23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Hoi An
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Da Nang
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
5
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Ninh Binh
— 1 day
bus:  6​h
9
Cat Ba
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
10
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Manchester

2
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.
Make the 16th (Mon) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, take in nature's colorful creations at Jack's Cat Cafe, browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An tour planner.

Manchester, UK to Hoi An is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in September; daily highs in Hoi An reach 38°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

2
nights
Da Nang

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 18th (Wed): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then examine the collection at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, and then look for gifts at M Legrand Jewelry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Lady Buddha, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Dragon Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Da Nang itinerary maker app .

You can take a bus from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In September in Da Nang, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours Museums Nature
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Food Tours
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ©
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
On the 20th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Phu Quoc Mushroom, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, then make a trip to Sung Hung Pagoda, and finally admire all the interesting features of Phu Quoc Countryside. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at All Good Things Phu Quoc, then tee off at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Ham Ninh Pier.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Da Nang to Duong Dong takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Ham Ninh Pier
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Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau ©
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau

2
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, view the masterpieces at Hey Camel Ceramics, and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip builder website .

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
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 24th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then make a trip to Crazy House. On the next day, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then get outside with Pine Track Adventures, and then stop by DL Nature's.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Da Lat itinerary website .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Truc Chi Garden, contemplate the long history of The Flag Tower, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue day trip website .

You can fly from Da Lat to Hue in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave and then Head underground at Son Doong Cave. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks Tours
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

1
day
Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh ©
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 30th (Mon), Head underground at Trang An Grottoes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bai Dinh Pagoda, and then don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh road trip website .

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ninh Binh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
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Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bich Dong Pagoda ©
Bich Dong Pagoda

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba Island.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cat Ba sightseeing tool .

Traveling by bus from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Hạ Long Bay
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, nightlife, spas, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip builder site .

Take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Food Tours

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