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3 Weeks in Vietnam

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Overview

This post is the main overview for my 2019 trip to Vietnam. You can find my 1 week in Thailand overview here.

There are separate posts for each of the cities I visited, which are linked below, along with bullet lists for the main points of interest I visited.

Quick Facts

Vietnam

  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Official Language: Vietnamese
  • Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)
  • Main Religion: No religion / Vietnamese folk religion
  • E-visa info: evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn

Interesting facts about Vietnam

Vietnam is the 15th most populous country in the world, and the 8th most populous country in Asia.

Vietnam is the world’s largest producer of black pepper, the second largest producer of coffee, and one of the world’s largest producers of cashew nuts. Vietnam is the world’s second largest exporter of rice.

While the official language in Vietnam is Vietnamese, the Vietnamese language has many dialects, with the most common being the Hanoi dialect. There are 54 recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam, with the Kinh people making up the majority of the population at 86%. Each ethnic group has their own language, traditions, and subculture.

The Cities I Visited

The links below will take you to the 1st or main post for each of the cities I visited.

Note: the days for the cities are not all listed in chronological order, as I went back to Hanoi and spent a few more days there after visiting Ninh Binh and Hoi An.

Hanoi

Hanoi

Hanoi was my 1st stop in Vietnam, and served as my base for several tours. I spent a total of 6 days in Hanoi, but 1 of which was on an all-day tour of Ninh Binh.

Hanoi, or Ha Noi (Hà Nội), is the capital and second most populous city of Vietnam. It’s located in the Red River Delta in the northern part of Vietnam, and is the cultural, economic, and political centre of Vietnam.

Hanoi’s history dates back to the 3rd century BCE, when it was part of the Vietnamese nation of Âu Lạc.

Hanoi Itinerary

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 6

Day 17

Day 18

  • Ha Pagoda
    • Address: Phố P. Chùa Hà, Dịch Vọng, Cầu Giấy
  • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
    • Official website: vme.org.vn
    • Address: Đ. Nguyễn Văn Huyên, Quan Hoa, Cầu Giấy
    • Hours: 08:30 - 17:30 Tuesday to Sunday
    • Entrance fee: 40,000 VND
  • Phu Tay Ho
    • Address: 52 P. Đặng Thai Mai, Quảng An, Tây Hồ
    • Hours: 05:00 - 19:00
  • Tran Quoc Pagoda
    • Address: 46 Đ. Thanh Niên, Trúc Bạch, Tây Hồ
    • Hours: 08:00 - 16:00 daily
  • Quan Thanh Temple
    • Address: Đ. Thanh Niên, Quán Thánh, Ba Đình
    • Hours: 08:00 - 17:00 daily
    • Entrance fee: 10,000 VND
  • Hanoi Museum
    • Official website: baotanghanoi.com.vn
    • Address: Phạm Hùng, Mễ Trì, Nam Từ Liêm
    • Hours: 08:00 - 11:30 & 13:30 - 17:00 Tuesday to Sunday

Ninh Binh Itinerary

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh (Ninh Bình), which was the 2nd city I visited, is a small city in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam, and is the capital of Ninh Binh Province.

It’s located 91 km south of Hanoi, and is known for the nearby karst scenery and the village of Tam Coc.

I visited Ninh Binh on a full day tour from Hanoi, and so it was actually part of my Hanoi itinerary, but I’ve included it here separately for clarity.

Day 5

Hue Itinerary

Hue

Hue (Huế), my 3rd stop, is the capital of Thua Thien-Hue province in central Vietnam, and was the capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945. The oldest ruins in Hue actually date back to the 4th century CE.

You’ll find the incredible Imperial City in Hue, which is a walled fortress and palace in the former capital city of the Nguyen Dynasty. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the most visited attraction in Hue. You’ll also find the lavish tombs of several emperors in Hue.

Besides the Imperial City, Hue is also known for its food, and is considered the best place in Vietnam to get authentic Vietnamese food - which is something I can vouch for as it’s where I had what became some of my favourite dishes in all of Vietnam!

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

  • Huyen Tran Cultural Center
    • Price: 30,000 VND
    • Address: 151 Thiên Thai, An Tây, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế
  • On the Road Again
    • Train from Hue to Da Nang
    • Grab bike from Da Nang train station to hostel
      • Price: 25,000 VND

Da Nang Itinerary

Da Nang

Danang, or Da Nang (Đà Nẵng), my 4th stop, is the 5th largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in central Vietnam. It’s also home to a large number of expats.

It’s located on the coast of the South China Sea, at the mouth of the Han River, and is where you’ll find the famous My Khe Beach and awesome fire-breathing Dragon bridge.

Day 10 (continuation)

Day 11

  • Jeremy’s Kitchen
    • Breakfast: Fried eggs, sausage, bacon, hash brown, and French toast
    • Price: 90,000 VND
    • Website: jeremyskitchenvn.com
  • Phap Lam Pagoda
    • Address: 574 Ông Ích Khiêm, Nam Dương, Hải Châu
    • Hours: Daily 05:00 - 11:30 & 13:00 - 21:30
  • Con Market
    • Address: 290 Hùng Vương, Vĩnh Trung, Hải Châu
  • Da Nang Museum
    • Address: 24 Đường Trần Phú, Thạch Thang, Hải Châu
    • Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 07:30 - 11:30 & 13:30 - 16:30
    • Entrance fee: 20,000 VND
  • Dragon Bridge show
    • Address: Cầu Rồng, An Hải Bắc, Sơn Trà
    • Hours: Saturday & Sunday 21:00 - 21:15
  • Son Tra Night Market
    • Address: Mai Hắc Đế, An Hải Trung, Sơn Trà
    • Hours: Daily 18:00 - 24:00

Day 12

Day 13

  • Ba Na Hills
    • Official site: sunworld.vn
    • Address: An Sơn, Hoà Ninh, Hòa Vang
    • Hours: Daily 07:00 - 22:00
    • Price: 600,000 VND per adult

Hoi An Itinerary

Hoi An

Hoi An (Hội An), my 5th stop, is a city in Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s located on the coast of the South China Sea, at the mouth of the Thu Bon River.

While it might be a bit of a tourist trap, it’s still a beautiful city, and is known for its well-preserved Ancient Town. It’s also known for its tailors, and is a popular place to get custom-made clothing.

Day 14

Day 15

Day 16

Saigon Itinerary

Saigon

Saigon, Sai Gon (Sài Gòn), or Ho Chi Minh City (Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh), my 6th and final stop in Vietnam, is the largest city in Vietnam, and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam).

It’s located in southeastern Vietnam, and is the economic centre of Vietnam. It’s also the most visited city in Vietnam, and is known for its French colonial landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Central Post Office.

Day 19

Day 20

Day 21

Until next time,
michael 😀

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