39 days in Vietnam Itinerary

39 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly:  18 h
1
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Cat Ba
— 4 nights
Bus:  9 h
3
Sapa
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  9 h 30 min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Hue
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Da Lat
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
7
Nha Trang
— 5 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  3 h
8
Hoi An
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Trang An Grottoes. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and Nguyen Van Huyen Museum. The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, see the interesting displays at Gems Garden, and take in the exciting artwork at Green Palm Gallery.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time is 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Ninh Binh
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Giac Tam Buddhist Zen Monastery and Long Tien Pagoda. Explore hidden gems such as Ba Vang Pagoda and Trung Trang Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Cat Ba: Halong Bay (Hon Ga Choi Island, Tien Ong Cave, &more) and Hang Kenh Communal House (in Hai Phong). The adventure continues: trek along with Hiking & Camping Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cat Ba travel planner.

Take a bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Halong Bay, Giac Tam Buddhist Zen Monastery, Ba Vang Pagoda, Hang Kenh Communal House
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:
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Ba Vang Pagoda ©
Ba Vang Pagoda
Trung Trang Cave ©
Trung Trang Cave
Climbing Tours

4
nights
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 Den Mau and The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church). Get a sense of the local culture at Sapa Culture Museum and Hoang A Tuong's Castle. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, visit Other, look for gifts at Hieu Stone, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapa tour itinerary website.

Take a bus from Cat Ba to Sapa in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Sapa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Den Mau, Hoang A Tuong's Castle
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Den Mau ©
Den Mau
Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip website.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, taxi, and bus from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh and Thai Hoa Palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Tours and Hon Chen Temple. Step out of Hue with an excursion to Laguna Golf Lang Co in Cu Du--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Tiger Arena, and view the masterpieces at Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue online trip builder.

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. November in Hue sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna Golf Lang Co
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:
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Off-Road Tours
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh
Nine Dynastic Urns ©
Nine Dynastic Urns

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Da Lat King Palace I and Nha Tho Bao Loc. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Linh Son Pagoda and Domaine de Marie Church. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Pine Track Adventures, admire the masterpieces at Lam Dong Museum, take a peaceful walk through Datanla High Rope Course, and take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Da Lat tour planning site.

Fly from Hue to Da Lat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Pongour Falls, Nha Tho Bao Loc
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lam Dong Museum ©
Lam Dong Museum

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nha Tho Nui and Ba Ho Waterfall. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kalan Po Klong Giarai and Bac Thanh Church. When in Nha Trang, make a side trip to see Vietnam - Russia Monument in Cam Ranh, approximately Cam Ranh away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suoi Do Pagoda, look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery, snap pictures at Xom Bong Bridge, and view the masterpieces at Long Thanh Photo Studio.

Plan my trip to Nha Trang with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can take a bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vietnam - Russia Monument, Kalan Po Klong Giarai
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nha Tho Nui ©
Nha Tho Nui
Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho Waterfall

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Chuc Thanh Pagoda. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Non Nuoc Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Chien Dan Cham Tower (in Tam Ky), My Khe Beach (in Da Nang) and Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District). There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phuoc Lam Pagoda, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain), and take in the exciting artwork at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip maker site.

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. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Da Nang, Chien Dan Cham Tower, Mỹ Sơn
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 6:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn

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 Ben Dinh Tunnels as well as Museum of Vietnamese History. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): expand your understanding of the military at Ben Dinh Tunnels and then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Vietnamese History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Phuoc An Hoi Quan, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Huyen Sy, explore the world behind art at Artinus 3D Art Museum, explore the galleries of Drink Vietnam, then view the masterpieces at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, and finally get a sense of history and politics at People's Committee Building.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Hoi An, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ho Chi Minh City, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Museum of Vietnamese History ©
Museum of Vietnamese History
FITO Museum ©
FITO Museum

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