20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Madison
Bus + Fly:  29 h
1
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Da Nang
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
7
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Drive + Fly + Bus:  29 h
End: Madison

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ong Lang Beach and Long Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Vung Bau Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Sao Beach in An Thoi (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, look for gifts at The Green Boutique, don't miss a visit to Cao Dai Temple, and explore the activities along Fingernail Island.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip maker tool.

Madison, USA to Duong Dong is an approximately 29- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Indochina Time is 13 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach

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.
On the 28th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): paddle through the water with Countryside Adventures.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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 30th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach and then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Da Nang trip planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January: high temperatures in Da Nang hover around 77°F and lows are around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Hoi An
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then 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. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Da Nang to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in January, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, then admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

3
nights
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.
Visit Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh, and take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
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 8th (Sat): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

You can plan Halong Bay trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Fishing Charters & Tours

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