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For the ones looking for something a little less touristy, take a motorcycle ride around Hagiang Loop, or visit the backpacker-friendly Cat Ba National Park for a more local vibe and the same views as Halong Bay. You can also visit Vietnam's historic capital of Ninh Binh on a day trip from Hanoi for a chilled-out rowboat trip amidst rice terraces.
Apart from being a city with delicious food and exciting nightlife, Ho Chi Minh is also steeped in some of the most significant modern history in the world. Visit its many museums, as well as the Cu Chi Tunnels, to learn more about the period of reunification in Vietnam.
If you find yourself longing for nature after spending many days in the city, visit Cat Tien National Park, home to diverse wildlife or visit Mekong Delta for a village stay with friendly locals. Mui Ne is also a popular day trip location for its sand dunes and beaches.
Da Nang's coastal location allows you to enjoy the perfect mix of city and nature. In Da Nang, check out the historic attractions such as beautiful old pagodas, French colonial buildings, and museums, as well as enjoying the beauty of serene beaches with clear blue waters and the lush green scenery of mountains and national parks.
A must-do for any first-time visitor to Da Nang is climbing the steps to the top of Marble Mountains, where they can enjoy spectacular views across Non Nuoc Beach or My Khe Beach.
Located in the south of Vietnam, Da Lat is a top destination for domestic honeymooners. The scenic mountain town has mist covering the valleys almost all year round, which leads to its name "City of Eternal Spring". Da Lat is known for lush coffee plantations, where visitors are welcomed to deepen their understanding about coffee. Canyoning and other adventure sports are great day trip alternatives for adrenaline junkies. If you would like to experience a true Vietnamese road trip, try jumping on a motorcycle adventure.
Phú Quốc is a Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. It's known for white-sand beaches and resorts, most of which are along the palm-lined southwest coast. More than half of the island is part of Phú Quốc National Park, which features mountains, dense tropical jungle, hiking trails and wildlife.
Hue, also known as the Imperial City, possesses cultural importance to Vietnam as it used to be the capital of Vietnam. Hai Van Pass
Côn Đảo is a group of islands off the southeast coast of Vietnam. They’re known for their sandy beaches, coral reefs and marine life. The shores of Bảy Cạnh Island are a breeding ground for turtles, and there are many dive sites and snorkeling spots in the surrounding clear waters.
Dong Hoi is a lovely riverside town untouched by the crowds. With a 12km-long coastline of white sandy beaches, Dong Hoi is an amazing getaway location between Hanoi and Hue. When you're there, check out the otherworldly UNESCO site, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, filled with majestic beautiful caves and lazy rivers.
Spend a day or two in Hanoi exploring the city. Then, visit the iconic limestone cliffs of Halong Bay with a day or overnight cruise.
Next, do a day trip to Ninh Binh, also known as “Halong Bay on Land", to explore temples and take a small rowboat down rivers and rice paddies.
Finally, end it off with a day trip to Mai Chau where you get picturesque views of rice terraces similar to Sapa without having to travel as far! All the above trips mentioned include transport from Hanoi so you don't have to move your baggage around as much!
From Hanoi, take a day trip to Mai Chau for picturesque views of rice terraces similar to Sapa.
Then, take a 2h bus ride to Cat Ba island and cruise around Lan Ha Bay instead of Halong Bay - you’ll enjoy similar sights with lesser crowds. Plus, you can trek in Cat Ba National Park, a chill island full of monkeys.
Return to Hanoi and spend the next 3D2N riding around Ha Giang Loop, an amazing motorbike trail with breathtaking mountain landscapes. If you don’t have a license, ride behind a driver-guide who will lead you to the best views.
Start your trip in Sapa and do a 2D1N homestay and trek to learn about the local tribes and admire the beautiful rice terraces.
From Sapa, you can also do a 1 day trek up Mt. Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam.
Return to Hanoi via express train or bus. Hanoi is known for its bustling streets and delicious food so take 2 days to explore the area! Then, take a relaxing overnight cruise around Halong Bay for impressive limestone cliffs.
Before reaching Hanoi, if you have time, stop by Phong Nha, a national park, home to some of Vietnam's coolest caves!