22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + taxi:  18​h 15​min
1
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Hue
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Da Lat
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Hoi An
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
6
Cat Ba
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: London

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.
Visiting Phong Nha Caves and Hang Toi (Dark Cave) will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Paradise Cave and Suoi Nuoc Mooc. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop, Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary maker app .

London, UK to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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

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 cultural insight at Imperial City and Royal Tombs. Get some historical perspective at Tomb of Minh Mang and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. Spend the 26th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hue sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

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

2
nights
Da Lat

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Dalat Railway Station. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour, head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Da Lat trip planner.

Getting from Hue to Da Lat by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam

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.
Popular historic sites such as Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda) are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at War Remnants Museum and The Independence Palace. Spend the 30th (Mon) on your motorcycle at Countryside Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City online tour itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Parks
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and The Marble Mountains. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mỹ Sơn and My Khe Beach. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, browse the exhibits of March Gallery, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hoi An trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Hoi An is slightly colder than Ho Chi Minh City - with highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach

3
nights
Cat Ba

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.
Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Cat Ba National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Sung Sot Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cat Ba: Halong Bay (Tien Ong Cave, Bai Tu Long Bay, & more).

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cat Ba travel planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hoi An to Cat Ba takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Quarter and Vietnamese Women's Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tired City Bao Khanh and Ho Van - Van Mieu. On the 9th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

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Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

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