29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Cat Ba
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
3
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Da Lat
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  3​h
6
Hoi An
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
9
Sapa
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  25​h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

2
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.
Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and Vietnamese Women's Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural. When in Hanoi, make a side trip to see Do Temple in Dinh Bang, approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, take in the dramatic natural features at Nung Hill, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary maker website .

Valletta, Malta to Hanoi is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Do Temple
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Walking tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Cat Ba National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Hospital Cave. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Monkey Island, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and explore the fascinating underground world of Trung Trang Cave.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cat Ba trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hanoi to Cat Ba by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
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 (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then Head underground at Dau Go Cave.

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You can ride a ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave
Speed Boats 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 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, admire the striking features of Dalat Railway Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Elephant Falls, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dalat Cathedral, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lam Ty Ni Pagoda, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Da Lat trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Da Lat in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nha Tho Nui and National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam. Step out of the city life by going to Ba Ho Waterfall and Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at 3D TrickEye Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bac Thanh Church, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Nha Trang day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks Nature Spas
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Nha Tho Nui ©
Nha Tho Nui

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get some historical perspective at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Mỹ Sơn. Venture out of the city with trips to Da Nang (Food Tours & My Khe Beach). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Non Nuoc Beach, view the masterpieces at Thanh Cong Art Gallery, and stop by Yaly Couture - Nguyen Duy Hieu branch.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Nha Trang to Hoi An by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hue War Museum and Ho Chi Minh museum. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, make a trip to Tu Dam Pagoda, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Xavier Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hue itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh

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 23rd (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tam Toa Church and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dong Hoi
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Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Tam Toa Church ©
Tam Toa Church

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 discover tucked-away gems like Muong Hoa Valley and Love Waterfall. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Den Mau and The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church). There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Deo Tram Ton, appreciate the history behind Ho Chi Minh Friendship Monument, and take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain.

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Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Sapa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Den Mau
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Walking tours

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