27 days in Vietnam Itinerary

27 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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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 Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Hanoi Airport, 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
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Drive to Noi Bai International Airport, Fly to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Drive to Cat Tien National Park
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Cat Tien National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, 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.
Visiting Speed Boats Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Bitexco Financial Tower, stroll through Dong Nai Culture And Nature Reserve, and look for gifts at Elegant Silk.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip website.

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 somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 40°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Pongour Falls and then admire the verdant scenery at Datanla High Rope Course.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Da Lat road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

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.
You've now added Old House of Tan Ky to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Thanh Ha Terracotta Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Da Nang (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An visit planning website.

You can fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Bac Thanh Church. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Nui and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang visit planning app.

Fly from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hue trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nha Trang to Hue takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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 9th (Thu): Head underground at Son Doong Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then stroll through Phong Nha Caves.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Presidential Palace Historical Site, then visit Old Quarter, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip builder.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, then learn more about the world around you at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Tien Ong Cave and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Do a combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · 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.
You've now added Sapa Market to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Fansipan Mountain and Muong Hoa Valley. Get some historical perspective at The Stone Church and Den Mau. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, take a stroll through Giang Ta Chai Village, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Y Linh Ho.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapa travel route planner.

Do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to 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 18th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Hoang A Tuong's Castle.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bac Ha trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Sapa to Bac Ha takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 18th (Sat), 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
Get outdoors at Cat Tien Park and Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Madagui Forest and Madagui Forest City.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cat Tien National Park online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Bac Ha to Cat Tien National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) 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.