49 days in Vietnam Itinerary

49 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 6 nights
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Ninh Binh
— 1 night
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
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Hue
— 5 nights
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Hoi An
— 8 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 7 nights
Fly
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Con Son
— 3 nights
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 7 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Noi Bai Airport, Bus to Hanoi

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Hanoi

— 6 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.
Shop till you drop at TiredCity Hang Bong and Green Palm Gallery. Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 24th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 27th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, view the masterpieces at Nguyen Art Gallery in Hanoi, see Off-Road Tours, and contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi road trip tool.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 29:

Ninh Binh

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): look for gifts at Minh Trang Handmade, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then relax and rejuvenate at Mai Spa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ninh Binh trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

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.
Visiting Son Doong Cave and Lemon Tree Nail & Spa will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, experience rural life at The Duck Stop, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

Hue

— 5 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.
Head to Healing the Wounded Heart Shop and Green Bamboo Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thanh Toan Eco Tours will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, don't miss a visit to The Flag Tower, stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs, and view the masterpieces at Gakka Art Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hue day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hue are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Find places to stay May 3 — 8:

Hoi An

— 8 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.
For shopping fun, head to Precious Heritage by Rehahn or Ly Ly Art Gallery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cua Dai Beach and My Khe Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Chien Dan Cham Tower (in Tam Ky), Da Nang (The Gioi Tranh Dep, Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, &more) and Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hoi An trip app.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. May in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 16:

Nha Trang

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Long Thanh Photo Studio and Mai Loc Photo Gallery. Head to Legendary Chocolatier and Artful Galleryfor some retail therapy. Spend the 17th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, browse the exhibits of Colorwaves Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at DDK's Black & White Photo Gallery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Nha Trang trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Find places to stay May 16 — 21:

Ho Chi Minh City

— 7 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Climbing Tours will get you outdoors. Let the collections at War Remnants Museum and Drink Vietnam capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the world behind art at Artinus 3D Art Museum, and explore the galleries of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City road trip website.

You can fly from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. May in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly to Con Son.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 28:

Con Son

— 3 nights

Devil's Island

Taking a vacation in Con Son is like stepping back in time, with the island of around 5,000 people offering a glimpse into what life in Vietnam was like before television and other modern conveniences arrived.
Escape the urban bustle at Bãi Đầm Trầu and Ong Dung Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Con Dao Musuem and Van Son Pagoda. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the waterfront views at An Hai Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hang Duong Cemetary, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hang Da Duc Me.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Con Son route maker app.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Son takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Con Son

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 7 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Vietnamese Artists and Coi Nguon Museum. Get some cultural insight at Cao Dai Temple and Ho Quoc Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duong Dong: Bai Tắm Sao (in An Thoi) and Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda (in Ganh Dau). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Ong Lang Beach, kick back and relax at Long Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at Luna Thai Spa, and take a tour by water with Phu Quoc Jeep Tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Duong Dong trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Con Son to Duong Dong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 7:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hạ Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. When in Halong Bay, make a side trip to see Cat Ba Island in Cat Ba, approximately Cat Ba away. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay, explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip planner.

Getting from Duong Dong to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:

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.