16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sault Ste. Marie
Fly:  26​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
shuttle:  3​h
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
shuttle:  3​h
3
Hanoi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
taxi, fly:  6​h
5
Duong Dong
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h 30​min
End: Sault Ste. Marie


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3
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.
On the 16th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, and then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace Historical Site. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Hanoi road trip planning website .

Sault Ste. Marie, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Sault Ste. Marie to Hanoi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Presidential Palace Historical Site ©

2
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Quan Lan Beach and Minh Chau beach. Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave and don't miss a visit to Cua Van Floating Village.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay day trip website .

You can 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 your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quan Lan
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Minh Chau beach ©
Minh Chau beach

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
To see reviews and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites
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Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

3
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.
Tam Coc has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Quat Lam Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Tran Temple and Hoa Lu Temples. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bai Dinh Pagoda.

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Getting from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nam Dinh, Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Tam Coc ©
Tam Coc

4
nights
Duong Dong

Duong Dong ©
Step out of the city life by going to Long Beach and Tranh Stream. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau. Venture out of the city with trips to Starfish Beach (in An Thoi) and Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda (in Ganh Dau).

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ninh Binh to Duong Dong in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach, Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda, Ham Ninh Pier
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Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc

1
night
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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.
To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City road trip planning app .

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. February in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites
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Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple

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