20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Sapa
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Ferry:  6 h 30 min
3
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Hue
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Da Lat
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
8
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: Hanoi

2
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ba Dinh Square, and finally make a trip to Thap Rua Tower.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hoa Lo Prison ©
Hoa Lo Prison
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

2
nights
Sapa

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), then take a stroll through Ta Phin Village, and finally examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls), then don't miss a visit to Fansipan Mountain, then make a trip to Love Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Hieu Stone.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Sapa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

1
night
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cat Co 1 Beach, and then explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then make a trip to Cua Van Floating Village.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Sapa to Halong Bay takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Cat Co 1 Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cat Co 1 Beach ©
Cat Co 1 Beach
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

4
nights
Hoi An

Hoi An ©
Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Non Nuoc Beach and Spas & Wellness. Visit An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture (in Da Nang). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, admire the masterpieces at Cotic, see the interesting displays at Thanh Ha Terracotta Park, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Halong Bay to Hoi An takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
Highlights from your plan
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn

4
nights
Hue

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Appreciate the collections at Le Ba Dang Art Museum and Truc Chi Garden. Discover out-of-the-way places like Royal Tombs and Laguna Golf Lang Co. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, explore the activities along Perfume River, don't miss a visit to Tiger Arena, and admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

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You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hoi An in December: highs in Hue hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Laguna Golf Lang Co
Highlights from your plan
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

3
nights
Nha Trang

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Visiting Nha Trang Beach and Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at The Old House of Mr Hai Thai and Long Son Pagoda. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the galleries of Long Thanh Photo Studio, view the masterpieces at Colorwaves Gallery, and snap pictures at Tran Phu Bridge.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Nha Trang trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hue to Nha Trang takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Da Lat

Da Lat ©
While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the striking features of Bao Dai's Palace and then admire the masterpieces at Lam Dong Museum. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Elephant Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then take in the dramatic scenery at Datanla Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Da Lat planning app.

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Falls ©
Elephant Falls
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
On the 15th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, wander the streets of Dong Khoi Street, then catch a live performance at Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater), and finally choose your vessel at Saigon Boat Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): take a stroll through Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5, then tee off at Long Thanh Golf Club, and then admire the striking features of Central Post Office.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Golf Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Long Thanh Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Saigon Boat Company ©
Saigon Boat Company
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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