50 days in Vietnam & Maldives Itinerary

50 days in Vietnam & Maldives Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 6 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 6 nights
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Da Lat, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Rasdhoo, Maldives
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Male, Maldives
— 5 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison. Get a sense of the local culture at Chua Tran Quoc and Quan Thanh Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, and stroll through Quan Lan Beach.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip builder tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Hanoi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Dublin to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Phong Nha Caves and Paradise Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park: Hang Toi (Dark Cave) (in Son Trach) and Dong Hoi (Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach) & Tu Lan Caving Center). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Hue, Vietnam

— 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tomb of Minh Mang and Tomb of Tu Duc. Popular historic sites such as Imperial City and Thien Mu Pagoda are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Hue to Dong Ha to see Cua Viet Beach about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs, explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Thai Hoa Palace, and make a trip to Tu Dam Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hue travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mỹ Sơn and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). Popular historic sites such as Cantonese Assembly Hall and Bang An Tower are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Food Tours (in Da Nang) and Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nha Trang, Vietnam

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda. Visit Nha Trang Beach and Doc Let Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Long Thanh Photo Studio, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Nha Trang day trip planning tool.

Getting from Hoi An to Nha Trang by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Da Lat, Vietnam

— 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.
Get some cultural insight at Thien Vien Truc Lam and Domaine de Marie Church. Visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda and Linh Son Pagoda for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Dalat Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Lat trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 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.
Ba Thien Hau Temple and War Remnants Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon and The Independence Palace for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take a stroll through Dong Khoi Street, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and visit Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 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 Bai Tắm Sao and Thom Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Ho Quoc Temple and Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside, enjoy the sand and surf at Mui Ganh Dau Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Khem Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cao Dai Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Duong Dong online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Rasdhoo.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Rasdhoo, Maldives

— 1 night
As the only inhabited island in the Rasdhoo Atoll, Rasdhoo serves as a basecamp of sorts for vacationing in the area.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): kick back and relax at Bikini Beach. Keep things going the next day: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then enjoy the sand and surf at Veligandu Island Beach.

Before you visit Rasdhoo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Duong Dong to Rasdhoo. Traveling from Duong Dong to Rasdhoo, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Male.

Things to do in Rasdhoo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Male, Maldives

— 5 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hulhumale Beach and Artificial Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Hulhumale Mosque and Banana Reef. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), don't miss a visit to Jumhooree Maidhaan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Friday Mosque, and examine the collection at National Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Male online route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Rasdhoo to Male takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.