21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hue
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Da Lat
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  5​h
7
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
8
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: London

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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, classes, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An road trip tool .

London, UK to Hoi An is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in November: high temperatures in Hoi An hover around 33°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

3
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, parks, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: experience rural life at The Duck Stop, explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Hoi An to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

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 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of The Flag Tower, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue online trip planner .

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. November in Hue sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then get outside with Pine Track Adventures, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Da Lat trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Hue to Da Lat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Nha Tho Bao Loc ©
Nha Tho Bao Loc

3
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, walk around Cong Vien 30-4, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and do some two-wheel cruising with Countryside Adventures.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. November in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Duong Dong is known for wildlife, beaches, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside, get outside with Archipelago Anthoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, and don't miss a visit to Dinh Cau Rock (Cua Temple).

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Duong Dong trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Duong To
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Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom

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.
On the 1st (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Duong Dong to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to 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

4
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hanoi day trip app .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Adventure
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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