15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 4 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
bus:  8​h
4
Sapa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Hanoi

4
nights
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.
You've now added Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi online visit planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Noi Bai International Airport and Van Don International. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Halong Bay side-trips: Cat Ba (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Cat Ba Island). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, and snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay vacation maker website .

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

2
nights
Ninh Binh

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
On the 10th (Sun), make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bai Dinh Pagoda and then explore the fascinating underground world of Trang An Grottoes.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ninh Binh vacation planner .

Getting from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh by combination of ferry and bus takes about 6.5 hours. In May in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes

4
nights
Sapa

Sapa ©
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, shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, make a trip to Deo Tram Ton, admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, and stop by Indigo Cat.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sapa sightseeing tool .

Drive from Ninh Binh to Sapa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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