5D4N Full Itinerary to Hanoi, Vietnam

Flight Ticket

A 5D4N trip to Hanoi with AirAsia flight (2 ways) about RM400 inclusive of 20kg luggage. We purchased the flights during AirAsia Zero Air Fare promotion ya..

Weather in Hanoi

It’s summer in Hanoi. Extremely irritated by this kind of weather. Suggest to travel during November to April.

SIM Cards

Get yourself a local SIM card for your phone! The SIM card I got was from the telco brand Viettel. The card is costs 140,000 VND for 4GB of 4G speed.


We stayed at Angel Palace Hotel for 3 nights, which costs around MYR 180 per person a night (inclusive of breakfast).  Angel Palace Hotel is located along “HangBong old street. It’s a great place to stay if you want to be close to all the awesome sights, restaurants, and coffee shops.

Let’s start our full itinerary in Hanoi!!

DAY 1: KLIA2 – Noi Bai International Airport – Hotel Angel Palace Check-In – St.Joseph’s Cathedral – Hoam Kiem Lake

We arrived Noi Bai International Airport at 3pm, and picked up by driver to Angel Palace Hotel for check-in.  

Starting Our First Day in Hanoi

Visit St.Joseph’s Cathedral

It is situated right beside Hoan Kiem Lake, and is suitable for a quick stopover for a photo. This Gothic-style church is a popular landmark in the city. 

St.Joseph’s Cathedral |
Location: 40 Nhà Chung, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Entrance Fee: Free

Walk Around Hoam Kiem Lake

After a quick photo stop at St.Joseph Cathedral, take a long stroll at Hoan Kiem Lake.

This lake whose name means “Lake of the Returned Sword” has hundred years of history and still remains the spiritual heart of Hanoi. This area is a place of peace and calm in the midst of the frenetic city. If you get there early enough, you will see people go for runs or gather for a class of Tai Chi to start the day. During the weekends, all the vehicles are prohibited from driving around the roads of the lake to free up space for pedestrians.

Hoàn Kiếm Lake |
Location: Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
Entrance Fee: Free

Day 2: Angel Palace Hotel – Bai Tu Long Bay

We departed to in 7am early morning as there is about 2 hours drives from town to Bai Tu Long Bay. Check it out the details of 2D1N Bai Tu Long Bay itinerary ⇒  http://jplovetravel.com/baitulongbay/

Day 3: Bai Tu Long Bay – Angel Palace Hotel – Highlands Coffee House – Thang Long Water Puppet Show- Ta Hien Beer Street

Coffee moments at Highlands Coffee House

Must Drink! Vietnam’s coffee culture is known around the world and it’s something you absolutely have to experience while you’re here.

Highlands Coffee House |
Website: https://www.highlandscoffee.com.vn/en/

Go to Thang Long Water Puppet Show

Must see!  This is something you don’t want to miss as it plays a significant part in Vietnamese heritage and culture. The show is about 1 hour long and is made up of 17 performances that are accompanied by traditional musical instruments.

Recommended to check out the schedule before heading to there.

Múa Rối Nước Thang Long Water Puppet |
Location: 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang Str, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
Website: www.thanglongwaterpuppet.org
Ticket Price: 100,000 VND

Exploring Ta Hien Beer Street in Hanoi

After a long day of walking, a couple of cold beers is the obvious choice. It’s one of the most crowded streets in Old Quarter.  Other foreigners would like to sit in corner of the street and watch the daily life. 

Day 4:  West Lake – Tran Quoc Pagoda – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – The Temple of Literature

Hanoi’s largest lake – West Lake

If you think that Hoam Kiem Lake is huge, West lake will impress you even more with its size. Along this lake, you can find multiple restaurants and cafes to stop by and relax.

There is a 2-storey cafe was like a red boat docked at the pier – very eye-catching even from a distance. Oops, again…

Tran Quoc Pagoda

Our next stop, the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, and is located on a small island in Hanoi’s West Lake. The area is peaceful and serene, with locals and tourists alike visiting the temple to pray.

Tran Quoc Pagoda |
Location: Thanh Niên, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Entrance Fee: Free

Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

After the lunch, catch a taxi to the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. This huge gantlet complex in the middle of Ba Dinh Square should absolutely be part of your itinerary as it represents a big part of Vietnam’s history and culture. They have restricted opening hours on certain days, so make sure to plan your visit in advance.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum |
Location: 8 Hung Vuong Street, Dien Bien district, Ba Dinh Square

The Temple of Literature: A Monument to Education

It was actually the first University in Vietnam and is dedicated to Confucius and other famous scholars and teachers.

The Temple of Literature |
Location: 58 Quoc Tu Glam Street, Ba Dinh District
Entrance Fee: 20,000 VND

Day 5: Angel Palace Hotel Check-Out – Noi Bai International Aiport – KLIA2 

It’s time to say Goodbye to Hanoi. No activity planned as our flight was in the early morning. 


× Motorbike traffic in Hanoi is insane. If you’re tentative, then you’ll never cross the street. The secret to crossing the road in Hanoi is surprisingly simple – let them avoid you. It actually works! 

× Pay only in VND. There are many shops are accept payment in USD. Don’t do it. You’re losing money every time as the rates they give you are less favorable. 

× Bring the right power adapter. In Vietnam, the power plugs and sockets are of type A, C and D so be sure to bring the right power adapters for your devices. 

Thanks for reading ! 

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