31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hoi An
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 6 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Noi Bai International, Bus to Sapa
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Sapa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
Bus
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Cat Ba
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Duong Dong
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Da Lat
— 2 nights
Bus
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Nha Trang
— 3 nights

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch. Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Ho Chi Minh and the Fifth Military Zone Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Da Nang (Lady Buddha, Thermal Spas, &more). And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Phuoc Lam Pagoda, push the limits with an extreme tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Non Nuoc Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An travel planner.

Nha Trang to Hoi An is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

Hue

— 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Tombs and Thien Mu Pagoda. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tomb of Minh Mang. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Lam Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and explore the historical opulence of An Dinh Palace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue trip planner.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hoi An in December: highs in Hue hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 12:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip maker.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Sapa

— 2 nights
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.
On the 14th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum, take some stellar pictures from O Quy Ho Heaven Gate, take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, then take a memorable drive along Deo Tram Ton, and finally make a trip to Quang Truong Square.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sapa trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Sapa takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Hanoi

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Vietnamese Women's Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hanoi Evangelical Church.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi road trip planner.

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Cat Ba

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Lan Ha Bay. Step out of the city life by going to Cat Ba National Park and Cat Co 1 Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Legend Pearl in Ha Long (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Cat Ba Island, explore the fascinating underground world of Trung Trang Cave, and relax and rejuvenate at Vu Nguyen Family Massage.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cat Ba trip builder site.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Halong Bay

— 3 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sung Sot Cave. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dau Go Cave and Hon Ga Choi Island. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, look for gifts at Ha Long Pearl, and Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay road trip planner.

Getting from Cat Ba to Halong Bay by ferry takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 2 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
On the 25th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Vinpearl Safari. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, then kick back and relax at Bai Tắm Sao, then get engrossed in the history at Coi Nguon Museum, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Phu Quoc Day Spa & Massage.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong trip itinerary app.

Getting from Halong Bay to Duong Dong by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Da Lat.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Da Lat

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then admire all the interesting features of DL Nature's, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Da Lat travel route tool.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Da Lat in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ba Ho Waterfall. Do some cultural sightseeing at Po Nagar Cham Towers and Bac Thanh Church. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Nui.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nha Trang online tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
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.