5 best 2-day tours from Hanoi

by Minh Hiếu">Minh Hiếu

Which is the best 2-day tour from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam! Have you ever thought about this? If you visit our city, do not miss your time but set a plan to discover many wonderful other places nearby. Let’s show you how.

There are some famous destinations you can get by such as Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Sapa, Mai Chau or Ba Be. In this article, we will help you know from the destinations to the reasons to visit. Come on!

Halong Bay: Best 2-day tour from Hanoi 


Halong Bay is 160km from Hanoi, in the Northeast region of Vietnam. Travelling from Hanoi to Halong Bay, follow the national road no 18, it takes 3 hours – 4 hours driving but the new highway express takes 2 hours – 2,5 hours only. 

Reason to visit

Halong Bay is one of the most amazing bays in the world. This was recognized as a heritage by UNESCO and is the pride of Vietnamese these days. Visiting Halong Bay, the treasure of Vietnam, you can discover wonderful things in life. That is why Hanoi-Halong Bay is one of the best 2-day tours from Hanoi.

Halong Bay’s 2-day cruise will be a package tour, included with transportation, meals, outdoor activities, and entrance tickets. Drinks are not included in this package.

> Daily Shuttle bus Hanoi to Halong Bay: 13 USD/passenger  

Kayaking on Halong Bay
Kayaking on Halong Bay, the best way to explore the amazing wonder

2-day tour Itinerary Hanoi – Halong Bay 

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong -Titop island – Sung Sot Grotto

  • Morning: In the morning, you wake up early, enjoy your energy breakfast and then start your tour from Hanoi. After some hours of moving from Hanoi to Halong Bay, you can check in the cruise to start exploring Halong Bay, with a delicious lunch onboard. 
  • Afternoon: This is real-time for your trip. You can visit Titop island, Sung Sot grotto and enjoy the cool weather in Halong Bay.
  • Evening: After enjoying dinner on the boat, relax and stay overnight on the bay. 
The Amazing cave (Hang Sung Sot)
The Amazing cave (Hang Sung Sot)

Day 2: Halong Bay – Kayaking – Luon Cave – Hanoi

  • Morning: In the morning, after breakfast. you will go kayaking on the clear blue sea with your friends. This activity is so popular and beloved by many travellers. Then, your boat will take you to Luon Cave and Tuan Chau harbour. At this time, you will get on the bus to come back to the Hanoi capital.
  • Afternoon: In the end, you finally get back to Hanoi Old Quarter. 

Boats to choose: Ambassador Cruise, Athena Cruise, Paradise Cruise 

The cost 

  • 2 days 1 night on 3-star cruise: from 135 US$/ person 
  • 2 days 1 night on 5-star cruise: from 190 US$/ person 

>>> For Halong Bay overnight cruise, visit: https://vivuhalong.com/en/

Ninh Binh 2-day tour from Hanoi 


  • Ninh Binh is 90km to the South of Hanoi, it takes 2 hours – 3 hours from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. 

Reason to visit

  • Ninh Binh is famous after the movie” King Kong”. This owns romantic and imposing landscapes to enjoy. There are many destinations to adventure in Ninh Binh province.
Boat tour in Trang An
Boat tour in Trang An

2-day tour Itinerary Hanoi – Ninh Binh 

Day 1: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Tam Coc- Bich Dong – Hang Mua

  • Morning: After arriving in Ninh Binh, you can take a rest for 30 minutes. Then, you can visit Tam Coc with a ticket at 6$. Visiting Bich Dong pagoda is also a good thing to do. At noon, you enjoy lunch and rest.
  • Afternoon: Trekking to Hang Mua cave, climb up to 489 steps to get to the top of the cave. Take some photos, then get down. You can call a taxi to come back to your hotel late in the afternoon.
  • Evening: walking around to refresh, and immerse yourself in the cool winds and nature.
The view from Mua cave in Ninh Binh
The view from Mua cave in Ninh Binh

Day 2: Trang An – Bai Dinh

Trang An and Bai Dinh are two places any tourists should visit when staying in Ninh Binh. These will make your tour unforgettable and you will have good memories during your best 2-day tour from Hanoi to Ninh Binh province.

  • Morning: visit the Ngo Dong river, discover Trang An with a 104 ticket and have lunch with local food.
  • Afternoon: Visit Bai Dinh pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam. Then you get in the car to come back to Hanoi at night.
  • Evening: Refresh yourself at home and start for the next working day.

Accommodation: Tuan Ngoc hotel, Guest House Kim Lien, Tam Coc Bungalow, Queen Hotel, Nguyen Shack, Chez Loan… More homestay at https://onevivu.vn/review-homestay-ninh-binh/

The cost: from 60$/ person. 

>>> Find the best deals for tours and hotels in Ninh Binh: https://onevivu.vn/tour-destination/ninh-binh/

Mua Cave in Ninh Binh
Mua Cave in Ninh Binh

Sapa- one of the best 2-day tours from Hanoi 

  • Location: Sapa is 320 km to the Northwest of Hanoi 
  • Reason to visit: Sapa is one of the most attractive places in the North of Vietnam. You can have a trekking tour to Fansipan peak or a motorbike tour to discover and challenge yourself on the high mountain. That is the reason why this is one of the best 2-day tours from Hanoi.
The beauty of Sapa
The beauty of Sapa

2-day tour Itinerary Hanoi – Sapa 

Day 1: Hanoi -Sapa- Cat Cat village

  • Morning: get in the car for about 4 to 5 hours to get to Sapa, walk around the town and take some pictures.
  • Afternoon: visit Cat Cat village, home of Black Hmong in Sapa; come back to the town.
  • Evening: Enjoy the meal and walk around to discover Sapa at night.

Day 2: Lao Chai -Ta Van – Muong Hoa village- Hanoi

  • Morning: visit Muong Hoa stream, Lao Chai and Hoang Lien Son mountain.
  • Afternoon: visit Ta Van bridge, come back to the town, go around to discover ethnic people’s life. Then you get on the bus to get back the capital.
  • Evening: Arrive at Hanoi late at night, the end of a 2-day tour from Hanoi.

Accommodation: Amazing Sapa, Pistachio Sapa, KK Sapa, BB Sapa, De La Coupole Sapa, Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa

The cost: around 100$/ person 

Mai Chau 2-day tour from Hanoi 

  • Location: Mai Chau is 150km to the Southwest of Hanoi. 
  • Reason to visit: Mai Chau, Hoa Binh is among the top suggested places to visit around Hanoi. Many people enjoy their 2-day tour from Hanoi to Mai Chau during their holiday. This is also a good place to adventure ethnic people’s life.
Mai Chau valley
Mai Chau valley

2-day tour Itinerary Hanoi – Mai Chau 

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau

  • Morning: Spend 4 hours to get to Mai Chau, visit Lac village, and enjoy local dishes at lunch.
  • Afternoon: Discover Mai Chau valley with Thai houses and see how they make handicraft clothes.
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner with ethnic people, dance and drink Can wine.

Day 2: Mai Chau – ethnic market – Afternoon Cave – Go Lao waterfall -Hanoi.

  • Morning: visit Mai Chau market, discover a new culture, enjoy food, and buy souvenirs.
  • Afternoon: trekking to Chieu cave, the most beautiful cave in Mai Chau; visit Go Lao waterfall, which is about 10 kilometres from the valley. Then you come back to Lac village.
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner, take a rest and then get on the bus to come back to Hanoi.

Accommodation: Mai Chau Valley View Hotel, Mai Chau Villas, Mai Chau Sunset Boutique, Mai Chau Ecolodge, Mai Chau Countryside Homestay, Lim’s house, Mai Chau Nature Lodge

The cost: from 80$/ person 

Ba Be 2-day tour from Hanoi 

  • Location: Ba Be is 180km to the North of Hanoi 
  • Reason to visit: Ba Be lake is an amazing lake near Hanoi. It is big, clean and very natural. Local people often choose this to visit and spend their holiday. Why don’t you try a 2-day tour from Hanoi to Ba Be this year?

2-day tour Itinerary  Hanoi – Ba Be 

Day 1: Hanoi – Bac Kan – Ba Be lake

  • Morning: Take a bus to Ba Be lake, visit Bo Dau village, Duom temple and enjoy lunch at the restaurant.
  • Afternoon: Discover Ba Ba lake on a boat, visit An Ma temple as well as Ba Goa island, kayaking, and then walk down to Pac Ngoi village.
  • Evening: Have dinner with Tay ethnic people, sing together and have a sweet dream

Day 2: Ba Be lake – Hua Ma cave – Hanoi

  • Morning: Visit Leng market, Hua Mua cave, and Ra market.
  • Afternoon: After having lunch with local food, you go around the last time and then get on the car to come back to Hanoi.
  • Evening: Arrive at Hanoi, the end of our tour.

Accommodation: Minh Quang Homestay, Thai Binh homestay, Duy Tho homestay, Viet Hung guesthouse, Ba Be lake homestay, Suoi Dau hotel, Nam Pe homestay.

Expense: around 90$

With many suggestions for the top best 2-day tours from Hanoi, what will you choose to set your plan? We hope to share with you the best moments during your journey. Take and enjoy life the way you like! Good luck!

Minh Hiếu

Written by Minh Hiếu">Minh Hiếu

Co-founder at OneVivu Travel & Service Co., Ltd