4 days in Vietnam
If you only have 4 days to travel in Vietnam, it must be rush and can cause you confusion, and you don’t know how to arrange your schedule the most optimally. However, it doesn’t matter providing that you know about this Vietnam Itinerary 4 Days.
It is obvious that 4 days is too short to find out all of the interesting things in Vietnam. Yet, if you arrange your time suitably, you will have the best experience in this beloved country.
For the limitation within only 4 days, I suggest that you should only visit 2 or 3 places around Hanoi. You can get reference from my Vietnam Itinerary 4 Days as below.
- Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
- Day 2: Hanoi City Vespa Tour
- Day 3: Halong Bay Day Cruise
- Day 4: Hanoi Departure – Visiting Hanoi Village
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
As you first come in a foreign country, it must be tired so that you need to relax yourself first by doing some slight activities to get enough energy for next activities. Then, you can explore interesting lifestyle and culture of Hanoi through enjoying delicious cuisine here. I guess you will not be disappointed.
In the evening, you can have some fun at famous streets in Hanoi and experience nightlife of this busy city. You can take a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and try tasty Trang Tien ice-cream, or have some beer with friends at Ta Hien Street – an ancient street well-known for exciting pubs and clubs.
Day 2: Hanoi City Vespa Tour – Most exhilarating ever
This second day in Hanoi will bring you a brand-new feeling and experience that is hard to find in any other city in the world. You will have a good chance to join in a unique route with local vespa rider.
So, where you will go and what to do in this tour?
Long Bien Bridge
In this first destination, tourists will go across the Red river on Long bien Bridge that was also known as Paul Doumer bridge during the colonial period, which was built by French colonist for the purpose of supporting the war.
In the back of motorbike, you will not only hear about the unforgettable past of Vietnam but also contemplate the beautiful architecture of Long Bien Bridge and learn more about history of Vietnam.
In the next part of Hanoi journey, you will have a great chance to go around West Lake, known as the most beautiful and largest lake in Hanoi with perimeter of nearly 20 kilometers. Here, you can release your emotion, immerse yourself in the wide open space and enjoy fresh air, escaping from polluted and busy life whereas passing luxurious house or villa.
Tran Quoc Pagoda
The next stop is one of Hanoi’s oldest and most popular pagodas called Tran QUoc Pagoda. Impressive with a height of 15 meters and built up of 11 levels, Pagoda is more attractive with surrounding buildings including an incense burning house and a museum housing historic relics. Besides, visitors can also see the ancient unique carved statues preserved since nearly 500 years ago. Through Tran Quoc Pagoda, foreigners can learn more about Buddhism and religious culture of Vietnamese.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum located in Ba Dinh Square is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hanoi. The mausoleum is the final resting place for Ho Chi Minh – the greatest president of Vietnam. His body is specially preserved in a glass case at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in central Hanoi and as a visitor, you can a memorable experience.
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a historical site of Hanoi, known as an ancient citadel of Vietnam. When visiting this great citadel, you will gain more knowledge of Vietnamese history and architecture. It is also a famous place for Vietnamese student to take photos of the yearbook, therefore, don’t forget to choose a nice view to take some “check-in” pictures.
Day 3: Halong Bay Cruise – Discover Halong in one day
Halong Bay is one of the world’s 7 natural wonders and considered a must-visit destination for foreign tourists when travelling to Vietnam. It consists of nearly 2000 islands and islets as well as magnificent cave systems. Therefore, tourists can relax and immerse into view and breathtaking beauty of mountainous and sea scenery.
Actually, Halong Bay cruises will include other destinations such as Bai Tu Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Bay and Halong Bay itself.
Nowadays, being a tourist hotspot, Halong Bay welcomes more than 6 million tourists annually. There are a range of energetic outdoor activities provided such as climbing, trekking, kayaking, visiting fishing villages or even yoga sessions on the beach.
Day 4: Hanoi Departure – Explore ancient or traditional village
In the last day, you can visit a village near Hanoi that takes you just a little time to move but bring you a completely different experience. Here I recommend 2 destinations that you can choose a suitable one for yourself.
Bat Trang Ceramic Village
Just 25 km (15 miles) from Hanoi center, Bat Trang Village is famous for its porcelain and ceramics, which are sought-after throughout Asia because of their quality and traditional designs.
Bat Trang village itself is ancient, dating back more than 1,000 years. From the old days, this village is a pottery supplier for Ming Dynasty in China and even exported goods during the French colonial period. Today, this village still remains its traditions and cultural value.
Today, visitors to the Bat Trang Ceramic Village can watch ceramic masters at work, observe how ceramics are made. There are also opportunities for them to try to make their own ceramic products and buy pottery as souvenirs.
Duong Lam Ancient Village
Another choice for among day trips from Hanoi is Duong Lam Ancient Village. Duong Lam Ancient Village is a preserved and restored traditional village with historic relics and ancient architecture dated to 1,200 years of history. Duong Lam Ancient Village gives off a peaceful and calm vibe to everyone visiting it. If you want to get a glimpse of life as it was before electronics changed the world, this place is perfect for you.
The whole village is like a museum itself with Viet traditional and cultural value. There are communes, temples to kings from the village, centuries-old homes and communities of people happy to show off their way of life. If you want to discover the authentic Viet ancient architecture and how villagers live their lives, then Duong Lam Ancient Village cannot be missed!