20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 3 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
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Hue
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly to Dalat, Taxi to Phan Thiet
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Phan Thiet
— 1 night
Bus to Tan Son Nhat, Fly to Conson
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Con Son
— 1 night
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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Hanoi

— 3 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vietnam Military History Museum and TiredCity Hang Bong. Visiting Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Truc Lam An Tam Zen Monastery, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Hanoi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Indochina Time is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 13th (Fri), Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, relax and rejuvenate at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa, and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Hue

— 2 nights
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.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of The Flag Tower, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Truc Chi Garden. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hue journey tool.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Hue are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Hoi An

— 3 nights
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.
Hoi An Ancient Town and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at An Bang Beach and My Khe Beach. Take a break from Hoi An with a short trip to Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency in Da Nang, about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the wide array of goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Hoi An are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Phan Thiet.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Phan Thiet

— 1 night
An emerging coastal getaway, the city of Phan Thiet has always been known for its fishing industry and, in particular, as a center of fish sauce production.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Red Sand Dunes and then glide peacefully along the water with RIDS Surf Club.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Phan Thiet trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hoi An to Phan Thiet takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Con Son.

Things to do in Phan Thiet

Parks · Adventure · Beaches · Tours

Con Son

— 1 night

Devil's Island

Taking a vacation in Con Son is like stepping back in time, with the island of around 5,000 people offering a glimpse into what life in Vietnam was like before television and other modern conveniences arrived.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hang Da Duc Me, kick back and relax at Bãi Đầm Trầu, contemplate the waterfront views at An Hai Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Van Son Pagoda, and finally stroll the grounds of Hang Duong Cemetary.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Con Son trip itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Phan Thiet to Con Son in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Con Son

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 4 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Take a break from the city and head to Fingernail Island and Starfish Beach. Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Thien Vien Truc Lam Ho Quoc (Ho Quoc Pagoda) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Duong Dong with a short trip to Bai Tắm Sao in An Thoi, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, enjoy the sand and surf at Thom Beach, stroll through Long Beach, and don't miss a visit to Cao Dai Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong travel site.

Fly from Con Son to Duong Dong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ho Chi Minh City

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ho Chi Minh City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. November in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.