A fact that not many people know about is that this city – Hanoi is considered one of the oldest capitals in the world with a history of more than 1000 years.
With such a long history, it’s no surprise that you can find ancient Buddhist temples and pagodas, colonial buildings and architectures, war museums within the center of Hanoi.
Meanwhile, Hanoi is still a growing city, trying to catch up with the fast and constant development of the world. That’s why Hanoi has this rushing and bustling side – a typical trait of a developing country’s capital.
- Best Time To Visit Hanoi
Hanoi is located in the North of Vietnam and has 4 seasons in a year: Spring (February to April), Summer (May to August), Autumn (September to October) and Winter (November to January).
Each season has its unique traits and holidays.
Spring is fun and many festivals are held, especially the traditional TET Holiday.
Summer is time for school-break and traveling, all destinations are highly active during this period.
Autumn is a perfect time to travel since the weather is good and the scenery here in Hanoi is truly beautiful.
Winter is cold in Hanoi. The weather could be dark and foggy so that it might not be the ideal time to visit Hanoi.
Itinerary for 3 days in Hanoi
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
- Day 3: Bat Trang Village ( 13 kilometers from the center of Hanoi)
Day 1: Arrival – wander around the Old Quarter and French Quarter
Day 2: Day trip to Ninh Binh (80 kilometers from Hanoi – 2.5 hours on Bus ) or Halong Bay (120 kilometers from Hanoi 4 hours on a bus)
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature
With a 3 Days 2 Nights travel duration, it is recommendable to say that staying in the city for deeply discover the daily local life, as well as its culture, would be the best decision.
However, the Day trip to other destinations out of Hanoi for 1 day would be in the best condition.
Cost of Accommodation in Hanoi
The value of money for accommodation was astounding, The quality of the rooms are different from different hotels, depending on how careful you will be while choosing the hotel
Dorm beds: 100.000 – 150.000 VND (5 – 7 US$) whilst
Private rooms and hotels: 350.000 – 800.000VND (15 – 40 US$) with breakfast included.
Cost of Food & Drink in Hanoi
- A bowl of Pho (beef noodle soup, Vietnam’s #1 dish): 30.000 VND (1.30 US$). However, sit down restaurants are slightly more expensive with an average dish ranging from 100.000 – 200.000 VND (4 – 8 US$).
1 liter of water at the convenience store: 15.000 VND (0.60 US$) whilst
A beer or soft drink at restaurants: about 25.000 – 35.000 VND (1 – 2 US$).
Obviously, meals in touristic parts of the country are noticeably higher upwards of 250.000 VND (10 US$) but to be honest, they aren’t as good as the street food! Vietnam was very hygienic so don’t be scared of the street food.