Planning Vietnam Trip 2024

Travelling to Hanoi and Danang (8 Days)

I planned to go to Hanoi for 4 days and 3 days to Danang in coming month.

  1. Plan for your trip
    • main destination must be decided
  2. Which cities to visit
    • how many cities will be travelling.
    • How to travel those cities and transportation plan. (travelling time saving plan)
  3. How many days trip – how many days required for trip.
    • How many places can visit in each city and how many days can cover to visit.
  4. Mark at calendar – From when to when
    • Plan that how many days stay at Hanoi and how many days stay at Danang.
  5. After decided days then, Start Browsing Air tickets and Hotels

Browsing Air tickets and Hotels

  1. Browse from cheap flight tickets and Agoda.
  2. Tickets prices are not same and cheap flight points to Agoda or Traveloka.
  3. Price will be cheaper if you buy one month or more in advance.
  4. Sapa looks nice but trekking is not suitable for oldies hence not counted for the days for Sapa.
    • Book tickets for SG -> Hanoi, Hanoi -> Danang, Danang -> SG
    • Book Hotels for Hanoi and Danang with breakfast provided.
    • And check the tour packages which are reasonable prices.

Hotel

Before hotel booked, make sure the the attractions are observed and places city area to be noted down.

Old Quarter is the famous in Vietnam Hanoi. When visit to Ha Long bay, Ninh Binh or some places, hotel pickup will be only available at Old Quarter. Otherwise have to go to

Free hotel pick-up & drop-off are only applied for the Hanoi Old Quarter area only. Participants that are outside the pickup area can proceed to the meet-up location instead which will be Hanoi Opera House.

Attraction Tickets

Tickets are searched from Klook, online tours and Facebooks.

Check the prices according to the routes, conditions, facilities and trustable links.

Ha Long Bay routes surveyed for one week and checked and compared the prices of klook and TripAdvisor one by one.

After that klook is the cheaper and downloaded apps and get the discounted tickets.

  • Ninh Binh, Tam COC, Mou Cave Tickets checked 3 or 4 local tours which is from Facebook and klook. Local tour is the cheaper and read all the comments and feedbacks.
  • There are three routes with different price.
    • Ninh Binh, Tam COC, Mou Cave (Hoa Lư – Tam Cốc – Hang Mua)
    • Ninh Binh, Trang An, Mou Cave (Hoa Lư – Trang An – Hang Mua)
    • Ninh Binh, Trang An, and Bai Dinh

  • City Tour (Ha Noi Hop On Hop Off Pass) compared hop on Hop off and klook, will be bought online using klook.

Day Tour

4 Hour Hanoi City bus tour (hop-on hop-off Hanoi tour)

Book ticket for four hours ticket of one round hop-on hop-off Hanoi tour offers a unique opportunity to explore more than 20 renowned attractions in Hanoi within a duration of approximately 4 hours. During this hour-long journey, the Hanoi hop on hop off bus route map encompasses the following destinations:

Danang Ba Na Hills Day Trip is booked via local tour

For a family-friendly day outing, head to Bà Nà Hills. This hilltop resort in the Trường Sơn Mountains is a 40-minute drive to the west. It was first established as a resort by the French back in 1919. While most of the villas were destroyed during the war, the Debay Wine Cellar still remains. Purchase tickets to enter the hills in advance, to skip the queues. Your entry includes a round-tip on the impressive cable cars going up and down the mountain. Once there, there are lots to see and do at the themed, castle-like Sun World Amusement Park. Walk the flower gardens or French village; visit the Linh Ung temple; or play games at the amusement park. Of course, many people go to take pictures of the famed Golden Bridge. This 150-meter-long architectural marvel features two gigantic concrete hands elegantly holding a shiny gold walkway. Impressive (and Insta-worthy) indeed.

3 Days in Danang

Planned Itinerary

Tour Packages surveys –

Bana Hill join to local tour

  • The price of the group tour to go to Banahills is 1.280.000 VND included :
  • The cable car ticket
  • The restaurant ticket
  • The English speaking Tour guide
  • The insurance
  • The modern bus
  • 1 bottle of water
    Visiting many famous destinations in Ba Na Hills such as golden bridge , Eslipe Palaze.etc…French village

Marble Mountain and Hoi An Day Tour is booked via local tour

Mable mountain, Hoi An and Four bridges

A shorter drive from the city, going towards Hội An, will take you to the Marble Mountains. These are a cluster of five limestone and marble mountains named after the five elements: Thuy (water); Moc (wood); Kim (metal); Hoa (fire); and Tho (earth). Take the many steps up to get to a series of sacred sites. Think atmospheric grottoes containing beautiful shrines and statues. Of course, the sea views are also spectacular. Once back on ground level, step into one of the souvenir shops below to buy a special keepsake.

The price of the group tour to go to Linh Ung pagoda- Marble Mountain and Hoi An Town Tour is 550.000 VND included

  • The dinner with local food in Hoi An Town
  • The English speaking Tour guide
  • The insurance
  • The modern bus
  • 1 bottle of water
    Visiting Linh Ung Pagoda, Marble Mountain , Hoi An Town

Site Seeing in Danang

Dragon Bridge

Dragons are important symbols in Vietnamese culture, representing growth and the power of the nation.

At night, the dragon on this bridge is beautifully lit up with LED lights. And, come Saturday and Sunday night at 9 pm, it sprouts fire and water from its mouth in a performance attended by many onlookers. Best spots for viewing the show? Get close to the action on the bridge itself. Sit at a café on Trần Hưng Đạo Street. Or grab a seat and a snack at the Sơn Trà night market down below.

Beach

Long and wide beach frontage stretching for kilometers from the Sơn Trà Peninsula to Hội An. All along are white-sand beaches that are quiet for large parts of the day. At the southern end, the main beaches are Non Nuoc, Pham Van Dong, My Khe, and My Anh. Of these, My Khe is the most popular. It gets busy just before sunset when locals flock to its soft sand and clear water to swim or play sports. There are many seafood restaurants and sky bars nearby, so you can go out for a sumptuous dinner or sunset cocktail directly after.

5 Days in Hanoi :

First day from airport to Hotel

  • Take Bus, shuttle bus, grab or anything?
Bus No86
Operating time: 5:30 AM – 8:30 PM (outbound route) | 7 AM – 10 PM (inbound route)
From :Noi Bai International Airport
To :Hanoi Railway Station
Total Bus Stops:8
Route: Hanoi Train Station – Nguyen Du – Tran Hung Dao – Ly Thuong Kiet – Hoan Kiem Lake – Hang Tre – Tran Nhat Duat – Nghi Tam – Au Co – Nhat Tan Bridge – Vo Nguyen Giap – Noi Bai International Airport
Bus Stops :Noi Bai Airport Domestic Terminal T1
Noi Bai Airport International Terminal T2
Au Co – Xuan Dieu
Yen Phu – Cua Bac
Long Bien Bus Interchange
Hanoi Central Post Office (near Hoan Kiem Lake)
Melia Hotel
Hanoi Railway Station
Bus Fare : Ticket price: 45,000 VND
FrequencyEvery 45 minutes 
Departing fromNoi Bai International Airport is near the arrival lobby of Terminal T1.
(from Noi Bai Domestic Terminal T1)
07:00, 07:45
08:30
09:15
10:00, 10:45
11:30
12:15
13:00, 13:45
14:30
15:15
16:00, 16:45
17:30
18:15
19:10, 19:55
20:40
21:25
22:10
Time table

Bus Time table

Guide :

From Noi Bai Airport Terminal 2 (International terminal): Proceed to the stand no 02 outside the terminal, cross the road and the bus stop is right there. It is opposite the stand no 02.

Bus Detail From Hanoi Center To Airport:

  • Hanoi Train Station -> bus stop opposite the Melia Hotel -> Hanoi Post Office (Buu Dien Bo Ho) -> 23 Hang Tre –> Long Bien Transpoint station (E11) -> bus stop at intersection Yen Phu – Cua Bac ->  bus stop at intersection Au Co – Xuan Dieu -> Au Co – Lac Long Quan (468 Au Co) –> VAECO Company –> Terminal 1 -> Terminal 2.

Bus Detail Airport To Hanoi Center:

  • Terminal 1 -> Terminal 2 -> VAECO Company –> Au Co – Lac Long Quan (523 Au Co str)–> Au Co – Xuan Dieu stop -> bus stop at intersection Yen Phu – Cua Bac -> Long Bien Transpoint station -> 142 Tran Quang Khai (Hanoi Old Quarter Stop) –> Hanoi Opera House -> Hanoi Melia Hotel -> Hanoi Train Station

THINGS TO REMEMBER AND TIPS:

  1. There is no restriction regarding baggage allowance on the bus.
  2. The travel time between bus stops in the city center is only 5 – 10mins so be sure to make it on time.
  3. Please avoid the “Long Bien” stop. Although I’m Vietnamese, I feel unsecured due to the complication there (lots of pickpockets).
  4. Starting from 01/09/2016, because of the event “Walking around the Sword Lake” that organized by People’s Committee of Hanoi starts from 5pm – 12pm on EVERY FRIDAY, WHOLE SATURDAY and SUNDAY every week, the bus express will change also the stop. With the route from the city to the airport, the stop “Hanoi Post Office (Buu Dien Bo Ho)” will be replaced by the stop “opposite house No 6C Phan Chu Trinh (opposite the Hanoi Opera House)”. This change is applied only to those times that have been mentioned above.

  • Bus 17
Bus No17
From :To :
Bus Stops:
Durations
Bus Fare :VND15000
Duration :
Vietnam. The #7 bus will cross the Thang Long Bridge and head to Cau Giay, while #17 buses go to the Old Quarter via Chuong Duong Bridge.
Bus Route

Hanoi (Noi Bai) Aiport to the Old Quarter by Airlines shuttle bus

3 airlines Vietnam Airlines, VietjetAir and Jetstar Pacific serving buses to pick up and drop off passengers from Noi Bai Airport to the city center and vice versa. 

 Vietnam AirlinesTicket price: 40.000 VND ($1,7USD)
Destinations: T1 Terminal Gate – No.1 Quang Trung Street, Hanoi
Time and Frequency: 30 -45 minutes/ride, from 5 a.m to 10 p.m
Ticket price: 40.000 VND ($1,7USD)
Vietjet Air40.000 VND ($1,7USD)
Destinations: T1 Terminal Gate – No 69. Tran Nhan Tong Street, National Circus, Hanoi
Time and Frequency: 30 -45 minutes/ride, from 4 a.m to 10 p.m
Ticket price: 40.000 VND ($1,7USD)
Vietnam Airlines40.000 VND ($1,7USD)
Destinations: T1 Terminal Gate – No.37 Quang Trung Street, Quang Trung Bus Station, Hanoi.
Time and Frequency: 30 -45 minutes/ride, from 4 a.m to 10 p.m
Ticket price: 40.000 VND ($1,7USD)

Weather forecast for Hanoi

Halong bay day tour is based on the weather so that check the weather from accuweather website.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/vn/hanoi/353412/daily-weather-forecast/353412

  • Arrival to Danang airport – Take Bus, shuttle bus, grab or anything?
  • Grab is cheaper than others according to survey
  • Bus Guide and timing

Credit Vietnam Travel Tour

I did not follow as planned itinerary, combined the attractions and cities.

Bus no to Bridges and beach

Bus Guides can be found here

Bus No 6

Bus No 16

Day – 8 Back to home

Updated on 1st June 2024

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