Thong Nhat Park


This park, formerly known as Lenin Park, is a lovely place to escape the bustle of the Old Quarter and see what the locals do in their downtime. Hint: they use the exercise equipment, chat and play badminton or hacky-sack.

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1. Ambassadors’ Pagoda

0.48 MILES

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2. Hoa Lo Prison Museum

0.58 MILES

This thought-provoking site is all that remains of the former Hoa Lo Prison, ironically nicknamed the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ by US prisoners of war (POWs) during…

3. Vietnamese Women’s Museum

0.62 MILES

This excellent and highly informative museum showcases the roles of women in Vietnamese society and culture. Labelled in English and French, exhibits…

4. Hai Ba Trung Temple


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5. Ngo Cam Chi

0.81 MILES

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6. St Joseph Cathedral

0.85 MILES

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7. Thap Rua


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8. Temple of Literature

0.94 MILES

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