20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Hue
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
6
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  5​h
7
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Auckland

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 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Truc Chi Garden, then steep yourself in history at The Flag Tower, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hue travel itinerary planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Hue is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Auckland in August, with highs in Hue at 40°C and lows at 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
nights
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 4th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, get outside with Pine Track Adventures, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Da Lat trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Hue to Da Lat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then steep yourself in history at The Tran Family Home and Chapel, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An online route planner .

Fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop, take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave and then Head underground at Paradise Cave.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park tour planning website .

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, nightlife, spas, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi holiday maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Food Tours

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, and then Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Halong Bay day trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Phu Quoc Mushroom, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, then don't miss a visit to Sung Hung Pagoda, and finally admire all the interesting features of Phu Quoc Countryside. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): look for gifts at All Good Things Phu Quoc, tee off at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, and finally take in the waterfront at Ham Ninh Pier.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Duong Dong trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Ham Ninh Pier
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Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau ©
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau

4
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.
On the 19th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the landmark architecture of The Independence Palace, and get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Spas Historic Sites
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Food Tours

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