36 days in Vietnam Itinerary

36 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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36 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and West Lake. On the 7th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Quarter, do some two-wheel cruising with MotoTours Asia, don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu, and steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hanoi vacation planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Food Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hạ Long Bay and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of Halong Bay to go to Cat Ba and see Cat Ba Island, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip itinerary planning app .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Cat Ba Island
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

5
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Take a break from the city and head to Archipelago Anthoy and Fishing Charters & Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to An Thoi (May Rut Island & Gam Ghi Island). Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Phu Quoc National Park.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Duong Dong vacation planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, An Thoi, Phu Quoc Mushroom
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May Rut Island ©
May Rut Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Countryside Adventures and Bach Dang. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City road trip website .

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. June in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
Bach Dang ©
Bach Dang

4
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.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Datanla High Rope Course will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, explore the activities along Lake of Sighs (Ho Than Tho), identify plant and animal life at Waterfall Bao Dai, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Da Lat trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nha Trang Beach. Spend the 28th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, make a splash at Vinpearl Land Nha Trang, examine the collection at Alexandre Yersin Museum, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nha Trang trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach

4
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.
Get outdoors at The Marble Mountains and Hai Van Pass. Step out of Hoi An to go to Lang Co and see Hai Van Pass, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Make the 2nd (Tue) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, take in nature's colorful creations at Jack's Cat Cafe, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip maker site .

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 June, daytime highs in Hoi An are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Marble Mountains, Hai Van Pass
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
Spend the 6th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hue driving holiday website .

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Son Doong Cave and Phong Nha Botanic Garden. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop, explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
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Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

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