Hanoi 5 day itinerary including Ninh Binh and Halong

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5 days
Availability : 2021 - 2022
Ninh Binh - Ha Long
Min Age : 5+
Hanoi Vietnam

Hanoi 5 days and 4 nights itineary

Hanoi has the deep history and rich culture with colorful life and is the first destination for tourists to explore North Vietnam.

If you have a short time to explore the capital Vietnam and are looking for a 5-days-4-nights itinerary, here is the one of the perfect programs to guide you what to see and do in Hanoi and nearby.

Quick look of 5 days in Hanoi

Day 1: Explore the history and daily life in Hanoi

  • The Museums of Women & Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
  • Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple
  • The Literature of Temple
  • Water puppet

Day 2, 3 & 4: Landscapes near Hanoi

  • Visit Trang An, Bai Dinh in Ninh Binh
  • Spend one night on the cruise in Halong Bay

Day 5: Taste the local food and shopping in Hanoi

  • Walking for food tour
  • Shopping to get souvenir

Departure / Return Location

Hanoi Capital, Vietnam

Details of the 5 day itinerary

Day 1: Museums, Lake, Temple and Water Puppet (L)

Literature of Temple in Hanoi Vietnam
Literature of Temple

We start the trip to visit the one of the famous museums, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. You will find out a lot of history and culture of 54 different groups of the Vietnamese people. The general views of Vietnam give you a great look to step to understand more about the country and its beauty.

Continue to visit one more museum – the Museum of Women. Tthe museum introduces the different sides of the woman life, including the clothes, their roles in the family and society, the circle of women life (grow up – get married – give birth …), and many stories of the women in the daily life.

Keep exploring the Literature of Temple which was the first national university in Vietnam. The temple was built in 1070. It is the symbol of the educational spirit of the Vietnamese people.

Then, you visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple which are located in Hanoi Center. You can take pictures to remember your time in Hanoi, because here is the important place in the history of Hanoi and the local people.

Take a rest, and enjoy the Puppet Performance. This special traditional art is well-preserved with the unique skills to perform.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Visit Trang An and Bai Dinh Pagoda in Ninh Binh from Hanoi (B, L)

Trang an Landscape
Photo: Trang an Landscape Complex Management Board

Trang An Tourism Complex is situated in the northern province of Ninh Binh. This is one of the UNESCO World Heritage. Bai Dinh pagoda is famous as the biggest pagoda and has the most statues in Vietnam.

Trang An – Bai Dinh tour is one of the popular tours from Hanoi.

We start from the hotel in Hanoi to Ninh Binh with around 2 hours to drive. You will visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, which has hundreds of Buddhist statues including the biggest statue of Buddha made in bronze standing 10 meters tall.

You take a break and have lunch at a local restaurant with Ninh Binh traditional dishes. This lunch is optional.

We will continue the excursion to Trang An. Upon on arrival, we take the boat trip along the Trang An River to enjoy the cave complex. The scenery of Trang An is an amazing combination of the river, mountains, caves and blue sky. The boat trip will range from 2 to 3 hours, rowed by local people.

After the boat trip, we drive to your hotel in Ninh Binh to relax.

Day 3: Transfer to Halong Bay from Ninh Binh to spend night on the cruise (B, L, D)

In the early morning, The driver (without guide) will drive (around 4.5 – 5 hours) from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay to explore one of the tops of beautiful landscape in Vietnam. Halong Bay has hundreds of islands scattering in the sea. That’s great to spend a night on the cruise on the bay.

Day 4: Welcome morning in Halong bay and drive back Hanoi (B,L)

Morning in the bay is great to enjoy fresh air with the island in the early fog. This creates incredible pictures. You will continue exploring the beauty of Halong Bay. At noon, come back the port to start driving back Hanoi for your relaxation.

Day 5: Walking for food tour & go shopping (B,L)

Pho Hanoi
Pho Hanoi – Photo: @huong_blue

Vietnamese food is great with colorful and flavorful. Today, it is chance for you to taste the local food in Hanoi.

There are many ways to taste the local food: Join a cooking class or take a walking food tour.  Vietnam Drive introduces you a walking tour to taste street food in Hanoi.

These are the list which you can taste:

(1) Pho – Vietnamese Noodle Food (choose the best place)
(2) Bun Cha Ca Hanoi – Fish Pie Vermicelli of Hanoi
(3) Banh Cuon – Wet Rice Spring Rolls
(4) Banh Mi – Vietnamese famous bread
(5) Cafe Trung – Egg coffee

The food tour can take from 2 – 3 hours. Then, you can spend the rest of time to go shopping.

This itinerary is suggested for your 5-day holidays to travel from Hanoi. If you want to book a private car to do this trip or need to customise anything, Vietnamdrive will be happy to support you.

Price of the tour

Price per person base on 4-star hotels:

2-3 guests 790USD/guest. Book this now!
4-6 guests 620USD/guest. Send an enquiry!
from 7 guests 550USD/guest. Send an enquiry!

At least, there are 2 adults booked to start the tour.

For children price:
under 5 years old: Free of charge, you take care of them,
from 5 – 8 years old (under 1.2m): 85% of price,
from 9 years old: 100% of price.

What includes


+ 3 nights at beautiful 4-star hotels (air-conditioner, hot and cold water, mini-bar), including 2 nights in Hanoi and 1 night in Ninh Binh
+ Standard room type: 2 adult guests / room, if the group has the odd number, the 3-bed rooms will be supplies. If one guest want to use a single room, the surcharge will be applied.
+ One night on 4-star standard of a beautiful cruise in Halong Bay

Please note that all accommodaitons can be changed until 4 – 5 weeks before the departure date. We will send you the final information of all accommodations with the last confirmation. We try to keep all accommodations, but in cases, a hotel cannot receive the booking, we will change your staying to the same standard or higher one.


New modern car/van/bus with air-conditioner and safe belt throughout the program (the size of vehicle depending on the number of group)


English-speaking guide to experience throughout the program

Entrance fee

+ Tickets to visit the attractions in the itineary (admission 1 time)
+ Entrance ticket and the boat trip in Ninh Binh
+ Admission ticket to explore Ha Long Bay


+ Breakfast at the hotel and on the cruise
+ 4 lunch meals and 1 dinner on the cruise in Halong Bay
+ 1 lunch on the food tour in Hanoi
Note: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Travel insurance

Travel insurance with Vietnamese standard that is compulsory by the Gorvenment. But, this insurance travel has low quality and almost is not fixed for foreign tourists. Thus, you have to buy your own international insurance before traveling with us.

Additional services

A bottled water 0.5l / person / day

Not include

Flights/ trains

Airfare, train, car for traveling to Danang to start the tour.
But, we can support you to book these tickets depending on your requests.

Optional activities

Hue folk song on the Perfume River (optional activity)

Additional services

* Personal expenses, VAT, extra food, self-ordered drinks during meals
* Transportation outside the program
* The cost of a single room
* Tips for the guide and driver

International travel insurance

International travel insurance does not included in the price. You have to have this insurance when traveling with us. When all guests own international travel insurance with international standard, it is much better to travel to Vietnam.

Cancellation and changed policy

Cancellation policy

Conditions for tour cancellation (weekdays):

* After registering for tour cancellation, 10% of tour price is lost.

* Cancellation of tour 45 days before departure 30% of tour price charged.

* Cancellation of tour 30 days before departure 50% of tour price charged.

* Cancellation of tour 15- 30 days before departure 75% of tour price charged.

* Cancellation of tour within 14 days before departure 100% of tour price charged.

* Flight cancellation fee according to the airline’s regulations.

Change policy

Conditions for change of departure date (only one time):

* Change before 45 days compared to the date of departure: transfer fee 0% of tour.

*  30 days before departure date: 20% of tour cost.

* Under 30 days before departure date, the cancellation policy can be applied.

* Flight change fee according to the airline’s regulations.


* Guests wishing to check out late on the last day will be charged an additional room fee according to the hotel’s regulations.

* Check in the hotels from 2:00 pm.


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