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Any itinerary suggestions for 4D4N Hanoi-Halong Bay

Hi,

Can anyone suggest a 4D4N itinerary at Hanoi-Halong Bay? Leaving early morning on the 5th day. Backpacking there Jan next year over the weekend (Fri-Tue)

Thank you.

Jay

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1. Re: Any itinerary suggestions for 4D4N Hanoi-Halong Bay

the 3 day 2 night tours of Halong Bay are good. you can spend the first night on the boat and the second night on Cat Ba Island. do your research before you book a company, there are a lot of dodgy tour companies offering Ha Long Bay tours......choose a reputable company and dont book the cheapest you find

ger

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2. Re: Any itinerary suggestions for 4D4N Hanoi-Halong Bay

Just keep in mind it will be quite cold in Jan. so you won't be able to do much in terms of water activities. Given that, and that you have such a short time, I'd go with a 2 day/1 night Halong Bay trip to give yourself more time in Hanoi.

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3. Re: Any itinerary suggestions for 4D4N Hanoi-Halong Bay

Thx ger and tecalli,

Any suggestions as to which cruise to take for Halong Bay?

And also any suggestions on good budget hotels to stay in hanoi?

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5. Re: Any itinerary suggestions for 4D4N Hanoi-Halong Bay

Dear Jay,

-First day Hanoi Arrival you can enjoin Hanoi City tour full day or half day depend on your flight time and overnight in Hanoi(Highly recommmend Hanoi Sky Hotel)

-The second day visiting Halong bay for 2 days/1 Night (overnight on Boat)recommend Bhaya cruise.

-Day 03:Halong back to Hanoi then overnight in Hanoi.

-Day 04:Hanoi- Hoa Lu - Tam Coc full day and overnight in Hanoi

-Day 05:Hanoi Departure.

Have good holiday

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6. Re: Any itinerary suggestions for 4D4N Hanoi-Halong Bay

I went to Halong bay 2 years ago and enjoyed it. the only thing was too crowded at sleeping place where there were hundreds of big boats around. So spending 4D4N there seems not so good, personally I think.

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7. Re: Any itinerary suggestions for 4D4N Hanoi-Halong Bay

1 day hanoi city

1 days in halong bay & night on boat

1 day to Hoa Lu Van Long

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The best suggestion for you is 2 days 1 night with Halong bay cruise over night on cruise after your first day tasting Hanoi. There are variety for you to choose but my suggestion is Paloma cruise, bhaya cruise, Indochina sails or Emeraude cruise for luxury. If you prefer deluxe then can choose: Red Dragon cruise, Calypso cruise, Alova cruise or Glory cruise also good to try.

The last day you can go to to Hoa Lu - Tam Coc, good destination for one day trip.

Have fun!

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9. Re: Any itinerary suggestions for 4D4N Hanoi-Halong Bay

Oh lordy, will those rubbish travel agents never give up!

Jay, with just 4 days you will barely have enough time to make the most of Hanoi and Halong Bay (Hanoi alone merits at least 3 days, and for Halong Bay 2 days/1 night is the minimum), so adding another destination to your itinerary would be ridiculous.

Re hotels, very low budget hotels in Hanoi tend to be not very desirable, unless you would like to stay in dormitory accommodation in a hostel. For a clean and comfortable room with an en suite bathroom in a small hotel that is very close to Hoan Kiem Lake but in a street that becomes quiet after 9 pm (thus enabling you to sleep - central Hanoi can be very noisy!) I recommend the Symphony Hotel on Hang Hom Street. Reviews here:

tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g293924-d1790…

For dormitory accommodation this is probably the pick of the bunch:

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g293924-d2…

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