42 days in Vietnam Itinerary

42 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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42 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Da Lat
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Nha Trang
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
7
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Hue
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Hoi An
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Vietnamese Women's Museum. Get outdoors at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Off-Road Tours. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, and take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Hanoi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Hanoi is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sung Sot Cave. Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Hon Ga Choi Island. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, take in the views from Pont Bai Chay, and explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Thien Vien Truc Lam and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Datanla High Rope Course. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, admire the masterpieces at Trickland 3D Museum, don't miss a visit to Lam Vien Square, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Lat trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Da Lat in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nha Trang Beach. Po Nagar Cham Towers and St. Joseph's Parish Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Nha Trang to go to Cam Ranh and see Vietnam - Russia Monument, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, pause for some serene contemplation at Bac Thanh Church, take in the exciting artwork at DDK's Black & White Photo Gallery, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang travel planning site .

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Vietnam - Russia Monument
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Soyn. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and The Independence Palace. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the striking features of Central Post Office.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Museums
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

5
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Ho Quoc Temple and Cao Dai Temple will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Sao Beach and Mui Ganh Dau Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong online tour itinerary builder .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Phong Nha Caves and The Duck Stop. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc, Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park holiday maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Duong Dong to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tomb of Tu Duc. Get some historical perspective at Imperial City and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Royal Tombs, steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space, see Off-Road Tours, and admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hue travel site .

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 February in Hue, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

7
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.
Relax by the water at My Khe Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Mỹ Sơn and Hoi An Ancient Town. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hoi An using our trip planner.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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