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 You’ve chosen to explore Northern Vietnam and you only got 2 weeks. Don’t worry it’s enough for a perfect introduction to this beautiful country’s unique history, culture and stunning landscapes. Scroll down for highlights of what you can expect to experience during your travels to Vietnam. If you’re time-starved, then you can cut down on sites. 

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Dong Xuan Market
Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi Opera House
Imperial Citadel
Water Puppet Theatre
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Hoan Kiem Lake

Hanoi train street
Drink Coconut Or Egg Coffee at Cafe Giang.
Attend Vietnamese culinary class
Hang out with locals at Hoan Kiem Lake
Drink cheap beer at 13 Hàng Giấy

Hanoi City – Red Delta River DAY TRIP
Hanoi City Half Day Tour
with Moon’s Travel Agency


Pho >Pho Gia Truyen 49 Bat Dan
Bun Cha >34 Hang Than
Bun bo nam bo > 67 Hang Dieu
Banh Cuon > 26B Thọ Xương

Grab App or Uber Taxi
Taxi Mai Linh, Taxi Airport and Taxi Van Xuan.
Cyclo >Three-wheeled bicycle

Hanoi Trendy Hotel & Spa
Hanoi Guest House
Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel
Central Backpackers Hostel
Luxury backpackers
Backy Posh Tel Hostel


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Mường Hoa Valley
Silver Waterfall
Fansipan Cable Car
Cat Cat village
Ba Ha Market
Tan Van Village

Climb Fansipan peak
Sapa Love Market
Motor Bike tour
Homestay Experience
Ham Rong Garden
Ta Phin Cave

Sapa Easy Trekking Tour > 2 Days 3 Nights Over Night in Homestay
Sapa Hard Trekking Tour > 3 Days 4 nights Over Night in Homestay
Book with Moon’s Travel Agency


2-3 days should be sufficient. Head to Ha Giang for a more quieter scene.. if you have the time!

Motorbike rental >  Phố Cầu Mây | Số nhà 019 Đường Thạch Sơn |  1 Phố Hàm Rồng | 

Little View Homestay
Sapa Homestay
H’mong Cat Cat Homestay
VTK Homestay


Budget Halong Tours are usually Junk boats. Tours can be bought at most Travel Agents in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. You can get a day trip for little as 15 USD.

Moonlight Legend Cruise 2ays 1 Night
Apricot Cruise 2 days 1 night
Imperial Classic Cruise 2 days 1 night

Floating Villages and Fish Farms
Cat Ba Island
Swim in clear and calm sea water
Kayak between karsts of limestone
Cycle in Ha Long Bay
Night Squid Fishing
Island Hopping

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Prices are significantly cheaper at Cat Ba Island. Day boat tours cost around 15 USD. Don’t come in the Summer Season due to Typhoons and heavy rain. 

Explore the bay with a bicycle.
Ride your motorcycle to further.
Use Grab or Uber to get around the City


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Hang Mua Cave Viewpoint
Tam Coc Boat Ride > 1boat 2people 150,000 Vnd + 120,000 Vnd per adult
Trang An Boat Ride > 1 boat 200,000 VND  +100,000 Vnd per child,  no apparent maximum,
5,000 Vnd  scooter parking fee.

Explore Tam Coc Rice Fields by bike
See the eight caves of Trang An
Van Long Nature Reserve enjoy the peaceful and tranquil scenery
Marvel at the Pagodas Bai Dinh and Bich Dong
Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel

Tam Coc is where you need to be as there’s nothing to do in Ninh Binh. ATMs are hard to come by in Tam Coc, so bring enough cash
Beware of Crazy drivers
Homestay food is better than at the restaurants

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Two days should be enough to visit all the top places. Ninh Binh is relaxed, so there is no need to rush. Enjoy your time and unwind.

You will need a motorbike or taxi to get around!
Get around by bicycle if the sights are close.
Chookies Scooter rental

Tam Coc Family Hotel
Tam Coc Mountain View Homestay
Tam Cốc Palm house
La Belle Vie Tam Coc Homestay

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