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How to Spend 2 Days in Hanoi

How to Spend 2 Days in Hanoi

Two days in Hanoi give you enough time to check off the city’s highlights, feast to perfection on street food, catch a water puppet show, and discover some of north Vietnam’s spectacular landscapes. For most, these will be marine, with day cruises to the Halong Bay UNESCO World Heritage Site an ever-popular choice. Here are some options.

Day 1: Hanoi Heritage

**Morning:**Start by soaking up some classic city sights, perhaps on a “cyclo” rickshaw or a motorcycle for a local feel. Wander the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, feel the serenity in the ancient Temple of Literature, and learn about the Vietnam War at Hoa Lo Prison, the notorious Hanoi Hilton.

**Afternoon:**With your appetite all worked up, it’s time to feast on Hanoi’s world-class street food, perhaps on a food tour of the Old Quarter, or even farther afield. Alternatively, sign up for a cooking class and learn the fine art of making your own pho, bun cha, and more.

**Evening:**In the evening discover a uniquely Vietnamese art form: water puppets. Appreciate the colorful costumes, impressive special effects, and live orchestra as the puppets sing, dance, and emote atop the surface of the water.

Day 2: Halong Heaven

**Morning:**Most travelers will choose to spend the entire day on the ocean, cruising Halong Bay’s scenic seascapes, generally on a classic junk. Some tours include activities from caving to kayaking—almost all throw in a delicious seafood lunch.

**Afternoon:**Alternatively, your second day in Hanoi makes a great chance to experience north Vietnam’s stunning rice field landscapes, whether by bike, by boat, or both. Tam Coc in Ninh Binh province is popular for the dramatic river ride between karst rocks.

**Evening:**For your last night in Hanoi, treat yourself to a memorable evening feast. That could be delicate Vietnamese haute cuisine at one of the city’s elite fine-dining restaurants or a motorcycle tour of Hanoi’s most authentic eateries.

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Small Group Halong Day Tour Islands, Cave, Kayak. Lunch. HIGHWAY Transfer

Small Group Halong Day Tour Islands, Cave, Kayak. Lunch. HIGHWAY Transfer

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Experience majestic Halong Bay in one day, with round-trip transport from Hanoi via the Red River Delta. Aboard a traditional Chinese junk, cruise past an epic landscape of limestone pillars and tiny islets. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch, take a kayak or bamboo boat ride, and visit the stunning Thien Cung Cave. Upgrade for a private tour with your own personal guide and transport vehicle.
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  • 10 hours
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Hoa Lu - Mua Cave - Tam Coc - Day Trip from Hanoi

Hoa Lu - Mua Cave - Tam Coc - Day Trip from Hanoi

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Enjoy the stunning natural landscapes of one of Vietnam's most-storied provinces on this day trip by boat and bike from Hanoi. Journey into Hoa Lu, the ancient Vietnamese capital, and the Tam Coc caves, just 110 kilometers outside of the city. This leisurely journey includes lunch and is ideal for all fitness levels. Choose from four tour options to suit your budget.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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$36.00
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Small-Group Cooking Class and Market Tour in Hanoi with free Pickup & Drop off

Small-Group Cooking Class and Market Tour in Hanoi with free Pickup & Drop off

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Eating Vietnamese dishes is temporary, but learning to cook local specialities lasts for a lifetime. Opt for an insider experience during a cooking class in a local home, a great choice for food lovers and families. As well as receiving personalized attention in a small group limited to 10, you’ll explore a local market and enjoy the convenient of hotel pickup and drop-off, an added benefit not usually included with cooking classes.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Street Food Cyclo Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter

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Small-Group Street Food Cyclo Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter

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See local life on a small-group cyclo and walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, aka 36 Old Streets. Stop by countless street-side shops, food stalls and family-owned eateries to sample regional specialties. You can relax while your cyclo driver does the pedaling on this ubiquitous form of transport. Select from several departure times for a tour with personalized commentary from an informative guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Hanoi Food Lovers Walking Tour: Street Food Experience with 5 Food Stops

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Hanoi Food Lovers Walking Tour: Street Food Experience with 5 Food Stops

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Discover the historical sights and delectable bites of Hanoi’s Old Quarter on a food walking tour of the city. Accompanied by a passionate gastronomic guide, feast your senses on the exotic flavors of Vietnam; sample fresh fruit, sumptuous street food, and local delicacies as you stroll amid the antique charm of the Old Quarter. Explore hidden alleyways and visit the city's local market, Hang Be. Enjoy an intimate experience on this small-group tour, which operates with a maximum of 12 food-lovers.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Crowd Free Hanoi: Morning Highlights of the City Experience
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Private Crowd Free Hanoi: Morning Highlights of the City Experience

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Follow in the footsteps of one of Vietnam’s most famous men as you explore the streets of Hanoi on this small-group adventure tour. Pay a visit to the Temple of Literature and the notorious Hanoi Hilton prison. Follow your expert guide on a walking tour of the Old-Quarter and enjoy the expertise and knowledge that comes from being led by a local.
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  • 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes
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$89.00
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Hanoi City Sightseeing and Street Food Tour

Hanoi City Sightseeing and Street Food Tour

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Kick off your Hanoi stay with a half-day motorbike tour of the city. Sit bak and relax as local drivers transport you through the main streets and back alleys of this Vietnamese destination. Cruise past iconic landmarks, sample local cuisine and choose from one of three tour options to meet your interests and needs. This is the perfect way to get acclimated to the city and begin to explore with the wind in your hair!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Hanoi City Tour Including Water Puppet Show and Cyclo Ride

Private Tour: Hanoi City Tour Including Water Puppet Show and Cyclo Ride

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Explore vibrant Hanoi with a private guide on a full-day sightseeing tour that hits all the highlights of Vietnam's capital city. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, in addition to sites such as One Pillar Pagoda and Ngoc Son Temple. You'll also attend a water puppet show and see the Old Quarter up close on a cyclo tour. Your tour includes a typical and tasty Vietnamese breakfast and lunch, plus Vietnamese coffee to start your day and a local beer to wind down.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Hanoi Half-Day Bike Adventure Through the Vietnamese Countryside
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Private Hanoi Half-Day Bike Adventure Through the Vietnamese Countryside

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Swap bustling Hanoi for the Vietnamese countryside on an easy half-day bike ride, departing the capital in the afternoon. Cross over the Long Bien Bridge and pedal alongside the Red River for a look at village life. You’ll taste fruit from plantations on Red River Island, learn about contemporary art at a local estate, view ceramics in the pottery village of Quang Ba, and stop at West Lake for coffee or tea at sunset.
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  • 4 hours
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Skip the Line: Water Puppet Entrance Tickets with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery

Skip the Line: Water Puppet Entrance Tickets with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery

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Skip the lines and the hassle with this book ahead service that includes Water Puppet entrance tickets and delivery to your Hanoi hotel. Choose from several showtimes to fit your travel schedule and wait for tickets to be delivered to you! Arrive at the theater 15 minutes before showtime and prepare to experience one of Vietnam's most memorable traditional art forms live on stage.
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  • 50 minutes
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