16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
2
Sapa
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
3
Hanoi
— 1 night
Train:  5 h
4
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h
5
Hanoi
— 1 night
Drive:  11 h
6
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
7
Da Nang
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
8
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 15 min
9
Ninh Binh
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
10
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.
You've added St. Joseph's Cathedral, One Pillar Pagoda, Thang Long Water Puppet, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally take in a show at Thang Long Water Puppet. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Noi Bai International Airport and Van Don International. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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.
Sapa is known for nature, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, make a trip to Cat Cat village, take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sapa trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Hanoi to Sapa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Tours
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St. Joseph's Cathedral as well as Thang Long Water Puppet. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): look for gifts at Chula Fashion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral, and then take in a show at Thang Long Water Puppet.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planning app.

Drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping
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St. Joseph's Cathedral ©
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Thang Long Water Puppet ©
Thang Long Water Puppet
Chula Fashion ©
Chula Fashion

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Thang Long Water Puppet. On the 10th (Sun), take in a show at Thang Long Water Puppet.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hanoi route planning app.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Nightlife
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Thang Long Water Puppet ©
Thang Long Water Puppet

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Ha Ha - Art In Everything, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then browse the handmade items at Henna Art Hoi An, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hoi An trip builder site.

Fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Beaches Parks
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and finally stop by M Legrand Jewelry.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Da Nang travel app.

You can take a shuttle from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Spas Parks Nature
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Dragon Bridge ©
Dragon Bridge

1
night
Hue

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
On the 14th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, then buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hue, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Da Nang to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Hue sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Shopping
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

1
night
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 16th (Sat), make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ninh Binh travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Hue to Ninh Binh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bich Dong Pagoda ©
Bich Dong Pagoda

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi
To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi day trip site.

Traveling by bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You will leave for home on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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