21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Cebu City, Cebu Island
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— Few hours
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Con Son
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Da Lat
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Da Nang
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Cebu City, Cebu Island

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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 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City driving holiday planning tool .

Cebu City, Philippines to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time to Indochina Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Cebu City in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ho Chi Minh City: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Phu Quoc Island.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

4
nights
Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island ©
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture.
Relax by the water at Ong Lang Beach and Sao Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Archipelago Anthoy and Ho Quoc pagoda. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, view the masterpieces at Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA), and explore and take pictures at Phu Quoc Countryside.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Phu Quoc Island day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Con Son.

Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy

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night
Con Son

Con Son ©
Taking a vacation in Con Son is like stepping back in time, with the island of around 5,000 people offering a glimpse into what life in Vietnam was like before television and other modern conveniences arrived.
On the 6th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bãi Đầm Trầu.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Con Son trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Phu Quoc Island to Con Son takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Con Son

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Bãi Đầm Trầu ©
Bãi Đầm Trầu

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Datanla High Rope Course. Visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda and Thien Vien Truc Lam for their historical value. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bao Dai Waterfall (Thac Bao Dai), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát, contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake, and take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Da Lat road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Con Son to Da Lat takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at My Khe Beach and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). Get in touch with nature at Non Nuoc Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. When in Da Nang, make a side trip to see Scuba & Snorkeling in Hoi An, approximately 56 minutes away. There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Da Nang trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Da Nang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March in Da Nang, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hoi An
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My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tomb of Minh Mang and Tomb of Tu Duc. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Imperial City and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. Spend the 14th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs, explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space, and buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hue road trip site .

You can drive from Da Nang to Hue in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Phong Nha Caves and Paradise Cave. Get outdoors at The Duck Stop and Son Doong Cave. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, examine the collection at Vietnamese Women's Museum, and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi route planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

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