20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly to Noi Bai International, Bus to Sapa
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Sapa
— 1 night
Drive
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Ninh Binh
— 1 night
Bus to Noi Bai International, Fly to Hue
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Hue
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 2 nights
Bus
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Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Bus
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly

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Sapa

— 1 night
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.
On the 25th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ham Rong Mountain, then take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, and finally make a trip to Ta Van Village. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to O Quy Ho Heaven Gate, take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, then cruise along Deo Tram Ton, then appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapa trip itinerary maker.

Paris, France to Sapa is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Spas

Side Trip

Ninh Binh

— 1 night
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
On the 27th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Trang An Grottoes, don't miss a visit to Tam Coc, and then look for gifts at Minh Trang Handmade.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Sapa to Ninh Binh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Hue

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally explore the ancient world of Royal Tombs.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Hue tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ninh Binh to Hue in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Hue sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Hoi An

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Food Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Da Nang (My Khe Beach, Lady Buddha, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, get engrossed in the history at Hoi An Museum, take in the waterfront at Love Bridge Da Nang, and take in the awesome beauty at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hoi An road trip planning app.

Getting from Hue to Hoi An by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Nha Trang

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Nui, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, then take in the views from Xom Bong Bridge, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nha Trang trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Da Lat

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

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 4th (Wed): let the river carry you with Viet Challenge Tours. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Da Lat trip simple and quick.

You can take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Lat

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Halong Bay

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bhaya Classic & Premium Cruises and Bai Tu Long Bay. Get outdoors at Sung Sot Cave and Quan Lan Beach. Step out of Halong Bay to go to Quan Lan and see Minh Chau beach, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: Head underground at Dau Go Cave.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay tour planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Da Lat to Halong Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Cat Ba

— 2 nights
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
On the 9th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Monkey Island, then explore the activities along Lan Ha Bay, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Vu Nguyen Family Massage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read Cat Ba vacation planner.

Ride a ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Hanoi

— 2 nights
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.
On the 11th (Wed), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.