of puppetry is common throughout much of Asia, Vietnam has the unique discipline of water puppetry. These puppets are carved from wood and then lacquered to protect them from the water. The stage for a show is a pool of water, with...
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25 Hàng Thiếc, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For an occasionally harrowing (but always interesting) peek into traditional Hanoi, spend an afternoon navigating the maze of the Old Quarter markets. Traditionally, certain streets were named after the product that was sold there (i.e. shoes,...
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Besides riding around the city on their motorbikes, the youth of Hanoi like nothing better than to strut their bowling stuff at venues such as this hopping joint. Prices are cheap at just over $1 per game making it easy to while away a few hours....
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67-69 Trần Nhân Tông, Lê Đại Hành, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
With a history that goes back as far as the country's Communist Party, Vietnam Central Circus has been entertaining generations of Hanoians since the 1950s. Human entertainers as well as a strong cast of animals—including monkeys and elephants—...
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3 Hoàng Hoa Thám, Ngọc Hồ, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Hanoi's insatiable energy can be exhausting for even the most hyperactive of soul. Fortunately this sprawling garden near Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum offers some scope for recharging spent batteries. The well-landscaped area offers lakes and plentiful...
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Hàng Quạt, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
I loved the Old Quarter. Each street's name corresponds to the wares in its shops. It was mind-boggling that the Vietnamese would be so rigid & organized, which is not the first impression you have (or even the 10th) when you visit this country....
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36 Lý Thường Kiệt, Hàng Bài, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Women have traditionally played a leading role in Vietnamese society and this interesting museum plays tribute to their contribution. There are powerful exhibits remembering the part women played in the revolutionary movement and the Vietnam War...
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76 Phố Yên Phụ, Yên Phụ, Tây Hồ, Yên Phụ Tây Hồ Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Although there are plenty of courses outside the city, golfing opportunities in Hanoi are hard to come by. Thankfully, the driving range at the Hanoi Club is one of the most unique such facilities in the region. Not only do golfers get the chance...