38 days in Vietnam Itinerary

38 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Buenos Aires
Shuttle + Fly:  31 h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  5 h 30 min
2
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Mai Chau
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
4
Sapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Hanoi
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Uong Bi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Cat Ba
— 1 night
Ferry:  3 h
8
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+4
Ferry + Drive + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  16 h 30 min
9
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Hue
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
11
Da Nang
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
12
Hoi An
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  3 h
13
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
14
Can Tho
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
15
Duong Dong
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
16
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  31 h
End: Buenos Aires

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Saigon Soul Pool Party, Saigon Free Walking Tours and Vespa Adventures. Appreciate the collections at War Remnants Museum and Vietnam Silver House. Visit The Independence Palace and Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda) for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ho Chi Minh City: Bien Hoa (Buu Long Mountain & Long Thanh Golf Club). And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, join in the after-dark buzz at Street Food Man, take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda, and admire the striking features of Central Post Office.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City tour planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 28- hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Ho Chi Minh City is much hotter than Buenos Aires - with highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

Side Trip

Bien Hoa
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

2
nights
Ninh Binh

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mua Caves. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bai Dinh Pagoda and Hoa Lu Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Ninh Binh side-trips: Nam Dinh (Hai Hau Church & Tran Temple). There's still lots to do: hike along Cuc Phuong National Park, don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Van Long Nature Reserve, and explore the fascinating underground world of Trang An Grottoes.

Plan a trip to Ninh Binh easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Ho Chi Minh City to Ninh Binh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mai Chau.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nam Dinh, Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Cuc Phuong National Park ©
Cuc Phuong National Park

1
night
Mai Chau

Mai Chau ©
Mai Châu is a rural district of Hòa Bình Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mai Chau trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Mai Chau in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mai Chau are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Mai Chau

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Chieu Cave ©
Chieu Cave
Thung Khe Pass ©
Thung Khe Pass

2
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.
On the 11th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, then make a trip to Ta Phin Village, and finally take a stroll through Giang Ta Chai Village. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Cat Cat village, take in the awesome beauty at Y Linh Ho, admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally don't miss a visit to The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapa vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Mai Chau to Sapa takes 7.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Tours
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley

5
nights
Hanoi

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate TiredCity Hang Bong and Empty Wall Gallery. Get some historical perspective at Old Quarter and One Pillar Pagoda. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Nguyen Art Gallery in Hanoi, take an in-depth tour of Ho Chi Minh Museum, and contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Hanoi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sapa to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Uong Bi.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Museums Outdoors
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

1
night
Uong Bi

Uong Bi ©
Uông Bí is a city of Quảng Ninh Province in the north-eastern region of Vietnam. To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Uong Bi vacation planning app.

You can drive from Hanoi to Uong Bi in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Uong Bi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Yen Tu Mountain ©
Yen Tu Mountain
Ba Vang Pagoda ©
Ba Vang Pagoda

1
night
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.
For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cat Ba online journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Uong Bi to Cat Ba with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
Hospital Cave ©
Hospital Cave

1
night
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.
For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip maker site.

Traveling by ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay takes 3 hours. You'll set off for Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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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 your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Phong Nha Caves, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), then pause for some serene contemplation at Tam Toa Church, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Quang Phu Sand Dunes.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park route planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, taxi, and bus from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dong Hoi
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Francis Xavier Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then contemplate the waterfront views at Perfume River, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hue online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
nights
Da Nang

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): make a trip to Lady Buddha, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the views from Dragon Bridge, then examine the collection at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, then learn about all things military at Da Nang Museum, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Tabalo Outdoor, kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach, then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, then kick back and relax at My Khe Beach, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Da Nang online trip builder.

Take a bus from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours Parks Beaches
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Photography Tours
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ©
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

2
nights
Hoi An

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cua Dai Beach and An Bang Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Precious Heritage by Rehahn and The Old House of Phun Hung. The adventure continues: stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quan Kong Temple, and examine the collection at The Sa Huynh Culture Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hoi An tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Da Nang to Hoi An by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. May in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Spas
Fishing Charters & 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.
Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda will appeal to history buffs. Long Thanh Photo Studio and Mai Loc Photo Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the interesting displays at Alexandre Yersin Museum, stop by Alco House, and take in the exciting artwork at DDK's Black & White Photo Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nha Trang day trip planning site.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Can Tho.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Museums Theme Parks
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Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers

2
nights
Can Tho

Can Tho ©
The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
On the 1st (Mon), make a trip to Hai Ba Trung Street. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pitu Khosa Rangsay, browse the eclectic array of goods at Cai Rang Floating Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phat Hoc Pagoda, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Tarot, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Munirangsyaram Pagoda.

Plan my Can Tho trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can fly from Nha Trang to Can Tho in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Can Tho

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam
Museum of Tarot ©
Museum of Tarot
Phat Hoc Pagoda ©
Phat Hoc Pagoda

1
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Duong Dong

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll through Ong Lang Beach and then view the masterpieces at Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA).

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong day trip planning tool.

Getting from Can Tho to Duong Dong by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA), Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA) ©
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Kiss Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Thu), join in the after-dark buzz at Saigon Kiss Tours. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, race across the water with a speed boat tour, visit Pham Ngu Lao Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, then make a trip to Notre Dame Square, and finally take a stroll through Dong Khoi Street.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Speed Boats Tours
Saigon Kiss Tours ©
Saigon Kiss Tours

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