Itinerary: Vietnam

March 2020

Our big trip of 2020 and our first trip to Southeast Asia – Vietnam!

Well it did not happen – Coronavirus apocalypse canceled it for us.

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But I did all this work planning what I was hoping to be a perfect itinerary through Vietnam so I wanted to share it in case others are able to go. I am hopeful we will get to try this on out next year. For now, enjoy these beautiful photos from our Boston turned San Diego Sunshine friends who made it there just broke travel restrictions amped up in February – thank you Lauren and Ben for the pictures!

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Activity Food
Day 1  Morning Land HCM 
Afternoon Check into Airbnb

Tao Dan Park

Binh Tay Market 

Evening  Saigon Food Tours 
Day 2 Morning Mekong Delta Pho Ngoc
Afternoon Lunch on tour
Evening Quan Anh Vu (bun cha)
Day 3 Morning War Remnants Museum

Notre Dame Cathedral / Post Office

Nam Giao Restaurant
Afternoon Independence palace

Ben Thanh Market

Bánh Cuốn Bà Hanh (Banh Cuon)
Evening Bún thịt nướng – Nguyễn Trung Trực (bun thit nuong)
Day 4 Morning Flight HCM to Dalat Little HaNoi Egg Coffee (Góc Hà Nội)
Afternoon Check into Airbnb

Crazy House

Xuan Huong Lake

Lam Vien Square

Cable Car

Ms. Xi Noodle Shop (mi quang) (2-4PM)
Evening Nem Nướng Dũng Lộc (nim duong)
Night Hanh Sua Viet Anh (soy milk)
Day 5 Morning Rent motorbike

Pongour Waterfalls

Elephant falls (Thac Voi)

Coffee plantation (La Viet Coffee / Me Linh Coffee)

Flower Farm

Coaster/Datanla falls

Tuyen Lam Lake

Afternoon Nem Nướng Dũng Lộc (nim duong)
Evening Tiem Mi Tau Cao (wonton soup)
Day 6 Morning Pho Tien (pho)
Afternoon Flight Dalat to Hanoi Xoi Gia Truyen Ba Thu
Evening Check into Airbnb

Hoan Kiem Lake

St Joseph’s Cathedral

Train Station (1500 or 1900)

Bún chả Hương Liên (bun cha) (Obama place)
Bai Hoi (Beer)
Day 7 Morning Ninh Binh and Mua Cave Cafe Giang/ Phở Thìn Bờ Hồ
Afternoon Lunch on tour
Evening Quan An Ngon
Night Chapa Train departs at 2200
Day 8 Morning Train arrive at 0605

Ethos Center check in 0800

Cộng Cafe
Afternoon Sapa – Mountain Experience Lunch on Tour
Evening Little Sapa restaurant
Night Check into Airbnb
Day 9 Morning Ethos Center check in 0800

Sapa – Ta Phin Homestay

Fansipan Terrace Cafe
Afternoon Lunch on Tour
Evening Dinner on Tour
Day 10 Morning Sapa – Ta Phin Homestay Breakfast on Tour
Afternoon Lunch on Tour
Evening Bus to Train 1700 Chapa Lounge
Night Chapa Train departs at 2140
Day 11 Morning Arrive in Hanoi at 0530 Pho Gia Truygen Bat Dan (Pho)
Afternoon Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long  Junk Boat Food on Tour
Day 12 Morning Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long  Junk Boat Food on Tour
Afternoon
Evening
Day 13 Morning Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long  Junk Boat Food on Tour
Afternoon
Evening Arrive Hanoi at 1700
Night Check into Airbnb Bahn Mi 25 (Bahn Mi)

Quán Gốc Đa (dumplings)

Day 14 Morning Hoa Lo Prison

Temple of Literature

Train Street (1500 or 1900)

Pho Thin (pho)
Afternoon Quan An Hung Lau (bun cha)
Evening Tran Quoc Pagoda / West Lake Banh Cuon Gia Truygen Thanh Van (rice pancake- banh cuon)
Day 15 Morning Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (0730-1030) Bánh Bao Quán Thánh (soy dumpling)
Afternoon Flight Hanoi to HCM Nhà Hàng Miến Lươn ĐÔNG THỊNH (eel noodle)
Evening Flight home
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