21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— Few hours
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
4
Hanoi
— 2 nights
5
Sapa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  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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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.
On the 27th (Wed), ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City online trip itinerary maker .

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 40°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can 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

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Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island ©
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course and Ho Quoc pagoda. Get in touch with nature at Ong Lang Beach and Archipelago Anthoy. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Phu Quoc Countryside, enjoy the sand and surf at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, look for gifts at All Good Things Phu Quoc, and take in the exciting artwork at Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA).

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Phu Quoc Island trip planner .

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 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Outdoors Parks Golf
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay attractions planning app .

Fly from Phu Quoc Island to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
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, take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take a stroll through Old Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi travel route builder .

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

Things to do in Hanoi

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

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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 take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, then make a trip to Love Waterfall, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: see where the action happens at Sapa Ancient Rock Field, then do some two-wheel cruising with Hang Da Village, then admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sapa trip itinerary app .

Getting from Hanoi to Sapa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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 Trails
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at The Duck Stop and then take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and then Head underground at Paradise Cave.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car 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
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tomb of Minh Mang and Royal Tombs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Imperial City and Tomb of Tu Duc. Spend the 9th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple, and view the masterpieces at Green Bamboo Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Hue trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and The Marble Mountains will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Nony Leather, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An vacation planner .

Getting from Hue to Hoi An by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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): push the limits with an extreme tour, then delve into the lush surroundings at Datanla High Rope Course, then contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then admire the sheer force of Bao Dai Waterfall (Thac Bao Dai), then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Da Lat sightseeing planning app .

Fly from Hoi An to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Da Lat

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

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