Hanoi lives up to the hype and its reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam. The elegant streets, symbolic architectures, unique theaters, huge green parks, and a wide range of mouthwatering street food really do make it a magical city that you will never be tired of exploring. And, ideally, any Vietnam tour operator’d love for you to visit our capital city for as long as possible! However, sometimes what we’ve been dreaming of couldn’t come true. So is it possible to see Hanoi within only one day? We’re here to help with a list of 5 of the best ideas of a full day trip to take starting from Hanoi!
Watch The Sun Rise at Hoan Kiem Lake
Sun Rise at Hoan Kiem Lake
One of Hanoi’s most recognizable and iconic spot, the Hoan Kiem Lake and a gorgeous temple situated on a small island of which center have been impressing Vietnam local tour operator and visitor to Hanoi for centuries. The “Lake of the Returned Sword” (the literal name of Hoan Kiem Lake) is famous for being a hangout spot packed with locals and tourists alike throughout the day, but it is also a favorite stop for joggers, fitness buffs’ early morning workouts, and the elderly enjoying practicing Tai Chi together. It means that if you don’t mind an earlier start, this is a good starting point!
More than just a spot to see how Hanoians start their working days, Hoan Kiem Lake also offers a perfect backdrop to the very first rays of sunlight.
Entrance fee: Free !!!
Sample The Best Of Hanoi-styled Breakfast
Considering that Vietnam’s capital city is practically synonymous with a wide range of once-taste-remember-forever cuisines, it would be remiss to have a hotel breakfast in Hanoi. Even when you only have a short amount of time here, it is still possible to sample the best of Hanoi-styled breakfast by going to where Hanoians go for breakfast and eating what they eat for the first meal of a day. Luckily, affordable restaurants, food stalls, and hawkers selling delicious sticky rice (xôi), Vietnamese rice rolled cakes (bánh cuốn), phở (Vietnamese national staple), bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette) are everywhere!
Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
A day out in Hanoi could not be perfect without visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – the final resting place of Uncle Ho. There must be a good reason why the best Vietnam local tour operator recommends you to visit the sombre building inspired by the Moscow’s Lenin Mausoleum. Rather than a place to visit, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum plays an important part of Hanoi’s history. And a visit here is a chance to show your respect for Vietnam’s greatest leader.
Entrance fee: Free!!!
Visit the St. Joseph Cathedral
St. Joseph Cathedral
Most Vietnam tour operator reviews advise you to visit St. Joseph Cathedral – a 132-year-old Catholic structure. And almost everytime you come here, you are always awed by just how impressive its twin bell towers, elaborate altar, the Gothic-styled domes (inspired from the design of the Cathedral in Paris), and fine stained-glass windows are.
The oldest Roman Catholic church in Hanoi, as well as the only evidential building of Chatholicism you should get to explore in Hanoi Old Quarter currently, serves as a worshipping place frequently visited by approximately 4 millions of Catholics living in Vietnam.
Entrance fee: Free !!!
Experience Hanoi’s Beer Culture on Ta Hien Street
Ta Hien Street
When the night falls, our capital city loses none of its charms. From early evening, on Ta Hien Street – you will find lots of bars, pubs, beer gardens setting plastic chairs and tables on the roadbed, and thousands of foreign travelers and backpackers. That’s why it is often called The Foreigners’ Street or Phố Tây. Stop for a cheap fresh beer, lemon iced tea, or snack on Ta Hien Street to enjoy the boisterous atmosphere and for perfect people-watching.
Even on a 24-hour timetable, people, even first-time visitors to Hanoi, can see many of the highlights of Vietnam’s capital city. But how to make the most of it? Having a reliable Vietnam tour operator help you is not a bad idea.