You are looking to visit Hanoi and you would like to see the famous Hanoi Water Puppet Show, you are on the right page to learn more about this unmissing vietnamese show. Here, we will give you tips about where to see the water puppet show, what is the schedule and entrance ticket price.

Where to see the Hanoi Water Puppet Show ?

The Hanoi Water Puppet Show is a unique and traditional Vietnamese art form that you can experience in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. The most popular venue to watch the water puppet show in Hanoi is the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, located at 57B Dinh Tien Hoang Street, near Hoan Kiem Lake. It’s advisable to book tickets in advance as the shows can get quite busy, especially during peak tourist seasons. Enjoy the colorful and mesmerizing performance!

Water puppet show hanoi 4

What is the schedule of Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre ?

The schedule for the Hanoi Water Puppet Show at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre may vary depending on the season and demand. Typically, there are multiple shows throughout the day, with performances usually starting in the late morning and continuing into the evening. It’s best to check the official website of the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre or contact them directly for the most up-to-date information on showtimes and ticket availability.

Each show typically lasts around 50 minutes. Hanoi water puppet shows start at 3:30 pm – 5 pm – 6:30 pm – 8 pm – 9:15 pm daily and Sunday at 9:30 am.

What is the price of the Hanoi Water Puppet Show ?

The price of the Hanoi Water Puppet Show at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre can vary depending on factors such as seating location, time of day, and whether you purchase tickets directly at the theater or through a tour agency. As of my last update, ticket prices typically ranged from around 100,000 VND to 200,000 VND for adults (approximately $6 to $8 USD), with discounted prices available for children.

  • Standard tickets: 150,000 VND (~6.14 USD)
  • VIP tickets: 200,000 VND (~8.72 USD)

Premium seating may be available at a higher cost. Additionally, tour packages that include the water puppet show may offer different pricing structures, so you may want to explore those options as well.

What to expect during the show ?

A show at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi, Vietnam, is a unique and captivating experience. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Traditional Puppetry: The show features traditional Vietnamese water puppetry, which dates back to the 11th century. Puppeteers stand behind a screen and manipulate wooden puppets that appear to be moving on water.
  2. Live Music: Accompanying the puppetry is live traditional music performed on traditional instruments such as drums, flutes, and string instruments like the đàn bầu (monochord).
  3. Vietnamese Folklore and Legends: The performances often depict scenes from Vietnamese folklore, legends, and rural life. You may see stories of mythical creatures, daily village activities, or historical events.
  4. Colorful Visuals: The puppets are beautifully crafted and adorned with colorful costumes. The scenes are visually stunning, with elaborate sets and lighting effects.
  5. Humor and Drama: The shows often incorporate elements of humor, drama, and even satire, appealing to audiences of all ages.
  6. Cultural Insight: Attending a water puppet show provides a glimpse into Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage and artistic traditions.

Overall, a visit to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater promises a delightful and culturally enriching experience for tourists and locals alike.

 

Are you planning a trip to Sapa ? You don’t know how many days you should spend in Sapa ? You are thinking to spend 3 days in Sapa and you are looking for the most suitable Sapa 3 days itinerary ?

Then, you are on the right page to find the answer to all your questions.

First of all, Sapa is located in the northern part of Vietnam. It takes around 6 hours to reach Sapa by bus (most of the people take the sleeping bus). This place is famous for its terrace ricefields and to see the highest mountain of Vietnam : The Fansipan mountain.

Then, Sapa is very nice place to visit in the summer time but because it is located in the mountainous area, you should check when is the most suitable time to go there. Indeed, in the winter, there is no rice in the ricefields and it can be very cold. You can check out the best time to visit Sapa by following this link : Best time to visit Sapa

Are 3 days in Sapa enough?

Many people will spend 2 days in Sapa but in fact, there are many things to see. Two days are not enough to see everything and it is not worth the 6 hours journey to reach Sapa when you come from Hanoi. That’s why, we recommend to spend 3 days in Sapa to enjoy the fresh weather and take your time to take photos at the different attractions around Sapa.

What can you see and do in Sapa during 3 days ?

The most popular attraction in Sapa is the Fansipan peak. You can reach the summit of Indochina (3,143 meters above sea level) by cable car. There is a train which brings you directly to the cable car station at the MGallery hotel in Sa Pa. It is the easiest way to reach the summit. After the 6km length cable car (the most extended three-line cable car system in the world), you need to walk to the summit with more than 500 steps.

 

The second popular attraction is Cat Cat village. This traditionnal village is a good destinations if you want to take beautiful photos and learn more about the local minorities of northern Vietnam without doing a long treck of few days. However, it is a very touristique place and sometimes crowded. This place lost its authenticity.

The third popular thing to do in Sapa is trekking in the Lao Chai – Ta Van valley. This valley is the most beautiful valley around Sapa town. It takes the whole day to discover the villages around the river. The view is very impressive when the ricefields are green or yellow from June to September.

Lao Chai Ta Van

In Sapa, it is also a good place to chill in a resort like : Topas Ecolodge. With its stunning view, comfortable bungalow and infinity swimming pool, you will surely enjoy your stay in Sapa. Note that the ecolodge is a bit far from the city and you should visit Sapa town before or after your stay at the Ecolodge.

The best Sapa 3 days itinerary

For a 3 days and 2 nights trip to Sapa, we recommend you the following itinerary :
Day 1 : Hanoi – Sapa – Cat Cat village trekking (B-L-D), overnight in Sapa
Day 2 : Fansipan by cable car – Glass bridge (B-L), overnight in Sapa
Day 3 : Lao Chai – Ta Van village – Hanoi (B-L), overnight in Hanoi

On the first day, you will take the limousine bus which is more comfortable than the sleeping bus and faster than the train. The price difference is worth the quality of the service. You will arrive for lunch in Sapa town. After lunch, take a short drive to reach the entrance of Cat Cat village.

On the second day, you can take ride by cable car to reach Fansipan peak. This visit will take you the whole morning. After lunch, in the afternoon, you will visit the Glass bridge located near Sapa to continue enjoying the stunning view on the mountains.

On the last day, we really recommend to do the famous trek of Lao Chai – Ta Van. This trek is not very hard to do. The roads are clean and easy. The trekking distance is around 6 km. After that, around 3pm, it will be time to take the limousine bus back to Hanoi.

How many days should I spend in Sapa ?

The ideal number of days to spend in Sapa depends on your preferences, interests, and the activities you plan to undertake. Sapa is a beautiful mountainous region in northern Vietnam known for its stunning landscapes, vibrant hill tribe cultures, and trekking opportunities. Here are some considerations:

  1. Trekking and Exploration: If you enjoy trekking and want to explore the picturesque rice terraces, ethnic minority villages, and the Fansipan mountain (the highest peak in Indochina), you might want to spend at least 2-3 days in Sapa.
  2. Cultural Experience: To immerse yourself in the local culture and interact with the ethnic communities, spending a few extra days could be beneficial. This allows you to participate in local activities, festivals, or simply spend more time getting to know the people.
  3. Relaxation: If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience and just want to enjoy the stunning scenery, a shorter stay of 1-2 days might be sufficient.
  4. Weather Considerations: Sapa can be quite misty and rainy, especially during the wet season (May to September). If you want to increase your chances of clear views and good weather, consider checking the weather forecast and planning your visit during the dry season.

In summary, a stay of 2-3 days is a common recommendation for most visitors to Sapa, but you can adjust based on your preferences and the activities you want to pursue. It’s always a good idea to check current travel conditions and weather forecasts before planning your trip.

We hope you enjoyed your stay in Sapa !

To book a tour for Sapa, please contact us by WhatsApp : +84.947.891.345

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

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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Ba Be Lake is the largest natural lake in Vietnam. This national park rich in flora and fauna is a destination still little known to the general public. In this little corner of northern Vietnam, you can enjoy a little peace. Follow the rhythm of the Thai minorities who live around the lake, grow rice and fish on the lake.

Ba Be Lake is 240 km from Hanoi. It takes at least 5.5 hours to reach the lake by bus. The natural park is made up of 3 lakes. When you arrive at Ba Be National Park, there is only one route that leads down to the lake.

Where to sleep at Ba Be Lake ?

Where to sleep at Be Be lake

Coming from the main road which leads down to the lake, you come to a small metal suspension bridge. This bridge crosses one of the rivers which feeds the lake. Crossing the bridge, we arrive at the village of Pac Ngoi. It is the largest village around Ba Be Lake.

It is in the village of Pac Ngoi that one can easily find a place to sleep. In fact, many houses are bed and breakfasts (homestay). It is therefore easy to find accommodation to sleep with the locals.

Since Ba Be Lake is the territory of Thai ethnic minorities, most of the houses are on stilts. The house on stilts is the traditional home of the Thai people. Among the locals, the comfort is quite rudimentary but most of the locals are very welcoming and warm. Very few residents speak English, let alone French, so it is difficult to communicate with them without a guide.

With Jacky Travel, you can visit Ba Be Lake with an experienced guide. We always choose the cleanest houses with the best view on the lake.

There are almost no restaurants around the lake. One of the best ways to eat is to eat with the locals. Les Tays can cook superb local dishes with fresh local produce.

What to see / what to do at Ba Be Lake ?

Ba Be lake harbor

Ba Be Lake can be visited by boat. It’s the easiest and fastest way of getting from one village to another. Leaving the village of Pac Ngoi, the villagers’ boats are parked at the pier located about 1 km from the center.

Locals are used to taking tourists to visit the lake by boat. The walk lasts half a day. There are different places to visit by the lake.

Ba Be lake waterfall

One of the most popular tours is a visit to the Dau Dang waterfall across the lake. Puong Cave is also accessible by boat. It is the most impressive cave in the lake with a height of 30m and a length of 300m.

An Ma Temple Ba Be

In the middle of the lake is the An Mã temple on the island of An Mã.

After the boat tour of the lake, it is possible to visit the Hua Ma cave. This cave is accessible by bicycle from the village of Pac Ngoi. After climbing the steps to reach the entrance to the cave, take the stairs to descend to the bottom of this impressive cave, the legend of which is fascinating.

The easiest and most economical way to go to Hanoi city center from Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai Airport) is to take the Hanoi airport bus service number 86.

Location of Hanoi Airport Bus

Hanoi airport Bus location

Arriving from terminal 2 (international flights), the bus is located approximately 100m to the left of the airport exit.

There is also a stop at terminal 1 (domestic flights) of the Hanoi Airport Bus (Bus 86). This stop is also located at the exit of the airport

Hanoi Airport Bus Schedule

Hanoi Railway Station opens at 5:05 and closes at 21:40
Noi Bai International Airport opens at 6:18 and it closes at 22:58

Hanoi airport bus schedule

Hanoi Airport Bus Stops

Hanoi Airport Bus runs from Hanoi Airport to Hanoi railway station. The bus has many stops in the old quarter of Hanoi. That is why this bus is very convenient to reach your hotel in the center of Hanoi.

From the Hanoi center to Airport: Hanoi Central Railway Station -> Bus stop opposite the Melia Hotel -> Hanoi Post Office -> 23 Hang Tre -> Long Bien Bus Station (E11) -> Bus stop at intersection Yen Phu -> Bus stop at intersection Au Co – Xuan Dieu -> Au Co – Lac Long Quan (468 Au Co) -> VAECO Company -> International Terminal 1 -> International Terminal 2.

From airport to the Hanoi center: Terminal 1 -> Terminal 2 -> VAECO Company –> Au Co – Lac Long Quan (523 Au Co str)–> Au Co – Xuan Dieu Stop -> Bus stop at intersection Yen Phu -> Long Bien Bus Station -> 142 Tran Quang Khai –> Hanoi Opera House -> Hanoi Melia Hotel -> Hanoi Central Railway Station.

Hanoi Airport Bus Price

Hanoi Airport is located 28 km from downtown Hanoi. It takes around 45 minutes by taxi or grab to reach the city center. The taxi price is around 350,000 VND (15 USD). Taxi is the quickest way to reach downtown Hanoi but the most expensive.

Le prix du Hanoi Airport Bus est de 35 000 VND/pax (1.5 USD).

Les personnes souhaitant prendre le bus doivent monter dans la bus orange et s’installent. Une personne en uniforme viendra vous voir pendant le trajet pour payer votre ticket de 35 000 VND/personne.

It is not possible to pay in an other currency than VND. Foreign currencies are not accepted to pay for your bus ticket. You will have to exchange your money before in one of the airport offices or withdraw Vietnam Dong at the ATM.

How to get to Sapa ? By bus or by train ?

Sapa town is at 370 km northwest from Hanoi. Sapa was a French climatic health resort located just over 1000m above sea level in front of Mount Fansipan (the highest peak of ancient Indochina).

At this altitude, the air is cooler than in Hanoi. Sapa offers incredible scenery with many rice terraces, rivers, mountains and many ethnic minority villages all around Sapa.

Sapa by train or by bus

As it is one of the most touristic destination in northern Vietnam, access to Sapa is easy, by bus or train.

A few years ago, the best way to reach Sapa was to take the night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Then take the bus or minibus to reach Sapa after 1 hour drive.

However, after the inauguration of the Hanoi – Lao Cai highway in 2014, the drive to Sapa decreased half the journey time, about 5 hours away.

Sapa by train

Most tourists choose to take the night train to reach Sapa town.

In fact, the train does not reach Sapa directly but stops only at Lao Cai station. Then take a bus or taxi to Sapa, which is a 45-minute drive away.

Trains depart from Hanoi around 20-21h and arrive at Lao Cai station around 5-6h the next morning.

A bunk in a compartment of 4 is recommended to have more space to sit. One sleeping berth costs from 35 usd/pax.

Sapa by train

Several railway companies allow to go to Sapa. The comfort between the different companies can be different. We recommend taking Chapa train which is good value for money.

In Hanoi, trains for Sapa depart from Tran Quy Cap Station, near Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

It takes around 8 hours night train to reach Sapa from Hanoi.

At the exit of Lao Cai station, it is easy to find a shared bus for Sapa, which costs only about 50,000 vnd. You can also take a taxi.

Sapa by bus

There are several bus departures for Sapa every day.

These are very comfortable buses with air conditioning. You can book a sleeping bus or a limousine which is more comfortable and more convenient for elderly.

The bus ticket costs between 10 USD and 20 USD.

Sapa limousine bus

The bus will take the new highway to reach Sapa. It takes around 6 hours drive with 2 comfort stops.

Most of the buses departure is around 6h30-7H in the morning. The tourists will arrive around 13h in Sapa town which is quite faster than by train.

Sapa sleeping bus

Our advise :  Sapa by bus or by train ?

In general, tourists choose to take the night train rather than the bus in order to save 2 nights of hotels. Also, people want to spend the maximum time in Sapa to enjoy the fresh air longer.

However, the price of the night train remains quite high. If we add the intermediate costs such as moving to the station and the journey from Lao Cai station to Sapa, the train is not at all the most economical solution.

Indeed, staying at the hotel in Hanoi and taking the sleeper bus, the total price is equivalent to that of the night train.

Likewise, most people have trouble sleeping on the night train because of stops and shaking. It is difficult to fully enjoy Sapa after a sleepless night on the night train.

Finally, arriving at 6am at Lao Cai station, there is still 1 hour drive to reach Sapa. Most people arrive around 7am in Sapa. Then, they shower and breakfast before starting their treck. The departure of the treck is not done before 8:30 in the morning.

For the return by night train, it is necessary to leave Sapa around 16H in order to have the time to go down to the station of Lao Cai then to take the dinner. In the end, the time saved in Sapa is not significant.

Rather, we recommend that our travelers take the sleeper bus or limousine bus to travel comfortably and enjoy Sapa. It is also possible to take the night train one way and take the sleeper bus back to experience the Sapa night train.