57 days in Vietnam Itinerary

57 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam travel route planner

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
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Phan Thiet
— 5 nights
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Nha Trang
— 6 nights
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Da Lat
— 6 nights
Fly to Danang, Bus to Hue
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Hue
— 7 nights
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Hoi An
— 9 nights
Fly to Dienbienphu, Drive to Sapa
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Sapa
— 3 nights
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Hanoi
— 5 nights
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Cat Ba
— 4 nights
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Halong Bay
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City

— 4 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 Ba Thien Hau Temple and Bitexco Financial Tower. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at FITO Museum and People's Committee Building. Get out of town with these interesting Ho Chi Minh City side-trips: Vung Tau (Vung Tau Market, Christ the King, &more). There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and try your luck at Palazzo Club.

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Philadelphia, USA to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Philadelphia in November: high temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 90°F and lows are around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Phan Thiet.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Phan Thiet

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ke Ga Light house and Thay Thim Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas and Mui Ne Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), make a trip to White Sand Dunes, pick up some local products at Ham Tien Market, and play a few rounds at Ocean Dunes Golf Club.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Phan Thiet journey tool.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Phan Thiet

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Get some cultural insight at Nha Tho Nui and Bac Thanh Church. 3D TrickEye Gallery and National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the natural beauty of Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, take in panoramic vistas at Thap Tram Huong, and try to win big at Sunrise Gaming Club.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nha Trang trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Phan Thiet to Nha Trang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Thien Vien Truc Lam and Linh Phuoc Pagoda. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and Dalat Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, get great views at Lam Vien Square, take in the dramatic scenery at Datanla Falls, and admire the natural beauty at Dalat Flower Park.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Da Lat online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nha Trang to Da Lat by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Hue

— 7 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Tombs and Redemptorist Church. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hue War Museum and Hue Cultural Museum. Take a break from Hue with a short trip to Vinh Moc Tunnel in Dong Ha, about 2h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see Off-Road Tours, contemplate the long history of Dan Nam Giao, and see the interesting displays at Historical and Revolutionary Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hue trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Da Lat to Hue takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Hoi An

— 9 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.
Let the collections at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Da Nang Museum capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). Venture out of the city with trips to Da Nang (Thermal Spas, OASIS ART GALLERY, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cam Pho Temple, stop by Yaly Couture, and take in the awesome beauty at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain).

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An trip builder.

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 in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sapa

— 3 nights
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muong Hoa Valley and The Stone Church. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, contemplate the waterfront views at Sapa Lake, examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, and don't miss a visit to Ta Van Village.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapa sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Sapa by combination of flight and car takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks · Spas · Shopping

Hanoi

— 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.
Appreciate the collections at Vietnamese Women's Museum and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat). Your inner history buff will appreciate Chua Tran Quoc and Hanoi Evangelical Church. Explore Hanoi's surroundings by going to Ninh Binh (Tam Coc & Trang An Grottoes). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stop by Tired City Bao Khanh, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nung Hill.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hanoi attractions planner.

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Cat Ba

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Cat Ba National Park. Go for a jaunt from Cat Ba to Hai Phong to see Do Son Beach about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lan Ha Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cat Co 1 Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Hospital Cave.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Halong Bay

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dau Go Cave and Sung Sot Cave. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, get some fabulous bargains at Ha Long Pearl, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay trip planner.

Getting from Cat Ba to Halong Bay by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.