55 days in Vietnam Itinerary

55 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam trip itinerary planner

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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mai Chau
— 1 night
Drive
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Thanh Hoa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hai Phong
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ha Giang
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sapa
— 3 nights
Bus
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Cat Ba
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Ferry to Cat Ba, Fly to Dong Hoi
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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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Da Nang
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Bus
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly
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— 4 nights
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Hanoi

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Mon), make a trip to Ho Van - Van Mieu, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major aiports are Noi Bai International Airport and Van Don International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mai Chau.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:

Mai Chau

— 1 night
Mai Châu is a rural district of Hòa Bình Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Chieu Cave, then stop by Hoa Ban Plus, and then get great views at Thung Khe Pass.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mai Chau road trip planning site.

Drive from Hanoi to Mai Chau in 3.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Mai Chau are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Thanh Hoa.

Things to do in Mai Chau

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:
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Thanh Hoa

— 5 nights
The city of Thanh Hóa is the capital of Thanh Hóa Province. Pu Luong Nature Reserve has been added to your itinerary.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Thanh Hoa trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Mai Chau to Thanh Hoa in 4.5 hours. On the 31st (Tue), you're off to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Thanh Hoa

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 31:
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Ninh Binh

— 2 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.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bai Dinh Pagoda and then contemplate the waterfront views at Trang An Grottoes. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, then Head underground at Mua Caves, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ninh Binh trip planner.

You can drive from Thanh Hoa to Ninh Binh in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hai Phong.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:

Hai Phong

— 2 nights
Haiphong is a major industrial city and the second largest city in the northern part of Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Pelican Cave (Hang Bo Nau) and then kick back and relax at Do Son Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take an in-depth tour of Hai Phong City Museum, then don't miss a visit to Du Hang Pagoda, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tam Bac Lake.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hai Phong trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ninh Binh to Hai Phong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Hai Phong

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

Ha Giang

— 3 nights
Ha Giang is known for nature, scenic drive, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along with Tea House of Baiyue Tribe and wander the streets of Thon Tha Village.

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Traveling by car from Hai Phong to Ha Giang takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. You'll set off for Sapa on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Ha Giang

Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:
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Sapa

— 3 nights
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 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Stone Church, then admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, and then make a trip to Cat Cat village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Deo Tram Ton, admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, make a trip to Fansipan Mountain, then stop by Hieu Stone, and finally make a trip to Quang Truong Square.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sapa trip planner.

Drive from Ha Giang to Sapa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Cat Ba on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Cat Ba

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then head off the coast to Monkey Island. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Hospital Cave, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, and then step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by bus from Sapa to Cat Ba takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

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.
On the 14th (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, take in the views from Pont Bai Chay, head off the coast to Castaway Island, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Halong Bay travel itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Son Doong Cave. Take a break from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park with a short trip to Hang Toi (Dark Cave) in Son Trach, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

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.
Hue is known for historic sites, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, explore the activities along Perfume River, stop by Tinh Hoa Art Shop, and don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space.

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

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. April in Hue sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

Da Nang

— 5 nights

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Go for a jaunt from Da Nang to Duy Xuyen District to see Mỹ Sơn about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through The Marble Mountains, snap pictures at Tran Thi Ly Bridge, find something for the whole family at Ba Na Hills SunWorld, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Da Nang trip planner.

Drive from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Theme Parks · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 27:

Hoi An

— 4 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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, kick back and relax at An Bang Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the galleries of Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An road trip planning tool.

Getting from Da Nang to Hoi An by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:

Nha Trang

— 3 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.
Step out of Nha Trang with an excursion to Vietnam - Russia Monument in Cam Ranh--about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, get in on the family fun at VinWonders Nha Trang, enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, and take in the views from Tran Phu Bridge.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nha Trang online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Hoi An to Nha Trang by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

Da Lat

— 3 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: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, don't miss a visit to Crazy House, and admire the sheer force of Elephant Falls.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Da Lat day trip planner.

Take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Ho Chi Minh City

— 4 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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City road 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 May in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 7 — 11:

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 4 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Explore Duong Dong's surroundings by going to Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (in Ganh Dau) and Bai Tắm Sao (in An Thoi). There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, experience rural life at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, and don't miss a visit to Cao Dai Temple.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Duong Dong trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 15:

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.