28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam attractions planner

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Hanoi
— 3 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Hoi An
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Hoi An
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 3 nights
Bus to Da Nang Central Bus Station, Fly to Da Lat
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
Bus
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Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Fly to Phu Quoc, Taxi to Phu Quoc Island
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Phu Quoc Island
— 1 night
Taxi to Phu Quoc, Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore 54 Traditions Gallery and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Take a break from the city and head to Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and West Lake. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and stop by Chula fashion showroom.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Hanoi road trip planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to Hanoi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Neighborhoods

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 7th (Sat): wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village, then explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

For ratings and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Hoi An

— 6 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.
For shopping fun, head to Central Market or Tu-Chi Bags. Escape the urban bustle at An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Da Nang (Danang Unplugged Tours & My Khe Beach). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, stop by Yaly Couture - Tran Phu branch, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip builder website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hoi An in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. In August, daytime highs in Hoi An are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Hue

— 3 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.
Visit Imperial City and Tomb of Tu Duc for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Tomb of Minh Mang and Thien Mu Pagoda. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Mieu Temple, steep yourself in history at Nine Dynastic Urns, admire the landmark architecture of Halls of the Mandarins, and don't miss a visit to Cat Tuong Quan Zen House.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hue online visit 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. In August, daytime highs in Hue are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Da Lat

— 3 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.
Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Prenn Falls will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Dalat Market, explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, make a trip to Valley of Love, and take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Da Lat online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hue to Da Lat takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Nha Trang

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Hon Chong, stroll through Nha Trang Beach, and then look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, discover the deep blue sea with Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam, and then snap pictures at Tran Phu Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nha Trang day trip site.

Getting from Da Lat to Nha Trang by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Phu Quoc Island.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Phu Quoc Island

— 1 night
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Phu Quoc Waterfall and then kick back and relax at Bai Tắm Sao. On the next day, kick back and relax at Vung Bau Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, and then stop by The Green Boutique.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Phu Quoc Island trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nha Trang to Phu Quoc Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at War Remnants Museum and Dong Khoi Street. Your inner history buff will appreciate Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon and People's Committee Building. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, stop by Veritas Bespoke, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip builder website.

Getting from Phu Quoc Island to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Transportation

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.