20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Chamarel, Mauritius
Fly:  32​h
1
Da Lat
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
5
Sapa
— 1 night
6
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
7
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  6​h 15​min
8
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Chamarel, Mauritius

1
night
Da Lat

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 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bao Dai Waterfall (Thac Bao Dai), then admire the masterpieces at Trickland 3D Museum, and finally look for gifts at XQ Vietnam.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Lat tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cam Ranh.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks Shopping Wildlife
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Waterfall Bao Dai ©
Waterfall Bao Dai
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Trickland 3D Museum ©
Trickland 3D Museum

3
nights
Hoi An

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.
Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and An Bang Beach. Head to Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Maya Designfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Da Nang (Spas, Bao Tang Da Nang, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Marble Mountains, appreciate the extensive heritage of March Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien).

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Hoi An day trip planning site .

Fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Da Nang
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The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Fishing Charters & Tours
Maya Design ©
Maya Design

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Hue Local Farmer's Direct Sales Store, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, then make a trip to Tu Dam Pagoda, and finally look for gifts at Healing the Wounded Heart Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue online trip planner .

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. November in Hue sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
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 20th (Wed): stroll through Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach), then explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop, then Head underground at Tien Son Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): stroll through Phong Nha Botanic Garden, Head underground at Paradise Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Dong Hoi
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Y Linh Ho, then look for gifts at Indigo Cat, then take a stroll through Giang Ta Chai Village, and finally take a stroll through Ta Phin Village. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley and then browse the fresh offerings at Tam Duong Market.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sapa route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Sapa takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Tam Duong Market
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Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hanoi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, then take an in-depth tour of Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay sightseeing planning website .

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. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Long Tien Pagoda ©
Long Tien Pagoda

3
nights
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 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then don't miss a visit to Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, and finally make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ninh Binh road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh takes 6.5 hours. In November in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Van Long Nature Reserve ©
Van Long Nature Reserve
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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