29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Ferry to Dinh Vu, Drive to Hanoi
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Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hue
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Drive
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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Cat Ba — 2 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Sung Sot Cave. Explore Cat Ba's surroundings by going to Halong Bay (Ti Top Beach, Ha Long Pearl, &more).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cat Ba trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Cat Ba is an approximately 132-hour travel. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland to Cat Ba, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanoi.
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Hanoi — 4 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.
Head to TiredCity Hang Bong and Empty Wall Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Cat Ba to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Hue.
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Tombs and Halls of the Mandarins. Popular historic sites such as Tomb of Minh Mang and Imperial City are in your itinerary. Spend the 3rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hue tour planning site.

Fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Hue, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.
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Hoi An — 5 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.
Relax by the water at My Khe Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mỹ Sơn and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nha Trang.
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Nha Trang — 3 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.
For shopping fun, head to Mai Loc Photo Gallery or XQ Hand Embroidery. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang. There's more to do: stroll through Nha Trang Beach and take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nha Trang trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Da Lat.
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Da Lat — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thien Vien Truc Lam and Linh Phuoc Pagoda. There's still lots to do: pedal to the sights with Pine Track Adventures.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Da Lat trip planner.

You can drive from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City — 3 nights

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 16th (Tue), ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market. On your second day here, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Vietnam travel guide

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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.
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