Travelling in Vietnam is always a great option. The coastline is more than 3,260 km long, and the country is filled with nature reserves, bustling cities, historic monuments, unique and fascinating culture, and a long list of the best dishes in the world.
This Vietnam three week itinerary is a complete guide to getting around the country. It will help you plan the perfect vacation in Vietnam, leaving you with many happy memories to bring back with you.
Ho Chi Minh City (3 nights)
Fly into Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to begin your journey to explore Vietnam. Here, visitors can experience the typical life of an Asian city, with bustling streets and lots of ancient architecture from the French colonial era.
On the first two nights in Vietnam, you can visit roof top bars in Ho Chi Minh City, likethe Rex Hotel, explore the culture of Saigon and enjoy the rich cuisine here.
After that, catch the night train to the coastal city of Nha Trang.
Nha Trang (4 nights)
Visitors will love Nha Trang right after arriving at dawn from an overnight train. Leave your luggage at the hotel and go straight to the rowing club at the main beach of the city. This is the ideal way to relax after a long night of travel.
After relaxing all morning on the beach, you can explore other attractions in Nha Trang including Thap Ba mud bath, Vinpearl waterpark, Lantern restaurant, and breathe in the sea. The next morning, spend a day exploring the beautiful beach city of Nha Trang.
An excellent morning meal would be to try some of the local dishes like fish roll cakes, jellyfish noodles, fish roll bread or dried anchovy steamed sticky rice. You will find it easy at the popular eateries such as:
- Thua eatery at 55 Yersin
- Ninh Hoa eatery at 2 Lan Ong street
- Bun ca Duc eatery at B8 Phan Boi Chau street
- Loan eatery on Huynh Thuc Khang street
Coming to Nha Trang, in addition to swimming at Nha Trang Beach, you should try to visit the island because of not only beautiful scenery but also many interesting activities here. Nha Trang has many small islands. Hon Mun is famous for the black stones as ebony which is very rare and the attractive white sand beaches, blue sea and bird nests nestled in the wild cliffs.
After all these activities, prepare to sleep on the night train to Hoi An.
Hoi An (4 nights)
Hoi An has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The special feature here is that cars are not allowed to circulate in the streets so everyone must walk or ride a bike. The street is decorated with lanterns hanging in front of houses by the river that flows through the city becomes sparkling with the lights on the water when the sun goes down.
If you want to experience Vietnamese food, head to Morning Glory, a local delicatessen or to Oodles of Noodles restaurant.
After exploring the life and scenery in Hoi An, catch the night train to Hanoi and take the bus to Halong Bay.
Halong Bay (3 nights)
Halong Bay, where mountains meet the ocean and land meets the sky. Here visitors can choose a one-day or overnight cruise to immerse themselves in the beautiful bay of emerald water, stop at the caves and enjoy some kayaking to spots with astonishing stalagmites and stalactites.
Contemplate the sunrise on Halong Bay before breakfast and take the bus to Hanoi. From Hanoi, catch the night train to Sa Pa.
Sa Pa (3 nights)
Located in the Northern mountainous region of Vietnam, Sa Pa Town has beautiful scenery and diverse culture. Sa Pa is a typical picture of Vietnamese countryside in Hoang Lien Son mountain range near the border with China.
You can spend a few days exploring the beauty and life of locals in Sa Pa and the surrounding area before returning to Hanoi on the night train.
Hanoi (4 nights)
When visiting Vietnam, the hustle and bustle of Hanoi is a place not to be missed. The famous sightseeing places in Hanoi include Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and the Old Quarter. You should not miss the unique egg coffee experience at Giang coffee shop.
Ending your three-week trip to Vietnam, you can easily take a taxi from central Hanoi to Noi Bai International Airport to fly home.
Vietnam Visa Requirements
In practice, Vietnamese embassies in foreign countries will be the authority to issue Vietnam visas. For those who enter Vietnam via border gates or any other transportation, obtaining a visa at the Vietnam Embassy can be a good choice.
However, note that you should check all procedures and fees appropriate to your country of residence before you are apply for a visa as the process is not the same for all countries.
Another choice is to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival which can also be applied for online to receive Approval Letter via email first and then have visa stamped on original passport when arriving in Vietnam.
It is quite easy for you to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival by following these simple steps:
- Visit https://www.vietnam-visa.com/ to fill the secured online application form
- Pay the service fee online via Credit/ Debit cards, PayPal, etc.
- Get Visa Approval Letter via email (after 2 working days for tourist visa, and 7 working days for business visa, both for normal service). You can choose to process visa urgent or super urgent but additional fees will be required.
- Fly to Vietnam and present Approval Letter, Vietnam Entry & Exit form, original passport and stamping fee to Immigration Officer at Vietnam Airport to get visa stamped.