22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Sapa
— 2 nights
2
Hanoi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Cat Ba
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
4
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Muscat

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Muong Hoa Valley and Walking tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fansipan Mountain and Spas. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Y Linh Ho, make a trip to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass, and get out on two wheels at Hang Da Village.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sapa online trip maker .

Muscat, Oman to Sapa is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Muscat to Sapa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

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

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư and Hanoi Police Museum. Get in touch with nature at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi sightseeing planner.

Drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
nights
Cat Ba

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like 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). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cat Ba trip builder site .

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to My Khe Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of the city life by going to Non Nuoc Beach and The Marble Mountains. There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the wide array of goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Cat Ba to Hoi An in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Royal Tombs. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, and don't miss a visit to Tu Dam Pagoda.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hue driving holiday website .

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hue are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Food Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Cave and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). Visiting Phong Nha Caves and Son Doong Cave will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online journey planner .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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, take in panoramic vistas at Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and explore the galleries of The Independence Palace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City road trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ho Chi Minh City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Spas
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Spas
Chinatown (Cho Lon) -  District 5 ©
Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5

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