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


  • Option 1: 2 destinations

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

Day 3, 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)  – Hanoi  (B, L)

Day 5: Departure from Hanoi (B)


Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

Day 3, 4: Hanoi – Sapa (B, L, D)  – Hanoi  (B, L)

Day 5: Departure from Hanoi (B)

  • Option 2: 3 destinations

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (/D/)

Day 2, 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D) Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L/)

Day 4: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi (B/L/)

Day 5: Hanoi – Departure (B/)

  • 2 days in Halong bay is more recommended for family trip with kids or elderly (Leasure Travel)
  • Option 2 (3 destinations will be the best, because you will have chance of enjoying the capital, the beauty of the beach, and the stunning view of mountains
  • You can get a Free Advice on Your Itineary by filling in the form. Local Supporter will contact and help you out with the customized Itineary (Based on your travel style and budget)

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

I,Option 1: Hanoi Itinerary 5 days with 2 destinations

Day 1: Hanoi Old Quarter

Day Time

  • Arrive Hanoi airport (it takes 45 minutes from the airport to Hanoi Old Quarter (Mainly travelers choose accommodations  in the Old Quarter, because it is near to almost all tourist attractions)
  • Wander around the Old Quarter (Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Dong Xuan Market – A traditional  market in Hanoi, Long Bien Bridge, and a cup of traditional coffee )

Old Quarter Hanoi is known as the place to save the ancient culture, the memory of times and this has become the reason why many visitors visit here once in their life. Located in the prime destination – the center of Hanoi, Old Quarter Hanoi has preserves the characteristics of this lands, memories of history, people and country. Through the ups and downs, the streets are still alive to this day.

There are some recommends for you, especially you are a newcomers, to know more about Hanoi and this may help you to arrange the most suitable tour route

Notes: You should do a free walking tour in Hanoi, local university students will be volunteer guide, students guides doing free tours as the way to improve their English skills, you have chance to discover Hanoi 🙂

Hoan Kiem Lake


in the evening

  • Hanoi Nightflife (Yourselves) 

Hanoi’s nightlife scene offers a multitude of interesting things to see and places to go well after the sun sets.

After a long and tired day of touring around this exquisite and beautiful city, tourists can now have some free time for themselves and enjoy the fun yet relaxed nightlife in Hanoi. So What to do in Hanoi at night?

Night in Hanoi is the only time when you can have a great time without getting burned by the heating sun or getting worn out by tours after tours. The streets are bustling and packed with local and expats which you can make friends with along the way and get the know Hanoi from the view of true Hanoians.



  • 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 at night

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

Day time:

Hoan Kiem Lake

Again: You should not miss Hanoi Free City Tours

Ho Chi Minh Complex

  • Visit inside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ( a must-go attraction) Watch the “guard changing” at Ba Dinh Square

Ba Dinh Square

  • Ba Dinh Square – one of the attraction in Ho Chi Minh Complex: it is the name of a square in Hanoi where president Ho Chi Minh read the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945. It is named after the Ba Đình Uprising, an anti-French rebellion that occurred in Vietnam in 1886–1887 as part of the Cần Vương movement


  • Visit Ho Chi Minh House’s on Stilts : This humble, traditional stilt house where Ho lived intermittently from 1958 to 1969 is set in a well-tended garden adjacent to a carp-filled pond and has been preserved just as Ho left it. The clear views through the open doorways and windows give an insight more fascinating than most museum mementos. It’s now used for official receptions and isn’t open to the public, but visitors may wander the grounds if sticking to the paths.


  • Ho Chi Minh Museum: Have you ever heard of Uncle Ho – the most beloved Vietnamese president of all time? Or you know about him but there are a lot of mysterious things making you curious? Ho Chi Minh museum – one of the places in Ho Chi Minh Complex – has all the answers of your curiousness. So what about visiting the museum and gaining knowledge of the greatest man in Vietnamese history.

Hoa Lo Prision:

This thought-provoking site is all that remains of the former Hoa Lo Prison, ironically nicknamed the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ by US prisoners of war (POWs) during the American War. Most exhibits relate to the prison’s use up to the mid-1950s, focusing on the Vietnamese struggle for independence from France. A gruesome relic is the ominous French guillotine, used to behead Vietnamese revolutionaries. There are also displays focusing on the American pilots who were incarcerated at Hoa Lo during the American War.

These pilots include Pete Peterson (the first US ambassador to a unified Vietnam in 1995) and Senator John McCain (the Republican nominee for the US presidency in 2008). McCain’s flight suit is displayed, along with a photograph of Hanoi locals rescuing him from Truc Bach Lake after being shot down in 1967.

John McCain in Hoa Lo Prison
John McCain in Hoa Lo Prison

The vast prison complex was built by the French in 1896. Originally intended to house around 450 inmates, records indicate that by the 1930s there were close to 2000 prisoners. Hoa Lo was never a very successful prison, and hundreds escaped its walls over the years – many squeezing out through sewer grates.

  • cnr P Hoa Lo & P Hai Ba Trung
  • 024-3934 2253
  • Hours8am-5pm
  • Priceadult/child 30,000d/free

Polyglots might notice that the French signs are watered down compared with the English equivalents.


  • 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
  • The free tours should be booked as soon as possible because this tour is ofen fully booked

in the Evening

Have some local foods 

Hanoi Street food Tours

  • Bun Cha (Rice Noodle with Grilled Pork)

Wanna try the food that the Former President of US – Barack Obama tasted during his visit in Hanoi? Bun Cha is what I’m talking about! Bún chả is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and noodle, which is thought to have originated from Hanoi, Vietnam. Bún chả is served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of white rice noodle and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce

  • Egg Coffee 

Coffee made from Egg? No way! This seems the most curious drink that makes tourists as well as locals want to try. The beverage is made from egg yolk, Vietnamese coffee powder, condensed milk and cheese. These ingredients may sound weird for a coffee related beverage but don’t worry, it doesn’t taste sickly or eggy but brings the taste of surprisingly light and sweet vanilla.


Day 3 (Halong Bay day 1): Hanoi – Halong Bay – Sung Sot Cave – Titov Island

  • 3,5 hour driving from Hanoi to Halong is totally worthy/ you can not miss Halong Bay (an eye opening landscape, one of the must do in the world)

Halong Bay 1


  • Have lunch on a cruise while passing many beautiful islands of Halong
  • Visit Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave: Situated in the centre of the UNESCO-declared World Heritage area, the Sung Sot or Surprise Grotto is on Bo Hon Island, and is one of the finest and widest grottoes of Ha Long Bay. Ascending to the grotto, the way is covered by trees and foliage, and consists of great paved stone blocks.sung Sot Cave is on the same island with Trinh Nu cave. The path to Sung Sot is quite steep and is lined with shady trees. The cave has 2 chambers. The outer chamber is square and is often referred to as the waiting room. The cave’s ceiling is approximately 30 m high. The walls are almost perfectly smooth as if it was built by man. The walls generate a variety of colors that blend with the setting of the area.
  • Titov Island:  Titop Island sits at the heart of Halong Bay, just 8 kilometres to the southeast of Bai Chay Harbour. Although it is relatively small, it’s regarded as one of the most picturesque islands in the bay and is a crowd favourite among Halong tourists. Titop Island offers breathtaking landscapes, which can be viewed from a vantage point high up in the centre of the island. Tourists can find accommodation in any one of the numerous high-end resorts, hotels, restaurants and bars that have been constructed here. Because of its close location to Bai Chay, Titop Island is included as a stop off in many cruise itineraries.
Amazing view from the peak of Titov Island in Halong Bay
This is the perfect position for who want to take a high angle panoramic view of Halong Bay. I spend about 15-20 min to get to the top, not hard for me, but some elder people maybe get hard to do it. After that, you’ll see the amazing scene so you should do that.
bai t long bay vs halong bay
Bai Tu Long bay vs Halong Bay are two well-known tourist attractions in Viet Nam



  • 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 day 2) : 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: Luon Cave is located in the south of Halong Bay, about 14 km south-east of Tuan Chau Island. Situated on Bo Hon Island and only 1 km away from Surprise Cave, this grotto is an open air cave, exposed to the elements, and which can only be accessed by boat. The cave is essentially a group of islands that have joined to form a brackish lake approximately 1 km in circumference.

Day 5: Back to Hanoi and (Free and Easy trip) 


  • Bat Trang Village: Bát Tràng is an old, well established village in the Gia Lâm district of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. It is about 13 km from central Hanoi. It is famous for producing a unique style of ceramics called Bát Tràng Porcelain. Bát Tràng is well known throughout Vietnam for its beautiful ceramics.
  • Museum of ethonology: The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a museum in Hanoi, Vietnam, which focuses on the 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam. It is located on a 43,799-square-metre property in the Cầu Giấy District, about 8 km from the city center.

Hanoi Itinerary 5 days

I.2 Hanoi – Sapa

  • 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

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

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.

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 (See and get advice from us Hanoi Tour package
  • 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

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.

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 Hanoi Itineary for 6 days and Hanoi Itinerary for 7 days.

  • Orange
    September 26, 2018

    Hi, please give me more information for the 5 days tour in hanoi and sapa/halong bay/ninh binh.
    my travel date is 13th to 17th December 18.

  • Erica
    September 26, 2018

    I would like to have more information about the 5 days itinerary in Hanoi (option 1). We are a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children, 7 and 10 yo) and will be arriving this on Oct 17th.
    Many thanks!

  • Andy
    September 26, 2018

    We will arrive on 17/10/2018 in the afternoon and leave early morning on 22/10. Two male persons (60 and 27 years of age).
    This 5 days program looks good. We are budget travelers.
    Is there any further information on this tour package that we can think about:
    – time, any specific date, or any time depend on us?
    – hotel, transportation, meals, etc.
    – what is the price (inclusion/exclusion).
    Thanks for yr info by replying my email


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