The 15 Most Instagrammable Spots in Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam's first university | © beggs/Flickr
Vietnam's first university | © beggs/Flickr
Hanoi is an Instagrammer’s heaven with plenty of beautiful architectural landmarks, parks and natural landscapes to photograph. Here are some places you can take some awesome photos to spice up your Instagram feed.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Bridge, Buddhist Temple, Park
Turtle Tower, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam, Southeast Asia, Asia
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Just by the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake is a popular hangout spot for both locals and tourists. In the middle of the lake lies an island on which Ngoc Son Temple is built, connected by a scarlet bridge. Altogether, the sight is extremely scenic and often used as a backdrop for engagement photoshoots.

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Museum, Park
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum | © Chris Yunker/Flickr
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum | © Chris Yunker/Flickr

Over here you will find the preserved body of beloved Uncle Ho laid to rest in a glass case. While you can visit and pay your respects, you are not allowed to take pictures inside. There are plenty of opportunities in the vicinity though such as the Bach Thao park, Ho Chi Minh Museum and Ba Dinh Square.

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Hoa Lo Prison

Museum
Hoa Lo Prisoner | © Matthias Rosenkranz/Flickr
Hỏa Lò prisoner | © Matthias Rosenkranz / Flickr
Hoa Lo Prison was infamously called the Hanoi Hilton. Built by the French colonists in the late 1800’s, its purpose was to hold prisoners of war. A famous POW that was captured and held here was Senator John McCain. His uniform is displayed among the many eerie mannequins that depict horrific scenes of what it was like within the prison walls back then.
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Perfume Pagoda

Buddhist Temple
Perfume Pagoda river
Perfume Pagoda river | © Inaki Olavarrieta Moro / Alamy Stock Photo

These are a series of temples built into a mountain around the 15th century. To get there is an adventure, including a long boat ride and a rather arduous hike. Plenty of nature will surround you, giving many opportunities to take beautiful pictures.

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Tran Quoc Pagoda

Buddhist Temple

Tran Quoc Pagoda is one of the oldest pagodas in the whole of Vietnam, having been built in 541 A.D. It stands tall on an island within the West Lake and is surrounded by lush greenery, giving you the ultimate opportunity for a beautiful Instagram shot.

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Ba Vi National Park

Park, Ruins
Church ruins | © Piumi Rajapaksha
Church ruins | © Piumi Rajapaksha

This nature reserve is home to multiple peaks, waterfalls, viewpoints and even old and haunting French colonial structures that are now overgrown with weed such as a prison and church.

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Bun Cha Huong Lien 2 Obama

Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
Obama eating bun cha | © manhhai/Flickr
Obama eating bun cha | © manhhai/Flickr

It may be a little weird for you finding a bun cha restaurant up here in this list. This restaurant shot up to popularity when President Barack Obama was invited by American chef Anthony Bourdain to try a local lunch time meal favorite, bun cha. After they finished their meal, the table was left uncleaned and moved to a corner, where it is now a glass-enclosed shrine. The name of the restaurant changed too and they introduced a new item to the menu: The Obama Combo. Definitely Instagrammable, as it provides a little humorous insight into the culture.

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Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual

Hanoi Train Street

Train Station
Hanoi Train Street
Hanoi Train Street | © yeowatzup/Flickr

This is a narrow residential alley in the Old Quarter of Hanoi through which a train street runs terrifyingly close to the houses. As if on some silent cue, every resident packs up their daily lives in unison and moves back into their houses as trains go by twice a day. This is a very popular spot for Instagrammers and one of our favorites.

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