56 days in Vietnam Itinerary

56 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly to Noi Bai International, Bus to Cai Vieng Ferry
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Cat Ba
— 3 nights
Bus
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Hanoi
— 8 nights
Fly
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 7 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 6 nights
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Da Lat
— 6 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 8 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 6 nights
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Cat Ba

— 3 nights
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bai Tu Long Bay and Hon Ga Choi Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Halong Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Bãi Cháy Bridge, &more) and Pont Bai Chay (in Bai Chay). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Cat Ba Island and explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cat Ba vacation builder website.

London, UK to Cat Ba is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Cat Ba due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Nature · Transportation · Tours

Side Trip

Hanoi

— 8 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Photography Tours. On the 9th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, enjoy some diversion at Authentic Bat Trang, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

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, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc, and take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Photography Tours. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hue day trip planning app.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Hoi An

— 7 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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lady Buddha. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Da Nang (Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, Bao Tang Da Nang, &more). On the 29th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and stop by Maya Design.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Hoi An online trip planner.

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 March, daytime highs in Hoi An are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Nha Trang

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ba Ho Waterfall and Nha Tho Nui. Spend the 2nd (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Parish Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bac Thanh Church, and view the masterpieces at Long Thanh Photo Studio.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nha Trang online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Da Lat

— 6 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 discover tucked-away gems like Thien Vien Truc Lam and Linh Phuoc Pagoda. There's much more to do: get outside with Pine Track Adventures, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Pongour Falls, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Da Lat trip itinerary site.

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vinpearl Safari and Long Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duong Dong: Thien Vien Truc Lam Ho Quoc (Ho Quoc Pagoda) (in Duong To), An Thoi (May Rut Island, Gam Ghi Island, &more) and Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (in Ganh Dau). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Phu Quoc Mushroom, steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, and look for gifts at From Vietnam Fair Trade & Gift Shop.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Duong Dong road trip planner.

Fly from Da Lat to Duong Dong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Take a break from Ho Chi Minh City with a short trip to Hoi Khanh Pagoda in Thu Dau Mot, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing planner.

Fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
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.