57 days in Vietnam Itinerary

57 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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57 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  13​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Con Son
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  5​h
4
Halong Bay
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
5
Cat Ba
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Hanoi
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Ninh Binh
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Cua Lo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Hue
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Hoi An
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Da Lat
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
13
Nha Trang
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Wellington

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.
Get in touch with nature at Countryside Adventures and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore Ho Chi Minh City's surroundings by going to Buu Long Mountain (in Bien Hoa) and Front Beach (in Vung Tau). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

Start your trip to Ho Chi Minh City by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Wellington, New Zealand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Indochina Time is minus 5 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Wellington in November: high temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Con Son.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Vung Tau, Buu Long Mountain
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Con Son

Con Son ©
Taking a vacation in Con Son is like stepping back in time, with the island of around 5,000 people offering a glimpse into what life in Vietnam was like before television and other modern conveniences arrived.
Visit Bãi Đầm Trầu and Ong Dung Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and An Hai Lake. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Con Dao National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Van Son Pagoda, stroll the grounds of Hang Duong Cemetary, and make a trip to Phu Hai Prison.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Con Son tour itinerary maker website .

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Son in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Con Son

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Bãi Đầm Trầu ©
Bãi Đầm Trầu
Con Dao National Park ©
Con Dao National Park
Ong Dung Beach ©
Ong Dung Beach

5
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ong Lang Beach and Long Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Sao Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong trip planner .

Fly from Con Son to Duong Dong in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc Mushroom, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, Sao Beach, Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA)
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Phu Quoc National Park ©
Phu Quoc 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Quan Lan Beach and Minh Chau beach. Escape the urban bustle at Hạ Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Halong Bay side-trips: Uong Bi (Yen Tu Mountain & Ba Vang Pagoda). There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, and snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Duong Dong to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Quan Lan, Uong Bi
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

4
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.
Get outdoors at Cat Ba Island and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cat Ba: Hai Phong (Pelican Cave (Hang Bo Nau), Du Hang Pagoda, & more). There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lan Ha Bay, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cat Ba tour planner.

Ride a ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hai Phong
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Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and West Lake. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi online holiday planner .

Take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Trang An Grottoes. Venture out of the city with trips to Nam Dinh (Quan Phuong Parish, Quat Lam Beach, & more) and Bai Dinh Pagoda (in Gia Sinh). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cuc Phuong National Park, make a trip to Tuyet Tinh Coc, and look for all kinds of wild species at Endangered Primate Rescue Centre.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Ninh Binh online trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cua Lo.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nam Dinh, Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cuc Phuong National Park ©
Cuc Phuong National Park
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes

2
nights
Cua Lo

Cua Lo ©
Cửa Lò is a town district of Nghệ An Province, in the North Central Coast region of Vietnam. On the 27th (Fri), wander the streets of Dong Du Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Dao Che Thanh Chuong, and then steep yourself in history at President Ho Chi Minh Native Home. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Cua Lo Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cua Lo online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Cua Lo in 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Cua Lo

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trips

Dong Du Village, President Ho Chi Minh Native Home, Dao Che Thanh Chuong
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Cua Lo Beach ©
Cua Lo 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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Duck Stop and Phong Nha Caves. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Cua Lo to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 4 hours. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dam Chuon Huong Quan. Relax by the water at Cua Viet Beach and Canh Duong Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Vinh Moc Tunnel in Dong Ha (about 2 hours away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, view the masterpieces at Truc Chi Garden, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hue day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Dong Ha, Canh Duong Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dam Chuon Huong Quan ©
Dam Chuon Huong Quan
Lang Co Beach ©
Lang Co Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Marble Mountains and Fishing Charters & Tours. Relax by the water at An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho) and Da Nang (My Khe Beach, Phuoc My Beach, & more). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe, and appreciate the extensive heritage of March Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hai Van Pass
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Get in touch with nature at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Xuan Huong Lake. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, make a trip to Valley of Love, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Da Lat road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

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

6
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.
Relax by the water at Nha Trang Beach and Hon Chong. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Phan Rang Beach. When in Nha Trang, make a side trip to see Bai Dai Beach in Cam Ranh, approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, browse the exhibits of Long Thanh Photo Studio, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take in the natural beauty of Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang.

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

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bai Dai Beach, Phan Rang Beach
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach

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