30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Sapa
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Ferry:  10 h 30 min
3
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+4
Ferry + Drive + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h 30 min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Hue
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
6
Da Nang
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
7
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
9
Phan Thiet
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Cat Tien National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h
11
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 15 min
12
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Auckland

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trang An Grottoes and Hoan Kiem District Library. There's still lots to do: stop by Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Hanoi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trang An Grottoes
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes

3
nights
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 26th (Sun): make a trip to Deo Tram Ton, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, and then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley and then make a trip to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapa journey planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Sapa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Halong Bay

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bai Tu Long Bay and Hạ Long Bay. Explore hidden gems such as Sung Sot Cave and Tien Ong Cave. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, and step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay online driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Sapa to Halong Bay in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at The Duck Stop and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park planner.

Getting from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by combination of ferry, flight, and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tu Dam Pagoda and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Imperial City, then browse the different shops at Big C Market, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hue itinerary maker app.

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 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Photography Tours and Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain). Escape the urban bustle at My Khe Beach and The Marble Mountains. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach, hunt for treasures at Bac My An Market, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the views from Tran Thi Ly Bridge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Da Nang trip itinerary site.

You can take a bus from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) ©
Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain)
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Chuc Thanh Pagoda. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Da Nang to Hoi An takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Datanla High Rope Course and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Da Lat day trip planner.

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 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Phan Thiet.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Phan Thiet

Phan Thiet ©
An emerging coastal getaway, the city of Phan Thiet has always been known for its fishing industry and, in particular, as a center of fish sauce production.
On the 14th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Khu du lich Ta Cu, take in the awesome beauty at Ta Cu Mountain, then get engrossed in the history at Ho Chi Minh Museum, and finally get outside with Ananda Beachwear. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in breathtaking views at Red Canyon, enjoy the sand and surf at Bai Da Ong Dia Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), and finally explore the striking landscape at Red Sand Dunes.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Phan Thiet travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Phan Thiet takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cat Tien National Park.

Things to do in Phan Thiet

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
Ta Cu Mountain ©
Ta Cu Mountain
Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien) ©
Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien)
Red Sand Dunes ©
Red Sand Dunes

1
night
Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park
To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cat Tien National Park online road trip planner.

You can drive from Phan Thiet to Cat Tien National Park in 5 hours. On the 16th (Sat), you're off to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Cat Tien National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

1
night
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
On the 17th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, then look for gifts at Sava Coffee Shop, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Duong Dong attractions planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cat Tien National Park to Duong Dong. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Sava Coffee Shop ©
Sava Coffee Shop

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, play a few rounds at Tan Son Nhat Golf Course, see the interesting displays at FITO Museum, and take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

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

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Tan Son Nhat Golf Course ©
Tan Son Nhat Golf Course

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