20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Budapest
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  19 h
1
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
6
Da Lat
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  5 h 15 min
7
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
8
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Budapest

2
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.
Step out of Hoi An with an excursion to Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip maker app.

Budapest, Hungary to Hoi An is an approximately 20- hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Indochina Time is 6 hours. In January, Hoi An is much hotter than Budapest - with highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Museums Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then steep yourself in history at The Flag Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hue trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): Head underground at Paradise Cave and then take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo). On your second day here, experience rural life at The Duck Stop, then take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then make a trip to Phong Nha Caves.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

3
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.
Duong Dong is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, meet the residents at Vinpearl Safari, make a trip to Dinh Cau Rock (Cua Temple), and head outdoors with Archipelago Anthoy.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Duong Dong online trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Duong Dong in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, stroll around Cong Vien 30-4, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City planning app.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then get outside with Pine Track Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then make a trip to Crazy House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Da Lat online holiday builder.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip website.

Do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Da Lat to Halong Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Long Tien Pagoda ©
Long Tien Pagoda

4
nights
Hanoi

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, make a trip to Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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