26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
2
Sapa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Hue
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Da Lat
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Hoi An
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

2
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.
Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, browse for treasures at 54 Traditions Gallery, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi online route planner .

Washington DC, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 24-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time is 12 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tam Duong Market and Hang Da Village. Get in touch with nature at Muong Hoa Valley and Fansipan Mountain. There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Deo Tram Ton, identify plant and animal life at Y Linh Ho, and look for gifts at Hieu Stone.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sapa online attractions planner .

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Tam Duong Market
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Walking tours

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.
Get outdoors at Phong Nha Caves and The Duck Stop. Step off the beaten path and head to Paradise Cave and Tien Son Cave. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Son Doong Cave, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and admire the sheer force of Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park travel route planner .

Getting from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by combination of car, flight, and taxi takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): indulge your taste buds at Hue Local Farmer's Direct Sales Store, contemplate the long history of Imperial City, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then stop by Grace Garments.

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Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Trickland 3D Museum and Linh Phuoc Pagoda. Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Bao Dai Waterfall (Thac Bao Dai). The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stop by XQ Vietnam, view the masterpieces at XQ Da Lat Art House, and appreciate the views at Datanla High Rope Course.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Da Lat trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hue to Da Lat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Spas Museums Historic Sites
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
On the 19th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Lang Beach, stop by All Good Things Phu Quoc, and then tee off at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Cao Dai Temple, then kick back and relax at Thom Beach, and then kick back and relax at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong trip website .

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Phu Quoc Island
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Cao Dai Temple ©
Cao Dai Temple

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at My Khe Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. For shopping fun, head to Yaly Couture - Nguyen Duy Hieu branch or Ginkgo T-Shirts. Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Duy Xuyen District to see Mỹ Sơn about 1h 15 min away. Make the 24th (Wed) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through An Bang Beach, and admire the masterpieces at Cotic.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An online visit planner .

Getting from Duong Dong to Hoi An by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

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