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How Many Days in Hanoi and HaLong Bay | [2022] For First-Time Visitor

If you are new to Vietnam, you’re probably scratching your head wondering “how many days should I stay in Hanoi and HaLong bay”?

We have all been there my friends. Don’t worry.

The North of Vietnam is full of beautiful places and activities – to visit and to do – that it seems intimidating to design a suitable itinerary.

We know that many of you want to visit not only Hanoi and Halong Bay as well.

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How many days to visit Hanoi?

New experiences with local guides
New experiences with local guides

Option 1: 2 Days in Hanoi

2 Days in Hanoi!? Seriously?

  • “It’s impossible.”
  • “It’s way too short.”
  • “I cannot experience everything out of Hanoi.”

It seems that two days is a little bit short – but it could be your optimal choice. There are a lot of tourists coming to Hanoi choose to visit Hanoi in 2 days.

Just 2 days, you might not visit all the must – see places in Hanoi, try all the amazing  street food. But… You will experience the most popular, the most typical, must-try food and must-see attractions.

Pleaces in Hanoi for 2 days : The Old Quarter (Half day) – French Quarter (Half day) – City Discover (Half day)  +  Street foods + Show..

=> The detailed itinerary for 2 days in Hanoi

You will visit the mystical Old Quarter with 36 streets and guides.

Free Old Quarter Walking Tour
Free Old Quarter Walking Tour

You will not miss many beautiful attractions around the Old Quarter – St. Joseph Cathedral, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hoa Lo Prison, Ngoc Son Temple.

2 days will be your optimum choice if:

  • You want to visit places around Hanoi and mostly the Old Quarter.
  • Try a few popular and delicious – dishes and drink.

Then you should go for a 2-day itinerary.

Get ready to have an exciting and fast-moving tour.

Let’s grab your belongings. And just go.

Option 2: 3 Days in Hanoi

Most of the tourist would go for a 3-day itinerary. For the last 2 days, you’ve visited a lot of famous attractions around Hanoi.

But there’re more to see!

In day 3 you can experience most of the famous attractions around the Center of Hanoi – like Army Museum, Thang Long Imperial Citadel and Tran Quoc pagoda.

And if you still have some time

You must visit Bat Trang Pottery Village – to learn how to craft a beautiful pot on your own.

For 3 days in Hanoi you will have chance to see the Bat Trang Village (Traditional Village, Museum of Ethnology).

Itinerary for 3 days in Hanoi

Again, go for a 3-day itinerary if:

  • You want to visit more attractions outside of the Old Quarter and around Hanoi.
  • Have more time to enjoy and relax.
  • If you have 3 days in total 2 days in hanoi 1 day for a day trip to Ha Long Bay or Ninh Binh is recommended. If you have >= 5 days, 3 days in Hanoi would be better.

Option 3: 4 Days In Hanoi

Now you have a decent amount of time here. You can freely and calmly experience everything in Hanoi, enjoy the food, get some drink.

You can plan your last day to visit a few more attractions.

Suggestions are Perfume pagoda or Duong Lam Village (Typical – Old Village in Vietnam), shopping or even try to do something by yourselves. FREE AND EASY day.

What to do in Hanoi for 4 days

 Perfume pagoda
Perfume pagoda

In short, 4 days if you want to:

  • Have a mildly calm and relaxing experience – no need to rush.
  • Have the flexibility in your schedule.
  • Finish the list of popular food in Hanoi – you must try them all.
  • Make time to go shopping in Hanoi before you leave.

So in conclusion.

How many days do you need in Hanoi?

At least 2 days and more more than 4 days will be my recommendation for your travel in Hanoi.

Yes, and if you are worried about travelling or places to go, just contact with AZ Local Trip. This guy will suggest you the most suitable itinerary for you, even if you want to visit Halong Bay.

How Many Days in HaLong Bay

Now, we all know that Ha Long Bay – the most beautiful attraction outside of Hanoi. – It’s a must-see.

It’s a place far away from Hanoi. So 2 days in Ha Long Day is highly recommended, but 1 day is also possible in case your schedule is quite tight ( <=4 days in total)

3 days can be a good choice if you have time. But thinking about visiting Ninh Binh Provice for a day. If it is still not in your plan.

How long to spend in Halong Bay
How long to spend in Halong Bay

Option 1: 1 Day in Ha Long Bay

Only 160 km away from Hanoi – it’s possible for you to visit Ha Long Bay in 1 day. You can find a one-day tour to Ha Long Bay everywhere.

However, when should you make a 1-day itinerary in Ha Long Bay?

You should if:

  • Your time is limited.
  • You want to visit other places. Maybe you want to spend more time in Hanoi. Maybe you want to spend more time in Ninh Binh or Sapa.
  • You want to visit Ha Long Bay only.
Cruising through Ha Long Bay
Cruising through Ha Long Bay

Option 2: 2 Days in Halong Bay

2 days in Ha Long Bay.

After the first day of visiting the Bay, you absorb all the glory of the scenery – the tastiness and freshness of the food.

For day 2, you’ll be visiting Tuan Chau Harbor, it has the most beautiful islands in Ha Long Bay.

Tuan Chau has one of the most beautiful islands in Quang Ninh.

Go to Sung Sot Cave to see the oldest and most beautiful stalacticles in Vietnam

You can enjoy the time with the locals living in Tuan Chau and learn about their culture.

There will be activities like volleyball, soccer, surfing waves with the locals – join with the people if you have some time.

When should you go to Ha Long Bay in 2 days? You should if you want to:

  • Discover attractions in Tuan Chau harbor.
  • Have a little bit time to relax, enjoy the food and the scenery.
  • Discover attraction outside of the Bay like Tuan Chau Harbor.

Option 3: 3 Days in Ha Long Bay 

3 days in Ha Long Bay.

After 160km of traveling – you just want a relaxing and calm experience. You just want a calm and relaxing final day.

What can you do then?

You are into the weather, right? – You can enjoy your day swimming near Bai Chay Beach.

Getting a cyclo going through Bai Chay or a bike ride would be so fun and refreshing.

Want to keep some memory? Get some souvenirs and buy some products from Ha Long. You can shop at Ha Long Night Market – one of the biggest and most crowed night market in ha Long Bay

Or if you want to enjoy some street food? Go to Vuon Dao street to enjoy food on the sidewalk with the local

When should you go for a 3-day itinerary in Ha Long Bay?

You should if you:

  • Don’t have limited amount of time
  • Have a relaxing trip
  • Have one day to rest
  • Have time for shopping
  • Enjoy more activities in the evening

You know what you can do with different itineraries.

To answer the question: “How many days in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay“? – It depends on your personal preference.

Some people have a short and limited amount of time—some have a lot

Some people want a quick and exciting experience—some want to relax and have fun

Find the one that suits you—to make the most out of your time here.

Plan it out.

Now you have your perfect itinerary

Let’s start.

And make it an amazing trip.

Author: Quentin Nguyễn.


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