It is a popular time frame that many families, couples and solo travellers set for Vietnam. It’s so interesting to explore this country, but if you don’t have much time for Vietnam travel itinerary 2 weeks is enough!
Vietnam offers a bit of everything to the traveller. Blessed with historic ruins, rugged mountains, stunning coastline, and food that is loved around the world, we are sure you’ll love this country. Of course, with the Vietnam War in the not too distant past, there are also plenty of areas to visit in Vietnam itinerary.
The best time to visit depends on your itinerary, but the most popular time is spring and autumn, when it is not too hot or cold and there is less chance of heavy rain. 2 weeks in Vietnam is enough to see highlights like the magnificent temples of Hue, the sparkling waters of Halong Bay and the ancient capital of Hanoi. You’ll also get to enjoy historic Hoi an, a traveller favourite, bustling Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Sai Gon) or sunbathing in Nha Trang Beach.
Below is a sample travel itinerary in Vietnam. You can also change the order of the itinerary, depending on the airport that you will arrive (Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City).
Day 1- 4: Hanoi and Halong Bay
2–week Vietnam itinerary begins with Hanoi, the political and historical capital of Vietnam for over 1000 years. Wander wide tree-lined boulevards filled with French-colonial architecture, or explore 36 labyrinthine alleys of the old quarter, where peddlers still trade as they have for centuries. Exploring the old French quarter in cyclos (Vietnamese bicycle-rickshaws) is certainly an unique experience! Ho Chi Minh is considered the “father of modern Vietnam” and is affectionately known as “Uncle Ho”. In the Ho Chi Minh Quarter visit his mausoleum, his humble stilt house and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Nearby is the presidential palace and One Pillar Pagoda. The Temple of Literature is Hanoi’s first university dating back to 1070.
After that, you can enjoy a scenic drive (3.5 hours) past verdant rice fields from Hanoi to Halong Bay. World Heritage listed Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s greatest natural wonders with more than 3,000 limestone karst islands rising out of the sparkling turquoise sea. Visitors to Ha Long shouldn’t miss Bai Chay beach (Scorched Beach – close to the coast of Ha Long Bay), whose sand is dark. The limestone formations are both bizarre and awesome. They are Thien Cung (Heaven Palace Cave) – 4km from the wharf outside of Ha Long City, Dau Go (Wooden Stakes Cave) – 8km south of Bai Chay, Bo Nau (Pelican Cave) , Trinh Nu (Virgin Cave) – 15km south of Bai Chay, in the island range of Bo Hon, in the system comprised Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto), Dong Tien Lake and Luon Grotto, etc.
Day 5-8: Hue and Hoi An
A great way to explore your options in Central Vietnam is to check out our suggestion for a three day trip in Hue, Hoi An and Da Nang. Very few travellers say they do not like Hoi An so allow plenty of time for the town. As for Hue, there are many city tours on offer in the tourist area in the downtown. In case you have a difficult time navigating the city, join the tour to see more for less time.
Hue was the Imperial capital of Vietnam from 1802 and 1945 and remains Vietnam’s principal city for higher education and learning. Uncover the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda and historic Citadel, and then explore the Emperors’ tombs. Cruise along the tranquil perfume river before a traditional imperial feast.
The drive from Hue to Hoi An along the Hai Van pass is one of the most scenic in all of Vietnam. Once an active trading centre, the World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An has been largely preserved and is now a tourist favourite. A short walk through the town will uncover old merchant’s houses, the Chinese assembly hall and the Japanese covered bridge. Spend a day exploring the many shops, galleries and restaurants or relax by the river.
Day 9-10: Nha Trang and Mui Ne
Depart for Nha Trang, if you want a real sun, sea and sand experience. The beach is listed among the most beautiful in the world and ideal for many water-based activities such as wind surfing or snorkelling. Coming to Nha Trang in the period from January to August, one will have the chance to experience the most wonderful weather for swimming and sunbathing.
If you want something less crowded, go to Mui Ne instead. The beach is not as luring as Nha Trang, in exchange for the tranquility and the beautiful sand dunes nearby. With strong sea breezes, Mui Ne is most famous for kite and wind surfing. Days from November to March have clear skies with perfectly strong winds from 11 am until late evening. In the summer, you can visit the giant dragon fruits garden and enjoy this local fruits for as low as 40 cents per kilogram.
Both Nha Trang and Mui Ne have a huge market scene, especially in the morning when fresh seafood is traded. If you have a craving for seafood, do not miss these destinations in your Vietnam travel itinerary.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City
There are frequent buses between Ho Chi Minh City with both Nha Trang and Mui Ne, though Nha Trang may take you twice the hours. Then, stroll along the busy Dong Khoi Street for a taste of local life and see the Notre Dame cathedral.
Historical heritages such as Dinh Doc Lap, War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace will let you step into the epic history of Gia Dinh or Sai Gon.
Furthermore, Ho Chi Minh City boasts its diversely flavorful cuisine as good foods from all regions concentrate here. In the menu, some of the must-try are Banh Xeo Nam Bo, Bun Bo Hue, snails and seafood.
Day 12-14: The Mekong Delta
South of Vietnam is the last destination for the Vietnam sample itinerary. If you have extra time, book a tour to visit the floating market near Can Tho or visit Ben Tre for some local cuisines. Learning how to grill fresh water fish wrapped in banana leaves or to make coconut candies the Vietnam way may become the highlighted part of your 2 weeks in Vietnam.
The Mekong Delta is a series of tributaries leading from the powerful Mekong River out to the sea. An abundance of water powers this region, often referred to as rice bowl of Vietnam. Enjoy the laidback pace as you visit farms growing fresh fruits, coconuts and rice and try the local rice wine if you dare. Float along the canals by boat or cycle the quiet laneways.
Hope the sample 2–week travel itinerary in Vietnam have helped you plan out your adventure and that you’re feeling prepared and inspired!