18 days in Ha Giang & Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Ha Giang & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Ha Giang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18 h 45 min
2
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

3
nights
Ha Giang, Vietnam

Ha Giang ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tea House of Baiyue Tribe and Thon Tha Village.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ha Giang trip itinerary planner.

Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Giang is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Ha Giang

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods
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Tea House of Baiyue Tribe ©
Tea House of Baiyue Tribe

2
nights
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa, explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, thenexamine the collection at Abhayagiri Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, don't miss a visit to Lankarama Sthupa, and then pause for some photo ops at Short Handed Statue.

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Explore your travel options from Ha Giang to Anuradhapura with the Route module. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Ha Giang to Anuradhapura due to the time zone difference. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond ©
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Abhayagiri Museum ©
Abhayagiri Museum

2
nights
Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 1st (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Jaffna Archaeological Museum, thenhike along Kayts Causeway, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Jaffna Art Gallery - Kalaithuthu Kala Mutram, thenkick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and then admire the striking features of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jaffna trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
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Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple
Kantharodai Viharaya ©
Kantharodai Viharaya
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach

2
nights
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Arisimale Beach, admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera, and then see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Arisimale Beach ©
Arisimale Beach
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara

3
nights
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Somawathiya Stupa and Medirigiriya Vatadage. Visit Sathmahal Prasada and kaludiya Pokuna for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Polonnaruwa side-trips: Maduru Oya National Park (in Aralaganwila) and Pethikada (in Sigiriya). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Thivanka Image House, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, and delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa trip planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Maduru Oya National Park
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Somawathiya Stupa ©
Somawathiya Stupa
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber
Thivanka Image House ©
Thivanka Image House

1
night
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stroll through Udawalawe Trails.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Polonnaruwa to Udawalawe National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Udawalawe Trails
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Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

4
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dutch Reformed Church and Tsunami Photo Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and stroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Galle holiday maker website.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Galle, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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