20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoi An
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
4
Cat Ba
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
6
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Hue
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Auckland

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at War Remnants Museum and The Independence Palace. Your inner history buff will appreciate Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and Emperor Jade Pagoda. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Auckland to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in July, things will get much hotter in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam, and finally skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by DL Nature's, then get outside with Pine Track Adventures, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Da Lat driving holiday planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Non Nuoc Beach. Visiting My Khe Beach and The Marble Mountains will get you outdoors. Step out of Hoi An to go to Duy Xuyen District and see Mỹ Sơn, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 8th (Thu), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, then Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cat Ba trip planning site .

Getting from Hoi An to Cat Ba by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vietnamese Women's Museum and Temple of Literature & National University. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi sightseeing planner .

Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Phong Nha Caves and Son Doong Cave. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Cave and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop, and take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car 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
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Royal Tombs and Tomb of Tu Duc. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Food Tours. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, take in the spiritual surroundings of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hue day trip planning site .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Hue, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

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