28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

28 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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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
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Sapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Perfume River. Step off the beaten path and head to Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh and Royal Tombs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and don't miss a visit to Tu Dam Pagoda.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Hue planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hue is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Hue due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

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

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

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Yaly Couture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoi An: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District), Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho) and Da Nang (My Khe Beach & OASIS ART GALLERY). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain), steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hoi An online road trip planner.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. September in Hoi An sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can 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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Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yaly Couture ©
Yaly Couture

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Head to Nha Trang Center and Vinh Luong Marketfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Hon Chong, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nha Trang trip planning tool.

Getting from Hoi An to Nha Trang by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Food Tours
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang
Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho Waterfall

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.
On the 9th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, stop by DL Nature's, then explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Datanla Falls, get great views at Lam Vien Square, then take in the dramatic scenery at Elephant Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lam Ty Ni Pagoda, and finally admire the natural beauty at Dalat Flower Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Lat holiday planner.

Take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 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 Outdoors
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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 explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, then Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, and finally explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, explore the fascinating underground world of Dau Go Cave, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Da Lat to Halong Bay by combination of flight, car, and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can 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 outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Hospital Cave. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Trung Trang Cave. There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, don't miss a visit to Cannon Fort, explore the activities along Lan Ha Bay, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cat Ba day trip planning website.

Getting from Halong Bay to Cat Ba by ferry takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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 Fishing Charters & Tours and Nung Hill. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), get engrossed in the history at Vietnam National Museum of History, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planning app.

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

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), take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, then admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, and finally relax and rejuvenate 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), browse the eclectic array of goods at Sapa Market, and then make a short side trip with Day Trips.

Plan a Sapa trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

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 (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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): contemplate the waterfront views at Trang An Grottoes, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, and then make a trip to Tam Coc. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Thung Nham Bird Park, make a trip to Hoa Lu Temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Van Long Nature Reserve, and finally explore the ancient world of Hoa Lu Temple.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ninh Binh travel route planner.

Getting from Sapa to Ninh Binh by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Thung Nham Bird Park
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Van Long Nature Reserve ©
Van Long Nature Reserve
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Mua Caves ©
Mua Caves

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