The Ultimate Guide For Hanoi - Halong - Sapa In One Week

Nga Do
➤ 7 days at Hanoi - Halong - Sapa is truly a perfect trip for everything you need to know about northern vietnam.

As you should know by now: 7 days aren’t enough to see all the beauties of Vietnam and many travelers find it to be a difficult job choosing which destinations to visit in just one week in Vietnam. 

The country needs no introduction beside one fact: the UNESCO protected world heritages of both nature and culture dotting from north to south, boasting such depth of the land with a history of thousands of years. 

To help you sort out the best 7-day itinerary for your Vietnam tour , Hanoi - Halong - Sapa itinerary meticulously designed for one week in order for you to enjoy the most of Northern Vietnam.

From big cities brimming with foodie fun, to landscapes so surreal they will blow your mind, Northern Vietnam sure won’t disappoint.

Hanoi – Halong Bay and Sapa are located in Northern Vietnam. Therefore the weather share the same patterns. In the recent years, the weather in Vietnam is fluctuated and it is hard to give form predictions of each month as it can be changed from day to day. However, in this article, we will offer some general suggestions and how to make the most of your trip even in the bad weather. Let’s explore!

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North Vietnam (Hanoi – Halong Bay – Sapa) Weather in general

Hanoi – Halong Bay and Sapa are located in Northern Vietnam. Unlike weather in the South, North Vietnam weather has 4 distinct seasons:

August to October:  the weather is quite pleasant in North vietnam, not too hot and not too cold. However there is still some typhoons in the early of August.

November to March: Northeast monsoon, the temperature can drop to 4ºC, especially at night.

December – January: Driest month of the year.  December and January in particular can get quite frosty in the far north of Vietnam — pack accordingly.

July and August: Wettest months of the year.

April – May: Spring time – everything

May – July: Summer time with scorching weather of the  year.

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When is the best time to visit Hanoi?

Basically, you can visit Hanoi all year round. However, the most pleasant time to visit Hanoi is August to November, when Hanoi is in the autumn weather. Everything is just cool down am relaxed after scorching summer. Hanoi in this weather is just as beautiful as a charming girl. Leaves are falling on the pathways and there are remnants of bloomed flowers from the past Hanoi climate. Don’t forget to bring your camera along as many beautiful sights are encountered in your way.

From December to early March, Hanoi enters winter season, which is the coldest time of year. It is also the driest month of the years. The temperature is around 10ºC to 18ºC. The cold weather is perfect time to enjoy a hot bowl of Pho or taste delightful Hanoi Street Food. 

From February to April, Hanoi is in the spring time with ligth drizzles and grey sky and humidity is high before the monsoon starts its heavy downpours in May

From May To August, Hanoi is every hot with temperatures may up to 40ºC and extremely high humidity, it feels even like 48ºC to 50ºC. July is the hottest month of the years.

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When is the best time to visit Sapa

It is hard to say when is the best time to visit Sapa  as you basically can visit Sapa all year round, it is just beautiful in each season and there many things to enjoy at any time. Thanks to its high altitude, Sapa is ideal for hot summer escape to enjoy fresh air and avoid heated city.  It is also one of few places  where you can see snow in Vietnam.

However, the best time to visit sapa to admire the stunning terrace fields are August and September. The weather in this period is also cool and dry with stable temperatures, making it the perfect time for trekking and photography.

From May to July, the weather in Sapa is quite warm and it is not as hot as Hanoi. There are also may colorful flowers blooming at this time and green of rice fields.

From December to February, Sapa weather becomes very cold, especially at night. However, in return, you will have the opportunity to watch mesmerizing sunrise over the valley in the morning. If you're lucky, you can see snow in Vietnam during this time.

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When is the best time to visit Halong Bay

The best time to visit Halong bay is in the Spring (from March to May) and the Autumn (from September to November), the weather is really cool, not too hot and not too cold. The temperature is around 25oC and the sun shines nicely, especially in April, May, September, and October; so prepare your camera and snap the best moments of the UNESCO site. Most of the activities in Halong bay are doing outdoor, therefore, a dry climate and pleasant temperature are ideal, you won’t want to sweat too much while kayaking or hiking to Thien Canh Son cave.

In summer,  from May to August, the sun is brighter, the water is super warm for swimming and you will get the really good prices from tour operators.   Summer is also a low tourist season so you won’t feel tired of crowdedness. However, there is a thing – Typhoon. The typhoon season in Halong bay starts from June to August, the infrequent storms come unexpectedly and your trip might be canceled just a day before your trip, you will get the refund or rearrange your trip. Heavy raining in the bay also makes your trip less enjoyable because you have to spend most of your time inside the boat.

Winter in Halong bay is misty and all day soft raining. Normally, the cold weather doesn’t have much effect on recreational activities: kayaking, climbing mountains, but swimming is a bit chilled. Occasionally, there are days when it is colder, heavy fog that you hardly see what is behind your ship or the icy rain falls all day, you should have extra attention and follow the instruction of the crew. Besides, the fog makes Halong bay looks more like a dreamy land, the freezing fog make everything blurred like an out focus picture.

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And today, Hanoi - Halong - Sapa tour package becomes the
Best northern Vietnam package tour. You can see the itinerary details below...

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi - Free time

Start in Hanoi capital - place is history stretching back 4,000 yearsExpect buzzing markets, chaotic streets and an abundance of motorbikes to greet you.

With influences from all over the world, there is no shortage of interesting architecture and history to discover in the city’s Old Quarter. Take a wander through the lively, narrow streets, witness a unique water-puppet performance, or visit the Vietnamese Women’s Museum before grabbing some food from one of the countless street food vendors.

Also feel free to stop for a bia hoi (freshly brewed draught beer) at one of the microbars in the Old Quarter. Strolling round Hoàn Kiếm Lake, in the city center, is especially nice at sunset.

Typically the best places to eat are tucked away at the side of the road and packed with locals sat on stools outside! For a taste of authentic Vietnamese pho, I recommend a restaurant called Pho Thin. Looks wise, it’s nothing extravagant but the food more than makes up for it!

Day 2,3: Halong Bay

Next, head to the Halong Bay - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Being one of the most well-known destinations in northern Vietnam, it has to be crossed off the checklist. The landscape is famous for its huge limestone karsts that take you can admire from beach or boat.

The site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, when you take a visit, you’ll see why. And though a hotspot for tourists, there are ways of escaping the crowds. Intrepid’s tours, for example, take you to a secluded harbor and natural grottos aplenty, before letting you swim and spend the night on board a boat. The best part is that these boats moor in quiet areas of the bay overnight, so get on the sun deck and take in the sunset in all its unobstructed glory.

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Day 4,5: Sapa

Transfer to Sapa town – the most romantic highland town in northwest Vietnam. Trek to the most beautiful hill tribe villages such as Lao Chai & Ta Van or Y Linh Ho village,  Explore Black H’mong’s traditional customs and practices at famous Cat Cat village.

Day 6: Ninh Binh (Bai Dinh pagoda, Trang An Complex)

The last day takes you to Ninh Binh. Venturing further south, head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trang An in Ninh Binh and arriver in Buddha Prayer place in Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam

Day 7: Hanoi - airport

Enjoy breakfast at hotel and go to the airport. Ends itinerary.

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Sit back and enjoy it to finish off your unforgettable week. There’s truly nowhere like this Southeast Asian stunner. Tempted? Book a small group adventure to Vietnam without delay!

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