28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Mu Cang Chai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Sapa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Ha Giang
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Cao Bang
— Few hours
+3
bus + taxi + bus + ferry:  15​h
6
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  6​h 30​min
7
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Hue
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
10
Da Nang
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
11
Hoi An
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
12
Da Lat
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
13
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Cai Be
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
15
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
16
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Zagreb

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Hanoi

Hanoi
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 find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planner .

Zagreb, Croatia to Hanoi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Zagreb to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Mu Cang Chai.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Shopping

1
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Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai ©
Mù Cang Chải is a rural district of Yên Bái Province, in the Northwest region of Vietnam. On the 24th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at La Pan Tan, then take in the awesome beauty at Khau Pha Pass, and then don't miss a visit to Lim Mong Village.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mu Cang Chai travel route app .

You can drive from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai in 7 hours. On the 25th (Sun), you'll travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Mu Cang Chai

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Khau Pha Pass ©
Khau Pha Pass
Lim Mong Village ©
Lim Mong Village
La Pan Tan ©
La Pan Tan

1
night
Sapa

Sapa ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum and then look for gifts at Indigo Cat.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sapa journey maker website .

Explore your travel options from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho
Giang Ta Chai Village ©
Giang Ta Chai Village
Sapa Culture Museum ©
Sapa Culture Museum

few
hours
Ha Giang

Ha Giang
To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Ha Giang sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Sapa to Ha Giang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. On the 26th (Mon), you're off toCao Bang.

Things to do in Ha Giang

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods

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hours
Cao Bang

Cao Bang
Cao Bằng is a city in northern Vietnam. To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cao Bang route planner .

Traveling by car from Ha Giang to Cao Bang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Halong Bay on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Cao Bang

Nature Parks

2
nights
Halong Bay

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 28th (Wed): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda and then wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Cao Bang to Halong Bay in 15 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cua Van Floating Village ©
Cua Van Floating Village
Long Tien Pagoda ©
Long Tien Pagoda

3
nights
Ninh Binh

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.
Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda and Nhà xứ Phát Diệm for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mua Caves and Thung Nham Bird Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ninh Binh: FLC Golf Links Samson (in Sam Son) and Quat Lam Beach (in Nam Dinh). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, hunt for treasures at Rong Market Ninh Binh, make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, and get to know the fascinating history of Hoa Lu Temples.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ninh Binh trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh takes 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Quat Lam Beach, Bai Dinh Pagoda, FLC Golf Links Samson, Thung Nham Bird Garden
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Hoa Lu Temple ©
Hoa Lu Temple

2
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Son Doong Cave. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then Head underground at Son Doong Cave.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner.

Getting from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. 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 Trip

Tien Son Cave
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

1
night
Hue

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 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Thuan An Beach, browse the different shops at Big C Market, then step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thuan An Beach ©
Thuan An Beach

2
nights
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
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), explore the world behind art at Art in Paradise (3D TRICK ART), then enjoy the sand and surf at My Khe Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Hai Van Pass, then kick back and relax at Phuoc My Beach, and then look for gifts at Namaka Jewelry.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Da Nang travel route planner.

You can take a bus from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Da Nang are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Hai Van Pass
Highlights from your plan
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Hai Van Pass ©
Hai Van Pass
Phuoc My Beach ©
Phuoc My Beach

1
night
Hoi An

Hoi An ©
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): enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Cotic, then steep yourself in history at Cantonese Assembly Hall, and finally stop by Hoa Nang Sunny Cloth Shop.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An tour itinerary planning website .

You can take a shuttle from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Beaches Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cotic ©
Cotic
Cantonese Assembly Hall ©
Cantonese Assembly Hall
Cua Dai Beach ©
Cua Dai Beach

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nights
Da Lat

Da Lat ©
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.
You've now added Linh Phuoc Pagoda to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Statue Of Golden Buddha, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, and then identify plant and animal life at Waterfall Bao Dai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domaine de Marie Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Son Pagoda, then get outside with Pine Track Adventures, and finally look for gifts at XQ Vietnam.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Da Lat journey planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
Highlights from your plan
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Waterfall Bao Dai ©
Waterfall Bao Dai

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nights
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City journey planner .

Getting from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip 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

Tours Outdoors Spas
Highlights from your plan
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Speed Boats Tours

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Cai Be

Cai Be ©
Cái Bè is a river-land mixed town in Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Cai Be Floating Market and then get the lay of the land with Mekong Rustic.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cai Be route planner.

Traveling by car from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Cai Be, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Cai Be

Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mekong Rustic ©
Mekong Rustic
Cai Be Floating Market ©
Cai Be Floating Market

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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get out on two wheels at Countryside Adventures.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City attractions planning website .

Getting from Cai Be to Ho Chi Minh City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures

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Hanoi

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh, wander the streets of Old Quarter, then see the interesting displays 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. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi online trip builder .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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