From Halong Bay to the Ancient Port City of Hoi An in 2 Weeks

From Halong Bay to the Ancient Port City of Hoi An in 2 Weeks

  • Ha Noi
  • Sapa
  • Bac Ha
  • Ninh Binh
  • Halong Bay
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
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14 days, 13 nights
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  • The Essentials
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    From 1200 US$

    Specially crafted for unforgettable family vacations, our Vietnam 2 weeks itinerary from Halong Bay to Hoi An tour invites you to explore the iconic destinations of Northern and Central Vietnam. From the renowned Halong Bay to the enchanting old town of Hoi An, this journey promises a perfect blend of personal exploration, family bonding, and seaside relaxation. Join us on this Vietnam 2 weeks itinerary from Halong Bay to Hoi An tour and create lasting memories with your loved ones while discovering the beauty and charm of Vietnam's most famous locations.

    From Halong Bay to the Ancient Port City of Hoi An in 2 Weeks
    What unique experiences await during your trip?
    • Embark on an immersive 2-week adventure, exploring Vietnam from north to south.
    • Experience an unforgettable Halong Bay cruise, where breathtaking views and serene waters await.
    • Engage in diverse activities, including boat trips, cycling through scenic landscapes, and exhilarating hikes.
    • Conclude your journey with ultimate relaxation on the stunning beaches of Phu Quoc.
    Stages of the journey
    • Ha Noi
    • Sapa
    • Bac Ha
    • Ninh Binh
    • Halong Bay
    • Hue
    • Hoi An
    Tour map
    Program description

    Arrive in Hanoi, the thousand-year-old capital located in the heart of northern Vietnam, warmly welcomed by the English-speaking guide from Kampá Tour at the airport. A comfortable transfer takes visitors to the centrally located hotel (rooms available from 2:00 p.m.), with the day's activities tailored to suit the arrival time. 

    Set out for the first exploration of the city center, marking the start of your 2-week itinerary in Vietnam, soaked in the charm of this ancient capital:

    • King Ly Thai To Square: Discover the millennium-old history of the Vietnamese capital.

    Ly Thai To is the founder of the Ly dynasty (1009-1225). It was he who transferred the capital from Hoa Lu to Hanoi in 1010

    • Lake of the Restored Sword with the temple of Mount Jade, the Turtle Islet, at the heart of Hanoi.
    • Explore the Hanoi Old Quarter with its 36 corporation streets, where you can stroll through craft streets named after the goods once produced and sold there. Don't forget to stop at Ma May Street and visit an old 'Tube' house, a characteristic feature of traditional Hanoi architecture.

    This Old Quarter is located in the heart of Hanoi and is full of old houses, temples, bustling markets, artisan shops, and traditional restaurants. It is an emblematic place that testifies to the history and culture of the Vietnamese capital.

    Discover the colonial heritage with French concessions: Take a cycle rickshaw ride through the city to visit the Grand Théâtre, the Métropole hotel, the state bank, and the Central Post Office. End your day with a relaxing night at the hotel.

    End your day with a relaxing night at the hotel, the perfect start to your Vietnam 2 weeks itinerary from Halong to Hoi An.

    A day dedicated to exploring Hanoi's most remarkable cultural sites and historical monuments:

    • The Temple of Literature, symbolizing feudal education and standing as one of Hanoi's iconic landmarks.

    Built 1000 years ago, this Confucian temple served as an institution where royal offspring and sons of mandarins received their education. It also hosted competitions for the country's most talented students, with the winners attaining the status of scholars and senior officials in Vietnamese feudal dynasties.

    • Visit Ba Dinh Square, the location of the former palace of the Indochina governor, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and his residence.
    • Explore the Ethnography Museum, home to a vast collection of 25,000 ancient and contemporary artifacts that provide insights into the history of local populations.
    • In the evening, enjoy a water puppet show – a distinctive feature of the Vietnamese culture.

    Colorful wooden puppets are skillfully manipulated by the artists using rods and bamboo shafts underwater. It is a unique and captivating art form unique to the Northern Vietnamese tradition.

    Take a night train to Lao Cai, the capital city of the enchanting northwest mountains.

    Arriving early in Lao Cai, you'll enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant before heading to Bac Ha, a peaceful town about 100 kilometers northeast of Sapa.

    Upon arrival, embark on a scenic hike through the surrounding mountains, hills, valleys, and ethnic villages. You'll traverse lush fir forests and reach Ngai Phong Cho, a village inhabited by the Flower Hmong and Phu La communities, where traditional mud houses still stand.

    Continue your trek to the rarely visited Thai Giang Pho and Na Lo villages, home to the Tay and Black Hmong minorities, and soak in the stunning landscapes of rice terraces and winding rivers. The day ends with a warm homestay experience with a Tay ethnic family, where you'll share dinner and gain insight into their customs.

    Your night will be spent in homestay accommodation, typically a cozy room in a traditional house with mosquito nets, comfortable mattresses, and clean sheets. The bathroom, equipped with hot water and towels, as well as shared toilets, are often located outside for an authentic experience.

    Depending on the day of the week, you'll have the opportunity to explore the vibrant weekly markets of the local minorities in the Bac Ha region. (Tuesday: Coc Ly market, Wednesday: Sin Cheng market, Saturday: Can Cau market, Sunday: Muong Hum market, Muong Khuong or Bac Ha). At these markets, you'll meet with colorful ethnic groups who gather to exchange goods and share news within their communities. You'll also witness the fascinating cattle trade practices among the local minorities.

    Afterward, we'll journey to Sapa, a picturesque destination once favored as a French resort during the colonial era. Nestled at the edge of the country, amidst the renowned Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Sapa boasts a temperate climate. Today, it's celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes typical of the northern high mountains, featuring winding zigzag paths along the hills and boundless rice terraces. Additionally, Sapa is known for its rich cultural heritage, including traditional villages, lively markets, and diverse ethnic minority communities.

    In the afternoon, we'll venture off the well-trodden path to explore Hang Da and Sa Seng, two splendid high-altitude areas situated to the east of Sapa. Your journey will take you through the karst limestone formations of Hang Da, passing through quaint hamlets while observing local agricultural activities. Continuing on, you'll traverse Sa Seng, a long valley flanked by mountain ranges, offering picturesque views of lush forests and pristine waterways.

    As the day comes to a close, we'll return to the town of Sapa, where you'll spend the night at a comfortable hotel. 

    Prepare for a day of enchanting hiking through the stunning and exotic landscapes of the Muong Hoa Valley. Situated in the southwest of Sapa, at the base of Mount Fansipan—the highest peak in Indochina—Muong Hoa Valley beckons with its natural beauty. During your exploration, you'll visit ethnic villages scattered throughout the valley, including Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai, home to the Black Hmong, as well as Ta Van, inhabited by the Dzay people.

    You'll have the chance to engage with local residents as they toil in the verdant rice fields, gaining insights into their daily routines and way of life. Muong Hoa Valley, framed by steep mountains, is a cultural mosaic inhabited by various minority ethnic groups such as the Hmong, Dzao, Dzay, and Tay, all of whom rely on rice farming for their livelihoods.

    As the day comes to a close, we'll journey back to Hanoi by road, where you'll spend the night and rest after an exhilarating day of exploration.

    Set out for Ninh Binh – the land of limestone karsts, sugarloaf mountains, and rice fields flooded by rivers and lakes throughout the year.

    Arrival in Ninh Xuan, visit to Mua Mountain. Climb a 486-step white stone staircase to the summit of this bell-shaped mountain, which offers a panoramic view of the Tam Coc region.

    A limestone mountain located near the rivers and sugarloaf mountains of Tam Coc. In the past, it was renowned for its dance performances for the kings of the Tran Dynasty (13th-14th century).

    Afterward, transfer to Tam Coc for a bike ride and leisurely exploration of this fabulous region.

    Explore a vast landscape featuring sugarloaf-shaped rock formations, rice paddies, and rivers. Enjoy boat rides on the Ngo Dong River, winding through the sugarloaf peaks, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the lush surrounding nature.

    In the afternoon, enjoy a boat trip along the Ngo Dong River to explore the beauty of Tam Coc. This meandering river takes you through lush rice fields, past picturesque sugar loaf hills, and beneath the three enchanting caves nestled at the base of towering limestone peaks.

    End your day with an overnight stay in Ninh Binh.

    Departure for Halong – the most beautiful bay in Vietnam, one of the most magical landscapes in Asia. Boarding upon arrival aboard a traditional junk. Welcome by the crew then departure for a magnificent cruise on the bay. Visit Bai Tu Long (northern part of Halong Bay):

    • Admire the picturesque islands and islets with various shapes (sail, dog, rooster, incense, etc.).
    • Explore the splendid caves of Halong Bay, including Thien Canh Son, housing stalagmites and stalactites dating back thousands of years.
    • Continue the cruise to Cap La, where you can enjoy a kayak ride and swim in the sublime waters of the bay (weather permitting).
    • In the late afternoon, relax on the upper deck of the junk.

    Lunch and dinner on board the junk.

    Enjoy a free evening for personal rest and relaxation, which can include card games or night fishing.

    Spend the night on board.

    Wake up at dawn to witness a breathtaking spectacle: the sun's initial rays piercing through the myriad sugarloaf islets of the bay. Join us for a Tai Chi session on the terrace, creating a serene and unforgettable moment.

    Our cruise continues, venturing into the lesser-explored corners of Halong Bay. We'll explore the magnificent caves of Halong Bay, including Thien Canh Son, home to ancient stalagmites and stalactites that have been forming for thousands of years.

    Lunch will be served on the junk before we disembark and make our way back to Hanoi.

    In the evening, we'll catch a flight to Hue, the historic imperial city located in the heart of the country.

    You'll spend the night in Hue, where you can delve into the rich history and culture of this fascinating city.

    Departure for a city tour of Hue (Hue being the last imperial capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945):

    • The Imperial City: The residence and workplace of the 13 Nguyen emperors for 143 years.
    • Gia Long Mausoleum: Dedicated to the founder of the Nguyen Dynasty, one of the two key figures in the unique Franco-Vietnamese relationship (the other being the French priest Pigneau de Behaine). Alternatively, you can visit the Minh Mang Mausoleum, the emperor famous for having 142 children with 43 concubines.
    • Phu Mong Village: Known for its garden houses, which are an integral part of Hue's imperial identity.
    • Thien Mu Pagoda: The most beautiful and most visited pagoda in Hue, or the tranquil Tu Hieu Pagoda, which contains the tombs of eunuchs from the Nguyen Dynasty.
    • Depending on the timing, you may have the opportunity to witness the monks' prayer session.
    • Dong Ba Market: The largest and oldest market in Hue, where you can find local specialties such as conical hats and tunics.

    Spend the night at the hotel.

    Alley to Hoi An, a charming old town situated 150 kilometers south of Hue. This hidden gem lies off the beaten path, winding along the untamed coastal shore of the Eastern Sea and the Hai Van Pass road. Throughout the journey, you'll make several planned stops to take in the breathtaking sights.

    An important pass located between Hue and Da Nang, which serves as a significant climatic barrier between the north and the south of the country. From the top of the pass, you can admire the magnificent bays of Lang Co and Da Nang that stretch as far as the eye can see.

    You'll also marvel at the beautiful bays with turquoise waters in Lang Co and Da Nang, whose long beaches are still relatively untouched by tourists and well-preserved: Thuan An and Lang Co. Here we gain a fascinating glimpse into the livelihoods of the local inhabitants, home to various types of fish farms, adding a unique dimension to our journey.

    You'll encounter picturesque roadside cemeteries, often referred to as 'ghost towns.' These cemeteries contain sets of tombs - resembling castles - crafted in various finely detailed Asian architectural styles. This presents an opportunity to discover the unique 'Secondary Burial' custom among the Vietnamese.
    Upon reaching Hoi An in the afternoon, you'll have time to check in and spend the night at the hotel.

    Cycling on a delightful excursion to explore the antique countryside of Hoi An, a peaceful and green region that nestled along the Thu Bon River.

    After your first meal of the day, set about your journey to the Van Lang fish farming village and the enchanting Bay Mau coconut forest. This area, surrounded by meandering canals, mangrove forests, and water coconut trees, retains its bona fide beauty. 

    Arrive at the Van Lang village, welcomed by open and friendly boatmen, then depart for a ride in a round basket boat through rivers lined with coconut trees. Admire beautiful landscapes, and relax, then try and learn about exceptional shrimp fishing techniques. After the boat ride, disembark and settle in with a local family for a restful break, indulging in a delicious lunch prepared by your gracious hosts.'

    In the afternoon, continue to the Tra Que village, which specializes in the cultivation of organic vegetables. Walk around the fields, meet the farmers, and then participate in agricultural activities: fertilizing the land, planting aromatic herbs… Say goodbye to the friendly farmers, then return by bike to your hotel.

    Free evening, night at the hotel.

    Enjoy two days of complete relaxation on the beautiful sparse beaches of Cua Dai and An Bang, located not too far from the charming old town of Hoi An.

    You can take leisurely bike rides to explore the picturesque countryside, which is dotted with traditional villages specializing in various crafts such as pottery, carpentry, and vegetable cultivation.

    Spend your nights in comfort at the hotel.

    Enjoy a sedate day of rest and complete any final purchases. In the evening, our guide from Kampá Tour will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

    This marks the end of our services. We thank you for choosing us and hope you've had a fascinating trip on your 2-week Halong & Hoi An itinerary of Vietnam!

    Optional activities
    Below are small activities or 'unique and memorable' experiences to add to your itinerary, making your trip more complete and remarkable.
    Hanoi Egg Coffee
    Trying a cup of coffee with egg is a rather unusual experience that should be on the wish list of any future visitor to the capital of Vietnam.
    Hanoi Gastronomy and culture Add to the itinerary
    The show “Tinh hoa Bac Bo - The Quintessence of Tonkin”
    This magnificent outdoor and water show will give you a very moving and unforgettable experience of Vietnamese life and culture.
    Hanoi Cultural activities Add to the itinerary
    Private cruise in legendary Halong Bay
    Nothing is more wonderful than a private cruise on the legendary Halong Bay that allows you to leisurely navigate its uncharted corners in complete privacy.
    Halong Bay Well-being and relaxation Add to the itinerary
    Ancient Hue House: An Architectural and Artistic Masterpiece of Hue
    If you're in search of chic, poetic, and charming accommodation for your stay in Hue, the former imperial capital in the Central region of Vietnam, we wholeheartedly recommend Ancient Hue Houses.
    Hue Essentials Add to the itinerary
    Halong Bay by seaplane, an extraordinary experience to live
    What could be more extraordinary than a seaplane flight over the wonderful Halong Bay? The activity offers you a UNIQUE opportunity to discover the exceptional landscapes seen from the sky
    Quang Ninh Well-being and relaxation Add to the itinerary
    Nights at the Sofitel Legend Métropole Hanoi Hotel
    The Metropole is located in the heart of the city's old town, in its historic center near the renowned Hoan Kiem Lake.
    Hanoi Essential Add to the itinerary
    The “Hoi An Memories” show
    The country's largest open-air visual arts show brings you strong emotions and a special experience of unique art-making imbued with Hoi An's identity.
    Hoi An Cultural activities Add to the itinerary
    Cooking classes in Hoi An
    Would you like to try an activity that is among the top 10 experiences of a trip to Vietnam?
    Hoi An Gastronomy and culture Add to the itinerary
    Royal costume dinner in Hue
    You are invited to dress as an emperor or mandarin before rejoicing around a table of royal dishes once reserved for emperors.
    Hue Gastronomy and culture Add to the itinerary
    Hoi An Countryside Tour by Bike
    The bicycle remains the best option to soak up and enjoy the charming city and its peaceful countryside.
    Hoi An Discovery & Relaxation Add to the itinerary
    Tour Price
    1200 US$per person
    This price, calculated based on 4 people staying in standard hotels, could vary depending on:
    • period of travel
    • number of travelers
    • selected services
    This price includes:
    • Accommodation for the entire circuit, in hotels or with locals
    • Travel according to the program by private car
    • English-speaking guide for the visits mentioned in the program
    • All activities mentioned in the program, including entrance fees to tourist sites
    • Economy class domestic flights with airport taxes included
    • Meals mentioned in the program
    • Bottle of water during guided tours (2 x 500ml/traveler/day)
    • Government taxes currently in force (VAT, etc.)
    This price does not include:
    • International flights from your home
    • Visa fees, payable directly at the airport customs (see VISA)
    • Bank fees related to payment
    • Personal insurance
    • Personal beverages during meals: beer, Coca-Cola, fruit juice, etc.
    • Other meals not specified in the program
    • SIM card and mobile plans
    • Tips, personal expenses, and other services not mentioned in the "Our Included Services" section
    Services for this trip
    Your accommodation:
    Hôtel & Resort Victoria Beach Hoi An
    Hôtel River Town Hoi An
    Hôtel Hoi An Central
    White Lotus Hue
    Leah Silk Hanoi
    Hanoi Exclusive Hotel
    Hôtel Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
    Hôtel O’ Gallery Premier Hanoi
    Hôtel La Siesta Trendy Hanoi
    Hôtel Asia Hue
    Hôtel Ninh Binh Hidden Charm
    Hôtel Sapa Élite
    Homestay Bac Ha
    Your cruise on Halong Bay:
    Peony Cruise
    Halong bay
    Peony Cruise
    Oriental Sails
    Oriental Sails
    Oriental Sails
    Indochine Cruise
    Halong Bay
    Indochine Cruise
    La Casta
    Halong Bay
    La Casta
    Cat Ba Sailing Junk Lan Ha Bay
    Cat Ba, Hai Phong
    Cat Ba Sailing Junk Lan Ha Bay
    Private 3-cabin Four Seasons junk
    Cat Ba, Hai Phong
    Private 3-cabin Four Seasons junk
    Private Cat Ba Prince Junk
    Cat Ba, Hai Phong
    Private Cat Ba Prince Junk
    Dragon Legend
    Halong
    Dragon Legend
    The L’Amour
    Halong
    The L’Amour
    Garden Bay
    Halong
    Garden Bay
    Your transport:
    7 seater car
    16 seater car
    Car interior equipment
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    Linh VUONG, 26 years old
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