Two Week Vietnam iTINERARY
Vietnam is an amazing place to visit. Full of culture, history and beautiful landscapes, not to mention the delicious food! Even better, if you’re from the UK, then you get an automatic 15 day visa exemption. If you want to stay longer, you can apply for (and pay for) a three month visa. Being the budget travellers that we are, we decided that we would be fine trying to cram all Vietnam had to offer into two weeks. So here is our two week Vietnam itinerary.
This is by no means a ‘Top Places to Visit’ post; we definitely missed out on some outstanding locations, but we only had two weeks. In addition, we travelled either by local bus or by train. If we got another chance I think we would buy/hire scooters and see more of the countryside. You will notice that the number of nights indicated only equals 11. This is because a couple of nights were taken up on overnight trains.
Hanoi – 3 nights
Hanoi is a beautiful if incredibly hectic city, especially if you focus your attention on the old city. The capital of the country has adorable roads to walk down that are all named after the goods that they sell, and most locals and tourists can be found sitting at plastic tables on the side of the road drinking in the evening.
Highlights: The Imperial City, Water Puppet Theatre, Hoa Lo Prison, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, and the Old Quarter.
Accommodation: Central Backpackers Hostel- Old Quarter. Free Beer!
Halong Bay – 1 night
Halong bay is famous the world over for its spectacular beauty. Hop aboard a junk boat for an overnight tour including kayaking and swimming. Enjoy gorgeous views as you sail amongst the many limestone outcrops that make for amazing Instagram pics!
Highlights: Awesome views, overnight stays on an island, Cat Ba island.
Accommodation: On board the party cruise (plenty of others to choose from).
HuÉ – 2 nights
Hué (pronounced h-w-a-y) was the site of some fierce fighting during the Vietnam-US war. Whilst the town itself is fairly touristy, you will find loads of great places to eat and drink. In the surrounding areas you will temples, pagodas and other well preserved sights to visit.
Highlights: The Citadel, Ho Quyen Tiger Fighting Arena and Thien Mu Pagoda.
Accommodation: Flora Hotel – A cute and reasonably priced boutique hotel in pime location to reach everything.
Da Nang – 2 nights
A quintessentially Vietnamese city, which up until fairly recently was largely untouched by tourism.
Highlights: Marble Mountains, the bridges, beaches.
Hoi An – day trip
A quaint UNESCO World heritage site on every Vietnam traveller’s list. Easily reached by local bus from Da Nang, enjoy the cute shop-house architecture, colourful lanterns and a stroll along the river. We visited as a day trip which enabled us to easily stroll around the historic centre. If you want to venture a little further afield there are beaches and historic architecture galore.
Highlights: The Bahn Mi Queen, silk lanterns, quaint architecture, beaches and a tailor made suit.
Ho Chi Minh City – 3 nights
Previously known as Saigon (and still called it by locals), this cosmopolitan city is a great place to finish your adventure. Plenty of historically significant sites both in and around the city, an international airport and world class dining options.
Highlights: Reunification palace, the Cu Chi tunnels, war remnants museum, Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Central Post Office.
Accommodation: The Hangout Party Hostel. Free Beer!
There are so many more awesome places to visit in Vietnam. From Phong Nha to Da Lat and Nha Trang to the Mekong Delta and the Hai Van pass. The above is a reflection of our brief, two week Vietnam itinerary. However I would love to go back for longer and see the places we missed out on.
Have you been to Vietnam? Which places on our two week Vietnam Itinerary did you visit? Which places that we missed out on would you recommend the most? Get in touch below in the comments.
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