Vietnam Itineraries

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Planning for Vietnam

Planning a vacation to Vietnam but not sure where to start?
We’re glad you’ve chosen Vietnam because the country has a lot to offer. Bustling cities and remote villages. Verdant rice paddies in the mountainous backdrop, delicious food, and a rich cultural history.

If you have just a week in Vietnam, you can still experience the best of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City and even take a short trip. 

Got two weeks or a month to explore Vietnam? You will have plenty of time to discover Vietnam’s rich culture, and see the top attractions.

If you have two weeks in Vietnam, it’s best to focus your travel plans in one region. Rushing your Vietnam itinerary in order to cover the North to South is daunting and will only cause stress.  Instead, spend more time in one place before going to the next.

While a month traveling in Vietnam will give you more chance to visit more places, it doesn’t mean you should include every place on your bucket list. Instead, look into the places to find out if the activities there match your interests.

For itinerary ideas, see below.

Hanoi – 1 day

Bucket list|  Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Water Puppet Show, Ha Giang Cafe, Walking street market, Hanoi Opera House, Train Street, Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake

Sapa – 2 days
Trekking in Sapa for 2 days with/without a tour guide and 2 nights stay at a homestay

Cat Ba + Halong Bay – 2 days
Spend a day on a boat tour in Halong Bay before heading to Cat Ba for exploration and an overnight cruise

Hanoi – 2 days 

Bucket list| Beer Coner, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Water Puppet Show, Dong Xuan Market, Ha Giang Cafe, Weekend walking street market, Hanoi Opera House, Train Street, Temple of Literature, Westlake, Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake

Sapa or Mai Chau + Pu Luong  or  Cat Ba + Halong Bay – 3 days 

Sapa – 3 days
Trekking in Sapa for 3 days with/without a tour guide and 2 nights stay at a homestay

Mai Chau + Pu Luong – 3 days
Spend 1-day trekking in Mai Chau Valley before spending another two days trekking peacefully in Pu Luong.

Cat Ba + Halong Bay – 3 days
Spend a day on a boat tour in Halong Bay before heading to Cat Ba for exploration and an overnight cruise

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Hanoi – 1 day
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi Old Quarter, Train Street, Ha Giang cafe

Ha Long Bay – 2 days
2-day 1-night boat cruise

Pu Luong  – 2 days
Trekking at the remote Pu Luong Nature Reserve and stay at an eco-lodge or hotel

Ninh Binh – 2 days
Countryside cycle tour and boat ride in Tam Coc & Trang An

Hanoi – 2 days
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi Old Quarter, Train Street, Ha Giang cafe

Ha Long Bay – 2 days
2-day 1-night boat cruise

Pu Luong  – 3 days
Trekking at the remote Pu Luong Nature Reserve and stay at an eco-lodge or hotel

 

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Hanoi – 1 day
Temple of Literature, Hanoi Old Quarter, Train Street

Sapa – 2 days
Trekking in Sapa for 2 days with/without a tour guide and 1 night stay at a homestay

Halong Bay – 2 days
2-day 1-night boat cruise

Ninh Binh – 2 days
Countryside cycle tour and boat ride in Tam Coc & Trang An

Phong Nha – 2 days
Cave exploration at Paradise cave, boat ride to Phong Nha Cave &  Cave adventure tour

Hue  – 2 days
Visit the Imperial city, take a cruise along Perfume River and explore Bach Ma National Park

Hoi An – 3 days
Central Market tour, cyclo tour, light candles on the river, boat ride to Thanh Village, cooking class tour, Cua Dai & An Bang Beach, Japanese covered bridge, Museum of Trade and Ceramics, Cycling in the countryside

Hanoi – 2 days
Temple of Literature, Hanoi Old Quarter, Train Street

Pu Luong + Mai Chau – 4 days
Trekking in Mai Chau and Pu Luong for 4 days with/without a tour guide.

Halong Bay – 2 days
2-day 1-night boat cruise

Ninh Binh – 2 days
Countryside cycle tour and boat ride in Tam Coc & Trang An

Hoi An – 4 days
Central Market tour, cyclo tour, light candles on the river, boat ride to Thanh Village, cooking class tour, Cua Dai & An Bang Beach, Japanese covered bridge, Museum of Trade and Ceramics, Cycling in the countryside

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Hanoi – 2 days
Beer Coner, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Water Puppet Show, Dong Xuan Market, Ha Giang Cafe, Weekend walking street market, Hanoi Opera House, Train Street, Temple of Literature, Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake

Ha Long Bay – 2 days
2-day 1-night boat cruise

Mai Chau – 1 day
Spend 1-day trekking in Mai Chau Valley before going to Pu Luong

Pu Luong – 3 days
Trek and relax at the Pu Luong Nature Reserve in the remote mountainous valley.

Ninh Binh – 2 days
Countryside cycle tour and boat ride in Tam Coc & Trang An

Phong Nha – 2 days
Cave exploration at Paradise cave, boat ride to Phong Nha Cave &  Cave adventure tour

Hue – 2 days
Visit the Imperial city, take a cruise along Perfume River and explore Bach Ma National Park

Hoi An – 4 days
Central Market, cyclo tour, light candles on the river, boat ride to Thanh Village, cooking class tour, Cua Dai & An Bang Beach, Japanese covered bridge, Museum of Trade and Ceramics, cycling in the countryside, visit a tailor

Da Lat – 2 days
Lang Biang Mountain, Cable Car to Truc Lam Pagoda, Elephant Waterfalls, Dalat Flower Gardens, Lak Lake, Hang Nga Guest House – Crazy House

Hcmc – 2 days
Reunification Palace, Hue Walking Street, Bui Vien Street, Ben Thanh Market, The Central Post Office, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, War Remnants Museum, Bitexco Financial Tower, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Củ Chi tunnels

Can Tho – 3 days
Can Tho Bridge, My Khanh Tourist Village, Cai Rang Floating Market, Binh Thuy ancient house, Nam Nha Pagoda, Mekong Delta Tour

Phu Quoc – 4 days
Sao Beach, Bãi Dài Beach, Ông Lang beach,Làng Chài Hàm Ninh floating seafood village
Phú Quốc National Park,

Hanoi – 3 days
Beer Coner, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Water Puppet Show, Dong Xuan Market, Ha Giang Cafe, Weekend walking street market, Hanoi Opera House, Train Street, Temple of Literature, Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake

Ha Long Bay + Cat Ba Island – 4 days
2-day 1-night boat cruise

Sapa  – 3 days
Spend 1-day trekking in Mai Chau Valley before going to Pu Luong

Pu Luong – 3 days
Trek and relax at the Pu Luong Nature Reserve in the remote mountainous valley.

Ninh Binh – 2 days
Countryside cycle tour and boat ride in Tam Coc & Trang An

Hoi An – 5 days
Central Market, cyclo tour, light candles on the river, boat ride to Thanh Village, cooking class tour, Cua Dai & An Bang Beach, Japanese covered bridge, Museum of Trade and Ceramics, cycling in the countryside, visit a tailor

Hcmc – 3 days
Reunification Palace, Hue Walking Street, Bui Vien Street, Ben Thanh Market, The Central Post Office, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, War Remnants Museum, Bitexco Financial Tower, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Củ Chi tunnels

Mekong Delta | 3 days

Phu Quoc – 4 days
Sao Beach, Bãi Dài Beach, Ông Lang beach,Làng Chài Hàm Ninh floating seafood village
Phú Quốc National Park,

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