Suggested itinerary for 2 days in Hanoi


With many natural landscapes, historical relics, intangible cultural heritages like Ca Tru,… Hanoi is the most attractive tourist destination in Vietnam. If you only have 48 hours in Hanoi and you are wondering what you will do, this suggested itinerary maybe is the best suggestion for you.

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Day 01

9h am: When arriving Noi Bai International Airport, travelers have to take about 2 hours, one hour to check out and one hour in taxi to get the city center.

11h: One of the best hotels we suggest for you is Sofitel Legend Metropole which is most vibrant hotel in Hanoi. With hospitality staff, professional service and luxury European design, you will never feel disappointed.

Hanoi Opera House

12h: Leave the hotel and visit Trang Tien Street which is the main street of Hanoi’s French Quarter. Located in the east of Hanoi Opera House and the west of Hoan Kiem Lake, Trang Tien Street owns some Paris-style buildings with the ground floor is bookstore, gallery or coffee shop. One more thing makes Trang Tien is famous with visitors is ice cream – a delicious food you should not miss in here.

Ngoc Son Temple was built on in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake also is an ideal place to visit and take photos. The Huc Bridge acrossing from the lake to Thap Rua is a highlight of the capital city.

2h pm: Located at No.40 Nha Chung Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi Cathedral is the next place to visit. In front of cathedral has many coffee shops, restaurants and bars. Let go around and enjoy Pho at one of restaurants in here. A good bowl of Pho must have tasty yet clear broth, supple but not crumbly noodles, the herbs and spices, lemon, chili and onion.

Hanoi Cathedral

3h pm: Hoa Lo Prison  – which is ranked in the top 5 scary places in Southeast Asia. Built in 1886, Hoa Lo Prison is the place where French colonialists captive prisoners in Vietnam war.

4h pm: Take a rest and visit “the heart” of the capital city – Hanoi Old Quarter. It is considered as a “maze” in the 13th century, used to be a market selling everything from herbal medicines, flowers, jewelry, silk to hats, leather,…

7h pm: Old Quarter starts to bustle. You can go City View Café at No.1 Dinh Tien Hoang to see the city view or go any street in this area to enjoy a glass of fresh beer and street foods.

Day 02

Vietnam Fine Arts Museum

8h am: You can enjoy breakfast in the hotel or go out and buy a “Banh My” at any street vendors. Eating Banh Mi with a cup of coffee and watch the street is not a bad choice.

9h: Go along from Trang Tien to Vietnam Fine Arts Museum at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc where preserves the folk arts with the theme of communism and patriotism.

Midday: Visiting Military History Museum at 28A Dien Bien Phu. Visiting the museum, tourists can see thousands of exhibits, photographs, maps, scale models of the past Vietnam war. Thanks to this, visitors will have a good general knowledge of process of the birth, growth and victories of the Vietnamese people’s armed forces for the cause of peace, independence and freedom.

Vietnam Military History Museum

2h pm: Walking about 10 minutes, you will go to Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh president read the Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Then go to Ho Chi Minh Museum, you will see the old red bicycle which Ho Chi Minh used to cycle 1782km from Hanoi to Sai Gon at the age of 60.

5h pm: From Ba Dinh Square, walking 20 minutes, you will go West Lake – the largest lake in Hanoi. Surrounding the lake are restaurants, amusement from Soviet period and million-dollar on Westlake Peninsula. You also can visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Vietnam built in the 6th century. Located in the South is 800-year-old Quan Thanh Temple with four-ton Buddhist statue which is a typical product of bronze casting.

Tran Quoc Pagoda

7h pm: Enjoy “Cha Ca” dish in Hanoi. Delicious fried dish eating with tangled vermicelli, herbs and shrimp sauce will certainly make you satisfied.

To finish 2 days in Hanoi, you can buy some gifts to bring home such as O Mai Hang Duong, West Lake lotus tea or Com (green rice),…

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