21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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

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.
On the 1st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City online trip builder .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Auckland to Ho Chi Minh City. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Auckland in August, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 38°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Spas Shopping Museums
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Lang Beach, then kick back and relax at Khem Beach, then kick back and relax at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, and finally stop by All Good Things Phu Quoc. On your second day here, tee off at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course and then contemplate the waterfront views at Fingernail Island.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Duong Dong itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Phu Quoc Island
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Khem Beach ©
Khem Beach
Fingernail Island ©
Fingernail Island

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 5th (Mon), explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, and then Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Duong Dong to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

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

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vietnamese Women's Museum and Tired City Bao Khanh. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi travel planner .

Getting from Halong Bay to Hanoi by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can 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

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.
Get outdoors at Phong Nha Caves and Son Doong Cave. Step off the beaten path and head to Paradise Cave and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Phong Nha Botanic Garden, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave, and explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

4
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.
Let the collections at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and March Gallery capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Mỹ Sơn. Take a break from Hoi An with a short trip to My Khe Beach in Da Nang, about 36 minutes away. Make the 15th (Thu) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Non Nuoc Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Yaly Couture - Nguyen Duy Hieu branch, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An online journey planner .

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam, then admire the striking features of Dalat Railway Station, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Dalat Market, view the masterpieces at Trickland 3D Museum, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Da Lat trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Hoi An to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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.
Get some historical perspective at Royal Tombs and Tomb of Tu Duc. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tomb of Minh Mang. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, take in the spiritual surroundings of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda.

Make your Hue itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August in Hue, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hue

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

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