If you are planning a backpacking trip to Vietnam, the following itinerary recently suggested by Rough Guide will help ensure that you don’t miss discovering any of the highlights. But before you go, please make sure you have valid Vietnam visa if required to ensure you are not refused from entry to Vietnam.

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Halong Bay

As suggested by Rough Guide, travelers should start their trip in Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam, where old and new features live together in harmony. And they, they should go for a sail around the famed natural wonder of Halong Bay in Quang Ninh province which was recognized as World Natural Heritage by UNESCO before heading to the northern hills to experience the ethnic minority villages orbiting Sapa.

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Sapa – Vietnam

After exploring part of the north, travelers should hop the train down to see the imperial architecture of Thua Thien-Hue and make a day-trip to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) before moving south to charming Hoi An.

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Hoi An – Vietnam

Travelers also should not miss either Nha Trang or Hoi An. While Nha Trang is the preeminent beach party town of Vietnam, Mui Ne offers great water-sports and sandy coasts with a more laidback vibe.

Da Lat is also worth a visit. It is the gateway to the Central Highlands, says Rough guides. But if you’re still craving the sea and sand – check out Phu Quoc Island, a haven for beach bums and divers.

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Phu Quoc Island

Last but not least, this website suggested travelers should not miss out on floating down the lush canals of the Mekong Delta and finish their trip in the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City.