28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16​h
1
Hoi An
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Sapa
— 2 nights
5
Hanoi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Cat Ba
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
7
Halong Bay
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

6
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.
Get outdoors at Non Nuoc Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Thermal Spas and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoi An: Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho), Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Da Nang (Food Tours, My Khe Beach, & more). There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), make a trip to Ancient House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hainan Assembly Hall.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An trip builder app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hoi An is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Hoi An is 5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn, Hai Van Pass
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 29:
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Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Royal Tombs. There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, snap pictures at Thanh Toan Bridge, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hue trip planning site .

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Photography Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs

2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, Head underground at Tien Son Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Tam Toa Church and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip planning website .

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Dong Hoi
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Tam Toa Church ©
Tam Toa Church

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Muong Hoa Valley and Love Waterfall. Get outdoors at Fansipan Mountain and Walking tours. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Deo Tram Ton.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sapa sightseeing website .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Sapa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Spas
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Chua Tran Quoc. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Nung Hill. There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural, and examine the collection at Vietnamese Women's Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip tool .

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Monkey Island. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Cat Ba National Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cat Ba planner .

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cat Ba National Park ©
Cat Ba National Park

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Speed Boats Tours and Bai Tu Long Bay. Take a break from the city and head to Sung Sot Cave and Dau Go Cave. Step out of Halong Bay to go to Quan Lan and see Minh Chau beach, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Bai Chay Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Thien Canh Son Cave, stroll through Ti Top Beach, and head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay day trip planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay takes 3 hours. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Minh Chau beach
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
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Speed Boats Tours
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

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