22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Hue
— 3 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
4
Hanoi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Cat Ba
— 4 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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, and explore the ancient world of Royal Tombs.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hue online journey planner .

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. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Auckland to Hue due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in July, things will get warmer in Hue: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, Head underground at Paradise Cave, and then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planning app .

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): make a trip to Deo Tram Ton, then admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, then appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, and then don't miss a visit to The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sapa trip site .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Sapa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Walking tours
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vietnamese Women's Museum and Walking tours. Spend the 1st (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and make a trip to Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Sapa to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Walking tours
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bai Tu Long Bay and Speed Boats Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cat Ba: Halong Bay (Sung Sot Cave, Dau Go Cave, & more). There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island, and explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cat Ba trip planner .

You can take a bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Halong Bay
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (My Khe Beach & Food Tours) and Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District). The adventure continues: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, stroll through Non Nuoc Beach, steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), and explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An online vacation planner .

You can 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, daytime highs in Hoi An are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Food Tours

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.
On the 11th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam, then admire the landmark architecture of Dalat Railway Station, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Elephant Falls, admire the sheer force of Datanla Falls, and then explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Da Lat online day trip planner .

You can fly from Hoi An to Da Lat in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Xuan Huong Lake ©
Xuan Huong Lake
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam

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