35 days in Vietnam Itinerary

35 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ha Giang
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sapa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mu Cang Chai
— 1 night
Drive
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Ferry to Dinh Vu, Drive to Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
Bus to Noi Bai International, Fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha
— 1 night
Drive
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Hue
— 2 nights
Drive
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Da Nang
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
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Da Lat
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
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Duong Dong
Drive
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An Thoi
— 1 night
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Duong To
— 1 night
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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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi route planner.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Hanoi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Ha Giang

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): see Multi-day Tours and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then take a stroll through Thon Tha Village.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ha Giang trip site.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Ha Giang

Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Sapa

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Sun), appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley and then don't miss a visit to Cat Cat village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain and then take a memorable drive along Deo Tram Ton.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sapa route planning tool.

Getting from Ha Giang to Sapa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Mu Cang Chai.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Mu Cang Chai

— 1 night
Mù Cang Chải is a rural district of Yên Bái Province, in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): go for a walk through La Pan Tan. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Khau Pha Pass.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mu Cang Chai journey planner.

You can drive from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Mu Cang Chai

Nature · Parks

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.
On the 25th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay vacation builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mu Cang Chai to Halong Bay. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Cat Ba

— 2 nights
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island and then make a trip to Viet Hai Village. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then make a trip to Cannon Fort.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cat Ba travel tool.

Ride a ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Ninh Binh

— 3 nights
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the activities along Trang An Grottoes and then make a trip to Tam Coc. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Mua Caves and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bai Dinh Pagoda.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ninh Binh trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): experience rural life at The Duck Stop and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Phong Nha.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Phong Nha

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on Motorvina and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Magic Fingers.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha trip itinerary planner.

Phong Nha is just a short distance from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and then steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hue trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Phong Nha to Hue in 4 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · 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 8th (Tue): examine the collection at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture and then make a trip to Dragon Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by M Legrand Jewelry, make a trip to The Marble Mountains, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Da Nang trip maker tool.

You can drive from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March in Da Nang, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Museums · Nature · Parks · Spas

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, sightseeing, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and experience rural life at Tra Que Minty Garden.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An road trip website.

Drive from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Da Lat day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Ho Chi Minh City

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then view the masterpieces at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Getting from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Duong Dong

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Duong Dong driving holiday planning app.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll set off for An Thoi on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

An Thoi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): stroll through Bai Tắm Sao and then steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our An Thoi day trip website.

An Thoi is just a short distance from Duong Dong. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Duong To.

Things to do in An Thoi

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Duong To

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple and then relax and rejuvenate at Luna Thai Spa.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Duong To road trip site.

Duong To is very close to An Thoi. On the 19th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Duong To

Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.