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Suggested Vietnam itinerary 2 weeks

For almost everyone who is first timer, 2 weeks for Vietnam travel itinerary is the perfect period to have an insight of this country’s unique culture & lifestyle, stunning landscapes and utmost important is local cuisine. So let’s find out what should be the highlights for your Vietnam itinerary 2 weeks.

 

vietnam itinerary 2 weeks

The highlights for your Vietnam itinerary 2 weeks

Booking the international flight

Vietnam has more than 10 international airports; but there are 3 major places that you can see a lot of flights landing on from various countries in the world. They are Noi Bai internation airport (Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat international airport (Ho Chi Minh city) and Danang international airport (Danang). If you are going to have visa on arrival, either of those 3 must be your arrival airport.

However, from February 2017, Vietnam has legally operated E-visa (single entry over 30 days of Vietnam traveling) which allows you to arrive to 3 mentioned airports and also airports in Can Tho, Hue (Phu Bai), Phu Quoc, Nha Trang (Cam Ranh) and Hai Phong (Cat Bi). Let’s take a look at E-Visa applying process in the official website here https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/

Where to stay in Vietnam

For any place, staying in the heart of city centre is one of the best things you should do to get the ultimate experience of local life. It means, for getting around you can save the transferring time and cost. Instead of that, it is more interesting to just wander all the vibrant streets with very Asian ambiance; taste Vietnamese street food; and witness how we conduct the daily life. Besides, for cities that have beaches, it is better to stay near the coast so that you can relax as much as you can. Do not worry too much of not getting into the local markets or residence area, almost all resorts by the beach offer free shuttle van to the city/town center every day.

 

Vietnam itinerary 2 weeks

It is better to stay near the coast

In general, there are 4 types of accommodation in each place with its room price as below:

  • Homestay/hostel/charactered 2-star hotels: below US$40/room/night
  • 3-star superior standard hotels: US$50-80/room/night
  • 4-star deluxe/boutique hotels: US$90-130/room/night
  • 5-star top notch services hotels: US$140 to above US$400/room/night

With the development of tourism in Vietnam nowadays, you should better discuss with us – Indochina Voyages about your preferred accommodations and also, explore its Tripadvisor reviews from around the world.

Where to go in Vietnam for 2 weeks?

This is probably the most expected part of this article. Ideally, with this length of stay, you can explore the most highlight sites of Vietnam from North to South. The suggested Vietnam travel itinerary for 2 weeks will bring you to the must-not-miss attractions and also some that are off-the-beaten track and less tourist, let’s look at all below.

The North (6 days)

Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, with its emphasis on the arts and learning, local law stipulates that buildings in Hanoi remain small, simple and in harmony with nature. One full day should be for the city most important sightseeing; including Ho Chi Minh President Mausoleum and his stilt house, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature (the 1st university in Vietnam); some featured museums such as Ethnology Museum, Women Museum and Hoa Lo Prison; or more in the historical side with National museum of Vietnamese history.

The next attraction is the Old Quarters “36 streets” – the narrow streets that were famous for its specialized craft making guilds. Plenty of delicious and unique street food served in these streets; either a small food stall on the pavements, a small coffee shop lie deep in the alleys, or fine dining restaurants. And finish your excursion by slowly walk around Hoan Kiem Lake; and pay a visit to Ngoc Son Temple and The Huc Bridge.

 

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake

Trang An

Another day is for Trang An Vietnam which is in Vietnam’s first scenic complex heritage site recognized by UNESCO. Here you will have time to take a boat trip (which takes around 3.5 hours) to visit more than 10 beautiful natural caves with lots of stalactites of all shapes and colors.

 

Rowing boat in Trang An

Rowing boat in Trang An

Sapa

Sapa is also worth your next 2 days. Located 350km far north-west from Hanoi, Sapa, the capital of Sapa District in Lao Cai Province, lies at the altitude of 1600m. Dominate by Hoang Lien Son moutain range with Fansipan – the highest peak in Vietnam, this place is a challenge for ones who are into trekking in the mountainous area; and it also offers magnificent, breathtaking views of slopping rice terrace fields. Especially, this is home of a great diversity of ethnic minorities such as Red Dao, Dzay, or H’mong people; thus you can see the  their different cultures.

Halong Bay

With the new highways and Bach Dang bridge that shorten the distance between Halong Bay & Hanoi, it is never easier to visit Halong Bay – the World Heritage Site. The common and most interesting way to enjoy the site is getting on a big boat and sleeping overnight there. There are a lot of interesting activities while cruising namely a cooking demonstration teaching travelers to make spring roll, included in the itinerary of every cruise; kayaking around the calm water flow of the Bay; visiting natural and unique caves, etc.

 

Halong Bay – the World Heritage Site

Halong Bay – the World Heritage Site

The Central (4 days)

Hue

Hue is such a valued destination for ones who are keen on Vietnamese history. Not until 1945 was Hue the national capital, the political, cultural and religious center of Vietnam under the control of Nguyen Dynasty. Most well-known for its historic values, Hue had been recognized as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. You will not travel to Hue until you go visit the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial Citadel, Ancient Kings’ Tomb and listen to traditional Nha Nhac Cung Dinh Hue while cruising on Perfume River.

 

The Imperial Citadel - Hue

The Imperial Citadel – Hue

Hoi An

And to me, the most exciting part of this 2 week trip in Vietnam is Hoi An. It is a small peaceful town by Tho Bon river. Here also lies the lovely beaches called An Bang and Cua Dai with yellow sand and blueish water, Cham island for snorkeling; and some of the traditional handicraft villages you can spend some more days to explore.

Besides, there are plenty fun activities we can do while staying here such as join the cooking class. It is the cool thing is you will try your hand right in the first step – going to the garden (Tra Que organic vegetable village); and the market to choose and buy the ingredient for the most authentic dishes of the region. Plus, learn how to make a lantern is also interesting as Hoi An is famous for it; it could be a very memorable souvenir to bring home.

 

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town

The South (4 days)

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (old name Saigon) is an urban and modern city with so much energy. Morning starts early and seems like there are no night in this city, since a lot of people hanging out at night – basically night life is fun. You can spend a day to wander around the symbolic sites of the city; such as The Old Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Independence Hall, War Remnants Museum and the bustling Ben Thanh Market, etc. A motorbike/scooter tour around the city at night is also recommended to discover the gastronomy in the street.

I also had another writing about my own experience of how Vietnam street food is in Saigon, you can see it here https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/explore-saigon-street-food-one-day

 

Ben Thanh Market - Ho Chi Minh city

Ben Thanh Market – Ho Chi Minh city

Cu Chi Tunnel

Cu Chi Tunnel is  now  a  popular  spot  for  both  Vietnamese  &  foreign  travelers  –  the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary  when they played a vital role in the War. In their  heyday,  the  tunnels  were  functioning  underground  cities  including  numerous  trap  doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”. I highly recommend you to start the journey at 7:00 – 7:30 am where there are not many visitors.

Mekong Delta

Finally, it is the Mekong Delta area – a complex network that’s important for agriculture; and nowadays famous for the cultural tourism with authentic floating markets, houses, the malaleuca forest, rowing boat, etc. The Mekong river streams through Dong Thap, Tien Giang, An Giang, Can Tho, Vinh Long, Hau Giang & Soc Trang provinces. Due to how many days you have and how much you would want to explore the area, we will customize the excursion here that matches your interests. Cruising into the very small canals by the sampan boat to see the colorful life of local people; trying to make some traditional local products; and enjoying the fresh fruit are the main activities here.

 

Mekong river

Rowing boat in small canals in Mekong river

Basically, you can see that there is a wide range of activities and different sceneries among regions while traveling in Vietnam itinerary 2 weeks thus you will never get bored. Let me know if you are interested in following my suggestions, we will together have amazing Vietnam tours 2019.

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Daniel Nguyen – Travel Specialist