21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  25​h
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Phu Quoc Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  2​h 30​min
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Newark

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.
Visiting Cua Dai Beach and Non Nuoc Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at An Bang Beach, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at The Tran Family Home and Chapel, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An holiday planner.

Newark, USA to Hoi An is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Hoi An is 12 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Newark in February: high temperatures in Hoi An hover around 79°F and lows are around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

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Da Nang
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Cua Dai Beach ©
Cua Dai Beach
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

3
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 3rd (Sat): stroll through Thuan An Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Mieu Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Hue Imperial City (The Citadel). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, then explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, then don't miss a visit to The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon), and finally stop by Healing the Wounded Heart Shop.

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Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) ©
Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
Thuan An Beach ©
Thuan An Beach
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): Head underground at Paradise Cave and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach) and then Head underground at Son Doong Cave.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach)
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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.
Get outdoors at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and West Lake. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Quarter, take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, look for gifts at 54 Traditions Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
West Lake ©
West Lake

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Halong Bay.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Phu Quoc Island.

Things to do in Halong Bay

#Nature, #Parks
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

1
night
Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island ©
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture.
On the 12th (Mon), kick back and relax at Long Beach and then kick back and relax at Sao Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Phu Quoc Island vacation maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Halong Bay to Phu Quoc Island in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

3
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip maker site .

You can fly from Phu Quoc Island to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

#Tours, #Shopping, #Outdoors
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station ©
Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

2
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 16th (Fri): kick back and relax at Long Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nha Trang Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nha Trang trip itinerary app .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in March, you will find days in Nha Trang are a bit cooler (87°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam ©
Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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