20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
2
Sapa
— 3 nights
3
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Hue
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
5
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Hanoi
— 3 nights
End: Hanoi

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of Literature & National University and Tired City Bao Khanh. Escape the urban bustle at Travel Agent Hanoi and Vietnam Luxury Golf - Day Tours. There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, get outside with MotoTours Asia, and make a trip to Ho Van - Van Mieu.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip maker website .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Noi Bai International Airport. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Food Tours
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fansipan Mountain and Muong Hoa Valley. Get some cultural insight at Ta Phin Village and The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church). Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Love Waterfall, look for gifts at Hieu Stone, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps and other tourist information, read Sapa online vacation planner .

Drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Spas
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

3
nights
Ninh Binh

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trang An Grottoes and Van Long Nature Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Bai Dinh Pagoda and Hoa Lu Temples. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Mua Caves, make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ninh Binh online travel route 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. September in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 28th (Sat), you're off toHue.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Van Long Nature Reserve ©
Van Long Nature Reserve

3
nights
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 28th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Xavier Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Perfume River, contemplate the long history of Thai Hoa Palace, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally steep yourself in history at The Flag Tower.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hue online trip maker .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Ninh Binh to Hue in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In September, daytime highs in Hue are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

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

4
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Get some cultural insight at Hoi An Ancient Town and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Make the 3rd (Thu) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of The Old House of Phun Hung, and stop by Rubin Cloth Shop.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hoi An are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Spas
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Cua Dai Beach ©
Cua Dai Beach

3
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at One Pillar Pagoda.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi online travel planner .

You can fly from Da Nang to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Spas

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