42 days in Vietnam Itinerary

42 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam route planner

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 5 nights
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Ganh Dau, Phu Quoc Island
— 5 nights
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An Thoi, Phu Quoc Island
— 5 nights
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Da Lat
— 4 nights
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Nha Trang
— 4 nights
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Hoi An
— 5 nights
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Hue
— 6 nights
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Bus to Da Nang Central Bus Station, Fly to Van Don, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi
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Ho Chi Minh City

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Saigon River. On the 20th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and view the masterpieces at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip planning website.

London, UK to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time is 7 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Ganh Dau.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Ganh Dau, Phu Quoc Island

— 5 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vinpearl Safari and Mui Ganh Dau Beach. Step out of Ganh Dau to go to Ong Lang and see Happy Farm PQ, which is approximately 36 minutes away.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ganh Dau, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Ganh Dau by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to An Thoi.

Things to do in Ganh Dau

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

An Thoi, Phu Quoc Island

— 5 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Bai Tắm Sao and Khem Beach.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the An Thoi trip planner.

You can drive from Ganh Dau to An Thoi in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Da Lat.

Things to do in An Thoi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Linh Phuoc Pagoda. And it doesn't end there: pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, explore the activities along Tuyen Lam Lake, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Da Lat trip maker site.

You can fly from An Thoi to Da Lat in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Po Nagar Cham Towers and Ba Ho Waterfall. Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery, explore the galleries of Long Thanh Photo Studio, and see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Nha Trang trip itinerary website.

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lady Buddha and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Discover how to plan a Hoi An trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Nha Trang to Hoi An by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. February in Hoi An sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hue

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tomb of Minh Mang and Thien Mu Pagoda. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, explore the historical opulence of Thai Hoa Palace, make a trip to Huyen Tran Princess Temple, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll set off for Halong Bay on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bai Tu Long Bay and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Cat Ba Island in Cat Ba (about 52 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge, and wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Hue to Halong Bay takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

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.
On the 28th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, enjoy some diversion at Authentic Bat Trang, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Hanoi trip planning app.

Getting from Halong Bay to Hanoi by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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.