19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hue
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Da Lat
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  5​h
7
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
8
Cat Ba
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
9
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: London

2
nights
Hoi An

Hoi An ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mỹ Sơn and My Khe Beach. The adventure continues: stroll through Non Nuoc Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hoi An road trip tool .

London, UK to Hoi An is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Traveling from London to Hoi An, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Hoi An hover around 40°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Fishing Charters & Tours

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 7th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop, then take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Phong Nha Caves. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Son Doong Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, and then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

Getting from Hoi An to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Imperial City, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and finally contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hue day trip tool .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

2
nights
Da Lat

Da Lat ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Waterfall Bao Dai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

Planning Da Lat trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can fly from Hue to Da Lat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some serene contemplation at Nha tho Da Minh, admire the striking features of The Independence Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

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

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites Museums
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Lang Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA). On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, contemplate the waterfront views at Fingernail Island, and then kick back and relax at Thom Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Duong Dong online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA)
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Fingernail Island ©
Fingernail Island

2
nights
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ti Top Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Duong Dong to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Outdoors Adventure
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

2
nights
Cat Ba

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.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lan Ha Bay. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cat Ba day trip planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, make a trip to Ho Van - Van Mieu, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally take a stroll through Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Tired City Bao Khanh, examine the collection at Vietnamese Women's Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and finally examine the collection at Hanoi Police Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi takes 2.5 hours. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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