31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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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
Bus:  5 h 30 min
9
Sapa
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
10
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Calgary

4
nights
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.
War Remnants Museum and The Independence Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ba Thien Hau Temple and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Huyen Sy, and make a trip to Bitexco Financial Tower.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Cairns, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time 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

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.
Lam Dong Museum and Da Lat King Palace I will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Thien Vien Truc Lam and Dalat Cathedral. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, pause for some serene contemplation at Domaine de Marie Church, admire the sheer force of Pongour Falls, and get outside with Pine Track Adventures.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Lat trip planner.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites Nature Museums

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Mỹ Sơn are in your itinerary. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and An Bang Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and visit The Timeless Hoi An.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An road trip planner.

You can fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Hoi An are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive 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
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
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 Thien Mu Pagoda. Visit Imperial City and Nine Dynastic Urns for their historical value. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Bach Ma National Park. It doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at XQ Hand Embroidery.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hue trip site.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Phong Nha Caves and Paradise Cave. Escape the urban bustle at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo) and The Duck Stop. Step out of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to go to Minh Hoa and see Ruc Mon Cave, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel to Ninh Binh.

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
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh day trip tool.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ninh Binh by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Quan Lan Beach and Minh Chau beach. There's still lots to do: glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and take an in-depth tour of Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Transportation Adventure

Side Trip

Quan Lan
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Minh Chau beach ©
Minh Chau beach

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then examine the collection at Hanoi Police Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, then admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and finally take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hanoi online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Nature & Wildlife 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 28th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, then stroll through Y Linh Ho, then see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church). On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, stop by Giang Ta Chai Village, and then make a trip to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sapa, use our trip itinerary maker.

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

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks 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 look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh, then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and finally see the interesting displays at Gems Garden. On your second day here, cast your line with a fishing tour.

Discover how to plan a Hanoi trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

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