26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sihanoukville
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Chau Doc
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Can Tho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  3​h
6
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hue
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Hanoi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Sapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
11
Halong Bay
— 4 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
12
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Singapore

1
night
Chau Doc

Chau Doc ©
On the 1st (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Chau Doc Food Market.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Chau Doc trip itinerary builder site .

Sihanoukville, Cambodia to Chau Doc is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. In May, daytime highs in Chau Doc are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Can Tho.

Things to do in Chau Doc

Nature Parks Shopping
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Chau Doc Food Market ©
Chau Doc Food Market

1
night
Can Tho

Can Tho ©
The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Can Tho road trip tool .

You can drive from Chau Doc to Can Tho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Can Tho can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Can Tho

Shopping
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Cai Rang Floating Market ©
Cai Rang Floating Market

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Le Thi Rieng Culture Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In May in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Food Tours

2
nights
Da Lat

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Linh Phuoc Pagoda and DL Nature's. There's more to do: make a trip to Lam Vien Square.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Da Lat sightseeing planning tool .

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. You will leave for Nha Trang on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites Shopping
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Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
DL Nature's ©
DL Nature's

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.
Nha Tho Nui has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nha Trang Beach and XQ Hand Embroidery. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang online travel planner .

You can take a bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Nha Tho Nui ©
Nha Tho Nui

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Tra Que Minty Garden.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours
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Tra Que Minty Garden ©
Tra Que Minty Garden
Walking tours

1
night
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 13th (Fri): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hue tour planner .

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Tours
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Food Tours

1
night
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 16th (Mon), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Old Quarter and then browse for treasures at Miranda's Jewelry.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Hue to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Deo Tram Ton and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village, then take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, and then don't miss a visit to Quang Truong Square.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sapa online itinerary maker .

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Spas
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Thermal Spas
Deo Tram Ton ©
Deo Tram Ton

3
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Collective Memory. Explore Hanoi further: wander the streets of Old Quarter, get your game on at Trap Viet Nam, and contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi online trip planner .

Drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for Halong Bay on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Photography Tours

4
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.
You've now added Halong Lavender Cruises to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halong Bay: Cat Ba Island (in Cat Ba) and Yen Tu Mountain (in Uong Bi). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge, explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for Hanoi on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba Island
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Halong Lavender Cruises ©
Halong Lavender Cruises
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

2
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pho Linh Temple. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then take a stroll through Old Quarter.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi online trip itinerary maker .

You can 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. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Pho Linh Temple ©
Pho Linh Temple
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Photography Tours

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