Dear Valued worldwide travelers,
Thank you very much for visiting our Vietnam travel tip page. Also thank you very much for deciding to visit Vietnam. As local tour operator in Vietnam, the visitors have asked us this question over 1000 times: Visit Hanoi or Saigon/Ho Chi Minh city - Which is better to visit Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city? They told us that a lot of discussion with friends, husband, wife and family to choose Hanoi or Saigon
For us, we are so pleased to know that you are going to visit Vietnam soon - Hanoi and Saigon are all excellent. You bring money and more work to our people making Vietnam better. So good! So good! Therefore, we 100% give you the best advice. To find out that you should visit Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city, please answer some following questions:
1/What is the purpose of your visit Vietnam: History, cultures, nature, food, honemoon, family reunion, party your customers..?
2/ How much time do you have?
3/Money is a matter(tight budget) or no problem?
1/Breathtaking Nature, Exotic Cultures, Vibrant History - Target of your visit to Vietnam: If you need activites in somewhere to recover your soul and kill the boredness, tiredness or to make family members become closer, to open your childern's eye to a new world with breathtaking nature, exotic culture and enrich history. Special! Special to mark important events in your life such as honeymoon, wedding anniversary, the day you fell in love or the appreciation trips for your employee, customers - Surely Hanoi is the best choice to see daytime.
There are so many more things to do and see in the daytime in Hanoi than Ho Chi Minh city. Inside Hanoi, your target of history - visit Ho Chi Minh complex, Hoa Lo prison, Huu Tiep lake, history and amry museums; For cultures - visit Ethnology museum, 1st university, Tran Quoc pagoda, one pillar pagoda a rishshaw tour around Hanoi Old Quarter...; For food - enjoy amazing street food tour in Hanoi; About nature, you can take sampan boat trip along Yen river in Huong pagoda complex. All can be achieved in one Hanoi tour package at daytime.
Nearby Hanoi, Ha Long bay, Trang An, Tam Coc, Mai Chau, Sapa, Ba Be, Cat Ba... are all tops of must-see destinations for Vietnam tour packages. Good time to tour Hanoi and around is from 4 days to 2 weeks. Hanoi ranks the 3rd position of the top 10 places being shared to visit on Pinterest.com. Huffingotn Post in the USA ranked Hanoi on the top of places to be visited before 30 years old. In Conclusion, there are more things to see and do in Hanoi at day time than in Saigon.
However, if you want to stay up late and go out at night, Ho Chi Minh(Saigon) is much better. Surely to party your clients at nighttime, bar, lifenight - nowheresle in Vietnam, Saigon is the best. There are so many choices from dinner cruises on Saigon river to bar upto 2 0r 3 am. 1 day inside Saigon is enough to see the French quater, Ben Thanh market, Unification palace, wartime museum and Cu Chi tunnels. Closeby Saigon, Mekong is the best waiting for you to explore. Therefore, 3 day or 4 days are enough to see Saigon and around.
Wow! Wow! each place - Hanoi or Saigon has its strong points. Many visitors said we would like to see both. Thank you for loving Vietnam. You are welcome to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. However, please keep in mind that Hanoi is very far away from Saigon. It is 2hour flight: You should depart from Hanoi city centre 2.5hour before the flight time(it takes 1 hour drive from Hanoi to airport, check-in counter is close 50 minutes before the plane departs and you need some time to find out the line to check and traffic jam in Hanoi) When the airplane land in Saigon, it will take 40 minute to get out the airport including collecting lugguge and it takes around 45 minutes to 1hour to drive to Saigon city centre. So total time to fly from Hanoi to Saigon is 2.5hour + 2 hours + 40 munite + 1 hour = 6 hours 10 minute in total. It will take around 6 hours to go from Hanoi city centre to Saigon city centre.
2/How much time shoud we need to Visit Hanoi and Saigon? - In our opinion, at least 5 days in Vietnam. If you have less than 5 days, we advise you to visit Hanoi or Saigon depending our your target. There are many flights from Hanoi to Saigon at nighttime and midnight as well. In these case, you can tour Hanoi or Saigon daytime and nighttime you fly. Money is no problem, but you have to think about your health conditions and your age???? as how much time to travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city. It is about 6 hours.
Day 1: Kissing Hanoi
Day 2: Ha Noi - Halong bay
Day 3: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi city tour - Saigon
Day 4: Saigon tour Mekong delta
Day 5: Saigon city tour - say good bye
3/Money is a matter or not. The cost to travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city can be the cost of 1 day tour from Hanoi or 1 day tour from Saigon to the surrounding: Flight ticket from Hanoi to Saigon by Vietnam airline is aroun 100 to 120 USD/ticket. The price depends on the time you book and the cost for transfer and pick up services is around 60 USD. so for 2 persons the cost to travel from Saigon to Hanoi is around 120 *2 + 60 = 300 USD. With the amount of the money, you can have a day trip to Trang An, Tam Coc, Mekong delta, a farming trip.... This is the fact that we want to give and to visit Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city or visit both city is upto your choice. We wish you to have a lifetime experience on Vietnam trip.
Hanoi - World's cheapest city to visit in 2016. The research was conducted by Tripadvisor.com in 2016. It is cheaper to visit Hanoi than visit Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Bali. According to the research on 19th July by tripadvisor.com, with 497 USD, a couple can have 3 nights in 4star hotel, visit 3 sightseeing places, lunch and dinner with taxi for dinner. Of course, the price will be higher as it is summer promotion in July. The research was conducted in 39 big cities in the world.
Other Asian cities in the top 10 cheapest cities to visit in the world - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (627 USD); Bangkok, Thailand (645 USD); Bali, Indonesia (678 USD). So the cost to visit Hanoi is 3/4 of the cost to visit Bangkok. Tripadvisor also says the 5 most expensive cities to visit in the world - New York (in US), Tokyo (in Japan), London (in Britain), Cancun (in Mexico), Paris (in Franch).
Hanoi ranks the 8th of the top 10 places to visit in 2016 by tripadvisor visitors. According to tripadvisor, Hanoi has a great combination of its ancient, charming features with Hanoi Old Quarter, historical monuments, over 600 temples & pagodas and French colonial monuments. All can be visit by taxi. Besides these, many parks, lakes and over 600 temples & pagodas create charming and ancient face for Hanoi. According to tripadvisor, Siemreap in Cambodia and Ubud in Indonesia are also on the list of top 10 places to visit. London ranks the 1st position of the list.
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