Tours from Hanoi

Tours from Hanoi

Hanoi is one of the important cultural, political, commercial, and tourist centers of Vietnam. Hanoi, through more than a thousand years of history, has become a famous tourist destination around the world. Traveling to Hanoi is an extremely attractive experience for both domestic and foreign tourists.

Beside, in Northern Vietnam, visitors can not only admire the wonderful beauty of the scenery and many ancient historical sites but also immerse themselves in a diverse culinary paradise. Metta Voyage would like to suggest all tours from Hanoi, such as Hanoi – Ninh Binh, Hanoi – Halong Bay, Hanoi – Sapa, Hanoi – Mai Chau, Hanoi – Pu Luong and tours around Hanoi’s capital.

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Locations for Ninh Binh day trip

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

  • Location: Trang An, Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province

Mua Caves

  • Location: Khe Dau Ha village, Ninh Xuan commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province

Hoa Lu ancient capital

  • Location: Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province

Tam Coc – Bich Dong

  • Location: Ngu Nhac Son Mountains, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province

FAQ

North  Vietnam

The North of Vietnam has all 4 seasons including spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The best time for travelers is likely to be from March to May and September to November. 

You will be able to experience the pleasantly warm weather of late spring in the North of Vietnam around March-May. The best thing about this season is the blooming season of many beautiful flowers of the North. This can be a perfect time to visit the mountainous Sa Pa and enjoy the impressive scenery of light pink ban flowers all over the town. This is also the time when the paddy fields are in fresh green. 

In addition to mountainous Northern towns, Halong Bay is also a top hit. Everyone yearns for relaxing on the deck in the sun and cool breezes. The water is not too cold, which makes it perfect for swimming as well. 

The least recommended time to visit North Vietnam is between June and August. The temperature can nearly hit 40 degrees Celsius which is extremely hot and humid. If you are a summer lover, make sure to stay hydrated all time and apply sufficient sunblock to protect yourself from the heat.

A lot of the North locals escape this summer heat by flying to beaches in the Central Highlands and the South. So this season’s domestic flight tickets and accommodation can be more pricey than usual. 

The weather can change suddenly in summer and a downpour can come at any moment. Unexpected showers can be a “delicacy” of summertime in Hanoi so remember to carry an umbrella or a poncho with you.

On the other hand, winter (November to February) is totally opposite. Hanoi and North Vietnam are cold and humid in the summer. The temperature can drop to below 10 Celcius degrees sometimes. With the humidity, it can feel a lot more freezing than the number. Northern destinations such as Sa Pa and Ha Giang are sometimes below 0 Celcius degrees. 

Average temperature and rainfall levels of Hanoi: here 

Within the country

To travel within Vietnam, airplanes, trains, and coaches are the most common mode of transportation. If you want to get from Hanoi to the Central Highlands or South Vietnam, it is highly recommended to book a flight. Flight tickets might be pricier but it will save you from the long wait and uncomfortable accommodation on trains. 

If you only travel to a nearby city that takes only 4-5 hours on the road, book a coach.

Within the city

Vietnam offers a wide range of transportation from taxis, taxi motorbikes, Grab app, Be app, and buses. (But it can be really difficult for foreigners to take a bus.) 

In the North, each season brings visitors different beauties; no season is the same. The 4-season climate, with its own characteristics, is also one of the highlights that makes this land the first choice of many tourists.

Spring

The weather is warm; the temperature fluctuates around 20 to 21 degrees Celsius. Coming to the northern mountainous area in spring, visitors will admire images of wild peach flowers, plum blossoms, and white banyan flowers.

Summer

The temperature can be up to 37–38 degrees Celsius. Coming to the northern mountains in summer, you will admire the terraced fields entering the watering period.

Autumn

The temperature decreases gradually, and there is light fog in the early morning. Autumn in the northern mountainous area is a bit chilly in the early morning, along with images of ripe golden terraced fields or buckwheat flower fields.

Winter

The temperature begins to drop and fluctuates around 15 degrees Celsius. Visitors not only feel the cold of this land but also the impressive layers of fog.

North Vietnam

Ha Noi

Hanoi, the capital of thousands of years of civilization, is one of the places that any Vietnamese would like to visit once in a lifetime. Traveling to the capital, visitors will visit famous attractions such as Ba Dinh Square, Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc Pagoda… or admire the beautiful scenery of West Lake, Sword Lake, and Hoang Thanh Thang Long… Besides, visitors can also taste many unique delicacies such as Vong village nuggets, bun cha, pho, fried spring rolls,…

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh is one of the most attractive destinations in our country. With an area of ​​​​up to 1,553 square kilometers, including 1,900 limestone islands with many beautiful and vivid shapes.

Traveling to HaLong – one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, visitors will discover many unique caves, beautiful islands such as Dragon Eye Island, Ngoc Vung Island, Con Coc Island… Along with the beautiful scenery, this place also has many delicious specialties such as squid rolls, sam worms, grilled oysters, spring rolls, sea sam…

Trang An – Ninh Binh

Among the Vietnamese tourist destinations that hide the most cultural and historical values, Trang An – Ninh Binh is certainly the top name. This relic was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 2014.

This beautiful location collects the buildings from the regal ancient capital of Hoa Lu, which was tucked away in the majestic limestone mountains and the ethereal meandering river. Some of the following structures will leave visitors “heartbroken” if they follow cultural or spiritual tourism: Temples in Tran Ninh Binh, Tu Tru, Suoi Tien, etc.

Visitors can take a boat to travel through the water, across the lotus lake, and across the golden rice fields to the Vu Lam palace, one of this location’s most stunning structures. Trang An is the center of caves with several oddly formed stalactites, through woods and pristine lagoons, in addition to man-made monuments. Nau Ruou cave, Ba Giot cave, and others are popular tourist destinations.

Sapa – Fog Town

Located in the northwest of the country, Sapa, in Lao Cai province, is known as the land of fog, with a dreamy landscape hiding many miracles of natural scenery. Fansipan Peak is not only the roof of Vietnam but also of Indochina. Its massive height created a majestic scene. When you come here, you can almost touch the clouds.

There are some other places in Sapa, such as Stone Church, Ham Rong Mountain, Muong Hoa Valley, an ancient stone beach, etc, that you should not miss.

Central Vietnam

Da Nang 

In the journey to discover Central Vietnam, visitors cannot ignore the tourist destination of Da Nang. This is the city of many beautiful bridges such as Han River Bridge, Dragon Bridge, Thuan Phuoc Bridge, Love Bridge; wild and poetic beaches such as My Khe beach, Non Nuoc beach, Xuan Thieu beach… and many other beautiful landscapes such as Ngu Hanh Son mountain, Son Tra peninsula, Ghenh Bang, … Da Nang not only attracts tourists by the beautiful scenery, but also attracts visitors by many attractive Da Nang delicacies such as vermicelli with seasoning, veal, Quang noodles, chicken rice, …

Most visitors to Vietnam will need to obtain a visa before arriving. You can apply for a visa through the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your home country, or contact Metta Voyage for support with your e-visa application.

Hanoi food tour

Talking about Hanoi’s capital is talking about the land of thousands of years of civilization, in addition to famous destinations such as Sword Lake, Bat Trang pottery village, Hanoi’s old town, commercial centers, etc. You will experience the unique cuisine here.

Hanoi cuisine is known for its delicious traditional dishes with unique and rich flavors that have never disappointed diners everywhere. Hanoi, with its 36 ancient streets, has a variety of delicious food options spread throughout, so everyone can enjoy delicious Hanoi dishes.

When it comes to Hanoi, the first thing will be pho, a dish that has reached the world. In addition, there are many other special dishes such as vermicelli, vermicelli, vermicelli, vermicelli, vermicelli, Thang long fish cake, Hanoi vermicelli, shrimp paste vermicelli, Ho Tay shrimp cake, rib porridge, mussel porridge, cake Thanh Tri rolls, Phu Thuong sticky rice, Vong village nuggets, Phu Do vermicelli, banh chung, Uoc Le spring rolls, etc.

Northwest food tour

Food tourism in the North, especially in the Northwest mountains, always gives visitors new experiences. Northwest cuisine is very diverse and prepared according to the local people’s own recipes. You can try dishes such as buffalo meat guarding the kitchen, Thang Co horse of Lao Cai, pa ping top, Lai Chau’s armpit pig, grilled stone moss, au tau porridge, Bac Me Lam rice from Ha Giang, etc.

The Northwest is also famous for forest bamboo shoots from Vau, cork, bamboo, and apricot. Northwest specialty rices such as Bac Huong Dien Bien rice, Eight Dien Bien rice, Seng Cu rice (Bat Xat Lao Cai), Ta Cu rice (Muong Te Lai Chau), Nuong Dien Bien sticky rice, Tu Le sticky rice…

Hue food tour

Besides discovering the ideal destinations in Hue, you should definitely not miss the culinary experience here. Referring to Hue cuisine, we will immediately think of royal cuisine because of the sophistication in each dish.

For Hue, eating is also one of the arts that Hue people pay great attention to and elaborate on. The dishes in Hue are very carefully prepared and have a very unique taste that can’t be confused anywhere.

Hue cuisine is one of the elements that make up the quintessence of Vietnamese cuisine. Most of the dishes are made from popular ingredients but have a rich and unforgettable aftertaste. The most famous specialty is probably “Bun bo Hue”. Besides, there is also mussel rice served with fish sauce and topping, Hue cakes such as filter cake, Banh Beo, or Hue cake, 36 kinds of Hue royal tea, etc.

Hoi An food tour

Traveling to Hoi An includes discovering and experiencing famous places such as the old town, Cu Lao Cham, Tra Que vegetable village, beautiful beaches, etc. You will experience Hoi An cuisine with Hoi An specialties such as Quang noodles, Cao Lau, chicken rice, wontons, cauldron cakes, wet rolls with grilled meat, etc.

Not only causing memories with ecstatic delicious dishes, the restaurants in Hoi An also make visitors fall in love with their beautiful decoration, professional service, and distinctive space. Restaurants located in the old town often hang old paintings decorated with flower pots, ornamental plants, and fine art objects. Restaurants in Hoi An also have traditional names, inherited from many generations.

Saigon food tour

Saigon is the most developed and busiest city in Vietnam. Saigon cuisine has the influence of many regions and some countries in the world. Saigon is a city that “does not sleep”, You can come here and comfortably eat and play at any time. You can experience Saigon cuisine by eating in clusters such as markets or food alleys such as:

Ben Thanh Market and Ho Thi Ky Market are two places that always attract a large number of diners. Coming to Ben Thanh market, there will be vermicelli, rice vermicelli, sweet tea or sticky rice, and also various kinds of Banh Beo in the Central region. Ho Thi Ky Market is famous for attractive dishes with Cambodian cultural colors such as Cam tea, Num Bo Choc vermicelli, grilled beef spring rolls with lemongrass, etc.

You can also try to experience culinary alleys such as alley 76 Hai Ba Trung, alley 84 Nguyen Du, and alley 284 Le Van Sy to learn more about street food culture. The Japanese Quarter (Le Thanh Ton), the Chinese Quarter (District 5, District 6, District 11), or the Han Quarter (District 7) are the same attractions in Saigon.

In addition, in Saigon, there are hundreds of street stalls, street vendors, and street vendors specializing in Saigon snacks such as mixed rice paper, grilled rice paper, Saigon knock-on noodles, smoothies, etc. It will make you forget the way home because it is surprisingly delicious, cheap, and diverse.

No matter what parts of Vietnam you are traveling to, here is a list of 10 essential items you need to pack.

  • Backpack 

A thick-strapped backpack will be extremely useful for all the walking and traveling. It is recommended to pick a backpack that is big and durable enough to carry all your essential belongings such as water bottles, sunscreen, snacks, and maybe some clothes to change during the day. If you buy some food or souvenir on the way, a backpack is your credible safe. 

  • Travel pillow

If your trip includes a lot of road trips, a travel pillow is a must-have. Long hours of sitting and sleeping on a coach will be much better with a soft pillow to assist your neck. For your health, remember to pack a travel pillow to Vietnam.

  • Earplugs

Vietnam is sleepless, but travelers are not. Earplugs are necessary for light sleepers to have a restful and peaceful sleep. These items are perfect to ward off snorers or crying babies on long flights as well.

  • Diarrhea treatment

Medicines are a need for travelers. At some time during your travels, you will suffer from a terrible stomach ache for eating something you are not used to. Your travel routine is also different from your normal routine so the digestive system might have some problems getting used to it. Some remedies will help you to quickly recover and allow you to fully enjoy your Vietnam trip.

  • Below-the-knee skirts/ trousers

Vietnam has a lot of pagodas and temples along with the country. If you want to enter these holistic places, below-the-knee clothing is required. To express your respect, make sure that you bring some modest skirts or trousers while visiting sacred locations. On days that you plan to visit pagodas or temples, it is best to dress politely and not show too much skin. 

  • Power adapter

For Vietnam, travelers are recommended to use plugs type A (two flat vertical pins), type C, and type F (two round pins). The electricity supply in Vietnam is 220 Volts at 50 Hz. It is best you prepare a global adapter before traveling to Vietnam. 

If you are from Europe (excluding the UK), your power plugs are similar to the ones in Vietnam. If you are from North and Central America or Japan, you use the same plugs but it is needed to check the voltage carefully. If you are from the UK, type G plugs with 3 rectangular pins can be used in Vietnam but this plug is not common in Vietnam. If you are from Australia, you need an adapter. 

  • Power bank 

Power banks are super convenient. This will save you from boredom on a long flight, bus, or train ride. If you are using LTE constantly, power banks will be your lifesaver as your phone battery will burn down really fast. The worst scenario is having a dead phone in a foreign country that doesn’t speak English so avoid that by having a power bank.

  •  Sun protection

Vietnam has a tropical climate, which means it will be sunny and hot for most of the time. Protection yourself with a high SPF sunblock or spray. A wide-brimmed hat is also recommended to cope with the extreme sunlight. 

  • Waterproof jacket

During the monsoon season, a light and waterproof jacket will protect you from sudden rainfall. In Vietnam, the locals often use a thin plastic poncho that is extremely helpful when you are riding a motorbike. 

  • Mosquito-repellent

Undoubtedly, there are a lot of mosquitoes and insects in Vietnam. It is wise to carry a bottle or spray of insect repellent. Remember to apply it before going out and reapply it during the day. This can save you from malaria and dengue fever. 

If you happen to get bitten by mosquitoes, the famous tiger balm can prevent the bites from getting infected. Rub it to the mosquito’s bite to reduce swellings and itching

The currency used in Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong (VND). While US dollars are accepted in some places, it’s generally recommended to use Vietnamese dong for smaller transactions.

Most visitors to Vietnam will need to obtain a visa before arriving. You can apply for a visa through the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your home country, or through an online e-visa application.

We will send you an email notification within 24 hours of your order, and we will make every effort to find and suggest a similar alternative hotel that matches your preferences. If the suggested hotel is more expensive than your original choice, we will contact you first to discuss the price difference and get your approval before making any changes to your booking.

In this case, please inform us and the hotel immediately, as any modifications or charges will be subject to the hotel’s regulations. We will make every effort to provide you with comparable ground services.

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  • Bring mosquito nets during the rainy season if you go backpacking. 

As mentioned above, petechial fever is quite dangerous even though we have treatment for it. If you have a petechial fever, the worst scenario is that you would end up hospitalized. The mosquito sucks your blood to nourish her eggs and our trip sadly ended earlier than expected. A mosquito net will protect you from this bloodsucker. 

  • Equip yourself with hats, umbrellas, and raincoats to avoid heat in hot seasons

Some tourists prefer to soak up the sun but in Hanoi, Vietnam, the hot season is so extreme that many people get sunstroke. Do not underestimate this problem! Also, without umbrellas or raincoats, you may get soaked to the skin due to sudden showers. 

If your immunity is weak, it makes sense anyway that you are ill, have to lie on your bed, take some pills and stare dejectedly out the window. A sense of disappointment arises, for sure. 

Weighing up all the pros and cons, Metta Voyage highly recommends tourists visit Hanoi during the dry season (November to April) for the sake of your exhilarating and unforgettable experience. 

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About Hanoi

Babylon Premium Hotel & Spa
Address: 05 – 07 Hang Hom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Le Jardin Hotel
Address: 46A Nguyen Truong To street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.
La Sinfonía del Rey Hotel & Spa
Address: 33-35 Hang Dau Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
La Siesta Premium hotel
Address: 27 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
Anatole Hanoi Hotel
Address: 26 Nha Chung Street, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
Rex Hanoi Hotel & Spa
Address: 42 – 44 Gia Ngu Street, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
The Lapis hotel
Address: 21 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi

JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
Address: 08 Do Duc Road Me Tri Ward, South Tu Liem District, Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Address: 15 Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Capella hotel
Address: 11 Le Phung Hieu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Peridot Grand Luxury Boutique Hotel
Address: 33 Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Lotte Hotel Hanoi
Address: 54, Lieu Giai street, Cong Vi ward, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.
InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72
Address: Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower
Apricot Hotel
Address: 136 Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi

The period from November to February is the ideal time for travelers to come to Hanoi because it is the peak tourist season. During this time, the temperature is rather mild and pleasant.  

When first fly to Hanoi in November, we promise that you will be infatuated with the peaceful and poetic landscapes here in an instant. It is easy for you to see a fine show of blossoms. All kinds of flowers show their colors, especially milk flowers, apricots and peaches. Visitors can take a tour of some beauty spots such as West Lake, the Old Quater, and Thang Long Imperial Citadel.  

Entering December, the coolest month, tourists will see the golden leaves slightly fall on the ground, one by one until trees are reft of leaves. It’s quite dreary, right? The winter in Hanoi and other regions in Vietnam is usually wrapped in a blanket of greyish mood. Anyway, it’s still worth visiting!

January and February are months of birth growth, months of rejuvenating life, and months of growth. Vietnamese people believe that spring brings good weather and great hope for a happy marriage with obedient offspring so reaching Hanoi in spring for your honeymoon is incredibly romantic and meaningful. 

In February, the Tet holiday, the biggest public celebration in Vietnam is an event that you cannot miss. Tet holds the sacred meaning of reunion, renewal, thanksgiving & hope. No matter how far away people work or study, Vietnamese try to save up time and money during the year for homecoming on Tet as it is the perfect time for family gatherings. Like Westerners, on New Year’s Day, family members gather to recap the old year and make resolutions for the new year, let off firecrackers to keep the evil spirit away and perform unicorn dances as well. So, if possible, ask for locals to welcome Tet with them, or at least, come to Hanoi this time to join the most festive atmosphere here. 

Going to a rooftop bar has recently become a very popular trend in Vietnam for its laid-back vibe. Particularly, the ambiance, the views and the heights have conquered the hearts of all people and made them linger for hours. In Hanoi, here are the top 7 rooftop bars you must consider to have a go. 

Diamond Sky Bar

  • Address: 13th, 14th, 15th Floors, Hanoi La Siesta Diamond Hotel & Spa, 32 Lo Su Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 

Lighthouse Sky Bar

  • Address: Rooftop floor, La Siesta Premium hotel, 27 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Top of Hanoi

  • Address: Floor 65, Lotte Hotel Hanoi, 54 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.

Aira Sky Bar

  • Address: Address. 38a P. Tran Phu, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Sol Sky Bar

  • Address: No 22 Bao Khanh street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Ignite Sky Bar

  • Address: No. 33 Duong Thanh, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Terraço Sky Bar

  • Address: 33 35 Hàng Dau Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a remarkable institution dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam’s diverse ethnic groups. Located in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, the museum serves as a window into the country’s vibrant past and present, offering visitors an immersive experience and a deeper understanding of its diverse cultures.

Established in 1997, the museum stands as a testament to Vietnam’s commitment to preserving its cultural diversity and promoting intercultural dialogue. It serves as an important educational resource, research center, and cultural hub, attracting both local and international visitors who seek to explore the fascinating tapestry of Vietnam’s ethnic traditions, customs, and ways of life.

Open hours

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
  • The museum is typically closed on Mondays and New Year’s holiday.

Entrance fee

  • Adults: 40,000 VND 
  • Students with valid ID: 15,000 VND 
  • Children under 6 years old: free admission
  • Elderly people, people with impairments, and ethnic minorities: 50% discount

Interpretation fee

There are additional guides available in Vietnamese, English, and French. 

  • In-house interpretation (in Vietnamese): 50,000 VND
  • Outdoor interpretation (in Vietnamese): 50,000 VND
  • Entire museum (in Vietnamese): 100,000 VND
  • In-house interpretation (English or French): 100,000 VND

Hanoi Hilton Prison symbolizes one of the darkest times in Vietnam’s history when revolutionary Vietnam rebels are kept and tortured brutally. Today, it is a significant tourist attraction luring thousands of visitors to sightseeing and learning more about the dark history of Vietnam during the war. 

As a historical relic, it stirs up strong emotions in visitors when they see artifacts including the guillotine, flight suit and parachute used by John McCain. Soldiers who survived the war all describe Hanoi Hilton Prison as hell on Earth. Come here, you will prove to yourself that’s cruel and dreadful truth! 

For Vietnamese, Hanoi Hilton Prison is commonly called Hoa Lo Prison –  “fire earthen stove” because the savage prison is located on Hoa Lo Street where wood stoves and coal-fire stoves were sold in pre-colonial times. 

US people call it Hanoi Hilton because the prison used to capture many US prisoners of war (POW). French people refer to it as Maison Centrale or Central Prison. 

  • Address: No. 1 Hoa Lo, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi
  • Opening times: From 8h00 to 17h00 every day (Including festivals and holidays)
  • Daily ticket price: 30 000 VND (~$1.2) for adults, 15 000 VND for students
  • Audio Guide: 100 000 VND (~$4)

Gordon Ramsay, a multi-Michelin-starred chef and star of the small screen, has put Vietnamese cuisine high on the top priority of must-try cuisine. During the time he spent in Vietnam to explore the aura of Vietnamese food, he commented: “Thank God I wasn’t born in Vietnam, I’m just a bad cook here” and “Vietnamese people don’t realize how their very cheap dishes have high culinary standards“. That really proves the soul of the S-shaped country’s gastronomy.

It goes without saying that Hanoi’s food, the capital city of Vietnam, is the best embodiment of Vietnam’s food for tourists with limited time in Vietnam. By attending Hanoi cooking classes, you will seize the chance to make yourself some famous delicacies of Vietnam. Throughout the itinerary, you would also get a grasp of diverse Vietnamese ingredients and seasonings, and even differentiate them, which is exciting and challenging at the same time. After the class, you would be confident to treat your beloved family and friends to the mesmerizing Viet dishes

Introduction of 36 Streets of Hanoi

Overview

According to records, King Le Hien Tong divided Thang Long citadel into 36 areas, known as 36 streets, which belonged to the two districts of Vinh Xuong and Quang Duc in 174. This may be a trading town because of the occupation characteristics of the region. 

The 36 streets of Hanoi are the old urban areas located inside and outside the Hanoi Old Quarter. The most characteristic of the Old Quarter is the craft village streets, and the old houses imbued with traditional Vietnamese architecture.

In the past, artisans from all over the craft villages around Thang Long citadel gathered here to trade; they divided by area and focused on selling the main products of their craft villages. And the streets here are named after the main products sold there, plus the word “Hang” in front.

36 Streets of Hanoi Map

The Old Quarter area is mainly concentrated in the North and West of Hoan Kiem District. If you want to come here, you can go to Hoan Kiem Lake and walk along the sidewalk to the Old Quarter. Or go to another starting point, like Dong Xuan Market or O Quan Chuong. 

According to the Ministry of Construction, the Hanoi Old Quarter has a defined scope: Hang Dau Street to the North; Phung Hung Street to the west; in the south, the streets of Hang Bong, Hang Gai, Cau Go, and Hang Thung; east of Tran Quang Khai Street and Tran Nhat Duat Street. 

Hanoi Old Quarter is located in Hoan Kiem district with a total area of about 100 hectares and 76 streets belonging to 10 wards: Hang Dao, Hang Bac, Hang Buom, Hang Bo, Hang Bong, Hang Gai, Hang Ma, and Dong Xuan wards; Cua Dong; and Ly Thai To.

Although the old streets of Hanoi are also located outside this area in other districts such as Ba Dinh, Dong Da, and Hai Ba Trung. However, the old town is located here and has retained its characteristics; it is the only region that has been conserved.

Distinctive features of 36 Streets of Hanoi

Architecture

Architecture is another feature that makes the old town unique, with its tube house structure, slanted tile roofs, and facades of shops specializing in business and trade, built mainly in the old days 18th and 19th centuries. The houses are small at first glance, but they are arranged very cleverly and reasonably by the residents, still fully serving their needs.

Culture

Going back to the old town is going back to the tradition of a thousand years of civilization, with cultural values still preserved in about 100 long-standing architectural works, including communal houses, temples, pagodas, and assembly halls, which are the most typical. Bach Ma temple is on Hang Buom street, one of the four towns of the ancient Thang Long citadel.

Cuisine

Hanoi’s Old Quarter is beautiful, with small shops along the way. Although it is not a luxury restaurant, the taste is strong enough to hold travelers back. Old town cuisine includes traditional dishes such as Bun Cha, Pho, fish vermicelli, etc., in small roadside shops or old houses with dozens of houses five years old.

1.  History and Culture of Cyclo Hanoi  

A French gentleman from Charente was invented in 1939 and brought to Vietnam. At that time, only 40 cyclos were made in Saigon, Vietnam, and in 1940 the number of Cyclos in Vietnam reached 200 throughout Hanoi or Hoi An city. 

 

Many drivers could speak common English phrases and could be able to explain tourist city’s landmarks and provide insights into the local way of life for you. Cyclo tours in Hanoi offer a unique way to experience the city’s history and culture. Visitors can explore the Old Quarter’s narrow streets and alleyways, lined with old houses, temples, and shops selling traditional handicrafts and street food. 

The cyclo has faced challenges in recent years, as modern transportation options have become more prevalent in Hanoi. However, many people believe that the cyclo remains an essential part of Hanoi’s cultural identity and are working to preserve this unique form of transportation and the culture that surrounds it.

2. Tours cyclo in Hanoi 

In Hanoi today, you can find cyclos anywhere in the city center. Here are a few tours in Hanoi for your reference. 

1-day Hanoi City Sightseeing with Cyclo Tour 

This tour will take you around famous places like Hoan Kiem Lake, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and Ngoc Son Temple, as well as admire these magnificent landscapes. Throughout the journey, you will be provided with drinking water, a Vietnamese set lunch at a local restaurant, and hear interesting stories about the people here.

Vietnamese Cyclo Experience in Hanoi

This is a short tour, but you can still roam around Old Hanoi and glimpse the Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake. Besides, the drivers will bring information to help you learn the history of Hanoi.

Small-Group Street Food Cyclo Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter

This is a very interesting Hanoi cyclo tour because you can not only visit The Old Quarter, discover the cultural history around this area, but also experience the food in a small group. You will be taken to the eateries on the street, and enjoy the famous and traditional dishes in Hanoi.

mazing Hanoi Sightseeing Cyclo Tour An Hour 

Cyclo would take you around Hoan Kiem Lake with a famous view of Dong Xuan Market, Joseph Cathedral Church, and Opera House in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. You can stop at any location to buy clothing and souvenirs or take your pictures.   

 

Tran Quoc Temple is a Buddhist temple located on the West Lake of Hanoi, Vietnam. It is considered the oldest temple in Hanoi, with a history dating back over 1,500 years. The temple was originally built during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De in the 6th century and was named Khai Quoc, which means “National Founder.” It was later renamed Tran Quoc during the Tran Dynasty in the 13th century. The architecture of the pagoda has an ancient, golden and ochre color, and the highlight here is the 11-storey lotus tower. Tran Quoc Temple attracts tourists not only for its rich history but also its thousand-year sacredness.

  • Location: No. 46 Thanh Nien, Yen Phu ward, Tay Ho district, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Open time: From 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM – From 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM / everyday
  • Entrance fee: Free

Transportation to Tran Quoc Temple 

  • By bus: 

The bus No. 50, E05 or E09 stop right away at Thanh Nien Street, after getting off the bus, you take a 2-3 minute walk to Tran Quoc Temple easily. 

  • By taxi or Grab:

To take a taxi, you can look for a reputable taxi company in Hanoi, such as Mai Linh or Taxi Group. Alternatively, you can book a Grab ride using the Grab app on your smartphone. Simply enter your pickup location and destination as Tran Quoc Temple, and a Grab driver will pick you up and take you directly to the temple.

  • By motorbike:

You can use your own motorbike or rent it at your hotel and ride it to the temple quickly and conveniently. However, you should notice that the parking lot is opposite the pagoda, next to an ice cream shop. The parking fee is from 5,000 to 10,000 VND/motorbike. 

 

About West Lake Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital and one of the two largest cities in Vietnam. With a tropical monsoon climate, when traveling to Hanoi, you can enjoy all four seasons of the year. Hanoi’s West Lake has long been one of the most attractive places for tourists to come here.

West Lake, also known as Kim Nguu Lake, Sac Cao Dam, Doai Ho, Dam Dam, and Lang Bac, is located in the northwest, in Tay Ho district, Hanoi. The lake is surrounded by Thanh Nien, Au Co, Thuy Khe, Lac Long Quan, and Nghi Ham streets. The lake was formerly a section of the Red River, undergoing a process, but the stagnation and flow of the river made it the largest natural lake in the capital. With an area of about 500 hectares, the length of the lake around the lake is about 18 km.

Where is West Lake? How to get to West Lake?

West Lake is located in West Lake District, Hanoi City. West Lake is about 11 kilometers from the city center. 

The road to West Lake is not too difficult, and you can move in many ways. If you are in the inner city, you can follow a separate road. If you are far away, you can take a plane, bus, or train to Hanoi and then hire a Grab taxi or bus to go to West Lake.

What season is the most beautiful to travel to West Lake?

West Lake has each season’s own scenery and beauty, so you can come here at any time of the year. The ideal period will be in the summer (May to August), when the weather is also very reasonable to travel and experience the attractive games here, or in the autumn (August to October). At this time, the weather in the capital is quite cool; there is no rain or strong sunshine, so it will be very convenient to visit many famous landmarks.

If you have a chance to visit Hanoi, it will be regretful to miss the Water Puppet Theater even if you don’t know much about puppet things. The Hanoi Water Puppet show is not just geared for children but meant for adults as well because it holds Vietnamese traditional culture. 

Metta Vogaye’s team has tried our best to acquire related information and gather them in this article for you to explore. 

Location: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, 57B Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hanoi

Ticket price: VND 60,000 – VND 150,000/pax ($3 – $7/pax)

Opening Hours

  • Mondays – Saturdays: 3.00 pm; 4.10 pm; 5.20 pm; 6.30 pm; 8.00 pm 
  • Sundays: 9.30 am

Duration: ~45 minutes

A brief history of water puppet shows

There is a long history of water puppet shows from 1000 years ago, the Ly Dynasty is when water puppetry first appeared. The first water puppet performances took place in northern Vietnam’s rice paddies near the Red River Delta. 

The first water puppet shows were only performed outside, with the stage being set up in a big open area beneath the sky. It is also stated that the performances were initially meant to keep mystical spirits amused so they wouldn’t cause trouble as well as to amuse rice growers.

The main point of the show hasn’t changed until now, only the setting and the locations. The typical concepts of a water puppet show have deeply rooted in rural Vietnamese traditions that combine fishing, planting, harvesting of rice, and village folklore.

The first modern water puppet shows were played at Thang Long Theater in 1990. It’s said that about 500 shows are performed in front of approximately 150,000 people each year. This theater has also brought water puppetry to more than 40 foreign countries through performance tours, international cultural exchange programs, and puppetry festivals. This is a great chance to bring a signature Vietnamese culture to the world. 

Hanoi has a lot of high-quality spa and massage centers that you can visit and take your time there. Going to massage centers is one of the best things to do after a long and busy trip. 

Here is the list of best-serviced massages in Hanoi that Metta Vogaye’s team carefully choose for you. We hope you can find your favorite one and have an extensive experience while you are in Hanoi. 

1. Oriental Spa Hanoi 

Location: 

  • Branch 1: 26 Au Trieu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

  • Branch 2: 18 Bao Khanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

La Belle Vie Spa

  • Location: 48 Luong Van Can, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Serene Spa 

  • Location: 58 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Spas Hanoi

  • Location: 18 Hang Manh

Le Spa du Metropole

  • Location: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi- 15 Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

SF Massage 

  • Location: 7 Cau Go, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

La Siesta Spa

  • Location: 94 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

Overview of Hanoi

Hanoi is one of the important cultural, political, commercial, and tourist centers of Vietnam. Hanoi, through more than a thousand years of history, has become a famous tourist destination around the world. Traveling to Hanoi is an extremely attractive experience for both domestic and foreign tourists.

Hanoi is a city that preserves the cultural and historical values of the nation. Along with the development of society, besides the ancient and traditional features, Hanoi also has modern features, a dynamic life rhythm, and cultural beauty, combined with youthful features, all of which contribute to a Hanoi. The interior is colorful and charming enough to attract any guest from afar.

Coming to Hanoi, visitors have the opportunity to explore many cultural and artistic works, beautiful and charming natural landscapes, or ancient alleys, along with the outstanding typical cuisine in Hanoi.

Amazing things to do in Hanoi, Vietnam

Visiting President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Museum

Visiting President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum

President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, also known as Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum, is the resting place of Uncle Ho. This is the work with the most precious cultural value of the nation and the pride of the country with foreign tourists.

The landscape around the mausoleum is green, with more than 250 species of plants; each tree and each flower planted have their own meaning. In front of and behind the mausoleum are planted 79 perennials, symbolizing the 79 years of President Ho Chi Minh’s life.

  • Address: 02 Hung Vuong Street, Dien Bien Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi City.

Every Monday and Friday, Uncle Ho’s mausoleum will be closed. If that day coincides with the holidays of May 19, September 2, and the 1st of the Lunar New Year, Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum is still open to welcome visitors.

  • Ticket price to Uncle Ho’s mausoleum:

Completely free tickets are available for all Vietnamese when visiting.

Collect 1.05 USD for foreigners when visiting the mausoleum.

Ba Dinh square

Ba Dinh Square is the largest square in Vietnam, located on Hung Vuong Street, in front of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Ba Dinh Square has a large campus with many large grass squares that are images of mats spread on communal courtyards in ancient Vietnamese villages, interspersed with a 1.4-meter-wide walkway. In the middle of the square is the national flagpole.

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum, located south of Ba Dinh Square (behind the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum), is one of the favorite destinations of many domestic and foreign tourists when traveling to Hanoi for one day. 

Discovering the unique One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda is an ancient temple in Vietnam built during the reign of King Ly Thai Tong. It is also known by many different names, such as Mat Pagoda, Lien Hoa Dai, or Dien Huu Tu. The pagoda was built entirely on a single pillar in the middle of a lotus pond.

One Pillar Pagoda is one of the most unique architectural temples in Asia and a cultural symbol and spiritual destination in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital.

Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is a natural freshwater lake located in the center of Hanoi, also known by other names such as Sword Lake, Luc Thuy Lake, or Ta Vong Lake. Sword Lake with its azure water, surrounded by trees casting shadows on the surface of the water, creates a romantic beauty. This is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll in Hanoi.

Turtle Tower is located in the middle of Sword Lake and also has other famous heritages such as Pen Tower, Dai Nghien, The Huc Bridge leading to Dac Nguyet Floor, or Tran Ba communal house on the entrance to Ngoc Son temple… creating an image of Hoan Kiem Lake bearing a characteristic imprint in the hearts of tourists.

Exploring Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Hanoi’s Old Quarter has long been famous for its 36 streets. This is a busy and bustling trading place for Ha Thanh people from ancient times to the present. Not only that, but this place also preserves and faithfully reproduces the cultural and historical values of the people of the capital.

Hanoi’s Old Quarter seems to have become a must-visit place for most tourists when traveling in Ha Thanh. Coming to the old town, you will admire the beauty of the architecture, quiet lifestyle, and culture of the landscape and people here.

Visiting Ma May Ancient House and St. Joseph’s Church in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Ma May Ancient House 

Ma May ancient house is one of the ancient houses with typical Hanoian architecture. This old house was built around the end of the 19th century and changed owners many times. At the same time, it is also a place to combine the display of handicraft products from craft villages, such as tea, silk weaving, ceramics, etc.

Saint Joseph’s Church 

Saint Joseph’s Church, also known as Hanoi Cathedral, is hundreds of years old and one of the first architectural works built by the French. Coming to this place, visitors will admire typical European medieval Gothic architecture, built to resemble Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Experiences not to be missed when coming to Hanoi Cathedral: Attending services at the cathedral, Celebrate Christmas at the Cathedral, take “virtual living” photos with the Cathedral background, Enjoy specialties like the famous “lemon tea” of the Cathedral.

Visiting Hoa Lo Prison, a former prison turned museum

Hoa Lo Prison has the French name Maison Centrale. Hoa Lo Prison was originally built by the French to hold political prisoners. A place to witness barbaric crimes, the will, and the unyielding spirit of so many patriotic Vietnamese children.

After buying tickets to visit, there will be a guide for you to follow. From the first exhibition space, you will be able to go through many different areas in turn, with realistic images exposed right in front of your eyes.

Watching a traditional water puppet show at Thang Long Water Puppet

Water puppetry is a tradition dating back to the 11th century, originating in the villages of the Red River Delta in northern Vietnam. Water puppetry is a traditional folklore art bearing the imprint of the wet rice agricultural civilization.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is the place where Vietnamese water puppet shows take place. This art form attracts a lot of domestic and foreign tourists.

Visiting Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House is located on Cach Mang Thang Tam Square, overlooking Trang Tien Street. It is modeled after the Opéra Garnier in Paris but is smaller in size. The Hanoi Opera House is one of three large theaters that the French built during their time in Indochina.

Visiting Thang Long Imperial Citadel

Thang Long Imperial Citadel is a complex of relics of the ancient Thang Long citadel associated with the heroic history of thousands of years of national construction and defense of our nation. In 2010, UNESCO recognized Thang Long Imperial Citadel as a world cultural heritage.

Visiting the Temple of Literature Quoc Tu Giam

The Temple of Literature Quoc Tu Giam is a complex on the list of special national monuments of Vietnam and the pride of Vietnamese people. With a rich culture and long history, the relic has become an attractive destination for tours and the discovery of Hanoi tourism. At the same time, this is also the place where the boys and girls come to pray for good luck before each important exam.

Pho

One of the most well-known Vietnamese dishes is definitely “Pho”. Vietnamese soup known as pho is created with broth, noodles, beef, and fresh herbs. To create its distinctive flavor, various  ingredients, including beef and chicken bones, are cooked for a very long time. A chef shrouded in steam assembles each bowl to the customer’s specifications. A boiling broth is poured over rice noodles, sliced pork, and a few handfuls of chopped chives and herbs. The customer can add lemon squeezes, red chili slices, basil sprigs, and dabs of hoisin sauce to their dish as desired. Without this experience, a vacation to Vietnam would not be complete.

Banh Mi

There is no doubt that banh mi Vietnam has become one of the world’s most famous street foods. The bread varies from region to region in Vietnam. This popular Vietnamese bread was originally a western dish. However, its quintessence and unwavering creativity have positioned it prominently on the world culinary map. During the French colonization of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Banh Mi was a localization of the French baguette that was introduced there in the first place. The original french baguette has become shorter in length, hollower and fluffier inside because local people have made the dish more accessible and convenient for the Vietnamese lifestyle. Commonly, locals adapt the fillings to go along with the local cuisine preferences by utilizing regional ingredients and sauces.

Bun Cha (Vietnamese Meatballs!)

Bun Cha is the famous caramelized pork meatballs from the streets of Hanoi and is one of Vietnamese traditional dishes, particularly in the Northside. In addition to rice noodles, fresh vegetables, and herbs, seasoned pork patties and caramelized pork belly slices are served in a stock with rice noodles. Another indispensable food on your list and is highly recommended during your trip to Vietnam. During a visit to Hanoi by the President of the United States – Barack Obama , he enjoyed the food and Vietnam people: “Bourdain will explore the purpose of the President’s trip and his interest in the people, food and culture of Vietnam” – a CNN spokesperson said

Bun dau mam tom (Noodle and Tofu with Shrimp Sauce)

One of the street foods with a special flavor and very popular is bun dau mam tom. Mam tom is a famous spice in Vietnam, used a lot and has a very “strong smell”. It’s for that reason, some people who cannot smell will find it uncomfortable. With its name alone, Bun Dau Mam Tom reveals that it’s a noodle dish with shrimp sauce, tofu, noodles, marjoram, mint, and other vegetables are also served with Bun Dau Mam Tom. The element which makes the dish unforgettable is the Shrimp Sauce. If you come to Hanoi, you should eat this dish once to experience the unique and new flavor it brings.

Bun Oc (Vietnamese Escargot Noodle Soup)

Hanoi is the origin of Bun Oc. It is a broth-based soup made of tomato-based vermicelli rice noodle noodles in which chicken bones and/or pork bones are slowly simmered in tomato-based broth. Served with a plentiful tray of fragrant Vietnamese herbs (rau thom) and lime wedges, it’s topped with escargot and other proteins like fried tofu, prawns, and fish cakes. For those who want a bit of customization, a side dish of fermented shrimp paste and chili oil is available.  

About Halong

Best time to visit Halong Bay with the great weather

  • Spring (March-May)

The period from March to May is spring in Ha Long with quite cool weather. The temperature is around 20 – 30°C, but rain is more likely, especially in March. During this time, the humidity will begin to rise. For outdoor activities like swimming and kayaking during the day, the weather remains comfortable and there’s more sunlight. By visiting Ha Long now, you may avoid the busy season while still taking advantage of the pleasant weather.

Spring is one of the best time to visit Halong bay for tourists. Spring is also a time of festivals. Numerous festivals that are cultural and spiritual are conducted after Tet Holiday. Yen Duc village or Yen Tu Religious complex are worthwhile side trips to take if you are visiting Halong Bay during this time.

  • Summer (June – August)

Although many tourists find the summer to be hot and muggy, it is also when Ha Long is at its most charming, with its clear skies and emerald waters. You can swim for as long as you’d like because the water is between 29 and 32°C. This is the best time to visit Halong bay to take in a clear picture of the bay, particularly by seaplane. Swimming, padding kayaks, and other water sports will be more accessible than in the winter and fall.

However, the time which lasts from June through the finish of September, is when storms and typhoons are most likely to occur in the north of Vietnam. August usually is the month when can rain the most, but don’t worry too much; often, the rain passes quickly, allowing you to unwind at your hotel for the day before continuing your journey under a clear blue sky the following day. You can find some Halong Bay tours in the summer at Halong Bay Day Trip.

  • Autumn (September – November)

With the excellent weather, September through November is a best time to visit Halong Bay. The temperature is between 17°C and 25°C, and the humidity level significantly decreases. This time of year sees less precipitation. More sunshine that is not as intense as in the summer is available to tourists.

The weather is ideal during this time for taking a fantastic sail across Halong Bay. For water-based activities, be sure to visit well-known Bay attractions as Ba Trai Dao beach, Tuan Chau Island, Vung Vieng Village, etc. If the weather allows, nighttime squid fishing is another worthwhile endeavor. However, bear in mind that Ha Long is likely to be crowded as this is the tourist season’s busiest time.

  • Winter (December – February)

In the winter, Halong Bay’s temperature, which varies between 12 and 20°C, is very comfortable and ideal for unwinding. While there is sunlight throughout the day, the early and late in the afternoon are when fog and rain are most common. Ha Long Bay is less congested in January and February, and you can visit around Lunar New Year, which is a significant event in Vietnam.

  • The peak and off-peak seasons in Halong Bay

In Halong Bay, the peak months are October through December due to the excellent weather and minimal likelihood of rain, and the shoulder months are January through April. If you’re traveling on a tight budget, the best time to visit Halong Bay for you is between May and September when rates are 10–20% lower than they are during the busy season. However, the national holiday on May 1st (Vietnam Labor Day) or Reunification Day on April 4th will see a huge increase in travelers, you might want to avoid going around that time.

  • Alisa Day Cruise

On Alisa Cruise, each room and suite has a private balcony with views of the ocean. For your convenience, certain rooms come with a lounge area, flat-screen TV, and mini-bar. The Alisa Restaurant, situated on the second level, serves meals all day long that include both Western and Vietnamese cuisine. The chic Alisa Sky Bar, located on the third floor, serves refreshments to visitors. Alisa Day Cruise will bring you the best experience of day cruise Halong Bay.

  • Jade Sails Day Cruise

Jade Sails is an exclusive and one-of-a-kind cruise created with the goal of creating a magnificent open area. With the exquisite and sophisticated interior, which features 02 restaurants, a lounge bar and cafe, a sundeck, a swimming bar, a spa, and a gym, Jade Sails Day Cruise allows tourists to effortlessly enjoy the alluring landscape of Halong Bay.

  • Sapphire Day Cruise

There are 21 contemporary staterooms on Sapphire Cruise, and each one is a neat and comfortable 18 to 22 square meters. Every cabin has a balcony allowing you to enjoy the most excellent view from the comfort of your own room. With a carefully considered itinerary, attentive service, classic décor, friendly service, a knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide, and a renowned master chef, Sapphire Day Cruise also offers guests a wholly distinctive experience. This will guarantee tourists a happy vacation and a memorable experience on day cruise Halong Bay.

  • Orchid Day Cruise

There are 14 opulent cabins on board the Orchid Cruise, with the smallest starting at 36 sqm. All of the Orchid Cruise’s accommodations have individual balconies and complete ocean views, allowing you to take in the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay.  in addition to the luxurious private cabins, the public area on the Orchid Cruise is also unmatched including spa services, theme parties on demand, pick-up services by limousine cars, a luxury bar and restaurant, a gym, etc.

  • La Casta Cruise

La Casta Cruise distinguishes itself with a unique design. This ship’s interior design is a seamless fusion of classic and modern architectural elements with all wooden furniture. The cruise has 24 exquisite cabins and can hold up to 52 passengers. Each of the completely furnished rooms and suites has a private balcony with a stunning view of the bay.

Some exciting experiences on day cruise Halong Bay

  • Explore the impressive natural scenery of Halong

One of the most important experiences on the day cruise Halong Bay itinerary is to explore the beautiful and ageless marriage of the residents’ way of life with the nearby seascape. The spectacular limestone islets, enormous caves, and secret lagoons that nature has endowed them will undoubtedly leave visitors in amazement. However, a one-day itinerary should only include touring one destination in order to provide time for the remaining activities.

  • Paddle a kayak

The chance to paddle your own kayak through the tranquil water of Halong Bay is one of the highlights of an everyday cruise Halong Bay. In a single day, visitors will have the opportunity to explore more Halong Bay by paddling out kayaking and swimming on stunning beaches or in uninhabited regions. Renting a kayak is a very efficient approach to thoroughly investigate and learn about the entirely natural limestone architecture which creates idyllic beaches, cave systems, and lagoons with ancient beauty.

  • Catch the sunset on the cruise

As the sun goes down in the west, it descends over thousands of islands and warms the ocean. Throughout the year, sunsets happen about 6 p.m., and visitors can enjoy unobstructed views from the privacy of their own rooms. A nice place to enjoy the last light of the day is on the top deck! Read more about other exciting activities at Halong Cruise Day Trip.

Every day of the year, Halong Bay Cruises are offered. But the best time to go on a Halong Bay day cruise would be between September to the start of November. Because it is cold and not too sunny outside, tourists can enjoy outdoor activities. If you come in other months, Ha Long will still be a great destination but pay attention to the weather.

Halong Bay is renowned for being one of the most famous natural wonders of the world. It has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. Set a few kilometers to sea and not far from Hanoi in Northern Vietnam, Halong Bay boasts a spectacular garden of islands that creates a gorgeous labyrinth. This hot spot of Vietnam is NOT cheap, but its imposing seascapes and exciting activities charm both locals and tourists. Hence, it is advised to try a top-notch Halong Bay cruise to relax and get pampered.

  • Ambassador Cruise

Ambassador Cruise was launched in 2018 and has gained much popularity among luxurious Halong Bay cruises for its premium amenities, unique classy live music, professional butlers, signature Michelin menu, and environmental-friendly business. With 86 meters long, 13.9 meters wide, and 13 meters high, the Steel vessel of Ambassador is the largest and newest one in Halong Bay, making it an ideal ship to grace seascapes. Also, its elegant cabin design will dazzle first-time passengers. It is well-suited for tourists who want to explore Sung Sot Cave, Titop Island, Cua Van Fishing village, etc. 

  • Capella Cruise

Debuting in 2020, Capella Cruise is an all-suite vessel with Indochina interior decor that cruises around Halong bay and Lan Ha bay and provides tourists with luxury facilities. It is recognized as a gateway for passengers to experience the grace of the untouched beauty of seascapes to the fullest. In particular, the cruise has a swimming pool and a card room  to make customers time for relaxing on the cruise after daytime activities on the bay.

  • Elite of the Seas Cruise

In addition to having full of the finest comforts such as fine dining, a panoramic bar, a Wine and Cigar Cellar, a mini-golf course, an Infinity swimming pool, and the like, the Elite of the Seas Cruise also attracts tourists with long itineraries to off-the-beaten-track areas of Lan Ha Bay. You can enjoy a private sun terrace and bathtub guaranteed in each room offered by this modern yacht. Moreover, you can do kayaking, watch a cooking demonstration, join a Taichi class or take a local row boat. 

  • Orchid Premium Cruise

Ultimate comfort is the first thing that Orchid Premium Cruise promises to give each tourist. Built in a simple chic design, Orchid Premium Cruise lures passengers with its simple but sophisticated decorations such as wooden furniture, fine artful pictures, and brocade rugs. As many reviews say, the food on board is absolutely delicious and pleases the pickiest eaters. 

  • Stellar of the Seas Cruise

Also launched in November 2018, the Stellar of the Seas Cruise wins the heart of countless tourists due to its finest amenities, scrumptious food and great view. Many tourists are astonished by the Sundeck located on the fourth floor where they can soak up the sunlight, admire the moon, read some materials and have a drink. The Stellar of the Seas Cruise is particularly suitable for those who want to visit Dark and Bright Cave and Viet Hai Village. 

  • Emperor Cruise

Emperor Cruise is proud to bring the first ever exclusive all-inclusive Vietnamese cruise experience to tourists. This will perfectly wipe travelers’ worries away when the only thing you need to do is to book in advance and everything else is done by Emperor Cruise staff.  Inspired by the lavish lifestyle of Emperor Bao Dai, the last Emperor of Vietnam, the Emperor Cruise displays the harmony of royal glamor and heritage well so that passengers can catch a glimpse of Vietnamese culture, history and gourmet cuisine. 

  • Paradise Elegance Cruise

Paradise Elegance Halong Bay Cruise was dubbed a masterpiece where traditional and modern fabrics are interwoven. Booking a cruise with Paradise Elegance, you will be like a queen pampered by numerous convenient and cutting-edge facilities. Also, laying out on the deck looking at the cliffs and the full moon will be one of the most peaceful things tourists ever experience while taking the Paradise Elegance Cruise. Typical destinations offered by this cruise are Tung Sau Pearl Farm, Soi Sim Island, Luon Cave, etc. 

  • Heritage Line Ginger

If you decide to enjoy Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay with Heritage Line Ginger, the thing waiting for you is a spacious designer suite offering the highest standard and comfort for a luxury overnight cruise. Heritage Line Ginger stands out from other luxury cruises with its opulent, tasteful cabin, faultless service and totally delicious food. The cabin right at the front with its own private jacuzzi provides tourists with fabulous forward views. 

  • Mon Cheri Cruise

Mon Cheri Cruise is one of the newest cruises in Halong Bay. It charms tourists with the perfect blend of classic Western form and the rustic essence of Vietnamese ornaments. Mon Cheri Cruise designs well-organized plans for tourists to be embraced by the emerald waters and unspoiled landscapes. You may get hyped when you enjoy spa and massage, beach BBQ, and services for MICE events for the first time. 

About Sapa

  • Weather in Spring (from February to May)

Spring is the ideal time of year to travel. In spring, the weather in Sapa is extremely pleasant. It will be chilly in the morning, warm and sunny in the afternoon, accompanied by the fresh air of the Northwest mountains. This is the right time for visitors to admire the fields of cherry blossoms and apricot blossoms stretching across the hills

  • Weather in Summer (from June to August)

Because of its temperate climate, Sapa’s summer is also regarded as the best time to visit because it allows visitors to avoid the oppressive heat of crowded towns. Besides, visitors will be able to take in the magnificent splendor of terraced fields throughout the ripe rice season. Additionally, there are many fruits like peaches and plums in June. Visitors therefore have a fantastic opportunity to sample these delights at this location. This is an ideal time for tourists to trek Love Waterfall.

Love Waterfall is one of the places in Sa Pa that attracts a lot of domestic and international tourists to visit not only because of the dreamy and majestic features of nature and scenery but also a beautiful place starting the journey to discover Sapa. This is an activity visitors should not miss when coming to Sapa

  • Weather in Autumn (from September to November)

Exploring Sapa in the fall will certainly not disappoint visitors. Autumn is always considered the most pleasant season of the year. Especially when coming to Sapa in autumn, visitors have the opportunity to admire the beauty of ripe golden rice on the hillside. This is a typical beautiful scene of Sapa this season that every visitor should take the time to explore.

Hunting clouds in Autumn is one of the activities that attract domestic and foreign tourists. This is also the best time to visit Vietnam Sapa because of the pleasant autumn weather. Some places can hunt clouds for tourists: Fansipan Peak, Ham Rong Mountain, Sapa Heaven Gate

  • Weather in Winter (from December to February)

Vietnam is a country with a tropical climate, so it is not easy to see snowfall. However, people who visit Sapa in the winter, will have the chance to experience the cold of minus C here. And at the same time, they have the oppotunity to see firsthand the white snow covering the terraced fields on the hills. Below is some activities that tourists should experience in winter:

Fansipan is a 3,143m high mountain, the highest in the Indochina peninsula, so it is known as the “Roof of Indochina“. Similarly, Fansipan is the highest peak in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, located on the border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces, about 9 km from the center of Sa Pa town. There are many origins for this name. Some people think it comes from the Hmong language, meaning many Do Quyen flowers bloom on the mountain. On the other hand, some people think Fansipan comes from a variant of the name of a geographer, Phan Van Son, who demarcated the border in 1905. The highlight of Fansipan is that there are countless rare flora and fauna and cool ecosystems. Besides, this place has impressive architecture, such as pagodas and towers with many spiritual meanings.

Cable car

 

Currently, there are many ways for you to buy tickets to Fansipan cable car: buy tickets directly at the ticket counter, buy tickets at hotels in Sapa, or buy tickets online through Sunworld’s ticket agents. In particular, buying tickets online is chosen by many people because of saving time and having many attractive price incentives.

Fansipan cable car station is located in Sun World Fansipan Legend tourist area, only 3 km from Sapa town. With only 15 minutes, you can experience the entire 1410m with many spectacular views by cable car. In addition, you can completely visit the restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops located at the station on the top of Fansipan. 

– Adults: $31.14

– Children: $22.82

– Time: from 8:00 to 17:00/ everyday

Trekking 

Setting foot on the “Roof of Indochina” is the dream of many people. Fansipan has long been the name any trekker wants to be when coming to Vietnam. Although it is the highest mountain in Vietnam, the journey to conquer it is relatively easy, you can go on your own, or hire a porter to lead the way. Alternatively, you can book a trekking tour to ensure safety. 

The flora in Fansipan is rich and diverse. Specifically, there are 1,700 plants such as Phyllostachys nigra, Fagaceae, Magnoliaceae, Amomum aromaticum, etc. 

Moreover, the fauna in Fansipan is equally interesting, including 347 birds and 40 amphibians. Such as Polypedates dugritei, Buceros bicornis, etc.

Among them, many trees and birds have been included in the Red Book of Vietnam.

From February to April: Do Quyen flower season blooms, full of colors such as red, purple, pink spread throughout Hoang Lien Son range

From September to November: Ripe rice season in Sapa, the striking green and yellow terraced fields bring a sense of peace

From December to January: the weather turns cold and can have beautiful snowfall. However, trekking this season is not recommended because it is freezing and slippery.

Bac Ha Sunday Market
Bac Ha Market is a small town in the Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province, Vietnam. In recent years, the Bac Ha Market has become a popular tourist destination, attracting many domestic and foreign tourists to visit and experience the culture. The market sells famous ethnic specialties such as armpit pigs, Docynia indica, and corn wine. Besides, many brocades such as ao dai, bags, and scarves are displayed throughout the market.
Muong Hum Sunday Market
Muong Hum Market is a small town located about 50 km northwest of Sapa city center. Muong Hum Market is held every Sunday morning. At the market, Docynia indica wine, wild honey, and rice paper are popular products when tourists choose.
Coc Ly Tuesday Market
Coc Ly is a highland market in Coc Ly commune, Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province. Coc Ly Market is held every Tuesday. Although it is not a big market, Coc Ly is vital for ethnic minorities west of Bac Ha. This market is the meeting place, exchange, and trading of the Flower H’mong, the Dao, and the Nung people.
Can Cau Saturday Market
Can Cau Market is a famous ethnic minority market in Si Ma Cai district, Lao Cai province, Vietnam. The market is held every Saturday and is one of the region’s biggest and most colorful markets. A special feature here besides the goods, tourists can also enjoy local food and drinks, as well as traditional music and dance performances. Lung Khau Nhin Thursday Market
Lung Khau Nhin Market is a weekly market that takes place in the Lung Khau Nhin commune of Muong Khuong District in Lao Cai province, Vietnam. The market is known for its handicrafts, textiles, and traditional clothing, as well as its fresh produce and livestock.
Cao Son Wednesday Market
Cao Son Market is held every Wednesday and attracts many visitors who come to see the unique cultural traditions of the hill tribes. The market is known for its handicrafts, traditional costumes, and local specialties like corn wine and roasted pork.
Can Cau and Bac Ha Markets
Can Cau and Bac Ha Markets is one of the options many tourists choose in Sapa market trips. Because besides experiencing many days, you also get to explore two markets on the same trip, see more cultures, lifestyle and enjoy food.

About Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh City is about 100 kilometers south of Hanoi or nearly two hours by car. Traveling to Ninh Binh involves a variety of transportation options, each with its own set of pros and cons.
Rail
Ticket: 90.000 – 170.000 VND
By rail, you can enjoy scenic countryside views from the comfort of a train car without having to worry about heavy traffic or navigating unfamiliar roads. However, traveling by train is relatively slow compared to other forms of transport and may take longer than expected.
Motorcycle
Motorcycles offer a great deal of flexibility and allow riders to explore the countryside while avoiding traffic jams and crowded roads. Motorcycling can be dangerous in Vietnam, though, so it is recommended that you have some experience before attempting this option.
Public bus
Ticket: 100.000 VND
Public buses are cheap and convenient, but they tend to be overcrowded and may take longer than expected due to frequent stops.
Private minivan
Ticket: 150.000 VND
Usually, tourists should take private minivans – Limousine due to its relatively high comfort level and affordability. Additionally, this transportation method is relatively safe given its low cost and relatively short travel time.

1. Boat trip along the Ngo Dong River 

This scenic boat ride will take you through the Tam Coc area, where you can see beautiful limestone cliffs such as First cave, Second cave, and Third cave. Also, the rice fields stretch on both sides of the river, the most beautiful is the golden rice season in June. And the local village of people live. The trip usually lasts about 2 hours and will surely bewilder you with the peaceful beauty of the Ngo Dong river.

Location: Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province, Vietnam 

2. Boat trip along the Trang An River 

This boat trip takes you through the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning scenery and unique karst formations. The trip usually lasts about 2 or 3 hours and includes visits to several caves, such as Dark cave, Light cave, and Cooking Wine cave. Also, the temples like Trinh temple and Bao Hieu pagoda are along the river. 

Location: Truong Yen commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province, Vietnam 

3. Hiking in Mua Cave 

This hike takes you to the top of Mua cave, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Ninh Binh area. This place is also where the king Tran used to visit to listen to beautiful women singing, dancing, and singing in the past; that’s why it’s called Mua cave. The hike involves over 500 steps, but the stunning views are worth the effort. 

Location: Khe Dau Ha village, Ninh Xuan commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province, Vietnam

4. Hiking in Tam Coc – Bich Dong Pagoda

Tam Coc – Bich Dong pagoda has undergone nearly 600 years of existence, and this is a place to store many historical and cultural values. Also, one of the most sacred temples in Ninh Binh that many tourists want to visit. This hike takes visitors through the Tam Coc – Bich Dong area, where they can see ancient temples and stunning natural scenery. The hike is relatively easy and is suitable for tourists of all fitness levels.    

Location: Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province, Vietnam

5. Biking tour in Tam Coc – Ninh Binh 

Biking through the countryside surrounding Tam Coc – Ninh Binh is one of the favorite outdoor activities of anyone visiting this land. On these tours, you’ll have a guide providing in-depth knowledge of the local culture and history. In addition, the guide will ride a bicycle with you through the ancient villages, immense rice fields, and interesting architecture in Tam Coc – Ninh Binh

Location: Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province, Vietnam

1. BamBoo Bar and Restaurant

BamBoo Bar and Restaurant has a rustic and natural design that blends well with the surrounding landscape. The interior is simple yet cozy, with wooden tables and chairs, creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for tourists.  

Address: Van Lam, provincial road 491C, Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

2. Family Restaurant 

Family Restaurant Tam Coc is famous for being managed by a three-generation family. The restaurant serves many different dishes, from local and Vietnamese cuisines to Western cuisine. The space is so warm and close, just like at home.

Address: Tam Coc, Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam

3. Father Cooking Restaurant 

The name “Father Cooking Restaurant” shows family warmth. The restaurant has been open since 1995 with local dishes. Well prepared and delicious, with a cooking father and popular food like fried spring rolls, beef pho, and grilled goat.  

Address: Tam Coc, Van Lam, Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam

4. Ninh Loan Rose Restaurant

Ninh Loan Rose Restaurant is also run by a welcoming family, making it a great place to enjoy a meal in a peaceful atmosphere. The restaurant is appreciated for its attentive service, delicious food, and very cheap prices

Address: Tam Coc Group 3, Van Lam hamlet, Ninh Hai commune, Vietnam

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