30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  9 h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
3
Hanoi
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 30 min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Hoi An
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  3 h
7
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
8
Da Lat
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ba Thien Hau Temple and The Independence Palace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Speed Boats Tours and Dong Khoi Street. Change things up with these side-trips from Ho Chi Minh City: Song Be Golf Resort (in Di An) and Long Thanh Golf Club (in Bien Hoa). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, stop by Pham Ngu Lao Street, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City attractions planner.

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Sydney in June, things will get warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Golf Tours

Side Trips

Song Be Golf Resort, Long Thanh Golf Club
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Speed Boats Tours
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple

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 30th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh and then enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach. On your second day here, take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Transportation Adventure

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and Vietnam National Museum of Nature. Do your shopping at Bui Mai Hien Gallery and Tired City Bao Khanh. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Quarter, enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach, steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip builder website.

Getting from Halong Bay to Hanoi by combination of ferry, car, and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
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've now added The Duck Stop to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paradise Cave and Phong Nha Caves. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

Before you visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by combination of flight, taxi, and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

3
nights
Hue

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Imperial City and Thien Mu Pagoda. Get a sense of the local culture at XQ Hand Embroidery and Le Ba Dang Art Museum. When in Hue, make a side trip to see Laguna Golf Lang Co in Cu Du, approximately Cu Du away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bach Ma National Park, and stop by Healing the Wounded Heart Shop.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hue route site.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Hue, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Laguna Golf Lang Co
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Bach Ma National Park ©
Bach Ma National Park
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

5
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Precious Heritage by Rehahn and 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang. For shopping fun, head to Maya Design or Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi. Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District), VinWonders Nam Hoi An (in Binh Minh) and Da Nang (Photography Tours & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), admire the masterpieces at Thanh Ha Terracotta Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cantonese Assembly Hall, and enjoy the sand and surf at Non Nuoc Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip planner.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn, VinWonders Nam Hoi An
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Maya Design ©
Maya Design

3
nights
Nha Trang

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.
You'll explore and learn at Long Thanh Photo Studio and DDK's Black & White Photo Gallery. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nha Trang Beach and Hon Chong. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nha Trang road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho Waterfall
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers

4
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.
Thien Vien Truc Lam and Domaine de Marie Church will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at XQ Da Lat Art House and XQ Vietnam. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, get engrossed in the history at Da Lat King Palace I, pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Da Lat travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Da Lat

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

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