2-day backpacking from Hanoi to Ninh Binh – Ha Long

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Only trip for 2 days 1 night, you can discover two tourist sites in the north of Vietnam, which are Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay. We are an experienced travel consultant will help you schedule departing from Hanoi, here you get to receive detailed explanations and informative advice at our office located in the Old Quarter and on behalf of Hanoi local tour operator, we will be your reliable companion, just follow this itinerary below:

Day 1: Hanoi – Ninh Binh

7am: Departure from the Southern Station in Hanoi (Giap Bat station) on the road to Ninh Binh. Every 30 minutes, there will be a passenger car to Ninh Binh, from 6am to 6pm every day. The current price is about 60,000 – VND100,000/ ticket. Currently, because Cau Gie highway was put into the operation, the time from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is only about 50-60 minutes.


Harvest season Ninh Binh

8am: you are present in Ninh Binh District and have breakfast with specialty which is the eel vermicelli soup on Tran Hung Dao, or at 86 Vo Thi Sau Street, opposite the youth park. After breakfast, you will catch a car to Bai Dinh Pagoda, which is far from the district about 15 km. If you go with your group, you can take a taxi. Otherwise, you can go there by bus or taxi.

9am: You arrive in Bai Dinh Pagoda and enjoy the breathtaking scenery

12pm: You will have lunch at many restaurants nearby to enjoy the plenty of specialties such as mountain goats in Ninh Binh, wild chicken, “cơm cháy” (literally “scorched rice”) and Vietnamese traditional foods with affordable price.


Bai Dinh pagoda

2:30pm: You will be at Trang An tourist site, which is in the opposite direction with your departing point in Ninh Binh with the distance of about 5km. Then, you will buy entrance and ferry tickets: VND100.000/ person. You should avoid going to Trang An in the peak season so not to suffer from the crowds, queues and chaotic.

5.30pm: You will finish the visit and catch the car from the Bai Dinh to Ninh Binh town. There are two choices: You will either have dinner and stay overnight in Ninh Binh hotel and the next day, you can take one day trip from Hanoi to Hoa Lu Tam Coc by organized tour or have dinner and then go back to Hanoi to stay at the hotel. It is up to you as your preference.

Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Long

6am: You will depart to Ha Long – World Natural Heritage, 170 km from Hanoi, with 3 to 4 hours by car. If you are backpacker, you can catch a bus, at Kim Ma station on Nguyen Thai Hoc in Hanoi. Regularly every 15 minutes, there will be one flight. You can also depart from Luong Yen station or Gia Lam station and stop at Bai Chay. To save time, you have breakfast before departure or while moving on the road. Ticket price ranges from 90,000 to 120,000 VND
(For those who stay in Ninh Binh, you can catch the passenger car to Giap Bat station and then the car to Quang Ninh. You should remember to get off at the Bai Chay).


Ha Long Bay – natural wonder of the world

10pm: You will be at Bai Chay station. From the station to the Bai Chay tourist cruise port, you can take the taxi motorbike about 30.000/ person, bus of approximately 5.000 – 10.000 VND/ person. You should take a taxi if the group is more than 3 people.

Every day, Bai Chay tourist cruise port organizes the visit to Thien Cung Cave – Dau Go through Cho Da Islet, Dinh Huong and Trong Mai (Kissing Rocks Islet) with 04 hour journey and the fare of 100.000/ passenger; at fixed time: 8am and 12.30pm. (As a rule, in addition to the train ticket, you have to buy visit tickets as a form of contribution of tourists to Ha Long Bay conservation). You should go directly to the official ticket office of the tourist site, not the purchase of the ticket brokers.

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Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay

Note: You can change the journey into Hanoi – Ha Long – Hanoi – Ninh Binh. Thus you can experience through one of the preferred choices of tourists, which is staying overnight on the cruise available at Ha Long Bay to enjoy the fresh air and the freshness of the sea. The lowest price is from 2.028.000VND / night. However, the service price is quite expensive and often applied for 2 days 1 night, with lots of recreational activities such as squid fishing, kayaking, hiking, visiting caves, etc. So if you have time and money, you should choose overnight on cruise.

Some overnight cruises on Ha Long Bay are:
– Syrena Cruise
– Emeraude Classic Cruises