36 days in Vietnam Itinerary

36 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
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Phu Quoc
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Ganh Dau, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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An Thoi, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly
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Da Lat
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hoi An
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hanoi
— 6 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Royal Spa.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay travel itinerary planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Halong Bay is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ganh Dau.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ganh Dau, Phu Quoc Island

— 4 nights
Change things up with a short trip to Happy Farm PQ in Ong Lang (about 36 minutes away).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ganh Dau online trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Ganh Dau in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to An Thoi.

Things to do in Ganh Dau

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

An Thoi, Phu Quoc Island

— 4 nights
An Thoi is known for beaches, theme parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple, head off the coast to Bom Island, steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, and get in on the family fun at Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our An Thoi driving holiday tool.

Drive from Ganh Dau to An Thoi in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in An Thoi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 17th (Sun), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from An Thoi to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
Da Lat is known for nature, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, take a stroll through The French Quarter, walk around Datanla High Rope Course, and don't miss a visit to Crazy House.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Da Lat online road trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (Food Tours, Da Nang Fresco Village, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, get outside with Outdoor Activities, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through The Marble Mountains.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Hoi An takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Spend the 29th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hue trip app.

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 in Hue, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
When in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, make a side trip to see Hang Toi (Dark Cave) in Son Trach, approximately Son Trach away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc, experience rural life at The Duck Stop, and admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hanoi

— 6 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 5th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi online day trip planner.

Fly from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.