30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Noi Bai International
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Hanoi
— 4 nights
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Bus to Noi Bai Airport, Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Dalat
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hoi An
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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Hanoi

— 4 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.
On the 4th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi online trip itinerary planner.

Exeter, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 19-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Exeter to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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 (Sun): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at Royal Spa and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Da Lat is known for nature, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get great views at Lam Vien Square, stroll around Datanla High Rope Course, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Da Lat online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Da Lat in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Hoi An

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (Food Tours & Tran Thi Ly Bridge). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, relax in the rural setting at Tra Que Minty Garden, kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planning tool.

You can fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

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.
Spend the 17th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, explore the world behind art at XQ Hand Embroidery, don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space, and explore the galleries of Truc Chi Garden.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue vacation 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 March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 4 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.
Step out of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to go to Son Trach and see Hang Toi (Dark Cave), which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 4 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Step out of Duong Dong to go to Ganh Dau and see Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Luna Thai Spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Mushroom, and cast your line with Phu Quoc Jeep Tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Duong Dong vacation maker app.

You can fly from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Duong Dong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

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.