20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: London
Train + Fly:  15 h
1
Hanoi
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Sapa
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Hanoi
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Halong Bay
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h 30 min
5
Hanoi
— Few hours
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Ninh Binh
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
7
Dong Hoi
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
8
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Hoi An
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  3 h
11
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  3 h
12
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
13
Can Tho
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  17 h 30 min
End: London

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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.
On the 26th (Sat), wander the streets of Old Quarter, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hanoi trip builder website.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh

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 27th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, then don't miss a visit to Fansipan Mountain, then don't miss a visit to Cat Cat village, and finally make a trip to Quang Truong Square.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sapa trip planner.

Drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Cat Cat village ©
Cat Cat village
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

1
night
Hanoi

Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Hanoi online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Sapa to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, and then Head underground at Tien Ong Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

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hours
Hanoi

Hanoi
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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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1
night
Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh ©
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.
On the 31st (Thu), Head underground at Trang An Grottoes, then Head underground at Mua Caves, and then don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Ninh Binh holiday maker site.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dong Hoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Mua Caves ©
Mua Caves
Bich Dong Pagoda ©
Bich Dong Pagoda

1
day
Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi
The pleasant seaside and port town of Dong Hoi sits close to a World Heritage Site national park.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dong Hoi trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or take a train. You will leave for Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Dong Hoi

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:

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 1st (Fri): stroll through Phong Nha Caves and then admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

1
night
Hue

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 3rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hue travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

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 4th (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and then make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge. On the next day, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An trip planner.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

3
nights
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.
Spend the 7th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, view the masterpieces at DDK's Black & White Photo Gallery, kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach, and see the interesting displays at Alexandre Yersin Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nha Trang trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Getting from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for Can Tho.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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night
Can Tho

Can Tho ©
The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
On the 11th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Munirangsyaram Pagoda and then don't miss a visit to Ong Temple.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Can Tho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In November in Can Tho, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Can Tho

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Tarot ©
Museum of Tarot
Ong Temple ©
Ong Temple
Binh Thuy ancient house ©
Binh Thuy ancient house

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