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5 Days Itinerary Hanoi or Things to do in Hanoi for 5 Days? How do you plan these 5 days?
You know Hanoi is full of amazing attractions. And you have 5 days to spend here in Hanoi.
You’re excited to pack it up and make a Hanoi 5 days itinerary.
You don’t know what to do ? I will break it down day by day—all the things you can possibly do in 5 days—to create the best Hanoi itinerary for 5 days.
The 5 days Hanoi itinerary includes things to do both:
This way, you can make the most out of your experience—with 5 days in Hanoi. by see the
you will chat directly with local guides, she will help you out.
The first option covers Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa. But if you are groups with elders and kids, this itinerary will be not highly recommended. As to explore Sapa, you have to walk or trek a lot down the roads and villages and this might be difficult for kids and elders. It also takes lot of time to go to Sapa (by train or shuttle bus) so this itinerary is a little bit rush. Young people and adventurous souls might be suitable for this trip.
We would highly recommend this itinerary with groups of elders and kids or those who want a relaxing trip. The itinerary is not too rush but you also can experience the most out of 3 destinations.
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.
You’ve just got to the Old Quarter. You see the crowded street full of people and motorbikes.
You can feel it—the atmosphere of the Old Quarter. Now it’s time to explore it a little bit.
Hanoi Old Quarter
Have you ever heard of this: “Hanoi has thirty six streets and guides?” It’s the mixture of both traditional and modern—exciting and relaxing—at the same time.
Things that you can do here:
Join the mystical adventure through 36 streets and guides:
As your exciting exploration going, remember to look out for the way—the traffic can get crazy sometimes.
Now let’s move to…
Sightsee Sword Lake
What is the most popular attraction in hanoi—the one that everyone in Hanoi must know?
It’s impossible for you to visit Hanoi without knowing—or seeing the Sword Lake.
Things that you can do here:
The scenery in Hoan Kiem Lake is always magnificent no matter the weather.
After that you can visit…
Ngoc Son Temple
Ngoc Son Temple is just a few steps away from Sword Lake. It’s on Sword Lake, once you cross the Red Bridge.
Hanoi French Quarter
Visit Opera House, The Opera house is the feat of French architects.
Once you come here, you can learn a lot about the history—also observe the astounding construction inside.
Things that you can do here are:
Located on Trang Tien Street, it won’t take you a long time to get here from the Old Quarter:
And now, you will…
Visit Long Bien Bridge
If you love learning about the history—then Long Bien Bridge is a must-see.
Things you can do here are:
1. Learn about the history.
Long Bien Bridge is the witness of a history of hundred years. Here you will learn about the amazing stories behind this attraction.
2.Watch the sunset and take photos. Watching the sunset from the bridge is wonderful.
It crosses the most well-known river in Hanoi—the Red River.
From The Opera House, it’s only takes 10 minutes by Taxi:
Drink Beer On Ta Hien Street
It’s very exciting and fun during the day in the Old Quarter. You got it. What about the night?
Even better. At night, the street is full of people coming to all the bars in the Old Quarter to chill and relax.
Things that you can do:
Drink beer and cheer with the other
Drink some bia hoi (vietnamese craft beer) on Ta Hien or Luong Ngoc Quyen while sitting and chilling on the sidewalk with other people.
You can make some friends with other foreigners
After one exciting day. You just can’t get enough of Hanoi.
Want to experience more? Let’s go, shall we?
Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex
Interested in history, achitecture and sightseeing? You have to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex—a must see in Hanoi.
1. See Flag Ritual.
If you arrive early then you can see the flag ritual here—at 6 am.
2. Visit Ba Dinh Square
See 240 squares of grass. Learn about the glorious history of Vietnam.
3. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
Here, you can the image of our great president Ho Chi Minh.
4. Visit One Pillar Pagoda
One pillar Pagoda is the signature of Vietnamese Culture. It’s has the best designs and scenery in Hanoi. An ancient and elegant pagoda on top a lotus lake—it’s extremely beautiful.
Coming here, you can sight-see the wonderful view of the pagoda.
From Ho Chi Minh Complex—One Pillar Pagoda is only 4 minutes walking from there:
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
If you like ancient history—you can not miss Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was recognized as UNESCO World Heritages in 2010.
To see Imperial Citadel of Thang Long:
Now it’s time to…
Visit Temple Of Literature
Temple of Literature is the first University of Vietnam. Therefore, needless to tell the culture and historical beauty of this attraction.
Sightsee the historical and cultural beauty
Temple of Literature is only 7 minutes from Imperial Citadel of Thang Long:
Water puppet Theater Show
Interested in traditional Vietnamese art? Then you should go see water puppet theater show. It’s Unique Vietnam traditional art.
It describes daily life of Vietnamese farmers, entertainment with people (swimming contest, dragon dancing,…) or historical legends
It tells stories about:
Thang Long Puppetry Show:
You’ve made the most out of your time in Hanoi in those 2 days.
Now…. It’s time for a fresh experience. It’s time to taste the saltiness of the sea.
And no other places can beat Ha Long bay for the beauty.
Go to Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is located in Quang Ninh, 160km in Hanoi so it would take 4 hours by bus.
On the way to Ha Long, you can sightsee and take picture of the Red River.
Sightsee and eat lunch on Junk Boat
Get on junk boat, beautiful sun deck, lying on bed and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the bay.
Things you can do:
1. Sun bathe
2. Have lunch on Board.
Coming to Ha Long Bay without tasting the fresh seafood would be a waste. Trust me. You wouldn’t want to miss it.
Want to excercise a little bit? Try kayaking.
Kayak and sightsee the beautiful bay of thousands year old island is one of a kind experience you can’t forget.
Things you can do:
1. Kayak to Thien Son Cung Cave.
Thien Son Cung Cave is a must see. It’s has magnificent view.
2. Take some photos of the wonderful scenery.
Yesterday you had a great time in Ha Long Bay. And for today—we will visit Halong Bay again!?
Wait, but this time… It’s Halong Bay on land. It’s called Trang An Complex. Trang An was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site on 2014—needless to tell the beauty of this place.
Trang An is located in Ninh Binh, take 3 hours using bus from Giap Bat bus station. You can totally arrive and leave at the same day.
A few tips:
You got a long day. It’s time for you to rest.
Visit Bat Trang Pottery Village
Bat Trang pottery village is one of the most well known traditional handicraft village.
Local artisans who use both traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful porcelain artworks.
Bat Trang Pottery Village is 13km Southeast of Hanoi. To get there you can use day tour or bus.
Things you can do here are:
1. Purchase ceramic products
You can purchase the finest handmade ceramic products—vases, bowld, cups and plates.
2. Create your own ceramic products.
You can create your own product by joining a workshop. It’s an amazing experience.
In The Afternoon
Want to keep some memory this trip? Want to buy some gifts for friends and family?
This is the chance for you to do—buy shopping around Hanoi. Hanoi has a lot of things you can puchase including traditional food and products
It’s time for you to wrap it up and prepare for departing tomorrow. But if you still have some spare time then you can…
Let’s have a great time in Hanoi.
Cause time waits for no one.
Stay longer for Halong Bay for 2 days 1 night, some travelers even choose 3 days 2 nights for Halong Bay ( other time for Hanoi, and Ninh Binh), think about Bai Tu Long (less touristy), or Lan Hạ Bay, instead of Halong Bay (especially from Movember to Faburary)
For Sapa in case of 7 days itinerary Hanoi
Around 3days – 2nights in Sapa is enough for your trip.
– Visit the local markets: Coc Ly on Tuesday, Lung Khau on Thursday, Can Cau on Saturday and Bac Ha Market is held every Sunday.
– 2days trekking down to the villages nearby the Sapa town then overnight at village to get the experience.
– Visit the waterfall or visit the dragon mountain.
Hope this information will help you little bit.
Author: Quentin Nguyễn