How To Spend 2 Weeks In Vietnam (Printable Itinerary)

2-week Vietnam Itinerary

With a beautiful landscape and unique history and culture, Vietnam is a great destination to visit in South East Asia.

What to do if you have two weeks in Vietnam?

Two weeks in Vietnam is undoubtedly not enough to see this beautiful country, but with this detailed Vietnam itinerary below, you will be able to explore the best of Vietnam in 14 days.

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What to see in Vietnam in 2 weeks (from North to South)

This two-week itinerary will take you to discover all the best places in Vietnam from the North to South

Day 1 – 2: Wander around the capital

Day 3 – 7: Explore nature

Day 8 – 12: Learn about the culture

Day  13 – 14: See Saigon and the surroundings

things to do in Vietnam in 2 weeks

From ancient town to tasty food and breathtaking landscape, there are many places to see and tons of things to do in Vietnam, so it can be a bit intense to plan and see the best of Vietnam in 14 days.

To follow this itinerary, you will spend lots of time on buses, train (or you can save time by flying), so you might want to opt out one or two places to relax and chill.

If you’re traveling to Vietnam for a shorter period, you can skip a few places that I recommend. If you’re going for longer, follow some extra options.

This itinerary is from the North to South, but you can choose to do vice versa if you arrive in Ho Chi Minh city first.

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Day 1 & 2 – Hanoi

Hanoi is a great place to start your trip in Vietnam. The capital of Vietnam has a rich history with ancient relics and peaceful life.

If you have once traveled to Hanoi, you surely cannot forget its charming atmosphere with Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake), quiet cafes, small streets, and street vendors.

The best time to visit Hanoi is around Autumn or during spring.

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Day 1: Hanoi Old Quarter

On your first day in Hanoi, take a stroll around Hanoi Old Quarter and visit its famous attractions. Don’t forget to try Trang Tien ice-cream and delicious bowl of Pho on your first day in Vietnam.

Daytime:

  • Places to visit: Hoan Kiem Lake, Bach Ma Temple, Ancient House, Dong Xuan Market, Long Bien Bridge.
  • What to eat: Pho Bat Dan, Egg Coffee, Trang Tien Ice-cream
  • Budget: From $5/person

-> Read more: Explore Hanoi Old Quarter 

things to do in Hanoi Vietnam

Night: Ta Hien street

At night, can experience nightlife in Hanoi like a local while drinking 5000 VND (20 cents) beer on Ta Hien street.

  • Things to do: Try beer on Ta Hien street and shop at night market
  • Budget: From $5 per person

things to do in Hanoi at night

Day 2: Hanoi City tour

Morning

  • Places to visit:  Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and One Pillar Pagoda
  • What to eat:  Bun Cha (43 Hang Buom) + Bun Dau Mam Tom
  • Budget: From $5 per person

Afternoon

  • Places to visit: Temple of Literature & Museum of Ethnology
  • Budget: From $5 per person

Evening

Recommended activities to do in Hanoi

 

Where to stay in Hanoi?

Hanoi Old Quarter is arguably the best and most convenient place to stay in the capital.

There are several budget hostels in Hanoi, but I would recommend staying at Little Charm Hanoi Hostel or Babylon Garden Inn. Located in the heart of Hanoi Old quarter, both accommodations provide facilities similar to a hotel except with a shared room. You can also enjoy a lovely swimming pool after a long day exploring Hanoi.

For a trendy hotel, you can check out O’Gallery Majestic Hotel & Spa. This hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness room, and a garden. The staffs are friendly and welcoming, and tasty breakfast will make your trip enjoyable.

If you’re looking for a luxurious stay in Hanoi, Apricot Hotel is a great option. Apricot Hotel offers modern and luxurious accommodations with a rooftop swimming pool and a panoramic fitness center.

 

Day 3 & 4 – Sapa

Option 1: Sapa Tour from Hanoi

If you only have two days for Sapa, the easiest option is to book a Sapa trekking tour that includes transportation service, accommodation, food, and an English tour guide.

Get Your Guide offers a great two days one night Sapa trekking tour that takes you to explore the most popular attractions in Sapa: Cat Cat, Lao Chai, Ta Van, and Giang Ta Chai.

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Option 2: Sapa tour DIY

Alternatively, you can book a night train from Hanoi to Sapa, and enjoy an exceptional time at Topas Ecolodge.

Only 45 min outside Sapa town, Topas Ecolodge is a charming mountain lodge located on a beautiful hilltop deep in the mountains of Hoang Lien National Park.

While staying in Sapa, you can join a trekking tour that takes you exploring the Waterfalls and Tribal Villages.

Useful links:

things to do in Sapa Vietnam

Where to stay in Sapa?

Topas Ecolodge is a great place to stay if you’re looking for an unforgettable trip to Sapa.

Alternatively, there are several homestays or ecolodge in Sapa you can choose from such as The Little Hmong House and Hmong House – Sapa Homestay.

 

Day 5 & 6 – Cat Ba island

On your 5th and 6th day, spend a great time on Cat Ba island, the largest island in the Cat Ba Archipelago.

Below is how to make a DIY trip for two days, but if you want to save time, you can join one day Cat Ba island tour from Hanoi.

The tour includes

  • Transportation service (pick up and drop-off at Hanoi Old Quarter)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Kayaking or bamboo boat trip
  • Cooking class
  • Meals & snack

Lan Ha Bay fish village Cat Ba island Vietnam

Below is how to have a DIY trip to Cat Ba island 

Day 5: Get to Cat Ba & Beach time

  • Things to do: Get to Cat Ba and swim
  • What to eat: Seafood
  • Budget: $16 (bus) + $5 (hostel bed) + $1 (electric car) + $10 (meal)

A trip to Vietnam without seeing the bay is a huge miss. Instead of going to Halong Bay, I would suggest going to the alternative but amazing option – Cat Ba Island.

It takes approximately 4 hours to get from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island. After getting to Cat Ba town, you can check in your hotel, get on an electric car or walk to one of the beaches on Cat Ba island.

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Day 6: Lan Ha Bay

  • Things to do: Take Lan Ha Bay day tour (day time) + walk around Cat Ba town (night)
  • What to eat: Seafood
  • Budget: $ (Lan Ha tour) + $10 (food)

On the next day, take a tour around Lan Ha Bay. A tour will cover transportation fee (bus + ferry + kayak), and take you around the Bay with different hidden beaches and Monkey Island.

At night, you can visit the market in Cat Ba town. The seafood restaurants offer a wide range of choice, so don’t forget to try some tasty dishes.

best things to do in Cat Ba Monkey island

Where to stay in Cat Ba island?

I would recommend staying in Cat Ba town for your convenience. Located just a few steps from Cat Co 3 beach, Cat Ba Sunrise Resort features an outdoor swimming pool, on-site restaurant, and bar.

If you’re looking for an affordable stay, Bien Phong Hostel offers lovely rooms at a reasonable price. The owner is nice and welcoming.

 

Day 7 & 8 – Ninh Binh

Day 7: Ninh Binh & Hang Mua

  • Things to do: Take a bus to Ninh Binh & discover Hang Mua
  • What to eat: Mountain goat + Scorched rice topped with pork floss
  • Budget: $15 (bus) + $5 (Hang Mua) + $5 (Hostel bed) + Taxi/ Bike rental fee + $10 (Food)

Tips: If you still have enough energy, you might want to wake up early to catch the sunrise before heading to Ninh Binh by bus.

The journey takes about 5 hours from Cat Ba island to Ninh Binh by bus.

After checking in at your hotel, you can rent a bike to Hang Mua (Mua Cave) – a scenic mountainside spot in Ninh Binh. Although you will need to climb 500 steps to get to the top, the view is worth it.

-> Read related: Best things to do in Ninh Binh

best things to do in Ninh Binh Vietnam

Where to stay in Ninh Binh?

Depends on where you want to go, you should choose to stay either near Trang An or Tam Coc.

With a modern design, Trang An Retreat features an outdoor swimming pool and a sun terrace. The staffs are very accommodating, bringing you a mini resort experience with homestay feeling.

 

Day 8: Ninh Binh and train to Hue

Day time

  • Things to do: Take a Trang An boat ride & explore Hoa Lu Ancient capital
  • What to eat:
  • Budget: $10 (Trang An boat ride) + $1 (Hoa Lu entrance fee) + $10 (food) Taxi/ Bike rental fee

Evening: Get to Hue

One of the best option to get from Ninh Binh to Hue is by train. Vietnam Railways offers several trains daily to Hue from Ninh Binh, and the journey takes 10 hours 43 minutes.

You should take a train that departs at 9:47 pm so you will be able to sleep on the train and get to Hue the next morning at 8:30 am.

If you’re looking for a comfortable ride, Livitrans and Violette are private trains that offer high-quality service.

-> Read more about Vietnam train travel guide

 

Day 9 – Hue

  • Places to visit: Imperial city, Thien Mu Pagoda, Royal tomb
  • What to eat: Bun Bo Hue, Banh bot loc, Com hen
  • Budget: From $10

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Where to stay in Hue?

Located in the city center, Hue Nino Hotel is a budget hotel with comfortable room and great breakfast.

If you’re looking for a trendy hotel, Rosaleen Boutique Hotel is one of the top picks in Hue. The hotel features a fabulous outdoor pool, surrounded by sun loungers.

 

Day 10 – Da Nang

In the morning, take a train ride passing Hai Van Pass from Hue to Da Nang.

The Hai Van Pass is an approximately 21-km long mountain pass on National Route 1A in Vietnam. Hai Van Pass or Sea Clouds Pass offers a stunning landscape of clear blue skies and mountain, overlooking the blue sea. 

best things to do in Da Nang Hai Van pass

The ideal train to enjoy the best of Hai Van pass is SE1, SE3, and SE19 that depart at 10:59, 8:37 and 9:31 respectively.

If you’re going from Hue, don’t forget to choose the left seat so you can enjoy the view.

Exploring Da Nang

Since you’ve been traveling around Vietnam for ten days, take this day at Da Nang to relax and enjoy a lovely time on the beach.

  • Things to do: Swimming, Seeing the Dragon bridge at night
  • What to eat: Banh Trang Thit Heo (Pork wrapped in rice paper), Mi Quang
  • Budget: From $5

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Where to stay in Da Nang?

There are several hotels located along the coast of Da Nang, offer an excellent experience for who love relaxing on the beach.

Located conveniently across from the beach, A La Carte Da Nang Beach is one of the best hotels in Da Nang. This hotel has an amazing rooftop pool, and a fantastic dining area with a fitness center and a spa.

 

Day 11 & 12 – Hoi An

Day 11: Explore Hoi An

After a relaxing day in Da Nang, you can get a shuttle bus or a private transfer from Da Nang to Hoi An.

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Day 12: My Son Morning Tour

  • Things to do: My Son morning tour
  • Budget: $16.5 (tour)

Located in the mountainous border Duy Xuyen District of Quang Nam Province, My Son Sanctuary is known as an “Angkor Wat” in the middle of Vietnam.

See the sun rise over the Hindu temple built between the 4th and 14th century AD by the Kings of Champa

Where to stay in Hoi An?

Hoi An is a lovely town with a wide range of accommodation. You can find a budget hostel to a deluxe hotel room with a lake view such as Pho Hoi Riverside Resort.

 

Day 13 & 14 – Ho Chi Minh

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh city tour

If Hanoi still has a friendly vibe of the city of thousand years old, Ho Chi Minh City is a growing and vibrant city with modern rhythm.

At first glance, Saigon or Ho Chi Minh city will leave you an impression of the largest, busiest and most dynamic city in Vietnam.

In Saigon, activities, and entertainment last until late at night. The streets are busy with the hustle and bustle of vehicles.

things to do in Saigon Vietnam

Daytime:

  • Places to visit: Ben Thanh market, Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum
  • What to eat: Hu Tieu Nam Vang, Com tam (Rice with grilled pork)
  • Budget: From $10

-> Read more: Amazing things to do in Ho Chi Minh city

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Night:

  • Things to do: Enjoy drinks at a rooftop bar
  • Budget: From $10

Where to stay in Saigon?

The best area to stay in Saigon is around District 1 near Ben Thanh market. Since most of the attractions are located mostly in District 1, you can save money and walk around comfortably.

The Hideout is an excellent option for those seeking for fun and crazy time in Saigon.

If you’re looking for a quiet hostel, the Long hostel is a family-run accommodation providing free breakfast, free beer with clean beds and a pleasant atmosphere.

For a luxury option, consider Rex Hotel with a beautiful swimming pool and great view from the rooftop bar.

 

Day 14: Mekong Tour

On your last day in Vietnam, explore the beauty of Mekong Delta with one day tour from Saigon.

Mekong Delta tour includes

  • English-speaking guide
  • Boat cruise in Mekong Delta
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Fruits and honey tea
  • Mineral water

The Mekong tour will take you to visit Buddhist Vinh Trang Pagoda and get on a boat trip to observe stilt houses, fruit plantations, and fishing villages.

You will also get an excellent opportunity to visit a coconut candy family-run business and try some.

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2-week Vietnam itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi, wander around Hanoi Old Quarter

Day 2: Visit Hanoi’s attractions

Day 3: Get on a bus to explore Sapa

Day 4: Sapa trekking & Back to Hanoi

Day 5: Travel to Cat Ba island & go swimming

Day 6: Day trip around Lan Ha Bay

Day 7: Get from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh & visit Hang Mua

Day 8: Visit highlights in Ninh Binh & take a night train to Hue

Day 9: Discover Hue

Day 10: Experience Hai Van Pass & Da Nang

Day 11: Wander around Hoi An

Day 12: Explore My Son

Day 13: Fly to Saigon and explore the city

Day 14: Take Mekong Day Trip

Day 15: Fly home

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Are two weeks in Vietnam enough?

Not really. Vietnam is a beautiful country and has so many things to offer, so spending two weeks in Vietnam will only give you a glimpse of it.

As a Vietnamese, I would suggest traveling for at least one month in Vietnam.

However, if you only have 14 days in Vietnam, you can follow the Vietnam itinerary that I list above, to discover the best of Vietnam in 2 weeks.

Hope you have a great time in Vietnam!

 

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