29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly:  1​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
2
Hanoi
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Hanoi
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Da Nang
— 1 night
train:  3​h
6
Hue
— 2 nights
shuttle:  3​h
7
Hoi An
— 3 nights
shuttle:  1​h
8
Da Nang
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
An Thoi
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
10
Ho Chi Minh City
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: George Town, Penang Island


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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.
For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City travel route planner.

George Town, Malaysia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. December in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll set off for Hanoi on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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1
night
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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay day trip tool .

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 will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

5
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
You've now added Perfume Pagoda to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Hanoi to Ninh Binh to see Mua Caves about 1h 20 min away. Enjoy Hanoi some more: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, make a trip to Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural, hunt for treasures at Dong Xuan Market, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Hanoi planning tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mua Caves
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Da Nang

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.
To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Da Nang trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Da Nang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours Shopping Outdoors
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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.
Spend the 15th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and browse the different shops at Big C Market.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hue attractions planning app .

Getting from Da Nang to Hue by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Hue are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

3
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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, classes, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Old House of Tan Ky.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hoi An tour planner.

Getting from Hue to Hoi An by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

4
nights
Da Nang

Step out of Da Nang with an excursion to Mỹ Sơn in Duy Xuyen District--about 1h 10 min away. Explore Da Nang further: explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the views from Dragon Bridge, and make a trip to Lady Buddha.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Da Nang attractions tool .

You can take a shuttle from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to An Thoi.

Things to do in Da Nang

Theme Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Mỹ Sơn
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Food Tours
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ©
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

5
nights
An Thoi

An Thoi ©
An Thoi is known for beaches, theme parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Archipelago Anthoy, take a leisurely stroll along Ham Ninh Pier, admire the sheer force of Phu Quoc Waterfall, and steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read An Thoi trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Da Nang to An Thoi takes 4 hours. You'll set off for Ho Chi Minh City on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in An Thoi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Ham Ninh, Duong To, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc

5
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ho Chi Minh City: The Robert Taylor Museum Of Worldwide Arms (in Vung Tau) and Buu Long Mountain (in Bien Hoa). See even more of Ho Chi Minh City: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City road trip planner .

You can fly from An Thoi to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

The Robert Taylor Museum Of Worldwide Arms, Buu Long Mountain
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

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