See some spectacular scenery and learn about daily life in northern Vietnam on this immersive, eight-day tour. Explore the lush countryside of Ninh Binh by bike and sampan boat, savor Hanoi's best street food on a guided tour, enjoy an overnight cruise around Ha Long Bay, and discover the villages and countryside of Ba Vi National Park on an memorable eco-tour.
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Boat excursions take you across an aquatic landscape where limestone pinnacles soar high above the rice paddies. In some places, slow-moving rowboats are the ideal way to experience the scenery and give access to caves hidden along the Sao Khe River. You can also hit the back roads of Ninh Binh Province on cycling tours, traversing rural villages and historic sites - like the ruins of a 10th-century citadel. Wildlife lovers shouldn’t miss a chance to go on a guided trip inside Cuc Phuong National Park, which has primary tropical rainforest with over 2,000 plant species and an impressive variety of animal life. At the park’s Primate Rescue Center, you can have memorable encounters with gibbons, langurs and lorises.
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Most travelers will find that five to eight days is perfect for a well-paced Vietnam trip with stops in Hanoi, Ninh Binh, and Ha Long Bay. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, Can Tho, and Pu Luong Nature Reserve. See more ideas for Hanoi, Ninh Binh, and Ha Long Bay itineraries below.
Mix first-class accommodations with rustic countryside excursions on this weeklong adventure in Vietnam. It starts with city tours in the nation's dynamic capital of Hanoi, where you'll dine with a local family and at upscale restaurants. Then you're off to the vast rice paddies and soaring karst mountains of Ninh Binh to enjoy cycling before hopping aboard a luxury cruise on the famous Ha Long Bay.
Discover the natural beauty of northern Vietnam and Thailand on this 10-day nature escape. In Vietnam, you'll take an overnight cruise of Ha Long Bay's karst-studded emerald waters, experience rural life in Ba Vi, and explore Ninh Binh's fertile countryside by bike and boat. Fly to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand next, your base for visiting an elephant jungle sanctuary and Doi Inthanon National Park, home to the country's highest peak.
In just over two weeks, you'll visit the most scenic parts of northern Vietnam, plus hop the border for the highlights of Cambodia. The adventure starts with cycling in the country outside Hanoi, a trip to unspoiled nature reserves, and a ride down the Red River Delta. After cruising the jade waters of Ha Long Bay, you'll fly to Cambodia to explore the ruins of Angkor and dive into the nation's culture on a tour of Phnom Penh.
Discover Southeast Asia on a grand culture tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Over 13 days, you'll explore several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the jade waters of Ha Long Bay, the jaw-dropping temples of Angkor Wat, and the palaces of Ayutthaya Historical Park (Thailand's original capital). It's not all about history, though—you'll also cycle through rice paddies, take a cooking class, and explore night markets via moped and tuk-tuk to round out this epic adventure.
This five-day tour gives you the best of northern Vietnam, from Hanoi to the fertile river lands of Ninh Bình and finally to Hạ Long Bay. In Hanoi, you'll immerse yourself in the culture, enjoy delicious street food, and visit famous landmarks like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. You'll then travel to Ninh Bình for a boat journey on the river, followed by a trip to Hạ Long Bay, known for its emerald waters and over 1,000 uninhabited islands.
Travelers to Vietnam typically plan a trip for 14 to 15 days when combining Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay, and Pu Luong Nature Reserve with Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, and Can Tho. If you're not interested in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, and Can Tho, eight to nine days are enough for your trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in one week for travelers with limited time. Check out our favorite Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay, and Pu Luong Nature Reserve trips below.
Spend two weeks experiencing the authentic side of Vietnam and Cambodia that few tourists get to see. Zip along Hanoi's historic streets on a Vespa, followed by a trip south to cycle between the rural villages of Mai Chau and boat through the soaring karst landscapes of Ninh Binh. After a relaxing cruise on romantic Ha Long Bay and an adventure down the Mekong River, you'll fly to Cambodia to visit floating villages and the 10th-century Khmer temples of Angkor.
Most people visiting Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh, and Ha Long Bay spend about 14 to 15 days in Vietnam, which usually includes some time in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Ba Thuoc District, Mai Chau, or Pu Luong Nature Reserve as well. For travelers wanting to visit Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh, and Ha Long Bay exclusively, plan 11 to 12 days for a well-paced trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in nine or 10 days for travelers with limited time. Read on for the best itineraries.
Two weeks is a great length for a Vietnam trip with stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Phu Quoc, and Ha Long Bay. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Siem Reap or Hue. See more ideas for Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Phu Quoc, and Ha Long Bay itineraries below.
This tour takes you around the major highlights of Vietnam, but along the lesser-traveled paths. Visit the coastal regions of Northern Vietnam that still remain unknown to many visitors. Get immersed in Vietnamese history in Hue, and experience a different side of popular Hoi An by being a local for one day. And of course, visit bustling Hanoi—the capital of Vietnam—which seamlessly blends the old and new.
Embark on a memorable journey to see the best of Vietnam, from colonial Hanoi to the beaches of the south and beyond. It begins in the north, where you'll tour the capital, cruise Ha Long Bay, and ride a sampan through the Red River Valley. Then, in central Vietnam, you'll visit ancient cities, take cooking classes, and laze on white-sand beaches in Nha Trang before finishing the trip in Ho Chi Minh City.
This grand tour of Vietnam covers the best in the country, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. After touring the historic sites in Vietnam's capital, spend time in the unspoiled nature reserve of Pu Luong and the stunning landscapes of the Red River Valley. Following this is a cruise around Ha Long Bay, a tour of organic farms at ancient Hoi An, and a visit to highlights around Ho Chi Minh City, like the Mekong River.
Travel Vietnam from north to south on this 15-day highlights tour. Start at the top of the country to cruise UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay, whizz through the streets of Hanoi on a Vespa, and cycle through the northern countryside. Continue down the coast to Hue's ancient citadels and royal tombs, followed by the bright lights of Ho Chi Minh City. Your adventure ends in the lush Mekong Delta, where you'll sail to an iconic floating market.
Experience Vietnam like a local with insider tours of its vibrant cities and natural wonders. Explore the backstreets of Hanoi and cycle along the fertile rice paddies of Ninh Binh before cruising the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay. Then discover Ho Chi Minh City on a Vespa and finish with a speedboat ride along the famous Mekong River.
Discover the highlights of Vietnam and Thailand on this 13-day adventure that combines active excursions and seaside relaxation. In Vietnam, you'll dive right in with city cultural tours and scenic boat rides amid the towering karst mountains of Ninh Binh. Next, hop the border into Thailand, where you'll visit Bangkok's famous temples, take a day trip to Phang Nga Bay (and James Bond Island), and laze on the white-sand beaches of Phuket.
This nine-day escape will take you to some of the most exotic parts of Vietnam, from mystical Ha Long Bay to the beaches of tropical Phu Quoc. It begins in Hanoi with city tours of this ancient capital and continues with a boat tour of Ha Long. Then jet off to the south and the island of Phu Quoc, where you can relax on white-sand beaches, go snorkeling, and sunbathe until your heart's content.
This nine-day adventure celebrates the history and culture of Vietnam's north while taking you to the most beautiful areas in the region. First, tour the highlights of ancient Hanoi and ride bicycles through the countryside. The excitement kicks into high gear with trekking through the highlands, riding sampans down rivers in Ninh Binh, and cruising the jade waters of Ha Long Bay.
Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh, Can Tho, Ha Long Bay & Pu Luong Nature Reserve: Best Itinerary Ideas
Combining Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh, Can Tho, Ha Long Bay, and Pu Luong Nature Reserve makes for a perfect trip to Vietnam. To make the most of your trip, maximizing time between travel days at each incredible stop, you'll want to plan your trip for about 14 to 15 days. Even with a tight schedule, travelers can see the classic highlights in as few as 13 days. See our best-loved itineraries below to start planning your Vietnam trip.
Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh, Can Tho, Ha Long Bay, Ba Thuoc District & Mai Chau: Best Itinerary Ideas
Visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh, Can Tho, Ha Long Bay, Ba Thuoc District, and Mai Chau makes a great itinerary for any Vietnam traveler. To do it right, with plenty of time to enjoy the sights and activities of each stop, it's best to spend 12 to 13 days in-country. Check out our favorite itinerary ideas below, and start planning your perfect trip.
Over 12 days you'll travel from the mountains of northern Vietnam down to the southern Mekong Delta and enjoy outdoor adventures every step of the way. It begins with two days of cycling through nature reserves followed by a cruise along the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay. Then visit historical sites in the ancient cities of Hue and Hoi An before ending the trip on the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City and rafting down the Mekong River.
On this epic 13-day journey, you'll discover Vietnam's unique highlights and hidden wonders, from Hanoi's Old Town to the backstreets of Ho Chi Minh City. In the former, go sightseeing and indulge in delicious street food before cruising through dramatic scenery in Ha Long Bay. Then it's time to see ancient sites in Hue and Hoi An, on the central coast, followed by quality time in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta.
Get your adrenaline pumping on this active, 13-day Vietnam tour. Start with an epic mountain bike ride through northern Vietnam's rice-paddy-studded countryside and then cruise the emerald waters of UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay. The adventure continues in Hue, where you'll explore royal cities and emperors' tombs by boat and bike. Fish with the locals in Hoi An and encounter war history at the Cu Chi Tunnels en route to the lush Mekong Delta, where vast floating markets await.
Discover cities, rivers, countryside, and beaches on this luxurious two-week jaunt around Vietnam. Immerse yourself in local culture in Hanoi, then venture deep into the Red River Delta on the waterways of fairy-tale Ninh Binh. Weave through the karst islands of Ha Long Bay, visit hidden villages near Hoi An, and enjoy dinner cruises in Ho Chi Minh City before ending up on the white-sand beaches of Phu Quoc. Along the way, bespoke excursions, private tours, and 5-star hotels ensure you travel in style.
Enjoy a first-class escape to Vietnam for two weeks of adventure without sacrificing comfort. It starts with a highlights tour of Ho Chi Minh City followed by cycling and farm tours around the famous Mekong Delta. After visiting the awe-inspiring Imperial City in Hue, you'll continue north to live the high life in Hanoi before wrapping up the trip at the otherworldly dreamscapes of Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay.
Experience the trip of a lifetime as you travel to the far corners of Vietnam and Cambodia. Over three weeks you'll enjoy history tours in Hanoi, cruise the limestone towers of Ha Long Bay, visit ancient citadels and river towns on the coast, and explore the famous Mekong Delta. Then fly to Cambodia and see Khmer temples at legendary Angkor, explore sacred mountains and caves in Battambang, and end with a sunset river cruise in Phnom Penh.
Dive deep into Vietnam and Cambodia, two of the richest cultures in Southeast Asia, with three memorable weeks of off-the-beaten-path adventures. Enjoy the best cuisine in Hanoi, hike through the terraced rice fields and hill tribe villages of Sapa, cruise Ha Long Bay, and discover the unspoiled beaches of the Phu Yen coast—and that's just Vietnam. The thrills continue in Cambodia with visits to the ancient citadels of Angkor and the powdery white-sand beaches of Koh Rong.
Experience all of Vietnam's highlights in one trip with this exciting 15-day itinerary. The adventure begins in the capital of Hanoi where you'll get a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Then work your way south through small fishing villages and rice paddies, ancient temples and trading ports, and hidden charms of the Mekong Delta. Of course, there will be time to hit the beaches on Phu Quoc Island where you'll have two blissful free days at the end of the trip.
Explore the cultural and natural highlights of Vietnam on this 17-day trip. Arrive in Hanoi and indulge in a street food walking tour, followed by a day at Pu Luong National Park and dinner with a local host family. Next, explore the beauty of Trang An's caves, followed by an overnight cruise along Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Then, trek through Phong Nha National Park and camp overnight before discovering the stunning Tu Lan Cave System. Next is Hue, and another dinner with a local family, as well as a tour of the ancient city. Head to Hoi An for some sightseeing, a free day, and a fishing village tour. The trip concludes in Ho Chi Minh City with a Vespa tour and a day trip to the Mekong Delta.