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15 Free Activities To Do In Vietnam

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Vietnam is known for its heritage sites and natural beauty. With places like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the country has a lot of things to offer to its travellers. Exploring this beautiful country doesn’t have to cause a deep dent in your pocket. We have come up with a list of exciting activities in Vietnam that you can do for free.

P.S. If you’re still undecided which parts of the country to cover, check our list of 12 Vietnam destinations that should not be missed!

1. Walk around the gorgeous Hoan Kiem Lake

Situated in the heart of Hanoi, which is the capital city of Vietnam, the lake offers a picturesque view of its natural habitat. You can stroll around the lake and can easily get accustomed to the local traditions. Sip a cup of tea with the locals or simply spend a day while reading your favourite book here.

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2. Vietnamese art and handicraft

Places like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City hosts plenty of art galleries and exhibitions that one can visit for free. There are also dedicated markets to promote local handicrafts. Visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter to witness some of the country’s best traditional products.

The colourful lanterns play a crucial part in the aesthetics of the town
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3. Window shopping

There are plenty of local markets that will let you see a whole new side of the world. The Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minch City hosts some of the best local spices and textiles. And after shopping, get some yummy halal food. Here are 5 halal places you need to check out!

Ben Thanh Market, Saigon, Vietnam
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4. Quan Am Pagoda

One of the oldest Chinese Pagoda in the country is located in the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City and is absolutely free to be explored by visitors.

Quan Am Pagoda
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5. Spend some time with the locals

Visit the local cafes or parks and get to know more about what the residents are up to. Hear their stories and gain some thoughtful lessons on life.

Auntie selling pineapples on the streets of Hanoi.
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6. Explore the Old Quarter

The Old Quarter of Hanoi has some of the best-kept secrets of Asia. Visit its intriguing alleys and travel back in time without spending a dime.

Old Quarter street
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7. A visit to the countryside

There are plenty of untouched villages in Vietnam that features lush green bamboo trees and meadows. You can spend days strolling in these tiny villages of the Ha Nam area for free.

Bamboo garden in Vietnam
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8. Notre Dame Cathedral

The beautiful cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City will be a treat for your eyes. It was originally built in the 1800s and is located nearby the local post office. With free entry, you can spend almost half your day gazing its beauty.

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
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9. Spend a day in Hoi An

Considered one of the prettiest towns in Vietnam, it is still untouched by most of the modern gadgets and other new-age technologies. Featuring a lake and a traditional market, it will let you have a memorable time.

Golden Hands Bridge
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10. Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City

The French colonial town-building can’t be missed by any enthusiastic traveller. It was designed by the famous Gustave Eiffel and has intricately designed interiors and a lush green exterior that will let you have a relaxed time.

Saigon Central Post Office
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11. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The Mausoleum was built to pay homage to the heroes of the Vietnamese war and is a must-have site for travellers to visit.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a testament of how one man shaped the entire country.
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12. The northwest mountain ranges

Surround yourself with the unadulterated beauty of the Mother Nature in these serene mountain ranges. You will find everything that you are looking for in these exotic mountains.

Northwest Vietnam
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13. Hanoi’s pedestrian bridge

If you want to escape the hustle of the capital city, visit the historical pedestrian bridge that runs parallel to the Red River. Build-in 1930, it is a landmark in itself.

Long Biên Bridge
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14. Visit the Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace
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Take a stroll at the renowned Reunification Palace and get to know more about the history of this beautiful country. There are some thirty-thousand dongs that can be visited by paying a nominal fee of USD 1.50.

15. Free walking tours

Free walking tours at Hanoi, Vietnam
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There are plenty of walking tours that are organized in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Just enrol yourself in such walking tours or photo walks and have the time of your life! Vietnam certainly has something for everyone.

Did we miss some free activities in Vietnam?

Let us know in the comments below. If you’re visiting Ho Chi Minh City, we’ve picked 5 fave halal food places and reviewed Cu Chi tunnels. For Hanoi, there’s our ultimate guide to the capital’s attractions. And if need to book a Muslim-friendly hotel in any city, visit our Vietnam country guide for Muslim travellers that also has a Qibla map and a prayer time calendar so you don’t miss your prayer.

Book Muslim-friendly packages to Vietnam

Those who prefer to have all the travel arrangements taken care of instead, book Muslim-friendly packages to Vietnam that includes HCMC, Cu Chi and Mekong Delta with an experienced guide.