29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + taxi:  18​h 15​min
1
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Hue
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Da Lat
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  3​h
5
Hoi An
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
6
Cat Ba
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Hanoi
— 3 nights
8
Sapa
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Tam Toa Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): Head underground at Phong Nha Caves and then Head underground at Paradise Cave.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park visit planning app .

London, UK to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, snap pictures at Thanh Toan Bridge, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Thieu Tri, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hue trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Hue are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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Food Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Photography Tours

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Xuan Huong Lake. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam, take in nature's colorful creations at Dalat Flower Park, admire the sheer force of Datanla Falls, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dalat Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Da Lat tour builder site .

Traveling by flight from Hue to Da Lat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks Nature Tours
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Xuan Huong Lake ©
Xuan Huong Lake
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Nature Parks Tours
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Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Food Tours

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Thermal Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Da Nang (Linh Ung Pagoda, Han River Bridge, & more). And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hainan Assembly Hall, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Food Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thermal Spas

4
nights
Cat Ba

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bai Tu Long Bay and Sung Sot Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cat Ba: Pont Bai Chay (in Bai Chay) and Halong Bay (Long Tien Pagoda, Dau Go Cave, & more). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hoi An to Cat Ba takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural. Spend the 7th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Walking tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

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 Walking tours and Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sapa online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Sapa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Tours
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Walking tours
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain

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