13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Zurich
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Bus:  9 h
3
Sapa
— 1 day
+3
Drive + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  9 h 30 min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
5
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Zurich

2
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Hanoi driving holiday planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Hanoi is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University

2
nights
Cat Ba

Cat Ba ©
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba online attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

1
day
Sapa

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Cat Cat village, then make a trip to Fansipan Mountain, and then don't miss a visit to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sapa online road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Sapa takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
O Quy Ho Mountain Pass ©
O Quy Ho Mountain Pass
Cat Cat village ©
Cat Cat village

1
night
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): experience rural life at The Duck Stop and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): Head underground at Paradise Cave and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park vacation maker website.

You can do a combination of car, flight, taxi, and bus from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
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Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

4
nights
Hoi An

Hoi An ©
Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Explore Hoi An's surroundings by going to Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture (in Da Nang) and Hue (Thien Mu Pagoda, Imperial City, &more). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. November in Hoi An sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hue, Da Nang
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

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