16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 1 night
Bus
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Sapa
— 2 nights
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Bus to Ha Long Bai Chay Bus Station, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 1 night
Ferry to Cat Ba, Fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
Fly
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Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 day
Drive
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My Tho
— 1 night
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 1 night
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Hanoi

— 1 night
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.
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, then don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, and finally don't miss a visit to Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hanoi trip tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Hanoi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Sapa

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then look for gifts at Indigo Cat, and finally make a trip to The Stone Church. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, stop by Giang Ta Chai Village, and then make a trip to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Sapa trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Sapa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Halong Bay

— 1 night
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 28th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, take an in-depth tour of Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ha Long Pearl.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Sapa to Halong Bay takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, taxi, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Transportation

Side Trip

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 2 nights
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): experience rural life at The Duck Stop, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves. On your second day here, Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, and then explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hoi An

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, kick back and relax at An Bang Beach, then steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), and finally view the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Future Clothes Shop and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An trip planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Da Lat

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
On the 3rd (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domaine de Marie Church, and then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Da Lat trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Hoi An to Da Lat by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Ho Chi Minh City

— 1 day

Pearl of the Far East

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Drink Vietnam, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip maker tool.

You can fly from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to My Tho.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

My Tho

— 1 night
Mỹ Tho is the capital city, center of economics, education and technology of Tiền Giang Province, located in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): make a trip to Vinh Trang Pagoda and then experience rural life at Dong Tam Snake Farm.

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Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in My Tho are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Duong Dong.

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 1 night
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong trip planner.

You can fly from My Tho to Duong Dong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Mekong Delta travel guide

3.7
Flea Markets · Kayaking & Canoeing · Landmarks
Interlaced with rivers and canals feeding rice-growing plains and lush wetlands, the Mekong Delta impresses with its bustling floating metropolis. Tours of the Mekong Delta revolve around boat trips to floating markets and even whole towns on stilts, and trips to tranquil inland villages with slow, traditional lifestyles. As the rice bowl of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta offers foodies plenty to sink their teeth into: tours of rice paddies and orchards, fresh produce from floating stands, and delicious freshwater fish dishes. Other possibilities for a Mekong Delta itinerary include temples with ornate pagodas, wartime bunkers, and mangrove forests sheltering rare waterfowl and migratory birds.