Hanoi Itinerary (Detailed)

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Best Hanoi Itinerary – For your best time in Hanoi


Having a good Hanoi Itinerary is one of the most important and difficult to-be-done-tasks when it comes to planning a trip to Hanoi. The research from Expedia shows that 86% travelers see planning an itinerary boring and tired.

  • Where?
  • What?
  • When?
  • How?
  • and How Much?

are the questions need to be looking for!

After Supporting thousands of Travelers plan their Trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, we would like to give you some samples of Itinerary.

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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)

Hanoi Itinerary Samples

  • Day 1: Arrival – wander around the Old Quarter and French Quarter
  • Day 2: Day trip to Ninh Binh (80Km from Hanoi – 2,5 hours on Bus ) or Halong Bay (120Km from Hanoi 4 hours on bus)
  • Day 3: Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature

Hanoi Itinerary 4 days

Option 1:

  • Day 1: Hanoi Old Quarter And French Quarter
  • Day 2,3: Halong Bay (2 days)
  • Day 4: Back to Hanoi City

Option 2:

  • Day 1,2: Hanoi Old Quarter And French Quarter
  • Day 3: Halong Bay (1 Day) Or Ninh Binh (Ninh Binh is more recommended because of the less touristic destination)
  • Day 4: Back to Hanoi City

Hanoi Itinerary 5 days

Option 1:

  • 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/)

Option 2:

  • 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)

Hanoi Itinerary 6 days

Option 1: ( 2 days in Hanoi, 2 days in Halong Bay, 2 days in Sapa) 

  • Day 1– Arrive in Hanoi (Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi Nightlife)
  • Day 2 – Halong Bay overnight
  • Day 3 – Halong Bay back to Hanoi
  • Day 4 – Hanoi Around the City (Ho Chi Minh Complex, Hanoi Citadel, Temple of literature) + French Quarter + Enjoy Foods to prepare for the next day
  • Day 5 – Day Trip: Trang An/ Hoa Lu / Tam Coc / Bich Dong Cave

Option 2: Hanoi 3 days – Halong Bay 2 days, Ninh Binh 1 day

  • Day 1– Arrive in Hanoi (Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi Nightlife)Day 2 – Halong Bay overnightDay 3 – Halong Bay back to HanoiDay 4 – Hanoi Around the City (Ho Chi Minh Complex, Hanoi Citadel, Temple of literature) + French Quarter + Enjoy Foods to prepare for the next dayDay 5 – Day Trip: Trang An/ Hoa Lu / Tam Coc / Bich Dong CaveDay 6 – Hanoi Free & Easy day
  • Day 6 – Hanoi Free & Easy day

Hanoi Itinerary 7 days

Option 1: (3 days in Hanoi, 3 days in Halong Bay, 1 days in Ninh Binh)

  • Day 1: Arrival Hanoi
  • Day 2: Hanoi City
  • Day 3: Ninh Binh
  • Day 4, 5, 6: Hanoi – Ha Long bay
  • Day 7: Hanoi

Option 2: (2 days in hanoi, 3 days in Sapa, 2 days in Halong Bay)

  • Day 1: Hanoi
  • Day 2, 3: Halong Bay
  • Day 4,5,6: Sapa
  • Day 7: Danoi
Hanoi Itinerary to the main attractions in the North Vietnam
Hanoi Itinerary to the main attractions in the North Vietnam

After questioning more than 20.000 traveler customers from AZ Local Trip via email and direct interview and our experiened tour guides, we’ ve found out best itineraries for tourists to Hanoi. The itineraries are displayed below, from 1 day in Hanoi to 7 days in Hanoi.

Itinerary for other destinations near Hanoi

A fact that not many people know about is that this city – Hanoi is considered one of the oldest capitals in the world with a history of more than 1000 years. With such a long history, it’s no surprise that you can find ancient Buddist temples and pagodas, colonial buildings and architectures, war museums within the center of Hanoi. Meanwhile, Hanoi is still a growing city, trying to catch up with the fast and constant development of the world. That’s why Hanoi has this rushing and bustling side – a typical trait of a developing country’s capital.

  • Perfect Combination Of Tradition And Modernity

What’s interesting about Hanoi is the perfect combination between tradition and modernity. Visiting ancient temples or pagodas, you can get this peaceful and calm feeling with the influencecs of Buddhism. At war sites or museums, you get to learn much about the long yet tragic history of war in Vietnam. Driving on the streets filled with motorbikes and constantly blaring horns, enjoying the vibrant nightlife with some fresh beer at Old Quarter Hanoi, you feel the hustle and bustle, the openess of a this city. Those are everything that make Hanoi different from any other citites in Asia. And of course, worth to pay a visit!

  • Eat Your Heart Out 

Vietnam is famously known for its authentic and mouth-watering cuisine. Some of them are selected as best street food in the world by popular and prestigous chefs and magazines such as CNN Travel. Lucky enough, Hanoi have all these food. This is why nobody comes to Hanoi and leaves without trying these kind of dishes. Even President Barack Obama can’t hesitate giving praises to Bun Cha – a famous dish while visiting Hanoi.

  • Travelable All Year Round

Hanoi is located in the North of Vietnam and has 4 seasons in a year: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each season has its unique traits and holidays. Spring is fun and many festivals are held, especially the traditional TET Holiday. Summer is time for school-break and traveling, all destinations are highly active during this period. Autumn is a perfect time to travel since the weather is good and the scenery here in Hanoi is truly beautiful. Winter are cold in Hanoi but the cold doesn’t prevent you from exploring this city. Hanoi is travelable throughout the whole year and for more details and considerations, please read more in Best time to visit Hanoi.

Also, if you can’t decide weather to follow which itinerary, you can find the answers in the article How many days in Hanoi?

Before coming to Vietnam and Hanoi – For the best Hanoi Itinerary

If you are one of those who has chosen Hanoi for your next trip, and are planning an itinerary, we think you should notice some details before coming here:

  • Things to know

Vietnam is a Southeast Asia country, it might have many differences from your area, especially if you are not from Asia region. So that it’s neccessary to know and preprare everything needed for your trip.

We summarize all the information you need in this post: Detailed Preparation For A Trip To Vietnam.

These information includes (1) Visa (2) Currency & Services (3) Weather (4) What to wear (5) Getting around Vietnam (6) Dos and Don’ts in Vietnam and even some basic Vietnamese to learn in case you need to use.

  • How to get around

From the airport, there’re many ways to book a transportation to your hotel. You can book a transfer through your hotel, or book a transfer through an agency or the fastest way is to take a taxi. Metered taxis in Hanoi are notorious for trying to rip tourists off. In order to avoid this, make sure you agree on a price before getting in.

Hanoi Itinerary - Vespa tour
Taking a Vespa Tour is a good option in Hanoi

In the Old Quarter, you’ll have no problem walking everywhere. But it’s best to book a Hanoi Tours with the locals so that the locals will lead you to the most authentic places. If walking isn’t an option, you can do a city tour by car or taxi or hop on one of the cyclos or motorbikes.

  • Safety in Hanoi 

Protecting your safety on the roads is very important while you’re in Hanoi. It’s a relief that pick-pocketing and petty theft are not common here; however, it still happens and you have to be very careful of your belongings and always be aware of them.

The steps to avoid theft are easy and usual. First of all, don’t carry lots of cash. If you have your wallet with you, keep it hidden in someplace that is hard to reach than your back pocket. With handy things like cameras, phones or purse, hold them tightly in hand while walking along the streets. That’ll prevent people on motorbikes from snatching your valuables and driving away. It’ll be a lot trickier to avoid the less obvious kind of theft, scam, but if you do a little research before your trip, it’ll be much easier to tell if you’re being cheated!

Walking on the streets can be a problem, too if you don’t know the “rules” here. On the streets, there are no designated paths for walkers and there are no crosswalks. The drivers keep driving how they want and it seems like there isn’t any rules for them. Most tourists can’t pass the streets on their own without the help of the locals and it’s a pretty scary experience for them too. That’s why you have to know the “rules” of crossing the streets here. The motorbikes don’t stop, they just go around you, which means it is extremely important not to stop after you start walking across the street. The motorbike drivers will observe you and predict what you’re going to do, then they’ll keep going and try to avoid you. The whole process can be very terrifying for some. Also, motorbikes are parked on the pavements, so be careful of people parking on where you’re staying.

  • Hanoi Budget

Prices and Costs are important things to consider while travelling. It’s good if you have a brief imagination about the prices and costs so that you can make up a budget for your trip to Hanoi.

Knowing the difficulty of travellers to have detailed information about the costs, we – the locals will provide you the knowledge. There are Accommodations prices, Food prices, Transportation prices, Popular destination entrance fees and some other expenses. Everything is included in How Much Will I Spend In Hanoi?, make sure you check this out.

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