Useful tips for traveling Hanoi on a budget

Useful tips for traveling Hanoi on a budget
UPDATED: 10 Oct 2017 50 Views

Hanoi has long been one of the most renowned tourist destinations in Vietnam. This capital city has a perfect combination of bustling atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City, ancient beauty of the Hoi An Old Town and Hue. Therefore, if you are wondering where to go for your vacation, Hanoi is not a bad ideal. In this article, we will give you some useful tips for those want to travel this city on a budget so let find out.

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Stay in budget accommodations

If you want to limit the hotel costs, you have to think carefully before choosing a place to stay. Instead of staying in the luxurious hotels and resorts, you can choose to stay in budget hotels, motels or homestays which are near city center for easy getting around.

Stay in budget accommodation (via

“Hunting” cheap flights

There are many means of transportation to reach Hanoi such as airplane, coach, car or even motorbike, however, the best and most convenient way is getting there by airplane. After deciding to travel by plane, you should start “hunting” the cheapest airfare on the website of airlines. Normally, the promotions is only available for few days and the time for booking is very short so let’s start finding the cheap tickets 1-3 months in advance in order to get the tickets with cheapest price and best departure time.

Should not travel in peak season

The Hanoi’s weather is divided into 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Travelers can visit Hanoi in any season of the year but to save money, you should not go to Hanoi in the peak season (from August to November) because the hotel and other services costs can rise sharply. Instead, you can travel to Hanoi in low season (from May to July) when many promotion programs are offered.

You should not travel Hanoi in the peak season (via Dân trí)

Find budget tours

Travel companies often offer promotions on the special occasions such as Tet or holidays so regularly updating information on the website, fanpage of the travel agencies will help you find the affordable tours. If you get information about promotions early, you can buy the tours with very cheap price.

Look for the cheap and free places to visit

With thousands of year history, Hanoi is a convergence of the quintessence of the whole country as well as the most attractive destinations to visit. Famous historical and cultural sites you should not miss while traveling Hanoi includes Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temples, Co Loa Citadel, One Pillar Pagoda, etc. You also can stroll surround Hanoi Old Quarter, enjoy delicious street foods or discover traditional craft villages such as Bat Trang Pottery, Ngu Xa bronze village, La Khe Silk village or famous flower villages like Nhat Tan, Quang Ba and Nghi Tam.

Nhat Tan Flower Village (via

Going outside the city center, Hanoi also offers travelers many attractive destinations for sightseeing such Tam Dao, Ba Vi National Park, Dai Lai Lake, Dong Mo Ecotourism Resort, Ao Vua Resort, Thien Son Suoi Nga,… If you have enough time, you should explore all the attractions to understand more about culture and people of the Vietnam’s capital city.

Get around by public transportations

One of the tips for traveling Hanoi on a budget is using public transportation. The most popular means of public transportation in Hanoi are bus, taxi, xe om (motorbike) and cyclo. If you want to get around Hanoi Old Quarter, cyclo is an ideal option of many visitors which is very convenient, cheap and environmentally friendly.

Cyclo in Hanoi (via Mr Linh's Adventures)

Shopping at the local markets

Instead of shopping in the large shopping centers, you can take a visit and buy items at the local markets. 4 markets play an important role in trade and bring a lot of cultural characteristics of Hanoians are Dong Xuan market, Quang Ba, Long Bien and Hom market. These markets nowadays are also the attractive destinations to visit and shopping of many tourists.

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