39 days in Vietnam Itinerary

39 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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39 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15 h
1
Hanoi
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
2
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Hoi An
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Hue
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Da Lat
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
7
Nha Trang
— 4 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
9
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: London

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get outdoors at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and West Lake. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Quarter, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, and view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi road trip website.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Hanoi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Truc Lam An Tam Zen Monastery
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Bai Tu Long Bay. Visiting Sung Sot Cave and Tien Ong Cave will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, and Head underground at Dau Go Cave.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and My Khe Beach. Get some cultural insight at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Hoi An Cathedral. Step out of Hoi An to go to Duy Xuyen District and see Mỹ Sơn, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Halong Bay to Hoi An takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Phong Nha Caves and The Duck Stop. Visiting Son Doong Cave and U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo) will get you outdoors. There's more to do: Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park journey planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

4
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 in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. Get some cultural insight at Royal Tombs and Tomb of Tu Duc. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the landmark architecture of Thien An Monastery, and make a trip to The Flag Tower.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hue trip itinerary planner.

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, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Thien Vien Truc Lam and Linh Phuoc Pagoda. Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Xuan Huong Lake will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, explore the world behind art at Lam Dong Museum, get your game on at Trickland 3D Museum, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

Before you visit Da Lat, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Hue to Da Lat in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ba Ho Waterfall will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Thanh Photo Studio. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Parish Church.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang road trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ba Thien Hau Temple and Bitexco Financial Tower. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at War Remnants Museum and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. There's lots more to do: pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Getting from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

5
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ho Quoc Temple and Sao Beach. Get some cultural insight at Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda and Cao Dai Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Duong Dong vacation tool.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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