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2 days in Hanoi (2022): Best Itinerary for TWO days in Hanoi

Hanoi 2 days – what to do and see in Hanoi for 2 days

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.

2 days in Hanoi
2 days 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.

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I leave it entirely in your hands to experience the most local experience in Hanoi for only 2 days!

2 days in Hanoi itinerary

The first day: The exciting Hanoi

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:

  • Morning: local breakfast and The Old Quarter
  • Afternoon: The French Quarter
  • Night: Hanoi beer, night club, or Water Puppet Show
The Old Quarter - the heart of 2 days in Hanoi
The Old Quarter – the heart of 2 days in Hanoi

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!

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The Second Day

Option 1: Still be in Hanoi

Bat Trang – A traditional Vilage producing many types of poteries will be one of the top choice

Making pottery in Hanoi
Why not try making pottery in Hanoi?
In the afternoon

Get back for Museums of ethnology, The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a museum in Hanoi, Vietnam, which focuses on the 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Option 2: Ha Long Bay

In the morning

In the morning you can move from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay

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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.

Halong Bay
The beauty of Halong Bay

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:

  1. Van Nam Hotel: The hotel is located on Vuon Dao Street. The minimum price is $10. This is the perfect choice if you want to save money. With beautiful and convenient view—not to mention friendly service, this is the best choice for medium price.
  2. Alex Hai Ninh Hotel: the hotel is at 28A Anh Dao Street. Located a little bit further from the Bay—the hotels still has good furniture and equipment. The price is about $8-$10. This is a popular choice for tourists. There is no wifi, tv or fridge.
  3. Saigon Halong Hotel: the hotel is located on Ha Long Street, this is a medium price hotel. Among the most rented hotel in Halong. The minimum price is $30. Sometimes the discount can be up to %30, 40%. There are a lot of benefit and support, like of 4 stars and 5 stars hotels like: golf court, swimming pool, spa, massage, tenix, gym.

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.

But then..

Lobster-seafood in Halong Bay
Lobster-seafood in Halong Bay

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

In the afternoon

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.

Kayaking in Halong Bay
Kayaking in Halong 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.

Hanoi Old Quater
Hanoi Old Quater

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.

Thien Cung Cave
Thien Cung Cave is the wonder of HaLong Bay

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.

Buy souvenirs

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.

Traditional carft in Ha Long
Buy some traditional carft in Ha Long

At night

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!

Sing, dance together with locals in street music perfomance

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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