Best Time to Visit

The northern region of Vietnam experiences four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter, with each season lasting approximately three months. The temperature characteristics of each season can be quite harsh compared to the southern region. The summer season can be hot and humid, while spring often brings chilly rains, and winter is particularly cold, especially in highland areas.

Sapa during the rice harvest season

Sapa during the rice harvest season is a wonderful experience

The best time to travel to the northern region is generally from early April to late August. This period corresponds to the summer season, which is ideal for activities such as cloud hunting in Sapa or engaging in underwater activities in Halong Bay. During this time, The average daily temperature fluctuates between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius. There are more sunny hours compared to other seasons, making it a popular time for both international and domestic tourists to visit and explore.

What To See At Each Destination

Based on our own experience, we have carefully selected some unique and captivating tourist destinations for your Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Bay itinerary.


As the capital city with a thousand years of civilization, Hanoi proudly wears the cloak of historical tales and famous landmarks. Its bustling old streets, many eateries offer exquisite cuisine and unique experiences, which are sure to captivate you. 

old house in hanoi

A coffee shop that features ancient architecture in Hanoi

Our suggestions for must-visit destinations in Hanoi:

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Pay a visit to the mausoleum, the resting place of the great leader of Vietnam.

  • Hoang Thanh Thang Long (Imperial Citadel of Thang Long): A precious cultural heritage of the Vietnamese people.

  • Temple of Literature: A historical relic representing the tradition of learning and education.

  • Hoan Kiem Lake: The cultural and entertainment center of the city.

  • Hoa Lo Prison: A testimony to a wartime era, showcasing the indomitable spirit of Vietnamese soldiers.

  • Dong Xuan Market: A centuries-old market in the Old Quarter, ideal for sampling various cuisines and exploring the daily lives of the locals.

  • Tran Quoc Pagoda: One of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi and a significant Buddhist center in the  Thang Long ancient capital.

Tran Quoc Pagoda at night

Tran Quoc Pagoda


Sapa town is located in Lao Cai province, over 300 km northwest of Hanoi. It is an ideal destination for immersing yourself in pristine nature and exploring the lives of ethnic minority communities. The breathtaking scenery and climate of Sapa will surely provide relaxation after days of tiring work.

sapa ethnic people

Get closer to nature and the life of ethnic minorities in Sapa

Our suggestions for must-visit destinations in Sapa:

  • Fansipan Mountain: Known as the "Roof of Indochina," Fansipan offers stunning panoramic views and is a popular spot for trekking and adventure activities.

  • Cat Cat Village: Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting this traditional Hmong village, where you can witness traditional crafts, costumes, and daily life.

  • Muong Hoa Valley: Explore the picturesque Muong Hoa Valley, adorned with terraced rice fields and ethnic minority villages. It's a great place for hiking and photography.

  • Bac Ha Market: If you visit Sapa on a Sunday, don't miss the vibrant Bac Ha Market, where you can experience the bustling atmosphere and browse through a wide variety of local products and handicrafts.

  • Silver Waterfall and Love Waterfall: These scenic waterfalls are located near Sapa and offer serene natural beauty.

  • Ta Phin Village: Visit this Red Dao ethnic village to learn about its unique culture, traditional herbal bath practices, and intricate embroidery.

Bac Ha Market in sapa vietnam

Visiting Bac Ha Market on a weekend allows you to experience the lively atmosphere

Halong Bay

Halong Bay, known as the "heaven on earth" of northern Vietnam, is just a 2-hour drive east of Hanoi. It is a natural wonder of the world recognized by UNESCO for its unique landscape of hundreds of thousands of islands and limestone karsts scattered across the bay. If you visit northern Vietnam, you definitely should visit this destination.

halong bay from above

Halong Bay truly is a heavenly place on Earth

Our suggestions for must-visit destinations in Halong:

  • Beautiful islands: Ti Top Island, Tuan Chau Island, Ngoc Vung Island, and Co To Island.

  • Picturesque beaches: Ba Trai Dao Beach, Ngoc Vung Beach, and Minh Chau Beach.

  • Magnificent caves: Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Luon Cave, Dau Go Cave, Kim Quy Cave, and Trong Cave.

  • Vung Vieng Fishing Village: Explore and experience the daily life of the local fishing community.

  • Bai Tu Long National Park: This national park consists of marine and forest ecosystems, preserving a variety of rare flora and fauna.

Sung Sot Cave in halong bay

Sung Sot Cave: A magnificent beauty bestowed by nature

Our Suggested Itineraries

Hanoi Sapa Halong Bay 4 days

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival 

  • Arrival at Noi Bai International Airport.

  • Explore Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake.

  • Watch a puppet show in the evening. 

  • Overnight at a city center hotel.

Day 2: Hanoi - Sapa

  • Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

  • Bus to Sapa.

  • Conquer the peak of Fansipan.

  • Take a stroll around Sapa Night Market.

  • Overnight in Sapa.

Day 3: Sapa - The World Heritage Site - Halong Bay

  • Return to Hanoi

  • Bus to Halong Bay.

  • Embark on a cruise.

  • Admire limestone karsts and caves (Options: Thien Cung Cave, Sung Sot Cave, Luon Cave).

  • Overnight on a cruise ship in Halong Bay

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi

  • Engage in underwater activities

(Options: Kayaking at Ti Top Island, relaxing on Ba Trai Dao beach, scuba diving at Bai Tu Long Bay).

  • Return to Hanoi.

  • End the journey.


Hanoi Sapa Halong Bay 5 days

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival - Sapa

  • Arrival at Noi Bai International Airport.

  • Bus to Sapa.

  • Experience the Rong May Glass Bridge to admire the O Quy Ho Pass.

  • Take a stroll at the Sapa Night Market and visit the Sapa Stone Church.

  • Overnight in Sapa.

Day 2: Fansipan - Lao Cai

  • Conquer the rooftop of Indochina, explore flower gardens, and visit local markets.

  • Discover the daily life in Cat Cat Village.

  • Overnight in Lao Cai.

Day 3: Lao Cai - Hanoi

  • Return to Hanoi.

  • Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake.

  • Explore Dong Xuan Market.

  • Discover the historical night tour (Options: Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Hoa Lo Prison).

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi - Halong Bay 

  • Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

  • Bus to Halong Bay.

  • Embark on a cruise to admire the scenery of Halong Bay: Thien Cung Cave, Trong Mai Islet, and Dinh Huong Islet.

  • Overnight on the cruise ship.

Day 5: Halong Bay - Hanoi

  • Practice Tai Chi session on the sundeck.

  • Visit Ti Top Island and swim at Ba Trai Dao Beach.

  • Return to Hanoi.

  • End the journey.


Fansipan - the Roof of Indochina

Fansipan - the Roof of Indochina

Hanoi Sapa Halong Bay 7 days

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival 

  • Arrival at Noi Bai International Airport.

  • Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake.

  • Explore Hanoi's Old Quarter by Cyclo.

  • Watch a water puppet show at Thang Long Puppet Theatre.

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

  • Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

  • Explore the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university.

  • Enjoy coffee at the Train Street.

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Sapa

  • Bus to Sapa.

  • Explore the daily life of the H'mong people and the magnificent nature at Lao Chai - Ta Van village.

  • Visit the Sapa Night Market.

  • Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4: Fansipan - Hanoi

  • Conquer the peak of Fansipan to admire the Hoang Lien Son mountain range and Muong Hoa Valley.

  • Visit the pagodas on the summit: Bich Van Thien Tu Pagoda, and Bao An Thien Tu Pagoda.

  • Return to Hanoi.

  • Staying overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi _ Halong Bay

  • Bus to Halong.

  • Visit a pearl farm.

  • Embark on a cruise and rest.

  • Having lunch and enjoying the view of Bai Tu Long Bay.

  • Visit Thien Cung Cave.

  • Participate in a cooking class with a famous chef.

  • Experience night squid fishing.

  • Overnight on the cruise.

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi

  • Participate in a morning Tai Chi class on the sundeck.

  • Take a bamboo boat to explore Vung Vieng fishing village.

  • Return to Hanoi.

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 7: Departure 

  • Buy souvenirs.

  • End the journey.


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