49 days in Vietnam Itinerary

49 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 6 nights
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Ninh Binh
— 1 night
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
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Hue
— 5 nights
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Hoi An
— 8 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 7 nights
Fly
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Con Son
— 3 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 7 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
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Hanoi

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Vietnam Fast Tours. Get some cultural insight at Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison. On the 17th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), explore the galleries of Empty Wall Gallery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi road trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Ninh Binh

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stop by Minh Trang Handmade, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Mai Spa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 3 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.
Visiting Son Doong Cave and U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo) will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, and contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online travel planner.

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Imperial City and Tomb of Minh Mang. You'll explore and learn at Gakka Art Gallery and Green Bamboo Art Gallery. Spend the 25th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Phu Cam Cathedral, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hue trip itinerary maker.

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 April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mỹ Sơn and Chien Dan Cham Tower. Take a break from the city and head to Cua Dai Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (The Gioi Tranh Dep, Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, browse the exhibits of Ly Ly Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Jack's Cat Cafe, and look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Hoi An trip planner.

Getting from Hue to Hoi An by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In April in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Long Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Long Thanh Photo Studio and Mai Loc Photo Gallery. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Parish Church, and look for gifts at Legendary Chocolatier.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang sightseeing site.

You can fly from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Tours

Ho Chi Minh City

— 7 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.
War Remnants Museum and Drink Vietnam are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi and Coeverything. On the 13th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, see the interesting displays at Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the galleries of Vietnam Silver House.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Con Son.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Con Son

— 3 nights

Devil's Island

Taking a vacation in Con Son is like stepping back in time, with the island of around 5,000 people offering a glimpse into what life in Vietnam was like before television and other modern conveniences arrived.
Popular historic sites such as Van Son Pagoda and Hang Da Duc Me are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Con Dao Musuem and Hang Duong Cemetary. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bãi Đầm Trầu, contemplate the waterfront views at An Hai Lake, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Ong Dung Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Con Son trip planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Son by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Con Son

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 7 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Visiting Ong Lang Beach and Phu Quoc Jeep Tour will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Cao Dai Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda (in Ganh Dau) and Bai Tắm Sao (in An Thoi). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at Luna Thai Spa, enjoy the sand and surf at Thom Beach, and head outdoors with Archipelago Anthoy.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip planner.

Fly from Con Son to Duong Dong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Halong Bay

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hạ Long Bay and Cat Ba Island. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Royal Spa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip tool.

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

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.