25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Wellington
Fly:  13 h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Hue
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
5
Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
6
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Sapa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
8
Soc Trang
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Wellington

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.
Get some historical perspective at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and The Independence Palace. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, and hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Wellington to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wellington in October, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Mỹ Sơn. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and The Marble Mountains. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, enjoy the sand and surf at Non Nuoc Beach, contemplate the long history of Cantonese Assembly Hall, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

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.
On the 5th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, thenexperience rural life at The Duck Stop, and then stroll through Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Hoi An to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

4
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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thuan An Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna Golf Lang Co and Nine Dynastic Urns. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, take in the exciting artwork at Green Bamboo Art Gallery, and step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace.

Plan a trip to Hue easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Laguna Golf Lang Co
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hue to Cat Ba by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Cua Van Floating Village
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cat Co 1 Beach ©
Cat Co 1 Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hanoi Police Museum. Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach, stop by Tired City Bao Khanh, and contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi route planner.

Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

2
nights
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 16th (Sat), look for gifts at Indigo Cat, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Y Linh Ho, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, and finally wander the streets of Giang Ta Chai Village. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Love Waterfall, thenget the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sapa road trip planner.

Drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Soc Trang.

Things to do in Sapa

Tours Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

2
nights
Soc Trang

Soc Trang ©
Sóc Trăng is a city in Vietnam. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vinh Hung Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bat Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Phat Hoc 2 Pagoda, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Fresh Water Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kh'leang Pagoda.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Soc Trang day trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sapa to Soc Trang. In November in Soc Trang, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Soc Trang

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Vinh Hung Pagoda ©
Vinh Hung Pagoda
Kh'leang Pagoda ©
Kh'leang Pagoda

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