33 days in Vietnam Itinerary

33 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam vacation planner

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
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Da Lat
— 4 nights
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
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Bus to Noi Bai Airport, Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, 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
— 1 night
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Hue
— 2 nights
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Da Nang
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
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Nha Trang
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
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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.
On the 5th (Sun), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, steep yourself in history at The Independence Palace, and explore the activities along Bach Dang.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary website.

San Francisco, USA to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 91°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums

Da Lat

— 4 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.
On the 8th (Wed), spend a relaxing day on the river with Viet Challenge Tours. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Falls, don't miss a visit to Crazy House, and admire the natural beauty at Garden Hydrangeas.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Da Lat road trip planning website.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hanoi

— 2 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 13th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Old Quarter, and view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Hanoi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the views from Pont Bai Chay.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay route planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Tours · 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 18th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Son Doong Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
On the 20th (Mon), steep yourself in history at The Flag Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, and then contemplate the long history of Imperial City.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hue trip itinerary site.

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 95°F in June, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites

Da Nang

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Marble Mountains, and finally look for gifts at Legendary Chocolatier At Da Nang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): make a trip to Lady Buddha and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Da Nang trip planner.

Drive from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours · Spas · Nature · Parks

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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, push the limits with an extreme tour, stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, and relax in the rural setting at Tra Que Minty Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Da Nang to Hoi An takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Nha Trang

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Spend the 28th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, stop by XQ Hand Embroidery, and observe the fascinating underwater world at National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam.

Plan trip to Nha Trang with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Hoi An to Nha Trang by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Theme Parks

Ho Chi Minh City

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Far East

On the 1st (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Explore Ho Chi Minh City further: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Huyen Sy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Phap Viện Minh Dang Quang, and enjoy some diversion at Spin and Gogh Art and Pottery Studio.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City online tour planner.

You can fly from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Classes

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.