Vietnam in 2 weeks- Itinerary

Here is a sample Itinerary for Vietnam that you can do in 2 week

Day 1: Hanoi –Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city. It has experienced extraordinary growth over the last two decades, evolving from a grim, famine-ravaged place into a sophisticated metropolis with high-rises, sensational cuisine and world-class art. Those shaking their heads at the disappearance of local culture, though, should think twice. For every glitzy mall, there’s an incense-filled temple nearby, and cultural influences of the past are still part of the modern-day fabric, from revered Confucian monuments to trendy French restaurants.

Day 2 Halong Bay Explore some of the limestone caves dotted around the bay. There is nothing like this in the South of Vietnam! It is the perfect combination between magnificent karsts and immersed bay of blue water.

Day 3 Halong – Cat Ba Island

Day 4 Cat Ba –Hanoi – Da Nang – Hoi An – Charming Town with  alluring shops, scrumptious food and serene beach

Day 5-6Hoi An – Full day tour –From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, renowned for its silk and popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century and much of the town is now heritage-listed. Enjoy walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house and the Japanese Covered Bridge.

Day 7-8 Nha Trang onwards to the beach town of Nha Trang, for the next few nights.  Visit Long Son Pagoda, which was founded in the late 19th Century. The entrance and roofs are decorated with mosaic dragons made of glass and ceramic tile. From the pagoda, those more energetic will have the chance to climb the 152 stone steps leading to the giant white Buddha seated on a lotus blossom. There are superb views of the whole city from the platforms around the Buddha (14 meters high), which was built in 1963. Also visit Dam market in the centre of Nha Trang – one of Vietnams’ most interesting local markets. There’s a colorful selection of local produce. Fruit, vegetables and seafood are the most common but you will also see dried seahorses and lizards – popular specialities of Nha Trang! Evidence of the ancient Cham civilization of Vietnam can be seen in Nha Trang at the hill top Po Nagar Cham Towers. Built between the 7th and 12th Century and named in honor of the former Cham Princess who introduced her people to profitable weaving and wet rice cultivation techniques, it is  still used as a centre for worship today. If time permits, walk across Ha Ra Bridge below to photograph the abundant fishing boats moored in the shallow Nha Trang harbour. Read about Vietnamese beaches here

Day 9 Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnel (B) After a couple of nights in Nha Trang head further south to Ho Chi Minh City. Plan a visit to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Spend the day  exploring the maze of tunnels.On display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs from B52 bombers. Read about Vietnamese beaches here

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City – Mui Ne  Spend time in the peaceful town of Mui Ne, which is a four hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. A popular place for watersports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing, Mui Ne is home to giant sand dunes perfect for jeep safaris. The area is also justifiably known for its cheap and fresh seafood.  Charming beach and can be reached from Ho Chi Minh city after 5hrs driving. It is highly recommend if you would like to save cost and just want to relax on the beac. Read here how you can do Ho Chi Minh on budget

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh city Explore the town of HCMC. One of the best south east Asian cities you can see

Day 12-13 HCMC – Phu Quoc island –Con Dao/Phu Quoc Beach: amazing, less touristy and serene – the airfare to Con Dao is a bit higher than other destinations and only at specific day of the week.

Day 14 HCMC-Visit Mekong Delta- Mekong Delta is a must when visiting the South of Vietnam. It will give you an unique experience and a feeling of how Vietnamese people living and fighting in the time of war as well as the time being

Day 15- HCMC and back to India

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