18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15 h
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
3
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Bus:  10 h 30 min
4
Sapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Nam Mau
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: London

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary site .

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. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Cat Ba

The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba Island.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Cat Ba journey builder .

Take a bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then look for gifts at Ha Long Pearl. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay road trip planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Long Tien Pagoda ©
Long Tien Pagoda

2
nights
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.
Den Mau and The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church) will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fansipan Mountain and Love Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Deo Tram Ton.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sapa itinerary planner.

Getting from Halong Bay to Sapa by combination of ferry and bus takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Den Mau
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

4
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Cultures of Vietnam's Ethnic Groups and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Appreciate the collections at TiredCity Hang Bong and Hanoi Police Museum. Step out of Hanoi to go to Ninh Binh and see Mua Caves, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. See even more of Hanoi: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Presidential Palace Historical Site, kick back and relax at Quan Lan Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sapa to Hanoi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mua Caves, Museum of Cultures of Vietnam's Ethnic Groups
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc
Spas

1
night
Nam Mau

Nam Mau ©
You've now added Ba Be National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Ba Be National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nam Mau online travel planner .

You can drive from Hanoi to Nam Mau in 5.5 hours. On the 18th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Nam Mau

Parks Nature
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Ba Be National Park ©
Ba Be National Park

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