23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Hoi An
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  3 h
2
Nha Trang
— 1 night
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
8
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  22 h
End: Calgary

3
nights
Hoi An

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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the artistry at Henna Art Hoi An, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains.

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

Calgary, Canada to Hoi An is an approximately 19.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in April: high temperatures in Hoi An hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the views from Tran Phu Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nha Trang vacation maker website.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Tran Phu Bridge ©
Tran Phu Bridge

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 nightlife, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City attractions website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Shopping Tours
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Duong Dong is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside, steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, indulge your taste buds at Floating Village Rach Vem, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Duong To, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau ©
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and then view the masterpieces at Truc Chi Garden.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hue road trip planner.

Getting from Duong Dong to Hue by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, and take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park vacation 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi road trip app.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Monkey Island, step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

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