21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  9 h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— Few hours
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
2
Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
3
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
4
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Sapa
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  9 h 30 min
6
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
9
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Sydney

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hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City itinerary site.

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9- hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in March, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 40°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough 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
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

3
nights
Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island ©
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture.
Visiting Ong Lang Beach and Hon Thom Island will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Archipelago Anthoy, play a few rounds at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course, relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, and look for gifts at All Good Things Phu Quoc.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Phu Quoc Island tour itinerary site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Outdoors Parks Golf
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Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course ©
Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy
Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach

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 31st (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Halong Bay day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Phu Quoc Island to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

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 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, then see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally browse for treasures at 54 Traditions Gallery.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Y Linh Ho, then don't miss a visit to Fansipan Mountain, then take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): catch a live event at Sapa Ancient Rock Field, stop by Hang Da Village, then appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, and finally make a trip to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sapa holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Sapa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Tours
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop and then admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, then Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip app.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, taxi, and bus from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hue.

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
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tomb of Minh Mang. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Tombs and Thien Mu Pagoda. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space, and browse the exhibits of Green Bamboo Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hue tour planning app.

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. In April in Hue, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at My Khe Beach and Spas & Wellness. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Non Nuoc Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip planning website.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach

2
nights
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 (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then admire the verdant scenery at Datanla High Rope Course, then contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, admire the sheer force of Waterfall Bao Dai, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally get great views at Lam Vien Square.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Da Lat attractions planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours Outdoors Nature
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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