visa run from Bali to Hanoi. Image showing a female solo travel at night in Hanoi looking at traditional colorful lanterns.

The Ultimate Guide to Your Visa Run from Bali to Hanoi

If you are not excited about getting your visa renewed by queueing for hours at the tourist office, then you have another super common alternative among digital nomads: the visa run! This time I’m not going to suggest the usual visa-run destinations but something better. Vietnam! In this blog post, I will tell you everything you need to know on how to go on a visa run from Bali to Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Ready? Let’s go!

Why Hanoi, You Ask?

Common Visa-run destinations are Singapore and Kuala Lumpur because they are the closest and with the most affordable flight tickets. However, if you don’t have a visa run, it could be a great opportunity to visit a new country and get your visa sorted at the same time. I went on my visa run to Hanoi and stayed there for some time too, it was so much fun, and I would highly recommend it! Hanoi is very easy to explore in just a few days and it’s an explosion of culture, history, and flavours. From the tranquillity of Hoan Kiem Lake to the hustle of the Old Quarter, Hanoi offers a whole new world to explore. I’ve gathered the best things to do in Hanoi in this blog post here if you want to check it out!

Hanoi is also very affordable when it comes to accommodation, food and local activities! It’s not like Singapore at all. 

Is Hanoi Safe For Female Solo Travellers? 

visa run from Bali to Hanoi. Female solo traveller on the streets of Hanoi at night. She is wearing a tie dye brown jumper with baige trousers and a bag with tassels,

Yes, it’s really safe day and night. I’ve used the Grab app to get around at night. I would normally book a driver with a scooter because it’s a lot of fun and cheaper than a car. The local people are lovely and genuine ❤️

How Long Should The Visa Run Be?

As mentioned earlier, visa runs are typically a quick trip to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur to then come back to Bali on the same day, without even leaving the airport. However, if you can, I would suggest making a cool trip out of it! My visa run from Bali to Hanoi was one week and it was amazing! You get to visit a new place and get back to Bali without any visa headache (check out this blog post to find out more details). 

Average Prices of Flight To Hanoi

visa run from Bali to hanoi. Image showing the VietJet website with different flight alternatives for September.

First things first, let’s talk flights. Generally, hopping over from Bali to Hanoi won’t break the bank but won’t be dirt cheap either. You’re looking at a ballpark figure of around $150-$300 for a round trip. Remember, this can sway a little depending on how early you book and the time of year. I looked at September for example and the price is $192.07 return (via Vietjet Air). From October to January it’s cheaper but it’s also super cold in Hanoi so I wouldn’t recommend it – especially if you are coming from Bali! The flight takes roughly 5 hours if you score a direct one, which honestly, isn’t too shabby for crossing country borders and getting a stamp renewal! 

Check out this blog post for other visa-run ideas from Bali ✈️

Average Prices of Accommodations in Hanoi

Once you land, you’ll need a cosy nook to call home for a few days. Hanoi has a wide range of hotels ranging from ultra-budget-friendly to luxuriously lavish. On average, though, you can snag a pretty comfortable spot for about $20-$50 per night. If you’re staying for around 5 days, you’re looking at a super affordable trip for sure. I stayed at the Golden Legend Boutique Hotel and I loved it!

Check out the best places to stay for female solo travellers in Hanoi here 🛌🏻

The Price Tag of the Journey

Street in hanoi. There are different scooters and an eldertly lady with her bike selling fruits. She is wearing a cone-shaped hat.

All in all, if you’re planning a 5-day stint in Hanoi for your visa run, you’ll want to budget for the flight, accommodation, daily meals, and a little buffer for transportation and sightseeing. Roughly, you could be sailing smoothly on a budget of $500-$700. Not bad at all for a mini-holiday, right? 

At the time of my visa run, I compared the prices of flights + accommodation for Singapore vs. Hanoi (I didn’t do Kuala Lumpur because that was another visa run I had planned already). Hanoi won by a lot! With my budget, I could have stayed 3 days in Singapore or a full week in Hanoi. 

What If I Want To Stay Longer? 

Yes, why not? There is lots to do in Hanoi and surrounding areas!

If you want to explore outside Hanoi, consider venturing out to see more of Vietnam:

  • Ha Long Bay: UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its emerald waters and towering limestone islands. Perfect for a relaxing cruise or an adventurous kayak tour.
  • Hoi An: Ancient town with charming lantern-lined streets and exceptional cuisine.
  • Hue: Imperial city with majestic palaces and pagodas steeped in history.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Bustling metropolis blending modern life with historical sites.
  • Mekong Delta: Cool river landscapes, friendly locals, and traditional floating markets.

When It’s The Best Time To Visit? 

You guys, I went in December and I’ve been freezing, I did not expect Hanoi to be cold or even have winter! But hey! If you want to keep light clothes and travel in a warm place then make sure to visit at the right time. The periods from March to April and from September to November are considered ideal. During these times, the weather is pleasantly mild, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C, making it perfect for exploring both indoor and outdoor attractions. Spring brings beautiful blooming flowers and a lively atmosphere, while autumn offers crisp air and clear skies. 

Practical Tips for the Trip

  • Book Early: Flights can get pricey closer to your departure date. Keep an eye out for deals and snag them when you can.
  • Stay Central: Choose accommodation in or near the Old Quarter to be in the heart of the action and save on transportation costs.
  • Street Food is Your Friend: Not only is it delicious, but it’s also super affordable. A bowl of Pho can be a hearty meal without costing a fortune.
  • Pack Light: Especially if you’re planning to shop. Hanoi has some fantastic markets and shops, and you’ll want to have space for all those finds. I would suggest taking a light backpack and leaving your suitcase in Bali (you could ask your homestay to keep your suitcase for you). 
  • Visa Logistics: Make sure you’ve got all your paperwork sorted for both your exit from Bali and your entry into Vietnam. Double-check visa requirements and processes to make for a smooth experience.

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Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this fun but informative guide on your visa run from Bali to Hanoi. Vietnam is such a unique country to explore. If you made it all the way to Bali you should definitely stretch out to nearby countries whenever you can! Visa runs are the best opportunities if you are staying in Bali for more than 1 month.

Ciao for now,

Silvia x

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