56 days in Vietnam & China Itinerary

56 days in Vietnam & China Itinerary

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56 days in Vietnam & China Itinerary

Start: Guangzhou, China
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Huaiji County, China
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Yangshuo County, China
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Guilin, China
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Liuzhou, China
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Nanning, China
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Pingxiang, China
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Lang Son, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Tam Dao, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Cat Ba, Vietnam
— 8 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  1​h 15​min
11
Hai Phong, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Thanh Hoa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
14
Vinh, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
15
Dong Hoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
16
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
End: Hoi An, Vietnam


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2
nights
Huaiji County, China

Huaiji County
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yangshan Little Guilin and Zhaoqing Yanyan Rock. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Huaiji County: Fengkai County (Qianceng Peak, Fengkai Longshan Scenic Area, & more).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Huaiji County trip itinerary tool .

Guangzhou to Huaiji County is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Huaiji County

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fengkai County, Yangshan Little Guilin
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4
nights
Yangshuo County, China

Yangshuo County ©
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Explore hidden gems such as Yulong River and Photography Tours. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at South China Karst, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Asia Cycling Tours, take in the pleasant sights at Xianggong Mountain, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Huangbu Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yangshuo County day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Huaiji County to Yangshuo County takes 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Yangshuo County can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Guilin.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks Tours Outdoors
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South China Karst ©
South China Karst
Yulong River ©
Yulong River
Photography Tours

4
nights
Guilin, China

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guilin: Longsheng County (Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces & Longji Mountain). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Li River, walk around Guangxi Guilin Forest Park, don't miss a visit to Sun and Moon Pagodas, and take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Guilin journey maker website .

You can drive from Yangshuo County to Guilin in 1.5 hours. September in Guilin sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Liuzhou.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Longsheng County, Li River
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Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Photography Tours
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces ©
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

4
nights
Liuzhou, China

Liuzhou ©
Liuzhou is a prefecture-level city in north-central Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Xiajian River of Yizhou and Ma'anshan Park. Change things up with a short trip to Former Residence of Liusanjie in Yizhou (about 1h 50 min away). There's lots more to do: walk around Liuhou Park (South Gate 1), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panlong Mountain of Liuzhou, get your game on at Dalongtan Scenic Resort, and take in panoramic vistas at City top.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Liuzhou road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Guilin to Liuzhou in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nanning.

Things to do in Liuzhou

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Yizhou, Panlong Mountain of Liuzhou
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Xiajian River of Yizhou ©
Xiajian River of Yizhou
Ma'anshan Park ©
Ma'anshan Park
Liuhou Park (South Gate 1) ©
Liuhou Park (South Gate 1)

3
nights
Nanning, China

Nanning ©
Discover verdant natural scenery, a warm climate, and a diverse culture on a vacation in Nanning, a large city near the border with Vietnam.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nanhu Lake Park and Qingxiu Mountain. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at China and Vietnam Friendship Pass, stroll around Nanning People's Park, hunt for treasures at Nanning Zhongshan Snack Street, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Bagui Rural Scenic Resort.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nanning trip app .

You can drive from Liuzhou to Nanning in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Nanning can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Pingxiang.

Things to do in Nanning

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Nanhu Lake Park ©
Nanhu Lake Park
Qingxiu Mountain ©
Qingxiu Mountain
Chaoyang Square ©
Chaoyang Square

1
night
Pingxiang, China

Pingxiang
Pingxiang is a county-level city in the municipal region of Chongzuo in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.SituationThe city covers an area of 650 km². On the 19th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Pingxiang Friendship Gate.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pingxiang trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Nanning to Pingxiang in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lang Son.
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1
night
Lang Son, Vietnam

Lang Son
Lạng Sơn is a city in far northern Vietnam, which is the capital of Lạng Sơn Province. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bac Son Valley.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lang Son itinerary maker website .

Explore your travel options from Pingxiang to Lang Son with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pingxiang to Lang Son due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Lang Son

Parks Nature
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6
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Chua Tran Quoc. There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Hanoi online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lang Son to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tam Dao.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Walking tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Tam Dao, Vietnam

Tam Dao ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Thap Truyen Hinh Tam Dao and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam Tay Thien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tam Dao National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tam Dao trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Hanoi to Tam Dao in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Tam Dao

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tam Dao National Park ©
Tam Dao National Park
Thien Vien Truc Lam Tay Thien ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam Tay Thien

8
nights
Cat Ba, Vietnam

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bai Tu Long Bay and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cat Ba: Halong Bay (Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, Hạ Long Bay, & more) and Pont Bai Chay (in Bai Chay). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lan Ha Bay, explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park, Head underground at Trung Trang Cave, and step off the mainland to explore Monkey Island.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tam Dao to Cat Ba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hai Phong.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Hai Phong, Vietnam

Hai Phong ©
Haiphong is a major industrial city and the second largest city in the northern part of Vietnam. Explore hidden gems such as Yen Tu Mountain and Do Son Beach. Explore Hai Phong's surroundings by going to Ba Vang Pagoda (in Uong Bi) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Halong Bay). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pho Chieu Pagoda, Head underground at Hoa Cuong Cave, make a trip to Du Hang Pagoda, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tam Bac Lake.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hai Phong trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Cat Ba to Hai Phong in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hai Phong

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Uong Bi, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Do Son Beach ©
Do Son Beach
Yen Tu Mountain ©
Yen Tu Mountain
Ba Vang Pagoda ©
Ba Vang Pagoda

4
nights
Ninh Binh, Vietnam

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Trang An Grottoes. Go for a jaunt from Ninh Binh to Gia Sinh to see Bai Dinh Pagoda about 34 minutes away. On the 13th (Wed), hike the day away at Cuc Phuong National Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Tam Coc, explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hai Phong to Ninh Binh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Thanh Hoa.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tam Coc ©
Tam Coc
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda

2
nights
Thanh Hoa, Vietnam

Thanh Hoa
The city of Thanh Hóa is the capital of Thanh Hóa Province. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ben En National Park. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Citadel of the Ho Dynasty (Thanh Nha Ho).

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Thanh Hoa road trip website .

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Thanh Hoa in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Vinh.

Things to do in Thanh Hoa

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ben En National Park
Ben En National Park

3
nights
Vinh, Vietnam

Vinh ©
Vinh is the biggest city and economic and cultural center of the North Central Coast of Vietnam. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dong Du Village and Cua Lo Beach. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Dao Che Thanh Chuong and contemplate the long history of President Ho Chi Minh Native Home.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vinh tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Thanh Hoa to Vinh in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dong Hoi.

Things to do in Vinh

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trips

Dong Du Village, Dao Che Thanh Chuong, Cua Lo Beach
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Cua Lo Beach ©
Cua Lo Beach

4
nights
Dong Hoi, Vietnam

Dong Hoi ©
The pleasant seaside and port town of Dong Hoi sits close to a World Heritage Site national park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Duck Stop and Bong Lai Rattan House. Get out of town with these interesting Dong Hoi side-trips: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (Phong Nha Caves, Phong Nha Botanic Garden, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dong Hoi tour site .

Drive from Vinh to Dong Hoi in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Dong Hoi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Bong Lai Rattan House
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

3
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Tra Que Minty Garden. Explore Hoi An's surroundings by going to Hue (Thien Mu Pagoda & Imperial City). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Reaching Out Arts and Crafts, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and stroll through The Marble Mountains.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Dong Hoi to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hue, The Marble Mountains
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Spas
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Walking tours

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