16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 1 night
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Cat Ba
— 2 nights
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Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
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Da Nang
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Hanoi
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Hanoi

— 1 night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Thang Long Art Gallery, Hanoi Old Quarter Culture Exchange Center, Chua Tran Quoc, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Lang Toi - My Village by Lune Production, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, then examine the collection at Hanoi Old Quarter Culture Exchange Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Thang Long Art Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hanoi is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nightlife
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:

Cat Ba

— 2 nights
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, learn more about the world around you at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, and finally head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Hospital Cave, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at Vu Nguyen Family Massage.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cat Ba road trip website.

Take a bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

Ninh Binh

— 2 nights
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 5th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bai Dinh Pagoda, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Ninh Binh trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 2 nights
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Magic Fingers and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): Head underground at Phong Nha Caves and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip app.

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:

Hue

— 2 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh and Nine Dynastic Urns. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tomb of Tu Duc and Nha Luu Niem Danh Nhan Phan Boi Chau. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Tu Dam Pagoda, and cast your line with Thanh Toan Eco Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hue attractions app.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Classes
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Hoi An

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hai Van Pass as well as Mỹ Sơn. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Mỹ Sơn, cruise along Hai Van Pass, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of March Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An travel itinerary planner.

You can travel from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Da Nang

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Da Nang travel app.

You can drive from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Da Nang

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Classes
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Hanoi

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes D&C Art Gallery as well as Old Quarter. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): view the masterpieces at D&C Art Gallery and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hanoi trip maker website.

Getting from Da Nang to Hanoi by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

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.