43 days in Vietnam Itinerary

43 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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43 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  12​h
1
Da Lat
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Nha Trang
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  3​h
3
Hoi An
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hue
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Sapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Hanoi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
8
Cat Ba
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
9
Halong Bay
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  5​h
10
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Thien Vien Truc Lam and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda. Get outdoors at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Xuan Huong Lake. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, admire the sheer force of Hang Cop Waterfall (Tiger's Cave Waterfall), pause for some serene contemplation at Dalat Cathedral, and make a trip to Hang Nga Guest House and Art Gallery.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Da Lat trip maker site .

Melbourne, Australia to Da Lat is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Da Lat is minus 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Xuan Huong Lake ©
Xuan Huong Lake
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

5
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.
Nha Tho Nui and Bac Thanh Church will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Ba Ho Waterfall and National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam. Step out of Nha Trang to go to Cam Ranh and see Bai Dai Beach, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hon Chong, take in the views from Xom Bong Bridge, see the interesting displays at 3D TrickEye Gallery, and try to win big at Sunrise Gaming Club.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nha Trang driving holiday planner .

Getting from Da Lat to Nha Trang by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Bai Dai Beach
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Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho Waterfall
Nha Tho Nui ©
Nha Tho Nui

8
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Cantonese Assembly Hall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (Food Tours, My Khe Beach, & more), Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho) and Chùa Linh Ứng (in Son Tra Peninsula). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of Hoi An Museum, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An road trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Bang An Tower, Hai Van Pass, Mỹ Sơn
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Royal Tombs and Hue War Museum. Appreciate the collections at Ho Chi Minh museum and Historical and Revolutionary Museum. Step out of Hue to go to Dong Ha and see Vinh Moc Tunnel, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of Hue Cultural Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and snap pictures at Thanh Toan Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hue trip website .

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Hue, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Vinh Moc Tunnel
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Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

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 12th (Sat): Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, and then Head underground at Paradise Cave.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online visit 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

3
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.
Get outdoors at Muong Hoa Valley and Fansipan Mountain. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sapa Culture Museum and The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church). And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the verdant scenery at Ban Ho Village, don't miss a visit to Quang Truong Square, and admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall.

For maps and tourist information, go to the Sapa online day trip planner .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Sapa by combination of taxi, flight, and car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Spas
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

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 get to explore Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and Vietnamese Women's Museum. Get in touch with nature at Trang An Grottoes and Van Long Nature Reserve. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, and make a trip to Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sapa to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ninh Binh
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Lan Ha Bay. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Monkey Island. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, Head underground at Hospital Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cat Ba online vacation planner .

Getting from Hanoi to Cat Ba by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cat Ba National Park ©
Cat Ba National Park

4
nights
Halong Bay

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Speed Boats Tours and Bai Tu Long Bay. Get in touch with nature at Sung Sot Cave and Bai Chay Beach. Step out of Halong Bay with an excursion to Minh Chau beach in Quan Lan--about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Dau Go Cave, head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay route planner .

Traveling by ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Minh Chau beach
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Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

On the 29th (Tue), cast your line with a fishing tour, then relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cao Dai Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then play a few rounds at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course, and finally look for gifts at The Green Boutique.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Golf Wildlife

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Spas
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc
Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course ©
Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course

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