42 days in Vietnam Itinerary

42 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Bus to Noi Bai Airport, Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Ferry to Cat Ba, Fly to Dong Hoi
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 5 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Con Son
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hoi An
— 6 nights
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Hanoi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hạ Long Bay and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore Halong Bay's surroundings by going to Quan Lan Beach (in Quan Lan) and Cat Ba (Cat Ba National Park & Cat Ba Island). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, and step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip planner.

Hanoi to Halong Bay is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Phong Nha Caves and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thuy Tien Lake. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space, and see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hue day trip planning site.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Hue, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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 out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City travel website.

Fly from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hue in March, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be a bit warmer, temps between 40°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 5 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Vung Bau Beach and Mui Ganh Dau Beach. Get outdoors at Ong Lang Beach and PTA Travel. Step out of Duong Dong to go to An Thoi and see Bai Tắm Sao, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Long Beach, experience rural life at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Khem Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Duong Dong road trip planning app.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Con Son.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Con Son

— 3 nights

Devil's Island

Taking a vacation in Con Son is like stepping back in time, with the island of around 5,000 people offering a glimpse into what life in Vietnam was like before television and other modern conveniences arrived.
Visit Bãi Đầm Trầu and Ong Dung Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Con Dao National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Van Son Pagoda, contemplate the waterfront views at An Hai Lake, and stroll the grounds of Hang Duong Cemetary.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Con Son driving holiday planner.

Getting from Duong Dong to Con Son by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Con Son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Relax by the water at Nha Trang Beach and Bai Dai Beach. When in Nha Trang, make a side trip to see Vietnam - Russia Monument in Cam Ranh, approximately Cam Ranh away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, cool off at VinWonders Nha Trang, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nha Trang travel planner.

Getting from Con Son to Nha Trang by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, taxi, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hoi An

— 6 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.
Visit An Bang Beach and Non Nuoc Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to The Marble Mountains and My Khe Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Phuoc My Beach in Da Nang (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Nha Trang to Hoi An by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Hoi An are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Off-Road Tours. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Quarter, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi road trip planning website.

You can fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mua Caves. On the 27th (Mon), hike the day away at Cuc Phuong National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Trang An Grottoes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Van Long Nature Reserve, and make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh attractions planner.

You can drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. April in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.