FREE and CHEAP Things to do in Hanoi (CAN’T MISS)

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Free cheap things to do in Hanoi are suitable for those who hope to use their budget economically. Hanoi, the capital with one hundred years of culture and civilization is a wonderful heaven for backpackers and budget-conscious travelers.

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A spectacular corner of Hanoi at down

The reason is its affordability and availability regarding to currency, cuisine, travel and sightseeing opportunities.

Hanoi also boasts a can’t miss destination to the ones that desire to challenge themselves with these intriguing activities mostly free of charge. Wondering the bustling street of Dong Xuan Market, visitors can experience the feelings of bargaining for souvenirs or try their best to win a funny game taking place in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.



Nightlife in Hanoi Old Quarter - free and cheap things to do in Hanoi
A street performance in Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Travelling doesn’t need to be expensive. You yourself can create your unforgettable memories without costing a fortune. It perhaps seems to be unbelievable, nonetheless, participating in many activities really do come free.
  • If you want to immerse yourself in customs and traditions as well as the culture of Hanoi without blowing your budget, here’s a whole bunch of mostly free things to do in Hanoi. The list is based on my personal experience and knowledge as well as so many experienced locals.


  • Visit Hanoi’s Morning And Night Markets


  • Join A Free Walking Tour with Local Guides

Hanoi Free Tours are a great way of discover Hanoi city in the eyes of a local. Hanoi Free Tours are organized by AZ Local Trip to help travelers know more about our country, and Local University students have chances of improving theirsevles. The tours can be customized to meet your interests, include the Old and French Quarters of Hanoi, Old Quarter, Museum of Ethnology, Bat Trang Handicraft Village, Temple of Literature, and West Lake. Although its main goal is to help these students to improve on their language and social skills, feel free to tip your guide after the end of your walking tour

Hanoi Free TOURS
Free Local Guides take 2 journalists from Channel 8 Singapore to Temple of literature
  • Take your shoes and walk around West Lake with a free price
West Lake - free cheap things to do in Hanoi
Eye-catching sunset on West Lake

If you are jogging lovers or you want to wander along West Lake, West Lake is definitely your perfect pick.

Attractive things in West Lake:

The lake boasts significant landscapes around its perimeters such as Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple.

Walking around the lake is an amazing way to spend the day. The 10 mile loop is filled with temples, locals and some really cool cafés and bars.

  • A hub of local activities forms the hustle and bustle of Tay Ho Lake including going paddle- boating, doing exercises or riding bicycles.
  • Basic Information
  • Address: West Lake, Hanoi

Local tips

  • Visitor can wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes or sandals to walk and take part in outdoor activities.
  • Bring a bottle of water or snacks for an interesting trip.

Cross the Red River on Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge - free cheap things to do in hanoi
Crossing the Read River on Long Bien Bridge is a wonderful escape from the noisy Hanoi

The Bridge is a destination to experience a quiet escape from central Hanoi’s hectic traffic and congested walking lanes.

Despite having endured two grim wars of Vietnamese with the French and American, the bridge’s original foundations remain relatively intact, offering a popular spot for photography.

The bridge is a perfect place to enjoy the beauty of the sunset and you can pick up fresh fruit and veg from the sellers on the side of the road.

Trains is still used to cross the famous Red River and you can walk all the way along with incredible views.

  • Address: Cau Long Bien, Phuc Tan, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • More information: Long Bien Bridge


  • Enjoy street performances in the local parks free of charge

Foreign visitors who hope to watch Vietnamese performances free can visit local parks and take part in the lively atmosphere in here.

There are many local musicians or groups of small people dance along the roads of Lenin memorial park near the Vietnam Military History Museum.

Outdoor activities such as badminton and football games, salsa dancing, skateboarding, shuttle cock and roller skating are just some of the things you’ll regularly see.

Local appear to be very friendly, willing to invite you play games and make friends.

Address: 28 Dien Bien Phu, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh District , Hanoi

Local Tips:

– Pay attention to pickpockets

– Bring little package as you can to avoid long waking distance

  • Check Out Authentic Handicrafts in Hanoi’s Old Quarter for free

The vendors along Old Quarter are fascinating places for shopaholics or simply people trying cloths without purchasing. The narrow alleyways of Hanoi Old Quarter boasts a variety of shops selling authentic artefacts including paper lanterns, paintings, wood and stone carvings, silk, and paintings by local artists.


If you don’t intend to buy things, you can try these artefacts out.

You can see the daily lives of locals here with plenty of selling and purchasing activities. Watch out of pickpockets and thieves

Besides shops selling outfits, you can enjoy various local cuisines in here with a reasonable price.



Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tours


  • Sensory overload at Quang Ba flower market
Quang Ba market - free cheap things to do in Hanoi
Crowded Quang Ba market with a various kinds of flowers

Although the market is not on the main tourist trail, you can explore it with a variety of flowers, a heaven for flower fans.

This is where all of the flowers are brought before they’re taken to be sold around Hanoi.  It’s a sensory overload of colors and smells with food hawkers selling local grub to keep you going

Address: Au Co, Nhat Tan, Tay Ho, Hanoi

Opening hours: The market opens from 2 am, running the whole way through the night.


  • Help students learning English around Hoan Kiem Lake
hoan kiem - free cheap things to do in hanoi
Communication with young locals to discover more about Vietnamese culture (1)

You are keen on communicating with others or sharing about cultures and lifestyles then you can talk to locals who desire to boost their English skills.

Local students will walk around looking for English speakers to practice conversations with. It’s a great way to meet the locals and get some insiders suggestions of what to do in Hanoi.

Hanoi City is considered as a must come destination of the S-shaped country. 10 free things to do in Hanoi as mentioned are most popular activities. If you need further information, don’t hesitate to contact AZ local trip to have an unforgettable journey.


  • Take a morning stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake with a completely free cost
Hoan Kiem - free cheap things to do in hanoi
Walking along Hoan Kiem Lake, a way to get away from quickly life speed of the capital

Hoan Kiem Lake is considered a pearl of the capital and a famous hangout spot throughout the day with locals and touristsIt is a magnificent place for you to recharge your battery after a stressful working day with a bunch of tasks and complicated issues as one of your Free cheap things to do in Hanoi list

In here, you can easily catch the sights of many elderly couples walking hand in hand, midnight joggers working up a sweat and children speeding round in their toy cars. 

  • Ngoc Son Temple
Hoan Kiem Lake Hanoi - free cheap things to do in hanoi
Outside of Ngoc Son Temple

– Getting away from the frenetic pace of the city life, Hoan Kiem Lake surrounds Ngoc Son Temple, a pagoda nested in the centre on a small island.

– The temple was built in commemoration of the 13th century military leader Tran Hung Dao who made a considerable contribution to the battle against the Yuan Dynasty.

  • Connected to Ngoc Son Temple is the iconic The Huc Bridge or Rising Sun Bridge.
The Huc Bridge - free cheap things to do in Hanoi
Beautiful The Huc Bridge at night

– The bridge is known as a charming scarlet-painted wooden bridge of classical Vietnamese design.

– It is also filled with the bright sunshine, forming a beautiful scenery in Hoan Kiem Lake.

– A lot of couples hand in hand visit The Huc Bridge or many young Hanoians take photos or selfish in this bridge.

  • Turtle Tower stands close to the lake in memory of a long-rooted legend in Vietnamese minds.
Hoan Kiem - free cheap things to do in hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake boasts its stunning beauty at night

– The legend describes how an emperor was once given a magical sword helping him defeat the Chinese Ming Dynasty and the lake is the place of the return of the Golden Turtle God.

– One auspicious things is to observe large soft-shell turtles swimming in the lake.

Hoan Kiem Lake boasts its stunning beauty at night.

  • Basic Information
  • Address: Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • Opening hours: Daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Hoan Kiem Lake is free of charge, except the ticket fee of 20.000 VND to visit Ngoc Son Temple.

Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum without spending a penny

Ho chi minh mausoleum - free cheap things to do in hanoi
Visitors can follow the queue to visit Uncle Ho’s body

For visitors as well as local residents, a trip to Uncle Ho’s final resting place can be an extraordinary experience as it is not just a normal tourist attraction, it’s an itinerary of discovering a unique history.

You can follow the queue to observe Uncle Ho’s body preserved in a glass case at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The granite building stands for a great deal for many locals as it ensures that their beloved leader ‘lives on forever’.

The gardens outside have 250 species of flower gathered from all regions of Vietnam and many locals exercise on the long stretches of concrete.

  • Explore Temples and Pagoda everywhere
Perfume Pagoda - free cheap things to do in hanoi
Hundred flocks of prayers visit Perfume Pagoda for a happy and prosperous year (1)

Vietnam is a multi-religions with many religions such as Buddhism and Catholicism, so temples and pagodas are omnipresent, most of which don’t require entrance fee.

Free cheap things to do in Hanoi here: 

  • Normally, temples are relatively tranquil, but on occasional events including Tet, Mid-Autumn Festival and Buddha’s Birthday, the vibrant atmosphere here will surprise you.
  • You can observe the images of prayer ceremonies, traditional music and dance performances and fireworks display.
  • Simply, you just sit silently to keep your soul restful, getting out of your speedily pace of life.
  • Basic Information
  • Address: Some famous temples and pagodas in Hanoi: The Perfume Pagoda, Cau Dong Pagoda, Ngoc Son Temple and Bach Ma Temple.
  • Local tips

– Opening hours: Most temples open daily from 7am to 6pm.

– Dress code: You should wear a suitable outfit when visiting worshipping areas.


1 Comment
  • Chinthika
    August 20, 2018

    Very useful. Keen on taking a university student as a guide. Planning to have 6 days holiday in vietnam. I am a budget traveller. Recommend a small guest house and the price please


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