28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam visit planner

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly
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Da Lat
— 2 nights
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Nha Trang
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 4 nights
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Bus to Da Nang Central Bus Station, Fly to Van Don, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 3 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
Drive
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Speed Boats Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. War Remnants Museum and Galerie Quynh will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Soyn, explore the galleries of An Binh Gallery, and wander the streets of Pham Ngu Lao Street.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City travel route planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tel Aviv in April, plan for warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 41°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

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 1st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Lam Dong Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, and then take an in-depth tour of Da Lat King Palace I.

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You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

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 3rd (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Long Thanh Photo Studio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then stroll through Nha Trang Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Bac Thanh Church, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nha Trang day trip planning website.

Getting from Da Lat to Nha Trang by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Hoi An

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Jack's Cat Cafe. Explore hidden gems such as Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Yaly Couture - Tran Phu branch. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Bang An Tower (in Dien Ban) and Da Nang (Bac My An Market & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), and stroll through Cua Dai Beach.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip website.

Fly from Nha Trang to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hue

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Le Ba Dang Art Museum and Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House. Get in touch with nature at Off-Road Tours and Thuan An Beach. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, hunt for treasures at Dong Ba Market, browse the exhibits of Gakka Art Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space.

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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. In May in Hue, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will leave for Halong Bay on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Halong Bay

— 3 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Minh Chau beach and Quan Lan Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh and Long Tien Pagoda. The adventure continues: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, revel in the low prices at Ha Long Pearl, take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village, and step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Hue to Halong Bay takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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.
Popular historic sites such as Den Mau and The Stone Church are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Love Waterfall and Fansipan Mountain. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, stop by Giang Ta Chai Village, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sapa travel route planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Tours · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Quan Lan Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh, and steep yourself in history at Presidential Palace Historical Site.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Hanoi day trip website.

Traveling by car from Sapa to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.