Hanoi Itinerary 4 days – A complete guide for what to do in Hanoi for 4 days for first-time visitors.

Hanoi capital does not only have the history of one thousand year of culture and civilization, the Hanoi Old Quarter and historical landmarks but it also allures tourists from all over the world by a variety of unique entertaining activities. The modern pace of life harmonious with the ancient charm makes this city more alluring.

Below is Hanoi Itinerary 4 days that tourists should consult for your preparation to Hanoi.

Hanoi itinerary 4 days - Hoan Kiem
Hoan Kiem Lake – The symbol of Hanoi

Day 1 – Hanoi Itinerary 4 days

Ba Dinh Square – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The trip to Hanoi would be a pity without a visit to the political center of Vietnam with Presidential Palace, Parliament House, historical Ba Dinh Square, in which Uncle. Ho read the Declaration of Independence building the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the place where places and preserves the body of President Ho Chi Minh. The Mausoleum opens 5 days per week in the morning of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. It is compulsory for visitors to follow regulations, namely wearing neatly, not bringing self-recording devices and keeping silent when being in the mausoleum.

  • Address: 2 Hung Vuong, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: Summer (From April 1st to October 31th): Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 7:30- 10:30; Saturday, Sunday and occasions: 7:30- 11:00. Winter (From November 1st to March 31th): 8:00-11:00

Presidential Palace

Behind Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a simple stilt house, in which President Ho Chi Minh used to live in the 1960s. The stilt house is modeled after a traditional rural house. In this house, there are also a lush garden and a carp pond.

This historical relics also have Presidential Palace which was built for French governor during the colonial period in the early 1900s. This building now is to welcome important international guests and it is not open for the public to visit.

  • Address: 2 Hung Vuong, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

One-pillar Pagoda

This pagoda with a history of hundreds years was constructed in the 16th century during the King Ly Nam De period. With the shape of a blossom lotus, One-pillar pagoda is always a top destination of tourists in all parts of the world.

  • Address: Doi Can Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

Temple of Literature – The first university of Vietnam

Hanoi itinerary 4 days - temple of literature
Temple of literature – the first university of Vietnam

Temple of Literature does not only have a temple to worship Confucius but a place of to put Stelae of Doctors and to honor high-ranking students and scholars throughout the nation.

  • Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
  • Opening hour: 08:00-18:00
  • Ticket price: 30.000 VND/ticket

Ta Hien Beer Street

At every night, Ta Hien Street seems to get more and more crowded mainly because many students, workers and tourists from all parts of the world visit it.

This street sells many types of beer, especially grass beer- the most delicious and famous one. Besides, the cuisine of Ta Hien Street is relatively diverse with mouthwatering dishes such as pancakes, mixed vermicelli and grilled quails. These dishes will be more tasteful when being eaten with beer.

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Day 2 – Hanoi Itinerary 4 days

Phung Hung Fresco Street

Phung Hung Fresco Street, also known as a new place of interest of Hanoi is opened on February 2nd, 2018. In the former times, this destination was just used to be a parking and trading area of locals. Afterwards, the Hanoi government renovated and turned it into such a special and superb fresco street.

There are 17 works reappearing Hanoi’s history of one thousand years of civilization in the total of 127 arches. Nowadays, Phung Hung Fresco Street attracts a huge number of local inhabitants and foreign tourists.

  • Address: 27B Phung Hung, Ma Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Long Bien Bridge

Hanoi Itinerary 4 days - Long Bien Bridge
Long Bien Bridge in the sunset

Long Bien Bridge is the first ironic bridge across Red River, relating Hoan Kiem District with Long Bien District. French colonialists built Long Bien Bride in the period of 1898 and 1902.

To Hanoians, Long Bien Bridge is not only a bridge that connects two banks of Red River but an indispensable witness of the capital in all 20th century.

The architecture of Long Bien Bridge is a harmonious match of the modern and ancient charm, which creates a special beauty for visitors as well as the young keen on photography. This bridge is an endless source of creativity for those who love and relate to beautiful Hanoi.

West Lake

Next for our Hanoi Itinerary 4 days in day 2 is West lake. Located near the center of Hanoi city, West Lake is the largest lake in Hanoi. Travelers can rent a water bike or take a boat around West Lake. The best time to visit West Lake is the sunset.

Beside West Lake is Nghi Tam ancient village, in which stills maintains an elegant hobby of Hanoians, which is bonsai hobby. Nghi Tam is known as a flower village. When the spring comes, this village is brimful of colorful blossoms.

Near West Lake is Ngu Xa village with the tradition of copper casting and Yen Phu village famous for making incense. All of these villages are must-see places when visiting Hanoi.

Tran Quoc Pagoda

Hanoi Itinerary 4 days
Tran Quoc Pagoda

With its architecture like a blossoming lotus, Tran Quoc Pagoda is located in the peninsula of West Lake, Hanoi. The pagoda was built in the period of King Ly Nam De. It nowadays preserves a lot of items with high value of culture and history, namely worshipping statues in Thuong Palace, especially Nirvana statue. Tran Quoc Pagoda is an intriguing destination, which allures plenty of pilgrims and tourists to visit.

  • Address: Thanh Nien Street, Yen Phu, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
  • Opening hour: 8:00-16:00

Quan Thanh Temple

Tran Vu Temple, also called Quan Thanh Temple is originally Tran Bac, belonging to the Four Scared Temples of Thang Long, Hanoi capital. Quan Thanh Pagoda is the place to be dedicated to Tran Vu, Deity of the North in Taoism. The temple is located at the crossroad of Thanh Nien and Quan Thanh Road and near West Lake.

Day 3: A day wandering Hanoi Old Quarter

Hoan Kiem Lake

On the third day of our Hanoi Itinerary 4 days, let’s begin with Hoan Kiem lake. A special thing of Hanoi geography is that the city has many lakes and rivers that surrounds around Hanoi. Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the heart of the capital with the ancient Turtle Tower situated in a small peninsula of the lake.

Around Hoan Kiem Lake’s perimeter are a lots of impressive architectural sites and precious relics of Hanoi city such as Pen Tower, The Huc Bridge leading to Bac Nguyet Tower (Moon Light Tower) and Tran Quoc temple on the way to Ngoc Son Temple.

Saint Joseph’s Cathedral Hanoi

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St.Joseph’s Cathedral

St. Joseph’s Cathedral is an outstanding construction with French architectural style in the middle of Hanoi. If you are a Christian believer, you can come here to join the prayers as well as capture some “so deep” photos in the cathedral. Surrounding S. Joseph’s Cathedral Hanoi are iced tea stalls, in which you can stop by and enjoy the festive and bustling atmosphere of the last days of the year.

  • Address: 40 Nha Chung, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Ma May Ancient House

87 Ma May Ancient House is one of the houses that are under the preservation and protection of Hanoi City. This place of interest is used to be a tourist destination and exhibition that provides some useful information on Hanoi history.

Nowadays, Ma May Ancient House has become a place to inform and introduce to locals and foreign tourists about a Vietnamese traditional house of Hanoi Old Quarter. Tourists are likely to visit Ma May Ancient House and explore more the lifestyle of ancient Hanoians.

  • Opening hour: 8:00-20:00
  • Ticket price: 10.000 VND/person

Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market, one of the largest markets in Hanoi, is a huge building with hundreds of stores and vendors along the narrow alleys. With the history since Nguyen dynasty, market houses sell a variety of goods from clothes, sandals, home accessories to food. Dong Xuan Market was built in the late 19th century by Frencn government. Most tourists come here for the purpose of visiting instead of shopping.

Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Itinerary 4 days
Hanoi Opera House

As a small version of Opéra Garnier in Paris, Hanoi Opera House is located at 1 Trang Tien Street, the street in the center of Hanoi. Hanoi Opera House is the place to hold many important events of the country.

Hanoi Old Quarter

The highlights of Hanoi Old Quarter with 36 streets are ancient house and alleys that still preserve their original beauty since 19th century. You can wander around the ancient streets of Hanoi Old Quarter all the day and discover many tranquil and simple places of Hanoi. A visit to Hanoi Old Quarter will help you to see the beauty of Hanoians: friendliness and hospitality.

Day 4: Last day of Hanoi Itinerary 4 days in Hanoi French Quarter

Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison, also called Maison Centrale takes an indispensable role in the development of exploiting the colonies of French colonials in Vietnam. Many political prisoners of Vietnam were tortured and slaughtered in this prison. Afterwards, in the war against America, people of the North of Vietnam used Hoa Lo Prison as a place to detain American soldiers.

  • Address: 1 Hoa Lo, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Price ticket: 30. 000 VND/person
  • Opening hour: 08:00- 17:00

Bat Trang Ceramic Village

Bat Trang Ceramic Village has existed along Imperial Citadel of Thang Long with a role as a trade village whose history is more than 500 years.

This village is not only noted for its sophisticated pottery products with high quality but it is nowadays a tourist attraction of Hanoi, which appeals a lot of tourists to participate in interesting activitie.

The center of Ba Trang Ceramic Village has a pottery market with the area of about 6.000 square kilometers. The pottery market is divided into many booths displaying a variety of pottery handicrafts from affordable and luxurious booths of dishes and decorations to small and nicely souvenirs.

Another special feature of Bat Trang Ceramic Village is the pottery manufacturing facilities. Tourists can experience the feelings of becoming a pottery maker with a reasonable price, improving creativity and playing with clays in a ceramic table.

If you can make a favorite product, you can burn and bring your products to home with the price ranging from 40.000 VND to 60.000 VND. That was all of our Hanoi Itinerary 4 days. We think that you might in need of some suggestions for Hanoi cuisine. Here we go:

Can’t-miss food when visiting Hanoi

Pho (Noodles)

Pho is a dish that tourists can’t miss in your journey to Hanoi. Hang Trong pho stall is a small one in the pavement. The stall has no table but small plastic seats for tourists to enjoy pho. The most famous of beef pho store in Hanoi is Pho Ly Quoc Su.

If you want to eat chicken pho, you can visit the stall on Quan Thanh Street. Or you can try mixed pho with the sour and sweet taste on Pho Hanh, Lan Ong Street or the pho store on Luong Van Can Street. If you visit Hanoi without tasting pho, it means that you have never come this city.

Hanoi Itinerary 4 days
Pho Hanoi

Cha ca La Vong

Fish is fried in a small pan. Every table has a small coal stove and a fish pan. Fish is eaten with dry pancake, noodles, along with fried bean, herbs, onions and shrimp paste. Shrimp taste is made of squeezed lemon, chili, oil, wine and a little sugar. Cha ca La Vong has a unique flavor of sweetness and fatness.

  • Address: 14 Cha Ca, Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Bun (Noodle)

A slice of meat is grilled with the taste of spice and eaten with a delicious sauce of garlic, chili, pepper and small slices of green papaya. One thing that can’t miss in bun is gently vermicelli and other fresh vegetables, especially perilla in bun cha.

Some addresses that tourists can’t miss:

  • Huong Lien bun cha; 24 Le Van Huu, Ha Ba Trung, Hanoi
  • Dac Kim bun cha: 1 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Cua Dong bun cha: 41 Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Hanoi Bun Oc (Snail noodle soup)

A bowl of bun oc is very colorful with the color of tomatoes, fatty snails, bananas and soya curb. The taste of bun oc is a harmonious combination between the pure but fatty sauce and the sour flavor of lemon and vinegar. When eating, tourists can accompany bun dau with slices of bananas and fresh herbs, which brings you a full taste of a bowl of bun oc.

Some places that tourists should try: Ba Beo store on Hoe Nhai Street, ba Luong Store on Khuong Thuong Street and other stores at 530 alley Thuy Khe, Cao Dat Street, Dong Xuan Market and Tay Ho Palace.

Ice cream

Trang Tien, Thuy Ta, West Lake, Tran Quoc Toan and Lo Duc are some popular places meeting the hobby of ice cream of Hanoians. Tourists can enjoy a variety of ice cream such as fresh ice cream, lemon ice cream and vanilla with the price ranging from 6.000 VND to 45.000 VND. Moreover, you can experience the feeling of enjoy ice cream in Trang Tien ice cream company or walking around Hoan Kiem Lake or West Lake enjoying Trang Tien ice cream.

To explore Hanoi Old Quarter area: Ta Hien street, Hoan Kiem Lake, Quan Chuong, etc. which places would you choose? Find out about Hanoi Vietnam points of interests for you short trip to the Old Quarter with us!

A poetic Hanoi through art - Hanoi Vietnam Points of Interests

A poetic Hanoi through art.

1000 year-of-culture Hanoi has always been the first Vietnam point of interests for foreigners to come. Hanoi goes into literature with “36 Pho Phuong” (Thach Lam) or into art with tranquil brush strokes of Bui Xuan Phai. Traveling to Hanoi, you must visit the Old Quarter to see the contradictory but harmonious beauty of this city.

Take your time, take a look on some Hanoi Itinerary to find yourself which places you would like to visit.

Below are some Hanoi points of interest we highly recommend

  1. Ta Hien street

Those who love food must know the name of Ta Hien beerstreet. It is one of Hanoi Vietnam points of interests. It is located in a corner of the Old Quarter and has both exciting but peaceful atmosphere. The opening hour is when people get off from work. The street vendors are open with one famous Hanoi food beverage: beer. These vendors are not luxurious but rather cheap one on street side. They gather to form a long street of selling beer as a point of interest in Hanoi.

Nightlife in Ta Hien street starts - Hanoi Vietnam Points of Interests

Nightlife in Ta Hien street starts.

People who come to Ta Hien Street vary from university students to foreigners. They gather in a group of 3-5 members sitting on the walking site. Side dishes often are boiled peanuts, grilled quail, chicken pickled with citronella, etc. Although Ta Hien Street is exciting area for tourists at night, it is as peaceful as the other streets of Hanoi Old Quarter in the morning.

  1. Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market is one of the biggest markets of Hanoi and is considered to be one of Hanoi Vietnam points of interests. The market location is inside Hanoi Old Quarter. Since the Nguyen dynasty, Dong Xuan market has existed for hundred years. Tourists can find lots of Hanoi traditional things here such as Hanoi famous food, clothing, crafts and so on. Because it is a large-scale market, the price is lowered if you buy in a large number. The street side of Dong Xuan market is for Hanoi night market with many interesting colors: attractive color of food; brilliant colors of souvenirs and familiar color of other necessities. Travelers can explore this Hanoi Vietnam point of interests in any days of the week.

Ancient Dong Xuan Market in modern days - Hanoi Vietnam Points of Interests

Ancient Dong Xuan Market in modern days

  1. Bach Ma Temple

You should come to Bach Ma Temple to visit Hanoi Vietnam point of interests

Known as one of four famous attractions from the ancient Thang Long, Bach Ma Temple was built in 9th century. It is Hanoi Vietnam points of interests because of being the oldest temple of Hanoi. This temple of Hanoi is designed sophisticatedly with big ironwood pillars, delicately sculpted with Nguyen dynasty sculpture style. In the temple, they reserve lots of historical memorials like headstone, palanquin, wooden flamingos, etc. With these historical relics, Bach Ma temple is Hanoi Vietnam points of interest, famous Hanoi attraction, rare resource for knowing insightfully about Thang Long – Hanoi.

Bach Ma Temple - The Sacred temple in Hanoi - Hanoi Vietnam Points of Interests

Bach Ma Temple – The Sacred temple in Hanoi

Bach Ma Temple is crowded at festival times. People from all around the country come to wish for a flourish year of luck and happiness, which makes it hard for commuting in rush hour. It is recommended that you should visit this point of interest on normal days.

  1. Hoan Kiem Lake

It is said that Le Loi King found in Hoan Kiem Lake the magical sword that helped to defeat the Minh dynasty invaders. After the win of conflict, there was a huge turtle swimming up from this lake asking for the sword to be returned. This is the reason why the lake is named “Hoan Kiem Lake” (the lake of returning sword, in Vietnamese).

The lake is the heart of Hanoi, of of Hanoi Vietnam famous points of interests. To experience all interesting and appealing activities here, you should come at weekends because at the weekend, transportation is banned, you can slowly walk while enjoying traditional games on the street and musical performance everywhere. Also, you can visit The Huc Bridge leading to ancient Ngoc Son Temple with the statue of Golden Turtle. It is great for tourists as point of interests in Hanoi.

A colorful Hoan Kiem lake at night - Hanoi Vietnam Points of Interests

A colorful Hoan Kiem Lake at night

Hanoi famous food at Hoan Kiem Lake is ice cream. It is both delicious and cheap and is sold everywhere around the lake. If you visit Hanoi points of interests, don’t forget to drop by Hoan Kiem Lake and buy some ice cream popsicles for yourself!

  1. O Quan Chuong Gate

O Quan Chuong Gate is the only remaining gate of Thang Long Citadel as well as the historical relic and Hanoi Vietnam point of interests. Built from 1749 to 1817, O Quan Chuong Gate consists of 2 floors in typical gazebo style from Nguyen Dynasty. O Quan Chuong gate is located in the street that has the same name. This place is selling place for lots of items. O Quan Chuong Gate is Hanoi attraction, one of unforgettable historical places in Hanoi, is a memorial for persistence spirit of Vietnamese in War time.

O Quan Chuong in these old days - Hanoi Vietnam Points of Interests

O Quan Chuong in these old days

Though Hanoi Old Quarter is well-known for other famous points of interests, O Quan Chuong is still a great Hanoi attraction. If your trip lasts for few days, we have recommended some best places in Hanoi for visiting. Let’s book a trip to Hanoi, spend time exploring Hanoi Old Quarter and ancient yet modern beauty of this city, Hanoi Vietnam. It surely will leave you memorable feeling about this trip with these points of interests.

Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival (Tết Trung Thu), also known by other names as Festival of family reunion  (Tết Đoàn Viên) or Children Festival (Tết Thiếu Nhi). This year, Hanoi Etrip has organized the special event to make and sell Moon Cake – a traditional cake which is only made on Mid Autumn festival. We want to introduce to foreign travel mate help them understand more about culinary culture as well as traditional beauty of the Vietnam. We wanted to do something special and meaningful, therefore we decided to make Moon Cake by ourselves, sell and introduce to foreigners about the Mid Autumn Festival in Viet Nam.

Making Mooncake HFTBF

Limber Mooncake.

Moon Cake has 2 traditional cake types that are indispensable of Mid-Autumn Festival: limber Moon Cake and baked Moon Cake. For thousand years, we have created many flavors for Moon Cake such as green tea, mixed, coffee, lotus seed, coconut milk,… for both types of cake.

“To make limber Moon Cake, we use glutinous rice flour for private use with homemade sugar and many spices which make Moon Cake sweet and fragrant. The limber Moon Cake is white, soft with a special flavor inside. Eating a medium limber moon cake and drink a cup of tea is a perfect breakfast for you to launch a day work.
The way to make baked Moon Cake is more difficult than limber Mooncake. Before baking, we need to prepare carefully with dough, a quantity of eggs, how to make core and amount of sugar, if you just make wrong in any step, your cakes will not keep traditional taste. The baking is the most important and also hardest, through the island turn, sweep the special eggs you are not allowed to absentee cake will burn and lose flavor. With these skillful hands, hundreds of our cakes were also successful. If you have had made these cakes with us, you have would feel how happy when you see those on your hands.”

Making moon cake baked Mooncake

Baked Mooncake.

Walking on the streets, in the Old Quarter, around Hoan Kiem lake, our cake sales team has brought to foreign visitors the wonderful feeling of mooncake, the traditional cake of Vietnam, Before selling, we show them how to make a Moon Cake, about interesting things in Mid Autumn Festival. We invited and introduced ourselves the origin, mode, culture of eating Vietnamese cake. We do not make and sell Moon Cake for money, we want to make and sell hospitality, love, tradition, and culture of Vietnamese people. When foreign visitors bought and tasted our cake, we were so nervous and then, they gave us compliments, we were so proud, we sent to them not only a Moon Cake but also a part of Vietnam beauty. Thank you and welcome to Vietnam.

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Tết Trung Thu hay còn gọi là tết đoàn viên, tết thiếu nhi. Để hưởng ứng ngày hội đặc biệt này Hanoi Free tour by foot đã tổ chức sự kiện làm và bán bánh cổ truyền. Nhằm quảng bá, giới thiệu tới du khách nước ngoài giúp họ hiểu thêm về văn hóa ẩm thực cũng như nét đẹp truyền thống của con người Việt. Và cách mà chúng tôi chọn để du khách có thể thưởng thức, an tâm và tiếp cận với văn hóa nhanh nhất. Đó là tự tay làm mọi thứ từ bước chọn nguyên phụ liệu, tính toán tỉ lượng để có được những chiếc bánh ngon nhất tự tay trao cho họ giới thiệu cho họ về nó.

Making Mooncake team

Making Mooncake.

Bánh Trung Thu với 2 loại bánh truyền thống loại bánh mà không thể thiếu của tết Trung Thu: bánh dẻo và bánh nướng. Để du khách có nhiều sự lựa chọn chúng mình đã làm với nhiều vị bánh đa dạng như cà phê, đậu xanh, trà xanh, lá dứa, sữa dừa,… cho cả hai loại bánh. Bánh dẻo với loại bột gạo nếp thơm dùng riêng với nước đường tự làm cùng nhiều loại gia vị để bánh được thơm ngát, ngọt vừa tới. Đặc biệt với loại bánh nướng, quá trình gia công có phần khó hơn. Chúng tôi cần tỉ mỉ từng công đoạn nhào bột, lượng trứng, nhân thơm, nước đường không quá nhiều. Khâu nướng bánh cũng không kém phần quan trọng, trải qua các lượt đảo, quét trứng đặc biệt bạn không được phép lơ đãng bánh sẽ cháy và mất hương vị. Trải qua những bàn tay khéo léo ấy, hàng trăm cái bánh của chúng tôi cũng thành công. Nếu bạn tham gia làm bánh cùng chúng tôi, bạn sẽ cảm nhận được niềm vui như thế nào khi bạn làm ra được một chiếc bánh.

Bước trên những nẻo đường,trên những con phố cổ, quanh hồ Hoàn Kiếm, đội bán bánh của chúng tôi đã mang đến cho du khách những cảm nhận tuyệt vời về bánh trung thu, bánh truyền thống của Việt Nam. Chúng tôi đã mời và tự mình giới thiệu nguồn gốc, phương thức, văn hóa ăn bánh của người Việt. Và niềm vui lớn nhất mà chúng tôi nhận lại là những cái gật đầu, lời khen vỡ òa của du khách “great – so good”. Đó là niềm tự hào của chúng tôi. Cảm ơn những con người khéo léo đó.