41 days in Vietnam Itinerary

41 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 11 nights
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
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Nha Trang
— 3 nights
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Da Nang
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 1 night
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Hue
— 3 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
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Ninh Binh
— 1 night
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Bus to Ha Long Quang Ninh, 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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Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ho Chi Minh City: Vung Tau (The Battle of Long Tan & The Robert Taylor Museum Of Worldwide Arms), Hoi Khanh Pagoda (in Thu Dau Mot) and Cao Dai Temple (in Tay Ninh). On the 31st (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City online route planner.

San Francisco, USA to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In May, Ho Chi Minh City is warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 95°F and lows of 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
On the 9th (Thu), spend a relaxing day on the river with Viet Challenge Tours. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Dalat Flower Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Da Lat trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Spend the 12th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, find something for the whole family at VinWonders Nha Trang, look for gifts at Princess Jewelry, and kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nha Trang vacation site.

You can take a bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

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Da Nang

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 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Dragon Bridge, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally revel in the low prices at StormX. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, then don't miss a visit to Lady Buddha, and then get out on two wheels at Danang Unplugged Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Da Nang tour site.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Da Nang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

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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.
Plan a trip to Hoi An easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Drive from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 79°F. You will leave for Hue on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Shopping · Outdoors · Classes

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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.
Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the artistry at Hope Center Hue, and make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hue trip planner.

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Hue are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Son Doong Cave, relax and rejuvenate at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park 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 23rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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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 24th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, stop by Minh Trang Handmade, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ninh Binh travel planner.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ninh Binh by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cat Ba (Cat Ba Island & Vu Nguyen Family Massage). On the 27th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, and Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
On the 28th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Quarter, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Ho Chi Minh City

Pearl of the Far East

On the 4th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Explore Ho Chi Minh City further: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Phố đi bộ Nguyễn Huệ, look for gifts at Buom Boutique, and pause for some photo ops at President ho Chi Minh Statue.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

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.