There are many beautiful spots to witness the sunrise and sunset in Hanoi. Some of the best places to see the sunrise include Hoan Kiem Lake, Long Bien Bridge, West Lake, and Nhat Tan Bridge.
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Sunrise and sunset by month in Hanoi
|January||6:34 AM||5:36 PM|
|February||6:25 AM||5:55 PM|
|March||6:04 AM||6:06 PM|
|April||5:36 AM||6:16 PM|
|May||5:17 AM||6:28 PM|
|June||5:13 AM||6:40 PM|
|July||5:22 AM||6:42 PM|
|August||5:34 AM||6:28 PM|
|September||5:42 AM||6:01 PM|
|October||5:50 AM||5:34 PM|
|November||6:05 AM||5:16 PM|
|December||6:24 AM||5:18 PM|
1. Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake is a popular destination in Hanoi to watch the sunrise and sunset. At sunrise, you can see the city come to life with locals practicing Tai Chi and jogging around the lake. The golden light of the sunrise reflects beautifully on the calm waters of the lake, creating a serene atmosphere.
At sunset, the area becomes more vibrant with street performers, food vendors and locals relaxing by the lake. The sun sets behind the buildings surrounding the lake, painting the sky with a beautiful palette of colors. It’s a great place to capture some stunning photos and experience the local culture.
2. Long Bien Bridge
Long Bien Bridge is an iconic landmark in Hanoi and offers a stunning view of the sunrise and sunset. Located over the Red River, the bridge offers a perfect spot to catch a glimpse of the sun slowly rising or setting over the city. The peaceful atmosphere of the area, combined with the bridge’s unique architecture and the river’s flowing waters, makes for a truly enchanting experience. You can also observe the local fishermen casting their nets and boats passing by during these hours.
3. West Lake
West Lake is a large freshwater lake located in the northwest of Hanoi. It is a popular spot to watch the sunrise and sunset due to its scenic beauty and the many temples and pagodas surrounding the lake.
One of the most famous pagodas located on West Lake is the Tran Quoc Pagoda. It is the oldest pagoda in Hanoi, dating back to the 6th century, and is situated on a small island in the middle of the lake. The pagoda is a popular place for locals and tourists to watch the sunrise and sunset.
In addition to the Tran Quoc Pagoda, there are many other temples and pagodas located around West Lake, such as the Quan Thanh Temple, the Phu Tay Ho Temple, and the Kim Lien Pagoda. All of these locations provide stunning views of the lake and surrounding areas during sunrise and sunset.
In the evening, you can also enjoy a relaxing walk or bike ride along the lake’s shore, where there are many restaurants and cafes serving local delicacies and refreshing drinks.
4. Lotte Observation Deck
Lotte Observation Deck is one of the tallest buildings in Hanoi and offers panoramic views of the city. At sunset, you can enjoy stunning views of the city as the sky turns golden and the city lights start to twinkle.
Lotte Observation Deck typically opens at 9 AM, which means it may not be possible to witness the sunrise from that specific location.
5. Rooftop bar
Hanoi is home to some spectacular rooftop bars that offer stunning views of the city skyline and are perfect for watching the sunset. Many of these bars are located in the heart of the city, such as the Skyline Hanoi Rooftop Bar, which is perched on the top of a high-rise building and offers panoramic views of Hanoi. The Summit Lounge is another popular spot, located on the 20th floor of the Pan Pacific Hanoi Hotel, with breathtaking views of West Lake and the city skyline.
Other popular rooftop bars include the Chill Skybar, which is located on the 26th floor of the AB Tower, and the Top of Hanoi, which is located on the 65th floor of the Lotte Center Hanoi. These rooftop bars offer a relaxing and romantic atmosphere, making them a great place to unwind after a day of sightseeing or to enjoy a night out with friends.
See an overview of the best rooftop bars in Hanoi in our guide about nightlife in Hanoi.