31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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

4
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the activities along West Lake, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Hanoi is 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
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 find plenty of places to visit near Halong Bay: Yen Tu Mountain (in Uong Bi) and Cat Ba Island (in Cat Ba). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, take in the views from Pont Bai Chay, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Yen Tu Mountain, Cat Ba Island
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

4
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Duong Dong is known for wildlife, beaches, shopping, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, look for gifts at Sava Coffee Shop, and don't miss a visit to Dinh Cau Rock (Cua Temple).

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong trip site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Duong To, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc

4
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
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.
Da Lat is known for nature, historic sites, adventure, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, browse the eclectic array of goods at Dalat Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, and contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Da Lat trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Hope Center Hue, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hue tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hue are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture (in Da Nang). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, push the limits with an extreme tour, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hoi An road trip planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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