What is the best Hanoi 4 days itinerary?
What to do for a 4 days itinerary Hanoi? Making an itinerary is definitely a pain in the neck—especially a 4 days Hanoi itinerary.
Today we will create your perfect itinerary—so you can make the most out of your time with an itinerary 4 days in Hanoi.
- Day 1: Hanoi Old Quarter And French Quarter
- Day 2,3 : Halong Bay (2 days)
- Day 4: Back to Hanoi
- Day 1: Hanoi Old Quarter And French Quarter
- Day 2: Halong Bay (1 Day) Or Ninh Binh
- Day 3.4: Back to Hanoi
- Having a free local guides with Hanoi Free Local Tours will help you out: https://hanoifreelocaltours.com
- If you have only 4 days in Hanoi (Including time for Out of Hanoi) 2 days in Hanoi is recommended.
- Asian travelers ofen use hanoi 4 days 3 nights tour Package as the way to travel
- 6 Tips for Halong Bay Cruises
Day 1: Start with the Old Quarter
Where should we first visit in a Hanoi itinerary 4 days?
1.1 In The Morning
1.1.1 Visit the Old Quarter
Let’s start the day with visiting the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
Where should you start?
Start off at Cau Go Street. The best way to explore the Old Quarter is to use a free Hanoi Walking Tours.
This way, you will get young and passionate people walk you through every single corner of the Old Quarter.
Not only will it be easier for you to find the direction—but also better if you want to learn about the history and name of the street.
End your exploration at Le Thai To Street. It’s not the end of the exploration.
The Old Quarter of Hanoi has been existed for a long time, it’s always been a bustling area of the city. This has always been the place for small business and merchants do business.
And this has created the many street with their featured profession and business like Salt street, Sugar street, Cigarette street, Chicken street,…
Now the Old Quarter has been an appealing place for people who want to learn more about Thang Long capital and Hanoi.
People from every corner of the world like Europe, Africa, America and Asia come here to enjoy the traditional food, culture and beauty of Hanoi.
1.1.2 Eat Pho
For the best pho, you can try Pho Gia Truyen at 49 Bat Dan Street. This restaurant is always crowded because they can still keep the delicous and original taste of Vietnam traditional pho. The price is 35,000 VND (US$1.5) for a bowl of Pho.
It’s time to take some rest.
Because in the afternoon we will explore more.
It’s time to try some local food. Throughout the walking, you can stop by and try some traditional food of Vietnam.
The Old Quarter obviously has all kinds of amazing Vietnamese food—that are not only delicious but still can keep their traditional taste.
If you come to Hanoi without trying Pho then it would be a waste. Pho is the most popular traditional food of Vietnam. It’s delicous with noodle, spices, beef and beef soup.
1.2 In The Afternoon
1.2.1 Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda
Take a taxi or Uber to Tran Quoc Pagoda. This is a must see destination on a 4 days itinerary.
It is located on the small peninsula of the West Lake.
Remember to wear formal clothing—no skirts, no shorts. Avoid seemingly rude behaviors like—smoking, taking pictures, crossing arms or speaking too loud.
If you are spiritual, on this itinerary, once you get inside you can do your praying ritual. Walk along the pagoda and see the amazing stones, statues and architecture of the pagoda.
If you are interested in spirituality and history—Tran Quoc pagoda is a must see.
The pagoda is considered as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years.
In 1962, Tran Quoc pagoda was listed as historical heritage of Vietnam.
The construction of Tran Quoc pagoda is a architectural feat. It’s located on a only peninsula of the biggest lake in Hanoi—West lake. This makes Tran Quoc pagoda the most beautiful pagoda in Vietnam.
Once you’re hungry, it’s time to..
1.2.2 Eat Banh Tom (Crisp shrimp pastry) and Banh Bot Loc
Go to Thang Long restaurant at No 1 Thanh Nien Street to try the best Banh Tom. This restaurant has been serving Banh Tom and Banh bot loc for a long time. The price will be 100.000 VND ($4.3)/pax
You know what West Lake is also famous for? Banh Tom (Crisp shrimp pastry)
Banh Tom has been the traditional food in the mind of many people living in Hanoi. The main ingredient is shrimp and sweet potato being deep fried in oil—making it so crispy and delicious. This in combination with the sweet and sour fish sauce create the perfect dish.
Banh Bot Loc is also another dish made of Shrimp. With the main ingredients are made of small shrimp, bacon, jew’s ears being put into tapioca powder—Banh bot loc has a strange and yummy texture and taste. It will also be dipped into traditional sweet fish sauce—giving it an amazing taste.
Now once you get some energy…
1.3 At Night
1.3.1 Bike around the West Lake
Go to 96 Yen Hoa Street. The price of hiring bike is cheap and reasonable here. The regular price is 50.000 VND (US$ 2.2) for 6 hours. That’s a lot of time for bike riding!
Day 2: Explore Hanoi
What else we should visit today?
2.1.1 Visit St.Joseph Cathedral
If you’re interested in French architecture then you must visit St.Joseph Cathedral.
To continue our itinerary, go to Nha Chung Street. St.Joseph Cathedral is located at No 40 of Nha Chung Street, next to Hang Trong garden. You should visit the cathedral in morning since it’s usually closed by noon.
Being one of the oldest historical relic of Hanoi—still—St.Joseph Cathedral has the ancient beauty of Hanoi. St. Joseph Catheral has been existed for more than 3 centuries, witness all the change of Hanoi.
The cathedral was designed according to Gothic style (Renaissance) —resembles Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral with high and curvy arch.
Though having an ancient and mysterious on the outside—once you step into the cathedral, you will be surprised by the magnificent and glorious look inside the cathedral.
Now it’s time to grab some food.
2.1.2 Eat local food: Cha ca (fish meatball)
There are many Cha ca restaurant in Hanoi, mostly from the Old Quarter.
One of the best and most popular cha ca restaurant is Cha Ca La Vong at No 14 Cha Ca street. The regular price is 150.000 VND ($7.5)/pax.
Cha ca is the traditional food that everyone living in Hanoi Old Quarter knows about. Cha ca in Hanoi is different from cha ca in other places.
Cha ca Hanoi is made by filtering the best flesh of the fish, then deep fry to make it crispy.
After that, you can eat cha ca with basil, cumin and other spices. It can be served with special shrimp sauce or fish sauce with peanuts on top.
2.2.1 Visit Museum of Fine art
Go to No 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. The museum opens from 8:30 am—5:00 pm. The ticket price is 10.000 VND (US$0.4)
Then Museum of Fine Art is a must-see place for people who are into the art on the itinerary to explore Hanoi.
Vietnam Museum of Fine Art was built in the 30s of 20th century as a place for daughters of French officers to live in.
Now it is the place to save the cultural and artistic value of Vietnam.
Here in the museum, you can see the statues from the 16th century, exhibits from the 17th century and painting from the 20th century.
Every single exhibits is cherished and arranged beautifully to help the audience taste the best of artistic value.
The best thing you can see national treasure like the statue of Buddha with 327cm of height, paintings from famous painters like To Ngoc Van, Nguyen Sang.
2.2.2. Visit Temple of Literature
Which is the first university in Vietnam?
If you want to the cultural signature of Vietnam then you have to go to Temple of Literature.
Go to 58 Quoc Tu Giam Street. The ticket price will be 30.000 VND (US$ 1.3).
The opening time is:
- 7:30 – 18:00 from Monday to Friday
- 8:00 – 21:00 from Saturday to Sunday.
For dress code, no shorts and miniskirts.
Temple of Literature in Hanoi is not only a historical place representing the long progress of Vietnamese culture.
It made a big contribution on both Confucian civilization in Vietnam and human culture in the world also.
Temple of literature was ranked as the cultural and historical site on 28th April, 1962.
2.2.3 Eat Local Food: Banh My (vietnamese sandwich)
For the best banh my, you should try Banh My Ngon at no 49 Thanh Street. The price is 25.000 VND (US$ 1.1)/piece.
Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) is considered as one of the most delicious sandwiches in the world.
Banh Mi is delicious and diverse combination of pork, pate and veggies, stuffed into a crunchy baguette.
Other combination of banh my can have head cheese, pork sausage, cucumber and vegetables.
2.3 At Night
2.3.1 Eat street food at Hang Buom
Go to Hang Buom Street. The price will be extremely cheap 15,000-30,000 VND/dish.
Walking through the Old Quarter and enjoy the street food has now become the habits of Hanoi people on the weekend.
Go through the night market, there are many kinds of traditional food like shells meat ball, sticky rice with grilled bird, grilled meat ball, grilled meat, che,….
Che and juice are the best choice for walking and enjoying at the same time.
You would have plenty of time on 4 days itinerary in Hanoi, so take your time to feel the atmosphere here.
Day 3: Beyond Hanoi
3.1 In the Morning
3.1.1 Visit Trang An – Bai Dinh complex
Since you get plenty of time with the 4 days itinerary, why don’t we go further?
If you want to see the wonder of Vietnam then you have to see Trang An complex.
You should also arrive early at 5 or 6 in the morning to have more time to spend here—since Ninh Binh is 85 km from Hanoi it would take 2-3 hours to get there.
Once you get to Ninh Binh, you can use taxi or xe om to get to Trang An.
When you get there it’s time to…
Trang An now draws more and more attention to its tourism activities.
With the natural beauty mixed with cultural and historical beauty, Trang an was listed as important heritage of Vietnam and recognized an world heritage by UNESCO in 2014.
The whole place is a beauty of glorious mountains and lengthy rivers connecting with caves—bringing the extraordinary beauty of the scenery.
Coming here, you can not help but absorbing the pure and subtle beauty of nature with the historical value from the mountain, the river, the cave and the jungles.
If you have any question or if you want to book a tour to Trang An, don’t hesitate to ask AZ Local Trip they will answer you in just a minute for any question.
3.1.2 Visit Trang An grottoes
The cruise will take about 3-4 hours and you should also bring along sunscreen and hats. The best time to start the cruise is 8AM
If you want to stand up to take some picture during the cruise, be sure to ask the guide first—since it can be dangerous for people on the boat.
It has one of the most breath-taking grottoes in the world. Trang an is famous for having many stalactites which make the atmostphere breezing inside the cave.
It would be one of a kind experience when you can sit on the boat—seeing all kinds of moss and algae under the water and sense the freshness and purity of the environment.
The journey through unique caves like Sang cave, Seo cave, Dark cave, Drunk cave will be an amazing exploration.
The current price is 150.000 VND (US$ 6.5)/pax. The boat can only take 4-5 people at once.
Kids with height less than 1m will get a free ticket.
3.1.3 Eat burned rice and goat meat
Go to Huong Mai restaurant at No 850 Tran Hung Dao Street next to Vissai hotel. The price will be 50,000-150,000/pax
People often say that “if you come here without eating burned rice and goat meat then you’ve never been to Ninh Binh.”
Goat meat in Ninh Binh is more delicious than other provinces for 2 things:
- The goat is raised on the mountain, eat many kinds of leaves and herbs – making the flesh more firm.
- The second is the special method of cooking.
Especially the stir fry goat meat—with the crunchiness and sweetness of the meat—when you eat with other kinds of herbs like basil, cumin it would be extremely delicious.
Along with goat meat, burned rice has become the delicacy of Ninh Binh. If you come here without trying burned rice with goat meat soup then it would be a waste.
Ninh Binh burned rice is mention by many people because of its flavor and crunchiness. Burned rice from Huong Mai is considered the most delicious burned rice in Ninh Binh.
These food you hardly get in another places with the same taste.
3.2 In the Afternoon
3.2.1 Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda
On this 4 days itinerary, we should not miss Bai Dinh Pagoda.
Bai Dinh Pagoda has the most records in Asia and Vietnam—you will be amazed with the numbers of statues and the size of the pagoda.
Take a taxi to Bai Dinh pagoda. Once you come here, the one way ticket will be 30,000 VND/ pax for the distance of 1.5km.
You should must formal clothing before coming into the pagoda. Also bring along water and snacks because the pagoda is very big.
Bai Dinh is a pagoda complex includes 2 part:
- The Old Bai Dinh Complex
- The New Bai Dinh Complex.
In the old Bai Dinh Complex, you will get to visit:
- The Dark cave
- Nguyen temple
- Cao Son temple.
In the new Bai Dinh there are many national feat you can visit:
- The biggest golden buddha statue in Asia
- The biggest La han hall in Asia,
- The biggest copper bell in Vietnam
- The most La Han statues in Viet Nam
- The biggest pagoda in Vietnam
- The biggest well in Vietnam.
Best way to enjoy Ninh Binh is taking a day trip from Hanoi Ninh Binh Tours
Notes: Request for advice from AZ Local Trip carefully before booking. Because there are many travel agency providing these day trips.
3.2.3 At Night
You have a long day travelling and moving, it’s time to take a break and rest to prepare for tomorrow.
Don’t be so rush, you still have one more day for your 4 days itinerary
Day 4: Back to Hanoi
Your 4 days itinerary in Hanoi has one day left. Where should we go now?
4.1 In the Morning
4.1.1 Visit Le Mat Snake Village
Coming to Le Mat Snake Village, you will see a lot of snakes.
Take a taxi to Le Mat Street. Le Mat village is located in Long Bien District—it’s 9.7km from Hanoi.
To enjoy best dishes of snake, go to The Hung Restaurant located at 33 Le Mat Street.
The price is 100,000-200,000 VND (US$ 4.4 – 8.7)/pax.
Now in the village there are hundreds of household raising snakes, dozens of snake restaurant and a lot of cultural events about snakes being held annually.
The snakes are brought to the village, tamed and familiarized and now become close like a pet in the household.
Le Mat is considered the Snake trading center in the North, also the most popular snake village of Vietnam.
Tourists coming to Le Mat not only able to visit the snake farm but also touch the non-venomous snakes.
You can also have the chance to see on your own eyes the chefs cooking a snake. The kind of snake that people enjoy the most here is Cobra.
All meals made of snakes are amazing, from snake heart, snake blood, to snake soup, snake sticky rice and stewed snakes.
Many people coming to Le Mat might feel shocked at first but later on find it extremely interesting.
For the afternoon, it’s time to get back to the Old Quarter .
4.2 In The Afternoon
4.2.1 Eat Che and Banh Troi.
Do you have a sweet tooth?
Go to No 1 Bat Dan Street. The price is 15.000 VND to 25.000 VND ($0.75-1) for a bowl of Che.
When we talk about traditional Che, nowhere can serve better Che than Che Ba Thin. Not having the various options like other che—rather sticking with the traditional recipe of Northern Vietnam—Che Ba Thin can still keep the traditional taste of Che.
Traditional che with simply recipe of green and black beans of Northern Vietnam. Nothing could be better than a bowl of che on a cold and breezing weather.
4.2.2 Eat Banh Ran
Banh Ran is the kind of fast food that you can find in every where in Hanoi. It’s the vietnamese version of donuts.
Go to Banh Ran Goc Da at No 52 Ly Quoc Su. For normal serving, the price is 50.000 VND/pax.
Banh ran can have a sweet or salty taste, depends on personal preference.
- Sweet Banh Ran will includes beans and sugar being rolled in a dough then deep fry till the point of crunchiness.
- Salty Banh Ran will contain pork, jew’s ear and mushroom being deep fried.
Banh Ran Goc Da is the most popular banh ran store. They have been serving banh ran for decades. On regular day, the restaurant is always crowded.
4.2.3 Buy some souvenirs
Want to keep some memory of Hanoi on this special 4 days itinerary?
Want to bring some gifts to friends and family?
There are a lot of things you can buy in the Old Quarter. The Old Quarter has everything for you to buy—many of which contain traditional value of Hanoi.
You can buy Non La (asian conical hat)
Go to Hang Non Street in the Old Quarter. The price is 30.000 (US$ 1.3) VND/piece
Non la is the familiar image of Vietnamese women though being simple and subtle but also very elegant. Non La can not also be used as a head cover—it also the symbol of Vietnamese farmer.
Non La can be a unique gift and souvenirs from Vietnam.
4.3 At Night
Your 4 days itinerary is nearly end.
Tomorrow you’ll be leaving Hanoi. So it’s better to prepare and take a break for early arrival.
But if you still have some time you can go to Ta Hien or Luong Ngoc Quyen to enjoy some beers there.
You will have a great time with local and other foreigners.
So that’s the perfect 4 days itinerary in Hanoi. There are a lot of things you can do in Hanoi with an itinerary 4 days.
Now it’s time to get going.
An exciting journey is right ahead.
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