50 days in Vietnam Itinerary

50 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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50 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Drive + Fly:  26​h
1
Hoi An
— 6 nights
shuttle:  1​h
2
Da Nang
— 7 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Hue
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Da Lat
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Ha Long
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Ninh Binh
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Hanoi
— 10 nights
Fly + Drive:  26​h
End: Birmingham

6
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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, classes, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip builder .

Birmingham, USA to Hoi An is an approximately 26-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Birmingham to Hoi An, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Birmingham in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hoi An, with highs around 77°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Da Nang: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, look for gifts at Tran, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and don't miss a visit to Lady Buddha.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Da Nang trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a shuttle from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Mỹ Sơn, Hai Van Pass
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Food Tours
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ©
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

5
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.
When in Hue, make a side trip to see Vinh Moc Tunnel in Dong Ha, approximately 2 hours away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the world behind art at XQ Hand Embroidery.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hue day trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Da Nang to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Vinh Moc Tunnel
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

5
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, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, and don't miss a visit to Valley of Love.

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Traveling by flight from Hue to Da Lat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pongour Falls, Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to The Robert Taylor Museum Of Worldwide Arms in Vung Tau (about 1h 40 min away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and make a short side trip with Countryside Adventures.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

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. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ha Long.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

The Robert Taylor Museum Of Worldwide Arms
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 15:
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

4
nights
Ha Long

Hạ Long is the capital city and 1st-class provincial city of Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. Explore Ha Long's surroundings by going to Ba Vang Pagoda (in Uong Bi) and Cat Ba (Cat Ba National Park, Cat Ba Island, & more).

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Ha Long day trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Long. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Ha Long

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Cat Ba, Ba Vang Pagoda
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ninh Binh: Bai Dinh Pagoda (in Gia Sinh) and Nam Dinh (Hai Hau Church & Tran Temple). Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring the underground world of Cuc Phuong National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to Tam Coc, Head underground at Trang An Grottoes, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hoa Lu Temples.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Ha Long to Ninh Binh takes 3.5 hours. January in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nam Dinh, Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes

10
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi tour itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Truc Lam An Tam Zen Monastery
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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