27 days in Vietnam Itinerary

27 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam tour itinerary maker

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 2 nights
Fly to Danang, Bus to Hue
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Hue
— 2 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay Bus Station, Bus to Sapa
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Sapa
— 2 nights
Bus to Lao Cai, Taxi to Bac Ha
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Bac Ha
— 1 night
Drive
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Cat Tien National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Cam Ranh International Airport / Cam Ranh Air Base, Fly to Sydney

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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.
War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Ba Thien Hau Temple and Catholic Church Huyen Sy are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: race across the water with a speed boat tour, look for gifts at Elegant Silk, make a trip to Bitexco Financial Tower, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City tour planner.

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Sydney in April: highs in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Da Lat

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Pongour Falls and then appreciate the views at Datanla High Rope Course.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Da Lat trip planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Thanh Ha Terracotta Park. Step out of the city life by going to The Marble Mountains and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Da Nang to see Stand-Up Paddleboarding about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, steep yourself in history at Old House of Tan Ky, and make a trip to Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Hoi An takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Nha Trang

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
On the 27th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Bac Thanh Church. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Nui and then admire the sheer force of Ba Ho Waterfall.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nha Trang trip planner.

Fly from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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 29th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue visit planning website.

Getting from Nha Trang to Hue by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): Head underground at Son Doong Cave and then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave). On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at The Duck Stop, then take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

To see photos and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hanoi

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Presidential Palace Historical Site, then stop by Old Quarter, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi visit planner.

You can fly from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Halong Bay

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, then get a new perspective on nature at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and finally explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Sapa

— 2 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Den Mau and The Stone Church. Visiting Muong Hoa Valley and Fansipan Mountain will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Y Linh Ho, examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, hunt for treasures at Sapa Market, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, flight, taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Bac Ha.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Bac Ha

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hoang A Tuong's Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bac Ha itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Sapa to Bac Ha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cat Tien National Park.

Things to do in Bac Ha

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Cat Tien National Park

— 2 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cat Tien Park and Madagui Forest. Take a break from Cat Tien National Park with a short trip to Madagui Forest City in Madagui Town, about 48 minutes away.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cat Tien National Park journey planner.

Getting from Bac Ha to Cat Tien National Park by car takes about 36 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cat Tien National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.