31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
train + taxi:  7​h 30​min
2
Da Lat
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoi An
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
4
Hue
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  9​h 30​min
6
Ninh Binh
— 1 night
+2
bus + Drive + ferry:  6​h 15​min
7
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
8
Hanoi
— 3 nights
9
Sapa
— 2 nights
10
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Calgary

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ba Thien Hau Temple and Speed Boats Tours. Get in touch with nature at Dong Nai Culture And Nature Reserve and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, identify plant and animal life at Khu Du Lich Sinh Thai Cao Minh, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Huyen Sy, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City journey site .

Cairns, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Ho Chi Minh City is minus 3 hours. November in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Wed) before leaving for Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Dong Nai Province
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Speed Boats Tours

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Thien Vien Truc Lam and Da Lat King Palace I. Step out of the city life by going to Pine Track Adventures and Pongour Falls. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, admire the masterpieces at Lam Dong Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dalat Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Da Lat online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Pongour Falls
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mỹ Sơn and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and The Marble Mountains. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at An Bang Beach, steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), and make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hoi An online journey planner .

Fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mỹ Sơn, The Marble Mountains
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) ©
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien)

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 XQ Hand Embroidery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Imperial City and Thien Mu Pagoda. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Bach Ma National Park. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Nine Dynastic Urns.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hue road trip site .

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

5
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 discover tucked-away gems like Paradise Cave and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). Step out of the city life by going to Phong Nha Caves and U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo). When in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, make a side trip to see Ruc Mon Cave in Minh Hoa, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: experience rural life at The Duck Stop, contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park journey planner .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. You'll set off for Ninh Binh on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ruc Mon Cave
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

1
night
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 22nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh day trip planner.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ninh Binh in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nhà xứ Phát Diệm ©
Nhà xứ Phát Diệm

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Quan Lan Beach and Climbing Tours. Get in touch with nature at Minh Chau beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay by combination of bus and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trip

Quan Lan
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then see the interesting displays at Hanoi Police Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Old Quarter, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, then explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Hang Bong.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hanoi driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
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 28th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Fansipan Mountain, then look for all kinds of wild species at Y Linh Ho, then see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, take a stroll through Giang Ta Chai Village, and then don't miss a visit to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sapa journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Sapa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho

2
nights
Hanoi

On the 30th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, then view the masterpieces at Tired City Bao Khanh, then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and finally examine the collection at Gems Garden. On the next day, get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planner.

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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