15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 1 night
Bus
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Da Lat
— 1 night
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Can Tho
— 1 night
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 1 day
Drive
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Nam Mau
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapa
— 1 day
Drive
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Ninh Hai
— 2 nights
Drive to Noi Bai International Airport, Fly to Cape Town International Airport

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Hoi An

— 3 nights
Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hue (Thien Mu Pagoda, Imperial City, &more). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An online trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Hoi An is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Cape Town to Hoi An due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, Hoi An is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

Nha Trang

— 1 night
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
On the 9th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then take in the exciting artwork at DDK's Black & White Photo Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nha Trang trip website.

You can fly from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Da Lat

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Flowers

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Da Lat online trip planner.

Take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

Ho Chi Minh City

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of The Independence Palace, walk around Cong Vien 30-4, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City online day trip planner.

You can fly from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. December in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Can Tho.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

Can Tho

— 1 night

Capital of the West

The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
On the 13th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museum of Tarot, admire the striking features of Thiền Viện Trúc Lâm Phương Nam, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Can Tho road trip planner.

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In December in Can Tho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Can Tho

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

Halong Bay

— 1 day
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.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the views from Bãi Cháy Bridge and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Halong Bay travel route planning site.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Can Tho to Halong Bay in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Nam Mau.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Nam Mau

— 1 night
On the 15th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ba Be National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nam Mau trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Halong Bay to Nam Mau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Nam Mau

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Sapa

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sapa vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Nam Mau to Sapa takes 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ninh Hai.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

Ninh Hai

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): Head underground at Vai Gioi Cave, then stroll through Thung Nham Bird Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Coc Pagoda.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ninh Hai trip planner.

Drive from Sapa to Ninh Hai in 7 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ninh Hai can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ninh Hai

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Mekong Delta travel guide

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Flea Markets · Kayaking & Canoeing · Landmarks
Interlaced with rivers and canals feeding rice-growing plains and lush wetlands, the Mekong Delta impresses with its bustling floating metropolis. Tours of the Mekong Delta revolve around boat trips to floating markets and even whole towns on stilts, and trips to tranquil inland villages with slow, traditional lifestyles. As the rice bowl of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta offers foodies plenty to sink their teeth into: tours of rice paddies and orchards, fresh produce from floating stands, and delicious freshwater fish dishes. Other possibilities for a Mekong Delta itinerary include temples with ornate pagodas, wartime bunkers, and mangrove forests sheltering rare waterfowl and migratory birds.

Bac Kan Province travel guide

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National Parks
Bắc Kạn, also spelt Bắc Cạn, is a province of Vietnam. It is located in the Northeast region, due north of the capital Hanoi. Bắc Kạn is the only town of the province which is the capital of the province and is a municipality. The province covers an area of 4,859.4 square kilometres and as of 2008 it had a population of 308,900 people. It is a mountainous terrain with rich natural resources of minerals and forests. It has numerous mountains, rivers and lakes which are very scenic. Ba Bể National Park and Ba Bể Lake lie within its borders.EtymologyThe name Bắc Kạn is derived from the Sino-Vietnamese Bac, meaning north, and the native Vietnamese Kạn; Bac Kạn is rendered in Hán-Nôm as 北𣴓.GeographyThe province is located in the northeast midland mountainous area of Vietnam. Its terrain has the highest altitude among the 11 provinces of the region. Forest area dominates more than 95% of the province. The remainder is available for agricultural and other uses. Due to this rugged and forested topography, development of water resources has been limited resulting in exploitation of its forest resources; this has caused degradation of the forests. The topography is highly variable, varying from 1640m (highest point in the Khie Thiouing mountains in the province) to the lowest point of 40m in the Chợ Mới District. There are numerous rivers and streams flowing through the province, each with small catchment areas. However, most of them have steep slopes and short lengths. Out of the total population, 83% are dependent on agriculture.

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Hoa Lu District travel guide

4.3
Spas · Nature & Parks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hoa Lư is a district of Ninh Bình Province in the Red River Delta region of Vietnam. Before 1010, Hoa Lư served as the capital of Dai Co Viet. Hoa Lư Ancient Capital is located in Trường Yên Commune of this district (vi). It comprises 10 communes and one township: Trường Yên, Ninh Hòa, Ninh Giang, Ninh Mỹ, Ninh Khang, Ninh Xuân, Ninh Vân, Ninh Hải, Ninh An, Ninh Thắng, and Thiên Tôn Township. As of 2003 the district had a population of 66,932. The district covers an area of 103 km². The district capital lies at Thiên Tôn.

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