30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mu Cang Chai
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapa
— 1 night
Bus to Lao Cai, Taxi to Bac Ha
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Bac Ha
— 1 night
Drive
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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
— 4 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
Drive
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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

— 2 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.
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Zagreb, Croatia to Hanoi is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zagreb to Hanoi is 6 hours. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mu Cang Chai.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks

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 25th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at La Pan Tan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Khau Pha Pass, and then don't miss a visit to Lim Mong Village.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mu Cang Chai online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai by car takes about 7 hours. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Sapa.

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sapa day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bac Ha.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Bac Ha

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hoang A Tuong's Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bac Ha trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Sapa to Bac Ha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Bac Ha

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Ha Giang

Plan trip to Ha Giang with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Bac Ha to Ha Giang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll set off for Cao Bang on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Ha Giang

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Transportation

Cao Bang

Cao Bằng is a city in northern Vietnam. To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cao Bang online journey maker.

You can drive from Ha Giang to Cao Bang in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 29th (Thu), 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach, and then take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Adventure · Transportation · Tours

Side Trip

Ninh Binh

— 4 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.
You've now added Tam Coc to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and FLC Golf Links Samson. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mua Caves and Quat Lam Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Ninh Binh side-trips: Bai Dinh Pagoda (in Gia Sinh) and Thung Nham Bird Park (in Ninh Hai). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm, don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda, and hunt for treasures at Rong Market Ninh Binh.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Ninh Binh vacation maker website.

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. In August in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.
You've now added Son Doong Cave to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, make a trip to Phong Nha Caves, then Head underground at Tien Son Cave, and finally Head underground at Paradise Cave. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): kick back and relax at Thuan An Beach, then 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. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Plan trip to Hue with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 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 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · 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 9th (Mon), explore the galleries of Oasis Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang, then kick back and relax at My Khe Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Hai Van Pass, then get engrossed in the history at Da Nang Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, and finally look for gifts at Namaka Jewelry.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Da Nang road trip website.

Getting from Hue to Da Nang by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. September in Da Nang sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

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.
On the 11th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, then explore the world behind art at Cotic, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cantonese Assembly Hall, and finally look for gifts at Hoa Nang Sunny Cloth Shop.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An trip website.

Traveling by car from Da Nang to Hoi An takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · 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.
You've now added Linh Phuoc Pagoda to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Statue Of Golden Buddha, then pause for some serene contemplation 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 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, pause for some serene contemplation at Domaine de Marie Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Son Pagoda, then get outside with Pine Track Adventures, and finally stop by XQ Vietnam.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Da Lat trip planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Da Lat in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

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.
On the 14th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

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Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cai Be.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Shopping

Cai Be

— 1 night
Cái Bè is a river-land mixed town in Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Cai Be Floating Market and then get the lay of the land with Mekong Rustic.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cai Be trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cai Be can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) 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

Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): paddle through the water with Countryside Adventures.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Getting from Cai Be to Ho Chi Minh City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Hanoi

— 2 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat). Museum-lovers will appreciate Lotte Observation Deck and Hanoi Police Museum. See some other sides of Hanoi: don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi day trip tool.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

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.