Water Puppet show - If you haven't seen one this is a must. Kids love the mastery of the puppeteers. The music was lively and the kids were enthrawled the entire 45 minutes. However, if you've seen one puppet show you've seen them all. Get your tickets early for the best seats.
Tip: Buy tickets from the ticket office and not from the scalpers near by. Scalpers will over charge you for ticket. Adults pay, but kids are free. Attened the Sunday morning performance and only 1/8th of the seats were taken up so no need to buy tickets for the kids.
Hanoi Kids - This is a great organization! They suggest a lot of different tours however you can customize it any way you like. We decided on a easy walking tour of the Old Quarter through the markets with an introduction to some delicious egg coffee. A must try when in Hanoi.
Ho Tay Waterpark is on the north part of West Lake with amusement park rides too. This place seems to be packed no matter what the weather is like. When we were there it was way too cold for water play, but there were plenty of rides open for business. The water park area is open in the hotter months.
Kinder Park is a huge indoor play area for kids. It is attached to Ho Tay water and amusement park on the north side of West Lake. They have multiple play areas with rock climbing, an indoor putting center, rooms where kids can pretend to be a fireman or a doctor and lots of other activities. A bit pricey at 120,000 dong per child, but well worth the hours of entertainment. A cab ride will cost about $4-5 one way from Old Quarter.
Tip: Avoid any play area on the weekends as all cost!
tiNIWorld is another indoor play area for kids. Hanoi has 3 locations and we went to the one at West Lake. Although not as big as Kinder Park it is equally as fun. The best thing about tiNIWorld is you can drop your kids off and go downstairs and enjoy some coffee and free wifi while the kids play. If you don't want to leave then TiniWorld also has free wifi and a grocery store next door. Cost is 20,000-40,000 dong and open 930a-930p.
Tip: Monday's are half price!
Go for a cyclo ride around the old quarter. Our kids just love the thrill of the ride! Always negotiate ahead of time.
Night market goes from Hang Dao Street to Dong Xuan Market and with all the various stalls creates a busy and crowded walking street with lots of different and delicious foods to eat. You can find everything here, but it is only open on the weekends. During the day, just shop the Old Quarter.
Hanoi has so many more things to do we couldn't list them all. We really had a great time in Hanoi and all of Vietnam! Anyone else have some suggestions for things to do in Hanoi?
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