52 days in Vietnam Itinerary

52 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly to Noi Bai International Airport, Drive to Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
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Hue
— 3 nights
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Hoi An
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 4 nights
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Da Lat
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 6 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 7 nights
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Cat Ba
— 5 nights
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Hanoi
— 6 nights
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Ninh Binh

— 3 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.
Take a break from Ninh Binh with a short trip to Bai Dinh Pagoda in Gia Sinh, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Minh Trang Handmade, and make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda.

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Portland, USA to Ninh Binh is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Portland to Ninh Binh. Traveling from Portland in October, expect nights in Ninh Binh to be much hotter, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, nightlife, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Hue

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Imperial City will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, enjoy some diversion at Hope Center Hue, look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop, and contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hue road trip planner.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Hue sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Hoi An

— 6 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.
Attractions like Spas and Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (Tran Thi Ly Bridge, Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, &more). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, experience rural life at Tra Que Minty Garden, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Hoi An trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can fly to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Nha Trang

— 4 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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Legendary Chocolatier make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, take in the exciting artwork at Long Thanh Photo Studio, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang online itinerary maker.

Getting from Hoi An to Nha Trang by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

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.
Da Lat is known for nature, adventure, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, and appreciate the views at Datanla High Rope Course.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Lat day trip website.

You can take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Ho Chi Minh City

— 6 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.
Kids will enjoy Kayaking & Canoeing and Central Post Office. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · 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.
Attractions like Green Hat Holiday and Tranquility Spa make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duong Dong: An Thoi (May Rut Island & Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park) and Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (in Ganh Dau). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside, enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Lang Beach, play a few rounds at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tranh Stream.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Duong Dong vacation builder tool.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Pont Bai Chay. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, relax and rejuvenate at Royal Spa, wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village, and Head underground at Sung Sot Cave.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay online route planner.

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 26th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uong Bi (Ba Vang Pagoda & Yen Tu Mountain). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Cat Ba Island, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Trung Trang Cave, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Vu Nguyen Family Massage.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Attractions like Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Walking tours make great kid-friendly stops. Make the 4th (Sat) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's much more to do: visit Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi journey tool.

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

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.