30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Mu Cang Chai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Sapa
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Bac Ha
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Ha Giang
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Cao Bang
— Few hours
+3
bus + taxi + bus + ferry:  15​h
7
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  6​h 30​min
8
Ninh Binh
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Hue
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
11
Da Nang
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
12
Hoi An
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
13
Da Lat
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
14
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
15
Cai Be
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
17
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Zagreb

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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 see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

Zagreb, Croatia to Hanoi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zagreb to Hanoi is 6 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Mu Cang Chai.

Things to do in Hanoi

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh

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Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai ©
Mù Cang Chải is a rural district of Yên Bái Province, in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): go for a walk through La Pan Tan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Khau Pha Pass, and then don't miss a visit to Lim Mong Village.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mu Cang Chai itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai. On the 25th (Sun), you're off toSapa.

Things to do in Mu Cang Chai

Parks Nature
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Khau Pha Pass ©
Khau Pha Pass
Lim Mong Village ©
Lim Mong Village
La Pan Tan ©
La Pan Tan

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): make a trip to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapa trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Bac Ha.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Shopping
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho
Sapa Culture Museum ©
Sapa Culture Museum

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Bac Ha

Bac Ha ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Hoang A Tuong's Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bac Ha itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Sapa to Bac Ha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Bac Ha

Historic Sites
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Hoang A Tuong's Castle ©
Hoang A Tuong's Castle

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Ha Giang

Ha Giang
For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ha Giang day trip tool .

You can drive from Bac Ha to Ha Giang in 6 hours. You'll set off for Cao Bang on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Ha Giang

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Cao Bang

Cao Bang
Cao Bằng is a city in northern Vietnam. For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cao Bang vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Ha Giang to Cao Bang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Halong Bay on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Cao Bang

Parks Nature
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On your second day here, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach, and then wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Halong Bay visit website .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Cao Bang to Halong Bay takes 15 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trip

Quan Lan Beach
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Cua Van Floating Village ©
Cua Van Floating Village

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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.
Tam Coc has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mua Caves and Thung Nham Bird Garden. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bai Dinh Pagoda and Nhà xứ Phát Diệm. Explore Ninh Binh's surroundings by going to Quat Lam Beach (in Nam Dinh) and FLC Golf Links Samson (in Sam Son). And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Rong Market Ninh Binh, and don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ninh Binh trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh takes 6.5 hours. In August in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bai Dinh Pagoda, Thung Nham Bird Garden, Quat Lam Beach, FLC Golf Links Samson
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Nhà xứ Phát Diệm ©
Nhà xứ Phát Diệm

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Son Doong Cave. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave, and finally Head underground at Paradise Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip planner .

Drive from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hue.

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
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Thuan An Beach, then browse the different shops at Big C Market, then step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City. Here are some ideas for day two: squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hue trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thuan An Beach ©
Thuan An Beach

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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.
On the 8th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at OASIS ART GALLERY, explore the world behind art at Art in Paradise (3D TRICK ART), then enjoy the sand and surf at My Khe Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Hai Van Pass, take an in-depth tour of Da Nang Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and finally stop by Namaka Jewelry.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Da Nang trip planner .

Take a bus from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Hai Van Pass
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My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Hai Van Pass ©
Hai Van Pass
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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Hoi An

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Cua Dai Beach, then explore the world behind art at Cotic, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cantonese Assembly Hall, and finally look for gifts at Hoa Nang Sunny Cloth Shop.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip maker website .

Traveling by shuttle from Da Nang to Hoi An takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Parks Beaches
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Cua Dai Beach ©
Cua Dai Beach
Cantonese Assembly Hall ©
Cantonese Assembly Hall

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Linh Phuoc Pagoda. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Statue Of Golden Buddha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, and then admire the sheer force of Waterfall Bao Dai. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, pause for some serene contemplation at Domaine de Marie Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Son Pagoda, then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and finally stop by XQ Vietnam.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Da Lat trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Da Lat by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Waterfall Bao Dai ©
Waterfall Bao Dai

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple. Keep things going the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City day trip planning site .

Getting from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Cai Be.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Spas
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Speed Boats Tours

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Cai Be

Cai Be ©
Cái Bè is a river-land mixed town in Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Cai Be Floating Market and then get the lay of the land with Mekong Rustic.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cai Be journey planner .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Cai Be, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Cai Be

Tours Outdoors
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Mekong Rustic ©
Mekong Rustic
Cai Be Floating Market ©
Cai Be Floating Market

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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
On the 16th (Mon), gain insight with Countryside Adventures.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

You can drive from Cai Be to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures

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Hanoi

Museum-lovers will get to explore Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and Lotte Observation Deck. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hanoi Police Museum. Explore Hanoi further: make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) ©

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