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Our most recommended Hanoi Day Trips

  • Hanoi: Shopping and Food Market Tour by Motorbike

    1. Hanoi: Shopping and Food Market Tour by Motorbike

    You meet up with your motorbike-riding-tour guide at your hotel in Hanoi downtown, then head to the first destination – Long Bien market, one of the biggest market in Hanoi with diversity kind of fruits. Next you will cross the bustle street for a short walking inside the most famous lake - West Lake with beautiful sights as well as enjoy the great atmosphere in the morning. The following stop-off is Chau Long market- seafood market. In this market, they sell many kind of fishes and other sea foods and come to Dong Xuan Market - or Cho Dong Xuan, is the oldest and largest market in Hanoi. If you want to go shopping and at the same time peep into the corridors of history, then Dong Xuan Market is the suitable place for you. This large multi-story market sells everything from fresh foods to home appliances, you can find them all here. Leaving the architectural and cultural spots for a se...

  • Hanoi Night Lights Food Tour by Motorbike

    2. Hanoi Night Lights Food Tour by Motorbike

    Your tour guide will collect you from your hotel in the evening. Meet the group and have a full safety briefing about the tour. Then set off to tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake and be amazed at the lively small alleys that are not even noticeable during the day. Take a number of short stops to take photos and learn about the history of the Old Quarter. Ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, where most tourists don’t visit, past some of the majestic, historical buildings. Enjoy eating a range of small Vietnamese snacks. Ride past Red river & Long Bien Bridge to see the night lights outside Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Then stop for Dinner. Experience dinner at an authentic Vietnamese Restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. Travel down a historical street and enjoy Vietnamese traditional sweet desert. You will have the option fo...

    Tea was a wonderful guide. No other bookings so it was a solo tour and the food and informative chats were quite enjoyable. Discovered some really local local spots that would generally be intimidating to a solo foreign traveler.

  • From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury Boat Tour

    3. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury Boat Tour

    The day begins with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi at around 7am and heads to Ha Long International Cruise Port, approximately 2-3 hours away. Upon arrival at the port, board your luxury boat for the day and receive a warm welcome from the tour team. Once everyone’s onboard, set sail towards the remote areas of Ha Long Bay and admire the mystifying and magical landscapes of the rocky islets and islands that surround you. At midday enjoy a delicious lunch onboard the boat as you continue to sail through bay and marvel at the stunning and magnificent limestone mountains all around. After lunch, arrive at Tien Ong Cave, a natural cave in the middle of the sea which is home to an array of incredibly beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. At the cave learn about the historical and cultural values of prehistoric sea fishermen who inhabited the location thousands of years a...

  • Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

    4. Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

    After you’re picked up at hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi from 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM, 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 PM, 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 ...

    Great way to see Halong Bay in one day! Bus journey is obviously quite long but if you need to squeeze it into 1 day it isn’t much to sacrifice. Benjamin was a great guide, so helpful and spoke amazing English!

  • Hanoi: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

    5. Hanoi: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

    Enjoy the unique experience of the Hanoi city hop-on hop-off bus tour. The tour route has 15 stops and passes more than 30 famous attractions, allowing travelers to explore and experience the city in their own way. With this 24 or 48-hour ticket, you can discover the city at your leisure. Pass through: • Stop 1: Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square – Hoàn Kiếm Lake (Mon-Fri) Hanoi Opera House – (Sat -Sun) • Stop 2: Le Thai To’s Statue – 30 Le Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem Dist. • Stop 3: St. Joseph’s Cathedral - 4B Trang Thi Hoan Kiem Street, Hoan Kiem Dist. • Stop 4: The Flag Tower of Hanoi - 28A Dien Bien Phu Street Ba Dinh Dist. • Stop 5: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - Opposite to 49 Dien Bien Phu Street Ba Dinh Dist. • Stop 6: Quan Thanh Temple - Thanh Nien Street, Quan Thanh Dist. • Stop 7: Tran Quoc Pagoda - Thanh Nien, Yen Phu Dist. • Stop 8: Northern Gate Church - 6 Hoang Dieu Street, Ba Dinh Dist....

    The activity was easy to book as web site easy to use My tour was good value for money

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

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

    Start your tour early with pick-up at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter at around 7:30 AM, and depart for Tam Coc. At around 9:30 AM, arrive at Tam Coc and take the sampan go 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. At midday, sit down for lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. After lunch, hop back 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 head about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars. Visit Mua cave, which attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. At around 4:00 PM, return Ha Noi, arriving betw...

    The overall experience was great but the fact several people didnt care about punctuality compromised to enjoy with better time each location. We felt the guide was afraid to call attention to everybody as he worried the lack of tourism due to Covid-19 in the past few months.

  • Enjoy Hanoi Like a Local - Vespa & Street Food Tour by Night

    7. Enjoy Hanoi Like a Local - Vespa & Street Food Tour by Night

    Discover Hanoi like a local and see parts of the city that most tourists don't even hear about. Journey around the city by vintage Vespa and encounter the street stalls and hidden alleyways where the locals love to hang out with their friends. Experience the hustle and bustle of the city, meet friends and make the most of the fantastic photo opportunities. Get a glimpse of Hanoi on the banks of the Red River as your driver navigates the chaotic traffic system. Eat food with the locals, including the chance to try a different version of pho, the popular Vietnamese beef noodle soup that has traveled the world. Drive past the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and stop for an egg coffee. Finally, hang out with the young crowd in a local bar and listen to live music, usually sung in Vietnamese and English. You can even take to the stage and perform yourself.   

  • Ha Noi: Private Sightseeing Car Tour

    8. Ha Noi: Private Sightseeing Car Tour

    Start the tour in the morning when a private car will pick you up from your hotel. Set off for your first destination in Hanoi, the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the West Lake. Take a stroll around this Buddhist relic and national heritage sight. Then, continue your visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house to learn more about his life and final resting place. Lying on one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda - an iconic symbol of Hanoi. After that, head over to the Ethnology Museum to learn about the 54 cultural groups who have lived and still inhabit Vietnam. Stop for a lunch break at a local restaurant in The Old Quarter. Once you've finished lunch, pay a visit to the Temple of Literature - considered to be the first university in Vietnam where many talents for the dynasty have been educated. Your final destinations will be Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple where you can lea...

  • From Hanoi: Bai Dinh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

    9. From Hanoi: Bai Dinh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM and drive by bus to Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam. Explore this beautiful Buddhist place of worship, with 500 La Han statues and the largest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam, 10 meters tall. Enjoy some free time with your guide to visit the pagoda and learn more about Buddhism.   Enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine after you've seen the pagoda. Then hop back on the bus and continue to Trang An wharf. From here, take a boat trip to visit Trang An cave complex. After the boat trip, you'll take a bike to visit traditional villages around the Trang An area.   The tour continues to Mua Cave. Listen to interesting stories about this place from your guide. After climbing 500 stone steps, you'll be able to see all the way to Tam Coc. Enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. ...

    Well planned tour. Our tour guide ‘PeterPan’ was just ok, he mentioned that he is doing the guide job during uni vacations. PeterPan had to be reminded to be with the group, being in his 20s PeterPan was way ahead of the group, lost a lot of info that he was giving to the couple of youngsters that kept pace with him. The atmosphere of the pagoda was peaceful and calm, the sceneries from the boat ride felt like exploring a lost world, and the panoramic view on of Mua cave left us speechless. (The boat ride is about 1hr 30min. Enjoyed the cycling. The tour requires a lot of walking/steps (big/high solid foundation) in the Pagoda and climbing up the 500 (big/high but unstable footings have to be very very careful going up and down) steps in Mau Cave, so be sure to get a good rest the night before the tour.

  • From Hanoi: Ninh Binh Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    10. From Hanoi: Ninh Binh Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Discover the beautiful region of Ninh Binh on a full-day tour from Hanoi. Cycle through picturesque villages, admire the incredible nature, and explore local culture. After pickup at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, head south in the direction of Ninh Binh. Stop in Tam Coc for a short walk through the village, then set off on a cycling trip along quiet roads. Bike along the river bank, passing traditional villages, rice fields, and rocky outcrops. Afterwards, take a paddle boat trip in Thung Nham Bird Park. Observe the rich wildlife of the valley filled with thousands of birds, as you enjoy the fresh air and listen to the birdsong. Admire the impressive karst formations and take a look inside one of the many limestone caves. Continue to a local restaurant where you'll have lunch. Head to the Mua Caves after lunch, climbing up 500 steps to admire the panoramic view of Tam Coc and the r...

5 best day trips from Hanoi

Day trip to Ha Long Bay

1. Day trip to Ha Long Bay

If you have visions of craggy limestone islands rising majestically out of turquoise waters, head immediately to Ha Long Bay. This iconic landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site visited by millions of people every year. Of course, the top activities are boat tours of the bay, which can guide you to sites like the colorfully illuminated Dao Go Cave, the island of Tuan Chao, and the serene bays of Bai Tu Long National Park.

How far is Ha Long Bay from Hanoi?

The 174 kilometers (108 miles) from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay do not go quickly, so leave early and plan to return late. Driving, the journey takes three to four hours. Public transportation is not a good option for day trips to Ha Long Bay. A guided tour is highly recommended for this excursion.

2. Day trip to Duong Lam Ancient Village

For a fascinating getaway from the bustle of Hanoi, head to the hamlets of Duong Lam Ancient Village. One of the oldest villages in the region — as well as the country — Duong Lam has well over 1,200 years of history to explore. Make sure to see the five communal houses — dedicated to local heroes, kings, and gods — admire the Buddhas of Mia Pagoda, and marvel at the temple and mausoleum of the ancient King Ngo Quyen.

How far is Duong Lam Ancient Village from Hanoi?

The 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Hanoi to Duong Lam Ancient Village takes around an hour and 15 minutes by car. Taking public transportation is possible, but allow more time as it takes closer to three hours via several different buses.
Day trip to Ninh Binh Province

3. Day trip to Ninh Binh Province

A day trip to Ninh Binh is perfect for those in search of unforgettable natural beauty. The area is best known for its dramatic karst landscape, which can be seen in all its glory at the grottoes of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trang An or cruising the river to Tam Coc. Don’t miss an opportunity to check out the many temples of the 10th and 11th century capital of Hoa Lu.

How far is Ninh Binh Province from Hanoi?

The town of Ninh Binh is 94 kilometers (58 miles) south of Hanoi. By car, the trip is about an hour and a half. Trains take around two hours. A guided tour is an excellent option for a day trip to from Hanoi to NInh Binh.
Day trip to Bat Trang Village

4. Day trip to Bat Trang Village

Best known for its centuries-old porcelain tradition, Bat Trang Village is an excellent day trip for art and history lovers alike. Browse the dazzling rows of artisanal pottery, dishware, sculpture, and other ceramic art that lines the streets and shopfronts of the village. A visit to the Porcelain and Pottery Market is a must, or try your own hand at pottery at the ceramic playground. For a unique experience, hop on a buffalo cart for a ride.

How far is Bat Trang Village from Hanoi?

You can travel the 16 kilometers (10 miles) to Bat Trang Village in just 40 minutes by car. On the bus, it can take from an hour to 90 minutes.

5. Day trip to Ba Vi National Park

Escape from civilization and delve into the lush splendor of Ba Vi National Park. This gorgeous nature area is very popular for walking and hiking, though there are several points of interest to visit. Travelers can join the pilgrims and hike up to the summit of Tan Vien peak to see the shrine of the Mountain God and the Ho Chi Minh Temple. Adventurous people can also explore the ruins of the abandoned French resort that has since been reclaimed by the jungle.

How far is Ba Vi National Park from Hanoi?

It will take between 90 minutes to two hours to drive the 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) to Ba Vi National Park from Hanoi. The bus can range from two to three hours.

Hanoi day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Trying to figure out how to get around any foreign country can be intimidating. There are several choices in Vietnam that can fit your goals and travel style.
  • • Hanoi day trips by train

    Trains in Vietnam are old but fairly dependable and travel in most directions from Hanoi. Many destinations outside of main centers may require a transfer to a bus or taxi at some point in the journey.
  • • Hanoi day trips by bus

    The bus is the most comprehensive and affordable public transportation option for day trips around Hanoi. Buses run all over, however depending on the time and specific location could be limited. Traveling by bus may require one or more transfers before you reach your final destination.
  • • Hanoi day trips by car

    Traffic and driving in Hanoi and Vietnam are generally chaotic. If you are a confident driver, a car is a fine option to reach more rural places or to simply take control of your own schedule. Many travelers opt to rent a motorcycle or motorbike to get around, which is a very popular and efficient — though sometimes daring — option.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is always a smart choice for day trips, especially in more remote areas of the country. Whether you are struggling with logistics or don’t feel confident with a language barrier, guided tours provide peace of mind, convenience, and the opportunity to bond with fellow travelers.

What should I pack for my day trip?

What to bring with you on your day trip depends on the season and your destination. For the beach, swim gear, and sunscreen are a good idea, while trips to higher-elevated areas would benefit from warm clothes. No matter the location, always make sure to bring plenty of water.

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What people are saying about Hanoi

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the tour was excellent, the boat trip was particularly incredible. Nghia was an excellent guide, he spoke English very well and was extremely helpful, responsible and friendly. Some reviews comment on not having much time but that is the nature of a one day trip that is 100km out of a busy city. Definitely worth it if you have day to spare :)

Enjoyed the biking and the steep hike (view was worth it)! The boat ride, not so much - around 1.30hrs sitting under the sun. It was pretty hot so make sure you bring a hat and sunblock. Overall, it was good. Our tour guide Zuy (Frank) was knowledgable and fun. He adjusted the itinerary that fit to our liking :)

This is a must do activity when in Hanoi! Do not miss it! The view after climbing 500 steps is just unparalleled and beautiful!! The 1 hour boat ride though the green fields surrounding by hills is just splendid! Highly highly recommended activity!! Our guide Mr Kay (Mr K?) is just awesome!

The trip was amazing and the scenery beyond mesmerizing . The whole trip was really organized and even though the boat trip was cancelled, they provided an alternative in order for us to expereinece it to the fullest . Our guide Franky (Dyi) was great !

Great way to see Halong Bay in one day! Bus journey is obviously quite long but if you need to squeeze it into 1 day it isn’t much to sacrifice. Benjamin was a great guide, so helpful and spoke amazing English!