16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
2
Sapa
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Ferry:  10 h 30 min
3
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Da Nang
— Few hours
Shuttle:  1 h
5
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Hanoi
— 1 night
End: Hanoi

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes St. Joseph's Cathedral, One Pillar Pagoda, Thang Long Water Puppet, and other attractions. On the 3rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then catch a live performance at Thang Long Water Puppet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph's Cathedral.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi online trip maker.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Noi Bai International Airport and Van Don International. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Thang Long Water Puppet ©
Thang Long Water Puppet

2
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.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall and then make a trip to Fansipan Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Cat Cat village, then admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, and then make a trip to Quang Truong Square.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapa trip tool.

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

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

3
nights
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Sapa to Halong Bay in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

few
hours
Da Nang

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and then look for gifts at M Legrand Jewelry.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Da Nang road trip site.

Do a combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Da Nang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Spas Nature Parks
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
M Legrand Jewelry ©
M Legrand Jewelry

4
nights
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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, and kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip site.

Traveling by shuttle from Da Nang to Hoi An takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally stop by Blanda.

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You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. May in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi
To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. On the 17th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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