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Best Indoor Activities in Hanoi When You Cannot Go Outside

Hanoi’s weather is interestingly unique, but sometimes it can be tricky. The excessive summer heat or sudden spring rains may shy you away from outdoor activities, but don’t worry; Hanoi has so many other options for you to enjoy just as much. Here is our recommendation for the best indoor activities in Hanoi that you should not miss on a “rainy day.”

Explore Hanoi’s Museum Scene

The featured museums in our list below are home to many unique artifacts and photographs, detailed historical stories, and artworks, guaranteeing a fantastic time!

Address: 28A Dien Bien Phu Street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8 AM – 11:30 AM and 1 PM – 4:30 PM (closed Mondays and Fridays)
Entrance fee: VND 40,000/person

The U.S. helicopters, tanks, and crashed aircraft at the Vietnam Military History Museum will help you picture the scale of the Vietnam War. The museum also exhibits a collection of ancient artifacts, maps, pictures, and documents that mark the evolution of Vietnam’s military. If you’re keen on learning the real wartime stories, we suggest hiring a local guide or an audio tour.

the museum is also adjacent to other prime attractions in Hanoi, such as Thang Long Citadel and Hanoi Flag Tower

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Address: Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8:30 AM – 5 PM (closed on Mondays)
Entrance fee: VND 40,000/person (free for students under 6 and discounted for students)

In an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity, Hanoi opened the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, offering a look into 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam. The museum displays various items, such as clothes and jewelry, related to weddings, funeral ceremonies, and other spiritual rituals. The museum offers fun and family-friendly activities in Hanoi since there’s plenty for kids to run around.

Due to unfavorable weather, you might have to sacrifice checking the outdoor area. However, the indoor exhibition is enough of a fulfilling trip

Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Opening hours: Daily 8 AM – 5 PM
Entrance fee: VND 40,000/person

Visiting the museum will allow you to see how women’s roles and significance have been interpreted in Vietnam’s vibrant cultures. The Vietnam Women’s Museum has a five-story display covering three sectors: women in the family, women in history, and women’s fashions.

A glimpse of Vietnam’s matriarchy in the past

Explore Hanoi’s Cafe And Pubs Scene

In Hanoi, you are never too far from a great cup of coffee or fresh “Bia hoi.” When the weather isn’t supportive, grab a seat and enjoy one of the best indoor activities in Hanoi. Here are some of our local recommendations:

The Note Coffee

Address: 64 Luong Van Can Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6:30 AM – 11 PM

The Note Cafe serves a wide range of coffee, from traditional Vietnamese milk to Hanoi’s specialty—the famous egg coffee. The coffee shop also features friendly staff, a great view of Hoan Kiem Lake, and some of the coziest decor.

Hanoi Social Club

Address: 6 Hoi Vu Alley, Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8 AM – 11 PM

The Hanoi Social Club is the city’s most vibrant cafe. It is in a quiet alleyway, an ideal spot for a coffee break. The cafe also serves plenty of vegetarian dishes, such as mango curry.

Spend Your Time Shopping

Nothing beats shopping when it comes to indoor activities in Hanoi. The city is famous for its traditional markets and narrow shophouses, but for a more “weather-proof” option, we highly recommend these shopping malls:

Trang Tien Plaza

Address: 24 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM and Sat-Sun 9:30 AM – 10 PM

Located at the heart of Hanoi, Trang Tien Plaza is renowned for its luxury shopping, which includes famous brands like Dior, Burberry, Louis Vuitton…This shopping mall features an elegant design and stunning decorations during holidays.

Vincom Mega Mall Royal City

Address: 72A Nguyen Trai Street, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi
Opening hours: Daily 9:30 AM – 10 PM

This underground shopping mall is not just about shopping. It houses an indoor skating rink, a cinema, and a virtual-reality-based games complex. Contemporary art exhibitions by Vietnamese artists are also organized monthly to serve many art enthusiasts.

Next on our list of indoor activities in Hanoi is visiting art galleries. 

Address: 14 Phan Huy Ich Street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Opening hours: Daily 8 AM – 10:30 PM

Both a cool art gallery and a fashionable cafe and bar, Manzi is worth exploring for a day. Originally a French villa, it hosts several collections of paintings and photography, and a side-featured courtyard garden is perfect for a fun afternoon with friends.

Address: 10/67 To Ngoc Van Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:30 AM – 5 PM and Sat-Sun 9 AM – 5 PM

Work Room Four is a multidisciplinary art and design studio in art, design, and education. They exhibit their workpieces, from daily products and interiors to fashion and graphics. 

When the weather is not ideal for outdoor exploration, join a spa session for fun indoor activities in Hanoi! Here are some of the city’s finest spas:

Address: 40 Gia Ngu Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Opening hours: Daily 9 AM – 10:30 PM

Located inside the Tirant Hotel Hanoi, this spa center combines Asian-style massage techniques with Vietnamese natural herbal products performed by expert therapists to ensure the most relaxing and comfortable experience. 

Address: 26-28 Le Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10 AM – 10 PM

Many tourists have said that spa masseurs consistently provide world-class services and have a sincere attitude. Anam-QT Spa Hanoi is an award-winning establishment that offers quality treatments with highly skilled staff. The spa is also close to numerous attractions in the Old Quarter, perfect for a quick retreat from the weather!

These fun indoor activities in Hanoi, which we’ve just listed above, once more prove the city’s ability to cater to visitors’ needs. It offers various opportunities to try, experience, and fall in love with its way of life. 

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