18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam itinerary planner

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Fly
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Hanoi
— 1 night
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Bus to Noi Bai Airport, Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay Bus Station, Bus to Sapa
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Sapa
— 3 nights
Drive to Dienbienphu, Fly to Hoi An
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), St. Joseph's Cathedral, Ngoc Son Temple, and other attractions you added. On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, then steep yourself in history at Presidential Palace Historical Site, and then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph's Cathedral, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ngoc Son Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi online travel planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Hanoi is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Indochina Time is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Halong Bay

— 3 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.
On the 7th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay holiday planner.

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. On the 8th (Sun), you'll travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cat Cat village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Love Waterfall, and appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapa tour planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, flight, taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Hoi An

— 3 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.
You've now added My Son Sanctuary Tours to your itinerary. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hoi An trip planner.

Getting from Sapa to Hoi An by combination of car and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hoi An are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Ho Chi Minh City

— 3 nights

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.
On the 18th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and admire the striking features of Central Post Office.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

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.