What to do in Hanoi for 3 days | The Perfect Hanoi Itinerary 2024

Traveling to Hanoi for 3 days and 2 nights is not a long time, but it is also an ideal choice for a short trip for you to explore the culture, history, and cuisine of Hanoi capital. If you are preparing for a journey to explore the Capital, here is a helpful suggestion on what to do in Hanoi for 3 days.

1. What to do in Hanoi for 3 days - Day 1 - Inside the Hanoi Old Quarter     

What to eat in Hanoi
Breakfast: Try the iconic “Pho - noodle soup” at 49 Bat Dan Street or Pho 10 -number 10 Ly Quoc Su Street.
Lunch: Try “Bun cha Ta" number 14 Hang Than or  “Bun dau mam tom” on Hang Khay Street.
Dinner: You can either go “Cha ca Thang Long” at Duong Thanh street or Ta Hien Street for dinner
cha ca grilled fish
Cha Ca - Grilled fish
In the morning
Start your morning exploration in Hanoi's Old Quarter with a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Then, admire the architecture from the Ma May ancient house to the stunning neo-Gothic at St. Joseph. End the morning with egg coffee or coconut coffee, one of the most famous drinks in Hanoi that all tourists want to try when visiting the capital.
Highlight: Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake, Visit Hanoi old quarter, Check-in St. Joseph Cathedral, May May ancient house Try Egg coffee
Continue to explore the French Quarter, visit Long Bien Bridge, one of the longest bridges in Asia in the 19th century, ending with a visit to Hanoi Train Street - a new destination that has attracted many tourists, shopping at Dong Xuan market, the whole market in Hanoi old quarter.

What to do in Hanoi for 3 days
Ngoc Son temple
In the afternoon
Highlight: Stop at Hanoi Train Street, Visit French Quarter, Long Bien bridge, Dong Xuan market
In the evening, you can enjoy the water puppet show - a unique performance original from Hanoi, then stop at Ta Hien Beer Street - get some beer, and  Enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the capital at night
In the evening
Highlight: Enjoy the water puppet show, Stop at Ta Hien beer street

2. What to do in Hanoi for 3 days - Day 2 - Outside of Hanoi old quarter

 What to eat in Hanoi
Breakfast: Try the Bun Thang " vermicelli with chicken" and steamed rolled rice pancake at number 14 Hang Ga Street or Bún cua: Crab rice noodles
Lunch: Try Banh Tom Ho Tay " Shrimp in batter at West lake" or Steamed “Pho” paper rolls
Dinner: At Duong restarant or Hoang restarant 
In the morning
Today we will visit famous places outside Hanoi's Old Quarter, the  Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university, Thang Long Imperial Citadel, with a history of thousands of years, concluding end with a visit to the Vietnam Military History Museum to see the weapons that the Vietnamese people used to defeat invaders in the 20th century.
Temple of Literature 2
Temple of Literature
Highlight: Temple of Literature, Thang Long imperial citadel, Vietnam Military History Museum & Hanoi Flag Tower
Continue to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, West Lake, visit Tran Quoc Pagoda - a pagoda with a history of 1500 years, or you can buy Hop On Hop off bus tickets to see Hanoi from above.
In the afternoon
Highlight: Ho Chi Minh complex, West lake, Quan Thanh temple, Tran Quoc pagoda, Hop on Hop Off bus
In the evening, you can join the Hanoi street food tour to enjoy more and more street food in Hanoi and share about the culture and history with a local guide.
In the evening
Join Hanoi street food tour
 hanoi street food tour

3. What to do in Hanoi for 3 days - Day 3 Visit one of the best museum in Asia

What to eat in Hanoi
Breakfast: Xoi Yen – sticky rice or Banh My – bread
Lunch: Quan An Ngon restaurant – 18 Phan Boi Cau
Dinner: Join Hanoi Cooking class
In the morning
Visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology - one of the most attractive museums in Asia, continue to visit the fiery prison, and have lunch at a delicious restaurant, one of the famous restaurants in Hanoi.
Highlight:  Visit the Vietnamese Ethnology museum, Hoa Lo prison
Vietnamese Ethnology museum 1 
In the afternoon
Highlight: Join Hanoi cooking class
At noon, you can sign up for a cooking class, go to the local market to buy ingredients, prepare to cook and enjoy the food you make yourself.
After dinner, you can visit the old town to shop for souvenirs for family and friends.

4. Other things to do in Hanoi

Jeep Tours, Motorbike tours visit some museums such as the Women museum, Vietnam National Fine Art Museum, visit Bat Trang Ceramic village, Quang Phu Cau insence village, Ba Vi national park, Duong Lam ancient village...

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5. Best day trips from Hanoi

Besides visiting places inside Hanoi, you can visit famous places outside, such as Halong bay, Ninh Binh, Perfume Pagoda, Tam Chuc Pagoda... Please feel free to contact us to get the best rate for tours.
trang an tam coc in ninh binh

6. Best time to visit Hanoi

Each month of the year, Hanoi brings different beauties. If you choose the best time to come to Hanoi, autumn is the ideal season, especially in August, September, and October. Rainy season It's over in Hanoi. The weather is dry, and the sky is clear with gentle sunlight and cool temperatures, which is very suitable for traveling around.

7. Where to stay in Hanoi

Traveling in Hanoi is very easy, there are many hotels for you to choose from, from affordable to luxury hotels. most hotels stay in Hanoi's Old Quarter - it's near many attractions, restaurants, and bars... you can book online via Agoda, Expedia..

8. How to get around in Hanoi

Hanoi has plenty of historical landmarks, famous dining establishments, and authentic local markets for first-time visitors to explore. Most of the places are conveniently located close to each other, especially in areas including the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, and other areas. Thanks to that, visitors can easily choose from a variety of means of transportation to comfortably visit Hanoi. Traveling in Hanoi can be done by many different modes of transport, from walking, cycling, motorbike, taxi (Xe Om), Grab (like Uber), and public bus. The price is very reasonable. 


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Author Hoan Nguyen

Hoan Nguyen has over 10 years of experience working in the tourism sector and operator. He has traveled to many places in Vietnam and around the world.

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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