33 days in Vietnam Itinerary

33 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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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. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, admire the striking features of The Independence Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Bach Dang, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City attractions planner.

San Francisco, USA to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh City. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · 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. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, and take in the dramatic scenery at Datanla Falls.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Da Lat trip tool.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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 lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and take a stroll through Old Quarter.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi day trip planning website.

Fly from Da Lat to Hanoi in 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.
On the 16th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip 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. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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.
Start off your visit 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): Head underground at Son Doong Cave and then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planning tool.

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) to allow time 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), don't miss a visit to The Flag Tower, steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hue vacation maker site.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Hue sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to 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.
On the 21st (Tue), snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stroll through The Marble Mountains, and finally stop by 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 let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Da Nang trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Da Nang takes 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: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jack's Cat Cafe.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Da Nang to Hoi An takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Cap off 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, stroll through Nha Trang Beach, cool off at VinWonders Nha Trang, and browse the exhibits of National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Nha Trang holiday planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · 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. See some other sides of Ho Chi Minh City: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for gifts at The Craft House Original - Souvenir & Gift Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda, and enjoy some diversion at Thu Silk Tailor.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City online itinerary planner.

Getting from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling 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.