Rough Draft: Two Week Itinerary for Vietnam

Rough Draft: Two Week Itinerary for Vietnam

March 2020

Rough Draft: Vietnam

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!

Day 0Travel to Vietnam
Land early morning HCM
Check into Airbnb
Tao Dan Park
Binh Tay Market 
Saigon Food Tours 
Day 1Breakfast at Pho Ngoc
Day trip to Mekong Delta
Dinner at Quan Anh Vu (bun cha)
Day 3Breakfast at Nam Giao Restaurant
War Remnants Museum
Notre Dame Cathedral / Post Office
Lunch at Bánh Cuốn Bà Hanh (Banh Cuon)
Independence Palace
Ben Thanh Market
Dinner at Bánh Cuốn Bà Hanh (Banh Cuon)
Bún thịt nướng – Nguyễn Trung Trực (bun thit nuong)
Day 4Breakfast at Little HaNoi Egg Coffee (Góc Hà Nội)
Flight to Dalat
Check into Airbnb
Lunch at Ms. Xi Noodle Shop (mi quang) (2-4PM)
Crazy House
Xuan Huong Lake
Lam Vien Square
Cable Car
Dinner at Nem Nướng Dũng Lộc (nim duong)
Hanh Sua Viet Anh (soy milk)
Day 5Rent motorbike  
Pongour Waterfalls
Elephant falls (Thac Voi)
Coffee plantation (La Viet Coffee / Me Linh Coffee)
Flower Farm
Coaster/Datanla falls
Tuyen Lam Lake
Nem Nướng Dũng Lộc (nim duong)
Tiem Mi Tau Cao (wonton soup)
Day 6Breakfast at Pho Tien (pho)
Flight Dalat to Hanoi
Lunch at Xoi Gia Truyen Ba Thu
Check into Airbnb
Hoan Kiem Lake
St Joseph’s Cathedral
Train Station (1500 or 1900)
Dinner at Bún chả Hương Liên (bun cha) (Obama place)
Bai Hoi (Beer)
Day 7Breakfast at Cafe Giang/ Phở Thìn Bờ Hồ
Day trip to Ninh Binh and Mua Cave
Dinner at Quan An Ngon
Overnight train to Sapa – Chapa Train
Day 8Arrive in Sapa
Breakfast at Cộng Cafe
Ethos Center check in 0800
Sapa – Mountain Experience
Dinner at Little Sapa
Check into Airbnb
Day 9Breakfast Fansipan Terrace Cafe
Ethos Center check in 0800
Sapa – Ta Phin Homestay
Day 10Sapa – Ta Phin Homestay
Bus to Train 1700
Overnight train to Hanoi – Chapa Train
Day 11Arrive in Hanoi at 0530
Breakfast at Pho Gia Truygen Bat Dan (Pho)
Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long  Junk Boat
Day 12Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long  Junk Boat
Day 13Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long  Junk Boat
Arrive Hanoi at 1700
Check into Airbnb
Dinner at Bahn Mi 25 (Bahn Mi)
Quán Gốc Đa (dumplings)
Day 14Breakfast at Pho Thin (pho)
Hoa Lo Prison  
Temple of Literature
Train Street (1500 or 1900)
Lunch at Quan An Hung Lau (bun cha)
Tran Quoc Pagoda / West Lake
Dinner at Banh Cuon Gia Truygen Thanh Van (rice pancake- banh cuon)
Day 15Breakfast at Bánh Bao Quán Thánh (soy dumpling)
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (0730-1030)
Lunch at Nhà Hàng Miến Lươn ĐÔNG THỊNH (eel noodle)
Flight Hanoi to HCM
Flight home

If you have been to Vietnam, let me know what I missed and what your favorites are!

Don’t forget to check out all DESKRIB itineraries here!

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