Things to do in
Hanoi

In Vietnam’s cultural capital you'll try shrimp pancakes, see the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, and cruise Ha Long Bay.

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Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

1. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

Discover, Ha Long Bay, known as the “Bay of Descending Dragons” an enchanting bay in the heart of Vietnam. Relax, soak in the scenery, and embrace the culture on this 2-day cruise. This cruise includes a visit to the Sung Sot Cave, the Biggest Cave in Halong Bay, learn about the UNESCO declared World Heritage area, and enjoy the stunning picturesque landscape. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Begin with a pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter between 8:00-8:30 AM. Set off towards Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Harbor by noon, before checking in. Next, your captain will welcome you aboard the cruise with a complimentary drink. Meet the crew for a brief introduction and go through safety guidelines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch, cruise along the Emerald Sea, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Later in the afternoon, you will visit the Sung Sot Cave, swim on Titop Island and embrace the views from the mountain peak. Soak in the sun on a deck chair, sip a cocktail or read a book as you enjoy relaxation. In the evening, gaze at the night sky, as you join the ship’s sunset party. Take a cooking class and master making fresh noodle rolls. Enjoy a delicious set dinner packed full of vibrant flavors. Join in karaoke, play games, or go fishing for squid, before you enjoy a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi Wake up, enjoy the beautiful sunrise on the sundeck, have breakfast, and admire the stunning views. Help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee if you like to kick start your day. Set sail past the magnificent landscapes, visit the Halong Bay Pearl Farm, and learn the history of pearls. Next, you will return to the ship, enjoy an afternoon dip or explore the bay yourself by kayak, the choice is yours. In the afternoon, enjoy a spot of lunch, and relax as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbor. You will then head back to Hanoi or your hotel, arriving back by 3:30 PM.

From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

2. From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

Travel by air-conditioned bus from Hanoi to Tam Coc and ride a Sampan boat to impressive caves. Experience local life as you cycle through picturesque villages, explore ancient temples, and enjoy a Vietnamese lunch. Start your tour early with pickup at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter. Hop into the luxury van to visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh king Temple and Le king Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At midday, sit down for lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. Continue to Tam Coc and take the sampan go (traditional river boat) along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc's three caves. Head back to Tam Coc wharf, take your bicycle, and cycle around traditional villages and Tam Coc town. Visit Mua cave, which attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. In the evening, return Ha Noi.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

3. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Book tickets in advance for the best seats for the show at your preferred timing. Skip the lines to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and experience one of Vietnam's most distinctive art forms live on stage.  See a unique art form that originates over 1,000 years ago in the Red River Delta. In the past, water puppetry showed the daily life of villagers such as farming, fishing and romance. Now, watch plays about ancient Vietnamese legends, myths and history. The world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi has its roots in an art form that dates back to the 11th century. The tradition of water puppet theater stems from a time when rice paddy fields were flooded and villagers would create entertainment by standing in the waist-deep water with the puppets performing over the water. Using large rods to support the puppets it appeared as if they were moving across the water with the puppeteers hidden behind a screen.

Hanoi: Islands, Caves, and Kayaking with Cruise in Halong

4. Hanoi: Islands, Caves, and Kayaking with Cruise in Halong

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Transfer from your hotel in Hanoi and stop to shop for souvenirs along the way. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour. After you’re picked up at hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop half way to visit crafts workshops, where you’ll see marble stone sculptures, plaque paintings, and hand-embroidered items. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier from 12:00 PM to 12:15, and board the traditional cruise. You’ll be greeted on board and then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Have a chance to take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck of the boat. During the cruise you’ll enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, innumerable white sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names, such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock (which is the symbol of Halong Bay). You will then head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO. Return to the Tuan Chau pier from 16:30 to 17:00 and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi from 19:00 PM to 19:30 Menu for lunch: 1: Tomato/ cucumber salad 2: Fried potato 3: Steam shrimp 4: Fried eggs roll 5: Fried squid  6: Deep fried seafood spring rolls 7: Fried chicken with mushroom 8: Steamed fish with tomato sauce 9: Fried vegetable (available upon season) 10: Steamed rice 11: Fresh fruit 12: Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Lodging and Luxury Cruise

5. Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Lodging and Luxury Cruise

Experience Ha Long Bay on a 2-day cruise, with a sea view or balcony room, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of entertainment onboard. Swim and kayak in the bay's emerald waters and explore its limestone islands and quaint villages. Day 1: Hanoi Pickup and Ha Long Bay The first day of your cruise begins with a hotel pickup from the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Meet with fellow cruise guests and get to know travelers from all around the world. On your way to Ha Long Bay stop at a humanity center to check out local specialties and products. Arrive at your cruise boat and receive a warm welcome from your captain. Afterward, sit for lunch and savor a delicious meal as the cruise passes through thousands of islands and islets of different shapes. Stop near the floating villages and have the opportunity to kayak in the middle of the bay to admire its fascinating rock formations a bit closer. If possible that day, visit Titop Island. Return to the boat for the evening and watch a cooking demonstration of Vietnamese spring rolls. Then delight in an idyllic dinner on board. Spend the rest of the night with free time to participate in activities such as squid fishing, karaoke, or star-gazing on the deck. Day 2: Ha Long Bay and Hanoi Drop-off Have an early start to your day with morning exercises and photos. Sip your coffee or tea as you have breakfast. Relax and take in the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. Check out of your cabin and then spend the rest of the morning exploring Ha Long Ba's Surprise Cave. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to impressive rock formations, incredibly tall ceilings, and an interesting legend. From Surprise Cave, head back to the cruise boat's restaurant and eat lunch. Disembark for your transfer back to Hanoi.

Halong Bay Full Day Tour-Cave, Kayaking, Meal, Bus, Guide

6. Halong Bay Full Day Tour-Cave, Kayaking, Meal, Bus, Guide

Day Trip - Bus, Cave, Meal, kayaking, Guide, Swimming 08h00 - 08h30: The driver will come to pick you up at the meeting point to start the a day trip visit Halong bay. Heading on the new Highway ( Hanoi- Hai Phong - Quang Ninh) to get the Halong bay. Stop over for a rest on the way. After 2 hours, arrival Tuan Chau Habour. Welcome aboard and enjoy Vietnamese traditional Lunch with seafood while cruising though the amazing rocks: Incense Burner, Cock fighting … Continuing to explore the Sung Sot- Surprising grotto. Surprising grotto is the longest, biggest and the most beautiful grotto of Ha Long bay with shimmering, fanciful stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. One of the highlight activities is take a kayak or bamboo boat to discover Luon Cave (water cave) to relax and discovery the Halong bay on your own way. The boat send you to the Titop island. It is the time for swimming and trekking to the Titop peak for taking photos with panoramic view of the bay. 16h30: Back to the boat, enjoy sunset party on Boat with Red wine, French fried, cakes, Fruits.. while the boat run to Ha Long habour. The driver meet and transfer you back to Hanoi. Evening: Arrival to Ha Noi. Drop you off at your meeting point.

Ha Long Bay 3 Days 2 Nights 5-Star Cruise

7. Ha Long Bay 3 Days 2 Nights 5-Star Cruise

Enjoy a trip of a lifetime with a 2-night stay on board a cruise in Halong Bay to discover this natural World Heritage site. Enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing before embarking onwards to Ha Long Wharf, tucking into a delicious lunch, while cruising to Ha Long Bay. Admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay, then transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave, with many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. Discover the Ha Long Bay landscape, the most mesmerizing moment in Ha Long Bay must be sunset over the layered rock formations. Join the Chef for a cooking class, before enjoying a Vietnamese-style set dinner. Relax at the bar, or enjoy a spot of night fishing. Waking up on the second day of the Halong Bay cruise 3d2n itinerary, you should have some coffee and tea before a Tai Chi session, a kind of Chinese traditional material arts. Refresh your day with this 30-minute physical and mental workout to improve health balance and relieve stress. Then, have something for breakfast at the buffet served in the dining hall. The first spot on this classic itinerary of Halong Bay 2 night cruise is Luon Cave, an open-air cave only accessible by boat. To enter the grotto, you have to take a rowing boat or kayak through a 100-meter-long and 3-meter-wide arch with heights of 2.5 – 4 meters. Once passing under the arch, you can feast your eye on sheer limestone cliffs rising up from the emerald water. Here, you can let your hair down and explore the diverse ecology system. Especially, you may spot brazen monkeys climbing the cliffs and fragrant orchids thriving in rocky outcrops. Explore Cua Van Floating Village by Bamboo Boat. Immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere at the ancient Floating Village in a small bamboo boat, surrounded by the rocky mountains. The afternoon excursion heads for Pearl Farm, which is located near fishing village. This must be a favorite destination for those interested in pearls and how they are acquired. Pearl Farm is 74 acres and consists of roughly 3,000 cages. Here, you will find how long it takes for pearls to grow, harvest, and extract. It is a distinctive experience to figure out that pearl farming is an extremely slow process. Transfer back to the main boat for second night and have a dinner, after dinner enjoy with fishing and relaxing. 3 Days after the Tai Chi lessons and breakfast, you will be transferred to Titop Island, a photogenic spot that attracts a lot of tourists to check in. After one hour of discovering the island, you can climb to the peak for a marvelous 360-degree view of the bay or relax on the beach. Returning the boat, you will have half an hour to freshen up and finish packing. Afterward, During that time, the cruise will approach the pier, so you can sit back and relax for the rest of the time onboard. Around 11:30 am, the transportation will transfer you from Halong to Hanoi. End of the 3-day tour.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Luxury 5-Star Lan Ha Bay Cruise & Balcony

8. From Hanoi: 2-Day Luxury 5-Star Lan Ha Bay Cruise & Balcony

DAY 1: HA NOI- HALONG BAY - LAN HA BAY 08.00-08.30 Our shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotels (Note: This pick-up is just applied for those who use our shuttle bus service) 12.30 Arrive at Tuan Chau pier 12: 45 We will welcome you with a drink as you board the Cruise. Our Cruise Manager will give you a briefing and safety instruction as well as review the itinerary for the day before you check in. 13: 00 Start the buffet lunch while the boat is cruising towards North East of Ha Long Bay. 15.30 Passenger will be taking lunch while we cruise and visit Ha Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay - one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature 15:45 We progress to Dark and Bright Caves, the ideal place for you to get up and close to Ha Long Bay by bamboo boat or kayak. 16:45 Cruise enters a less populated area at Tra Bau - Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy a nice swim in the green emerald water 17:45 Onboard you may join a cooking demonstration with some insights of Vietnamese dining culture. Our chef and staff will instruct you in making traditional dish of Vietnam. Enjoy the Happy Hour (buy 1 get 1) at the bar while watching the view of the bay at sunset. Option: Massage service available. Please book with our Cruise Manager directly. 19:15 Enjoy a deluxe dinner made with the freshest ingredients in a sophisticated space with elegant French neoclassical style and traditional oriental touches. 21:00 It's time to admire the beauty of the night on the bay, our bar on sundeck and in the restaurant welcome you. You may want to try your luck with squid fishing or watch a movie in the restaurant, we also have chess and cards for you. DAY 2: HA LONG BAY - HA NOI 06:15 It is a perfect time to refresh and indulge yourself in a peaceful beauty of the bay with a tai chi session on sundeck. If you want to hunt for dawn, get up from 5:30 to 6:00 depending on the season, consult our sailors. 07:00 We will have breakfast at the restaurant while continuing the cruise. 07:45 Kayaking activities at Ao Ech area is held to discover the hidden charm of Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay. 08.40 Check out is from 09.00 to 09:30. At this time you can put your luggage on the first deck for us to transfer to our tender and settle your bill with reception. 10:00 Brunch will be served at the restaurant on the 2nd deck. 10:30 Disembark to Cruise at Tuan Chau Marina. 11:30 Transfer back to Hanoi & arrived to Hanoi around 15:00 PM

Hanoi: Guided Street Food Tour

9. Hanoi: Guided Street Food Tour

Benefit from pick-up in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and get an introduction on how to greet someone in Vietnamese! Then, experience everyday life as you brave the traffic and walk the streets. Learn about the history and culture of Vietnam as you sample 10 or more dishes at some of the city's best eateries and small restaurants. Try a variety of foods, such as nộm bò khô (papaya with dried beef salad) bún chả (grilled pork with rice noodles) and an authentic pho (rice noodle soup). Try some nem phở cuốn (fried and fresh spring rolls), bánh cuốn (steamed rice pancake rolls) and bánh mì (sandwich). Indulge your sweet tooth with bánh gối (fried pillow-shaped cake) and bánh rán (donuts). Wash it down with trà đá (ice tea) or bia hơi (beer), and end with dessert tastings such as chè (sweet soup). End at Hoan Kiem Lake or get dropped off at a location suitable to you.  

From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Activities

10. From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Activities

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, head to Halong Bay for check-in at noon. Enjoy a welcome drink and onboard lunch before heading to Canh Son Cave where you can admire uniquely shaped limestone formations. Afterward, return to the cruise ship and enjoy some free time to relax or sunbathe. Later, kayak through the picturesque landscapes of Bai Tu Long Bay, followed by a cooking class with the onboard chef. Sit down to a delicious Vietnamese dinner before doing a spot of fishing or grabbing a drink at the bar.  Day 2 After breakfast on board, watch the sunrise over the bay before heading to the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Soak up the village's quiet and peaceful atmosphere and admire the surrounding rocky mountains as you float around on a traditional bamboo boat. When you get back to the boat, have lunch as you pass through Ha Long Bay pier before beginning the journey back to Hanoi and getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Hanoi?

    Three to five days is a perfect length of time to visit the city and see all the main attractions and sights, while still having time to relax and soak up some of the local culture and cuisine!

  • Where to stay?

    The Old Quarter and and Cathedral District are two of the most interesting parts of the city to stay during your visit. They also allow you easy access to tourist sites and good local bars and restaurants.

Good to know

  • Language
    Vietnamese
  • Currency
    Vietnamese Dong (VND)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
    +84
  • Best time to visit
    To avoid the colder winter, hot summer, and rainy season, Hanoi is best experienced in April and May, but be prepared for occasional drizzle!

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What people are saying about Hanoi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 7,472 reviews

As I was visiting Hanoi for a vacation, I started searching for tours from get your guide website , while shortlisting our tours we saw this tour which covers 3 points , sungsot cave , titop Island and Luon cave. When I saw this ad I was a bit skeptical to book as there were no reviews but took the leap and did book it. Next day they pick us up from our hotel at the mentioned time and had an English speaking guide(Name:Ivan) who was very friendly and helpful. The tour was very well organized and we had no problems at all, the food arranged by them also was very good. I highly recommend this tour.

Aunque es una actividad muy turística, merece la pena. El paseo en barco por la bahía es espectacular y en esta excursión que dura un poco más que la mayoría puedes disfrutar del atadecer a la vuelta a puerto. (Junio). Mejor ir con zapatillas para poder subir arriba en Ti Top Island y pasear por la cueva sin resbalar. En este caso además, los guías y los tripulantes del barco fueron muy amables. La comida en el barco estuvo bien y a la vuelta en el bus de camino a Hanoi se hace una parada para que comas algo en una área de servicio.

very well organized trip! we was pickup from our hotel then spending day on the boat. They provide lunch ( with vegetarian option as well) for us and two bottles of water per person. kayaking was extra charge about 30k. definitely worth to do it! our tour guide was speaking very good English, he tell us the store of Hanoi city and few different one. he always care about the group and try help if we need it.

Enjoyed the tour. Robert has been very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodative. We had a lovely seafood lunch, kayaking for 45mins was just the right amount of time and visiting the caves has been eye opening

It's an incredible landscape. A wonder of nature! Great excursion, many stops and still enough peace and quiet to admire the rocks.