17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
2
Sapa
— 2 nights
3
Ninh Binh
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Drive + ferry:  6​h 15​min
4
Halong Bay
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
5
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Jakarta

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Chua Tran Quoc as well as St. Joseph's Cathedral. Visiting Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Nung Hill will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi route builder website .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Hanoi is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): look for gifts at Hieu Stone, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fansipan Mountain, then make a trip to Quang Truong Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Y Linh Ho, examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, and then admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley.

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

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Spas
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trang An Grottoes, Nhà xứ Phát Diệm and Hoa Lu Temple. Go for a jaunt from Ninh Binh to Gia Sinh to see Bai Dinh Pagoda about 34 minutes away. It doesn't end there: Head underground at Mua Caves and don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ninh Binh trip builder site .

Getting from Sapa to Ninh Binh by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Nhà xứ Phát Diệm ©
Nhà xứ Phát Diệm

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hạ Long Bay and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore Halong Bay's surroundings by going to Cat Ba (Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba National Park, & more). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, and take in the views from Pont Bai Chay.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay day trip app .

Getting from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay by combination of bus and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Hanoi

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, steep yourself in history at Presidential Palace Historical Site, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi vacation planner .

Getting from Halong Bay to Hanoi by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
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Presidential Palace Historical Site ©

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