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

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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

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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

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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.