13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ninh Binh
— 1 night
Bus
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Cat Ba
— 1 night
Bus
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Hanoi
— 1 night
Bus
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Sapa
— 2 nights
Bus
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Genesis Cruises as well as Old Quarter. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner.

Houston, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Houston to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Hoa Lu Temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ninh Binh trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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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 21st (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

1
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Hanoi

Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stop by Cerender Ceramic Shop and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hanoi travel route planning tool.

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife · Historic Sites

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nights
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 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Quang Truong Square, then admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain.

Make your Sapa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Sapa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks · Nature

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Hanoi

Old Quarter has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get a taste of local nightlife at Motorbike Tours Hanoi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Ancient House, get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, then browse for treasures at 54 Traditions Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Sapa to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife · Historic Sites

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.