23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Belgrade
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Cat Ba
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
3
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  5​h
4
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Hoi An
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  3​h
9
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Belgrade

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Quarter and 54 Traditions Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh, brush up on your military savvy at Vietnam Military History Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat).

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Belgrade, Serbia to Hanoi is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Belgrade to Hanoi is 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Museums Tours Adventure
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba Island.

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You can take a bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature Parks Tours
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Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cat Ba National Park ©
Cat Ba National Park

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.
On the 8th (Sat), explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip itinerary app .

You can ride a ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
For shopping fun, head to Duong Dong Market or All Good Things Phu Quoc. Get outdoors at Ong Lang Beach and Starfish Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Starfish Beach
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Starfish Beach ©
Starfish 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.
You'll explore and learn at War Remnants Museum and Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi. Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and The Independence Palace will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 13th (Thu) on your motorcycle at Countryside Adventures. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, take a stroll through Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5, look for gifts at Metiseko, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda).

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Trails
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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 15th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, and then Head underground at Tien Son Cave. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop, then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then Head underground at Paradise Cave.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Imperial City, contemplate the waterfront views at Perfume River, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hue trip planner.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Spas Nature
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Spas
Perfume River ©
Perfume River

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.
Appreciate the collections at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and March Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to The Marble Mountains and Cua Dai Beach. The adventure continues: stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Hoi An tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Hoi An are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Spas
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach

3
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.
On the 21st (Fri), examine the collection at Alexandre Yersin Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nha Trang Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Long Thanh Photo Studio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers

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