41 days in Vietnam Itinerary

41 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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41 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Vung Tau
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Phan Thiet
— 5 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
4
Da Lat
— 7 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
5
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Train:  10 h 30 min
6
Hoi An
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h
7
Da Nang
— 6 nights
Bus:  2 h
8
Hue
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
9
Hanoi
— 6 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Atlanta

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Phap Viện Minh Dang Quang and Ha Chuong Hoi Quan Pagoda. Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and FITO Museum. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck, steep yourself in history at Cholon Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Vinh Nghiem, and take in the history at Ben Dinh Tunnels.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City route planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh City. In August, Ho Chi Minh City is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 91°F and lows of 77°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for Vung Tau.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Sri Thenday Yuttha Panin Temple ©
Sri Thenday Yuttha Panin Temple
FITO Museum ©
FITO Museum
Cholon Mosque ©
Cholon Mosque

1
night
Vung Tau

Vung Tau ©
A place to relax by the coast, Vung Tau has gained a reputation for its beaches.
On the 20th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Upside Down House, enjoy the sand and surf at Back Beach, then hunt for treasures at Vung Tau Market, then pause for some photo ops at Christ the King, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vung Tau Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vung Tau itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Phan Thiet.

Things to do in Vung Tau

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Back Beach ©
Back Beach
Vung Tau Church ©
Vung Tau Church
Upside Down House ©
Upside Down House

5
nights
Phan Thiet

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.
Get some historical perspective at Linh Son Truong Tho pagoda and The Shrine of Our Lady of Tapao. Step off the beaten path and head to Mui Ne Beach and White Sand Dunes. Take a break from Phan Thiet with a short trip to Reclining Buddha in Thi Tran Thuan Nam, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hon Rom, take in the awesome beauty at Khu du lich Ta Cu, enjoy the sand and surf at Bai Da Ong Dia Beach, and hunt for treasures at Mui Ne Market.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Phan Thiet attractions planner.

You can drive from Vung Tau to Phan Thiet in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Phan Thiet

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Reclining Buddha
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Phu Quy Island ©
Phu Quy Island
Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda ©
Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda
The Shrine of Our Lady of Tapao ©
The Shrine of Our Lady of Tapao

7
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 Thien Vien Truc Lam and Linh Son Pagoda. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Domaine de Marie Church and Nha Tho Bao Loc. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, take in the exciting artwork at XQ Da Lat Art House, take an in-depth tour of Da Lat King Palace I, and admire the landmark architecture of Dalat Railway Station.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Da Lat trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a bus from Phan Thiet to Da Lat in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nha Tho Bao Loc, Pongour Falls
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Domaine de Marie Church ©
Domaine de Marie Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam, then take in the exciting artwork at Long Thanh Photo Studio, then kick back and relax at Hon Chong, and finally look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Doc Let Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tong Lam Lo Son Pagoda, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bac Thanh Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang road trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hon Chong ©
Hon Chong
Tong Lam Lo Son Temple Lot ©
Tong Lam Lo Son Temple Lot
Bac Thanh Church ©
Bac Thanh Church

1
night
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.
For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An day trip app .

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 in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 77°F at night. On the 6th (Fri), you're off toDa Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Outdoors
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6
nights
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Relax by the water at Non Nuoc Beach and Red Beach. For shopping fun, head to Namaka Jewelry or Tien Hieu Marble Handicraft Sculptures. Change things up with these side-trips from Da Nang: Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho) and Canh Duong Beach (in Lang Co). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Buu Dai Son, stroll through Bai Da Den, and enjoy the sand and surf at Phuoc My Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Da Nang itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by shuttle from Hoi An to Da Nang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in September, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hai Van Pass, Canh Duong Beach
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Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Da Nang Catheral ©
Da Nang Catheral
Phap Lam Pagoda ©
Phap Lam Pagoda

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.
Popular historic sites such as Thai Hoa Palace and Redemptorist Church are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tu Dam Pagoda and Nine Dynastic Urns. Take a break from Hue with a short trip to Cua Viet Beach in Dong Ha, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Thuan An Beach, admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery, view the masterpieces at Green Bamboo Art Gallery, and stroll through Lang Co Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue sightseeing tool .

Traveling by bus from Da Nang to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Hue are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cua Viet Beach
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Thuan An Beach ©
Thuan An Beach
Nine Dynastic Urns ©
Nine Dynastic Urns
Thai Hoa Palace ©
Thai Hoa Palace

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chua Tran Quoc and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from Hanoi with a short trip to Mua Caves in Ninh Binh, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, kick back and relax at Quan Lan Beach, don't miss a visit to Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip website .

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Mua Caves
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc
Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh

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