35 days in Vietnam Itinerary

35 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
Bus
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Phan Thiet
— 3 nights
Bus
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Nha Trang
— 4 nights
Train
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Hoi An
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 4 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
Drive
9
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus
10
Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City

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 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, look for gifts at ManGii Shoes, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tan Dinh Church, get a sense of history and politics at People's Committee Building, then take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, then view the masterpieces at Artinus 3D Art Museum, and finally learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City route planner.

London, UK to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Ho Chi Minh City is 7 hours. In January, Ho Chi Minh City is much hotter than London - with highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

3
nights
Da Lat

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dalat Cathedral and Nha Tho Bao Loc. Do your shopping at XQ Da Lat Art House and XQ Vietnam. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domaine de Marie Church, head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, admire the striking features of Dinh 1 Da Lat, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Son Pagoda.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Da Lat day trip site.

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 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Phan Thiet.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

3
nights
Phan Thiet

An emerging coastal getaway, the city of Phan Thiet has always been known for its fishing industry and, in particular, as a center of fish sauce production.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nail Bar - Beauty Salon and Lotte Mart. Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda and Linh Long Tu Temple will appeal to history buffs. When in Phan Thiet, make a side trip to see Reclining Buddha in Thi Tran Thuan Nam, approximately Thi Tran Thuan Nam away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), hunt for treasures at Mui Ne Market, step into the grandiose world of RD Wine Castle, and try for a hole-in-one at Tropical Mini-Golf Mui Ne.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Phan Thiet tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Da Lat to Phan Thiet by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Phan Thiet

Outdoors · Shopping · Transportation · Tours

Side Trip

4
nights
Nha Trang

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Head to Long Thanh Photo Studio and XQ Hand Embroideryfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nha Tho Nui and Kalan Po Klong Giarai. Explore Nha Trang's surroundings by going to Phan Rang Beach (in Phan Rang-Thap Cham) and Tu Van Pagoda (in Cam Ranh). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suoi Do Pagoda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Parish Church, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nha Trang online trip maker.

Getting from Phan Thiet to Nha Trang by bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Hoi An

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.
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Chuc Thanh Pagoda will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rubin Cloth Shop and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoi An: Da Nang (Lady Buddha, Photography Tours, &more). The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Phuoc Lam Pagoda, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nha Trang to Hoi An takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

4
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Hue

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.
Popular historic sites such as Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh and Thai Hoa Palace are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Dong Ba Market and Big C Market. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, browse the different shops at Phong Phu Plaza, explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue travel route planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Phong Nha Caves and Bong Lai Rattan House. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Ninh Binh

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thai Vi Temple, then look for gifts at Minh Trang Handmade, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, hunt for treasures at Rong Market Ninh Binh, take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Coc Pagoda, then stroll through Bear Sanctuary Ninh Binh, and finally make a trip to Tuyet Tinh Coc.

Plan a Ninh Binh trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ninh Binh in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

2
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Hanoi

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Presidential Palace Historical Site. Visit Do Temple and Tho Ha Village for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hanoi: Bac Ninh (Ba Chua Kho Temple & Phat Tich Temple). There's much more to do: make a trip to St. Joseph's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ngoc Son Temple, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hanoi trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Hanoi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

2
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Cat Ba

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.
On the 10th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cat Co 1 Beach, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then head off the coast to Monkey Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Trung Trang Cave, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, then stop by Legend Pearl, and finally make a trip to Viet Hai Village.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cat Ba, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

2
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Halong Bay

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 12th (Fri), revel in the low prices at Ha Long Pearl, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, and finally take in the views from Pont Bai Chay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, buy something for everyone on your list at Bai Chay Commercial Center, then head off the coast to Soi Sim Island, and finally Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

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You can ride a ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Transportation · Tours · Adventure

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.