18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Hanoi
— 1 night
2
Sapa
— 1 night
bus:  9​h
3
Cat Ba
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Hanoi
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Hoi An
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
6
Da Nang
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
7
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
9
Nha Trang
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Zagreb

1
night
Hanoi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Quan Lan Beach, take a stroll through Old Quarter, explore the galleries of Tired City Bao Khanh, then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi road trip planning site .

Zagreb, Croatia to Hanoi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Indochina Time is 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Beaches
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

1
night
Sapa

Sapa ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), identify plant and animal life at Y Linh Ho, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, then wander the streets of Giang Ta Chai Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, then take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sapa vacation site .

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Tours
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Walking tours

3
nights
Cat Ba

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.
Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cua Van Floating Village and Ba Vang Pagoda. Step out of Cat Ba with an excursion to Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh in Halong Bay--about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Cat Ba Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cat Ba tour itinerary maker website .

Take a bus from Sapa to Cat Ba in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Halong Bay, Ba Vang Pagoda
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

few
hours
Hanoi

Hanoi
For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planner.

Getting from Cat Ba to Hanoi by bus takes about 2.5 hours. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Cantonese Assembly Hall, then view the masterpieces at Ha Ha - Art In Everything, and finally kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at An Bang Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An road trip site .

Fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Spas
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cantonese Assembly Hall ©
Cantonese Assembly Hall

2
nights
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Tien Sa Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at My Khe Beach, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then play a few rounds at Ba Na Hills Golf Club, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Canh Duong Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Da Nang online holiday builder .

Traveling by shuttle from Hoi An to Da Nang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Da Nang are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Beaches Tours

Side Trip

Canh Duong Beach
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My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Photography Tours
Spas

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Imperial City, step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, identify plant and animal life at Dam Chuon Huong Quan, and then kick back and relax at Thuan An Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hue itinerary planning site .

Take a bus from Da Nang to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Nine Dynastic Urns ©
Nine Dynastic Urns

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop and then stroll through Phong Nha Caves.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip maker website .

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

1
night
Nha Trang

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then pause for some serene contemplation at Bac Thanh Church.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang trip maker tool .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Nha Trang by combination of taxi and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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