52 days in Vietnam Itinerary

52 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly to Noi Bai International Airport, Drive to Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
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Hue
— 3 nights
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Hoi An
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 4 nights
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Da Lat
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 6 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 7 nights
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
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Cat Ba
— 5 nights
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Hanoi
— 6 nights
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Ninh Binh

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from Ninh Binh with a short trip to Bai Dinh Pagoda in Gia Sinh, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Minh Trang Handmade, and make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda.

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Portland, USA to Ninh Binh is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Portland to Ninh Binh. Traveling from Portland in October, expect nights in Ninh Binh to be much hotter, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, and experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip tool.

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 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

Hue

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Imperial City will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, enjoy some diversion at Hope Center Hue, look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop, and contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hue road trip planner.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Hue sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:

Hoi An

— 6 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.
Attractions like Spas and Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (Tran Thi Ly Bridge, Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, &more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, experience rural life at Tra Que Minty Garden, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Hoi An trip builder.

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. In October, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can fly to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 2:

Nha Trang

— 4 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.
Attractions like Po Nagar Cham Towers and Food Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 4th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Son Pagoda, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Parish Church, get in on the family fun at VinWonders Nha Trang, and look for gifts at Legendary Chocolatier.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nha Trang itinerary site.

You can fly from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:

Da Lat

— 4 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.
Da Lat is known for nature, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Da Lat trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

Ho Chi Minh City

— 6 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.
Kids will enjoy Kayaking & Canoeing and Central Post Office. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 16:

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.
Attractions like Green Hat Holiday and Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duong Dong: An Thoi (May Rut Island & Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tranquility Spa, explore the activities along Tranh Stream, tee off at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course, and stroll through Ong Lang Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong day trip planning app.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 23:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Pont Bai Chay. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, relax and rejuvenate at Royal Spa, wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village, and Head underground at Sung Sot Cave.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay online route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Duong Dong to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

Cat Ba

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uong Bi (Ba Vang Pagoda & Yen Tu Mountain). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island, relax and rejuvenate at Vu Nguyen Family Massage, and explore the fascinating underground world of Trung Trang Cave.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 1:

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.
Attractions like Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Off-Road Tours make great kid-friendly stops. On the 5th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Make the 4th (Sat) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Hanoi Police Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hanoi holiday builder app.

Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:

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.