20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 1 night
Bus
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Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hai Phong - Ben Binh Pier, Fly to Danang
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly to Conson, Taxi to Con Dao Islands
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Con Dao Islands
— 1 night
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Taxi to Conson, Fly to Dalat, Taxi to Mui Ne
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Mui Ne
— 1 night
Drive
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Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly to Danang, Bus to Hue
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Hue
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
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Hanoi

— 1 night
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 27th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, then steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, take in the local highlights with Travel Agent Hanoi, then look for gifts at Tired City Hang Manh, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Hanoi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, and finally explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Cat Ba by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Visiting My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Step out of Hoi An with an excursion to Mỹ Sơn in Duy Xuyen District--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Ha Ha - Art In Everything, and make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Cat Ba to Hoi An in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 3 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Step out of the city life by going to Bai Tắm Sao and Khem Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Long Beach and Thom Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ong Lang Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, explore the activities along Fingernail Island, and stop by All Good Things Phu Quoc.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Hoi An to Duong Dong in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Con Dao Islands.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Con Dao Islands

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Phu Hai Prison, then kick back and relax at Ong Dung Beach, and then stroll through Bãi Đầm Trầu.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Con Dao Islands travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Duong Dong to Con Dao Islands in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Mui Ne.

Things to do in Con Dao Islands

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Mui Ne

— 1 night
Mũi Né is a coastal fishing town in the Bình Thuận Province of Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Long Tu Temple, stroll through Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), then get your game on at Trampoline Club "Impulse", and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Red Sand Dunes.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mui Ne trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Con Dao Islands to Mui Ne in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Da Lat.

Things to do in Mui Ne

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam, then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Datanla High Rope Course, then take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall Bao Dai, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Da Lat day trip app.

You can drive from Mui Ne to Da Lat in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Hue

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dam Chuon Huong Quan. Popular historic sites such as Royal Tombs and Tomb of Tu Duc are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space, and delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Da Lat to Hue takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 3 nights
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paradise Cave and Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach). Take a break from the city and head to Phong Nha Caves and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). Change things up with a short trip to Tam Toa Church in Dong Hoi (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: Head underground at Son Doong Cave, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.