16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Hanoi Airport, Taxi to Dong Anh, Train to Phu Tho
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Phu Tho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sapa
— 3 nights
Bus
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Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Bus
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Hanoi
— 1 night
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Hanoi

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then browse the exhibits of TiredCity Hang Bong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and then view the masterpieces at Bui Mai Hien Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary planning tool.

Durham, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Durham to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Halong Bay

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda. On your second day here, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Phu Tho.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Phu Tho

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hung Temple. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Ho Chi Minh Highway.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Phu Tho trip maker website.

You can do a combination of ferry, car, flight, taxi, and train from Halong Bay to Phu Tho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Phu Tho

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Sapa

— 3 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.
Sapa is known for nature, spas, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, look for gifts at Indigo Cat, and stroll through Y Linh Ho.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sapa road trip planning app.

You can drive from Phu Tho to Sapa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cat Ba

— 2 nights
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
On the 30th (Thu), head off the coast to Cat Ba Island and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lan Ha Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at Vu Nguyen Family Massage, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park.

Plan my day in Cat Ba using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a bus from Sapa to Cat Ba in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Wildlife

Hanoi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by MasterTan, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi route builder tool.

Take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Shopping

Vietnam travel guide

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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.