Hanoi in 24 Hours by Candace Quinn

Updated: May 29, 2020

Hanoi, Vietnam is a popular destination for many people. It was the first stop of a girl’s trip around SE Asia but was cut short because of weather issues during departure. 24 hours is definitely not enough time to experience everything Hanoi has to offer. Here are ideas of how to get the best out of a short trip.

Check out Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple

For a small entrance fee, visit Ngoc Son temple on Hoan Kiem lake. Make sure to wear a shirt with sleeves or bring something to cover up because shoulders can not be exposed inside. There are streets dedicated to specific stores like silk, shoes, and books in the area. It’s cool to see rows of stores that all sell the same product.

Learn at the Temple of Literature

The Temple of Literature is home to Vietnam’s first national university, the Imperial Academy, and is dedicated to Confucius. Many students visit the temple to pray for success before tests. University graduates also use the temple as a backdrop for their yearbook photos and to celebrate their achievements. There were many graduates, especially girls in traditional Vietnamese white dresses, taking pictures during our visit.

Explore Train Street

If you can’t do anything else while in Hanoi, visit train street! Located in a narrow street surrounded by homes, lies a train track. Twice a day, a speeding train headed for Ho Chi Minh City passes through here. If you’re there at that time, you literally have to become one with the buildings when the train passes. Unfortunately, we missed both trains that day but still had an enjoyable time. Around the corner from train street, there are also many shops. Raw meat, fruits, vegetables, and cooked food are all sold here. If you are adventurous, try some of the street food.