Vietnam 2 Week Itinerary North to South – Explore Vietnam’s Most Celebrated World Heritages

Vietnam is a burgeoning gem on the world tourism map, offering an array of attractions stretching from the North to the South. Each province exudes its own unique charm, mesmerizing travelers from all corners of the globe. Vietnam boasts an impressive collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which have long captivated and intrigued visitors. With Viland Travel as your trusted guide, embark on an extraordinary journey that delves deep into these remarkable sites. Prepare to be enchanted as you immerse yourself in the ultimate Vietnam 2 week itinerary North to South  meticulously designed to highlight the country’s most revered UNESCO treasures. 

Discover the ancient wonders of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, the timeless beauty of Hoi An Ancient Town, the stunning landscapes of Ha Long Bay, and the cultural richness of the Complex of Hue Monuments. This itinerary promises an unforgettable adventure through Vietnam’s historical and cultural heartlands.

Join Viland Travel and explore Vietnam’s fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Read on to unveil the wonders that await on this captivating journey.

Vietnam 2 Week itinerary North to South – Discover the ultimate Vietnam heritages check-list

Embark on an extraordinary 14-day journey through Vietnam, a land of breathtaking beauty and rich heritage. This adventure, brimming with unforgettable destinations, is one for the bucket list and promises memories to last a lifetime.  Each day of this Vietnam 2 Week Itinerary North to South unveils new marvels, offering a perfect blend of adventure, culture, and relaxation.

Join us for an adventure of a lifetime, and experience Vietnam in all its magnificent glory. Your ultimate vacation awaits—follow our day-to-day itinerary and let the journey begin!

Day 1: Hanoi

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and escorted to your hotel in Hanoi, where you can relax and acclimate. Your Vietnam 2 Week Itinerary from North to South begins in the evening with an immersion into the vibrant local culture. Enjoy your first culinary experience at a charming restaurant housed in a historic French Colonial building. Here, you will indulge in the tantalizing flavors of Hanoi’s cuisine, from the delicate Pho to the savory Banh Cuon, setting the stage for the memorable journey ahead.

Next, prepare to be mesmerized by the renowned Water Puppet Theater, an art form unique to Vietnam that dates back to the 11th century. This traditional performance originated in the ancient rice paddies, where villagers used water to bring their stories to life. As you watch, you’ll be captivated by enchanting tales of rural life, folklore, and mythology, all beautifully portrayed on the water’s surface. The skillful puppeteers, hidden behind a screen, manipulate the wooden puppets with precision, creating a lively and magical spectacle.

The combination of exquisite cuisine and the mesmerizing water puppet show offers a perfect introduction to the rich cultural tapestry of Vietnam, setting a delightful tone for your journey through this fascinating country.

Day 2: Hanoi Old Quarters – Thang Long Imperial Citadel

Ha Noi street artists
Ha Noi street artists

Start your day in Hanoi with a tour of its most iconic landmarks. Begin at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where you can pay your respects to Uncle Ho and delve into his extraordinary life (viewing from outside). Continue to the tranquil Presidential Gardens and the historic One Pillar Pagoda, a symbol of Vietnam’s resilience and ingenuity. 

The highlight of your morning is the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in historical and cultural significance. Wander through its ancient grounds and imagine the grandeur of Vietnam’s imperial past. Next, choose from a variety of captivating sites. Visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, adorned with traditional Vietnamese architecture and beautiful gardens. Explore the Fine Arts Museum, showcasing a rich collection of Vietnamese art. Walk through Hoa Lo Prison, known as the “Hanoi Hilton,” to gain insight into Vietnam’s tumultuous history. Or, discover military artifacts and history at the Military Museum. For lunch, indulge in a delicious set menu at a local restaurant, savoring the authentic flavors of Vietnamese cuisine

In the afternoon, unwind at the Hidden Gem Coffee Shop, a unique café where creativity meets sustainability. Marvel at the innovative interior, crafted from recycled and repurposed items, highlighting the importance of environmental conservation. Treat yourself to traditional Vietnamese coffee, and don’t miss the famous egg coffee, a creamy, rich delight that encapsulates Hanoi’s coffee culture. This day offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and culinary delights, making your Hanoi experience truly memorable.

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Day 3: Trang An Landscape Complex

Embark on a captivating journey through the scenic countryside of northern Vietnam, Ninh Binh, where history and nature converge in breathtaking harmony. Begin your adventure in Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s first capital, and step back in time as you explore the ancient temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang and Emperor Le Dai Hanh. Marvel at the intricate architecture and rich history before embarking on a rewarding hike up the karst hills, where panoramic vistas of lush landscapes and winding rivers await.

Indulge in a delectable Vietnamese lunch at a local eatery, savoring the flavors that define the region’s cuisine. Continue your journey through charming villages, capturing the essence of rural life and the stunning natural beauty that surrounds you. Next, venture to the UNESCO-listed Trang An Landscape Complex, a true gem of northern Vietnam. Glide along a tranquil river on a serene boat ride, drifting through enchanting caves that transport you into a world of shadows and mystery. As you emerge, admire the majestic limestone karst peaks that rise dramatically from the water, reminiscent of Halong Bay’s iconic scenery.

For those seeking further adventure, ascend Ngu Nhac Mountain to reach the awe-inspiring Bich Dong Pagoda complex. Explore the Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, each offering unique insights into the spiritual and architectural heritage of the region. As you wander through these sacred sites, listen to the soothing sounds of nature, creating a serene and unforgettable experience.

Day 4:  Halong Bay

Halong Bay, with its mesmerizing scenery of towering limestone islands rising majestically from the emerald sea, is an iconic symbol of Vietnam. This must-see destination is best experienced through an overnight boat trip, which allows you to fully immerse yourself in its breathtaking beauty. Each year, millions of visitors are enchanted by the bay’s dramatic peaks and tranquil waters.

Begin your adventure by exploring hidden caves on a traditional rowing boat, where you’ll be awed by the gleaming limestone pillars reflecting in the shimmering water. The journey starts with a scenic drive through the lush farmlands of the Red River Delta, where you’ll witness rural Vietnam’s vibrant culture and landscapes. Upon arrival at Halong Bay, you’ll check-in and enjoy a sumptuous lunch as your boat cruises into the heart of the bay. The afternoon is filled with opportunities for exploration or relaxation. You can kayak through secluded lagoons, swim in the clear waters, or simply lounge on the deck soaking up the sun.

As evening approaches, the boat anchors amidst the stunning karst formations, setting the stage for a delightful dinner under the stars. The serene environment, coupled with the gentle sway of the boat, creates an idyllic setting for an unforgettable overnight stay on board. Wake up to a spectacular sunrise over the bay, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and take in the panoramic views as your boat slowly returns to the harbor, leaving you with memories of Halong Bay’s natural wonders.

Day 5: Halong Bay – Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

 

Phong Nha Tu Lan campsite
Phong Nha Tu Lan campsite

Awaken to a breathtaking sunrise over the majestic limestone karsts of Halong Bay and begin your day with a tranquil Tai Chi session on the deck, promoting well-being and relaxation. Afterward, immerse yourself in the beauty of Halong Bay with a variety of onboard activities such as kayaking, visiting hidden grottoes, or simply lounging on the sundeck. As the morning progresses, disembark and whisk away to Noi Bai Airport. From there, fly to Dong Hoi and continue your journey to the enchanting Phong Nha.

Arriving at Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll be captivated by its natural splendor. Explore the park’s world-renowned caves and underground rivers, including Son Doong, the largest cave in the world, and Paradise Cave with its stunning stalactites and stalagmites.

Spend the night in this mystical landscape, surrounded by the awe-inspiring wonders of Phong Nha. Every corner of this adventure promises unforgettable memories and unparalleled experiences. Embrace the magic of Vietnam’s natural beauty and let it leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Day 6: Phong Nha Ke Bang – Paradise Cave

Phong Nha Paradise cave

Discover the awe-inspiring Paradise Cave, a natural wonder unveiled by the British Caving Research Association in 2005. This extraordinary cave, spanning over 31 kilometers, is renowned as the longest dry cave in Asia. Its pristine features create a landscape akin to a stunning painting, enchanting visitors with its ethereal beauty. As you delve deeper, you’ll be captivated by the gleaming white crystal stalactites and other magnificent formations that adorn the cave.

Your journey also includes a visit to the historic Phong Nha Cave, an integral part of the legendary Ho Chi Minh trail. This cave holds both natural splendor and historical significance. Inside, you’ll encounter enchanting rock formations with intriguing names like the “Lion” and the “Fairy Caves,” each adding to the cave’s mystical allure. Following a delightful lunch in the quaint village of Phong Nha, you’ll set out to explore the mesmerizing Paradise Cave, nestled within the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a testament to nature’s grandeur, with its vast chambers and intricate limestone formations. Immerse yourself in the wonders of this extraordinary cave before retreating to your accommodation in the Phong Nha area for a restful night. This adventure promises to leave you with lasting memories of Vietnam’s remarkable underground landscapes.

Day 7: Phong Nha – Hue

Inside The Citadel. Imperial Forbidden City. Hue, Vietnam / Source: Smoke666 - YayImages
Inside The Citadel. Imperial Forbidden City. Hue, Vietnam / Source: Smoke666 – YayImages

After a delightful breakfast, embark on an unforgettable journey to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. En route, visit the famous Vinh Moc Tunnels, an incredible underground network that stands as a powerful testament to the resilience and ingenuity of the Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War. Marvel at how entire communities lived and thrived beneath the earth’s surface. Continue your exploration with a visit to the historically significant 17th Parallel, the demarcation line that once divided North and South Vietnam. Feel the weight of history as you stand at this symbolic location, understanding the profound impact it had on the nation’s past.

Arrive in Hue by the afternoon and check into your charming hotel. Set out to explore the former imperial capital, renowned for its nostalgic charm and picturesque location along the Perfume River. Wander through the UNESCO-listed Hue Monuments, including the majestic Imperial City, the royal tombs, and ancient pagodas. Delve into the rich history and spirituality of the Nguyen Dynasty, gaining insights into Vietnam’s regal past. As the day draws to a close, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the riverbanks, soaking in the tranquil ambiance and reflecting on the day’s adventures. Rest and rejuvenate in Hue, preparing yourself for the exciting experiences that await in the days to come.

Day 8: King Khai Dinh’s Tomb – Hue’s Citadel – Hue Imperial City

Hue city - Khai Dinh Tomb
Hue city – Khai Dinh Tomb

Prepare for an exhilarating morning rendezvous as your guide awaits at your hotel, accompanied by our seasoned drivers, renowned for their cautious driving style and leisurely pace of 40 km or less. Following a comprehensive safety briefing, brace yourself for the adventure ahead.

Embark on a captivating odyssey through enchanting alleyways, meandering canals, and bustling local markets. Explore the regal splendor of King Khai Dinh’s tomb, pay homage at a tranquil pagoda, and peruse exquisite local handicrafts along the route. Delve into the illustrious history of Vietnam’s emperors with a visit to Hue’s awe-inspiring Citadel and the enigmatic Forbidden Purple City.

Savor the flavors of Vietnam with a sumptuous traditional Buddhist feast served amidst the serene ambiance of a pagoda. This action-packed day promises a harmonious fusion of breathtaking landscapes, enthralling history, vibrant culture, and tantalizing cuisine. For added comfort and convenience, you have the option to join the tour via private air-conditioned vehicle. Brace yourself for an unforgettable journey brimming with cherished memories and immersive experiences.

Day 9: Hoi An Ancient Town

Set off on an epic 160 km odyssey from the historic city of Hue to the captivating town of Hoi An, commencing at the crack of dawn at 8:30 am. Traverse the picturesque coastal landscapes adorned with verdant rice paddies, and catch a glimpse of the idyllic fishing hamlet of Lang Co, where time seems to stand still. Prepare for an exhilarating adventure as you conquer the legendary Hai Van Pass, a winding mountain route immortalized on the iconic TV show, Top Gear. Drink in the panoramic vistas of the azure sea and lush greenery stretching as far as the eye can see. Pause to pay homage to the ancient Marble Mountains, revered by the Cham people and Vietnamese emperors alike, before continuing your journey towards the UNESCO-listed town of Hoi An.

Upon reaching your destination, unwind and settle into your cozy accommodation, allowing the charm of Hoi An to wash over you. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets adorned with colorful lanterns, and indulge your senses with the tantalizing aroma of street food wafting through the air. Join a captivating orientation walking tour, venturing into a private residence, a quaint family chapel, and the intriguing Sa Huynh Museum. Finally, cross the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, symbolizing the fusion of cultures that define Hoi An’s rich historical tapestry. Prepare to be enthralled by the enchanting allure of Hoi An as you delve into its storied past and vibrant present.

Day 10: My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary

Embark on a captivating morning odyssey as your personal guide whisks you away from the hotel, kickstarting your voyage from Hoi An to the mystical My Son holy land. By the stroke of 8:45 am, you’re greeted by the hallowed grounds, poised to delve into its mystical allure. With your seasoned guide leading the way, you’re in for a two-hour escapade, basking in the tranquility and cooler climes of the morning. Prepare to be spellbound by the architectural splendors and steep yourself in the spiritual ambiance that permeates the air.

As a delightful surprise, partake in a mesmerizing performance of traditional Cham dance, a vibrant tapestry of local attire, melodious tunes, and age-old instruments. Bid adieu to the enchanting realm of My Son, your heart brimming with memories, as you make your way back to Hoi An, eager to resume your exploration of this quaint and picturesque town.

Day 11: Hoi An

Experience the enchanting allure of Hoi An with a day dedicated to relaxation and exploration. Unwind amidst the town’s captivating ambiance, bask in the golden sands of pristine beaches, or choose from an array of optional activities tailored to your preferences. Embark on a culinary journey with a hands-on cooking class, where you’ll learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine from expert chefs. Alternatively, hop on a bicycle and traverse the ancient streets, discovering hidden gems and picturesque landscapes along the way. Delve into the region’s rich history with a visit to the awe-inspiring My Son Ruins and Marble Mountain, where centuries-old temples and natural marvels await.

For adventure enthusiasts, a day of snorkeling at Cham Island offers an exhilarating opportunity to explore vibrant coral reefs and marine life in crystal-clear waters. Whatever your inclination, rest assured that we’ll handle all arrangements seamlessly, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Hoi An. As the day draws to a close, retreat to the comfort of your accommodations and embrace the charm of this historic town. With its lantern-lit streets and serene ambiance, Hoi An promises an unforgettable evening of tranquility and enchantment.

Day 12: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh Cu Chi Tunnel
Ho Chi Minh Cu Chi Tunnel

Indulge in a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel before our chauffeur whisks you away to Da Nang airport, where a brief morning flight awaits to transport you to the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, fondly known as Saigon. 

Saigon pulsates with life, a dynamic fusion of vibrant markets, bustling thoroughfares teeming with scooters, tantalizing street food stalls, and a juxtaposition of contemporary marvels like office towers and shopping emporiums. As the economic nucleus of Vietnam, Saigon has undergone remarkable transformation in recent years, all while retaining its exotic allure.

Upon arrival and check-in at your hotel, our expert guide will accompany you on an unforgettable excursion to the renowned Cu Chi Tunnels. These subterranean labyrinths served as pivotal hideouts during Vietnam’s struggle for independence, playing a crucial role in the Viet Cong’s triumph over American forces. Delve into history as you watch an illuminating introductory video, traverse the jungle reserve, and even venture inside the narrow tunnels to experience the hardships endured by Vietnamese guerrillas. Discover an array of traps and weaponry showcased at the site’s exhibition. As the sun begins its descent, return to the vibrant streets of Ho Chi Minh City, where you can unwind and relish a tranquil evening amidst the city’s captivating ambiance.

Day 13: Mekong Delta 

Embark on an enchanting voyage through Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s vibrant agricultural heartland, where the lifeblood of the mighty Mekong River weaves a tapestry of culture. Explore a world where water is not just a necessity but a way of life, as the river fans out into a mesmerizing network of tributaries, sustaining communities with its bounty.

Begin your odyssey in Ben Tre, a tranquil haven nestled along the banks of the Ben Tre River. Step aboard a traditional boat and immerse yourself in the lively river scene, where local fishermen cast their nets and villagers ferry goods between bustling markets. Witness the age-old art of brick-making at local brickwork sites before delving into the charm of coconut processing workshops that line the tranquil canals. Venture deeper into the labyrinthine waterways, where narrow natural creeks lead you to quaint villages hidden amidst verdant landscapes. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of rural life as you visit family workshops, learn the intricate art of sleep mat weaving, and tantalize your taste buds with fresh fruits and fragrant tea.

Continue your journey on two wheels or aboard a Xe Loi (motorized trishaw), winding through shaded paths, emerald rice fields, and lush vegetable plains. Gain intimate insights into the tropical culture and timeless traditions of local peasants as you weave through idyllic countryside scenes. Conclude your day with a delectable lunch at a charming local restaurant, followed by a serene rowing boat excursion along the tranquil water palm creek. As the sun sets, bid farewell to the Mekong Delta and return to Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll retire for the night, filled with memories of an unforgettable adventure.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City

As you indulge in your last sumptuous breakfast amidst the vibrant energy of Ho Chi Minh City, take a moment to soak in the bustling streets and colorful markets one final time. With the morning at your leisure, wander through the bustling streets, perhaps stumbling upon hidden gems and local treasures.

As the afternoon approaches, bid farewell to the lively cityscape of Ho Chi Minh as you embark on your journey to Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Reflect on the unforgettable memories created during your 2 week Vietnam itinerary North to South, from the tranquil beauty of Halong Bay to the ancient charm of Hoi An, and the cultural richness of Hue.

Final thoughts

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Join Viland Travel on our exclusive Vietnam 2 Week Itinerary from North to South, where we’ll whisk you away on a mesmerizing journey through the country’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.

From the ancient wonders of Hanoi’s Old Quarter to the breathtaking natural beauty of Ha Long Bay, each destination on this meticulously crafted itinerary promises a one-of-a-kind experience. Explore the imperial citadel of Hue, wander through the ancient town of Hoi An, and marvel at the historic Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City.

With Viland Travel’s customized tours, expertise and attention to detail, every aspect of your journey will be seamlessly taken care of. From luxury accommodations to expertly guided tours, we ensure that your adventure is nothing short of extraordinary.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to tick off Vietnam’s world heritage checklist in style. Book your trip now and prepare for an unforgettable voyage through time and culture.