26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Da Lat
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Hue
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Hoi An
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
7
Cat Ba
— 4 nights
bus:  9​h
8
Sapa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Paris

1
night
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple, then take a leisurely stroll along Ham Ninh Pier, then explore the activities along Da Ban Stream, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Vung Bau Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get engrossed in the history at Coi Nguon Museum, explore the activities along Tranh Stream, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cao Dai Temple, then stop by Sava Coffee Shop, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip planner .

Paris, France to Duong Dong is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Paris to Duong Dong, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Ham Ninh Pier
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Tranh Stream ©
Tranh Stream
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau ©
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau
Spas

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Song Be Golf Resort, wander the streets of Dong Khoi Street, then wander the streets of Pham Ngu Lao Street, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City road trip app .

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 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Song Be Golf Resort
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Song Be Golf Resort ©
Song Be Golf Resort

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Thien Vien Truc Lam and Linh Son Pagoda. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pine Track Adventures and Pongour Falls. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Bao Dai Waterfall (Thac Bao Dai), tee off at Dalat Palace Golf Club, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domaine de Marie Church, and take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Da Lat route planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Da Lat

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pongour Falls
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Waterfall Bao Dai ©
Waterfall Bao Dai

4
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.
Get outdoors at Laguna Golf Lang Co and Lang Co Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Nine Dynastic Urns and Thai Hoa Palace. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Bach Ma National Park. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tu Dam Pagoda, admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery, stroll through Thuan An Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Dam Chuon Huong Quan.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hue trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hue are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Laguna Golf Lang Co
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Bach Ma National Park ©
Bach Ma National Park
Laguna Golf Lang Co ©
Laguna Golf Lang Co
Nine Dynastic Urns ©
Nine Dynastic Urns

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 24th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach), and then take in the pleasant sights at Quang Phu Sand Dunes. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip planning website .

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 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dong Hoi
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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.
Relax by the water at Non Nuoc Beach and Canh Duong Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Tam Thanh Beach. Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Da Nang to see Ba Na Hills Golf Club about 1h 15 min away. On the 27th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Spend the 30th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, browse the exhibits of March Gallery, and stop by Da Bao Real Leather.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Tam Thanh Beach, Canh Duong Beach
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Quan Lan Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll get in some beach time at Minh Chau beach and Ti Top Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cat Ba side-trips: Halong Bay (Long Tien Pagoda, Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, & more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cat Ba day trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hoi An to Cat Ba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Halong Bay, Quan Lan
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Minh Chau beach ©
Minh Chau beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum, stop by Indigo Cat, then get out on two wheels at Hang Da Village, then identify plant and animal life at Y Linh Ho, and finally wander the streets of Giang Ta Chai Village. On the next day, explore the activities along Sapa Lake, make a trip to Ho Chi Minh Friendship Monument, make a trip to Ta Van Village, then don't miss a visit to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass, then don't miss a visit to Deo Tram Ton, and finally make a trip to Quang Truong Square.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sapa journey planning tool .

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Sapa in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho
Sapa Lake ©
Sapa Lake

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