23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Bus to Phuket, Fly to Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
2
Halong Bay
— 1 night
Ferry to Cat Ba, Bus to Ninh Binh
3
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
Bus
4
Hue
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Da Nang
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
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Hanoi — 4 nights

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.
On the 5th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Quarter, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary builder app.

Phuket Town, Thailand to Hanoi is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Halong Bay.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Halong Bay — 1 night

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 7th (Fri), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Ninh Binh.
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Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Parks
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Ninh Binh — 2 nights

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
On the 9th (Sun), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, and then don't miss a visit to Tam Coc. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh online travel route planner.

Do a combination of ferry, car, and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Hue.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Hue — 4 nights

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.
Spend the 12th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs, and make a trip to Tu Hieu Pagoda.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hue trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ninh Binh to Hue in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Hue sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hoi An.
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Hoi An — 4 nights

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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, sightseeing, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, hunt for treasures at Dat Thanh Shoe Shop, and look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hoi An trip planner.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Da Nang.
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Shopping · Tours · Museums · Theme Parks
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Da Nang — 2 nights

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, and then don't miss a visit to Dragon Bridge. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Ba Na Hills SunWorld.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Da Nang journey planner.

You can drive from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Spas
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Ho Chi Minh City — 4 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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 23rd (Sun), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, see the interesting displays at Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City holiday maker site.

Traveling by flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for home.
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Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.
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