15 days in Hanoi, Ninh Binh & Sapa Itinerary

15 days in Hanoi, Ninh Binh & Sapa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Ninh Binh
— 10 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Sapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
End: Hanoi

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hanoi trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Hanoi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Hoa Lo Prison ©
Hoa Lo Prison

10
nights
Ninh Binh

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Explore Ninh Binh's surroundings by going to Bai Dinh Pagoda (in Gia Sinh), Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral (in Thai Binh) and Phu An Church (in Nam Dinh). On the 15th (Fri), hike the day away at Cuc Phuong National Park. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Tam Coc, explore the fascinating underground world of Trang An Grottoes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Sanctuary Ninh Binh.

Before you visit Ninh Binh, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ninh Hai, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Keo Pagoda, Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral, Phu An Church
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes

3
nights
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 18th (Mon): appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, thentake in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, and then stroll through Y Linh Ho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Deo Tram Ton, thenadmire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, thenmake a trip to Quang Truong Square, and finally don't miss a visit to Cat Cat village.

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You can drive from Ninh Binh to Sapa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Spas
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall
Cat Cat village ©
Cat Cat village

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