Discover Vietnam from the north to south on this perfect 2 week trip itinerary!
Day 1 - 2: Hanoi
The capital city of Hanoi is buzzing with energy! Here you can immerse yourself into the fast-paced city life and enjoy some of the best Vietnamese food and nightlife! Take a wander through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter and indulge in a local food tour!
Day 3 - 4: Sa Pa
Head to Sa Pa, a town in the mountains northwest of Hanoi. The town is famous for its towering peaks, forest trails, picturesque rice terraces and cute villages nestled between breathtaking views. It is one of Vietnam's most beautiful destinations and great for a trekking adventure!
Day 5 - 6: Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site where many scenes from Hollywood movies were filmed due to its surrealistic scenery. Here you can discover various islands, beaches, villages, and limestone caves on an overnight cruise tour. You can also enjoy a few fun activities like kayaking, and taking a cooking class.
Day 7: Ninh Binh
A less touristy destination to visit is Ninh Binh which has similar scenery as Ha long Bay except that it is situated further inland. Hire a motorcycle so you can go sightseeing easily in Ninh Binh for a fair price. There are a few religious sites to visit such as the Bich Dong and Bai Dinh Pagodas as well as the Phát Diệm Cathedral which is a catholic church with Vietnamese style architecture.
Day 8 - 9: Da Nang
Da Nang is several hours south from Hanoi so you could either take a flight there or go with a sleeper bus and save yourself one night stay in a hotel.
Da Nang is a popular city for tourists because it has so many unique and aesthetic attractions. On your visit, you can chill out at the beach and see the largest pagoda in Vietnam - a 67m high statue of Linh Ung pagoda / the Lady Buddha statue.
For a day you won’t forget, head to the Ba Na hills amusement park, where you can pick and choose from a variety of places to visit like a wax figure museum and a French village or cross the Golden Bridge and wander through the beautiful gardens. It’s a wonderful location to watch the sunset against an impressive backdrop of lush mountains.
Day 10: Hue
Hue is well known for its Imperial Citadel (UNESCO), royal mausoleums, and iconic pagodas such as the Thien Mu Pagoda. There are a number of architectural treasures situated close to the river bank, so you can rent a private boat for the day and just stop along the way to visit them whenever you want to.
Day 11 - 12: Hoi An
Located in central Vietnam lies Hoi An, a well-preserved ancient town that is famous for its tailors. Here you can find a tailor to make you a custom Vietnamese dress, called an ao dai, and pick it up the next day. Explore the city streets as the sun sets and the town is illuminated by thousands of colorful lanterns that add a romantic and nostalgic charm to this historical town.
Day 13 - 14: Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh city is the business hub of Vietnam with a prominent history that dates back hundreds of years. You’ll get the chance to witness the stark contrast between old and new in Vietnam as Ho Chi Minh City features museums, ornate temples, pagodas and historical buildings amidst towering modern skyscrapers.
If you have a few more days to explore, we highly recommend visiting the sand dunes of Mui Ne, be captivated by the floating markets and temples in Can Tho and immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty of the island of Con Dao.