5 Days Itinerary Hanoi (2018): What to do in Hanoi for 5 Days 4 Nights

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Hanoi Old Quarter

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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.

Hanoi The Old Quarter Walking tour

Hanoi The Old Quarter Walking tour

The 5 days Hanoi itinerary includes things to do both:

  • In Hanoi
  • Out of Hanoi ( Halong Bay, Ninh Binh or other options)

This way, you can make the most out of your experience—with 5 days in Hanoi.

The summary Itinerary:

Otion 1:

  • Day 1: Hanoi Old Quarter And French Quarter
  • Day 2: Hanoi City Sight Seeing
  • Day 3: Halong Bay
  • Day 4: Go to Ninh Binh
  • Day 5: Back to Hanoi

Option 2:

  • Day 1: Hanoi Old Quarter And French Quarter
  • Day 2: Hanoi City Sight Seeing
  • Day 3: Halong Bay (2 days)
  • Day 5: Back to Hanoi


  1. No more than 3 days in Hanoi city. (1 day for Halong Bay can be a bit short)
  2. For all the places in Hanoi ( Hanoi Old Quarter, French Quarter, City), you can consider doing Hanoi free tour with Local university students.
  3. If you are planning less than 3 days in Hanoi, Here is for you: 2 days in Hanoi

Day 1: Hanoi Old Quarter And French Quarter

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

Hanoi Old Quarter

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:

  1. Walk and sightsee the people and the street
  2. Shop local products
  3. Try street food on the way from local restaurants
What to do in Hanoi 5 days itinerary

Follow the map to explore the Old Quarter

Join the mystical adventure through 36 streets and guides:

  • Start: Cau Go Street
  • End: Le Thai To Street

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.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake

Things that you can do here:

  • Sit on the rock chair and sightsee Sword Lake
  • Take photos.

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:

  • Observe the magnificent architectual construction by the French.
  • Learn about the history. You will learn about the reason behind the creation of Opera House.
  • Watch the performance. Here in the Opera house—you can see one of the most amazing traditional performance—by the most talented people in the country.

Located on Trang Tien Street, it won’t take you a long time to get here from the Old Quarter:

  • Address: 01 Trang Tien Street
  • Price: 400,000 VND(~$18)/ticket

And now, you will…

Visit Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge

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:

  • Address: Next to Long Bien Station

At Night

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

Ta Hien Street

Ta Hien Street

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

  • Address: Ta Hien Street and Luong Ngoc Quyen Street or
  • Price: 50,000 VND (~$2.3)/bottle

Day 2: Hanoi City Sight Seeing

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.

Ho Chi Minh Complex

Ho Chi Minh Complex

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:

  • Address: Doi Can Street
  • Price: Free

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:

  • Address: Quan Thanh Street
  • Time: 8AM-12:30PM, 13:30PM-17PM
  • Price: 30.000 VND (~$1.3)

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.

Temple of literature

Temple of literature

Sightsee the historical and cultural beauty

Temple of Literature is only 7 minutes from Imperial Citadel of Thang Long: 

  • Address: Quoc Tu Giam Street
  • Time: 8:30-11:30 & 11:30-16:30
  • Price: 30,000 VND (~$1.3)/Ticket

At Night

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:

  • Vietnamese farmers life
  • Communal entertainment of vietnamese (swimming contest, dragon dancing,…)
  • Historical legends (The Return of Sword on Sword Lake,…)

Water Puppet Show

Thang Long Puppetry Show:

  • Address: 57B Dinh Tien Hoan Street
  • Price: 100,000 VND/pax ($4.5) + 30,000 VND ($1.4)/cup of coffee

Day 3: Halong Bay ( 2 days) 

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.

halong Bay

halong Bay

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

What to do in Hanoi 5 days itinerary

Sunbathing on Ha Long Bay

If the weather is good enough, you can sunbathe.

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.

  • Note: If you visit HaLong Bay for 2 days, you will loose 1 day in Hanoi or 1 day in Ninh Binh.


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.

Halong Bay is a must

Halong Bay is a must

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.

What to do in Hanoi 5 days itinerary

The majestic view of Ha Long bay

Day 4: Go to Ninh Binh

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.

What to do in Hanoi 5 days itinerary

Breath-taking scenery of Trang An

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:

  • Bring some extra clothing—going to the caves will be cold.
  • Sneaker and a little bit of food to snack on the way.

You got a long day. It’s time for you to rest.

Day 5: Back to Hanoi

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.

What to do in Hanoi 5 days itinerary

Bat Trang Village is famous for their pottery products

  • Address:  Bat Trang Village, Bat Trang commune
  • Price:100.000-200000 VND ($5-10)/piece

2. Create your own ceramic products.

You can create your own product by  joining a workshop. It’s an amazing experience.

  • Address:  Bat Trang local workshop, Bat Trang Village, Bat Trang Commune
  • Price:25.000 VND (~$1)/session

In The Afternoon

Shop around

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

At Night

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.

Author: Quentin Nguyễn


  1. Umi sapta rini says:

    We are interested in travelling in north Vietnam.
    This 5 days program looks okay.
    Is there any further information on this tour package that we can think about:
    – time, any specific date, or any time depend on us?
    – hotel, transportation, meals, etc.
    – what is the price (inclusion/exclusion).
    Thanks for yr info by replying my email

  2. Andy says:

    We will arrive on 17/5/2018 in the afternoon and leave early morning on 22/5. Two male persons (60 and 27 years of age).
    This 5 days program looks good. We are budget travelers.
    Is there any further information on this tour package that we can think about:
    – time, any specific date, or any time depend on us?
    – hotel, transportation, meals, etc.
    – what is the price (inclusion/exclusion).
    Thanks for yr info by replying my email

  3. Mary says:

    I remember doing the puppet show, definitely one of the best and must do in Hanoi! 🙂

  4. grace tham says:

    my hubby and me are interested in a 5D4N Hanoi trip from 11-15 Jul 2018. I am interested in the itinerary you posted here. can you contact me on the price and what is included and excluded in the price?

  5. Shamini says:

    Hello. I am planning to visit Hanoi on June 19th with my daughter. It will be our first visit to Hanoi. I will only be arriving at night on the 19th which means there will not be time for any activities on that day. The actual visit will begin on the 20th. I am thinking of staying 4 days and leaving on the 24th. What will be the best suggestion for 4 full days?
    Thank you.

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