3 Days in Hanoi – BEST Hanoi Itinerary 3 days (Local Guide)

Quản trị hệ thống - October 17, 2018

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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Ok, hesitate no more, plan your own 3 Days in Hanoi by getting a glimpse of these selected options:


  • Day 1: Arrival – explore the nostalgic beauty of the Old Quarter
  • Day 2: Around the city with Free Local Guides (AZ Local NPO) offering Hanoi Free Walking Tours 
  • Day 3: Bat Trang Village ( 13km from the center of Hanoi)


  • Day 1: Arrival – wander around the Old Quarter and French Quarter
  • Day 2: Day trip to Ninh Binh (80Km from Hanoi – 2,5 hours on Bus ) or Halong Bay (120Km from Hanoi 4 hours on bus)
  • Day 3: Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature


Free Walking tours are highly recommended for travelers who want to have a travel buddy in Hanoi See more: AZ Local NPO

1. Option 1: 3 Days in Hanoi 

Day 1: Hanoi Old Quarter 

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)

  • Destinations: Visiting Bach Ma TempleAncient HouseDong Xuan Market, Long Bien Bridge, Hoan Kiem Lake. For more of things to do in Hanoi Old Quarter, click here for more information.
  • Budget: From $5/pax
  • You can choose whether to visit all of the destinations listed on the map or just follow the route for a concise overview of the area. However, make sure you don’t miss the top attractions as mentioned above. 

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At night (Ta Hien Street)

  • Exploring the Hanoi nightlife  like a local
  • Beering, chilling and chatting with friends or locals. The Ta Hien Beer Street comes to live at about 18:00. You can grab some beer or join the nightclubs. 
  • Budget: Form $5/pax

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

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

  • Visiting inside the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Visiting Ho Chi Minh’s House on Stilts
  • Enjoy the unique structure of One Pillar Pagoda
  • Budget: From $4/pax for visitingFrom $4 for a taxi ride
  • Hanoi Free tours


  • You should not bring too many belongings since the security here is quite tight.
  • Be ready to be queuing since this is one of most attractive place

In The Afternoon: Museum of Ethnology - West Lake - Tran Quoc Pagoda

  • Museum of Ethnology: exploring the daily activities of each ethnic group and joining Vietnamese Traditional Games outside. (Entrance fee: $2/pax). The museum is really large and has a lot of things to see. It’s closing time is 17:30 and the museum doesn’t close for lunch time so you can consider spending 2 hours or less to explore all the customs of each ethnic minority of Vietnam.
  • West lake – Tran Quoc Pagoda: visiting the oldest Pagoda of Hanoi with Beautiful buddhas and Boddhisatvas statues inside the main temple. 

In The Evening

  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre: attend a water puppet show - a traditional performance of Vietnamese people. (Ticket: 100.000VND - 200.000VND)Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre opens daily at 15:00, 16:10, 17:20, 18:30 & 20:00.
  • Hanoi Street Food Tour: go on a Hanoi foodie adventure and taste some of the best local cuisine. Some agencies are providing Free Street Food Tour, you can check out Hanoi Free Street Food Tour of Hanoi Free Local Tours. 


Day 3: Bat Trang Ceramics Village

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

  1. $2 for a bus but it would be more complicated for first-time visitors;
  2. $2 for making one pottery item
  3. $5 for souvenirs
  4. $2-3 for each food or drinks

— 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

2. Option 2: 3 days in Hanoi (2 days in Hanoi, 1 day trip to Ninh Binh or Halong Bay)

Day 1: Explore Hanoi French Quarter 


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.

At night: 

Explore Hanoi Nightlife. You can go to Ta Hien Beer Street, stroll around Hanoi Old Quarter or have fun in nightclubs. 

Day 2: Out of Hanoi (Halong Bay or Ninh Binh)

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.

Ninh Binh

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. 


  • Group tour: from $50/pax
  • Private tour: from $60/pax

Halong Bay

If you prefer Halong Bay, these are some must-go and must-do:

  • Board on cruise. Explore majestic caves, such as Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave, Dau Go Cave, Trinh Nu (Virgin) Cave, Thien Cung Cave,…
  • Visiting fishing villages: Cong Dam Village, Cua Van Village, Vung Vieng Village, Ba Hang Village


  • Group tour: from $55/pax
  • Private tour: from $70/pax
  • As the Halong 1 day tour included cruising so that the price depends on the criteria of your selected cruise and the number of your travel group.

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.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature

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.

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (for visiting inside): ~ $2/pax
  • Ho Chi Minh Museum: ~ $2/pax
  • House on stilts: ~ $2/pax
  • One Pillar Pagoda: free
  • Taxi ride (between destinations): ~ $2
  • Temple of Literature: ~$1.5/pax

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.

For other travel Durations, see more at the Full detailed Hanoi ItineraryHanoi Itinerary 6 days. If you have any questions or more detailed guiding, contact us.