You are planning a Vietnam Itinerary, especially for 2 weeks, yet sinking yourself in a sea of information? You have difficulty arranging destinations and activities of your interest in an amount of time?
If you have 2 weeks in Vietnam, it’s pretty enough amount of time to experience from the North to the South of Vietnam. Each region has its own history, culture that will surprise you in every way. From chaotic cities, mountains to beaches and palm trees, you will explore it all in a 2-week journey to this beautiful country.
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Vietnam serves as a truly year-round tourist destination. This humid tropical monsoon nation has considerable geographical diversity. Therefore, there is no specific time to recommend as the best to travel. However, the most favorable holiday season may be during spring (February to April) and autumn (August to November) if you want to cover the whole country. The temperatures are rather moderate (usually ranging from 20°C to 33°C). Besides, the rainfall is lighter as well.
This is a brief list of things to know before traveling to Vietnam. If you want to know more, we have listed down Detailed preparation for a trip to Vietnam.
Remember to double check your visa when you get it back from the embassy in your country
The first thing you should consider before traveling to Vietnam is passport and visa. With a passport, you should do it 2 months before you go if you haven’t had it. In case you already have it, make sure you have a period of more than 3 months.
All others require a visa, 30 days, issued in departments or conciliatory workplaces. You can apply for a traveling visa at the Vietnamese international safe haven or department in your country. Make certain to do this well early, as the procedure may assume control over multi-month.
Travel insurance will help you a lot when you lose your luggage, flight cancellation or traffic accidents.
Buying travel insurance is a necessary and even a condition for booking some hotels. Some contents are:
Medical and health cover for injury or sudden illness
24-hour emergency service and assistance.
Personal liability in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property.
Lost and stolen of possessions.
Cancellation and curtailment (cutting short your trip due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances.).
The official currency of Vietnam is the Vietnam Dong (VND). You should check the internet or the accurate exchange rate as it may change over time.
Exchanging money in Vietnam is a must for tourists as Vietnamese only use their currency for a domestic transaction. Every transaction that uses other currencies is illegal.
Check out Cash, Credit Cards and ATMs in Vietnam for more information on how to exchange money, how to use credit cards and ATMs in Vietnam.
Foreign Currencies Against Vietnam Dong in Jan 2019
Check your visa and passport again.
Get vaccinated and complete immunization history.
Booking train tickets, domestic flights, and hotels.
If you use a card, you should notify debit card/credit card company
Overall, you can say that Vietnam is a safe country to travel including safe political background, a safe environment, etc. However, the trouble lies in little scams that you may encounter along the way.
We have listed down Hanoi scams and these scams may happen in other cities in Vietnam so it worth reading. Some major scams are taxi scams, hotel scams, fake tours and agencies and pick-pocketing. However, you can avoid these scams if you pay attention and know how to.
"The Donut" - one of the most scams which cause you to lost a lot of money
Also, the most dangerous thing must be the traffic, especially in big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. For those who are not familiar with the traffic conditions in Vietnam, you will need to watch out for cars and motorbikes. If you’re crossing the streets, remember to use caution because the drivers won’t avoid you.
For the starting spot, there are two options: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Since these 2 cities are the main arrival destinations of Vietnam, there aren’t so many differences for each choice.
However, I had a trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh last year, the suggested Vietnam 14 days itinerary below will follow the North to South route.
Noted that Vietnam is a long country. Each part is hers covers the highlights that will satisfy each traveler’s taste.
For example: In the North, we have Hanoi - the capital, Halong Bay - the dreamland that no one wants to miss, Sapa - the marvelous mountainous area,...In the Central, Hue city - the ancient capital is another can’t-miss, Da Nang - the young city with wonderful beaches and picturesque bridges at night, Hoi An ancient town. In the South, we can hardly skip Nha Trang, Da Lat - the most romantic city, HCMC - the modern and bustling country that makes you want to stay awake for the whole night.
AZ Local Trip itinerary map
Moreover, I will give you a suitable time for each place. The weather in Vietnam is split by region. Generally, it is warm and humid.
For one who loves a relaxing trip: Hanoi 3 days, Halong bay 3 days, Hue 1 day, Da Nang Hoi An 3 days, HCMC 4 days
For one who loves to get under the skin of Vietnam, your vietnam two week itinerary would be: Hanoi 2 days, Halong bay 2 days, Hue 1 day, Da Nang - Hoi An 2 days, Da Lat 2 days, HCMC 3 days, Mekong Delta 2 days.
I will go detail with the second option since it covers more destinations. Therefore, you can totally arrange the what to do in vietnam for 2 weeks plan with the first choice.
Now let’s get started!!!
HANOI - the first place you set foot on and it never disappoints anyone
Over the centuries, Hanoi is the land of many relics, historical and architectural works such as: Temple of Literature, Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake), One Pillar Pagoda, Ngoc Son Temple, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Bat Trang ceramic village
Tran Quoc pagoda, one of the most famous pagoda in Hanoi
Hoa Lo prison - the most horror prison in Asia
In addition, Hanoi also has many large lakes such as West Lake, Truc Bach, Thien Quang, Hoan Kiem ... This not only helps reduce the heat of summer, but also turns the capital into a famous tourist spot.
When traveling to Hanoi, you can not ignore the specialties that have made the brand of Hanoi cuisine such as steamed rice pancake, La Vong grilled fish, Crisp shrimp pastry, Banh Mi.... Especially when it comes to Pho, Hanoi is the best place to try.
HALONG BAY - the World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO
You know, I’ve been asking a lot of my foreign friends as well as tourists that if you had only 1 day to travel to Vietnam, which place would you choose? Undoubtedly, most of them said: “Halong Bay”.
I would say, Halong has a full convergence of factors that become a top-check in any traveler’s bucket list.
Thousands of islands, dozens of beautiful caves have created an aesthetic value of the Gulf.
Mesmerising landscape and beach in Ha Long Bay
Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
Visiting Halong Bay, you will have a chance to admire the splendid mother nature through the caves and the Karst topography by cruising, kayaking or swimming at pristine beaches.
For your curiosity on this destination, don’t miss my guide to a Halong Bay 2 Days 1 Night.
HUE - The Old Imperial City
Hue is one of the three largest tourist areas in Vietnam. Come to Hue you will come to a beautiful scenic area, with charming Huong river (Perfume river), peaceful side of the majestic Ngu Binh mountain.
From Hanoi, the easiest way to reach Hue is by airplane.
You can get to Hue by two airlines: Vietnam Airlines & VietJet Air to Phu Bai Airport (Hue). Phu Bai Airport (Hue) is 15 km away from Hue city center which takes about 25 minutes.
From here, you can catch a taxi or book a 4-seat car to go to the hotel in central Hue.
(Taking a bus to Hue is simple and cheap, but you will have to spend at least one day to move from Hanoi or Saigon to Hue)
You can rent a motorbike for a price of VND 100-200.000 per day to facilitate sightseeing. When visiting the Citadel you should take a cyclo to feel the rustic and rustic scene here.
Hue is famous for its mausoleum, the Citadel, temples. The tombs in Hue are often away from the city so if you want to visit those places, don’t hesitate to book a taxi ride.
Khai Dinh tomb - the unique architecture blended between the Western and Asia
The famous places in Hue should not be missed for your trip are:
+ Perfume River, Trang Tien Bridge has long been into poetry, you can admire the city by the “dragon” boat on the romantic Perfume River.
+ If you do not have time to go to Lang Co beach which is quite far away from Hue center, pay a visit to Thuan An beach instead. This is a pristine beach with crystal clear water, white and clean sand. From Hue center, you can go by taxi or take a bus.
Coming to Hue, you can hardly miss the special cuisine here.
Hue cuisine is extremely rich and unique. I highly recommend you try these local foods:
+ Com Hen (Mussel rice): This Hue specialty is often sold outside the restaurant or at street vendors in Hue. The food is a colorful rice bowl mixed with other rustic foods such as laksa leaves, peanuts, banana flower and of course the mussels with many spices. With a surprisingly cheap price of VND 7,000, you can have a tasty bowl of Com Hen.
Some good places for Com Hen are at Han Mac Tu Street, Truong Dinh Street,...
Mussels Rice is a must try if you come to Hue City
+ Hue beef noodle soup is made with true Hue flavor. A bowl of Bun Bo Hue is full with white noodles with pomegranates floating on the top, along with lemon, chili sauce, and other spices. To find a nice Bun Bo Hue is not difficult because they are mainly sold on all roads in Hue.
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DA NANG - HOI AN
Da Nang is a dynamic and young city located in the central of Vietnam. In this what to do in vietnam for 2 weeks, I will show you a detailed itinerary for 2 days in Da Nang.
Departure to Da Nang. Check in hotel, have lunch and rest. In the afternoon you can go to My Khe Beach to enjoy the fresh sea air. After dinner, you can visit the Asian park and experience the 115-meter Sun Wheel ride.
Here, you can catch a glimpse Da Nang shimmering at night. Especially, with an impressive height of 115m, visitors can fully enjoy Danang with a new perspective never been explored.
Sun Wheel - Top 10 of highest wheels on the world which 115 metters height
After having a Breakfast at the hotel and depart for Ba Na Hills, you can ask for the hotel's shuttle service which will take you about 1 hour to reach Ba Na Hills. Here, you buy a cable car ticket and start the Ba Na tour. Ba Na cable car line is recorded as the longest cable car in the world, running from the foot of Ba Na mountain to the Vong Nguyet.
Sitting on the cable car Ba Na Hills suspended in the middle of the clouds, looking down the mountains and forests, you will admire the majestic and spectacular mountains, forests, waterfalls.
Ba Na Hills is an extremely diverse entertainment community. You can also admire the 27m high Buddha statue at Linh Ung Pagoda, wine cellar, love garden or Fantasy park.
Back to the city center, you can watch the Dragon Bridge spraying water and shooting fire at night (on weekends only). If you have time, please visit the lizards of Hoa Phuc, the Love Bridge nearby and watching the pace of life Da Nang at night.
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DA LAT - The Dreaming land
The city for the dreamer
The distance from Da Nang to Da Lat is over 800km so it takes about 16 hours for transferring by bus although this transportation is many locals' preference. Again, my advice for the transportation to Da Lat in this vietnam two week itinerary is by airplane.
Noted that Da Nang - Da Lat buses are limited while Flight tickets are expensive and traveling by train is difficult. That's why you should book in advance as soon as possible (the peak month are from May to August)
With many beautiful sceneries, Dalat is one of the most famous tourist cities in Vietnam. In the French colonial period, the Latin name Datis Aliis Laetitiam Aliis Temperiem means "giving joy and coolness to people". Dalat is also well-known for other names such as the city of flowers, the city of love, the city of spring or the city of fog.
Here is my suggested schedule for 2 days in Da Lat:
First, you go to Datanla Waterfall - the most beautiful and famous waterfall in Da Lat. Here you will not only visit, admire the amazing natural scenery of the falls but also experience the thrilling activities like the modern tube slide system which is extremely interesting.
After that, you continue to explore Truc Lam Zen Monastery - a famous tourist attraction in Da Lat. When you come here, you will go to pray for the Buddha's blessing, a fortune for the whole family. The quiet space here is believed to help you relax.
If you have more time, you should visit Tuyen Lam Lake - the most beautiful lake in Da Lat and experience cable car to Robin Hill.
In the Afternoon, you continue to go to the valley of love in Dalat to enjoy the romantic beauty with hundreds of different kinds of flowers.
Not only a pagoda, Linh Phuoc pagoda more likely a "Buhddist Museum"
The next point is Ve Chai Pagoda, also known as Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then you should pay a visit to a local Strawberry Garden.
After dinner, you can walk to Dalat night market is also very interesting and try some local foods such as Banh Trang Nuong, Banh Chuoi Nuong,...
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After breakfast, you visit Van Thanh flower village to see a variety of different flowers such as roses, Salem flowers, carnations ...
Continue to the Golden Valley
Journey to LangBiang Mountain - the legendary mountain of Dalat. If you have more time to travel, then you can go hiking up the mountain to explore the whole beauty of LangBiang, otherwise, you can rent a Jeep to move.
In the afternoon: You can visit Domain de Marie church, the old railway station.
The romantic view of LangBiang moutain
HO CHI MINH CITY
For moving from Da Lat to HCMC:
If you go by bus, it would take about 7 hours. Otherwise, you can travel by airplane to save time.
Dubbed as the "Pearl of the Far East", Ho Chi Minh City has long been a cultural, economic and political center of Vietnam.
Traveling to Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City which is more than 300 years old now, you can meet the high-rise buildings located close to the sanctuary, amusement park, crowded shopping center and also ancient villas, traditional markets that have existed for hundreds of years.
For what to do in this bustling city for 3 days 2 nights, here is what I planned for you:
After departing to HCMC in the morning, take a rest and have breakfast there. You should choose hotels located in the central area for easy access to the sites. Moreover, the central area also has many good services for you.
Start your first day in Ho Chi Minh City by learning more about the Vietnam War – from Vietnam’s perspective. Therefore, the War Remnants Museum is a must-go for you.
Then you should pay a visit to Ben Thanh Market which will bring you a nice and memorable moment. Here you can find souvenirs for your friends, try some local sweet foods and learn how to bargain like a real local.
At night, do not go to bed early and feel a bustling Saigon instead. No wonder people call this place "the city that never sleeps". You can stroll along the pedestrian Nguyen Hue, the Bach Dang Wharf,...Otherwise, you can join one of the nightclubs here.
Don't forget to Prepare a small backpack with sunscreen, a hat and a bottle of water to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels. This is a famous historical site with interconnected tunnels such as spider webs in the middle. Try to go down the tunnel, you will be surprised because the tunnel system is designed nicely to the soldier's active revolution. And do not forget to enjoy the hot potato with hot sesame salt which is very sweet and fragrant.
In the evening, catch a taxi and come to Anh Sao bridge in Phu My Hung urban area, District 7. This bridge is only for pedestrians, so you are absolutely safe. The two sides of the bridge are decorated with light and water spray system. When the night comes, this place is as beautiful as a galaxy.
Get a food tour around HCMC with Banh Xeo Nam Bo, Goi Cuon,...You will be amazed by its own flavor.
At night, try a river cruise experience, you will be exploring the beauty of the city at night while sightseeing with dinner on the boat restaurant. Depending on the quality of service, the cost of a trip along the Saigon River cost from VND 80,000 per person.
Fresh shirmp spring roll with tamarin sauce with peanut is a good choice for refresh
Bun bo Nam Bo (Mixed Beef rice noodle) which lighty, meaty and sweety definitely make you want to take the second bowl
Come to the Mekong Delta tour for 2 days and 1 night, you will escape the noise of Saigon life and feel the harmony with the peace of the countryside instead.
First place is My Tho which is 70 km away from HCMC.
After reaching Con Lan Village, you will have a chance to travel on a small boat along the river.
Then you will see how locals here make Keo Dua (coconut candy) which is a specialty here.
At night you can sleep in a locals' house as an interesting experience and have some conversations with them.
Next day, you will visit Cai Rang floating market - the largest market in the Mekong Delta. Here, you will visit the pineapple boat - enjoy the pineapple of Can Tho.
Next you will see how locals make rice papers and probably learn from them, Lastly, we'll be back to HCMC and get ready for departure flight.