26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
3
Sapa
— 1 night
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
5
Hue
— 3 nights
6
Hoi An
— 4 nights
7
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
8
Da Lat
— 4 nights
9
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 1 night

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.
Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and TiredCity Hang Bong will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and St. Joseph's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, steep yourself in history at Presidential Palace Historical Site, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner.

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Hanoi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brunei Darussalam Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Quan Lan Beach and Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh. Get in touch with nature at Minh Chau beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Halong Bay, make a side trip to see Cat Co 1 Beach in Cat Ba, approximately Cat Ba away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay road trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. 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

Cat Ba, Quan Lan
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Minh Chau beach ©
Minh Chau 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.
On the 20th (Fri), visit Giang Ta Chai Village, thenget a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, thenexamine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church). Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Deo Tram Ton and then make a trip to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sapa travel route planning site.

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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
Giang Ta Chai Village ©
Giang Ta Chai Village

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park travel planner.

Drive from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery and Nine Dynastic Urns. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le Ba Dang Art Museum and XQ Hand Embroidery. Go for a jaunt from Hue to Cu Du to see Laguna Golf Lang Co about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dam Chuon Huong Quan, step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, explore the striking landscape of Bach Ma National Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Redemptorist Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hue road trip site.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Hue are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Laguna Golf Lang Co, City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery
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.
Visit Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Phuoc Lam Pagoda for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Jack's Cat Cafe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoi An: Da Nang (Nature & Wildlife Tours, BRG Danang Golf Club - Vietnam, &more). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, take in the awesome beauty at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuc Thanh Pagoda.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Hue to Hoi An by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December in Hoi An, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °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:
Highlights from your plan
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Kayaking & Canoeing
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) ©
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien)

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nha Tho Nui and Suoi Do Pagoda. Take a break from the city and head to Ba Ho Waterfall and Hon Chong. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Long Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Doc Let Beach, try to win big at Sunrise Gaming Club, and take in the exciting artwork at Long Thanh Photo Studio.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang trip planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Hon Chong ©
Hon Chong
Nha Tho Nui ©
Nha Tho Nui
Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho Waterfall

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Domaine de Marie Church and Linh Son Pagoda. Explore hidden gems such as Datanla High Rope Course and Da Lat King Palace I. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, stop by XQ Vietnam, view the masterpieces at XQ Da Lat Art House, and admire the sheer force of Pongour Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Da Lat planning website.

You can take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for 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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Domaine de Marie Church ©
Domaine de Marie Church
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stop by The Green Boutique.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Duong Dong tour itinerary site.

You can fly from Da Lat to Duong Dong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. 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
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau ©
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau
Coi Nguon Museum ©
Coi Nguon Museum
Spas

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