A Vietnam World Heritage tour can be a fantastic way to explore the country’s rich cultural and historical sites. Here’s a suggested itinerary that covers some of Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage sites:

1. Itinerary for the best Vietnam World Heritage Tour In 14 Days

With a half-month journey in Vietnam, you can catch a glimpse of almost significant World Heritage sites in Vietnam. Below is the detailed itinerary for you to follow: 

  • Day 1-2: Hanoi – The Old Quarter; Hoan Kiem Lake; The Temple of Literature
  • Day 3: Ninh Binh Day Trip
  • Day 4-5: Halong Bay – Caves and Cruises 
  • Day 6-8: Hue – The Imperial City; Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Day 9-11: Hoi An – Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Day 12-14: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels; Mekong Delta

Take a look at the following customizable itinerary so that you can know what to DO, where to EXPLORE and how to TRANSFER between these destinations.

1.1. Day 1-2: Hanoi

Our trip will start in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. For the first three days, it is a great idea for tourists to tour around the Old Quarter (known as “Phố cổ Hà Nội” in Vietnamese). Like Prague, Czech Republic, and Jerusalem, Israel, the Old Quarter is a MUST-VISIT tourist destination, featuring historic landmarks, vibrant markets, cultural sites and tempting street food stalls.

Then moving to Hoan Kiem Lake – a picturesque body of water located in the heart of the city. Surrounding the lake, visitors can explore the serene Ngoc o Son Temple, situated on a small island accessible by a scenic bridge. 

The Temple of Literature is another significant landmark showcasing Vietnam’s rich history and Confucian traditions. Tourists can also pay respects to Vietnam’s revolutionary leader (Bac Ho) by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where Ho Chi Minh’s embalmed body lies in state. 

Adjacent to the mausoleum is Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, a simple residence where he lived intermittently from 1958 until his death in 1969, offering insight into his modest lifestyle. Additionally, nearby is the One Pillar Pagoda, an iconic Buddhist temple constructed in the 11th century, renowned for its unique architectural design and spiritual significance. These sites provide visitors with a profound understanding of Vietnam’s culture, history, and reverence for its revered leaders. Also, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is worth your visit. 

1.2. Day 3: Ninh Binh Day Trip

Departing from Hanoi, we embark on a scenic two-hour drive to reach the Trang An Landscape Complex nestled in Ninh Binh Province. 

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, Trang An enchants visitors with its awe-inspiring scenery dominated by towering limestone karst peaks, soaring vertically to heights of 200 meters (656 feet) above the surrounding terrain and waterways. 

The landscape is adorned with lush rainforests clinging to the cliffs and peaks, seamlessly blending with the verdant rice paddies and meandering rivers, forming a captivating tapestry of hues. Within this complex, delve into the historical significance of Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital established in the late 10th century as the country’s inaugural centralized feudal state. While the remnants of the ancient citadel have waned over time, the temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties still stand amidst the tranquil rice fields. Following a delectable lunch, head to Tam Coc, dubbed as the “Halong Bay on Land.” Here, a professional rower will guide you on a leisurely two-hour exploration along the meandering river and canals, allowing you to admire the enchanting karst formations and venture through three of the numerous natural caves nestled beneath the hills. As the afternoon wanes, return to Hanoi, where you’ll spend the night at your hotel, reflecting on the day’s mesmerizing adventures.

1.3. Day 4-5: Halong Bay

Heading to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its stunning limestone karsts and emerald waters. Embarking on a cruise through the bay, you can enjoy the scenic views and participate in activities such as kayaking, swimming, or simply relaxing on the deck.  In the evening, indulge in a delicious seafood dinner onboard while watching the sunset over the bay.

On the second day, visit some of the iconic caves and caverns of Halong Bay, such as Surprise Cave or Thien Cung Cave, to marvel at their natural beauty and geological formations. Besides, you can stroll along the beach and go to the fishing villages nearby to talk to the locals for more experience. 

1.4. Day 6-8: Hue

Continuing your tour by flying to Hue, the central part of Vietnam. The first thing to do is to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Imperial City, which served as the political and cultural center of the Nguyen Dynasty. Explore the citadel walls’ intricate architecture, royal palaces, and beautiful gardens. 

Next, discover the serene Thien Mu Pagoda, an iconic symbol of Hue located on the banks of the Perfume River, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. Take a leisurely boat ride along the Perfume River to visit the atmospheric Tombs of the Nguyen Emperors, each boasting unique architectural styles and lush landscapes. 

1.5. Day 9-11: Hoi An

The location between Hue and Hoi An is about 90 kilometers and the travel time is 2-3 hours. Tourists should choose to transfer by cars, taxis, and motorbikes themselves or take on a Hue to Hoi An jeep tour

Due to its well-preserved Ancient Town, Hoi An was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The town served as a significant trading port from the 15th to the 19th century, facilitating cultural exchange between East and West. Its architecture showcases a unique blend of Chinese, Japanese, and European influences, evident in its wooden shophouses, temples, and assembly halls. Hoi An’s atmospheric streets, adorned with colorful lanterns, further contribute to its charm and cultural significance.

 A typical thing in Hoi An is that many cooking classes and cycling tours around the countryside are offered for tourists to participate in. 

1.6. Day 12-14: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels; Mekong Delta

The last destination in your 14-day Vietnam World Heritage is Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon). Just a short distance from Ho Chi Minh, the Cu Chi Tunnels located in Cu Chi District is a must-visit place. 

Cu Chi Tunnels

These tunnels served as a crucial lifeline and strategic base for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Visitors to the Cu Chi Tunnels can explore a section of this labyrinthine network, gaining insight into the resilience and resourcefulness of the Vietnamese people during wartime. 

Alongside the tunnels, there are exhibits showcasing various weapons, traps, and artifacts used during the conflict, providing a sobering glimpse into the harsh realities of war. Today, the Cu Chi Tunnels stand as a poignant symbol of Vietnam’s struggle for independence and a testament to the indomitable spirit of its people.

The Mekong Delta 

Around 08:00, we greet you in the lobby of your hotel. Your adventure unfolds in Vinh Long, where you’ll cruise along the picturesque Mekong River, passing by floating fish farms and absorbing the vibrant atmosphere.

Pause at Vinh Long Market, a bustling hub of activity, to capture stunning photos of exotic fruits, local delicacies, and intriguing wildlife. Delve deeper into the local culture with visits to traditional brick kilns and a workshop where artisans skillfully craft rice paper, coconut candy, and more.

Indulge your senses with a delightful tasting session of these homemade delights, paired perfectly with a steaming cup of tea. The journey continues with a stroll through the lush orchard and into the warm embrace of the Ut Trinh family’s traditional home.

You can choose to enjoy a sumptuous lunch in this welcoming setting, followed by a delightful bike ride through the charming village paths, offering glimpses into the authentic daily life of the locals.

As the day ends, reminisce on the day’s enchanting experiences as you return to Ho Chi Minh City, eagerly anticipating the next chapter of your Vietnamese adventure.

Besides, Ho Chi Minh City lures a large number of tourists with its iconic landmarks such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, the historic Reunification Palace, and Ben Thanh Market, which all contribute to the region’s cultural tapestry and allure for visitors.

2. Conclusion

This itinerary comprehensively overviews Vietnam’s World Heritage sites in 14 days, combining cultural immersion, historical exploration, and natural wonders. Adjustments can be made based on your preferences and interests. Contact Metta Voyage to book accommodations and tours in advance to secure your desired itinerary.

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