14 days in Vietnam Itinerary

14 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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14 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Nam Mau
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Cao Bang
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Ha Giang
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
5
Sapa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Ferry:  6​h 15​min
7
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2​h 45​min
8
Cat Ba
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 30​min
End: Hanoi

2
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.
Kayaking & Canoeing has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, view the masterpieces at Tired City Hang Bong, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, and finally don't miss a visit to Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take a stroll through Old Quarter.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hanoi planning tool .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Noi Bai International Airport and Van Don International. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Phu Tho.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Nam Mau

Nam Mau
To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nam Mau trip itinerary app .

Getting from Hanoi to Nam Mau by car takes about 5.5 hours. You'll set off for Cao Bang on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Nam Mau

Nature Parks
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2
nights
Cao Bang

Cao Bang ©
Cao Bằng is a city in northern Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Ban Gioc Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Nguom Ngao Cave.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cao Bang road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nam Mau to Cao Bang takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Cao Bang

Nature Parks
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Ban Gioc Waterfall ©
Ban Gioc Waterfall
Nguom Ngao Cave ©
Nguom Ngao Cave

few
hours
Ha Giang

Ha Giang
To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ha Giang trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sapa to Ha Giang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll set off for Cao Bang on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Ha Giang

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Y Linh Ho, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, and then don't miss a visit to Quang Truong Square.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sapa trip planner .

You can drive from Ha Giang to Sapa in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho
Quang Truong Square ©
Quang Truong Square

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.
When in Ninh Binh, make a side trip to see Bai Dinh Pagoda in Gia Sinh, approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Van Long Nature Reserve, explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, and explore the activities along Trang An Grottoes.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ninh Binh online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Sapa to Ninh Binh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Van Long Nature Reserve ©
Van Long Nature Reserve

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.
Halong Bay is known for nature, adventure, nightlife, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay day trip site .

Getting from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay by combination of bus and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

1
night
Cat Ba

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 15th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then step off the mainland to explore Monkey Island. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Hospital Cave and then step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Hospital Cave ©
Hospital Cave

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