21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  12​h
1
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Nha Trang
— 1 night
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  3​h
3
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
7
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Da Lat online tour itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Da Lat is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Da Lat. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang trip planner.

You can take a bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
XQ Hand Embroidery ©
XQ Hand Embroidery

3
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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, classes, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuc Thanh Pagoda, and have fun at Henna Art Hoi An.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
On the 31st (Tue), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): enjoy some diversion at Hope Center Hue, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Hue day trip app .

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Hue, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hope Center Hue ©
Hope Center Hue
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

3
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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Phong Nha Caves, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

3
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), wander the streets of Old Quarter, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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Walking tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): Head underground at Tien Ong Cave and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Adventure
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

4
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City online travel route builder .

Fly from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

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