25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly + Drive:  24 h 30 min
1
Sapa
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Ferry:  10 h 30 min
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Bus:  6 h 30 min
3
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Sofia

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ta Phin Village, Sapa Khai Hmong Treks, Ta Van Village, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Giang Ta Chai Village and The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church). Step off the beaten path and head to Fansipan Mountain and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa and examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapa trip builder tool .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Sapa is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Sofia to Sapa due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Bac Ha Market
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
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Ethos - Spirit of the Community
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Quan Lan Beach and Cua Van Floating Village. Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh and Long Tien Pagoda are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Halong Bay, make a side trip to see Minh Chau beach in Quan Lan, approximately Quan Lan away. There's more to do: glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Halong Bay vacation maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Sapa to Halong Bay in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trip

Quan Lan
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Minh Chau beach ©
Minh Chau beach

3
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Trang An Grottoes, Thai Vi Temple, Ninh Binh Motorbike, and other attractions you added. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bai Dinh Pagoda and Parish Lac Dao. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mua Caves. Go for a jaunt from Ninh Binh to Nam Dinh to see Quat Lam Beach about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm and delve into the distant past at Hoa Lu Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Ninh Binh itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh in 6.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Quat Lam Beach, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Ninh Binh Motorbike
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Mua Caves ©
Mua Caves

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Paradise Cave. Get outdoors at Phong Nha Caves and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can 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
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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.
You've added Royal Tombs, The Mieu Temple, Perfume River, and other attractions to your itinerary. Imperial City and Tomb of Minh Mang are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh and Le Ba Dang Art Museum. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, browse the exhibits of Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House, delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, and admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hue online road trip planner.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Tomb of Khai Dinh
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and The Marble Mountains. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Hy Hoa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoi An: Da Nang (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Golf in Danang), Hue (Thai Hoa Palace & Bach Ma National Park) and Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at An Bang Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jack's Cat Cafe.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Thanh Hoa.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hue, Hai Van Pass
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An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Hai Van Pass ©
Hai Van Pass
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) ©
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien)

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the galleries of TiredCity Hang Bong, then take a stroll through Old Quarter, and then kick back and relax at Quan Lan Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) ©

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