8 days in Halong Bay & Ninh Binh Itinerary

8 days in Halong Bay & Ninh Binh Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Hanoi
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
1
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Bus:  6 h 15 min
2
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
End: Hanoi

3
nights
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Halong Bay: Cat Ba (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Cat Ba Island). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, look for gifts at Ha Long Pearl, step off the mainland to explore Ti Top Island, and Head underground at Sung Sot Cave.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay online tour builder.

Hanoi to Halong Bay is an approximately 4- hour combination of flight, car, and ferry. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

3
nights
Ninh Binh

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
When in Ninh Binh, make a side trip to see Bai Dinh Pagoda in Gia Sinh, approximately Gia Sinh away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and look for gifts at Minh Trang Handmade.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ninh Binh trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh in 6.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Tam Coc ©
Tam Coc

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