22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hue
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Da Lat
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
7
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Muscat

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like My Khe Beach and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Mỹ Sơn in Duy Xuyen District (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Non Nuoc Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An online tour planner .

Muscat, Oman to Hoi An is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Muscat to Hoi An due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Muscat in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 29°C in Hoi An. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Spas
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paradise Cave and Phong Nha Caves. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at The Duck Stop, Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip maker site .

You can drive from Hoi An to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

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
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Royal Tombs. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Tu Dam Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hue online trip maker .

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 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Food Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

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.
On the 12th (Thu), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then don't miss a visit to Dalat Railway Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then don't miss a visit to Crazy House.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Da Lat online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Hue to Da Lat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

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

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck and Cong Vien 30-4. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and take a stroll through Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda. On your second day here, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vietnamese Women's Museum and Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư. Take a break from Hanoi with a short trip to Tam Coc in Ninh Binh, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Tam Coc
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Spas
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

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