Interesting Ideas for Your Vietnam Short tours in Northern and Central Vietnam

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If you have never tried Vietnam short tours before, the following are several suggestions for you.

I. Vietnam short tours in Northern region: Hanoi – Ha Giang – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay

What vehicle should be used?

Motor coaches are the most convenient means of transportation. It will not take you much time to travel from one city to another. When you want to travel inside a province or city, you can rent a motorcycle. It only takes about 120,000 dongs ($5.14) per day.

Where to visit?

  • Hanoi City: Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, The Old Quarter, Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural, The Temple of Literature
  • Ha Giang Province: Quan Ba Heaven Gate, Fairy Mountain, Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, Sung La Valley
  • Ninh Binh Province: Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, Bai Dinh Pagoda
  • Halong Bay: Hang Luon Cave, Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Sun World Halong Complex

Terraced-fields-in-Northern-Vietnam

Terraced fields in Northern Vietnam (Source: Google)

Sample itinerary 

Day 1: Hanoi City – Ha Giang Province

Morning:

  • Have breakfast in Hanoi City
  • Buy a motor coach ticket in My Dinh or Gia Lam Bus Station and start going to Ha Giang City.

Afternoon:

  • Enjoy your lunch at a restaurant near the hotel
  • Pay for a 2-day motorcycle rental and take a trip to Quan Ba Heaven Gate and Fairy Mountain
  • Check in a hotel in Quan Ba District

Evening:

  • Spend time enjoying the life of the local citizens

Day 2: Dong Van District

Morning:

  • Have breakfast in Quan Ba District
  • Take a motorcycle trip to Dong Van District

Afternoon:

  • Drive to Pho Cao Commune after having lunch and contemplate the terraced fields
  • Experience the height and obstacles of Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark
  • Take pictures with buckwheat flowers in Sung La Valley

Evening:

  • Return to the hotel and take a rest

Day 3: Ninh Binh Province

Morning:

  • Have breakfast in Quan Ba District
  • Drive back to Ha Giang City and return the motorcycle
  • Get on a motor coach and go to Ninh Binh Province

Afternoon:

  • Enjoy fried rice and goat meat in a restaurant in Ninh Binh City
  • Take a bus or taxi to Bai Dinh Pagoda and observe the biggest pagoda in Southeast Asia
  • Take a bus to Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, which is about 13 kilometers far from Bai Dinh Pagoda

Evening:

  • Check in at a hotel in Ninh Binh City
  • Going for some sightseeing in the city

Day 4: Ha Long Bay

Morning:

  • Have breakfast in Ninh Binh City
  • Travel to Ha Long Bay by motor coach

Afternoon:

  • Rent a kayak near islands and start rowing to famous caves, such as Hang Luon, Sung Sot, or Thien Cung and visiting Cua Van Fishing Village.

Evening:

  • Enjoy dinner in a restaurant on the beach

Day 5: Hanoi City

Morning:

  • Get a taxi and visit Halong, Ben Do, or Cot Nam seafood market in Halong Bay
  • Go sea-bathing for the last time
  • Have breakfast at the hotel

Afternoon:

  • Travel to Hanoi City by motor coach
  • Visit the essential destinations in the capital of Vietnam, such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and the Temple of Literature.

Evening:

  • Try having beer on Ta Hien Street and enjoying unique dishes of Hanoi, such as Bun Ca (Noodles with Fish), Banh Mi (Bread), Xoi (Sticky Rice), and Pho, in a street restaurant.
  • Go shopping in Dong Xuan Night Market.

II. Vietnam short tours in Central region: Danang – Hue – Quang Binh

What vehicle should be used?

A motor coach is still the most convenient means of transportation. It takes only about 90,000 to 120,000 dongs ($3 -$5) for a ride. You can use a motorcycle in case you own one. Because the distance between these destinations is not so long, there is hardly anything to worry about when you drive your private vehicle.  

Where to visit?

  • Danang City: Son Tra Peninsula, Cham Islands, Hoian Ancient Town, Ba Na Hills
  • Hue City: The Imperial City, The Royal Tombs, Huong River
  • Quang Binh Province: Thien Duong Cave, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Nuoc Mooc Stream

Ba-Na-Hills-in-Danang-City

Ba Na Hills in Danang City (Source: Google)

Sample itinerary

Day 1: Danang City – Son Tra Peninsula – Hoi An Ancient Town

Morning:

  • Arrive at the Danang International Airport
  • Check-in at a hotel and take a rest

Afternoon:

  • Rent a motorcycle and drive to Son Tra Peninsula
  • Visit Linh Ung Pagoda, Ban Co Peak, and go snorkeling to see coral reefs. It is recommended to bring swimsuits, shower cream, and towel because the shopkeepers will charge you high prices for those little things.
  • Go back to the hotel and put away your stuff

Evening:

  • Start driving to Hoian Ancient Town at 5 pm. It is more gorgeous at night due to the lanterns.
  • Have dinner in a restaurant on Phan Chu Trinh and Hai Ba Trung Street. They have the best price and most delicious dishes.

Day 2: Ba Na Hills

Morning:

  • Have breakfast in Danang City
  • Drive to the enter gate of Ba Na Hills and buy a cable car ticket and also the entrance fee (650,000 dongs/person – $27.85/person)
  • Enjoy the view on the cable car ride and arrive at Ba Na Hills
  • Go sightseeing around the Flower Gardens

Afternoon:

  • Take a cable car ride to the French Village. There are instruction signs that show the map of Ba Na Hills if you need directions.
  • Have fun in the Fantasy Park

Evening:

  • Take a cable car ride back to the enter gate and return to the hotel
  • Have dinner in Danang City

Day 3: Hue City

Morning:

  • Have breakfast in Danang City
  • Buy a motor coach ticket at Danang Central Bus Station and start going to Hue City
  • Check-in at a hotel

Afternoon:

  • Visit the Imperial City and the Royal Tombs as well as learn about an important part in the history of Vietnam. An entire tour takes about 310,000 dongs ($13) per person.

Evening:

  • Have dinner at a restaurant
  • Take a boat trip on the Huong River and have a pleasant time with the singing performances on the boat

Day 4: Quang Binh Province – Nuoc Mooc Stream

Morning:

  • Have breakfast in Hue City
  • Buy a motor coach ticket at Hue Northern Bus Station and start going to Quang Binh Province

Afternoon:

  • Visit Nuoc Mooc Stream. One ticket for an adult is 80,000 dongs ($3.43) and for a kid is 50,000 dongs ($2.14). Children who is under 1.1 meter are free of charge.

Evening:

  • Go back to Dong Hoi City and have dinner there

Short-tours-in-Central-Vietnam

Short tours in Central Vietnam (Source: Google)

Day 5: Thien Duong Cave – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Morning:

  • Have breakfast in Dong Hoi City
  • Rent a motorcycle which takes about 100,000 dongs ($4.28) per day and drive to Thien Duong Cave. It will be the most wonderful place in your Vietnam short tours.

Afternoon:

  • Visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which is close to Thien Duong Cave. It will take you 250,000 dongs ($10.71) for entrance fee.

Evening:

  • Go back to Dong Hoi City and have dinner there

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