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
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Ha Giang
Drive
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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 Ha Long Quang Ninh, Bus to Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh
— 4 nights
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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
— 2 nights
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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.
To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hanoi trip itinerary site.

Zagreb, Croatia to Hanoi is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Indochina Time is 6 hours. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mu Cang Chai.

Things to do in Hanoi

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Mu Cang Chai

— 1 night
Mù Cang Chải is a rural district of Yên Bái Province, in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at La Pan Tan, take in the awesome beauty at Khau Pha Pass, and then don't miss a visit to Lim Mong Village.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mu Cang Chai driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai takes 7 hours. On the 25th (Sun), you're off to Sapa.

Things to do in Mu Cang Chai

Nature · Parks

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 25th (Sun): don't miss a visit to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sapa trip planner.

Getting from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bac Ha.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Bac Ha

— 1 night
On the 27th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Hoang A Tuong's Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bac Ha route planner.

Getting from Sapa to Bac Ha by combination of bus and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Bac Ha

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Ha Giang

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ha Giang holiday planner.

You can drive from Bac Ha to Ha Giang in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 27th (Tue), 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 find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cao Bang trip maker.

Traveling by car from Ha Giang to Cao Bang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 28th (Wed), you're off to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cao Bang

Nature · Parks · 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 29th (Thu), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach, and then wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi, train, car, and ferry from Cao Bang to Halong Bay in 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 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Transportation

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. Get a sense of the local culture at Bai Dinh Pagoda and Nhà xứ Phát Diệm. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and FLC Golf Links Samson. Change things up with these side-trips from Ninh Binh: Quat Lam Beach (in Nam Dinh) and Thung Nham Bird Park (in Ninh Hai). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, hunt for treasures at Rong Market Ninh Binh, and make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh in 7 hours. August in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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 4th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, then Head underground at Tien Son Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary app.

Getting from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can 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.
On the 6th (Fri), kick back and relax 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 7th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Hue itinerary tool.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) 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 8th (Sun), explore the galleries of Oasis Art Gallery, then explore the world behind art at 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang, then stroll through My Khe Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Hai Van Pass, take an in-depth tour of Da Nang Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, and finally stop by Namaka Jewelry.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Da Nang trip planning website.

Drive from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Da Nang sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to 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 10th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cua Dai Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Cotic, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cantonese Assembly Hall, and finally look for gifts at Hoa Nang Sunny Cloth Shop.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Da Nang to Hoi An by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Hoi An sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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. On the 11th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Statue Of Golden Buddha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterfall Bao Dai. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domaine de Marie Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Son Pagoda, then get outside with Pine Track Adventures, and finally stop by XQ Vietnam.

To find photos and tourist information, refer to the Da Lat online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Da Lat takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · 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 13th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then hunt for treasures 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City planning app.

You can fly from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive 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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Cai Be Floating Market and then get the lay of the land with Mekong Rustic.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cai Be day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough 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

On the 16th (Mon), paddle through the water with Countryside Adventures.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Cai Be to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Hanoi

— 2 nights
Let the collections at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and Hanoi Police Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of Literature & National University and Lotte Observation Deck. Spend the 18th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Explore Hanoi further: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi vacation builder app.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · 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.