30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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30 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Cat Ba
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hoi An
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  3​h
8
Nha Trang
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vietnamese Women's Museum and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat). Visit Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), browse the exhibits of K S and Friends Art Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip builder app .

Amsterdam, Holland to Hanoi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

3
nights
Cat Ba

The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bai Tu Long Bay and Tien Ong Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cat Ba: Halong Bay (Sung Sot Cave, Hạ Long Bay, & more). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cat Ba trip planner .

You can take a bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Halong Bay
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

4
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Relax by the water at Mui Ganh Dau Beach and Sao Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Thom Beach and Khem Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong online road trip planner .

Getting from Cat Ba to Duong Dong by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Spas, Sao Beach
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Khem Beach ©
Khem Beach

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.
For shopping fun, head to Ben Thanh Market or Soyn. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like War Remnants Museum and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. There's much more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, admire the striking features of Chua Van Phat - Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take a spin around town with Countryside Adventures.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Adventure
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paradise Cave and Phong Nha Caves. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Son Doong Cave, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

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.
Get some historical perspective at Royal Tombs and Imperial City. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tomb of Minh Mang and Tomb of Tu Duc. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space, view the masterpieces at Truc Chi Garden, and indulge your taste buds at Hue Local Farmer's Direct Sales Store.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue trip planner .

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. In July, daytime highs in Hue are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

4
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.
Get outdoors at My Khe Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Relax by the water at Non Nuoc Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Mỹ Sơn in Duy Xuyen District (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, and browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An holiday planning app .

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:
Highlights from your plan
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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.
Let the collections at Long Thanh Photo Studio and Alexandre Yersin Museum capture your imagination. Head to Mai Loc Photo Gallery and DDK's Black & White Photo Galleryfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nha Trang itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 7th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho Waterfall
Scuba & Snorkeling

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