26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  33​h
1
Sapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Hanoi
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
3
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
4
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hoi An
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  3​h
8
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
9
Da Lat
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
10
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
Sapa

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Popular historic sites such as Den Mau and The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church) are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Muong Hoa Valley and Hang Da Village. There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take a stroll through Giang Ta Chai Village, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Indigo Cat.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sapa holiday planning tool .

Toronto, Canada to Sapa is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Den Mau
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

1
night
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 22nd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Quan Lan Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, then don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi vacation builder tool .

Drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

3
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Tue), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Quan Lan Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Minh Chau beach, and then get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Halong Bay trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Adventure Transportation

Side Trip

Quan Lan
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi tour itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Shopping
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Phong Nha Caves and Suoi Nuoc Mooc. Take a break from the city and head to Paradise Cave and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). Step out of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park with an excursion to Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach) in Dong Hoi--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop, and take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Dong Hoi
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

1
night
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.
To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue visit planner .

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Hue are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Mon) before leaving for Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
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Nine Dynastic Urns ©
Nine Dynastic Urns
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

5
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.
Relax by the water at Cua Dai Beach and An Bang Beach. Mỹ Sơn and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Hoi An's surroundings by going to Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) (in Da Nang), Bang An Tower (in Dien Ban) and Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An tour itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hai Van Pass, Bang An Tower, Mỹ Sơn
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
Get outdoors at Ba Ho Waterfall and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll get in some beach time at Hon Chong and Doc Let Beach. Spend the 5th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, and browse the exhibits of Long Thanh Photo Studio.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nha Trang trip builder website .

Getting from Hoi An to Nha Trang by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho Waterfall
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers

4
nights
Da Lat

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Domaine de Marie Church. Linh Phuoc Pagoda and Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: get outside with Pine Track Adventures, contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake, tee off at Dalat Palace Golf Club, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Da Lat road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pongour Falls, Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

1
night
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.
For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. August in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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