21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Da Lat
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Dammam

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tired City Bao Khanh and Ho Van - Van Mieu. Old Quarter and One Pillar Pagoda will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi attractions planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Hanoi is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dammam to Hanoi is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

1
night
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 18th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, and then Head underground at Tien Son Cave. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary website .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

2
nights
Hue

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 20th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space. On your second day here, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hue trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mỹ Sơn and Hoi An Ancient Town. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at My Khe Beach and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Non Nuoc Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Duy Hieu branch, and enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip planner .

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Hoi An are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc 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.
On the 25th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Da Lat road trip planner .

You can fly from Hoi An to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

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.
On the 27th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

5
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Get some cultural insight at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Cao Dai Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Starfish Beach and Mui Ganh Dau Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong online journey maker .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Starfish Beach
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Starfish Beach ©
Starfish Beach
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc

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