We’ve now spent a combined 6 weeks in Vietnam and we’ve got a pretty good feel of the place. But we could have spent 6 months and still not have seen everything Vietnam has to offer. We certainly plan to return in the future.
If you only have 1 week in Vietnam then I would suggest that you chose one area of the country to focus on, either the north, the south or central Vietnam.
If you have 2 weeks then that’s plenty of time to see the Vietnam highlights (places with ** next to them), obviously the highlights are just our opinion.
If your lucky enough to have a full month in Vietnam then you can see and do an awful lot, it’s possible to do our full list as long as you don’t mind moving about a lot.
Northern Vietnam (Our favourite region overall)
Hanoi** (Recommended 2 or 3 nights.)
Ha Long Bay** (Ashleigh’s Favourite) (Recommended 1 or 2 nights, it’s too far to do in a day trip and too expensive to stay any longer.)
Sapa ** (Recommended 1 to 4 nights depending how far you plan to walk, package tours fit a lot in.)
Ninh Binh(Recommended 3 or 4 nights, one full day in Trang An and one full day in Tam Coc there are day trips available from Hanoi if your pushed for time.)
Hue (recommended 2 to 4 nights depending on how interested you are in temples.)
DaNang (recommended 1 or 2 nights or could be done from HoiAn if pushed for time, it’s only a 30 minute taxi ride away.)
HoiAn ** (recommended 3 to 7 nights depending on how long you plan to laze around the pool and how many day trips you want to fit in.)
Ho Chi Minh City** (1 to 3 nights, it’s a lovely city but spend longer elsewhere in Vietnam.)
Phu Quoc(Sean’s Favourite) (4 to 7 nights depending on how much you love the sun. A bit out the way which is why we missed it out of the 2 week itinerary.)
This guide is only based on places we’ve been, there are still places in Vietnam that we are yet to explore. We will update the guide when we return (hopefully in the not too distant future).
Hope you found this useful