29 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

29 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam journey builder

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ha Giang
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sapa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hanoi
— 1 night
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hai Phong - Ben Binh Pier, Fly to Da Nang
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Da Nang
— 1 night
Drive
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 3 nights

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Ho Chi Minh City

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City online road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping · Museums

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi trip maker.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Ha Giang

— 6 nights
Explore Ha Giang's surroundings by going to Quan Ba (Quan Ba Heaven Gate & Lung Khuy Cave).

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ha Giang trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Ha Giang

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sapa

— 3 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.
Sapa is known for nature, spas, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fansipan Mountain, look for gifts at Indigo Cat, don't miss a visit to Cat Cat village, and admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapa online itinerary planner.

Getting from Ha Giang to Sapa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks · Nature · Spas · Shopping

Hanoi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi day trip app.

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours
Highlights from your trip

Halong Bay

— 4 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 19th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village, step off the mainland to explore Castaway Island, and Head underground at Sung Sot Cave.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip planning tool.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Cat Ba

— 2 nights
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
On the 23rd (Mon), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then make a trip to Cannon Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba Island and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Vu Nguyen Family Massage.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba day trip tool.

Ride a ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Da Nang.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Da Nang

— 1 night

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 25th (Wed), see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, and finally stop by M Legrand Jewelry.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Da Nang journey maker site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Cat Ba to Da Nang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Da Nang, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at The Old House of Phun Hung, and kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An sightseeing planning website.

You can drive from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. January in Hoi An sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

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.
Spend the 30th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Perfume River, and explore the historical opulence of Thai Hoa Palace.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hue trip itinerary site.

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 January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife