43 days in Vietnam Itinerary

43 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Duong Dong
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 5 nights
Drive
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Phan Thiet
— 2 nights
Bus
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Da Lat
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hoi An
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 4 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hanoi
— 7 nights
Fly

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Halong Bay — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hạ Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. On the 9th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at Le Parfum Spa, don't miss a visit to Cua Van Floating Village, step off the mainland to explore Castaway Island, and cool off at Sun World Ha Long Complex.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay travel app.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Halong Bay is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Indochina Time is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Duong Dong.
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island — 5 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cao Dai Temple and Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc. Take a break from the city and head to Ong Lang Beach and Vung Bau Beach. Step out of Duong Dong to go to An Thoi and see Bai Tắm Sao, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with Truly Vietnam Travel, savor the flavors at Beer Fridge, relax and rejuvenate at Phu Quoc Day Spa & Massage, and look for gifts at The Storytree Vietnam.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Duong Dong online itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City — 5 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.
For shopping fun, head to Ben Thanh Market or Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi. Get a sense of the local culture at War Remnants Museum and The Independence Palace. Spend the 20th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Le Saigonais, take a stroll through Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda).

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Phan Thiet.
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Phan Thiet — 2 nights

An emerging coastal getaway, the city of Phan Thiet has always been known for its fishing industry and, in particular, as a center of fish sauce production.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mui Ne Beach and then explore the striking landscape at Red Sand Dunes. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien) and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Phan Thiet travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Da Lat.
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Da Lat — 4 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.
Visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda and Thien Vien Truc Lam for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Datanla Falls. The adventure continues: push the limits with an extreme tour, gain a rich perspective with Vietnam Easy Rider, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Dalat Market.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Da Lat online sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Phan Thiet to Da Lat in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nha Trang Beach. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Da Lat to Nha Trang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Duy Phu to see Mỹ Sơn about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nha Trang to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. September in Hoi An sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.
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Hue — 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Imperial City and Tomb of Tu Duc. Get some cultural insight at Tomb of Minh Mang and Thai Hoa Palace. Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Healing the Wounded Heart Shop.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hue sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park — 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Suoi Nuoc Mooc. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa, experience rural life at The Duck Stop, and make a trip to Phong Nha Caves.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to Hanoi.
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Hanoi — 7 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Museum-lovers will get to explore TiredCity Hang Bong and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat). Spend the 13th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi online itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time 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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