How many days should I stay in Hanoi? One, Two or Three days ?

How many days should I stay in Hanoi? Or how many days in Hanoi is enough. It is popular that visitors often wonder before they arrive (especially the first time). You can visit the city within one day, or stay for 2 to 3 days to discover more and more tourist destinations. Hanoi is also the main stop before visiting other places like Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Sapa, etc. The question of how many days I should stay in Hanoi, Vietnam, depends on your plan for the trip. We would like to suggest an itinerary as below.


1. One Day in Hanoi

If you do not have much time but want to visit some attractions, you can spend one day discovering the city. After spending time in Hanoi, you can visit some famous North Vietnam provinces, such as Lao Cai province with Sapa, Quang Ninh province with Halong bay, etc.
The best thing to do in Hanoi if you have just 1 day is to go around the Old Quarter. You can find souvenir shops to buy gifts for friends. You can also try Vietnamese food with Spring Roll, Bun Cha, Pho, and so on. Tourists should visit Hanoi Opera House, Hoa Lo prison, as well as walking around Hoan Kiem Lake. The Temple of Literature is very famous as the first university of Vietnam. It should be on a list to visit within your day.

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Perfect plan for one day

2. Two Days in Hanoi

People who have more time can stay in Hanoi for two days to discover the local life and go to many corners for adventure. Besides visiting tourist attractions, you can even know more about the culture of Vietnam.

2.1. Day 1: Hanoi Old Quarter

The first day should be time for discovering the Hanoi Old Quarter such as Dong Xuan market, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Opera house, Ta Hien street... and try Egg coffee or banhmi (Vietnamese bread), Pho... or many other attractive places. In the morning, you can walk around Hoan Kiem Lake. At12pm, you can sit down to have lunch at a shop for Pho or bami. In the afternoon, it is time for the Opera House or Ta Hien street. Take a seat in the coffee shop, enjoy Egg coffee, and see the people around. In the evening, it is time for a cup of beer with friends in the Old Quarter. After that, you can go to the bar to relax.

2.2. Day 2: Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

The second day in Hanoi is meaningful if you can visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long Hanoi . This is the place for many foreigners to come to know more about Vietnamese culture. The construction is complex of historical destinations. You can also visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum later to find out the most beloved leader of Vietnam. In the afternoon, it is time for Hoa Lo Prison. At night, you can book a puppet show. That is a very famous form of art in the S-shaped country.

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Visit local eat and drink like a local

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3. Three Days in Hanoi

How interesting if you can come and stay here for three days! It is exciting to visit attractions, discover Hanoian life and spend time at museums in the capital.

3.1. Day 1: Visit Old Quarter

Most tourists want to discover this area for the first time. As we shared above, you can come to see the Opera House, Water puppet show, ancient streets, Dong Xuan Market, enjoy the night market on the weekend and buy souvenirs at shops. It is exciting to wander around Hoan Kiem Lake and discover that Hanoians like to exercise with music within days. You can spend time enjoying ice cream at Trang Tien shop, like a local, on hot days.

3.2. Day 2: Some Typical Museums & West Lake

The second day can be great to visit some famous museums. You can visit Hoa Lo prison to learn more about the war in Vietnam. You can also visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology - one of the best museums in Vietnam to explore the diversity of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. Vietnamese Women's Museum is the place for tourists to discover women in wartime and ethnic minorities' vivid costumes.
After spending time at many museums, travelers can visit West Lake with Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple and relax at a restaurant near there. If you go with your family and have some children, you all can visit Water Park to relax with different games.

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3.3. Day 3: Visit other places outside the city center

There are many other attractions to visit in Hanoi. You can visit many places in the city to understand more about the lives of local people. Van Phuc Silk Village, located near Nhue River, is a worthy destination to come to discover silk products. You can even buy some of them as a good gift after the tour. The village is more than 1200 years old until now. One more destination is Bat Trang pottery village. Tourists can take a bus to the area and learn how to make pottery products. You can sit down, pay for the time and start to have your very first bowl after trying hard. It is a famous place to experience. Quang Phu Cau incense village is also a new attraction place for visitors.  


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Quang Phu Cau incense village - a new attraction of Hanoi 

Besides that visitors can visit Halong bay and Ninh Binh within a day tour.
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With the details above, you can overlook your plan to decide when and how long to stay in Hanoi. We wish you a wonderful tour and have so many special memories in our city.

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Go Viet Trip hope this article will help you understand more about Hanoi if you need any more help. Please feel free to contact us: Email: or hotline +84968667589. We are guarantee about quality and prices. Get a full refund if you do not feel happy with our services.

Hoan Nguyen



author hoan
My name is Hoan and I come from Hanoi, with more than 10 years working in the tourism industry (both as a tour guide then tour operator). I am very proud to say that I can give you the best advice for your trip to beautiful Vietnam.

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