Hanoi Halong Bay 5 Days

Itinerary Highlights

  • Get into the historic Hanoi capital and see what the best
  • Spend overnight on Halong cruise with very exciting activities
  • Admire the breathtaking scenery of the world nature heritage

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Hanoi arrival. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.

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On your free time, you can take a quick walk around the neighborhood of your hotel and get a feel of what Hanoi's like before delving into the best it has to offer.

Day 2: Hanoi Full Day Trip

Spend a fully with visits to the most exciting spot in the capital city.

Spend your morning visiting Ho Chi Minh’s complex - one of the most important and visited sites in Vietnam. The complex includes Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda. Next, take a taxi from Ho Chi Minh's complex to visit the Ethnology Museum to know about culture, custom, languages, houses of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. This is one of the most fascinating museum in Hanoi, featuring miniature of houses and sculptures from diverse spectrum of ethnic minorities in Vietnam.

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Have lunch in a local restaurant for a taste of authentic Hanoi cuisine then walk around Hanoi Old Quarter to see the hustle and bustle life of the locals and legendary Hoan Kiem lake –the heart of the capital city.

Finishing the tour by paying a visit to Long Bien Bridge - a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River to capture the image of farmer’s cultivating on the riverbanks and many poor houses like “slum dog” under the bridge.

Need an idea for dinner? You may want to decide what's your favourite at Ngon Restaurant - a popular dining venue that has pretty much all of Vietnam's cuisines on its menu.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong 

It's a good idea to book a package cruise tours to Halong Bay which includes pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. 

Have lunch on the boat while cruising to the central of the bay.

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In the afternoon, leave the boat to do activities such as cave visiting, kayaking or swimming on the crystal water.

Return to the boat to participate the cooking demonstration and happy hour on sundeck.

Have dinner then free time for relaxing or you can join squid fishing to try your luck. Spend overnight on cruise

Day 4: Halong – Hanoi 

Wake up in early morning for a sunrise or do Tai Chi on sundeck.

Have a light breakfast then take part in the activity

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Return to the boat to check out from the cabin then have a brunch/lunch while the boat cruising back to the harbor.

Cruise farewell then get on your vehicle to return to Hanoi. Spend the last night at hotel

Day 5: Hanoi Departure

Free at your leisure until the departure time. From downtown to the airport you can have your hotel call a cab or book a grab car on your phone. On the way do not forget to appreciate view of Nhat Tan Bridge, an iconic of Hanoi's west side. 

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