23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Hue
— 4 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

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Photography Tours. Spend the 24th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs, take in the views from Thanh Toan Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Xavier Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hue trip 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. Traveling from Auckland to Hue, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Auckland in July: high temperatures in Hue hover around 39°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can 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.
On the 27th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Deo Tram Ton, take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, then admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, and then don't miss a visit to The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapa trip maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Sapa in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks 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 Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural. On the 31st (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Spend the 1st (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and make a trip to Old City Gate.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi holiday planner.

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bai Tu Long Bay and Speed Boats Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cat Ba side-trips: Halong Bay (Sung Sot Cave, Dau Go Cave, & more). There's much more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cat Ba online route planner .

Getting from Hanoi to Cat Ba by bus takes about 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 Nature

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Thermal Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Da Nang (My Khe Beach & Food Tours) and Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District). Spend the 7th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach, look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Duy Hieu branch, make a trip to Hoi An Post Office, and steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien).

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Cat Ba to Hoi An in 4 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Elephant Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Datanla Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Da Lat visit website .

You can fly from Hoi An to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Nature Parks 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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