13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hanoi
— 1 night
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
3
Sapa
— 2 nights
4
Hue
— 1 night
5
Hoi An
— 1 night
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, thenexplore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then wander the streets of Old Quarter.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi holiday planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Temple of Literature & National University ©

2
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.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, thenexplore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, thenhead off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ti Top Island. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Hospital Cave, step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay visit planning app.

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

2
nights
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.
Sapa is known for nature, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, make a trip to Quang Truong Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sapa trip planner.

Do a combination of car and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley

1
night
Hue

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
On the 19th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, thenadmire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, thensteep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hue attractions planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Sapa to Hue in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hue can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

1
night
Hoi An

Hoi An ©
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.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, thenindulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, thensnap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, and then make a trip to Ben Dinh Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, thenbrowse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, thentake an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City road trip app.

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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