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72 hours in hanoi, vietnam: make the most of 3-day trip

If you are wondering about how to plan your 3 day trip to Hanoi then just stop worrying and follow the guide:

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam,the Hanoi Itinerary 3 Days is mainly designed for travelers who would love to experience as much as possible. Especially for cultural tourists looking for the formation of assorted cultures.

Hanoi is a busy,noisy and motorbike-clogged but it’s a still a joy to experience the amazing views, culture and street-food scene and to explore even more on one of the city’s long walking tours.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is one of the place you can’t miss where to go in Hanoi.

Following list also gives you other options to customize your own journey that suit according to your taste and private schedule.

Hesitate no more and start planning your own 3 Days in Hanoi by getting a glimpse of these selected options:


  • Day 1: Arrival and explore the nostalgic beauty of the Old Quarter
  • Day 2: Move around the city
  • Day 3: Explore Bat Trang Village ( 13km from the center of Hanoi)

Option 2:

  • Day 1: Arrival and wander around the French Quarter and Old Quarter.
  • Day 2: Day trip in Ninh Binh (80 Km from Hanoi – 2,5 hours on Bus ) or Halong Bay (120 Km from Hanoi 4 hours on bus)
  • Day 3: Ho Chi Minh Complex the Temple of Literature

Some points:

With a 3 Days 2 Nights travel duration, it is advised to say that staying in the city for deeply discover the daily local life, as well as their culture, would be the best decision.

However, the Day trip to other destinations out of Hanoi would be one of the best option.

Details of Option 1

Day 1: The Old Quarter of Hanoi

As people says, The Old Quarter is the soul of Hanoi that rhythm of modern life can hardly affect this area. Much of Hanoi’s charm lies in the Old Quarter, but sometimes you may need a little local knowledge to locate them. Following the map below, you won’t be lost in the “maze”.

Daily time (The Old Quarter)

  • Destinations: Visiting Bach Ma Temple, Dong Xuan Market, Long Bien Bridge, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ancient House,
  • From $5/pax
  • You can choose whether to visit all of the destinations or select a few places. However, make sure you don’t miss the Bach Ma Temple, Ancient House, Dong Xuan Market or Hoan Kiem Lake .

At night (Ta Hien Street)

  • From $5/pax
  • Exploring the Hanoi nightlife like a local citizen
  • Chilling, beering and chatting with friends or locals, The street beer comes out to live at about 6:00 pm . Don’t miss the Bia Hoi (street beer).
Day 2: Hanoi Free City Tours
  • Ngoc Son Temple

Going on to the main sites of for 3 day Hanoi itinerary and getting to know more about the city through the now and then stories about each site

Morning: Ho Chi Minh complex the Temple of Literature

  • Visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Visiting Ho Chi Minh’s House on the Stilts
  • Enjoy the unique structure of the One Pillar Pagoda
  • Cost: $4/pax for visiting

$4 for the taxi ride

  • You should not bring too many belongings as the security here is quite tight.
  • Be ready to wait in que since this is one of most attractive place.


  • Museum of Ethnology the West lake the Tran Quoc Pagoda
  • Exploring the daily activities of each of the ethnic group
  • Joining Vietnamese Traditional Gaming outside
  • Visiting the oldest Pagoda of Hanoi with adorable buddhas and Bodhisattvas statues inside the main temple.
  • For Museum of Ethnology the entrance fee is $2.
  • The Museum is really huge and has a lot of things to see.
  • It’s closing time is 5:30 pm and the museum doesn’t close for lunch time so you can consider spending not more than 2 hours or less to explore all the customs of each ethnic minority of Vietnam.
  • You are not allowed to bring shoes for visiting inside the temple.


Water puppet Theatre

  • Watch and enjoy the traditional show
  • From $11/pax
  • The shows are performed by Vietnamese and there are programs in some other languages, such as English, Italian, Japanese,Chinese, French, German and Thai.
  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre opens daily at these time slots 15:00, 16:10, 17:20, 18:30 & 20:00
Day 3: Bat Trang Village

If you are more excited for the unique cuisine of Hanoi, make the last but not least period time in your 3 days Hanoi tour achieve a satisfying eating day with Bun Cha (grilled pork with rice vermicelli), Pho (Vietnamese Noodle with beef),Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), and other savory foods.

As it is the last day of your visit , you should consider visiting Bat Trang pottery village which takes you to a morning and a haft of an afternoon, based on your departure time.

  1. $2 for a bus but that would be more complicated for first-time visitors;
  2. $2 for making one of the pottery item
  3. $5 for the souvenirs
  4. $2-3 for each of food or drinks

Try local coffee

Vietnamese love their coffee, and there is a large number of coffee shops offering up many java varieties. Check out five coffee shops and try different kinds of hot blends and iced.

Bat Trang Village is quite far away from the center of Hanoi. You should wake up early and know exactly how to get there. If you select public transportation, catch Bus No.47 from Long Bien bus station. Here, by doing so you can make pottery on a hand-powered wheel.

Option 2: Three days in Hanoi i.e. 2 days in Hanoi Capital, 1 day trip to Ninh Binh or Halong Bay

Day 1: The Fusion Beauty of the Hanoi (French Quarter + Old Quarter)
  • Cost: from $5/pax


It is Located in the South of the famous Hoan Kiem Lake, French Quarter is not as its neighbor , The Old Quarter, but it represents for the elegant and charming Hanoi.

  • The area houses contains most of the city’s luxury restaurants, shopping malls ,cafes and foreign embassies. Moreover, the area itself consists of a lively history pieces of evidence from the French colonial period.

As the first-day is schedule mostly depended on your arrival time, you can choose whether to deeply explore the Old Quarter or the French Quarter or the both. If it was the French Quarter, make sure not to skip the Opera House, Hoa Lo Prison and St.Joseph’s Cathedral .

A one-hour Cycle ride round the Old Quarter after that is also a good idea for both chilling and feeling the sense of the local life here.

Spending one hour on a Cyclo Ride is never a bad decision for both feeling the local life and further discovering Hanoi .

Day 2: Out of Hanoi to Halong Bay or Ninh Binh

As the option 2 is made for those who want to discover further Hanoi, you should take a full day trip to the Ha Long Bay or Ninh Binh province on the second day.

1. Ninh Binh:

If you select Ninh Binh, here are some routes for you:

  • Bai Dinh Pagoda , Trang An
  • Hoa Lu ,Tam Coc

A memorisable natural view of a place called “Halong Bay on land”

2. Halong Bay:

If you select Halong Bay, these are some must-go and must-do:

  • Explore majestic caves, such as Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave, Trinh Nu (Virgin) Cave, Dau Go Cave,Thien Cung Cave,…
  • Visiting fishing villages: Cua Van Village, Cong Dam Village, Vung Vieng Village, Ba Hang Village
  • Kayaking
  • Nightlife on the cruise

Breathtaking Halong Bay that must be included in the bucket list of many travelers

Note: The limited duration could result in disadvantage if you don’t know how to arrange the time carefully, especially for the day trips mentioned. It would be a better decision to select a package tour that reasonably optimizes your time here.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh Complex the Temple of Literature

Costs of complete visit:

  1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (for visiting inside): $2/pax
  2. Ho Chi Minh Museum: $2/pax
  3. House on stilts: $2/pax
  4. One Pillar Pagoda: free
  5. Taxi ride (between destinations): ~ $2
  6. Temple of Literature: $1.5/pax
  • Information:
  1. Even though it is the last day of your visit in Hanoi, make it become meaningful by visiting the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh , the Great Father of Vietnamese people. Here, you will know more about the history of Vietnam through the stories of Ho Chi Minh’s life.
  2. The next destination recommended is the Temple of literature which is over 1000-year-old famous historically and cultural site of the Hanoi. The place will make you feel overwhelmed by its architecture as well as the worthy symbols.

Hopefully, with this, you can discover all the main sites of Hanoi. Moreover, with useful advice from locals on how to arrange the schedule is an appropriate way, and you won’t feel rushed or have scams while touring.


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