Hanoi, the city of the modern and ancient beauty, owns many tourist destinations for tourists to visit. Below are some recommendations of itineraries to explore the city with one thousand years of culture and civilization in 7 days in Hanoi for new comers and those who first visit Hanoi.
Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam
Day 1 – 7 days in Hanoi
Since this is your first day of 7 days in Hanoi, spend time to do a Hanoi city tour. If you’re looking for more itineraries of Hanoi, check out variety of Hanoi Tours. Let’s start with some of the attractions:
Ba Binh Square- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum including Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Parliament House, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Monument to War Heroes and Martyrs and One Pillar Pagoda.
Ba Dinh Square is the place that memorizes a lot of important marks of Vietnam history. Especially, on September 2nd, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh read the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence, building the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. This place is where parades on occasional events of Vietnam take place.
- Address: 2 Hung Vuong, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi
- Opening hours: Summer: 7:30- 10:30; Winter: 8:00-11:00
Temple of Literature
Temple of literature – the first university of Vietnam
Temple of Literature is viewed as the symbol of knowledge and education of Vietnam. This place is to honor God and ancestors of Confucianism and Chu Van An, the iconic and outstanding teacher of Vietnam education. Tourists can pass by Vietnam Art Museum which is located next to Temple of Literature.
- Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi
- Opening hours: 8:00- 18:00
- Ticket price: 30.000 VND/ticket
Hoa Lo Prison
Hoa Lo Prison was constructed by French colonists since 1896 with the name “Maison Central”. This place is where to capture political soldiers. It is also the top solid construction of Indo-china at that time.
After Hanoi was liberated, the prison was under the control of political government. From 1963 to 1975, Hoa Lo Prison was used to detain American pilots captured Vietnamese army in the American- Vietnamese war to destroy the North.
Nowadays, Hoa Lo Prison has become a special historical relic preserving precious materials that are exhibited and maintained carefully. The prison appeals thousands domestic and foreign tourists to visit every year.
- Address: 1 Hoa Lo, Tran Hung Do, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- Ticket price: 30.000 VND/ person
- Opening hours: 8:00-17:00
Ta Hien Beer Street
Every evening, Ta Hien street is crowded with plenty of small and big groups coming to eat, drink beer and chat together. At this street, there are many restaurants and food stalls from affordable level to luxurious one for tourists to freely choose.
This is an ideal gathering of both Vietnamese tourists and foreign ones If you are wondering what to visit in Hanoi at night, come to Ta Hien beer street right now!
Start our second day of 7 days in Hanoi with an exploration of Hanoi history.
Thang Long Imperial Citadel
Imperial citadel of Thang Long
Thang Long Imperial Citadel is a historical relic in relation to the development of Thang Long, Hanoi. This historical relic is also of great importance in the historical relic system of Vietnam.
When visiting Thang Long Imperial Citadel, tourists can explore the special features of 18 Hoang Dieu archaeological site, Doan Mon (Main Gate), Kinh Thien Palace, Bac Mon (North Gate) and Hanoi Flag Tower situated in the precinct of Vietnam Military History Museum.
Hanoi Flag Tower
Hanoi Flag Tower belongs to the area of Vietnam Military Museum. Viewed as the most undamaged and monumental construction in the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Flag Tower is actually a tourist destination in Hanoi that tourists can’t miss in the discovery of exploring Hanoi history.
Address: 28A, Dien Bien Phu, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
The entrance of Museum of Ethnology
On arrival at Vietnam Museum of Ethology, tourists are welcomed to visit and explore the ethology from religious events to ethnic traditions of 54 Vietnamese groups. Vietnam Museum of Ethology now has 3 main sections.
The first section includes exhibition galleries, offices, labs and libraries. The second section is outdoor exhibition and the last one is to introduce cultures of foreign countries, mainly groups in Southeast Asia. T
ripAdvisor, a prestigious tourist website, votes Vietnam Museum of Ethology to rank the fourth of 25 interesting museums of Asia in 2014.
- Opening hours: 8:30-17:30 every day except Monday
- Ticket price: 40.000VND/adult and 10.000 VND/child
- Address: Nguyen Van Huyen, Quan Hoa, Cau Giay, Hanoi
To start day 3 in 7 days in Hanoi, we’ll explore deeper inside Hanoi Old Quarter.
Hanoi Old Quarter- An interesting tourist attraction
Inside Hanoi Old Quarter
For those who want to explore the lifestyle, culture and people of Trang An, you shouldn’t miss Hanoi Old Quarter, one of interesting tourist attractions of Hanoi. Hanoi Old Quarter is located in the West and North of Hoan Kiem Lake and is regarded as a dense-populated area including 36 festive streets.
Every street here focuses on a specialized trade. Wandering around Hanoi Old Quarter and enjoying the cuisine of Hanoi Old Quarter such as Bat Dan pho, cha ca La Vong, Manh street bun cha, Dinh Liet spaghetti noodles and O Quan Chuong snail noodles will make your discovery memorable. You can choose many Hanoi Old Quarter hotels to enjoy the cuisine here.
Hoan Kiem Lake
Sword Lake or Hoan Kiem Lake (The Returned Sword Lake) is considered the heart of the one-thousand-year city. An unforgettable memory for tourists is strolling around the lake to observe the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi.
Beside Hoan Kiem Lake is many architectural constructions including pen tower and ink slab, The Huc scarlet bridge leading to Ngoc Son temple, King Le Thai To temple, Hoa Phong tower and Hanoi post office.
77 Ma May Ancient House
A corner of Ma May Ancient House
Located at a tranquil street near Bac Street, the ancient house at 87 Ma May appeals many tourists thanks to its ancient and sophisticated charm of a traditional house. Constructed at the end of 19th century, the house completely made of wood still remains its intact beauty with a special style of an ancient house: The living space combines with trade.
- Opening hours: 8:00- 20:00
- Ticket price: 10.000 VND/ ticket
Shopping at Dong Xuan Market- a top famous market on Hanoi Old Quarter
Established since 1889, Dong Xuan Market is a market area with a deep-rooted history in Hanoi. In this place concentrates a variety of goods, mainly fabrics and clothes. When coming here, tourists can observe the festive atmosphere of the bustle and hustle of the trade street. To explore more Hanoi Old Quarter and Hanoi, Dong Xuan Market is a can’t-miss tourist destination.
Long Bien Bridge
Long Bien Bridge in the sunset
Built since 1898 by French colonialists, Long Bien Bridge is the first ironic bridge across Red River. Long Bien Bridge is closely related to two struggles against French and America of Vietnamese group. This bridge is considered a symbol of Hanoi in hard and difficult times.
West Lake is one of the famous landscapes of Hanoi capital. Around its perimeter are green trees, flowers and green artificial covers, which form a special scenery for West Lake. In this destination, tourists can visit Tran Quoc Temple where used to be the Buddhist center of Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Ly and Tran dynasties along with Quan Thanh temple and Tay Ho palace.
Quan Thanh Temple
Located near West Lake and North Gate Hanoi, Quan Thanh Temple is the most spiritual feature of the capital. Quan Thanh Temple is one of four scared temples of the ancient Thang Long imperial city.
The temple is to honor Huyen Thien Tran Vu, the God of the North. Enduring many dynasties, Quan Thanh Temple has been restored many times, however, its architecture still preserves the original features. Quan Thanh Temple not only contributes to embellish the ancient and romantic beauty of West Lake complex but it is also a cultural, artistic and sculptural relic and an impressive tourist attraction in Hanoi.
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
Spend your night in day 4 of 7 days in Hanoi to enjoy the Water Puppet Show performance.
On the journey in Hanoi, one of the can’t-miss destinations of many domestic and foreign tourists is Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, located near Hoan Kiem Lake.
The puppets are performed on the surface of water by professional artists behind the tormentor. The stories that are told by water puppets reflect the lifestyle and culture of Vietnamese people. Especially, water puppetry receives much interest of foreign tourists.
Thanh Chuong Viet Palace
Peace of mind in Thanh Chuong Viet Palace
Thanh Chuong Viet Palace is one can’t- miss destination for tourists who love to explore culture on the journey of visiting Hanoi. Being an architectural site that preserves a lot of historical value, Thanh Chuong Viet Palace is introduced by many international articles, namely The New York Times and Herald Tribune.
Many tourists when visiting this place mistake it as a long historical relic. However, the fact is that Thanh Chuong Viet Palace was built by a painter named Thanh Chuong.
- Address: Hien Ninh, Soc Son, Hanoi
- Opening hour: 9:00- 17:00 every day
- Ticket price: 150.000 VND/adult
Phung Hung Fresco Street
This street is a new tourist destination of Hanoi and it is opened on February 2nd, 2018. In the past, this area was just a parking and trading area of local inhabitants then Hanoi government renovated and transformed it into a unique and impressive fresco street.
There are 17 works with the content of reappearing the history of one thousand years of culture and civilization of Hanoi in the total 127 arches. Nowadays, this place appeals a plenty of local and foreign tourists.
- Address: 27B Phung Hung, Ma Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Spend your sixth day of 7 days in Hanoi with tours outside of Hanoi to escape a little bit from the noisy and bustling of this city. You can can check out this for day tours outside of Hanoi.
Duong Lam ancient village
Duong Lam Ancient Village
About 44 kilometers far from Hanoi, Duong Lam ancient village is located in Son Tay commune, Hanoi city. When visiting this ancient village, tourists can visit ancient villages and Son Tay citadel.
Duong Lam ancient village possesses its unique features of brick roads, special laterite walls, impressive pagodas, water well and communal house. In addition, tourists can enjoy simple cuisines in this land such as boiled chicken, spinach with Mong Phu sweet soya sauce, fried fiber melon and sweets.
Duong Lam ancient village with the architectural style of ancient houses and villages as well as traditional festivals will bring tourists wonderful experience that you can’t find in other villages.
- Address: Duong Lam, Son Tay, Hanoi
Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Road
Hanoi Ceramic Road built in 2008 in the anniversary of 1000 year-old Thang Long, Hanoi is one of the impressive tourist destinations that tourists can’t miss when visiting Hanoi. This road is acknowledged as the longest world’s ceramic roads by Guiness record organization.
- Address: Hong Ha, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Ba Vi National Park
Waterfall in Ba Vi National Park
Located about 60 kilometers from Hanoi to the South, Ba Vi National Park is one of the beautiful reserves for travelling and entertaining. This park is a part of Tan Linh commune, Ba Vi district, Hanoi. The sublime beauty of the nature is harmonious with the people here.
The mountainous terrain along with the great forest coverage brings Ba Vi a cool fresh climate, particularly summer (April to October). In winter, the surrounding of clouds and fog creates an outstanding scenery.
Before saying farewell to Ba Vi National Park, you shouldn’t miss enjoying the mouthwatering specialties here such as bamboo-tube rice, royal jelly wine, honey, bamboo shoot, Ba Mi milk cake and tea. Besides, tourists can buy pollen bottles, honey, bamboo shoot and forest bananas as a present for your family members and relatives. They will become unforgettable memories for your journey.
- Ticket price: 60.000 VND/ticket
- Opening hours: 6:00-12:00
Above is a complete list of what to do for your 7 days in Hanoi. We hope you have a great time here!