26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam vacation planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
3
Cat Ba
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Hue
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
7
Da Nang
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Nha Trang
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Popular historic sites such as Ba Thien Hau Temple and Emperor Jade Pagoda are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at War Remnants Museum and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, do some two-wheel cruising with Countryside Adventures, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and browse the exhibits of The Independence Palace.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City tour builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get a bit warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sao Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Relax by the water at Long Beach and Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Duong Dong trip tool .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Bai Tu Long Bay will get you outdoors. Explore Cat Ba's surroundings by going to Pont Bai Chay (in Bai Chay) and Halong Bay (Sung Sot Cave, Hạ Long Bay, & more). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park and head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cat Ba trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Duong Dong to Cat Ba in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Halong Bay
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vietnamese Women's Museum and Ho Van - Van Mieu. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Quarter and Tired City Bao Khanh. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paradise Cave and Phong Nha Caves. Step out of the city life by going to The Duck Stop and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc, and Head underground at Son Doong Cave.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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.
Royal Tombs and Tomb of Minh Mang are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thanh Toan Bridge. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hue trip planner .

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Hue, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

3
nights
Da Nang

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Visit My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and The Marble Mountains. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Da Nang: Hoi An (Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) & Reaching Out Arts and Crafts) and Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Da Nang trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by bus from Hue to Da Nang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hoi An, Mỹ Sơn
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang and Long Thanh Photo Studio. Visiting Ba Ho Waterfall and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, see the interesting displays at Alexandre Yersin Museum, take in the exciting artwork at DDK's Black & White Photo Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nha Trang trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Da Nang to Nha Trang in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers

Similar Plans

28 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM MONACO July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM IRAQ October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Vietnam & Bangkok BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 28 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 28 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, kids, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, kids, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Vietnam & Cambodia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans