21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Kalibo, Panay Island
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 15 min
3
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Hue
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Kalibo, Panay Island

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Old Quarter. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vietnamese Women's Museum and Ho Van - Van Mieu. The adventure continues: make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, view the masterpieces at K S and Friends Art Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and look for gifts at TiredCity Hang Bong.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi road trip tool.

Kalibo, Philippines to Hanoi is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kalibo to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay. On your second day here, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, then head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Tours
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Non Nuoc Beach and My Khe Beach. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hoi An day trip app.

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Halong Bay to Hoi An takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Da Nang
Highlights from your plan
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Tombs and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thien Mu Pagoda. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, admire the striking features of Thien An Monastery, and see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoi An in December, you will find days in Hue are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Da Lat trip planner.

You can fly from Hue to Da Lat in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Tam Son Hoi Quan Pagoda. Get a sense of the local culture at War Remnants Museum and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City day trip site.

Fly from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

4
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sao Beach and Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa. Get some cultural insight at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Ho Quoc Temple. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Mui Ganh Dau Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ong Lang Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cao Dai Temple, and relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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