31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  13​h
1
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  3​h
2
Hoi An
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hanoi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Cat Ba
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
7
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  10​h 30​min
8
Sapa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
9
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Muscat

2
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 get in some beach time at Hon Chong and Doc Let Beach. National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam and Long Thanh Photo Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery, kick back and relax at Long Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suoi Do Pagoda.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nha Trang road trip planner.

Muscat, Oman to Nha Trang is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Muscat to Nha Trang due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Hon Chong ©
Hon Chong
Doc Let Beach ©
Doc Let Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

6
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.
Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Art in Paradise (3D TRICK ART) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Thermal Spas and Non Nuoc Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Da Nang (Photography Tours, Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain), & more) and Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Maya Design, explore the wide array of goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi, contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), and take in nature's colorful creations at Jack's Cat Cafe.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An trip site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hai Van Pass
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Thermal Spas
Fishing Charters & Tours
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Laguna Golf Lang Co and Bach Ma National Park. Get some historical perspective at Nine Dynastic Urns and Thai Hoa Palace. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery, buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thuan An Beach, and stop by Healing the Wounded Heart Shop.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hue online route planner .

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Hue sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Laguna Golf Lang Co
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Bach Ma National Park ©
Bach Ma National Park
Nine Dynastic Urns ©
Nine Dynastic Urns
Laguna Golf Lang Co ©
Laguna Golf Lang Co

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): Head underground at Tien Son Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park planner .

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
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Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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 Tired City Bao Khanh and Hanoi Police Museum. Chua Tran Quoc and Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 17th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Quan Lan Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

5
nights
Cat Ba

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.
Visit Cat Co 1 Beach and Do Son Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Hai Phong City Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Cat Ba: Hai Phong (Thien Van mountain, Pho Chieu Pagoda, & more). It doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park and explore the fascinating underground world of Trung Trang Cave.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cat Ba driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Cat Ba by bus takes about 2.5 hours. You will leave for Halong Bay on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Hai Phong
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Cat Co 1 Beach ©
Cat Co 1 Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cat Ba National Park ©
Cat Ba National Park

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Quan Lan Beach and Yen Tu Mountain. Take a break from the city and head to Minh Chau beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, stop by Ha Long Pearl, take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, and Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip itinerary planning app .

Ride a ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Quan Lan, Yen Tu Mountain
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Yen Tu Mountain ©
Yen Tu Mountain

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hang Da Village and Hoang Lien National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls) and Y Linh Ho. When in Sapa, make a side trip to see Den Mau in Lao Cai, approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), look for gifts at Indigo Cat, and wander the streets of Giang Ta Chai Village.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sapa road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Den Mau
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Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho
Hoang Lien National Park ©
Hoang Lien National Park
Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls) ©
Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls)

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Speed Boats Tours and Song Be Golf Resort. Head to Dong Khoi Street and Flymindz Art Studiofor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, wander the streets of Saigon, look for all kinds of wild species at Khu Du Lich Sinh Thai Cao Minh, and look for gifts at Drink Vietnam.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Sapa to Ho Chi Minh City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Khu Du Lich Sinh Thai Cao Minh, Song Be Golf Resort
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Speed Boats Tours
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Pham Ngu Lao Street ©
Pham Ngu Lao Street

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