22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  13​h
1
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Hoi An
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
5
Cat Ba
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Hanoi
— 2 nights
7
Sapa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Muscat

2
nights
Nha Trang

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Escape the urban bustle at Ba Ho Waterfall and Hon Chong. Step off the beaten path and head to Nha Tho Nui and Sunrise Gaming Club. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, and snap pictures at Tran Phu Bridge.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nha Trang online itinerary planner .

Muscat, Oman to Nha Trang is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks Nature Spas
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Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho Waterfall
Hon Chong ©
Hon Chong

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tu Dam Pagoda. There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Nha Trang to Hue by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): make a trip to Phong Nha Caves, Head underground at Tien Son Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip app .

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 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thermal Spas and Hai Van Pass. Venture out of the city with trips to Da Nang (My Khe Beach & Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain)) and Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District). There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), take an in-depth tour of Hoi An Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cantonese Assembly Hall.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn, Hai Van Pass
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thermal Spas
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Sung Sot Cave. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bai Tu Long Bay and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cat Ba side-trips: Halong Bay (Tien Ong Cave & Dau Go Cave). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, Head underground at Hospital Cave, head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cat Ba itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hoi An to Cat Ba takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Nung Hill. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, make a trip to Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hanoi road trip tool .

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Walking tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

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.
On the 20th (Fri), admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, then examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Deo Tram Ton, then make a trip to Love Waterfall, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sapa online holiday builder .

Getting from Hanoi to Sapa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sapa

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

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