43 days in Vietnam Itinerary

43 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Da Lat
— 4 nights
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Nha Trang
— 5 nights
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Hoi An
— 8 nights
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Hue
— 5 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Noi Bai International, Bus to Sapa
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Sapa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
Drive to Dinh Vu, Ferry to Cat Ba
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Cat Ba
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Halong Bay
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Duong Dong
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
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Da Lat

— 4 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.
Thien Vien Truc Lam and Linh Phuoc Pagoda will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Hang Cop Waterfall (Tiger's Cave Waterfall). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Lam Ty Ni Pagoda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dalat Cathedral, explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, and admire the striking features of Dalat Railway Station.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Da Lat travel planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Da Lat is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Nha Trang

— 5 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Popular historic sites such as Nha Tho Nui and Bac Thanh Church are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at 3D TrickEye Gallery and National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam. When in Nha Trang, make a side trip to see Bai Dai Beach in Cam Ranh, approximately Cam Ranh away. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, stroll through Hon Chong, kick back and relax at Doc Let Beach, and snap pictures at Tran Phu Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nha Trang trip builder app.

You can drive from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Hoi An

— 8 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.
Popular historic sites such as Mỹ Sơn and Cantonese Assembly Hall are in your itinerary. Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Thanh Cong Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Bang An Tower (in Dien Ban) and Da Nang (Food Tours, My Khe Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Yaly Couture, contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), and take in the awesome beauty at Son Tra Mountain.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip planner.

Fly from Nha Trang to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Hoi An are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Hue

— 5 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.
Let the collections at Hue War Museum and Hue Cultural Museum capture your imagination. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Perfume River will get you outdoors. Take a break from Hue with a short trip to Vinh Moc Tunnel in Dong Ha, about 2h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Xavier Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Historical and Revolutionary Museum, and snap pictures at Thanh Toan Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hue trip maker tool.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hue are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, experience rural life at The Duck Stop, and then Head underground at Paradise Cave.

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Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sapa

— 3 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sapa Culture Museum and The Stone Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muong Hoa Valley and Ban Ho Village. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fansipan Mountain, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Y Linh Ho, take in the dramatic scenery at Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls), and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews and other tourist information, go to the Sapa driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Sapa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Hanoi

— 3 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.
Vietnamese Women's Museum and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Chua Tran Quoc. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hanoi: Ninh Binh (Van Long Nature Reserve & Trang An Grottoes). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi route maker.

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Cat Ba

— 5 nights
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Fishing Charters & Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Hospital Cave. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lan Ha Bay, explore the fascinating underground world of Trung Trang Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach, and don't miss a visit to Cannon Fort.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba online tour planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Cat Ba by combination of car and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Halong Bay

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sung Sot Cave and Minh Chau beach. Get outdoors at Speed Boats Tours and Tien Ong Cave. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, Head underground at Dau Go Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bai Chay Beach, and head off the coast to Ti Top Island.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay route builder.

Traveling by ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 3 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
On the 29th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cao Dai Temple. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then play a few rounds at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course, and finally stop by The Green Boutique.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Duong Dong visit planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

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.