22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Cat Ba
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
3
Hoi An
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Sapa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Muscat

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Van Long Nature Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mua Caves and Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural. When in Hanoi, make a side trip to see Tam Coc in Ninh Binh, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc and examine the collection at Vietnamese Women's Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hanoi driving holiday planning site .

Muscat, Oman to Hanoi is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Muscat to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ninh Binh
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Van Long Nature Reserve ©
Van Long Nature Reserve
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

4
nights
Cat Ba

The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Cat Ba National Park. Get in touch with nature at Bai Tu Long Bay and Sung Sot Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cat Ba: Halong Bay (Tien Ong Cave, Dau Go Cave, & more). There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fishing Charters & Tours
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Mỹ Sơn are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Non Nuoc Beach and Thermal Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho) and Da Nang (My Khe Beach & Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain)). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at Thanh Cong Art Gallery, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An itinerary app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Cat Ba to Hoi An in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hai Van Pass, Mỹ Sơn
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thermal Spas
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
Do your shopping at Dong Ba Market and Big C Market. Popular historic sites such as Royal Tombs and Tomb of Minh Mang are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, snap pictures at Thanh Toan Bridge, contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, and take an in-depth tour of Hue Cultural Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hue trip planner .

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Hue, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

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

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 18th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, experience rural life at The Duck Stop, and then make a trip to Phong Nha Caves.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary maker site .

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 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Muong Hoa Valley and Fansipan Mountain. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Spas. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Deo Tram Ton, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), and examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Sapa tour planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Sapa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Walking tours

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