3 Days in Hanoi – BEST Hanoi Itinerary 3 days (Local Guide)
You got 72 hours in Hanoi and you want to have a planned Hanoi 3 days 2 nights route that can make the most of your limited time here?
The Hanoi Itinerary 3 Day samples we list below are reasonably designed for travelers who would love to experience as much as possible. Especially for cultural tourists looking for the essence of assorted cultures.
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As people said, The Old Quarter is the soul of Hanoi that rhythm of modern life can hardly affect this area. Much of Hanoi charm lies in the Old Quarter, but sometimes you need a little local knowledge to locate them. Following the map below, you won’t be lost in this “maze”.
Daily time (The Old Quarter)
At night (Ta Hien Street)
Going to the main sites of for 3 day Hanoi itinerary and getting to know more about the city through the now – and- then stories related to each site.
In The Morning: Ho Chi Minh complex – Temple of Literature
In The Afternoon: Museum of Ethnology - West Lake - Tran Quoc Pagoda
In The Evening
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As it is the last day, you should consider visiting Bat Trang pottery village which takes you a morning and a haft of an afternoon, based on your departure time.
Bat Trang Village is quite far from the center of Hanoi. You should get up early and know exactly how to get there. If you prefer public transportation, catch Bus No.47 from Long Bien bus station. Here, you can make pottery on a hand-powered wheel.
Budget: from $25/pax/each choice
— More information: Bat Trang Village – Hanoi Traditional Ceramic Village
That's all for our 3 days in Hanoi for Option 1. Next is the option 2
As the first out of 3 days in Hanoi, visit Hanoi French Quarter. Located in the South of the famous Hoan Kiem Lake, French Quarter is not as its neighbor – The Old Quarter, but it represents for the charming and elegant Hanoi. The area houses most of the city’s luxury restaurants, cafes, shopping malls and foreign embassies. Moreover, the area itself consists of lively history pieces of evidence from the French colonial period. Make sure you don't miss these destinations: St.Joseph's Cathedral, Hoa Lo Prison, Hanoi Opera House.
After exploring Hanoi French Quarter, take an one-hour Cyclo ride around the Old Quarter after that is also a good idea for both chilling and feeling the sense of the local life here. Spending one hour on a Cyclo Ride is never a bad decision for both further discovering Hanoi and feeling the local life.
Explore Hanoi Nightlife. You can go to Ta Hien Beer Street, stroll around Hanoi Old Quarter or have fun in nightclubs.
As the option 2 is made for ones who want to discover further Hanoi, you should take a full day trip to Ninh Binh province or Ha Long Bay on the second day.
If you choose Ninh Binh one day trip, here are some routes for you:
In the morning, you will visit Bai Dinh Pagoda which is the biggest pagoda in Vietnam and holds many records. In the afternoon, you take a boat ride in Trang An - UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy the beautiful scenery and serene atmosphere. Remember to bring your camera since this is the perfect trip to take gorgeous photos.
In the morning, you will visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and King Dinh and King Le Temples. In the afternoon, you take a boat ride in Tam Coc through Ngo Dong River. Slowly riding through the caves and majestic landscapes.
If you prefer Halong Bay, these are some must-go and must-do:
Breathtaking Halong Bay that must be in the bucket list of many travelers
Note: The limited duration could be a disadvantage if you don’t know how to arrange the time carefully, especially for day trips mentioned. It would be a better decision to choose a Halong Bay one day tour that reasonably optimizes your time here.
Even though it is your last day in Hanoi, make it become meaningful by visiting the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh – the Great Father of Vietnamese people. Here, you will get to know more about the history of Vietnam through the stories of Ho Chi Minh’s life.
The end of Hanoi Itinerary 3 days.
Hopefully, with the 3 days in Hanoi Itinerary, you can discover all the main sites of Hanoi. Moreover, with useful advice from locals on how to arrange the schedule in an appropriate way, you won’t feel rushed or have scams while touring.