20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Cat Ba
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
3
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Con Dao Islands
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
6
Mui Ne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Hanoi

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, then steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally take a stroll through Old Quarter. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, go for a walk through Travel Agent Hanoi, then look for gifts at Tired City Hang Manh, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi online tour itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Hanoi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, and finally explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Cat Ba trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at My Khe Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Non Nuoc Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see Mỹ Sơn in Duy Xuyen District, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Ha Ha - Art In Everything, stop by Hong's Cloth Shop, and enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An journey tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Cat Ba to Hoi An takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Hoi An sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Spas
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
We've included these beaches for you: Ong Lang Beach and Starfish Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Long Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Duong Dong takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Con Dao Islands.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Starfish Beach
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Starfish Beach ©
Starfish Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

1
night
Con Dao Islands

Con Dao Islands ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Phu Hai Prison, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ong Dung Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bãi Đầm Trầu.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Con Dao Islands tour site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Duong Dong to Con Dao Islands takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Mui Ne.

Things to do in Con Dao Islands

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Bãi Đầm Trầu ©
Bãi Đầm Trầu
Ong Dung Beach ©
Ong Dung Beach
Phu Hai Prison ©
Phu Hai Prison

1
night
Mui Ne

Mui Ne ©
Mũi Né is a coastal fishing town in the Bình Thuận Province of Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Long Tu Temple, identify plant and animal life at Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then have some family-friendly fun at Trampoline Club "Impulse", and finally explore the striking landscape at Red Sand Dunes.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mui Ne trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Con Dao Islands to Mui Ne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Da Lat.

Things to do in Mui Ne

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien)
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Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien) ©
Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien)
Red Sand Dunes ©
Red Sand Dunes
Linh Long Tu Temple ©
Linh Long Tu Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam, then get outside with Pine Track Adventures, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Datanla High Rope Course, then admire the sheer force of Bao Dai Waterfall (Thac Bao Dai), and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Da Lat trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Mui Ne to Da Lat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Da Lat

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

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tomb of Minh Mang and Royal Tombs. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dam Chuon Huong Quan. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, admire all the interesting features of Quoc Hoc Hue High School for the Gifted, and delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hue trip planning app .

You can fly from Da Lat to Hue in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Hue are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

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

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.
Get outdoors at Phong Nha Caves and The Duck Stop. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Cave and Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach). Change things up with a short trip to Tam Toa Church in Dong Hoi (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip tool .

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dong Hoi
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Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

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