33 days in Vietnam Itinerary

33 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Noi Bai Airport, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi
— 4 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 3 nights
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Hoi An
— 5 nights
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
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Nha Trang
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bai Tu Long Bay and Sung Sot Cave. Visiting Dau Go Cave and Hạ Long Bay will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halong Bay: Cat Ba (Vu Nguyen Family Massage, Lan Ha Bay, &more). On the 5th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island and Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay online trip itinerary builder.

San Francisco, USA to Halong Bay is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight, car, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from San Francisco to Halong Bay. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Hanoi

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University. You'll explore and learn at Vietnamese Women's Museum and TiredCity Hang Bong. Change things up with these side-trips from Hanoi: Bai Dinh Pagoda (in Gia Sinh) and Ninh Binh (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Thai Vi Temple). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Truc Lam An Tam Zen Monastery, and learn about all things military at Vietnam Military History Museum.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip builder website.

Getting from Halong Bay to Hanoi by combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Phong Nha Caves and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and The Duck Stop. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, relax and rejuvenate at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa, and contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip tool.

Fly from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Royal Tombs and Thien Mu Pagoda. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Imperial City and make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue planner.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 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 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Hoi An

— 5 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.
Let the collections at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Da Nang (My Khe Beach & Nha Tho An Hoa Da Nang). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at An Bang Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jack's Cat Cafe, and contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien).

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in June, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and The Vietnamese Artists. Get in touch with nature at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course and Jerry's Jungle Tours. Step out of Duong Dong to go to Ganh Dau and see Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Luna Thai Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ong Lang Beach, sample some tasty brews at Beer Fridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Duong Dong travel route planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Duong Dong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
War Remnants Museum and The Independence Palace will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy and Huong Nga Fine Arts. On the 26th (Sun), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, view the masterpieces at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, learn insider's secrets on Saigon Vibes Tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City journey builder website.

Getting from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Thien Vien Truc Lam and Linh Phuoc Pagoda are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the world behind art at Trickland 3D Museum, explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, and wander the streets of The French Quarter.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Da Lat trip itinerary planner.

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 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Nha Trang

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda. Nha Tho Nui and St. Joseph's Parish Church will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 1st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach, take in the natural beauty of Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, and see the interesting displays at Alexandre Yersin Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nha Trang online holiday planner.

Getting from Da Lat to Nha Trang by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · 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.