31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

31 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Phu Quoc
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
Bus
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Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hoi An
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Ninh Binh
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapa
— 2 nights
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vietnamese Women's Museum and Hanoi Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Chua Tran Quoc. There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, browse the exhibits of Empty Wall Gallery, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hanoi trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Hanoi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

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Cat Ba

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then step off the mainland to explore Monkey Island. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba Island, explore the activities along Lan Ha Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our Cat Ba trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Hanoi to Cat Ba by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bai Tu Long Bay and Minh Chau beach. We've included these beaches for you: Quan Lan Beach and Ti Top Beach. Step out of Halong Bay with an excursion to Quan Lan Temple in Quan Lan--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Dau Go Cave, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay road trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:

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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
On the 9th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, then kick back and relax at Bai Tắm Sao, then kick back and relax at Khem Beach, and finally make a trip to Sung Hung Pagoda. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Mui Ganh Dau Beach, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Vinpearl Safari, then play a few rounds at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course, and finally stop by From Vietnam Fair Trade & Gift Shop.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Duong Dong day trip planning website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

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Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Bitexco Financial Tower, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then look for gifts at Blanda.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

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Da Lat

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Thien Vien Truc Lam and Linh Phuoc Pagoda. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of Elephant Falls, see Off-Road Tours, and explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Da Lat travel planning website.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nha Tho Nui and Nha Trang Beach. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Hon Chong, and admire the sheer force of Ba Ho Waterfall.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nha Trang trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to My Khe Beach and Food Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Hoi An Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (OASIS ART GALLERY, Lady Buddha, &more). There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, stop by Yaly Couture, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the awesome beauty at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain).

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Nha Trang to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Hoi An are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 24:

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Thien Mu Pagoda and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Tours and Tomb of Minh Mang. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Royal Tombs, explore the activities along Perfume River, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and steep yourself in history at Hon Chen Temple.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue day trip planning website.

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. July in Hue sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, then admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park route planning tool.

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:

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Ninh Binh

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): Head underground at Trang An Grottoes, then make a trip to Tam Coc, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ninh Binh attractions tool.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ninh Binh in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

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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 30th (Thu): get great views at O Quy Ho Heaven Gate, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, then stop by Lan Anh Shop, then stroll through Love Waterfall, and finally take a memorable drive along Deo Tram Ton. On your second day here, make a trip to Quang Truong Square, examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, make a trip to The Stone Church, then don't miss a visit to Ta Van Village, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sapa day trip tool.

Drive from Ninh Binh to Sapa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

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.