35 days in Vietnam Itinerary

35 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
2
Da Lat
— 3 nights
3
Phan Thiet
— 3 nights
4
Nha Trang
— 4 nights
5
Hoi An
— 5 nights
6
Hue
— 4 nights
7
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
8
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
9
Hanoi
— 2 nights
10
Cat Ba
— 2 nights
11
Halong Bay
— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, look for gifts at ManGii Shoes, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tan Dinh Church, get a sense of history and politics at People's Committee Building, thentake in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, thenview the masterpieces at Artinus 3D Art Museum, and finally learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City route planner.

London, UK to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Ho Chi Minh City is 7 hours. In January, Ho Chi Minh City is much hotter than London - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Photography Tours
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Tan Dinh Church ©
Tan Dinh Church

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dalat Cathedral and Linh Son Pagoda. Do your shopping at XQ Da Lat Art House and XQ Vietnam. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Domaine de Marie Church, get outside with Pine Track Adventures, admire the landmark architecture of Dinh 1 Da Lat, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Da Lat tour planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Phan Thiet.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Domaine de Marie Church ©
Domaine de Marie Church
Linh Son Pagoda ©
Linh Son Pagoda
Dalat Cathedral ©
Dalat Cathedral

3
nights
Phan Thiet

An emerging coastal getaway, the city of Phan Thiet has always been known for its fishing industry and, in particular, as a center of fish sauce production.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nail Bar - Beauty Salon and Mui Ne Market. Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda and RD Wine Castle will appeal to history buffs. When in Phan Thiet, make a side trip to see Reclining Buddha in Thi Tran Thuan Nam, approximately Thi Tran Thuan Nam away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Long Tu Temple, browse the range of quality goods at Lotte Mart, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), and try for a hole-in-one at Tropical Mini-Golf Mui Ne.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Phan Thiet tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Da Lat to Phan Thiet by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Phan Thiet

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Reclining Buddha
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Off-Road Tours
Linh Long Tu Temple ©
Linh Long Tu Temple
Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda ©
Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Long Thanh Photo Studio and Vincom Plaza Nha Trang. Popular historic sites such as Nha Tho Nui and Suoi Do Pagoda are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nha Trang: Phan Rang-Thap Cham (Kalan Po Klong Giarai & Phan Rang Beach) and Tu Van Pagoda (in Cam Ranh). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Ba Ho Waterfall, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and stop by XQ Hand Embroidery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nha Trang online trip maker.

Getting from Phan Thiet to Nha Trang by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Phan Rang-Thap Cham, Tu Van Pagoda
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Kalan Po Klong Giarai ©
Kalan Po Klong Giarai
Nha Tho Nui ©
Nha Tho Nui
St. Joseph's Parish Church ©
St. Joseph's Parish Church

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.
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Phuoc Lam Pagoda will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rubin Cloth Shop and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoi An: Da Nang (Lady Buddha, Photography Tours, &more). The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuc Thanh Pagoda, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Hoi An are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) ©
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien)
Chaozhou Hall (Trieu Chau) ©
Chaozhou Hall (Trieu Chau)

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh and Nine Dynastic Urns are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Dong Ba Market and Phong Phu Plaza. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Gakka Art Gallery, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Phu Cam Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue travel route planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Shopping Historic Sites
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Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh
Nine Dynastic Urns ©
Nine Dynastic Urns
Thai Hoa Palace ©
Thai Hoa Palace

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Phong Nha Caves and Bong Lai Rattan House. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Bong Lai Rattan House
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thai Vi Temple, thenlook for gifts at Minh Trang Handmade, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, hunt for treasures at Rong Market Ninh Binh, take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Coc Pagoda, thenstroll through Bear Sanctuary Ninh Binh, and finally make a trip to Tuyet Tinh Coc.

Plan a Ninh Binh trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ninh Binh in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ninh Hai, Bear Sanctuary Ninh Binh
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Walking tours
Nhà xứ Phát Diệm ©
Nhà xứ Phát Diệm
Linh Coc Pagoda ©
Linh Coc Pagoda

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Presidential Palace Historical Site. Visit Do Temple and Phat Tich Temple for their historical value. Step out of Hanoi with an excursion to Ba Chua Kho Temple in Bac Ninh--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to St. Joseph's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at V'ancient, get to know the fascinating history of Ba Dinh Square, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hanoi trip itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Bac Ninh, Tho Ha Village, Do Temple
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Presidential Palace Historical Site ©
Presidential Palace Historical Site
Do Temple ©
Do Temple
Tho Ha Village ©
Tho Ha Village

2
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.
On the 10th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cat Co 1 Beach, thentake a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then head off the coast to Monkey Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Trung Trang Cave, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, thenstop by Legend Pearl, and finally make a trip to Viet Hai Village.

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

You can take a bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Legend Pearl
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Cat Co 1 Beach ©
Cat Co 1 Beach
Legend Pearl ©
Legend Pearl
Monkey Island ©
Monkey Island

2
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.
On the 12th (Fri), revel in the low prices at Ha Long Pearl, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, and finally take in the views from Pont Bai Chay. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, browse the different shops at Bai Chay Commercial Center, thenhead off the coast to Soi Sim Island, and finally Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay online trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Long Tien Pagoda ©
Long Tien Pagoda
Soi Sim Island ©
Soi Sim Island

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