9 days in Hanoi, Sapa & Halong Bay Itinerary

9 days in Hanoi, Sapa & Halong Bay Itinerary

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9 days in Hanoi, Sapa & Halong Bay Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 1 night
+2
2
Sapa
— 2 nights
+2
3
Hanoi
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
4
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
5
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Ho Chi Minh City

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night
Hanoi

Hanoi
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi sightseeing planner .

Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. On the 19th (Sat), you're off toSapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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Sapa

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Sapa is known for nature, spas, shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), stop by Hieu Stone, and take in the dramatic scenery at Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls).

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapa road trip tool .

Drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Spas
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Cat Cat village ©
Cat Cat village

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Hanoi

Hanoi ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): view the masterpieces at Tired City Bao Khanh, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Hanoi tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Sapa to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Hoa Lo Prison ©
Hoa Lo Prison

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night
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Ti Top Island, Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

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Hanoi

Hanoi ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): wander the streets of Old Quarter, then take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at 54 Traditions Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi planning tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Spas
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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