26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
1
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Lam Dong
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Da Nang
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Hue
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Hanoi
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Lang Son
— 2 nights
9
Lang Son
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Ha Giang
— Few hours
Drive:  8​h 45​min
11
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
12
Thu Dau Mot
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, and then admire the natural beauty at Dalat Flower Park. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Crazy House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam, then admire the sheer force of Datanla Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Da Lat trip planner .

Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Da Lat are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lam Dong.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Crazy House ©
Crazy House
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

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nights
Lam Dong

Lam Dong ©
On the 28th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Pongour Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Linh An Pagoda and then admire all the interesting features of Thien An Cricket Farm.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lam Dong trip planner .

Getting from Da Lat to Lam Dong by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Lam Dong

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pongour Falls
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Pongour Falls ©
Pongour Falls
Linh An Pagoda ©
Linh An Pagoda
Thien An Cricket Farm ©
Thien An Cricket Farm

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nights
Nha Trang

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 30th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Nui, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Son Pagoda, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nha Trang Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Alexandre Yersin Museum and then make a splash at Vinpearl Land Amusement Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nha Trang trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lam Dong to Nha Trang takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Theme Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Vinpearl Land Nha Trang ©
Vinpearl Land Nha Trang
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda

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nights
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at An Bang Beach and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

Plan my day in Da Nang using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Da Nang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks Spas Outdoors

Side Trip

Hoi An
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

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nights
Hue

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs, then make a trip to The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon), and finally steep yourself in history at Hue Imperial City (The Citadel). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the waterfront views at Perfume River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Mieu Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hue driving holiday site .

Drive from Da Nang to Hue in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

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nights
Hanoi

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.
On the 6th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hue to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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nights
Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, then don't miss a visit to Tam Coc, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves. On your second day here, make a trip to Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, identify plant and animal life at Van Long Nature Reserve, and then Head underground at Trang An Grottoes.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ninh Binh trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lang Son.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Tam Coc ©
Tam Coc
Van Long Nature Reserve ©
Van Long Nature Reserve

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nights
Lang Son

Lang Son
Lạng Sơn is a city in far northern Vietnam, which is the capital of Lạng Sơn Province. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): appreciate the views at Bac Son Valley.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Lang Son trip builder site .

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Lang Son in 4.5 hours. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel to Lang Son.

Things to do in Lang Son

Parks Nature
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Lang Son

Lang Son
To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lang Son trip itinerary builder website .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Lang Son

Parks Nature
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hours
Ha Giang

Ha Giang
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): wander the streets of Thon Tha Village.

Plan my day in Ha Giang using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Lang Son to Ha Giang takes 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ha Giang

Neighborhoods
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, and then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave). On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Son Doong Cave.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park visit planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ha Giang to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Thu Dau Mot.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

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nights
Thu Dau Mot

Thu Dau Mot ©
Thủ Dầu Một is the capital city of Bình Dương Province, Vietnam, located at around. Explore Thu Dau Mot's surroundings by going to Giang Dien Waterfall Tourist Site (in Trang Bom), Tay Ninh (Cao Dai Temple & Black Virgin Mountain) and Bien Hoa (Buu Long Mountain & Mango Garden Resort).

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Thu Dau Mot travel app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Thu Dau Mot. In May in Thu Dau Mot, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thu Dau Mot

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tay Ninh, Bien Hoa, Dien Bien Phu, Giang Dien Waterfall Tourist Site
Find places to stay May 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Black Virgin Mountain ©
Black Virgin Mountain
Hoi Khanh Pagoda ©
Hoi Khanh Pagoda
Cao Dai Temple ©
Cao Dai Temple