20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Hanoi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hue
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Con Son
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  2​h 45​min
6
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Da Nang
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Can Tho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Bac Lieu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Tra Vinh
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Lisbon

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
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 20th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, then steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then look for gifts at 54 Traditions Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Hanoi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Lisbon to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), Head underground at Phong Nha Caves and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Duck Stop. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Paradise Cave and then identify plant and animal life at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

2
nights
Hue

Hue ©
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.
On the 24th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs, then buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space, view the masterpieces at Truc Chi Garden, steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, and finally don't miss a visit to The Flag Tower.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue trip planner.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Phu Quoc Island.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

1
night
Con Son

Con Son ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Bãi Đầm Trầu.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Con Son travel route app .

You can fly from Hue to Con Son in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Con Son

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bãi Đầm Trầu ©
Bãi Đầm Trầu

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do some two-wheel cruising with Countryside Adventures.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Con Son to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Adventure Parks
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

2
nights
Nha Trang

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
On the 29th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Son Pagoda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, then examine the collection at Alexandre Yersin Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nha Trang online trip builder .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers

2
nights
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
On the 31st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cua Dai Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Lady Buddha.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Da Nang day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Da Nang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Da Nang can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Can Tho.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Hoi An
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Highlights from your plan
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ©
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

2
nights
Can Tho

The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Museum of Tarot, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Can Tho Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Munirangsyaram Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phat Hoc Pagoda, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally make a trip to Thiền Viện Trúc Lâm Phương Nam.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Can Tho trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Da Nang to Can Tho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September in Can Tho, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bac Lieu.

Things to do in Can Tho

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Food Tours
Museum of Tarot ©
Museum of Tarot
Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam

1
night
Bac Lieu

Bac Lieu ©
Bạc Liêu is a provincial city and capital of the Bạc Liêu Province in the Mekong Delta region in southern Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Cong Tu Bac Lieu House (Prince of Bac Lieu House), pause for some serene contemplation at Tac Say Church - Truong Buu Diep, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quan Am Phat Dai Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Nha May Dien Gio Bac Lieu.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bac Lieu online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Can Tho to Bac Lieu in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tra Vinh.

Things to do in Bac Lieu

Historic Sites Museums
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Quan Am Phat Dai Temple ©
Quan Am Phat Dai Temple
Tac Say Church - Truong Buu Diep ©
Tac Say Church - Truong Buu Diep

2
nights
Tra Vinh

Tra Vinh ©
Trà Vinh is a provincial city in Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hang Pagoda, contemplate the long history of Ang Pagoda, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ong Pagoda (Chua Ong).

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tra Vinh trip maker site .

Getting from Bac Lieu to Tra Vinh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Tra Vinh

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hang Pagoda
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Ang Pagoda ©
Ang Pagoda
Hang Pagoda ©
Hang Pagoda
Ong Pagoda (Chua Ong) ©
Ong Pagoda (Chua Ong)

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