26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam trip planner

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Hanoi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sapa
— 2 nights
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Cat Ba
— 3 nights
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Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Thanh Hoa
— 2 nights
Fly to Da Nang International Airport, Drive to Hoi An
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Hoi An
— 4 nights
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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Hanoi

— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nguyen Van Huyen Museum and Vivy Handicraft Shop. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at TiredCity Hang Bong and Zo Project. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hanoi Old Quarter Culture Exchange Center, stop by With Love From The Mountains, see Vietnam Cultural, and take in the exciting artwork at Empty Wall Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi online trip itinerary builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Hanoi is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Hanoi, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Museums · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

Sapa

— 2 nights
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 (Mon): wander the streets of Hang Da Village, then see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum, and then wander the streets of Giang Ta Chai Village.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sapa journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Sapa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 9th (Tue), you'll travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Sapa

Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Cat Ba

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Climbing Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh and Ba Vang Pagoda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cat Ba: Halong Bay (Hon Ga Choi Island & Long Tien Pagoda).

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sapa to Cat Ba by bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Transportation

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Ninh Binh

— 3 nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Nhà xứ Phát Diệm and Hoa Lu Temple are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mu Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Khu Du Lich Sinh Thai Trang An Co, explore the fascinating underground world of Vai Gioi Cave, and don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda.

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Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. July in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 16th (Tue), you're off to Thanh Hoa.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

Thanh Hoa

— 2 nights
The city of Thanh Hóa is the capital of Thanh Hóa Province. You've now added Pu Luong Nature Reserve to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Thanh Hoa online road trip planner.

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Thanh Hoa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Thanh Hoa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Hoi An

— 4 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and March Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Cantonese Assembly Hall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (Phuoc My Beach & Han River Bridge) and Tam Thanh Beach (in Tam Ky). And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stop by Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the masterpieces at Cotic.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hoi An road trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Thanh Hoa to Hoi An. July in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

Da Lat

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

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.
Visit Thien Vien Truc Lam and Domaine de Marie Church for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Linh Quang pagoda and Trickland 3D Museum. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, experience rural life at DL Nature's, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát, and explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Da Lat road trip planning website.

You can fly from Hoi An to Da Lat in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Ho Chi Minh City

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): admire the striking features of Chua Van Phat - Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, then make a trip to Bitexco Financial Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Phap Viện Minh Dang Quang.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip builder website.

Fly from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.