22 days in Da Nang, Halong Bay & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

22 days in Da Nang, Halong Bay & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

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Da Nang
— 13 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Tan Son Nhat
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
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Da Nang

— 13 nights

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Tombs and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Jack's Cat Cafe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Da Nang: Hue (Luc Bo Culture Space, Nine Dynastic Urns, &more), Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho) and Hoi An (Precious Heritage by Rehahn, Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), &more). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain), learn about all things military at Da Nang Museum, take in the exciting artwork at OASIS ART GALLERY, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Da Nang tour planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Da Nang is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to Da Nang, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Halong Bay

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Tien Ong Cave. Get some historical perspective at Ba Vang Pagoda and Pho Chieu Pagoda. Change things up with these side-trips from Halong Bay: Cat Ba (Cat Ba National Park & Climbing Tours) and Yen Tu Mountain (in Uong Bi). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island, snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay road trip planner.

Getting from Da Nang to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Ho Chi Minh City

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy, then examine the collection at FITO Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take in panoramic vistas at Bitexco Financial Tower.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip