Hoi An Lantern Festival Dates 2023 & Guide

If you are travelling to Danang or Hoi An, you should not miss this special event in Vietnam. Hoi An Lantern Festival takes place one night per month. We will explain you in this article what you can see during this festival and the Hoi An Lantern Festival 2023 dates.

What is the Lantern Festival of Hoi An

Also called the Legendary Night or Full Moon Party is a festival that takes place every 14th day of every month on the lunar calendar. This festival is very popular for foreigner tourists as well as for Vietnamese.

Hoi An becomes the City of Lanterns of yesteryear since it is illuminated by the light of these.

Full moon festival Hoi An

There are several old games organized as well as music concerts. The old quarter is pedestrian (no bicycles or motorized vehicles until 10 pm)

During the lantern festival, all the lights of the old city are extinguished which gives a magical side and only the lanterns illuminate Hoi An. This is an opportunity to visit the ancient city of Hoi An.

During this night, it is an opportunity for Vietnamese to honor their ancestors by burning counterfeit notes and paper.

In front of each shop, you will be able to see tables with offerings, fruits in general bananas and mangos, as well as a fire where are burned different things in paper.

During the festival, the pagodas of the city of Hoi An are free, enjoy it. The Full Moon Festival exists since 1998. Be careful, the city is completely pedestrian – Bikes are prohibited even parked so you have to put them in the various car parks of the city otherwise it is likely that it will be recovered at the pound.

What to do during the lantern Festival in Hoi An

Here is a list of things you will see during the lantern Festival in Hoi An:

1) Traditional chess game

Address: 35 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street

2) Folk Songs of Quang Nam

Address: Tran Phu Street 155

3) Recitation of traditional poems

Address: Nguyen Thai Hoc Street 84

4) Bingo game also called Bai Choi

Address: Next to An Hoi Bridge (opposite Gam)

5) Calligraphy

Address: Nguyen Thai Hoc Street 64

6) Breakage game of terracotta pots

Address: 138 Tran Phu Street

7) Family Music

Address: 149 Tran Phu Street (near the Japanese Bridge)

8) Recitation of poems

Address: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street 04

9) Spectacle of traditional martial arts

Address: Hoàng Văn Thụ Street (west, near the river)

10) Singing, dancing and traditional music

Address: Court House 62 Bach Street Đang

11) Singing the spread

Address: 92B Bach Dang Street

12) Festival of the lanterns

Address: Lampions sold around the river

13) Recital of Folk Music

Address: Tran Phu Street 77

14) Traditional chess game

Address: Quang Trieu Temple (176 Tran Phu Street) – 06 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street – 129, 87 Tran Phu Street – 41, 96 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street – 99B Bach Street Đang

15) Traditional Vietnamese Theater

Address: 106 Bach Dang Street

16) Class of Calligraphy

Address: 155B Tran Phu Street

17) Singing and Music

Address: 78 Rue Le Loi

Hoi An Lantern Festival Dates 2023, 2024

Lantern festival in Hoi An

Around 8 pm on the eve of the full moon the lights of the town are shut off, and the only light comes from the lanterns being carried down the river. Here is the list of the next Hoi An lantern Festival dates in 2023 and 2024. You should not miss this special event !

YearMonthHoi An Lantern Festival Dates
2023JanuaryJanuary 5th, 2023
2023FebruaryFebruary 4th, 2023
2023MarchMarch 5th, 2023
2023AprilApril 4th, 2023
2023MayMay 3rd, 2023
2023JuneJune 1st, 2023
2023JulyJuly 1st and 31st, 2023
2023AugustAugust 29th, 2023
2023SeptemberSeptember 28th, 2023
2023OctoberOctober 28th, 2023
2023NovemberNovember 26th, 2023
2023DecemberDecember 26th, 2023
2024JanuaryJanuary 24th, 2024
2024FebruaryFebruary 23rd, 2024
2024MarchMarch 23rd, 2024
2024AprilApril 22nd, 2024
2024MayMay 21st, 2024
2024JuneJune 19th, 2024
2024JulyJuly 19th, 2024
2024AugustAugust 17th, 2024
2024SeptemberSeptember 16th, 2024
2024OctoberOctober 16th, 2024
2024NovemberNovember 14th, 2024
2024DecemberDecember 14th, 2024

You plan to visit Vietnam during two weeks ? You are looking for a Vietnam 12 days itinerary ? You don’t know what are the best places to visit during 12 days in Vietnam ?

Then, you are on the right page to prepare your Vietnam 12 days trip !

First of all, 12 days in Vietnam is long enough to visit the main destination of Vietnam. However, it is too short to visit everything. That’s why, you should make some choices in your Vietnam 12 days itinerary and skip some destinations. The preparation of your Vietnam 12 days itinerary is very important in order to save time and fully enjoy your 12 days trip.

Vietnam is a very long country (1800km) from North to South and the transportation time by bus or car can be very long. You shouldn’t miss that point because 12 days are very short and it could be a shame if you spend more time in the transportation than for sightseeing.

Vietnam 12 days itinerary : Northern and Central Vietnam

For a first trip to Vietnam, we recommend to visit Northern and Central Vietnam for a 12 days trip. In these parts of Vietnam, you will visit the most beautiful places of the country.

Here is the itinerary we recommend for a 12 days star in Vietnam :

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival – walking city tour, overnight in Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi – Halong Bay, overnight on cruise
Day 3 : Halong Bay – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 4 : Ninh Binh one day trip, overnight in Hanoi
Day 5 : Hanoi – Sapa, overnight in Sapa
Day 6 : Sapa – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 7 : Hanoi – flight to Danang – Hoi An ancient town, overnight in Hoi An
Day 8 : Hoi An Ancient town – Basket boat eco tour – My Son Sanctuary, overnight in Hoi An
Day 9 : Hoi An – Ba Na Hills – Danang, overnight in Danang
Day 10 : Danang – Hue city tour, overnight in Danang
Day 11 :  Danang city tour – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 12 : Hanoi departure

After reaching Hanoi airport, you will spend some time to visit Hanoi by feet. You can visit Hanoi cathedral, Hoan Kiem lake, Hanoi opera and others famous places in Hanoi during a relaxing walking tour.

On the second day, you will spend 2 days on cruise in Halong Bay which is one of the most beautiful places of Vietnam. You can see thousands of islands in a beautiful emerald see. It is time to enjoy one of the most memorable sunset of your life.

After Halong Bay, back to Hanoi and you can reach Ninh Binh which is also called Halong Bay on land. Ninh Binh is a beautiful place for nature lovers. Note that Tam Coc is the village from where you will be able to take a boat trip and climb on a mountain called “Hang Mua”.

The last part to visit in Northern Vietnam is Sapa. This village is in the mountainous area of Vietnam. In Sapa, you can take the cable car to reach the top of Indochina : Mont Fansipan.

After visiting these beautiful landscapes, it is time to take a flight to reach Danang city. From Danang, you can take a car to visit Hoi An ancient town. This cosy town is an ancient japanese style harbour. It is a must see place in Central Vietnam for a Vietnam 12 days itinerary. You should not miss the famous Hoi An Lantern Festival once a month.

You can stay one night in Hoi An ancient town before moving to Ba Na Hills. You can take the cable car to reach the very famous Golden Bridge.

Then, back on the road to visit Hue ancient capital with its amazing imperial citadel.

Finally, you will take a flight back to Hanoi and spend one more day there for shopping before taking your flight back to your home. Say Goodbye Vietnam !

Our travel agency can support you to arrange this itinerary. You can check out the detailed itinerary by following this link : Vietnam 12 days itinerary

When is the best time to visit Northern and Central Vietnam ?

The choice of the best period is essential for a pleasant stay in Hanoi and Danang.

In Northern Vietnam, the rainy season is from July to August. In Central Vietnam, the rainy season is from September to December with some storms in September and October. So, the best time to come for a Vietnam 12 days trip is from February to May with cooler and dry season.

Note that in Northern Vietnam, it can be cold during the winter in December and January : around 15°C.

Are you looking to travel to Danang and visit Ba Na Hills ? You are planning to go to Ba Na Hills but you don’t know what you will see there ? Here are the top things to see in Ba Na Hills.

Ba Na Hills is one of the most famous amusement parks near Danang in recent years. From a distance, it looks like a medieval castle hidden in the forest. Yet in this ancient castle, luxury accommodations, modern game rooms and an amusement park await you to explore.

Particularly, Ba Na Hills becomes impressive with the Golden Bridge, a giant bridge held by two stone hands. It is a shimmering structure emerging from the trees of Thien Thai Garden in Ba Na Hills. If you are planning to visit Ba Na Hills but don’t know what to do and see, follow our suggestions below.

What is Ba Na Hills ?

Most famous for: the golden bridge, the theme park, the game center.

Location: 1,489 meters above sea level on Nui Chua Mountain, about 30 km from downtown Danang.

Ba Na Hills was first the leisure destination for French tourists during the colonial era before being transformed into a modern theme park.

Price: 750,000 VND (about 32 USD) / adults and 600,000 VND (25 USD) / children (1m – 1.4m in height). Free for children under 1m.

If you have a specific itinerary, book your tickets online (and maybe take advantage of 20% off) in advance to avoid queuing.

Opening hours: every day from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Things to see in Ba Na Hills?

1. Traveling in a cable car system

As soon as you come to Ba Na Hills, you are surprised by its cable car system. This system obtained several world records, including the record for the highest difference between departure and arrival and the greatest change in altitude.

The cable car system has 94 cabins with a total capacity of 1,500 passengers/hour. It takes you about 15-20 minutes to travel by foot from the mountain to the top of Ba Na in a modern cable car. You will have the chance to fly over the spectacular Golden Bridge. The journey to reach the fairy world covered in white clouds is magical.

2. Walks around the French village of Ba Na Hills

At an altitude of 1,500 meters, you will find a European-style village in a tropical country. Tourists are free to walk around a large square with a flower garden, fountains, cafes, restaurants, vintage cars. Here you are lost in a suburb of Paris with old buildings with French architecture, castles with sharp towers, the square, the peaceful roof… For those who never have the chance to visit Europe, this. It’s a chance to explore a whole new land.

3. Visit the wax museum

The exhibition area of ​​Ba Na Hills presents a wax version of movie stars, musicians, businessmen, politicians in the world. For example, US President Barack Obama, actor Jackie Chan, singer Taylor Swift, British Royal Family in 1:1 size.

If you want to take photos with celebrities, this is your chance to make the dream come true. It is another thing to see in Ba Na Hills. Each wax figure comes with character information noted in both English and Vietnamese.

At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to discover the wax workshop and how Italian craftsmen create a wax figure. It’s a meticulous process to accurately determine each famous person’s height, height, skin color, and facial expressions. Some works are as vivid as the real ones.

4. Visit the spectacular Golden Bridge

Located in the Thien Thai Garden, the Golden Bridge is the connection point between the French Village and the Le Jardin d’Amour flower garden. The Golden Bridge is the most beautiful thing you have to see in Ba Na Hills. This monument is impressive by the giant hands that lift the bridge. According to TA Landscape Architecture – the company that designed the Golden Bridge, the giant hand represents the mountain god, and the bridge is the yellow silk that helped villagers reach Thien Thai Garden. TIME Magazine of the United States ranked the Golden Bridge in the “Top 100 Most Wonderful Destinations in the World 2018”.

Taking walks on this magnificent bridge on sunny days is an opportunity to enter a paradise on earth with clouds below and sunshine above.

5. Immersion in the flower garden Le Jardin d’Amour

The discovery of the flower garden Le Jardin d’Amour is an activity not to be missed during your visit to Ba Na Hills. Nine themed gardens hide its own significance in the architecture and selection of flowers.

Suoi Mo Garden (Dream Stream): A beautiful flower garden with a perfect combination of Aparang and Kim Kim flowers.

Garden of Eden: this place is ideal for admiring the sunrise. This site is the harmony between heaven and earth, decorated with beautiful bellflowers.

The mysterious garden: a place is created to encourage visitors to discover. This garden looks like a maze with tall walls of trees.

Garden of lovers: a garden is decorated with French architecture, lively and attractive patterns.

Thoughtful garden: it is a garden with an infinite flow of botany representing the flow of thought.

Mythological Garden: This place is inspired by Mount Olympia with the sacred gods of Athens.

Garden of Remembrance: the four gods here represent the four seasons which alternate with the flow of memories.

Sacred Garden: Lovers should not miss this place as it stands for vow, romance and emotions of love.

Vineyard: the landscape is reminiscent of a vineyard in the south of France.

And don’t miss the chance to explore in the century-old wine cellar nearby, a place to complete your trip to Paris in Vietnam.

6. Conquer Alpine Coaster of Ba Na Hills

Settled in the area of ​​French Village – the most beautiful and romantic place in Ba Na Hills, the sledding route follows the winding mountain, offering beautiful scenery of the area.

The journey is designed with a spectacular trail and unexpected curves up and down, then suddenly a landscape of breathtaking beauty appears before your eyes. Cars can continue along the rail at a maximum speed of 40 km/h. Each car is equipped with its own braking system so you can choose your own desired speed. This site is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

7. Awakening your taste buds in restaurants of different styles

To tantalize your taste buds in Ba Na Hills, there are several great options to choose from:

Arapang: This is the largest buffet restaurant in Ba Na Hills. There you can treat yourself to an Asia-Europe buffet. Named after the famous arapang flower, the style of the restaurant makes a good visual impression with vivid images on the red brick wall, the wooden carved flying birds hanging from the 4th floor of the restaurant.

Beer Plaza: The restaurant is designed with a unique architecture, in the form of a giant yellow glass beer box with the glass dome. A 2-story stage is located in the middle of the restaurant, allowing foreign dancers and artists to dance to their heart’s content.

La Crique & Café Postal: Stop by to taste Spanish cuisine the right way. The dark red color of the ceiling, the greyish green of the walls constitute a semi-classical place with traditional wooden tables and colored sofas.

Le Louvre: the restaurant is designed in the form of a glass tower, resembling that of the Louvre Museum. From a distance, no one thinks it’s a restaurant. This restaurant serves more than 200 authentic Chinese dishes which are considered the best in Ba Na of Vietnam.

8. Discovery of 4D Death Race

The Death Race 4D in Ba Na Hills is actually the most modern 4D cinema in the country. This cinema has a total of 28 seats installed on a moving mechanical system, an electromagnetic sensor, many other effect devices as well as a large 3D screen. The Death Race gives you the thrilling sensations like in a Formula 1 race. There is even wind, steam and smoke to further stimulate your senses.

9. Fun with the drop tower

With the drop tower, you discover breathtaking beauties depending on the altitude. At the top, you can watch clouds floating through the glass dome. Then you fell 29 meters (95 feet) to enter a cave designed according to what was described in two novels by Jules Verne: Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) .

10. Night in Ba Na Hills

Overnight at Ba Na Hills lets you experience all 4 beautiful seasons. And it is the chance to enjoy the breathtaking sunrise and sunset. Currently in Ba Na Hills, there are only 3 hotels: Morin Hotel, Debay Hotel and Mercure Ba Na Hills French Village.

hotel ba na hills

Morin Hotel: it is a 3-star hotel in Ba Na Hills with 2 types of rooms: deluxe room (30 m2) and suite room (65 m2). In addition, you will benefit from a modern bar-restaurant complex. Morin’s restaurant serves Asian and European cuisine.

Debay Hotel: Debay Hotel is a fairly quiet hotel. There are 3 types of rooms: deluxe room (23 m2), superior deluxe room (25 m2) and suite room (45 m2).

Mercure Ba Na Hills French Village: The Mercure Ba Na Hills French Village is a 4-star luxury hotel and the most modern hotel system in Ba Na. The rooms offer a view of the French village with high-end facilities such as a spa-gym, an indoor swimming pool, a bar, a retail store or a patisserie.

In high season it is very difficult to book a room here due to high demand. In addition, the public rate is sometimes quite high. You can contact Vietnam Découverte to get affordable prices.

How to get to Ba Na Hills?

Da Nang is a modern city with good road conditions, so traveling to Ba Na Hills from Danang is very easy. You can get there by taxi, motorbike or bus.

By taxi: the price varies from 350,000 VND to 500,000 VND per trip (15 – 22 USD). The best known are Vinasun, Mai Linh, Tien Sa…

By motorbike: it is a cheaper option than a taxi, around 4 USD to 7 USD for a day.

By bus: the first departure is at 8 am and the last at 4.30 pm. Expect 120,000 VND to 150,000 VND for a return ticket (5 – 7 USD) and 100,000 VND for a one-way ticket (4.5 USD).

You can book a Vietnam Discovery package because we offer combined Danang – Bana Hills – Hoi An tours with services as you wish.

Best time to visit Ba Na Hills

The months of April to August is the high season because the Vietnamese and spend their summer holidays there. So, if you want to share the emotional and lively atmosphere with thousands of people, choose this time to go to Vietnam. If you prefer the less crowded period, you should come to this destination from September to March.

In Ba Na Hills, all 4 seasons happen in one day: mild spring in the morning, hot summer in the afternoon, cool autumn in the evening and cold winter at night.

Are you looking to visit Vietnam ? You’ve got arranged to go to Hanoi for a 4 days and 3 nights trip ? You have got booked your flight tickets to reach Hanoi and you have got no thought of what to see in Hanoi and around the capital ? You’re searching for a appropriate Hanoi 4 days itinerary ?

Then you’re on the right page !

To begin with off all, 4 days in Northern Vietnam could be a sensible time, not as well long, not too brief to visit Hanoi and the foremost well known places around Hanoi.Hanoi 4 days itinerary

So what is the most suitable Hanoi 4 days itinerary ? What to do during 4 days in Hanoi, in this chaotic, colorful and scooter-infested 1.000-year-old city?

Our travel office is specialized in brief trips to Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh. We organize brief trips at sensible costYou’ve got distinctive choices depending on what you wish.

For a first trip to Vietnam, Hanoi would be the best destination because there are more things to see and to do in Northern Vietnam than in the other parts of Vietnam. That’s why Hanoi is the most popular destination for a short trip to Vietnam.

Hanoi 4 days itinerary

Hanoi 4 days / 3 nights itinerary for nature lovers

If you prefer to visit different places in a short time, this Hanoi 4 days itinerary will be more suitable for you and your group.

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival, overnight in Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi – Halong bay one day tour, overnight in Hanoi
Day 3 : Ninh Binh – Tam Coc – Mua Cave, overnight in Hanoi
Day 4 : Hanoi departure

On the second day, you can join the Halong Bay one day tour. You can easily visit Halong Bay during a day trip. Some tours propose you to visit Halong Bay in 4 hours or 6 hours depending on your budget.

On the 3rd day, you can visit Ninh Binh to enjoy natural landscape. Tam Coc is the place to be when you go to Ninh Binh province. Tam Coc allows you to go for a ride in the middle of the mountains and rice fields. This is the best known place for boating

Hanoi 4 days itinerary 3

 

Trang An is less known but just as beautiful. Trang An is a complex of buildings, rivers and mountains. The landscapes are more natural. The duration of the boat trip is also longer than Tam Coc since it can last up to 3 hours.

Bai Dinh is the largest pagoda in Vietnam. This destination is very popular with Asian tourists.

Hanoi 4 days / 3 nights itinerary for a romantic trip

Here is one of the most popular Hanoi 4 days / 3 nights itinerary :

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival, overnight in Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi – Halong bay, overnight on cruise
Day 3 : Halong bay – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 4 : Hanoi departure

After your arrival at Hanoi (Noi Bai) Airport, it will take around 1 hour to reach Hanoi city center by private car. Then you can visit the capital of Vietnam which has more than 1000 years of history.

The ideal is to choose a hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi that will allow you to be closer to all the shops and the restaurants.

After check-in hotel, you will be able to walk in the old quarter, then around the Hoan Kiem lake. Nothing better than a little stroll around the lake to relax. This place is always busy and is closed to traffic during weekends from 7am.

Hanoi 4 days itinerary

The next day you can take the bus to visit Halong Bay. Only a 2-hour drive away by the new highway. Halong Bay offers breathtaking views. Imagine thousands of islands all over the sea.

The ideal is to book a 2 day cruise and a night with a night aboard the boat. This allows you to enjoy the majestic sunset over the bay and the sunrise. It’s a show not to be missed!

Many activities are planned on board such as kayaking, visiting a cave or free time for swimming. Halong Bay is a good choice for a romantic and memorable trip. We recommend you to book at least a 4 star cruise to enjoy good food and a comfortable cabon.

Conclusion : Hanoi 4 days itinerary

Hanoi is a must-see destination if you want to visit Vietnam. This destination offers a total immersion in the culture of Vietnam. Around Hanoi are the most beautiful and popular landscapes of Vietnam with Halong Bay and Ninh Binh.

If you want more information about these Hanoi 4 days itineraries, feel free to leave a comment or send us a message by WhatsApp: +84.947.891.345

When you travel to Vietnam for the first time, most of the tourists arrive in Hanoi which is the capital of Vietnam and look after Hanoi local tours. Founded over 1000 years ago, Vietnam’s capital city is rich in history, with the streets of its rambling Old Quarter dating back to the 14th century.

However, today’s Hanoi is about much more than the past. The ancient city is being invigorated with modern cafes, world-class restaurants, and cool art galleries.

After visiting Hanoi, you will discover many different Hanoi Local tours or Day Tours. In Hanoi and around Hanoi are many places to visit. In this post, we will list the different locations you can visit with the highlights to choose a memorable Hanoi local tours.

1) Hanoi local city tour full day-must-see place after the airport !

Hanoi local tours 1

Hanoi Capital is located on the banks of the Red River with tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake at its heart, Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. North of the lake are the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, each street named after the trade that used to take place there. With the Hanoi city tour, you will visit the main monuments of Hanoi with a Local Guide; water puppets performance; visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Presidential Palace, and Temple of Literature.

2) Halong Bay Deluxe day trip (6 hours cruising)

 

Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful and famous place in Vietnam. Most of the people spend 2 days and 1 night in Halong Bay. If you have not enough time or budget to spend a night on cruising boat, you can visit Halong Bay with this Halong Bay Deluxe day trip.

Our limousine or shuttle bus will pick you up in Hanoi and bring you to Halong Bay by the highway. So, you will save a lot of time on the road.

Also, during this Halong Bay Deluxe day trip, you will spend about 5 to 6 hours in Halong Bay which is quite more than the most day trip in Halong Bay.

Highlights of the cruise schedule

  • Cruise 6 hours route – same way overnight trip
  • Go new high way, save 2 hours on bus
  • Enjoying lunch with Vietnamese dishes catered by our chef with hospitality
  • Passing Fighting Cock Islet to approach Titov Island for swimming and trekking to top of mountain then visit Sung Sot cave (one of the most beautiful dry cave in Halong Bay) to visit thousands of stalagmites and stalactites with different shapes from the bottom up to the cave ceiling
  • Stopping at the floating house to experience Kayaking (by yourself) or Bamboo boat (rowed by the local people) or just relaxing aboard

3) Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – one day tour

Tam Coc

Halong Bay On Land in Vietnam is a tourist destination including the World Natural and Cultural Heritage listed by UNESCO. This Heritage is located in Ninh Binh province in north of the country. Many monuments and landscapes have also been added by the Vietnamese government to the list of particularly important National Heritage, such as the destination of Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Bai Dinh Pagoda, the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, the eco – spiritual region of Trang An… belonging to the Halong Bay On Land.

Tour Highlights :

  • Small group tour with maximum personal experience .
  • High quality transfer service with latest morden A/C shuttle (Business-class D-car limousine or Luxury model of Ford Transit )
  • Home-lunch with local family to learn the village culture through their cuisine and daily activities.
  • Widen your knowledge of Vietnam history at King Dinh and King Le temple, the two great heroes of the nation who lived in the 10th century in Hoa Lu which was chosen as the first capital of Vietnam independent feudal kingdom.
  • Discover Tam Coc – the “Halong Bay on land” on sampan boat rowed by local people. Dropped yourself between the picturesque landscape of limestone mountain and rice field along the river.
  • Unique and unforgetable biking route passing through villages, ricefields and karst moutant on a high quality sport bikes.

4) Hanoi local tour : Sapa – Fansipan (2 days / 1 night by bus)

Hanoi local tours 3

The Sapa tour (2 days/ 1 night) is designed for travelers who want to spend 2 days – 1 night in Sapa aiming at: Saving the time, visit the most popular travel sites in Sapa (Cat Cat Village and Fansipan Legend), stay overnight in a good hotel to be comfortable, much lower cost than going by night train, especially you can enjoy the friendly services provided by Jacky Vietnam Travel.

Are you planning to visit Vietnam ? You have planned to go to Hanoi for a 5 days and 4 nights trip ? You have booked your flight tickets to reach Hanoi and you have no idea of what to see in Hanoi and around the capital ? You are looking for a suitable Hanoi 5 days itinerary ?

Then you’re on the right page !

First off all, 5 days in Northern Vietnam is a reasonable time, not too long, not too short to explore Hanoi and the most popular places around Hanoi.

So what is the most suitable Hanoi 5 days itinerary ? What to do during 5 days in Hanoi, in this chaotic, colorful and scooter-infested 1.000-year-old city?

Our travel agency is specialized in short trips to Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh. We arrange short trips at reasonable price. You have different choices depending on what are your interests. In Vietnam, you can enjoy amazing views and learn more about history. You can also do trekking and many other activities.

For a first trip to Vietnam, Hanoi would be the best destination because there are more things to see and to do in Northern Vietnam than in the other parts of Vietnam. That’s why Hanoi is the most popular destination for a short trip to Vietnam.

Hanoi 5 days itinerary

Hanoi 5 days / 4 nights itinerary for sightseeing lovers

Hanoi is a good destination for sightseeing lovers. Hanoi is a good choice if you like natural landscapes.

Here is the most popular Hanoi 5 days / 4 nights itinerary :

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival, overnight in Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi – Halong bay, overnight on cruise
Day 3 : Halong bay – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 4 : Ninh Binh full day trip, overnight in Hanoi
Day 5 : Hanoi departure

Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, it will take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to reach downtown Hanoi. Then you can visit the capital of Vietnam which has more than 1000 years of history.

The ideal is to select a hotel in the old district of Hanoi that will allow you to be closer to the street restaurants and all the shops for shopping.

After check-in hotel, you will be able to walk in the old quarter also called district of the 36 guilds, then around the Hoan Kiem lake. Nothing better than a little stroll around the lake to relax. This place is always busy and is closed to traffic during weekends from 7am.

Next to the lake, you can visit St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the Hanoi Opera House or the famous train street.

The next day you can take the bus to visit Halong Bay. Only a 3-hour drive away, Halong Bay offers breathtaking views. Imagine thousands of islands all over the sea.

The ideal is to book a 2 day cruise and a night with a night aboard the boat. This allows you to enjoy the majestic sunset over the bay and the sunrise. It’s a show not to be missed!

Many activities are planned on board such as kayaking, visiting a cave or free time for swimming.

On the third day, different options are possible:

  • Either it is possible to go directly to Hanoi with the cruise bus
  • Either it is possible to go directly to Ninh Binh for one night in Bungalow (It takes about 4 hours to reach Tam Coc)

On the fourth day, you will visit Ninh Binh. This region is also called Halong Bay on Land. Thousands of rocks come out of the ground in the middle of the rice fields. This natural landscape is today known worldwide.

It is possible to visit different places of Ninh Binh during a group excursion. The most popular destinations are Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Bai Dinh and Trang An.

Hoa Lu is the ancient capital of Vietnam. You can admire ancient temples.

Hoa Lu citadel

Tam Coc allows you to go for a ride in the middle of the mountains and rice fields. This is the best known place for boating

Hoa Lu Tam Coc tour

Trang An is less known but just as beautiful. Trang An is a complex of buildings, rivers and mountains. The landscapes are more natural. The duration of the boat trip is also longer than Tam Coc since it can last up to 3 hours.

Bai Dinh is the largest pagoda in Vietnam. This destination is very popular with Asian tourists.

Hanoi 5 days / 4 nights itinerary for city lovers

If you prefer to spend more time in Hanoi to visit historical monuments and for shopping. This Hanoi 5 days itinerary will be more suitable for you and your group.

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival, overnight in Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi city tour, overnight in Hanoi
Day 3 : Hanoi – Halong bay, overnight on cruise
Day 4 : Halong bay – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 5 : Hanoi departure

On the second day, you can join a group city tour or a private tour to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex.

Hanoi 5 days itinerary : Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Just next door Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 – the structure hasbecome an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.Litterature-temple-Hanoi

You can also visit the Temple of literature with nice typical vietnamese architecture.

Close to Hanoi, you can visit Bat Trang pottery village. It is a nice destination to buy some traditional potteries for some souvenirs.

Hanoi 5 days / 4 nights itinerary for hiking lovers

If you love hiking in the mountains or if you like to enjoy the fresh mountain air, you can include Sapa in your itinerary:

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival, overnight in Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi – Halong bay on day tour, overnight in Hanoi
Day 3 : Hanoi – Sapa, overnight in Sapa
Day 4 : Sapa Fansipan – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 5 : Hanoi departure

With this itinerary, you will spend a single day at Halong Bay. One day is enough to visit Halong Bay but with a 3h30 drive to reach the port from Hanoi, the time spent in Halong Bay is only 4 to 5 hours. It’s very short and quite tiring.

Also, you will not have the chance to see the sunrise and sunset in Halong Bay. The ideal is to stay one more day in Vietnam and spend 6 days in Vietnam to enjoy the cruise in Halong Bay.

 

Regarding Sapa, there are several possibilities to reach Sapa. You can take the night train that takes about 8 hours from Hanoi Station to Lao Cai Station. You will still have to drive 1 hour by minibus to reach Sapa. The total journey time is therefore about 9 hours. The train is the most expensive and the least comfortable solution because many people have trouble sleeping on the train because of the jolts.

It is also possible to reach Sapa by following the new highway in just 6 hours from Hanoi. Our travel agency offers the sleeper bus or the limousine (more comfortable) to get to Sapa. The sleeper bus is the fastest and least expensive solution.

Around Sapa, you will not have to miss the Cat Cat village where you can learn more about the ethnic minorities living around the city of Sapa.

Hanoi 5 days itinerary : Fansipan

After a night in Sapa, you will climb to the top of Mount Fansipan, which is the highest peak of Indochina (3143 m). The cable car goes up to Mount Fansipan. Then you have to climb about 500 steps to get to the top.

Note that in winter, Mount Fansipan is often fog. The best time to visit Sapa is from May to September. At this time, you will be more likely to have sunny weather.

Conclusion : Hanoi 5 days itinerary

Hanoi is a must-see destination if you want to visit Vietnam. This destination offers a total immersion in the culture of Vietnam. Around Hanoi are the most beautiful and popular landscapes of Vietnam with Halong Bay, Ninh Binh and Sapa.

If you want more information about these Hanoi 5 days itineraries, feel free to leave a comment or send us a message by WhatsApp: +84.947.891.345

Many tourists choose to spend only 5 days and 4 nights in Danang, which is enough to visit the main destinations of central Vietnam. Danang is a coastal city located in central Vietnam, 770 km from Hanoi and 850 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Danang is the fourth largest city in Vietnam. It is a big city, modern and animated.

Vietnam is a very long country and transport is very tiring. Thus, Danang is a full-fledged destination for many tourists who wish to visit this region. Danang International Airport provides direct flights to central Vietnam from abroad. There are direct flights from Malaysia for example.

 We will describe here an itinerary to follow if you choose to spend 5 days and 4 nights in Danang.

The nearest and best known cities around Danang are Hoi An and Hue. These cities are easily accessible from Danang. Hoi An is only 45 minutes far from downtown Danang and it takes about 3 hours to reach Hue from Danang.

The interest of spending 5 days in Danang is to be able to take a rest at the edge of the sea while discovering landscapes and magnificent cities. The center of Vietnam is the ideal region to go for a weekend with friends or family. There are many attractions in this part of Vietnam.

Best Danang 5 days itinerary

With only 5 days in Danang, it is better not to waste too much time on arrival at Danang Airport and choose immediately where you want to spend the most of your time.

Be aware that Hoi An is only 45 minutes drive from the airport and is a much nicer place than Danang. Therefore, we recommend that you should spend more time in Hoi An than in Danang.

Here is the itinerary we recommend for a 5 days stay in Central Vietnam :

Day 1 : Danang arrival, overnight in Danang
Day 2 : Ba Na Hills (B-L), overnight in Danang
Day 3 : Hoi an ancient town (B-D), overnight in Hoian
Day 4 : Cam Thanh basket boat tour – cooking class (B-L), overnight in Hoian
Day 5 : Danang departure (B)

Upon arrival, you can take a taxi from the airport to reach your hotel in Hoi An. The price of the race costs around US $ 15 (360,000 VND) which is not excessive.

In Hoi An, it is better to book a hotel near the old town. Indeed, you will be able to easily visit the city with its atypical and authentic architecture. Also, you will be close to restaurants and other shops. In the evening, it is very pleasant to walk along the river and go for a walk at the night market. You should not miss the famous Hoi An Lantern Festival once a month.Hoi-An-Old-Town-riverside

Some people choose to book a hotel near the sea. This is another possibility. Know that hotels by the sea are often quite expensive and the beach is about 6 km from the old town. It is therefore necessary to take a taxi to visit the old town of Hoi An. Some hotels offer free shuttle services but these services are not always very convenient.

The second day, you can choose to visit the village of Cam Thanh with its famous basket boats. Group excursions are not very expensive. This little boat trip on the river is very nice and will allow you to learn more about traditional fishing techniques. The rowers master their boats very well and will make some demonstrations. Hang in there!

My Son sanctuaryIf you are interested in the history of Vietnam, the archaeological site of My Son is not to be missed in this region. My Son temples were built from the 4th century under the reign of King Bhadravaman, until late 13th century, and early 14th century under the reign of King Jaya Simhavaman III (Che Man). My Son used to be a group of more than 70 temple towers. Each temple has a typical architecture which reflects a historical stage of the Champa kingdoms. Most of the architecture and sculptures were influenced by Indian culture. Most of the temples point to the East, the sun direction. Champa people thought that the East was the place where the gods lived.

On the third day, you can leave Hoi An to go to Ba Na Hills. The most popular theme park in Vietnam is about an hour and a half drive from Hoi An.

Ba Na Hills is a must for most tourists visiting Danang. Ba Na Hills Station is a hill station and resort located on the Trường Sơn Mountains in Da Nang, central Vietnam. The station, advertised as “the Da Lat of Danang province” by local tourism authorities, was founded in 1919 by French colonists. Linh Ung Pagodais located near the station, with a cable car to carry tourists to and from the resort. The Ba Na Cable Car, opened on March 29, 2013, holds the world record for longest non-stop single track cable car at 5801 meters in length. During your visit to Ba Na Hills, you should not miss the famous Golden Bridge for a memorable selfie. To learn more about Ba Na Hills, read our article here. Note that on weekends, there are often a lot of people at Ba Na Hills. The weekends are therefore to be avoided as far as possible for your visit.

Ba Na Hills Golden Bridge

Finally, after visiting Ba Na Hills, the end of your 5 days Danang itinerary will approach. It will be time to return to Danang which is 45 minutes drive from Ba Na Hills. You can choose to spend the night in the city to admire the Dragon Bridge and go to the night market or choose to spend the evening on one of the most beautiful beach of Vietnam My Khe Beach. Note that the beach is pretty far from downtown. So you have to make a choice here.

The next day you will be just 20 minutes from Danang Airport for your return flight. We hope that with our advice you will have a pleasant stay of 5 days and 4 nights in Danang.

Best time for a 5 days Danang trip

The choice of the best period is essential for a pleasant stay in Danang.

The rainy season runs from September to December. It’s the wrong time to visit Danang.

From June to August, Danang is very hot and there are many local tourists. Ba Na Hills will be much crowded during this period.

The best time for a 5 days Danang itinerary is from January to May. During this period, it is not too hot and the weather is dry. The weather is ideal to enjoy the city of Hoi An or go to Ba Na Hills.

To learn more about the best time to visit Danang, feel free to read our article here.

Are you planning to visit Vietnam ? You have planned to go to Hanoi for a 6 days and 5 nights trip ? You have booked your flight tickets to reach Hanoi and you have no idea of what to see in Hanoi and around the capital ? You are looking for a suitable Hanoi 6 days itinerary ?

Then you’re on the right page !

First off all, 6 days itinerary in Northern Vietnam is a reasonable time, not too long, not too short to explore Hanoi and the most popular places around Hanoi.

So what is the most suitable Hanoi 6 days itinerary ? What to do during 6 days in Hanoi, in this chaotic, colorful and scooter-infested 1.000-year-old city?

Our travel agency is specialized in short trips to Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh. We arrange short trips at reasonable price. You have different choices depending on what are your interests. In Vietnam, you can enjoy amazing views and learn more about history. You can also do trekking and many other activities.

For a first trip to Vietnam, Hanoi would be the best destination because there are more things to see and to do in Northern Vietnam than in the other parts of Vietnam. That’s why Hanoi is the most popular destination for a short trip to Vietnam.

Hanoi 6 days itinerary

Hanoi 6 days / 5 nights itinerary for sightseeing lovers

Hanoi is a good destination for sightseeing lovers and to take a rest. Hanoi is a good choice if you like natural landscapes.

Here is the most popular Hanoi 6 days / 4 nights itinerary :

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival, overnight in Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi – Halong bay, overnight on cruise
Day 3 : Halong bay – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 4 : Ninh Binh full day trip, overnight in Tam Coc
Day 5 : Ninh Binh – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 6 : Hanoi departure

Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, it will take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to reach downtown Hanoi. Then you can visit the capital of Vietnam which has more than 1000 years of history.

The ideal is to select a hotel in the old district of Hanoi that will allow you to be closer to the street restaurants and all the shops for shopping.

After check-in hotel, you will be able to walk in the old quarter also called district of the 36 guilds, then around the Hoan Kiem lake. Nothing better than a little stroll around the lake to relax. This place is always busy and is closed to traffic during weekends from 7am.

Next to the lake, you can visit St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the Hanoi Opera House or the famous train street.

The next day you can take the bus to visit Halong Bay. Only a 3-hour drive away, Halong Bay offers breathtaking views. Imagine thousands of islands all over the sea.

The ideal is to book a 2 day cruise and a night with a night aboard the boat. This allows you to enjoy the majestic sunset over the bay and the sunrise. It’s a show not to be missed!

Many activities are planned on board such as kayaking, visiting a cave or free time for swimming.

On the third day, different options are possible:

  • Either it is possible to go directly to Hanoi with the cruise bus
  • Either it is possible to go directly to Ninh Binh for one night in Bungalow (It takes about 4 hours to reach Tam Coc)

On the fourth day, you will visit Ninh Binh. This region is also called Halong Bay on Land. Thousands of rocks come out of the ground in the middle of the rice fields. This natural landscape is today known worldwide.

It is possible to visit different places of Ninh Binh during a group excursion. The most popular destinations are Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Bai Dinh and Trang An.

Hoa Lu is the ancient capital of Vietnam. You can admire ancient temples.

Hoa Lu citadel

Tam Coc allows you to go for a ride in the middle of the mountains and rice fields. This is the best known place for boating

Hoa Lu Tam Coc tour

Trang An is less known but just as beautiful. Trang An is a complex of buildings, rivers and mountains. The landscapes are more natural. The duration of the boat trip is also longer than Tam Coc since it can last up to 3 hours.

Bai Dinh is the largest pagoda in Vietnam. This destination is very popular with Asian tourists.

Hanoi 6 days / 5 nights itinerary for city lovers

If you prefer to spend more time in Hanoi to visit historical monuments and for shopping. This Hanoi 6 days itinerary will be more suitable for you and your group.

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival, overnight in Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi city tour, overnight in Hanoi
Day 3 : Hanoi – Halong bay, overnight on cruise
Day 4 : Halong bay – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 5 : Ninh Binh one day trip, overnight in Hanoi
Day 6 : Hanoi departure

On the second day, you can join a group city tour or a private tour to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex.

Hanoi 5 days itinerary : Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Just next door Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 – the structure hasbecome an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.Litterature-temple-Hanoi

You can also visit the Temple of literature with nice typical vietnamese architecture.

Close to Hanoi, you can visit Bat Trang pottery village. It is a nice destination to buy some traditional potteries for some souvenirs.

Hanoi 6 days / 5 nights itinerary for hiking lovers

If you love hiking in the mountains or if you like to enjoy the fresh mountain air, you can include Sapa in your itinerary:

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival, overnight in Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi – Halong bay, overnight on cruise
Day 3 : Halong bay – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 4 : Hanoi – Sapa, overnight in Sapa
Day 5 : Sapa Fansipan – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 6 : Hanoi departure

Regarding Sapa, there are several possibilities to reach Sapa. You can take the night train that takes about 8 hours from Hanoi Station to Lao Cai Station. You will still have to drive 1 hour by minibus to reach Sapa. The total journey time is therefore about 9 hours. The train is the most expensive and the least comfortable solution because many people have trouble sleeping on the train because of the jolts.

It is also possible to reach Sapa by following the new highway in just 6 hours from Hanoi. Our travel agency offers the sleeper bus or the limousine (more comfortable) to get to Sapa. The sleeper bus is the fastest and least expensive solution.

Around Sapa, you will not have to miss the Cat Cat village where you can learn more about the ethnic minorities living around the city of Sapa.

Hanoi 6 days itinerary

 

After a night in Sapa, you will climb to the top of Mount Fansipan, which is the highest peak of Indochina (3143 m). The cable car goes up to Mount Fansipan. Then you have to climb about 500 steps to get to the top.

Note that in winter, Mount Fansipan is often fog. The best time to visit Sapa is from May to September. At this time, you will be more likely to have sunny weather.

Conclusion : Hanoi 6 days itinerary

Hanoi is a must-see destination if you want to visit Vietnam. This destination offers a total immersion in the culture of Vietnam. Around Hanoi are the most beautiful and popular landscapes of Vietnam with Halong Bay, Ninh Binh and Sapa.

If you want more information about these Hanoi 6 days itineraries, feel free to leave a comment or send us a message by WhatsApp: +84.947.891.345

The Bun Cha Huong Lien (located on Le Van Huu Street) is a local restaurant which became famous in 2016. This restaurant is now well known as the Bun Cha Obama restaurant.

Bun Cha is a traditional Vietnamese dish. Bun Cha is composed of fresh rice noodles, grilled pork in pieces, and a special sauce. During the official visit to Vietnam at the end of May 2016, for his dinner, President Obama enjoyed Bun Cha at this popular restaurant in Hanoi.

Bun Cha Vietnam with President Obama:

President Obama was served Bun Cha after his busy day in Hanoi at a popular restaurant on Le Van Huu Street, where he tasted this traditional Vietnamese dish.

Bun Cha Obama

On the evening of May 23, 2016, neighborhoods like Thi Sach, Le Van Huu, and Ngo Thi Nham in the Hoan Kiem district of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi were blocked off for strict security protection when it was known that President Obama would come to take the Bun Cha.

The White House announced that Obama wanted to make time for some visits and to discover the local culture and gastronomy.

“Mr. Obama ordered 2 portions of Bun Cha,” shared restaurant owner Huong Lien.

The US President ordered 2 bun cha and 2 bottles of Hanoi beer to eat with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who also bought 4 bun cha to take away from the hotel.

Huong Lien’s restaurant owner couldn’t hide her joy as she laughed constantly. She said she was surprised when Mr. Obama came to her restaurant. She also shook his hand. According to the owner, Mr. Obama’s hands are soft and warm. His smile was beautiful, and he was very sociable.

In front of the question: “Do you want to nominate Bun Cha Huong Lien Bun Cha for Obama?” The boss laughed, saying that she hadn’t thought of it yet because it happened so quickly and the name Bun Cha Huong Lien had existed in her home for a long time.

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Here is a discovery that will delight all cheese fans: cheese made in Vietnam. Indeed, an artisanal cheese factory has been created at the beginning of 2020. We were lucky to be able to meet the founders of Maison Béjo. These two Frenchmen had the idea of ​​making cheese in Vietnam. Here is our interview with its founders.

Jacky Travel : Where did you get the idea to make cheese in Vietnam?

Maison Béjo : Before moving to Vietnam, we already had a little experience in cheese making and we are real cheese fans. It is a product that is difficult to find in Vietnam. Imported cheese from France is often overpriced. However, cheese is widely consumed by expatriates and there is an increasing request for dairy products here in Vietnam. This is why, we decided to make some cheeses in Vietnam to test the market. We were surprised to see our few cheeses leave very quickly.

Jacky Travel : Is there enough milk in Vietnam to produce cheese?

Maison Béjo : Our cheeses are made with 100% Vietnamese milk. There are more and more milk producers in Vietnam and the demand for milk is growing. Some regions of Vietnam are known for their milk such as Ba Vi or Moc Chau. We do not risk shortage for the moment because our production remains very small and very artisanal.

Jacky Travel : Which products do you currently offer?

Maison Béjo : Today, we offer a two-month aged tomme and handmade “Fromage blanc” as well. We have chosen to work only with raw milk in order to produce cheeses with unique flavors. We are lucky to be able to source very fresh milk to ensure the quality of our cheeses. We only have two products today but we hope to be able to develop a bigger range very soon.

Jacky Travel : Which customers are you targeting?

Maison Béjo :Our dream is that cheese will becom a popular product in Vietnam. Today, the cheese is still little known by the Vietnamese. It is mainly consumed melted on pizzas. However, cheese is sometimes consumed by Vietnamese people who have already traveled to Europe and France in particular. Our customers are mainly expatriates in need of Western-style food.

Jacky Travel : Where can we buy your cheese made in Vietnam?

Maison Béjo : We sell through our website and social media. The products are delivered to your home. We are currently in discussions with various distributors in Hanoi to make it easier for our customers to access our products. We also hope to be able to sell our products in Ho Chi Minh City in the near future as this city has a large expatriate community.