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 30​min
1
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Hoi An
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  3​h
4
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Da Lat
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
6
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
7
Cat Ba
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
8
Hanoi
— 3 nights
9
Sapa
— 2 nights
10
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  18​h
End: Tel Aviv

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Perfume River. Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Tu Dam Pagoda. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs, contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, take in the views from Thanh Toan Bridge, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue road trip website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hue is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Hue due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, then Head underground at Tien Son Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho), Da Nang (My Khe Beach, OASIS ART GALLERY, & more) and Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District). And it doesn't end there: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, view the masterpieces at Thanh Cong Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Non Nuoc Beach, and look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Duy Hieu branch.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Hoi An are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn, Hai Van Pass
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Hai Van Pass ©
Hai Van Pass

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ba Ho Waterfall and Hon Chong. Head to Nha Trang Center and Xom Moi Marketfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Vinh Luong Market.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho Waterfall
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, stop by DL Nature's, then contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Datanla Falls, get great views at Lam Vien Square, take in the dramatic scenery at Elephant Falls, then view the masterpieces at Lam Ty Ni Pagoda, and finally admire the natural beauty at Dalat Flower Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Da Lat journey planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Xuan Huong Lake ©
Xuan Huong Lake
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Elephant Falls ©
Elephant Falls

2
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.
On the 11th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Ti Top Island, then Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, then Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, then Head underground at Dau Go Cave, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Da Lat to Halong Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Speed Boats Tours
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

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.
Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cat Ba National Park and Cannon Fort. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lan Ha Bay, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head off the coast to Monkey Island, and Head underground at Hospital Cave.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba trip builder .

Traveling by ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cat Ba National Park ©
Cat Ba National Park

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, pause for some serene contemplation at Hanoi Evangelical Church, explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and get engrossed in the history at Vietnam National Museum of History.

Make your Hanoi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

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.
On the 19th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, stroll through Fansipan Mountain, then admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls), hunt for treasures at Sapa Market, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sapa itinerary planner .

Drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Sapa

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

3
nights
Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh ©
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the activities along Trang An Grottoes, explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, and then don't miss a visit to Tam Coc. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Thung Nham Bird Garden, then don't miss a visit to Hoa Lu Temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, then look for all kinds of wild species at Van Long Nature Reserve, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hoa Lu Temples.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ninh Binh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sapa to Ninh Binh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Thung Nham Bird Garden
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Van Long Nature Reserve ©
Van Long Nature Reserve
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Tam Coc ©
Tam Coc

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