36 days in Vietnam Itinerary

36 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly + Bus:  21 h 15 min
1
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  2 h 45 min
4
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
5
Da Lat
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Drive + Ferry:  6 h 30 min
8
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
9
Hanoi
— 8 nights
Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Hoi An

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.
Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Da Nang to see Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, and explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hoi An road trip planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Hoi An is an approximately 23- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 12 hour difference. In July, Hoi An is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Take a break from Duong Dong with a short trip to Kim Quy Island in An Thoi, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Archipelago Anthoy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Mushroom, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Duong Dong itinerary website.

You can fly from Hoi An to Duong Dong in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Duong To, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, Kim Quy Island, Happy Farm PQ
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Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom
Happy Farm PQ ©
Happy Farm PQ

4
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

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.
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, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City attractions planning site.

Getting from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Nha Trang

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Change things up with a short trip to Vietnam - Russia Monument in Cam Ranh (about 1 hour away). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, and examine the collection at Alexandre Yersin Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nha Trang trip maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Theme Parks Tours

Side Trip

Vietnam - Russia Monument
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda

3
nights
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.
Da Lat is known for nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, hunt for treasures at Dalat Market, and admire the verdant scenery at Datanla High Rope Course.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Da Lat trip itinerary builder tool.

Take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
Hue is known for historic sites, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, see Off-Road Tours, make a trip to The Flag Tower, and browse the exhibits of Truc Chi Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue trip planner.

Getting from Da Lat to Hue by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

3
nights
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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Son Doong Cave, explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, and take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online travel planner.

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halong Bay: Cat Ba (Cat Ba National Park, Cat Ba Island, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, flight, and ferry from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Halong Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Cat Ba
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

8
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.
Take a break from Hanoi with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Ninh Binh, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Quarter, get outside with Outdoor Activities, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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