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Check out the hanoi 5 days 4 nights itinerary to see “What to do in Hanoi for 5 days” and let the journey feed your soul.

The 5 days in hanoi suggestion is divided into 2 main parts following:

  • 2 destinations
  • 3 destinations

Best 4 days in hanoi

Each recommendation covers the estimated budget, must-go places, things to do there and also the tips from locals and travel experts.

Make sure not to miss any part!


Hanoi Itinerary 5 days - 5 days in Hanoi
Sparkling Hanoi at night

I, Hanoi Itinerary 5 days with 2 destinations

I.1 Hanoi – Halong Bay

  • Budget: From $215/pax (accommodations, transfers included)
  • Overview: The suggested schedule help to you make a Hanoi’s main site – visiting plan in an appropriate way. Another interesting part is to join on a Majestic Halong Bay Tour to get the best of this Vietnam’s landmark which has been recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Halong Bay beauty - Hanoi Itinerary 5 days
The incredible beauty of Ha Long Bay
  • Itinerary in brief:

Day  01: Explore the Old Quarter

Day 02: Hanoi City Tour

Day 03: Hanoi – Halong Bay Overnight on Cruise

Day 04: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Day 05: Food tour in Hanoi

  • Detailed:

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

  • Arrive Hanoi
  • Wander around the Old Quarter
  • Have some local food


  • Depending on your arrival, you can choose whether to start exploring Hanoi immediately or simply take a Pho or Bun Cha as a warm-up for the city tour tomorrow.
  • For further detailed schedule, check out our What to do in Hanoi in 1 day

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh Complex – Hoa Lo Prison – Temple of Literature – Cyclo Tour or Water Puppet Show

  • Visit inside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Watch the “guard changing” at Ba Dinh Square
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh House’s on Stilts
  • Get more knowledge about the Vietnam History during the French colonial through the prisoner artifacts inside the museum
  • Relax on a Cyclo Tour or enjoy a famous Vietnamese traditional art form
  • For more 2-day Itineraries


  • Bring necessary things because there are so many regulations in Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • The first place opens at 8:30 so you’d better be there on time or before that.
  • Queuing is a normal scene here since there are so many visitors

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Sung Sot Cave – Titov Island

  • 3,5 hour driving from Hanoi to Halong
  • Have lunch on a cruise while passing many beautiful islands of Halong
  • Visit Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave
  • Swim at Titov Island


  • The price changes depending on the criteria of the cruise or the size of group people
  • See our 3-Day-Itinerary for other choices

Day 4: Halong Bay – Luon (Hallow) Cave – Hanoi

  • Experience the Tai Chi lesson which is a material art designed for self-defense on the sundeck
  • Visit Luon Cave
  • Back to Hanoi
  • Shopping at the Night Market or nightlife touring at Ta Hien Street Beer

Day 5: Food tour

  • Trying best local foods before departure time from savory foods such as Banh mi, Pho, Bun Thang, Bun Cha to desserts like Che, Egg Coffee

Bun Thang - Hanoi Itinerary 5 days

Bun Thang – a colorful dish representing for the delicacy cuisine.

I.2 Hanoi – Sapa

  • Budget: From $180/pax
  • Overview: What to do in Hanoi for 5 days is no longer a hard question with the itinerary below. This Hanoi Itinerary 5 days consists of the 2 main sites of North Vietnam: The poetic Hanoi capital and Sapa – the majestic mountainous area
  • Itinerary in brief:

Day  01: Hanoi Arrival – Old Quarter or French Quarter

Day 02: Thang Long Citadel – Night train to Sapa

Day 03: Lao Cai – Sapa  – Cat Cat –Sin Chai

Day 04: Sapa – Y Linh Ho- Lao Chai- Ta Van – Hanoi

Day 05: Temple of Literature/food tour in the city center

Muong Hoa valley - Hanoi Itinerary 5 days
Muong Hoa Valley at dawn
  • Detailed:

Day 1: 

  • Explore Old Quarter or French Quarter
  • Drink Bia Hoi at Ta Hien street beer


Day 2: 

  • Visit Thang Long Citadel, Museum of Ethnology
  • Night train to Sapa

Day 3: 

  • Soft trek to Cat Cat and Sin Chai village inhabited by Black H’mong ethnics
  •  Enjoy the nice landscapes of green forests and mountain and fresh atmosphere


  • Bring comfortable and sporty shoes for soft trekking

Day 4:

  • Visit Y Linh Ho and Muong Hoa Valley
  • Communicate with local people in Lao Chai village.
  • Visit Ta Van village settled by Dzay ethnic minorities
  • Night train back to Hanoi

Day 5:

  • Visit Temple of Literature or do a Food Tour


Ta Hien Street - Hanoi Itinerary 5 days
The iconic image of nightlife in Hanoi at Ta Hien street beer

II, Hanoi Itinerary 5 days with 3 destinations

II.1 Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Sapa – Hanoi

  • Budget: From $200/pax
  • Overview: A trip to North Vietnam will be unforgettable if it can cover the main landmarks with a breathtaking and poetic view. The 5 days in Hanoi schedule below will help you find out the true beauty of the Mother Nature.
Sapa night train - Hanoi Itinerary 5 days
Spending 8 hours on a night train to Sapa doesn’t waste your time at all
  • Itinerary in brief:

Day  01: Museum of Ethnology

Day 02: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Night train to Sapa

Day 03: Lao Cai – Mong Sen – Ta Phin

Day 04: Cat Cat – Heaven Gate – Hanoi

Day 05: Hanoi – Departure

  • Detailed:

Day 1: Arrival – Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology – The Old Quarter – Water Puppet Show – Cyclo ride

  • Get to know more about 54 ethnic minorities of Vietnam
  • Chilling on a unique vehicle of Hanoi


  • Wear formal clothes (knees and shoulders covered)

Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Sapa

  • Visit Hoa Lu, the capital of Dai Co Viet
  • Sightsee the enormous limestone karsts
  • Take a night train to Sapa

Day 3: Lao Cai – Mong Sen – Ta Phin

  • Visit Mong Sen with rice fields and villages
  • Visit Ta Phin Village
  • Visit the Church in the center of the town
  • Shopping at the night market

Day 4: Cat Cat – Heaven gate – Hanoi

  • Visit Cat Cat for the breathtaking landscape with Hoang Lien Mountains
  • Visit Y Linh Ho village and Black Hmong people
  • Visit Silver Waterfall, Hoang Lien National Park, and Heaven Gate
  • Visit provincial borders of Lao Cai, Lai Chau provinces
  • Back to Hanoi

Day 5: Shopping in Hanoi

  • Do a customized tour your own to visit the places you didn’t go.
  • Or shopping to get some nice souvenirs for your friends and families

II.2 Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Halong – Hanoi

  • Budget: From $235/pax
  • Overview: The Hanoi 5d4n itinerary is accompanied with the 2 World’s Sites of Vietnam recognized by UNESCO: Trang An Complex (Ninh Binh) and Halong Bay. Here, you will have a chance to visit the must-go destinations of North Vietnam as well as truly discover the beauty from past to present of the capital city


Tam Coc - Hanoi Itinerary 5 days
Riding a bike along these rice paddies must be an amazing experience!
  • Itinerary in brief:

Day 1: Noi Bai Arrival

Day 2: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Overnight Cruise

Day 4: Halong – Hanoi

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

  • Detailed: 

Day 1: 

  • Explore the Old Quarter with street food tour
  • Enjoy the nightlife of Hanoi


  • French Quarter through The Opera House, St. Joseph’s Cathedral is also a good choice

Day 2:Hanoi – Tam Coc – Hoa Lu – Hanoi

  • Visit a local family in Tam Coc.
  • Ride a bike along rice paddies
  • Boat trip along Ngo Dong River
  • Visit the temple of King Dinh
  • Cyclo Tour in Hanoi


Day 3:Hanoi – Halong Bay (Hon Gai Harbor – Bai Tu Long Bay – Cong Do – Cap La Island – Tra San)

  • Lunch on cruise while moving to Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Kayaking in Cap La Island
  • Squid fishing at night

Day 4:Dong Co Island – Hon Gai Harbor – Hanoi

  • Visit Thien Canh Son
  • Joining Vietnamese cooking class on cruise

Day 5:Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – Temple of Literature

  • Visit other main sites of Hanoi


  • For other choices: If your departure time is at midnight or later, don’t hesitate to visit Bat Trang Pottery Village and do pottery items yourself
  • It will take an afternoon with a private car rented or a bus for transferring.
Kayaking - Hanoi Itinerary 5 days
Kayaking never disappoints any travelers.

II.3 Hanoi – Sapa – Halong

  • Budget: from $270/pax
  • Overview: The planned route covers the best places of North Vietnam, arranging them in a certain order to help you make the most of your time in Vietnam
  • Itinerary in brief:

Day 01: Hanoi city tour

Day 02: Hanoi – Sapa – Cat Cat

Day 03: Sapa – Ham Rong – Hanoi

Day 04: Hanoi – Halong

Day 05: Ha Long – Hanoi Departure

Tran Quoc Pagoda - Hanoi Itinerary 5 days
The beautiful Tran Quoc Pagoda at night
  • Detailed: 

Day 1:

  • Visit Tran Quoc pagoda – a sacred pagoda on the side of West Lake.
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda
  • Learn how to do pottery at Bat Trang Pottery Village
  • Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple

Day 2: Hanoi – Sapa – Cat Cat village

  • Visit Cat Cat village, see daily life and their costumes
  • Discover the nightlife of Sapa with interesting activities

Day 3: Sapa – Ham Rong – Ha Noi

  • Visit Ham Rong mountain and Heaven gate
  • “Exchange” culture with H’mong and Dzao ethnic minorities

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay

  • Visit Sung Sot cave
  • Sightseeing on sundeck, swimming or kayaking

Day 5: Halong – Hanoi -Departure

  • Visit Ba Ham Lake
  • Back to Hanoi
  • Shopping
halong bay - Hanoi Itinerary 5 days
Enjoying the krystal clear sea water in Halong Bay

Here, we give you some suggestions for 5-day Itinerary in Hanoi with “sub” trips to Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, and Sapa.  By the way, you can totally design your own trip based on your budget and schedule.

For a tourist, spending 1-2 days should be enough to reach all main sites. Therefore, the other days are for other places out of Hanoi. Take a look at our 6 days and 7 days in Hanoi

For one who loves reaching as many places as possible, in case of feeling rushed with the heavy schedule or having any scams, book a Hanoi 5 Days 4 Nights Tour Package with us


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