25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Dien Bien Phu Airport, Drive to Sapa
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Sapa
— 5 nights
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Bus to Ha Long Bai Chay Bus Station, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Ha Long Quang Ninh, Bus to Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly

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Sapa

— 5 nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ta Phin Village, Sapa Khai Hmong Treks, Ta Van Village, and other attractions. Escape the urban bustle at Fansipan Mountain and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Giang Ta Chai Village and Sapa Culture Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sapa holiday planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Sapa is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight and car. You can also travel. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Halong Bay

— 2 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cua Van Floating Village and Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh. Take a break from the city and head to Minh Chau beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Go for a jaunt from Halong Bay to Quan Lan to see Quan Lan Beach about 1h 5 min away. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda and snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Sapa to Halong Bay by combination of bus, car, and ferry takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, taxi, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Ninh Binh

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Trang An Grottoes, Thai Vi Temple, Ninh Binh Motorbike, and other attractions you added. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mua Caves. Popular historic sites such as Bai Dinh Pagoda and Hoa Lu Temple are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Ninh Binh: Nam Dinh (Parish Lac Dao & Quat Lam Beach). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh day trip site.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh takes 7 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Paradise Cave has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Phong Nha Caves and Phong Nha Botanic Garden. Take a break from the city and head to Son Doong Cave and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). It doesn't end there: experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
You've added Royal Tombs, The Mieu Temple, Perfume River, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Imperial City and Tomb of Minh Mang. Get some historical perspective at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh and Tomb of Tu Duc. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue travel route planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Hue are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hoi An

— 4 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.
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Thai Hoa Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cantonese Assembly Hall and Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoi An: Da Nang (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Golf in Danang), Bach Ma National Park (in Hue) and Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hy Hoa Temple.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip tool.

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 April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hanoi

— 3 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 2nd (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, then wander the streets of Old Quarter, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Quan Lan Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hanoi using our trip planner.

Fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.