56 days in Vietnam Itinerary

56 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly to Noi Bai International, Bus to Cai Vieng Ferry
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Cat Ba
— 3 nights
Bus
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Hanoi
— 8 nights
Fly
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 7 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 6 nights
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Da Lat
— 6 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 8 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 6 nights
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Cat Ba

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bai Tu Long Bay and Cat Ba National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Pont Bai Chay (in Bai Chay) and Halong Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Bãi Cháy Bridge, &more). There's more to do: head off the coast to Cat Ba Island.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cat Ba trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Cat Ba is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Hanoi

— 8 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Ngoc Son Temple. On the 9th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), make a trip to Long Bien Bridge, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Phong Nha Caves and The Duck Stop. Step out of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to go to Son Trach and see Hang Toi (Dark Cave), which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hue

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hue trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Hue, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Hoi An

— 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maya Design. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Da Nang (Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, Bao Tang Da Nang, &more). On the 29th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An road trip planning website.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. March in Hoi An sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nha Trang

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ba Ho Waterfall and Nha Tho Nui. Spend the 2nd (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Parish Church, take in the natural beauty of Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, and view the masterpieces at Long Thanh Photo Studio.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nha Trang online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Da Lat

— 6 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Thien Vien Truc Lam and Xuan Huong Lake. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Datanla Falls, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Da Lat trip itinerary site.

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 8 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bai Tắm Sao and Long Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duong Dong: Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (in Ganh Dau), Thien Vien Truc Lam Ho Quoc (Ho Quoc Pagoda) (in Duong To) and An Thoi (May Rut Island & Gam Ghi Island). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Vinpearl Safari, stop by From Vietnam Fair Trade & Gift Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, and relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Mushroom.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Duong Dong road trip planner.

Fly from Da Lat to Duong Dong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and FITO Museum. Take a break from Ho Chi Minh City with a short trip to Hoi Khanh Pagoda in Thu Dau Mot, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.