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2 Weeks in Northern Vietnam

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2 Weeks in Northern Vietnam

Hi all,

Currently planning a trip with my partner (both mid 20s) for the start of October.

We have 14 days in total and have never been to Vietnam before.

I have created a very general itinerary with advice from friends and various forums and would love to get your advice on it.

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Day 4: Ha Long Bay

Day 5: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi -

Day 6: Flight to Da Nang

Day 7: Da Nang - Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An - Da Nang - Flight to Hanoi

Day 10: Hanoi

Day 11: Hanoi to Sapa (bus - day)

Day 12: Sapa

Day 13: Sapa to Hanoi

Day 14: Depart Hanoi

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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1. Re: 2 Weeks in Northern Vietnam

It seems fine if you need to flight in and out of from Hanoi city, for Halong Bay you can visit Bai Tu Long where is less tourist than cruise departure from Tuan Chau . Also check out your date when you visit Sapa, there is Sunday market on Bac Ha - nice and special market.

There are some domestic flights to check good price as Vietnam airlines, Vietjet and Jestar

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2. Re: 2 Weeks in Northern Vietnam


October is the peak month of rainy season in Hoi An. You can expect periods, possibly days, of heavy rain and flooding in the Ancient Town.

Suggest you either skip Hoi An completely and spend more time in the north or wait until you reach Hanoi and evaluate the weather.

As your itinerary is already pretty full, suggest you consider staying in the north. Spend more time in the facinating city of Hanoi and perhaps add a couple of days to Tam Coc.

Also, since you most likely will miss the rice harvest in Sapa, you might consider a trip to Ha Giang Province instead.

Safe travels :)

Edited: 09 May 2018, 13:48
puerto princesa
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3. Re: 2 Weeks in Northern Vietnam

Another vote for staying at Bac Ha instead of Sapa. Get there on a Saturday explore the Hmong Palace,walk round the picturesque lake, climb the hill in the center of town for 160 degree view and attend the free traditional dance show at a stage near the market at 8 pm every Saturday. Get up at 7 am , see the colorful Flower Hmong and the 7 different parts of the market before returning to your hotel for a late breakfast and get out of town before the hordes of tourists arrive.

http://www.nganngabachahotel.com/ --- excellent place to stay, 5 mins walk from market and Dong the manager has a wealth of knowledge about the area.

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4. Re: 2 Weeks in Northern Vietnam

Definitely agree with Michael. You have 2 weeks so enjoy more off-the-beaten-track. Travel to Ha Giang in October to enjoy the spectacular view of rice terraced field and buckwheat.

I prefer to do the following itinerary: Hanoi - Sapa - Bac Ha - Ha Giang - Ban Gioc Waterfall ( Cao Bang) - Hanoi - enjoy Halong Bay at the end of your trip.

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5. Re: 2 Weeks in Northern Vietnam

why don't you arrive in DaNang first, then filght to HaNoi so that you can save a lot of money for flighting?

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6. Re: 2 Weeks in Northern Vietnam

Spent all of last December in just the north;

Hanoi, Sapa/Ta Van, Bac Ha, Ninh Binh/Tam Coc and Cat Ba island (for Lan Ha bay cruise).

Plenty to keep me occupied every day. So you can find plenty in some of these places for yourselves without losing time travelling to Da Nang/Hoi An and back again.

Don't underestimate how slow travel is in SEAsia

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7. Re: 2 Weeks in Northern Vietnam

Thanks for the feedback. We will just focus on the North then. How long would you recommend spending in each place? Any advice on places to stay in each area and things to do would be awesome.

Thanks again!

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8. Re: 2 Weeks in Northern Vietnam

Thanks so much. Having now considered the wet season in central vietnam, we will not focus solely on the north. Thanks for the feedback!

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