I am planning a trip of around 7 - 8 days to Hanoi in this Nov for 5 pax. We want a pack schedule to cover as much activities as possible. I will book flght and hotels on my own. Other than that, I will either book through my hotel or book via a Hanoi travel agent.
Is my scheule too pack ?
Day 1 Arrive Hanoi late afternoon. Stay around Old Quarter, visit Old Quarter, the Cathedral District & Hoan Kiem Lake
Day 2 Join a tour to visit Ho Chi Minh Museum, Opera House (Nha Hat Lon), Hoa Lo Prison, Cha Ca La Vong, Vietnamese Women's Museum & Ethnology, visit Silk and Pottery, shopping (not interested in puppet show & temples). Is it too pack ?
Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay - overnight at cruise
(looking for above avg cruise, not luxury cruise but cheap deck, any recommendation>)
Day 4 Halong Bay - kayaing and visit caves.
Day 5 Nihn Binh 1 day tour (Hoa Lu - Tam Coc tour) - Hanoi - overnight train to Sapa
(Can we go straight from Nihn Binh to Sapa ?)
I want an above average overnight train but not luxury kind, any recommendation ?
Day 6 Sapa - Homestay - trekking, visit market - overnight train to Hanoi
(Any other interesting things to do at Sapa ?)
Day 7 West lake in the morning (stay around West Lake) - fly home