21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Wellington
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  23​h
1
Cat Ba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Ha Long
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Da Nang
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Hoi An
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  3​h
7
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
9
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Wellington

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): kick back and relax at Cat Co 1 Beach and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cat Ba day trip planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Cat Ba is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Wellington to Cat Ba, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Ha Long.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Sung Sot Cave
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
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Climbing Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

1
day
Ha Long

Ha Long
Hạ Long is the capital city and 1st-class provincial city of Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. You can plan Ha Long trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cat Ba to Ha Long. On the 21st (Mon), you're off toHanoi.

Things to do in Ha Long

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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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.
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery, then wander the streets of Old Quarter, and finally view the masterpieces at Tired City Bao Khanh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi route planner .

Drive from Ha Long to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves, then Head underground at Tien Son Cave, and then kick back and relax at Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, then admire the sheer force of Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary maker site .

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 your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dong Hoi
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Art in Paradise (3D TRICK ART), then kick back and relax at My Khe Beach, and then stop by Namaka Jewelry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stroll through Tien Sa Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at OASIS ART GALLERY.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Da Nang online journey planner .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Da Nang by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:
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My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tien Sa Beach ©
Tien Sa Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Quang Trieu (Cantonese) Assembly Hall and Hoi An Cocoon Silk. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Thanh Ha Terracotta Park and Ha Ha - Art In Everything. Spend the 29th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: stroll through An Bang Beach, explore the world behind art at Cotic, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Hoi An trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Hoi An are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Cua Dai Beach ©
Cua Dai Beach
Quang Trieu (Cantonese) Assembly Hall ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Suoi Do Pagoda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nha Trang Beach, then view the masterpieces at Long Thanh Photo Studio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers. On your second day here, cast your line with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Fishing Charters & 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple, wander the streets of Pham Ngu Lao Street, examine the collection at Drink Vietnam, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally wander the streets of Saigon. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then wander the streets of Dong Khoi Street, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City route planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. November in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Neighborhoods Spas Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, then stop by The Green Boutique, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Starfish Beach. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at Vung Bau Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong tour planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Starfish Beach
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Starfish Beach ©
Starfish Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

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