18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16 h
1
Hanoi
— 1 day
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Lang Son
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Cao Bang
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Da Nang
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: London

1
day
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

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2
nights
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
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 24th (Tue): head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, and finally explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Lang Son.

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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave
Hon Ga Choi Island ©
Hon Ga Choi Island

1
night
Lang Son

Lang Son
Lạng Sơn is a city in far northern Vietnam, which is the capital of Lạng Sơn Province. On the 25th (Wed), admire the verdant scenery at Bac Son Valley.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lang Son journey builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Halong Bay to Lang Son. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Cao Bang.

Things to do in Lang Son

Parks Nature

1
night
Cao Bang

Cao Bang ©
Cao Bằng is a city in northern Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Ban Gioc Waterfall.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cao Bang driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Lang Son to Cao Bang takes 3.5 hours. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hanoi.

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Ban Gioc Waterfall ©
Ban Gioc Waterfall
Thang Hen Lake ©
Thang Hen Lake

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi
For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cao Bang to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. You will leave for Da Nang on the 28th (Sat).

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6
nights
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hue (Hue Temple, Imperial City, &more) and Hoi An (Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi & Hoi An Ancient Town). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and snap pictures at Tran Thi Ly Bridge.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Da Nang journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Da Nang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

4
nights
Hanoi

See even more of Hanoi: stop by Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Da Nang to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
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