2 days in Hanoi (2018): Best Itinerary for TWO days in Hanoi
Hanoi, the city offers you an endless number of monuments, museums, cultural events, stores, markets, a surprising nightlife and numerous lively neighborhoods.
Organizing such a short itinerary to cater for all tastes is impossible. Nevertheless, my local 2 Days in Hanoi includes the main monuments, museums, gardens and most important shopping streets in Hanoi.
Depending on your preferences, you can spend more time discovering the stores in the city, visiting the museums you find most interesting, relaxing in Hanoian cafe, or strolling through the streets during the following circuit.
I leave it entirely in your hands to experience the most local experience in Hanoi for only 2 days!
It is up to where you land in Hanoi, you can easily locate yourself inside the heart of city: The Old Quarter
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Following my local suggested itinerary, you won’t miss any fascinating moment in just 2 days in Hanoi!
One day in Hanoi Itinerary Summary:
If you want to visit all these places and save your time, do not hesitate to go with a local travel buddy who is always willing to give you the truly local experience in Hanoi!
Book a Hanoi Free Walking tours
Option 1: Still be in Hanoi
Bat Trang – A traditional Vilage producing many types of poteries will be one of the top choice
in the afternoon
Get back for Museums of ethonology, The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a museum in Hanoi, Vietnam, which focuses on the 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam
In the morning you can move from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay
If you do not know how to transport from two destinations, you can contact us for supporting you to arrange the best local tour!
Ha Long Bay was gifted with the natural beauty with splendid mountains and thousands of islands, creating a mysterious and dreamy scene.
The place was recognized by UNESCO as world’s heritage and becomes one of the most visited place in the world—attracting thousands of visitors anually.
Coming here, you get to see a lot of magnificent caves, see stalactites in caves like Thien Cung, Sung Sot and Luon. But that’s not all!
You get to see other attractions like mount Dog, mount Dinh Huong, mount chicken, mount frog… And on top of that, you can get to kayak though Ba Hang village.
But then, where to stay?
There are a few hotels you can choose including:
As you get your accommodation done, now you’re thinking:”What food can i try here?”
Halong Bay is famous for the delicious and fresh seafood like Cu Ky, Be Be, Sa Sung, Ngan, squid. These food are the delicacy of Halong Bay everyone must try.
Where to try these food?
You can go to Vuon Dao Street. There are a lot of restaurants here serving tourists daily. One of the best restaurant is Toan Huong Sea food at No 1 Vuon Dao Street. The price is 50.000-300.000VND ($2.5-15)/pax.
After that you can go back to your hotel, take a small break
Kayak and sightsee
After on-boarding registration, you will go explore Thien Cung (heaven) Cave.
Have just been discovered since 1993, Thien Cung cave has already been famous with natural beauty just like a heaven. This has been the place that no one should miss when they come to Ha Long Bay.
The deeper we go inside, the more amazed we become by witnessing the sparkling and lively beauty of the stalactites. On the cave, the scenery seems like a gigantic painting—in which as we listen to the mystical story of this cave—we can imagine all the characters appearing.
Swimming in Ha Long Bay
Yes, you can definitely relax in the beach in Ha Long Bay.
To spend less time and explore as much as possible local experience here, book a Hanoi City Tours then get prepared for your time in Ha Long Bay!
Thien Cung cave
The cave is located in the north of Dau Go island, about 4km from the bay.
After that you can go sight see Hon Cho Da (dog island), Hon Ga Choi (Ga Choi island), Hon Coc (Coc island)
Hon Cho Da (Dog island) is a tall island, having the shape like a dog taking guard of the giant gate. The image of a dog taking guard is a familiar scene to vietnamese. In every traditional pagoda and ancient house, there will be 2 stone dogs guarding the gate.
Hon Ga Choi (Fighting Cock island) is 5 km from Bai Chay. After visiting Hon Cho Da, Dinh Lu Huong then you will have the opportunity to see the scenery of Hon Ga Choi with the shape of 2 giants chickens fighting on the sea surface.
Hon Con Coc is 12km from Bai Chay. This island looks like a frog sitting on the surface of the vast water.
Want to keep some memory of Ha Long Bay?
Want to buy some delicacy from Ha Long—so you can enjoy when you get back to Hanoi?
There are diverse types of souvenir to buy in Ha Long Bay. You can buy yourself some dried seafood or handmade craft. The most popular things to buy in Ha Long is dried squid and traditional craft made from sea shell in Ha Long Bay.
After a day full of activities, you might be tired. You should take a short nap to come back Hanoi and finish your 2 days in Hanoi with a lot of unforgettable memories.
Or, you are still energetic to end your trip in Hanoi with street performance or a beer Hanoi with locals!
Hanoi is colorful country with a young lifestyle. It is changing every second so that I hope 2 days in Hanoi is enough for you to taste local culture and get in the mood of Hanoian daily life!
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