16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mu Cang Chai
— 1 night
Drive
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Lai Chau
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ha Giang
— 1 night
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Dao Co To
— 2 nights
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Halong Bay
— 1 night
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Ha Long Quang Ninh, Bus to Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh
— 1 night
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Hanoi
— 1 night
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Hanoi

— 2 nights
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pho Linh Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary planning tool.

Geneva, Switzerland to Hanoi is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Indochina Time is 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mu Cang Chai.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Mu Cang Chai

— 1 night
Mù Cang Chải is a rural district of Yên Bái Province, in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Khau Pha Pass and then take in the pleasant sights at La Pan Tan.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mu Cang Chai route planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai by car takes about 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lai Chau.

Things to do in Mu Cang Chai

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 13:

Lai Chau

— 1 night
Lai Châu is the capital town of Lai Chau province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lai Chau trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Mu Cang Chai to Lai Chau in 4 hours. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Lai Chau

Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Sapa

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Deo Tram Ton, take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, then make a trip to Cat Cat village, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley and then make a trip to Quang Truong Square.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sapa trip builder website.

Drive from Lai Chau to Sapa in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks · Spas · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

Ha Giang

— 1 night
For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ha Giang trip maker app.

You can drive from Sapa to Ha Giang in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll set off for Dao Co To on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Ha Giang

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Transportation
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

Dao Co To

— 2 nights
On the 18th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Co To Island.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dao Co To travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Ha Giang to Dao Co To with the Route module. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Dao Co To

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

Halong Bay

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island and then head off the coast to Cat Ba Island.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Halong Bay trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Dao Co To to Halong Bay with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Ninh Binh

— 1 night
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 22nd (Wed), Head underground at Mua Caves.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ninh Binh day trip app.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh takes 7 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Hanoi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stop by TiredCity Hang Bong and then contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hanoi online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ninh Binh to Hanoi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 23:

Vietnam travel guide

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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.