20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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
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
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
7
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Madison

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Cao Dai Temple. Get in touch with nature at Ong Lang Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Duong Dong to go to An Thoi and see Starfish Beach, which is approximately 34 minutes away.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Duong Dong attractions planning website .

Madison, USA to Duong Dong is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Madison to Duong Dong. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get out on two wheels at Countryside Adventures.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Trails
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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.
On the 30th (Thu), kick back and relax at An Bang Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Marble Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Da Nang online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January, things will get slightly colder in Da Nang: highs are around 77°F and lows about 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Hoi An
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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.
On the 1st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally don't miss a visit to The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon). On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hue trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Da Nang to Hue in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in Hue, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves, admire the sheer force of Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave and then Head underground at Paradise Cave.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip maker app .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Tired City Bao Khanh and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat). Get some historical perspective at Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. On the 6th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. On the 8th (Sat), you're off toHalong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
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 8th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip planning app .

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 take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

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

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