What to do in Hanoi for 4 days | Hanoi 4 days itinerary

Exploring Hanoi for four days is like unwrapping a gift full of exciting adventures. But with so much to see and do, it can be tricky to plan where to start. Our step-by-step guide about “What to do in Hanoi for 4 days”  will help you discover all the best spots and experiences in this bustling city. Keep reading to find out how!

1. Hanoi 4 Days Itinerary 

Planning a 4-day itinerary for Hanoi opens the door to a world of discovery. Day one could kick off with a stroll through the enchanting streets of Hanoi city. And for your final day, perhaps we can go outside Hanoi for an unforgettable day trip. 

Option 1: Hanoi 4 days - Hanoi city + Halong bay 1 day + Ninh Binh 1 day

Day 1: Hanoi arrive - explore Hanoi Old Quarter
Upon your arrival in Hanoi, you'll be welcomed by the energy of Vietnam's capital city. Your first day will be dedicated to immersing yourself in the charm of all streets, including the Hanoi Old Quarter - a famous place in Hanoi. You'll encounter a fascinating blend of ancient architecture, vibrant markets, and delicious street food stalls. 

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As the sun sets, dive into the local culinary scene and savor authentic Vietnamese dishes at one of the many eateries scattered throughout the Old Quarter.

Day 2: Visit outside of Old Quarter - Hanoi street tour 

After breakfast, a day of Hanoi street tour will start. You can begin your day with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, a sprawling tribute to the revered leader of Vietnam. Next, journey to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first national university and a symbol of Confucianism's influence on education in the region. 
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Then, delve into the ancient history of Thang Long Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that served as the political center of Vietnam for over a thousand years. Finally, you can stay in a coffee shop on Hanoi train street and witness the unique spectacle of trains passing through a residential neighborhood.
Day 3: Halong bay 1 day tour
On your third day, Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will be a perfect choice. The journey from Hanoi to Halong City typically takes around 3 to 4 hours by road. Along the way, you'll pass through the scenic countryside of the Red River Delta, with its lush rice paddies and traditional villages.
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Upon arrival in Halong City, you'll have the opportunity to explore hidden caves such as Sung Sot cave, kayak through tranquil lagoons, and swim in the refreshing waters. 
Day 4: Ninh Binh 1 day tour
On your final day in Hanoi, go on a day trip to Ninh Binh, often referred to as the "Halong Bay on Land" for its similar karst landscapes. The journey from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes approximately 2 to 3 hours by road, depending on traffic conditions.
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Your first stop in Ninh Binh is Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and then embark on a scenic boat ride through Trang An or Tam Coc, where you'll glide along the tranquil waterways surrounded by towering limestone cliffs.
In the evening, you'll have some free time to explore Hanoi's bustling night markets, indulge in one last Vietnamese meal, or simply relax and reflect on your unforgettable adventures in Vietnam.

Option 2: Hanoi 4 Days & Halong Overnight Cruise

Day 1: Hanoi arrive - explore Hanoi Old Quarter
From the airport, it typically takes around 45 minutes to an hour to reach the Old Quarter. Once you've checked into your hotel, set out to explore the enchanting streets of the Old Quarter. 
Don't miss iconic landmarks like Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and the bustling Dong Xuan Market. In the evening, immerse yourself in the lively street food scene, sampling local delicacies like pho, banh mi, and bun cha from street vendors and hole-in-the-wall eateries.
Day 2: Visit outside of Old Quarter - Hanoi street tour 
Just like above, you can use the day to visit outside of Hanoi Old Quarter. There are several places like Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda, Thang Long Imperial Citadel,... to discover. 
In the afternoon, you can join a guided street food tour to sample the diverse flavors of Hanoi's culinary scene, from savory snacks to sweet treats
Day 3 + 4 Halong bay 2 days 1 night
On day 3, the drive from Hanoi to Halong City takes approximately 3 to 4 hours, passing through picturesque countryside and rural villages along the way. After being on the cruise, you will be introduced to a lot of activities and enjoy several seafood dishes. 
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On the morning of day 4, wake up to the gentle lapping of waves and the fresh sea breeze as your boat continues to navigate through Halong Bay. After breakfast, you can swim or simply watch the sunshine in the sky.
As you return to Hanoi by road, take time to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you've created during your Halong Bay overnight cruise.
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3. Other things to do in 4 days in Hanoi

Whether you're interested in history and culture, culinary delights, or outdoor adventures, Hanoi offers a wealth of experiences to suit every traveler's interests. Here are some of our other suggestions:

  • Vietnamese Water Puppet Show: This is the unique art form of Vietnamese water puppetry at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. You can watch as intricately carved wooden puppets come to life on the water stage, accompanied by traditional music and storytelling.

  • Vietnamese Cooking Class: And what about learning the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine with a hands-on cooking class? You will have a chance to visit a local market to select fresh ingredients, then roll up your sleeves and prepare classic dishes under the guidance of a skilled chef.

  • Relax in Hanoi's Cafes and Bars: Hanoi is dotted with charming cafes and bars, each with its own character. From cozy hideaways tucked away in alleyways to stylish establishments with rooftop terraces, there's a right place for you. Besides, many cafes and bars in Hanoi host live music performances.

4. Is 4 days in Hanoi enough time?

Absolutely! Four days in Hanoi strikes the perfect balance between experiencing the essence of the city and making the most of your time. It provides ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, rich history, and delicious cuisine.
Conclusion: Hanoi 4 days itinerary
In conclusion, a four-day itinerary in Hanoi offers unforgettable experiences. So pack your bags, prepare your taste buds, and get ready for an incredible journey through the heart and soul of Vietnam! Please feel free to contact Go Viet Trip for more information.


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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