55 days in Vietnam Itinerary

55 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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55 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Mai Chau
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Thanh Hoa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Hai Phong
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
6
Ha Giang
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Sapa
— 3 nights
Bus:  9 h
8
Cat Ba
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
9
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+4
Ferry + Drive + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h 30 min
10
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Hue
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h
12
Da Nang
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
13
Hoi An
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  3 h
14
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
15
Da Lat
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
16
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
17
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Bangkok

2
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.
You've now added Tam Coc to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Quarter, don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Hanoi day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:
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Walking tours
Food Tours

1
night
Mai Chau

Mai Chau ©
Mai Châu is a rural district of Hòa Bình Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): Head underground at Chieu Cave, look for gifts at Hoa Ban Plus, and then take some stellar pictures from Thung Khe Pass.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Mai Chau travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Mai Chau takes 3.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Mai Chau are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Mai Chau

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:
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Chieu Cave ©
Chieu Cave
Thung Khe Pass ©
Thung Khe Pass

5
nights
Thanh Hoa

Thanh Hoa ©
The city of Thanh Hóa is the capital of Thanh Hóa Province. You've now added Pu Luong Nature Reserve to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pu Luong Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Thanh Hoa online tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Duong Dong to Thanh Hoa. On the 11th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Thanh Hoa

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 31:
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Pu Luong Nature Reserve ©
Pu Luong Nature Reserve

2
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.
On the 1st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bai Dinh Pagoda and then Head underground at Trang An Grottoes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, then Head underground at Mua Caves, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Ninh Binh itinerary site.

You can drive from Thanh Hoa to Ninh Binh in 1.5 hours. In March in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hai Phong.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes

2
nights
Hai Phong

Hai Phong ©
Haiphong is a major industrial city and the second largest city in the northern part of Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): Head underground at Pelican Cave (Hang Bo Nau) and then enjoy the sand and surf at Do Son Beach. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of Hai Phong City Museum, then don't miss a visit to Du Hang Pagoda, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tam Bac Lake.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hai Phong trip planner.

Getting from Ninh Binh to Hai Phong by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Hai Phong

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Do Son Beach ©
Do Son Beach
Du Hang Pagoda ©
Du Hang Pagoda
Tam Bac Lake ©
Tam Bac Lake

3
nights
Ha Giang

Ha Giang ©
Ha Giang is known for nature, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Tea House of Baiyue Tribe and take a stroll through Thon Tha Village.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ha Giang online trip maker.

Getting from Hai Phong to Ha Giang by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 7th (Tue), you'll travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Ha Giang

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Tea House of Baiyue Tribe ©
Tea House of Baiyue Tribe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), then appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, and then make a trip to Cat Cat village. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Deo Tram Ton, take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, then stroll through Fansipan Mountain, then look for gifts at Hieu Stone, and finally don't miss a visit to Quang Truong Square.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sapa trip maker app.

You can drive from Ha Giang to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Cat Cat village ©
Cat Cat village

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then step off the mainland to explore Monkey Island. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Hospital Cave, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, and then explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba Island.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cat Ba trip builder.

Getting from Sapa to Cat Ba by bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cat Ba National Park ©
Cat Ba National Park

3
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.
On the 14th (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, head off the coast to Castaway Island, and snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay tour itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

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.
You've now added Son Doong Cave to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), make a trip to Phong Nha Caves, and take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

3
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.
Hue is known for historic sites, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space, and admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hue planning site.

You can 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 April, daytime highs in Hue are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

5
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Da Nang to Duy Xuyen District to see Mỹ Sơn about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, make a trip to Lady Buddha, snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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Traveling by bus from Hue to Da Nang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Theme Parks Parks Tours

Side Trip

Mỹ Sơn
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ©
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

4
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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Cua Dai Beach, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Nha Trang to Cam Ranh to see Vietnam - Russia Monument about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, cool off at Vinpearl Land Nha Trang, stop by XQ Hand Embroidery, and snap pictures at Tran Phu Bridge.

Discover how to plan a Nha Trang trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Theme Parks Tours

Side Trip

Vietnam - Russia Monument
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda

3
nights
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.
Da Lat is known for nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and look for gifts at DL Nature's.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Da Lat trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

4
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip planning website.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. May in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duong Dong: Sao Beach (in An Thoi) and Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (in Ganh Dau).

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Duong Dong driving holiday planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Vinpearl Safari ©
Vinpearl Safari

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