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Hanoi for free

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Hanoi for free
A solid exchange rateand low cost of living mean that a trip to Hanoi won't break your budget, but if you're looking to pare it down further, you won't have any trouble. Many attractions in the capital are free or low-cost, but no less fun or interesting.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Botanical Gardens (Vuon Bach Thao)
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Botanical Gardens (Vuon Bach Thao)

Anchored by the Peace Memorial, these gardens offer 50 acres of trails, fields and gardens, including many flowers, trees and concrete sculptures. Two small lakes offer swan boats and fishing spots, and an island in the middle is popular for couples. There are trails for runners and cyclists, fields for sports, and ample opportunity for bird watching.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Old Quarter
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Old Quarter

Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter comprises nearly 40 streets packed with shops selling all kinds of goods, each street named for its primary good or service.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
Chua Tran Quoc
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Chua Tran Quoc
Fee: No
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Long Bien Bridge
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Long Bien Bridge

The Long Bien bridge across the Red River connects Hanoi with the main port of Haiphong. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the bridge sustained significant damage during the Vietnam War. Only half of the bridge retains its original shape, but a rebuilding project supported by the French government is currently in progress to restore the bridge to its original appearance.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless locals and tourists. Hoan Kiem Lake is a dynamic daily tableau, from morning walks amid locals doing exercises on the shore, to young couples water-gazing on park benches, to the multiple shopping and sight-seeing opportunities in the vicinity. Centrally located in the city, Hoan Kiem Lake serves as a massive... More

A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless locals and tourists. Hoan Kiem Lake is a dynamic daily tableau, from morning walks amid locals doing exercises on the shore, to young couples water-gazing on park benches, to the multiple shopping and sight-seeing opportunities in the vicinity. Centrally located in the city, Hoan Kiem Lake serves as a massive home base, and provides endless people-watching and recreational opportunities on the edge of the Old Quarter. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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