31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hoi An
— 3 nights
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Hue
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Hai Phong
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Hai Phong
— 1 night
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Hanoi
— 5 nights
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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.
Relax by the water at Cua Dai Beach and An Bang Beach. Precious Heritage by Rehahn and March Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Da Nang (StormX & Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency) and Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, contemplate the long history of The Tran Family Home and Chapel, and make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An route builder app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Hoi An is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 6 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, things will get much hotter in Hoi An: highs are around 29°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Imperial City and Tomb of Minh Mang. Lebadang Memory Space and Le Ba Dang Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the exciting artwork at Truc Chi Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hue journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoi An in December, expect nights in Hue to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Phong Nha Caves and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, experience rural life at The Duck Stop, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 5 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Ho Quoc Temple. Appreciate the collections at The Vietnamese Artists and Coi Nguon Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Duong Dong side-trips: Bai Tắm Sao (in An Thoi) and Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (in Ganh Dau). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Ong Lang Beach, learn the secrets of beer at Beer Fridge, admire the sheer force of Phu Quoc Waterfall, and find something for the whole family at Happy Farm PQ.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Duong Dong takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ho Chi Minh City

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at War Remnants Museum and Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda). Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Viet King Fisher Company. And it doesn't end there: gain some tasty knowledge on Saigon Vibes Tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, don't miss a visit to The Independence Palace, and view the masterpieces at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Da Lat

— 3 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.
Linh Phuoc Pagoda and Nha Tho Bao Loc are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Xuan Huong Lake and Elephant Falls. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The French Quarter, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get great views at Lam Vien Square, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Da Lat online road trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Lat

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, head off the coast to Cat Ba Island, then head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Halong Bay road trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Da Lat to Halong Bay takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Hai Phong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hai Phong

— 1 night
Haiphong is a major industrial city and the second largest city in the northern part of Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pho Chieu Pagoda, don't miss a visit to Du Hang Pagoda, and then paddle through the water with Calypso Cruises.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hai Phong, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Halong Bay to Hai Phong by combination of ferry and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hai Phong

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Hanoi

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Off-Road Tours. Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 10th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, get engrossed in the history at Ho Chi Minh Museum, browse the exhibits of A Dong Art Gallery, and examine the collection at Hanoi Police Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planning tool.

You can drive from Hai Phong to Hanoi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · 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.