52 days in Vietnam Itinerary

52 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
— 5 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
— 7 nights
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Ninh Binh
— 4 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
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Hue
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 6 nights
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Da Lat
— 5 nights
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Phan Thiet
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 6 nights
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 8 nights
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Halong Bay

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Halong Bay: Du Hang Pagoda (in Hai Phong), Cat Ba (Cat Ba National Park & Cat Ba Island) and Uong Bi (Ba Vang Pagoda & Yen Tu Mountain). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and relax and rejuvenate at Le Parfum Spa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay route planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Halong Bay is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight, car, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Jeddah to Halong Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Hanoi

— 7 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 13th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Make the 11th (Sat) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. The adventure continues: stop by Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hanoi day trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Ninh Binh

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ninh Binh: Bear Sanctuary Ninh Binh (in Ky Phu) and Bai Dinh Pagoda (in Gia Sinh). There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at Mai Spa, push the limits with an extreme tour, and stop by Minh Trang Handmade.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, nightlife, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, and experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip planning app.

Drive from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Hue

— 5 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 22nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hue trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Phu) and Da Nang (Lady Buddha, Tran Thi Ly Bridge, &more). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, push the limits with an extreme tour, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and have fun at Henna Art Hoi An.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hoi An driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Da Lat

— 5 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, browse the eclectic array of goods at Dalat Market, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Da Lat itinerary planner.

Fly from Hoi An to Da Lat in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Phan Thiet.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Phan Thiet

— 2 nights
An emerging coastal getaway, the city of Phan Thiet has always been known for its fishing industry and, in particular, as a center of fish sauce production.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): let your taste buds guide you at Johnny Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then get outside with KiteTribe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Sand Dunes, stroll through Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), then contemplate the waterfront views at Lotus Lake, and finally get engrossed in the history at Old Fishing Village 3D Museum.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Phan Thiet trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Phan Thiet takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phan Thiet

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Ho Chi Minh City

— 6 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 13th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, let your taste buds guide you at Saigon Vibes Tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

You can drive from Phan Thiet to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In January, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 8 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duong Dong: Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda (in Ganh Dau), An Thoi (Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park, Kim Quy Island, &more) and Thien Vien Truc Lam Ho Quoc (Ho Quoc Pagoda) (in Duong To). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, browse the different shops at The Vietnamese Artists, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Vinpearl Safari, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · 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.