15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
4
Sapa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Hoi An
— 2 nights
End: Hoi An

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi online visit planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Noi Bai International Airport and Van Don International. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Halong Bay side-trips: Cat Ba (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Cat Ba Island). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge, and step off the mainland to explore Ti Top Island.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay vacation maker website .

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

2
nights
Ninh Binh

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.
On the 9th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Trang An Grottoes and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bai Dinh Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to Tam Coc, don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ninh Binh road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh in 6.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Tam Coc ©
Tam Coc

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.
Sapa is known for parks, spas, shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, make a trip to Deo Tram Ton, admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sapa sightseeing tool .

Drive from Ninh Binh to Sapa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Spas
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Cat Cat village ©
Cat Cat village

2
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.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Dragon Bridge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at An Bang Beach.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip planning tool .

Getting from Sapa to Hoi An by combination of car and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town

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