19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  19​h 30​min
1
Halong Bay
— 1 day
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
2
Hanoi
— 2 nights
3
Sapa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Da Lat
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Brussels

1
day
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Halong Bay route planning tool .

Brussels, Belgium to Halong Bay is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also fly. Traveling from Brussels to Halong Bay, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Long Tien Pagoda ©
Long Tien Pagoda

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hanoi journey planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Food Tours

2
nights
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 16th (Fri): appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, then make a trip to Deo Tram Ton, and then admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapa itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Sapa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Sapa

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

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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, wildlife, nightlife, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at The Duck Stop, explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, and stroll through Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

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Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Hue Temple, then browse the different shops at Big C Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hue sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Hoi An sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Food Tours
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

2
nights
Da Lat

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Datanla Falls, make a trip to Crazy House, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Da Lat trip maker .

Getting from Hoi An to Da Lat by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours Outdoors Nature
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

4
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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.
Pamper yourself for a day on the 29th (Thu) at some of the top local wellness centers. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. August in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Spas Tours Trails
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Food Tours

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