38 days in Vietnam Itinerary

38 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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38 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  31​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  5​h 30​min
2
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mai Chau
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Sapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Hanoi
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Uong Bi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cat Ba
— 1 night
Ferry:  3​h
8
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Drive + Fly + Taxi:  16​h 30​min
9
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Hue
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h
11
Da Nang
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1​h
12
Hoi An
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  3​h
13
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
14
Can Tho
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
15
Duong Dong
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
16
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Buenos Aires

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Saigon Soul Pool Party, Saigon Free Walking Tours, Vespa Adventures, and other attractions you added. Escape the urban bustle at Buu Long Mountain and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Appreciate the collections at War Remnants Museum and The Independence Palace. Step out of Ho Chi Minh City to go to Bien Hoa and see Long Thanh Golf Club, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, admire the landmark architecture of Chua Van Phat - Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda, and explore the galleries of Vietnam Silver House.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ho Chi Minh City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in May; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 41°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Nightlife

Side Trip

Bien Hoa
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

2
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bai Dinh Pagoda and Tran Temple. Hai Hau Church and Hoa Lu Temples are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Tam Coc, stroll through Cuc Phuong National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Van Long Nature Reserve.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ninh Binh online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Ho Chi Minh City to Ninh Binh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mai Chau.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nam Dinh, Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Cuc Phuong National Park ©
Cuc Phuong National Park

1
night
Mai Chau

Mai Chau ©
Mai Châu is a rural district of Hòa Bình Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mai Chau trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Ninh Binh to Mai Chau takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Mai Chau

Nature Parks Shopping
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Chieu Cave ©
Chieu Cave
Thung Khe Pass ©
Thung Khe Pass

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, then take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, then take a stroll through Ta Phin Village, and finally wander the streets of Giang Ta Chai Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Cat Cat village, identify plant and animal life at Y Linh Ho, then take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally make a trip to The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sapa day trip planning site .

You can drive from Mai Chau to Sapa in 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Quarter and Tired City Hang Bong. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vietnam Cultural and Nguyen Art Gallery in Hanoi. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), get outside with Outdoor Activities, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Hanoi trip itinerary app .

Drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Uong Bi.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Museums Outdoors
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

1
night
Uong Bi

Uong Bi ©
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Drive from Hanoi to Uong Bi in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Uong Bi

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Yen Tu Mountain ©
Yen Tu Mountain
Ba Vang Pagoda ©
Ba Vang Pagoda

1
night
Cat Ba

Cat Ba ©
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.
To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cat Ba trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Uong Bi to Cat Ba with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature Parks Tours
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Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
Hospital Cave ©
Hospital Cave

1
night
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.
To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay online sightseeing planner .

Ride a ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay in 3 hours. On the 20th (Wed), you're off toPhong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, then explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tam Toa Church, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Quang Phu Sand Dunes.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park itinerary builder app .

Getting from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by combination of ferry and bus takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dong Hoi
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

2
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 22nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Xavier Cathedral. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then contemplate the waterfront views at Perfume River, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hue sightseeing website .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
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 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Lady Buddha, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the views from Dragon Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, then learn about all things military at Da Nang Museum, and finally get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Tabalo Outdoor, tour the pleasant surroundings at Non Nuoc Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, then enjoy the sand and surf at My Khe Beach, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Da Nang trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a bus from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ©
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

2
nights
Hoi An

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.
Precious Heritage by Rehahn and The Old House of Phun Hung are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old House of Tan Ky and Quan Kong Temple. There's lots more to do: stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and hunt for treasures at Central Market.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An route builder website .

Take a shuttle from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Spas
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nha Trang Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Long Thanh Photo Studio and Po Nagar Cham Towers. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Mai Loc Photo Gallery, get in on the family fun at Vinpearl Land Nha Trang, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the natural beauty of Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Can Tho.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Museums Theme Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda

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nights
Can Tho

Can Tho ©
The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hai Ba Trung Street. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Pitu Khosa Rangsay, shop like a local with Cai Rang Floating Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phat Hoc Pagoda, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Tarot, and finally admire the striking features of Munirangsyaram Pagoda.

Plan a Can Tho trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Nha Trang to Can Tho by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Can Tho

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Highlights from your plan
Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam
Museum of Tarot ©
Museum of Tarot
Phat Hoc Pagoda ©
Phat Hoc Pagoda

1
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Duong Dong

Duong Dong ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Ong Lang Beach and then explore the galleries of Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA).

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Duong Dong trip planner .

Fly from Can Tho to Duong Dong in 1.5 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 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA)
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Kiss Tours has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): catch all the local highlights with Saigon Kiss Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, race across the water with a speed boat tour, wander the streets of Pham Ngu Lao Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple, then make a trip to Notre Dame Square, and finally take a stroll through Dong Khoi Street.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City itinerary planning site .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Speed Boats Tours
Saigon Kiss Tours ©
Saigon Kiss Tours

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