26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Bandar Seri Begawan
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Bus:  10​h 30​min
3
Sapa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  9​h 30​min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Hoi An
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  3​h
7
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
8
Da Lat
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: Bandar Seri Begawan

3
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'll explore and learn at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and TiredCity Hang Bong. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, steep yourself in history at Presidential Palace Historical Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, and don't miss a visit to St. Joseph's Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi online trip builder .

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Hanoi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan to Hanoi is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

2
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh and Long Tien Pagoda. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Minh Chau beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halong Bay: Cat Co 1 Beach (in Cat Ba) and Quan Lan Beach (in Quan Lan). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village and Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Quan Lan, Cat Ba
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Cat Co 1 Beach ©
Cat Co 1 Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a stroll through Giang Ta Chai Village, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to Deo Tram Ton and then don't miss a visit to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapa day trip app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Sapa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sapa Culture Museum ©
Sapa Culture Museum
The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church) ©

1
night
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 (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park driving holiday app .

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
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Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bach Ma National Park and Dam Chuon Huong Quan. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery and Thai Hoa Palace. When in Hue, make a side trip to see Laguna Golf Lang Co in Cu Du, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, contemplate the waterfront views at Thuy Tien Lake, explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hue online road trip planner .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daytime highs in Hue are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery, Laguna Golf Lang Co
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Bach Ma National Park ©
Bach Ma National Park
City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery ©
City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery
Nine Dynastic Urns ©
Nine Dynastic Urns

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Phuoc Lam Pagoda are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) (in Son Tra Peninsula) and Da Nang (BRG Danang Golf Club - Vietnam, 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang, & more). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore the world behind art at Thanh Ha Terracotta Park.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Da Nang
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Nha Trang

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nha Tho Nui and Long Thanh Photo Studio. Step off the beaten path and head to Ba Ho Waterfall and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hon Chong, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suoi Do Pagoda, enjoy the sand and surf at Doc Let Beach, and try your luck at Sunrise Gaming Club.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Hon Chong ©
Hon Chong
Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho Waterfall
Nha Tho Nui ©
Nha Tho Nui

4
nights
Da Lat

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pine Track Adventures and Lam Dong Museum. Visit Domaine de Marie Church and Linh Son Pagoda for their historical value. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát, appreciate the views at Datanla High Rope Course, and take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Da Lat trip website .

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Pongour Falls
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lam Dong Museum ©
Lam Dong Museum

1
night
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): look for gifts at The Green Boutique.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Duong Dong trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Duong Dong takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Green Boutique
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Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau ©
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau
Coi Nguon Museum ©
Coi Nguon Museum
Tranh Stream ©
Tranh Stream

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