25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
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Nha Trang
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
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Hue
— 3 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Duong Dong
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 5 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City

— 1 night

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 5th (Thu), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect nights in Ho Chi Minh City to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums
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Da Lat

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

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.
Visit Thien Vien Truc Lam and Linh Phuoc Pagoda for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Da Lat road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure
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Nha Trang

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then stop by XQ Hand Embroidery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Da Lat to Nha Trang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Hoi An

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and The Marble Mountains. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Mỹ Sơn. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hoi An online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Hoi An sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Hue

— 3 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.
Visit Tomb of Minh Mang and Thien Mu Pagoda for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tomb of Tu Duc. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Imperial City and explore the historical opulence of Thai Hoa Palace.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Phong Nha Caves and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Hanoi

— 3 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.
Visiting Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, and admire the artistry at Authentic Bat Trang.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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Halong Bay

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Mon), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then Head underground at Sung Sot Cave.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 5 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Thien Vien Truc Lam Ho Quoc (Ho Quoc Pagoda). Take a break from the city and head to Bai Tắm Sao and Truly Vietnam Travel. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, kick back and relax at Ong Lang Beach, and don't miss a visit to Cao Dai Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Duong Dong attractions planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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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.