26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Hanoi
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapa
— 3 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
Ferry to Cat Ba, Fly to Dong Hoi
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 4 nights
Bus to Da Nang Central Bus Station, Fly to Dalat
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Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sa Dec
Drive to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Fly to Phu Quoc International Airport
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hoi An
— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, wander the streets of Old Quarter, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư, then view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). On the next day, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pho Linh Temple, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Hanoi is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Sofia to Hanoi, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Nature

Sapa

— 3 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.
You've added Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village, Love Waterfall, Sapa Tribal Trekking, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 13th (Mon), admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, make a trip to Cat Cat village, then trek along with Ethos - Spirit of the Community, and finally trek along with Sapa Tribal Trekking. On the next day, cruise along Deo Tram Ton, then admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, and then stroll through Fansipan Mountain.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sapa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Sapa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba Island.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Halong Bay online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Sapa to Halong Bay takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, taxi, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Phong Nha Botanic Garden. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hue

— 4 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.
Hue is known for historic sites, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Truc Chi Garden, and don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hue vacation 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. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then get great views at Lam Vien Square.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hue to Da Lat in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City journey planner.

You can fly from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sa Dec.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Sa Dec

Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Sa Dec Market and then don't miss a visit to Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sa Dec travel planning site.

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Sa Dec in 3.5 hours. April in Sa Dec sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Sa Dec

Shopping

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Duong Dong side-trips: Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (in Ganh Dau) and Bai Tắm Sao (in An Thoi). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple, make a trip to Cao Dai Temple, relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, and contemplate the long history of Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Duong Dong trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sa Dec to Duong Dong. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 Hoi An's surroundings by going to Da Nang (Dragon Bridge & Lady Buddha). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at An Bang Beach, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hoi An sightseeing site.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Hoi An takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.