22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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22 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Da Lat
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  9​h
6
Cat Ba
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Muscat

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Tan Son Nhat Golf Course. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City road trip planning tool .

Muscat, Oman to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Muscat to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Muscat in September, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Spas Museums
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Spas
Saigon ©
Saigon

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Linh Phuoc Pagoda and Pine Track Adventures. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Hang Nga Guest House and Art Gallery, admire the sheer force of Elephant Falls, and appreciate the history behind Statue Of Golden Buddha.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Da Lat trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Pongour Falls
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Spas
Statue Of Golden Buddha ©
Statue Of Golden Buddha

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 Thermal Spas and Cantonese Assembly Hall. Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Phu Tho to see Hai Van Pass about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at An Bang Beach, stop by Sun Cloth Shop, and admire the landmark architecture of Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Da Lat to Hoi An by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hai Van Pass
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Thermal Spas
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Hai Van Pass ©
Hai Van Pass

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.
On the 11th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Tu Dam Pagoda, explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally stop by Healing the Wounded Heart Shop. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bach Ma National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hue trip planner .

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Bach Ma National Park ©
Bach Ma National Park
Tu Dam Pagoda ©
Tu Dam Pagoda
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Cave and Phong Nha Caves. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, and experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island, snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, then take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village, and then take an in-depth tour of Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Cat Ba online road trip planner .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Cat Ba by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Tours Transportation Outdoors

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cua Van Floating Village ©
Cua Van Floating Village
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

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.
On the 18th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh, and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Hanoi Police Museum, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Spas

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Phố đi bộ Nguyễn Huệ and The Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument. Enjoy Ho Chi Minh City some more: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and do some two-wheel cruising with Countryside Adventures.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City road trip website .

You can fly from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Parks Trails
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Spas & Wellness
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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