21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Hue
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Sapa
— 1 night
+2
bus + Drive + ferry:  10​h 30​min
4
Halong Bay
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 45​min
5
Cat Ba
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
6
Hoi An
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Thanh Toan Bridge. Spend the 4th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 5th (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, and don't miss a visit to Tu Dam Pagoda.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hue journey maker site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Hue is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in August, things will get warmer in Hue: highs are around 40°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Food Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Photography Tours

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.
On the 6th (Tue), Head underground at Phong Nha Caves and then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip builder tool .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

1
night
Sapa

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
On the 7th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), then appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, then see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Quang Truong Square. Keep things going the next day: stop by Hemp & Embroidery and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapa road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Sapa in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Walking tours
Quang Truong Square ©
Quang Truong Square

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 9th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, Head underground at Dau Go Cave, step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island, then Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay vacation maker .

Getting from Sapa to Halong Bay by combination of bus and ferry takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave
Dau Go Cave ©
Dau Go Cave

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Cat Ba National Park. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, don't miss a visit to Cannon Fort, and Head underground at Hospital Cave.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cat Ba trip itinerary app .

Getting from Halong Bay to Cat Ba by ferry takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cannon Fort ©
Cannon Fort

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Thermal Spas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoi An: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Da Nang (My Khe Beach, Bac My An Market, & more). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Hoi An Post Office, steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), and enjoy the sand and surf at Non Nuoc Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An day trip app .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Cat Ba to Hoi An in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Food Tours

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 19th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Da Lat trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Hoi An to Da Lat by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

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