28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 1 night
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Mu Cang Chai
— 1 night
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Sapa
— 1 night
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Ha Giang
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Cao Bang
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Taxi to Dong Dang station, Train to Haiphong Train Station, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, 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, Bus to Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
Bus to Noi Bai International, Fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
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Hue
— 1 night
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Da Nang
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 1 night
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Da Lat
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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Cai Be
— 1 night
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
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Hanoi
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Hanoi

— 1 night
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.
To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary maker site.

Zagreb, Croatia to Hanoi is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mu Cang Chai.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Nightlife

Mu Cang Chai

— 1 night
Mù Cang Chải is a rural district of Yên Bái Province, in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): go for a walk through La Pan Tan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Khau Pha Pass, and then make a trip to Lim Mong Village.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mu Cang Chai trip planner.

Drive from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai in 7 hours. You will leave for Sapa on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Mu Cang Chai

Parks · Nature

Sapa

— 1 night
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.
On the 25th (Sun), examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum and then stop by Indigo Cat.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapa day trip planner.

You can drive from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Sapa

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Ha Giang

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ha Giang trip planning tool.

You can drive from Sapa to Ha Giang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 26th (Mon), you're off to Cao Bang.

Things to do in Ha Giang

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Transportation

Cao Bang

Cao Bằng is a city in northern Vietnam. To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cao Bang trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Ha Giang to Cao Bang in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cao Bang

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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.
On the 28th (Wed), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda and then wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, train, car, and ferry from Cao Bang to Halong Bay takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Transportation · Tours · Adventure

Ninh Binh

— 3 nights
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.
Bai Dinh Pagoda and Nhà xứ Phát Diệm are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and FLC Golf Links Samson. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ninh Binh: Quat Lam Beach (in Nam Dinh) and Thung Nham Bird Park (in Ninh Hai). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, browse the eclectic array of goods at Rong Market Ninh Binh, get to know the fascinating history of Hoa Lu Temple, and make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda.

Discover how to plan a Ninh Binh trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trips

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.
Son Doong Cave has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): Head underground at Son Doong Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave, and finally Head underground at Paradise Cave. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then Head underground at Son Doong Cave.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park route planner.

Getting from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hue

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Thuan An Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market, then step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Hue tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Hue, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Da Nang

— 2 nights

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
On the 7th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang, enjoy the sand and surf at My Khe Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): cruise along Hai Van Pass, kick back and relax at Phuoc My Beach, and then look for gifts at Namaka Jewelry.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Da Nang travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Hoi An

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll through Cua Dai Beach, explore the galleries of Cotic, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cantonese Assembly Hall, and finally stop by Hoa Nang Sunny Cloth Shop.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hoi An online route planner.

You can drive from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Linh Phuoc Pagoda has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Statue Of Golden Buddha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, and then admire the sheer force of Waterfall Bao Dai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, pause for some serene contemplation at Domaine de Marie Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Son Pagoda, then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and finally look for gifts at XQ Vietnam.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Da Lat day trip planning tool.

Getting from Hoi An to Da Lat by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City tour planning site.

You can fly from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cai Be.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Museums

Cai Be

— 1 night
Cái Bè is a river-land mixed town in Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cai Be Floating Market and then get outside with Mekong Rustic.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Cai Be trip maker website.

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Cai Be

Outdoors · Tours

Ho Chi Minh City

— 1 night

Pearl of the Far East

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with Countryside Adventures.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Cai Be to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to fly to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your trip

Hanoi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stop by Tired City Bao Khanh, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, then examine the collection at Hanoi Police Museum, then contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and finally don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi sightseeing app.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
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.

Ha Giang Province travel guide

4.4
Geologic Formations · Observation Decks · Scenic Drive
Hà Giang is a province in the Northeast region of Vietnam. It is located in the far north of the country, and contains Vietnam's northernmost point. It shares a 270 km long border with Yunnan province of southern China, and thus is known as Vietnam's final frontier. The province covers an area of 7,945.8 square kilometres and as of 2008 it had a population of 705,100 people.The provincial capital, also called Hà Giang, is connected by Highway 2 and is 320 km away from Hanoi. The border crossing is at Thanh Thủy, 25 km from the capital, Hà Giang city. It is one of the poorest provinces of Vietnam as it has mountainous topography with the least potential for agricultural development.The province borders China with a length of over 270km; the border gate is known as the Thanh Thủy. In addition, there are three smaller gates namely, the Phó Bảng, the Xín Mần and Săm Pun.EtymologyThe province's name derives from Sino-Vietnamese 河江.GeographyHà Giang is bounded by Cao Bằng, Tuyên Quang, Lào Cai, and Yên Bái provinces and has common international border with China in the north. Hà Giang has many high rocky mountains, limestone formations and springs; the important mountains are the Cam and Mo Neo. The major rivers of the region are the Lô River (Hà Giang town is located on its left bank) and Mien River.

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Ninh Binh Province travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Caves
Ninh Bình is a province of Vietnam, in the Red River Delta region of the northern part of the country.Administrative divisionsNinh Bình is subdivided into 8 district-level sub-divisions: 6 districts: Gia Viễn Hoa Lư Kim Sơn Nho Quan Yên Khánh Yên Mô 2 provincial city: Ninh Bình (capital) Tam ĐiệpThey are further subdivided into 7 commune-level towns (or townlets), 122 communes, and 16 wards.GeographyNinh Bình is located to the south of the Northern Delta, between the Red and Ma rivers. It is bordered by Hòa Bình and Hà Nam to the north, Nam Định to northeast, Thanh Hóa to the south and west.Ninh Bình also has a very short coastline abutting the Gulf of Tonkin. The population is 898,500 people. the total area is 1,329.4 sq kilometer

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Mekong Delta travel guide

3.7
Flea Markets · Kayaking & Canoeing · Landmarks
Interlaced with rivers and canals feeding rice-growing plains and lush wetlands, the Mekong Delta impresses with its bustling floating metropolis. Tours of the Mekong Delta revolve around boat trips to floating markets and even whole towns on stilts, and trips to tranquil inland villages with slow, traditional lifestyles. As the rice bowl of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta offers foodies plenty to sink their teeth into: tours of rice paddies and orchards, fresh produce from floating stands, and delicious freshwater fish dishes. Other possibilities for a Mekong Delta itinerary include temples with ornate pagodas, wartime bunkers, and mangrove forests sheltering rare waterfowl and migratory birds.