52 days in Vietnam Itinerary

52 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam vacation planner

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Fly to Noi Bai International Airport, Drive to Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 4 nights
Bus
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Da Lat
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 6 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 7 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Cat Ba
— 5 nights
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Hanoi
— 6 nights
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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.
Take a break from Ninh Binh with a short trip to Bai Dinh Pagoda in Gia Sinh, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Tam Coc, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh tour planner.

Portland, USA to Ninh Binh is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in October, you will find days in Ninh Binh are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are warmer (73°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 3 nights
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, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, and experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

Hue

— 3 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Imperial City will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, enjoy some diversion at Hope Center Hue, look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop, and contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hue road trip planner.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Hue sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

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

Hoi An

— 6 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.
Attractions like Spas and Hoi An Ancient Town make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (Tran Thi Ly Bridge, Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency, &more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, have fun at Writeyourjourney, and stop by Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip itinerary app.

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 October, daytime highs in Hoi An are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 2:

Nha Trang

— 4 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Attractions like Po Nagar Cham Towers and Scuba & Snorkeling make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Son Pagoda, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Parish Church, kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Long Thanh Photo Studio.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nha Trang travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:

Da Lat

— 4 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.
Da Lat is known for nature, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, and appreciate the views at Datanla High Rope Course.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Lat day trip website.

You can take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

Ho Chi Minh City

— 6 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.
Kids will enjoy Kayaking & Canoeing and Cu Chi Tunnels. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 16:

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 7 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Attractions like Green Hat Holiday and Phu Quoc Countryside make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duong Dong: Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (in Ganh Dau) and An Thoi (May Rut Island & Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tranquility Spa, enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Lang Beach, play a few rounds at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tranh Stream.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Duong Dong vacation builder tool.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 23:

Halong Bay

— 3 nights
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Hạ Long Bay. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, take in the views from Bãi Cháy Bridge, take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village, and explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Halong Bay driving holiday site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Duong Dong to Halong Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

Cat Ba

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uong Bi (Ba Vang Pagoda & Yen Tu Mountain). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island, don't miss a visit to Cannon Fort, and explore the fascinating underground world of Trung Trang Cave.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 1:

Hanoi

— 6 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.
Attractions like Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Walking tours make great kid-friendly stops. Make the 4th (Sat) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. The adventure continues: stop by Old Quarter, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, and contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi online driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:

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.