The Ultimate 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, you’re in the right place. In this article I give you a detailed version of my 3 week Vietnam itinerary, including the detailed route, the things we did in each place, how long to spend in each place and where we stayed (all of which I would totally recommend). Let this be your definitive guide to 3 weeks in Vietnam.

This itinerary is a top performing article on thetravelista.net and hundreds of travellers have already followed this exact route and provided incredibly positive feedback about their experience.


3 Week Vietnam Itinerary Overview

  1. Hanoi
  2. Halong Bay
  3. Sapa
  4.  Hue and the Hai Van Pass
  5.  Hoi An
  6. Nha Trang
  7. Ho Chi Minh City

We began our adventure in Hanoi (North) and had 3 weeks to make our way all the way down to Ho Chi Minh City (South). On our way we stopped at (what I extensively researched to be) the all-time highlights of Vietnam, including Sapa, Ha Long Bay and Hoi An and Nha Trang. I loved our route, and would strongly encourage others to take a similar journey. (If you’re flying in to Ho Chi Minh City, you could also do it the other way around). So grab a cuppa, get comfy and let me inspire your own 3 week Vietnam itinerary.

Last updated 19 March 2024

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Cruising through the Mekong Delta – My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

  1. Hanoi

Hanoi was the starting point of our trip, which threw us into the deep end of Vietnamese culture. Delicious street food, crazy traffic and smelly streets are all part of daily life in Hanoi and if it’s your first time in Asia, you can expect to feel a bit of a culture shock on arrival. We based ourselves at the fantastic Nexy Hostel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter (the most characterful and popular area for travellers).

On Day 1 we took a morning stroll around the atmospheric Hoàn Kiếm Lake before following our Vietnam Lonely Planet Guide Book walking tour through the narrow streets of the bustling Old Quarter. Whilst walking past the lake we bought tickets for an evening performance at the Lotus Water Puppet Show, a strangely unique experience that is synonymous to Vietnam and more specifically, Hanoi.

Day 2 was spent across town visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex which is home to the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Former President Ho Chi Minh’s former home. By night we dined with the locals and slurped on hearty beef Pho in one of the many street cafés on Pho Bat Dan.

Hanoi isn’t the most friendly or relaxing place to start your travels, so I’d recommend spending 2-3 nights here tops. It’s worth noting that Hanoi is the central point in which to get to both Halong Bay and Sapa, as all the transport runs from here.

How many nights: 2
How we got there: We flew from Manchester to Hanoi with Emirates.
Where we stayed: Nexy Hostel in Hanoi Old Quarter (clean, contemporary, great location)
Hanoi in 3 words: Chaotic, Fascinating, Exotic

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The busy streets of Hanoi with motorbikes – My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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My first Vietnamese iced coffee (super strong, so delicious!). My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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The street of Nexy Hostel, Hanoi Old Quarter. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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Delicious and hot beef Pho in Hanoi. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

  1. Halong Bay

Next up was Halong Bay, undoubtedly one of Vietnam’s most famous assets. The best way to experience Halong Bay is by booking an overnight cruise package, which all include return transfers from Hanoi (this can be done online or at one of the many travel agents in Hanoi). There aren’t really many hotels around the bay, so it’s definitely best to stay on board one of the many cruise ships. We booked a 2-day, 1 night Glory Legend Cruise with Pelican Cruises.

At $110 USD per person, we opted for one of the more luxurious cruises, but we were more than impressed by what we got for our money. Although a little tired around the edges, the cruise ship itself was a charming teak wood junk boat. The en suite cabin was clean and spacious with floor to ceiling sliding windows, the staff were fantastic and the all-inclusive a la carte food was absolutely delicious. There is also the option to do a 3 day, 2 night cruise but we felt that 1 night was more than enough.

How many nights: 1-2
How we got there: Inclusive return transfer from Hanoi (3.5 hours each way)
Where we stayed: Glory Legend Cruise Ship with Pelican Cruises
Halong Bay in 3 words: Spectacular, Memorable, Unique

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Our Halong Bay Cruise with Pelican Cruises. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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Halong Bay boat vendors. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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Our floor to ceiling sliding doors at sunset on Ha Long Bay. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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The top deck of our Glory Legend Cruise Ship. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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3. Sapa

The return transfers from our Halong Bay Cruise brought us back to Hanoi, so we spent 1 more night in Hanoi before travelling up to Sapa the next day. Located close to the Chinese Border in the northernmost part of Vietnam, Sapa is known for it’s breath-taking valley of lush green rice terraces, ethnic Hmong women and rural minority villages. The only real reason to go to Sapa is for the incredible trekking and homestay experiences (if hiking isn’t your thing, I would recommend skipping the Sapa part of the itinerary).

The town of Sapa itself isn’t very picturesque, but it’s the incredible surrounding scenery that attracts the travellers. If you appreciate stunning panoramas, nature, the great outdoors and vivid landscapes, it’s worth taking the 6-hour journey to get here.

When we arrived in Sapa we booked a 2-day 1-night trek lead by a local tribe of Hmong women. They know the land like the back of their hand and will guide you through muddy mountainous landscape with ease, but be aware they’ll probably try to sell you some of their handmade goods at the end of the trek.

I would recommend doing a homestay on the second or third night in Sapa. This way you can leave your large backpack with your hotel and collect it on your return. Don’t worry about booking your trek until you arrive in Sapa; you will be approached by Hmong women when you get off the bus asking you to join their independent tours, or you can book something more official through one of the Sapa booking offices. There are various options depending on how much ground you want to cover.

How many nights: A total of 4 nights, 1 being a homestay
How we got there: On a 6-hour sleeper bus from Hanoi, which can be booked at any Hanoi travel agent
Where we stayed: Lotus Hotel + homestay (Great location, basic and clean rooms)
Sapa in 3 words: Adventurous, Active, Cultural
What to bring: Hiking boots, a day sack and a waterproof jacket

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Trekking through the Sapa valley

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The Hmong women guiding tourists through the sliding mud. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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Spectacular views from the centre of the valley in Sapa. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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Our smiling Sapa lead guide, Mi. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

  1. Hue & The Hai Van Pass

After Sapa we returned back to Hanoi via Sleeper Bus and caught a flight from Hanoi to Hue. Hue is located on the Perfume River and is best known for its ancient Imperial city. If you love your history, it would definitely be worth allowing 2 or 3 nights in Hue to explore further. By night the riverside is buzzing with cafes, street entertainment and market vendors, which you can find on the riverside walking street. There are also plenty of options to cruise down the Perfume River and try a cooking class while you’re at it. Sadly we didn’t have time for this because of our schedule. We only stayed there 1 night and used it as our Easy Riders Launch Pad.

Our Easy Riders experience was incredible and definitely a highlight of our trip! It involved riding from Hue to Hoi An on the back of a retro Honda motorbike. The drivers are very experienced and know the roads well, so act as your tour guides and show you points of interest along the way.

On the way you’ll visit waterfalls and fresh water springs, but the most exciting part is driving through the famous Hai Van Pass; a 20km stretch of spectacular coastal road and panoramic scenery. The Hai Van Pass is historically significant to the Vietnam war as it was taken over by the Americans and at its highest point the bullet-damaged bunkers and patrol towers still stand today. It was was made even more prominent when Jeremy Clarkson and co featured it on UK Top Gear. A motorbike adventure through the Hai Van Pass is by far the funnest and most exhilarating way of getting from Hue to Hoi An (or vice versa) and for only $45 per person, it’s a bit of a steal too.

How many nights: 1 (but would recommend 2-3)
How we got there: On a 1 hour flight from Hanoi to Hue with Vietnam Airlines
Where we stayed: Hue Boutique Homestay (central location, friendly staff, basic rooms)
Hue in 3 words: Commercial, Historic, Atmospheric

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Easy Riders through the Hai Van Pass. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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Viewpoint from the American War Bunker on the Hai Van Pass. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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Hue Easy Riders. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

  1. Hoi An

Hoi An was without a doubt my favourite place on our 3 week tour. If you only have time to visit 1 place in Vietnam, make sure it’s here! With it’s lantern-lit streets, colourful buildings and charming boutique shops, Hoi An is a slice of the exotic orient that we Westerners dream of discovering.

The old town area is pedestrianised at night and without the influx of noisy scooters, the whole place feels extremely relaxed. Spend your days getting lost in the many tailors, where you can custom order handmade boots, shoes, suits and dresses for unbelievably cheap prices. The Japanese Covered Bridge is an iconic sight lit up at night and taking a long boat ride along the Thu Bon River at dusk is a magical experience. Hire push bikes and cycle to An Bang beach for the day, which is located only 3km from the town. Hoi An is also the place where we feasted on the most amazing Vietnamese cuisine, so make sure you enjoy your fair share of fresh Banh Mi baguettes.

My favourite restaurant in Hoi An was called Morning Glory, which is located on one of the most picturesque streets in the Old Town. It’s a little more expensive than your average restaurant, but the food is out of this world. If you’re looking for a charming boutique hotel in central Hoi An, I highly recommend the Vin Hung Library Hotel. With a fantastic breakfast buffet, rooftop pool, quirky interiors, friendly staff and great location, it’s the perfect place to stay in Hoi An.

How many nights: 3 (but would recommend 4-5 if you have time)
How we got there: On a motorbike tour from Hue with Easy Riders
Where we stayed: Hoi An Pho Library Hotel (luxurious, boutique, great value and location)
Hoi An in 3 words: Colourful, Enchanting, Quaint

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The colourful streets of Hoi An’s Old Town. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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The Japanese Covered Bridge by night

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Endless rows of Hoi An tailor shops

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A sundown boat ride in Hoi An along the Thu Bon River. My 3 Week Vietnam Itinerary

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Our beautiful boutique room at the Vinh Hung Library Hotel

 6. Nha Trang

The penultimate stop on our 3 week Vietnam Itinerary was Nha Trang, the beach resort capital of Vietnam. There isn’t any culture or history here, but if you need a break from the backpacking and want to chill on the beach for a few days, Nha Trang is a good option. It’s also en route to Ho Chi Minh City, so even if you’re not keen on staying here, 1 or 2 nights by the beach will break up the journey nicely. If you only have 1-2 weeks in Vietnam, combining just Hoi An and Nha Trang could be a great option.

If you’re trying to do this itinerary in less than 3 weeks, I would suggest that Nha Trang is the place you bypass on your journey. We went there for a luxury hotel experience (which made for incredible treat in amongst the basic hotels and hostels of the trip so far). Had we not have done this, we would have probably skipped it out too.

We were lucky enough to be staying at the idyllic Six Senses Ninh Van Bay as part of my collaboration with Kuoni. The resort is actually a 20-minute boat ride away from Nha Trang in a location all of its own. Because of where we stayed, I can’t really comment much on Nha Trang itself, but be sure to read my full review of Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. 

How many nights: 2 (but would recommend 3 or 4 for a relaxing beach break)
How we got there: An 8 hour sleeper bus from Hoi An to Nha Trang
Where we stayed: Six Senses Ninh Van Bay (ultra luxurious, butler service, villas with private pool)
Nha Trang in 3 words: High-rise, touristy, characterless

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Arriving at Ninh Vanh Bay by 20 minute speed boat from Nha Trang
six-senses-ninh-vanh-bay-vietnam-beach-villa Our gorgeous Beach Villa

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A birds eye view of Ninh Van Bay

  1. Ho Chi Minh City

The final destination of our 3 week Vietnam itinerary was Ho Chi Minh City, which is still known as ‘Saigon’ by the Vietnamese. Although Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is much more commercial and cosmopolitan. It’s the financial centre of Vietnam, so expect to find lots of high rise buildings and international brands.

Be sure to visit the bustling Ben Thanh Market to pick up some souvenirs and feast on delicious bites in the trendy Shoreditch-style Ben Thanh Food Market. Ho Chi Minh City was one of the worst affected cities in the Vietnam War, and the deeply destructive history is retold in the American War Museum. With it’s extremely graphic photography exhibitions and prisoner of war camp replica, a visit to this museum is both fascinating and shocking in equal measure. However, it’s definitely worth a visit and is the best place to learn about Vietnam’s turbulent past. Day trips from Ho Chi Minh to the Mekong Delta and Chu Chi Tunnels are also definitely worth working into your trip.

To embrace Ho Chi Minh’s cosmopolitan side, be sure to visit one of the city’s many rooftop bars and marvel at the colourful skyline. We went to Chill Skybar, located on the 25th floor of the AB Tower. It’s probably the most expensive bar in the city, but the setting and views are worth paying for (if you turn up for happy hour, a couple of their deliciously on-trend cocktails won’t break the bank).

How many nights: 3
How we got there: An 11 hour sleeper bus from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City
Where we stayed: Himalaya Phoenix Saigon Hostel (basic room, quiet central location, free breakfast, helpful staff)
Ho Chi Minh City in 3 words: Cosmopolitan, Crazy, Fast-paced

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Happy Hour at Chill SkyBar, Ho Chi Minh

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Fascinating relics at the American War Museum

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Vietnamese steamed bun with crispy fried chicken at the Ben Thanh Food Market, Ho Chi Minh

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Government building in Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum Complex

Verdict

Whilst this 3 week Vietnam itinerary only provides a brief snapshot of what we got up to in Vietnam, I really hope that some of you can take this away and adapt it for your own travels! If you have more than 3 weeks in Vietnam, you could extend the amount of time spent in each place, and even work in some additional stops (consider Danang and My Son). If you have less than 3 weeks, you could link up a few of the places mentioned in this post. However you use it, I hope this comes in useful and could not recommend visiting this fascinating country enough.

TOP TIP: It’s very important you arrive in Vietnam with a VISA. Find out more about arranging your Vietnam Visa.


Our trip wouldn’t have ran so smoothly without the daily guidance of our Vietnam Lonely Planet Travel Guide 2024. With poor quality Wi-Fi throughout Vietnam, you can’t rely on the internet for all of your information, and this book told us absolutely everything we needed to know whenever we needed it. It helped us find amazing restaurants, navigate our way around each city and made sure we didn’t miss any of the top sights. Without this book our travels would honestly have been 10x harder. It’s the best £15 you’ll ever spend.

Want to read more about Vietnam? I’ve also blogged about 17 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Vietnam which includes a packing list.

What did you think of this 3 week Vietnam itinerary? Are you planning your own itinerary for Vietnam? Or are there any tips or recommendations you think you could add? Either way, if you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment in the box below. 

Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.

56 Comments

  • Very informative article. Love it from Nepal

  • I Love Vietnam, there are many destination with beautiful view. Thanks Your Article

  • Hi Jessica,

    I came to this page searching for Canada travel itinerary and saw this post about my own country. Thank you for both, like the way you posted always, with Date Time Venue and Quick Summary; that would work for anyone who love travel. Keep it up and hope one day you return to Vietnam, can’t promise much but grab a drink with you guys is definitely do-able.

    Take care and enjoy your time!

  • Penny Stirton

    Hi Jess, thank you for your informative and interesting blog. We are over 60 year olds (young ones ) and just wondered about doing Sapa and Hue? Long trip to Sapa and a long hike. I do really want to see the rice paddies though. And Hue? Worth it? Thanks, Penny

  • Money-Side Up

    This is one of the best 3 week Vietnam travel guides I’ve come across. I’m planning a trip to Vietnam as the start of 2020, so this is some really great info! I’ll be checking out your blog more often!

    Amazing photos too!

  • It’s a very cool itinerary that I’ve just recommended to a couple of friends who’re planning to visit Vietnam in July. Last year I did a very similar route, but I had one month. I think there is not a better way to explore the beauty of this country than driving a motorbike. And yeah, Hai Van Pass is one of the highlights.

    Cheers! 🙂

  • I was ready to commit to the passionate tour thru HelloVietnam agancy until I realized I would have to fly into Saigon but depart from Hanoi. This will obviously be much more money and possibly more hassle. Could a previous customer from the USA weigh in on this please? Also, are the cost the same for either 3 star and 4 stars and what are the differences? Thank you, I’d really like to commit but I am hesitant.

  • you know, you are the best. amazing experiences, amazing photos! thank you so much to share it us. i really wonder so much Vietnam. and my plan is this year but i dont know i hope i can visit there in this year ! its my dream.

  • 3 weeks is just the best duration to travel to Vietnam. The country has so much to offer. I really love the food and eating took the most of my time in the country 😀 Keep up the good work!

  • Hi Jess,

    Your blog is fantastic I’ve used it as a guide to plan most of my trip to Vietnam so thank you so much!! We are planning to do the bike tour from Hue to Hoi An. I was wondering if you could tell me where they dropped you in Hoi An so we can arrange transportation to our hotel!

    Thank,
    Megan

  • John Eastwood

    Hi
    I am planning a 3 week trip in September but am unsure on the weather. I understand northern Vietnam should be good at this time of year. Would your itinerary suit September.
    Cheers
    John

  • I love how you implemented the three words to describe each place feature! Pretty cool. I was wondering if you could give me some insight on hiking in Vietnam. Are there ways to just hit the trails on without a guide? Are there many opportunities for doing day hikes or even 2-3 days treks with a tent? Having a hard time finding information on hiking while backpacking Vietnam! Thanks for your thoughts!

  • Thanks for capturing such great details. My family (wife, me and 7, 12 and 16 year olds) are headed To HCMC 14 December. Will do a side trip to Can Tho before going to Siem Reap, Hanoi (Halong) , Hue drive to HoiAn via Marble Mtn/Cloud Pass. Leaving 4 Jan.. Sapa looked awesome but weather was supposed to be poor, same with the beaches from our understanding. Any experience with Vietnam Airlines? I’m a bit concerned about the amount of travel/flights we’ve planned.

  • Hi Jeccia, loved your blog. My husband and I are holidaying in Vietnam in April 2019 for three weeks, your iternary sounds perfect. I am wanting to know if your iternary suits over sixties, we are fit and able just over 60.
    Looking forward to your reply

  • Hello! Me and my boyfriend are soon flying to Vietnam for 3 weeks. Your packing list and information on where to go has been really helpful in deciding what parts we’re going to visit!

    We were just wondering what time of year you went?

    Thanks! Alex x

  • Dung Nguyen

    Thanks for your information, as a Vietnamese and traveler, there are some destinations you can explore in my amazing Vietnam

  • Useful, of course, but I got a question. did you go to that famous bridge with hands in da nang. I think it is a “must” and I do not know how to include it.
    Also is it easy to find flights once you are there or did you book them in advance.
    Thanks 🙂

  • My husband and I just read your itinerary, and it was amazingly helpful in launching how to plan our 3 week trip…..thanks, Jess

  • Hi Jessica! We were planning to do 1 week in Vietnam, 1 week in Laos, and 1 week in Palawan, Philippines. But reading your itinerary makes me wonder if we should just do 2 weeks in Vietnam, and 1 week in Palawan. What are your thoughts? And if we just did 2 weeks in Vietnam, what places would you take out? Thanks so much!

  • Debbie leblanc

    Such a helpful itinerary! I do have a question regarding your hotel and luggage while you were on the Halong Bay cruise. Did you keep your hotel in Hanoi booked for the nights you were on the cruise with your luggage? Or did you bring your luggage on the cruise skip the hotel, rebook it for your return?
    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Debbie. So glad this post has come in useful for you. For the Halong Bay Cruise, we packed up everything and took all our luggage with us and then returned back to the same hotel for 1 night when we got back. All Halong Bay cruises usually include transfers from your hotel in Hanoi so you can be picked up and dropped off at the same hotel 🙂 x

  • Vietnam has some amazing sights. I would love to spend that much time there.

  • Vietnam has recently managed to become a popular travel destination with many individuals from all across the globe undertaking a trip there. Well, I have also been planning to spend my upcoming vacation in this nation even though I was not quite sure about the places to visit. Well, this write-up, where the author has shared her three week itinerary along with the key highlights helped me a lot to fabricate my journey.

  • Great post you have shared. I am really inspired with your post that I am getting lots valuable tips about Vietnam. Because I am going to plan for Vietnam tour and already contacted a tour guide operator Nadova Tours. I hope my tour will be enjoyable.
    Thank you.

  • Great post! Thank you. I am planning a 3 week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia for Dec 2018 and I will certainly be using this a guide to plan our trip Thank you for sharing!

  • Hi Jess!

    I LOVED your blog and have added lots of it to my 4 week itinerary for May 2018, so far I have decided on;

    3 NIGHTS HANOI
    DAY TRIP TO NINH BINH whilst there
    2 NIGHTS HALONG BAY then
    BACK TO HANOI – Hanoi to HUE 14 HRS overnight Livitran sleeper train
    2 NIGHTS HUE THEN MOTORBIKE THE HAI VAN PASS FROM HUE TO HOI AN
    5 NIGHTS HOI AN then I can’t decide what to do from here…either FLY TO DALAT OR SKIP DALAT AND MUI NE AND FLY STRAIGHT TO HCMC?

    3 NIGHTS HO CHI MIN CITY(SAIGON)
    MEKONG DELTA – day trip

    FLY TO PHU QUOC ISLAND from HCMC FOR 5 NIGHT THEN BACK TO HCMC AND BACK TO MANCHESTER

  • Hi Jess. This is awesome! We’re a family from Australia (with 2 kids aged 13 & 10), looking at travelling to Vietnam for 3 weeks in June/July next year. Do you think it would it be too much to try & fit in Hanoi (3 nights), Ha Long Bay (2 nights), Hoi An (7 nights), Nha Trang (maybe 6 nights) & Saigon (2 nights)? We want a bit of a holiday that includes lazing at the beach, plus some sight-seeing, cultural stuff. We don’t necessarily want to be on the go moving b/w places all the time, so I’m not sure if we’ve included too many places! We’d probably do internal flights to save time travelling. Any other advice?

    • Hi Olivia! The amount of nights you’ve listed in each place sounds really good. I am so glad you’re dedicating to a week in Hoi An! It was my favourite place and with 7 days you can enjoy some beach days as well exploring the town. If you see it as starting the holiday off with more intense travel days and ease off in Hoi An and Nha Trang I think that would be perfect! Personally, I would spend l-2 less nights in Nha Trang and 1-2 more in Saigon so you can take the day trips to the Tunnels and the Mekong Delta. Otherwise you’ll be exhausted! I didn’t love Nha Trang so make sure you’re in a nice hotel as other than the beach there isn’t a lot there. xx Have an amazing trip!

  • Elsa Fourie

    Thanks Jessica for your post. We are heading to Vietnam for a 3 week trip. Your feature on Hue Easy Riders was exactly what I have been looking for – can’t wait to drive the pass.

  • Thank you for visiting our country.
    You feel like something when in Vietnam?
    I don’t know how do you think about my country, but myself think in Vietnam have a lot of pretty scenery, and the people in Vietnam very friendly.
    Our country always welcome you to Vietnam and we hope you will come back here again with your family or your friends. Thank you.

  • A wonderful article about Vietnam. İt will be a nice guide for my trip. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amazing feed yet very informative.exactly places that i would love to visit . Cheers to many more upcoming trips ,babe !

  • Hi jessica what a lovely and at the same time quite informative blog you have written.The itinerary you have posted will definitely be very helpful for the travellers who are planning to visit vietnam for the first time and they will have an idea about the places and all kinds of expense.

  • Hi Jessica, awesome post! I am going to Vietnam in May next year for two weeks. It’s my first time outside Europe and I am excited and scared at the same time 😀 I just wanted to ask if you booked your flight and overnight busses beforehand or did it seem you could do it there on the spot easily? Greets Hanna

    • Hi Hanna! How exciting for you, you are going to have an amazing time. I booked all our flights in advance (they’re usually cheaper like this) but for all the overnight buses I booked them when I was there. There is a tourism office on nearly every street who will be able to book them for you, and the buses usually collect from your hotel. Have a fab time! X

  • Hey Jessica, thanks a lot for that article. Vietname is on the top of my travel destinations list. I am always following advices of the best places to visit, I love how you make the whole thing smile to imagine. It’s very inspiring. Keep up the good work :).

    Kisses,
    Alexandra

    • Thanks for your lovely comment Alexandra – I’m so pleased to hear Vietnam is on your travel list! Xx 🙂

  • Oh my goodness this looks incredible! I love the boat on Halong Bay and really want to visit Hoi An, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh – may as well just follow the same itinerary 🙂 xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Hey Lucy, thanks for your comment! The cruise on Halong Bay was definitely a higlight, and Hoi An was my favourite place by far. It’s so pretty and calm and easy to get around, where other cities in Vietnam aren’t so relaxing. If you follow this itinerary you won’t regret it 🙂 x

  • I was thinking about Vietnam for next year and this post has cemented as a very good option! It looks incredible

    http://www.georginadoes.co.uk

    • Hey Georgina! Oh that’s awesome! I’m so pleased it’s in the running. I’m doing sharing a 3 week itinerary for Philippines too so that could be another option 🙂 xx

  • My sister and her boyfriend have just moved to Vietnam for the next few months so I’ve sent her a link to this, hopefully it’ll be helpful! Fingers crossed I’ll be able to visit them as it looks really interesting, especially the hiking in Sapa!
    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedubaidiaries.me

    • Hey Rachel, thanks for your comment 🙂 Thanks for sharing this post with your sis, I hope it comes in handy for her. The hiking in Sapa is definitely a one of a kind experience, and only the most adventurous travellers in Vietnam go there 😀 x

  • hayleyasimpson

    I agree, Hoi An was my favourite place in Vietnam too. Although Halong Bay was a close second. Beautiful and unique. I spent two weeks in Vietnam and the only place I didn’t visit on this list was Sapa 🙂

    • I totally agree Hayley! If you only had 2 weeks I can see why you didn’t manage to make Sapa, the 6 hour journey each way really cuts in to your holiday time. I’m sure you could go back and experience it another time though 🙂

  • This is such a great itinerary! We spent 3 weeks travel around Thailand, Laos and Cambodia earlier this year but we didn’t make it to Vietnam. I’ve heard so many great things about the country. I’d love to spend some time there soon!x

    • Hey Vicky, thanks for your comment! Sounds like you’ve seen lots of SE Asia already. Make sure you keep Vietnam on your bucket list though as it truly is an amazing country 🙂 x

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