30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam trip planner

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Hanoi
— 3 nights
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
— 3 nights
Ferry to Cat Ba, Fly to Dong Hoi
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Hue
— 2 nights
Drive
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Da Nang
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly
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Da Lat
— 2 nights
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Phan Thiet
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cat Tien National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Fly to Phu Quoc International Airport
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Trang An Grottoes. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, browse the collection at Hoan Kiem District Library, and look for gifts at TiredCity Hang Bong.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hanoi road trip planning site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Hanoi is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Auckland to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Deo Tram Ton, stroll through Fansipan Mountain, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley and then don't miss a visit to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Sapa road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Sapa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bai Tu Long Bay and Sung Sot Cave. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ti Top Island and Soi Sim Island. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Sapa to Halong Bay in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Transportation · Outdoors

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at The Duck Stop and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip app.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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 4th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tu Dam Pagoda and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hue road trip planner.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Da Nang

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) and My Khe Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Non Nuoc Beach and Food Tours. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to The Marble Mountains, snap pictures at Tran Thi Ly Bridge, look for gifts at Tabalo Outdoor, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

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You can drive from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks · Tours · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to Hoi An Post Office, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Da Nang to Hoi An takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. May in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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 12th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Lam Vien Square, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures. On the next day, appreciate the views at Datanla High Rope Course and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Da Lat trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Hoi An to Da Lat in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Phan Thiet.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Phan Thiet

— 2 nights
An emerging coastal getaway, the city of Phan Thiet has always been known for its fishing industry and, in particular, as a center of fish sauce production.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Khu du lich Ta Cu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ta Cu Mountain, and then get engrossed in the history at Ho Chi Minh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in breathtaking views at Red Canyon, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bai Da Ong Dia Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Red Sand Dunes.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Phan Thiet trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Phan Thiet takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Cat Tien National Park.

Things to do in Phan Thiet

Parks · Nature · Spas · Beaches

Cat Tien National Park

— 1 night
To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cat Tien National Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Phan Thiet to Cat Tien National Park takes 4.5 hours. You'll set off for Duong Dong on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Cat Tien National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 1 night
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): kick back and relax at Long Beach, then look for gifts at Sava Coffee Shop, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cat Tien National Park to Duong Dong. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Ho Chi Minh City

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Bitexco Financial Tower. Step out of the city life by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Tan Son Nhat Golf Course. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and examine the collection at FITO Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City tour planner.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
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.

Phu Quoc Island travel guide

3.5
Beaches · Fishing Charters & Tours · Spas
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture. Known for its pepper farming and fish sauce brewing, the island retains a charming rusticity in its fishing towns and inland plantations. Phu Quoc Island tourism developed rapidly, with a number of resorts sitting on the golden sands along the southwest coast. With half of the island registered as a national park, the dense jungles and mountains of the interior remain protected from overdevelopment--good news for wildlife living there, including slow lorises, macaques, owls, and tortoises.