Hanoi 7 days itinerary | BEST 7 days (1 week) in Hanoi ...2019

Quản trị hệ thống - October 17, 2018

You would want to experience the most out of Hanoi during your short visit to this 1000-year-old capital, right? If you’ve got 7 days in Hanoi to spend, and looking for ideas of what to do and where to go, I’ve got you covered.

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As a local, I know where you should go and what you should do so that your time in Hanoi would be amazing and memorable. By the time you've finished reading this article, you will have figured it all out.

I’m going to share with you some itinerary ideas for your 7-day trip in Hanoi. These are all carefully considered and reasonable itineraries. So, read on!

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Hanoi 7 Days Itinerary In Brief

Option 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ninh Binh (4 days in Hanoi, 3 days in Halong Bay, 1 days in Ninh Binh)

  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival 
  • Day 2: Hanoi City Tour 
  • Day 3: Ninh Binh
  • Day 4, 5: Halong Bay
  • Day 6,7: Hanoi 

This option covers Hanoi, Ninh Binh and Halong Bay. You have plenty of days in Hanoi as homebase and enough time to explore Hanoi to the fullest. This one week itinerary is an easy one and mainly focus on relaxing purpose. That's why this is a reasonable itinerary for everyone, from groups with elders or kids, families, friends and solo travelers. Anyone who want a leisurely and unhurried trip then this is the perfect trip.

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

  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
  • Day 2, 3: Halong Bay
  • Day 4,5,6: Sapa
  • Day 7: Hanoi Departure 

Option 2 of 7 days hanoi itinerary covers Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa. Sapa is a small towm in the Northern Vietnam and known for its beautiful ethnic minorities' villages, spetacular scenery with rice terraces and picturesque valleys. However, visiting Sapa requires you to do some trekking and walking, so that elders and kids should consider in case they cannot do so. Anyways, this tour is relaxable and not rush as you have much time for enjoying yourself. This itinerary is like option 1, suitable for everyone from groups with elders or kids, families, friends and solo travelers.

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Option 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa - Ninh Binh (2 days in Hanoi, 1 day in Halong Bay, 2 days in Sapa, 1 day in Ninh Binh)

  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
  • Day 2,3: Halong Bay 
  • Day 4,5: Sapa
  • Day 6: Ninh Binh 
  • Day 7: Hanoi Departure

In this option, you have a chance to discover all 4 destinations which are the most famous ones in North Vietnam. However, with all 4 destinations in a week make this itinerary quite rush. This itinerary is appropriate for adventurous souls, young people who want to experience North Vietnam to the fullest.

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Detailed Hanoi 7 Days Itinerary  

1. OPTION 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ninh Binh (3 days in Hanoi, 3 days in Halong Bay, 1 days in Ninh Binh)

Day 1: Explore Hanoi Old Quarter or French Quarter + Around the city

After your arrival in Hanoi, explore the area called the Hanoi Old Quarter.

At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Dong Xuan Market, selling household goods and street food.

Another choice for the first day is walking around Hanoi French Quarter with a local guide which will undoubtedly make your day. The area is full filled with European style buildings and contains historical stories of Hanoi that can bring you back in time.

  • St. Joseph’s Cathedral which is also known as the Great Church to locals. After admiring its beautiful structure, having a fresh lemon iced tea at some street stores nearby is another must-do.
  • Along the way to Hoa Lo prison, you will probably see some luxury hotels which are also an iconic image of the French Quarter. In contrast, Hoa Lo prison will guide you to a different world representing the French colonial period through impressive artifacts inside. You are noted to spend about 1 hour here.
  • The next stop should be Hanoi Opera House that was inspired by the Paris Opera House. It is free to visit outside. Once you want to visit further inside, the ticket price is about $20/pax.

When the sun goes down, it's time to explore the Hanoi vibrant nightlife. Come to Ta Hien Street to grab some fresh beer or join in some night clubs. Check out Things to do in Hanoi at night

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour 

  • For the second day in Hanoi, do a city tour for all main sites of Hanoi such as Ho Chi Minh Complex,  Temple of Literature, West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda,..
  • In the evening, we suggest you take a food tour with local guides, because you know what they say “indulging yourself in local cuisines is one of the best ways to get fantastic travel experiences”. Not tasting the food while in Hanoi would be such a waste! 

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Day 3: Hanoi - Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu - Tam Coc)

After 2 days spent in Hanoi, it's time to go outside and explore more of this beautiful country. Ninh Binh is stunning and diverse; it is also extremely traveler friendly. However, Ninh Binh remains far less popular than its sister to the northeast, Halong Bay. A day trip to Ninh Binh is possible.

You should begin your trip to Ninh Binh around 7 or 8 in the morning so you would reach there about 2 hours later. 

  • Visit the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, which used to be the old citadel of Vietnam when Ninh Binh was the capital long time ago. According to historical documents, the ancient capital of Hoa Lu – Ninh Binh was once a magnificent, majestic palace surrounded by arched stone mountain with spectacular views of the lakes, rammer… making the landscape in this place both charming, gentle and mysterious. Then you pay a visit to King Dinh and King Le Temples nearby.
  • Have lunch in a local restaurant and remember to try the goat meat - the cuisine of Ninh Binh.
  • In the afternoon, go to Tam Coc, get on a boat trip along the river. You will spend 1.5 hours on the boat and the local peddler will take you through all the caves. This will be the highlight of your Ninh Binh 1 day trip.
  • Go back to Hanoi and spend a night in Hanoi. 

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Day 4,5: Discover Halong Bay 

Halong Bay is a top must-check in any travelers’ bucket list. This World’s heritage site never disappoints tourists for its fascinating landmarks.

A budget of a trip to Halong Bay is higher than other destinations’ since all tourism services are mainly served on a cruise. But don’t worry, it costs more, but not too much and of course, it’s worth the money.

If you choose Cruises: 
Halong Bay nightlife on the Bay has become both domestic and foreign tourists’ preference. With an overnight cruise trip, you will spend at least one night on the boat with many activities like watching the beautiful sunset or dawn on the sea, join kayaking, swim at some fascinating beaches of the Bay, go midnight squid fishing on a boat, visit floating fishing villages,…

Halong Bay cruises only provide from 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights tour depending on the journey of each cruise.

  • 3-star cruises: V’spirit, Majestic, Calypso, Halong Sails, Oriental Sails, Glory
  • 4 to 5-star cruises: Au Co, Bhaya, Indochina, Emeraude, Paradise, Starlight

If you prefer hotels in Halong Bay: 

There are many 3 to 4-star hotels here to choose. In order to easily rent a room at an affordable price, you should go early in the week or midweek. Weekly, from Friday to Sunday, Halong is often crowded so all the rooms are likely to be full and the prices are way higher than usual.

  • Halong hotels: Wyndham Halong Hotel, Halong Plaza (No. 08 Hang Road); Halong Dream (No.10 Halong Road); Mithrin (Hung Thang Road); Halong Pearl (Bai Chay); Halong Bay (Halong Road); Bach Dang (No.02 Halong Road); Bai Chay Union (Halong Road); Moon Light (Hung Thang Road) …

The First Day in Halong Bay:

  • Visit Sung Sot Cave – One of the largest and most beautiful caves in the cave complex in Ha Long Bay. Indeed, when coming here, you will be amazed at the beauty of nature with the virtual stalactites and grandeur as the name itself …
  • Visit the famous attractions of Ha Long such as Hang Tien Ong, Ho Tien, Hang Luon, Titov Island,… This is a very good time for photography-lovers 
  • Watch the sunset while chilling on the sundeck
  • Join the cooking program of Vietnamese dishes on the deck
  • Night activities such as squid fishing, partying,…

The second day in Halong Bay:

  • Wake up early, admire the sunrise and join the Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck, enjoy the fresh air
  • Visit fishing villages, join activities such as kayaking, swimming,...
  • Back to Hanoi

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Day 6,7: Back to Hanoi For Further Discovery

After Halong Bay 2 days trip, we are finally back to the home-base to find the hidden beauty of Hanoi the capital.

As I’ve already recommended for Things you should do for 2 days in Hanoi in the first half, there’re still more places and must-do you can’t miss.

Our first suggestion would be visiting museums which are quite far from the “tourism zone”. Some top-of-mind places are:

  • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology: here, you can know more about a diverse Vietnam – a country that has 54 officially recognized ethnic groups. Also, you can have fun while joining some traditional games here.
  • Vietnamese Women’s Museum: the museum explores Viet Nam’s cultural diversity and women’s significant contributions to the nation’s development, culture and society. The Vietnamese Women’s Museum is a community repository of cultural and historical knowledge about Vietnamese women’s lives across the nation’s 54 ethnic community groups.
  • Ho Chi Minh Museum: Included in Ho Chi Minh complex, the museum will help you know more about Ho Chi Minh’s life

My second top-of-mind would be some further places such as:

  • Bat Trang Ceramic Village you are sure to get unforgettable experience while doing pottery items your own.
  • Duong Lam Ancient Village gives you a journey to be back in time.

For the seventh day in Hanoi, you should take your time, have a free and easy day to be ready for your flight back home. You can do some shopping for souvenirs. 

2. OPTION 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa (2 days in hanoi, 3 days in Sapa, 2 days in Halong Bay)

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival - Hanoi City Tour

For day 1 and day 2 in Hanoi, please check out the itinerary of the option 1 above. Or check out our article One day in Hanoi for more information.

Day 2,3: Halong Bay 

2 days in Halong Bay will be the same as the option 1 above. You will spend an overnight on cruise. On the third day, you will get back to Hanoi in the afternoon and that evening, get on the night train to Sapa. Arrive in Sapa in the morning after. 

Day 4,5,6: Sapa 

Sapa is a small, mountain town in Lao Cai Province. It is located about 350 km northwest of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. Here's where you'll find the Hoang Lien Son range of mountains, which includes Fan Si Pan—the country's highest peak.

The train will take you to Lao Cai Province and you have to catch a shuttle bus or a taxi to Sapa town. 

Then what to do next?

Once you reach Sapa, there are plenty of things to do here. The Holy Rosary church which is called the ancient stone church by locals, located in the heart of Sapa Town is the place where you can take your “check-in” selfie. Nearby is Sapa Market where you can wander around and grab some foods.

Next day should be for further places. For family and friends group, visiting villages which are home to most ethnic minorities of Vietnam will make your day.

– Among all the attractions in Sapa, Cat Cat Village is the easiest place to go since it is only 2km away from the main town. The place is home to H’Mong people, located at the foot of Hoang Lien Mountain, like a valley surrounded by terraced fields. Here, you can take pictures of Silver Waterfall and Love Waterfall, also, taking a deep breath while feeling the view of terraced fields is a nice idea.

Cat Cat Village

Ta Van Village (about 8km away from Sapa Town) and Lao Chai Village are often skipped since they are not as close to the main town as Cat Cat Village. The pristine beauty of Ta Van could reach another level when it comes to grain seasons. On the other hand, winters make the scenery here look dull.

Ta Van is home to the H’Mong and the Red Dao. In general, their customs are quite mysterious so that it takes time to explore. Otherwise, an afternoon could be enough for you to take a walk, take a scenic tour then take pictures.

Fansipan Peak

Another activity that you’d better not miss is conquering Fansipan Peak (also known as the Roof of Indochina).

For trekking to the summit, it takes at least 3 days (1 night sleeping outside on the way mountaineering). So my advice is that you should take the Fansipan cable car to reach the mountaintop because it takes only a few hours for both ways.

Day 7: Hanoi Departure 

You have a free and easy day to ready for your departure. 

3. OPTION 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa - Ninh Binh (2 days in Hanoi, 1 day in Halong Bay, 2 days in Sapa, 1 day in Ninh Binh)

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