Hanoi is one of the most dynamic cities in South-East Asia and is usually the first point to start the Vietnam route. Actually, with about 8 million inhabitants, the city basically never sleeps, especially in Hanoi’s old quarter. However, no sleep means no boredom. So, if you are wondering what places to visit in 2 days in Hanoi, make sure those attractions are one of them. Do you want to see the best of it? Then, let’s check together with the best things in this city:
Also looking for some advice and recommendations? Check our article about travel tips for Hanoi.
By the way, if you are planning to start the Vietnam route from the South, you gotta check this handy guide about what to do and avoid in Ho Chi Minh City.
Start your Vietnam route with the old quarter of Hanoi
When we started our journey in Vietnam, we never thought it would end in Ba Na Hills near Da Nang. Our trip was supposed to be in the north of Vietnam. Nevertheless, if you are looking for inspiration in the south. Start with checking what day trips from Ho Chi Minh you could do.
Actually, what makes Hanoi unique is the special mix between modern and authentic old architecture. Given that the French colonies left a fingerprint in the city with their special architectural style, this creates an amazing charm with the Vietnamese buildings, especially in Hanoi’s old quarter.
Wander in the narrow streets during daylight and also at night. Indeed, each time has a special feeling, and at night, the lanterns make the city even more charming.
Visit the Graffiti Wall during your 2 days in Hanoi
While wandering around the old quarter of Hanoi, you will notice many beautiful graffiti paintings. Mainly located in Phung Hung street, those graffiti paintings have become a main cultural attraction for photography lovers and city dwellers.
Painted along the 200-meter wall, they also preserve the vanishing cultural heritage in the age of globalization of the 1000-year-old capital.
Taste the famous Hanoi egg coffee
A must-do while doing your Vietnam route is the famous Vietnamese egg coffee. Vietnam is known for its good coffee, and this combination of black coffee and the egg-based foam-creme makes it even tastier. Have a seat in one of those traditional cafés around the city and try this exotic way to make coffee. If you are a food-lover, you won’t regret it!
Here are our cafés recommendations:
During your 2 days in Hanoi, try Cyclos, a 3-wheel traditional bicycle-taxi tour
Streets in Hanoi are bustling, not only with motorbikes for “long” way travelers but also with bicycles for local short-distance commuters. Among them, you will find the so-called bicycle taxi. They are all around the city. Discuss a good price with one of them and have your seat in the front of the bicycle to feel the Hanoian road traffic.
Already preparing for your trip? Check this handy post about your packing list for Vietnam
Where I almost got killed on our Vietnam route! The Train Street
The train rail connecting Hanoi to Ho Chinh Minh was built many years ago. Meanwhile, Hanoi’s population increased. Now the train rail goes through narrow roads where many people are living. The most famous train street is between Le Duan and Kham Tien street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. When the train comes, make sure you have a safe spot where to stay while it’s passing by. I miscalculated how close I should stay because I was filming when suddenly a local gentlewoman pulled me at the right time before I got hit by the train. I am so thankful to her!
Vietnam is a rich country. In my opinion, you need at least one month to visit it in a good way. Make also sure you read some tips about Vietnam before visiting.
Try to check online the train schedule to witness it crossing. It is worth it!
Following this Vietnam itinerary is such an enriching experience. In my opinion, you need at least one month to visit it in a good way. Make also sure you read some tips about Vietnam before visiting.
How to Get Around in Vietnam
If you are in Hanoi, you most probably just arrived to Vietnam. Transporation in the country is really developed comparing with other Southeast Asia countries. Whether you are heading north to Ha Giang or south to Hoi An, Hue and Ninh Binh. Make sure you check the latest transportation options ahead of time to book your journey.
That’s it guys! We hope you enjoyed our experience.
Cheers, Ash & Rym