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3 Days in Hanoi: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2015

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The northern Vietnamese city of Hanoi is a beguiling mix of modern and ancient, Asian traditions and colonial legacies. Elegant balconied buildings front tree-lined boulevards, while cyclists and mopeds weave through the city’s narrow backstreets. Join the fans and discover the many sights and tastes of exciting Hanoi.

Day 1: Hello Hanoi

Follow the scent of pho (noodle soup) wafting from cafes as you head down alleyways thronged with passers-by, shoppers and street stalls. Fuel up with super-strong, super-sweet coffee then plunge into the city’s sights. The Old Quarter is especially appealing, near Hoan Kiem Lake, and it’s a good area to hunt for tailors and souvenirs. Why not get your bearings on a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter, or for something different take a Ho Chi Minh-themed walking tour to Uncle Ho’s mausoleum.

Day 2: Friendly Pho and Other Dishes

The subtle, more traditional flavors of Hanoi’s northern cuisine are legendary, and enjoyed all around the world. Some of Vietnam’s most famous dishes come from the Hanoi region, including the famous pho which is a good example of how spices, seasoning and condiments are used to add flavor to a base dish. Other northern specialties you might encounter include bun cha (vermicelli noodles with pork and salad), rice paper rolls filled with pork and salad, and fragrant pork gio cha spring rolls. To taste the essence of Hanoi, dine at Cha Ca La Vong, reputed to be the city’s oldest restaurant, or take a Vietnamese cooking class at the Hanoi Cooking Centre.

Day 3: How Long to Halong Bay

Vietnam’s classic postcard shots of calm blue sea dotted with tree-clad limestone islands were most probably taken in World Heritage-listed Halong Bay. To relax into the beguiling rhythm of Halong Bay, join a 3-day junk boat cruise to do nothing much except dine on seafood, go swimming in the bay, kayak through limestone caves, go night fishing or read a book while you adjust your suntan on the boat’s tanning deck.

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Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Take in the best of Hue’s art, architecture, culture and food on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city and its surroundings, including a Perfume River (Huong ...  Read more

Location: Hue, Vietnam
Duration: 7-8 hours

From USD $71.00

2-Day Halong Bay Luxury Junk Boat Cruise Including Cooking Class and Morning Tai Chi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Take in the sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay on a 2-day luxury cruise aboard a traditional junk. Swim in the bay’s emerald-green waters and ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $217.00

Halong Bay Overnight Junk Boat Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

Imagine waking up surrounded by the tranquil beauty of Halong Bay, one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $243.75

Private Tour: Hanoi City Full-Day Tour including Cyclo Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Known as the 'Paris of the East', Hanoi is one of Asia's most charming cities. Spend your private Hanoi full-day tour enjoying the essential sites including ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.00

Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

Take a walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter street markets with a local guide who’s passionate about food, and discover the exotic flavors of Vietnam with fellow ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $31.00

3-Night Best of Hanoi: City Tour and Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

Combine two nights in Hanoi with an overnight cruise in World Heritage-listed Halong Bay. Your journey kicks off with a tour of the capital, delving into ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $215.29

Private Halong Bay Sailing Cruise from Hanoi

Sail around the stunning natural wonders of Halong Bay on this full-day tour from Hanoi, including a scenic round-trip drive through northern Vietnam’s rural ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $81.17

Private 3-Day Trekking Tour: Pu Luong Nature Reserve Including Homestay from Hanoi

This 3-day, privately guided trek through the picturesque regions of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve offers a great combination of northern Vietnam’s landscapes ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $161.99

Small-Group Vietnamese Countryside Tour by Bike and Boat from Hanoi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Explore the exquisite Vietnamese countryside by bike and by boat on this small-group tour from Hanoi. Visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, home to the first ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00

Vietnamese Cooking Class at Hanoi's Cooking Centre

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Learn the secrets to preparing a great Vietnamese dish on this half-day cooking tour in Hanoi. Your Hanoi cooking tour will begin with a quick walk to the ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.25

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