48 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

48 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 18 nights
Drive
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Cat Tien National Park
Drive
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive
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Da Nang
— 2 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thanh Hoa
— 1 night
Drive
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Cuc Phuong National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Mai Chau
— 1 night
Drive
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sapa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cao Bang
— 1 night
Drive
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Nam Mau
— 1 night
Drive
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Fly
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Quy Nhon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nha Trang
— 2 nights
Fly
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Can Tho
— 3 nights

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Ho Chi Minh City — 18 nights

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.
Take a break from Ho Chi Minh City with a short trip to Buu Long Mountain in Bien Hoa, about 56 minutes away. On the 30th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and admire the striking features of The Independence Palace.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City online day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport. In November in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cat Tien National Park.
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Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 15:

Cat Tien National Park

On the 15th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Crocodile Lake.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cat Tien National Park day trip site.

Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Cat Tien National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Da Lat.
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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

Da Lat — 3 nights

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 sightseeing, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, boost your wellbeing at Clover - Spa Da Lat, make a trip to Crazy House, and take in the dramatic scenery at Datanla Falls.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Lat online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Cat Tien National Park to Da Lat takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Hoi An — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): cast your line with a fishing tour, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cua Dai Beach, then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Da Lat to Hoi An by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Da Nang.
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Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Da Nang — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Vietnam Cultural Exchange, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and finally look for gifts at Namaka Jewelry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): see some colorful creatures with Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Da Nang road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip planning website.

Getting from Da Nang to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a bus. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Thanh Hoa.
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Parks · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Thanh Hoa — 1 night

The city of Thanh Hóa is the capital of Thanh Hóa Province. On the 25th (Sun), stroll through Pu Luong Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Thanh Hoa visit site.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Thanh Hoa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cuc Phuong National Park.
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Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Cuc Phuong National Park — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll through Endangered Primate Rescue Centre.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cuc Phuong National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Thanh Hoa to Cuc Phuong National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mai Chau.
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Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Mai Chau — 1 night

Mai Châu is a rural district of Hòa Bình Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stop by Hoa Ban Plus and then Head underground at Chieu Cave.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mai Chau trip maker.

Traveling by car from Cuc Phuong National Park to Mai Chau takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hanoi.
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Parks · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the range of quality goods at YNOT, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Mai Chau to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sapa.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Sapa — 2 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 30th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain and then don't miss a visit to Cat Cat village. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Indigo Cat and then admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Sapa holiday builder app.

Drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cao Bang.
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Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Cao Bang — 1 night

Cao Bằng is a city in northern Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Ban Gioc Waterfall.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Cao Bang trip planner.

You can drive from Sapa to Cao Bang in 7 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Nam Mau.
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Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Nam Mau — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ba Be National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Nam Mau road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cao Bang to Nam Mau takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Halong Bay — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, and then hunt for treasures at Ha Long Market. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nam Mau to Halong Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Cat Ba.
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Cat Ba — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): head off the coast to Cat Ba Island and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): make a trip to Cannon Fort and then head off the coast to Monkey Island.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cat Ba road trip tool.

Traveling by ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Quy Nhon.
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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Quy Nhon — 2 nights

Quy Nhơn is a coastal city in Bình Định Province in central Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the activities along Eo Gio and then kick back and relax at Ky Co Beach. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then kick back and relax at Bai Xep Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Quy Nhon trip planning site.

You can fly from Cat Ba to Quy Nhon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nha Trang.
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Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Nha Trang — 2 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.
On the 9th (Mon), make a splash at VinWonders Nha Trang, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Nui. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang online holiday planner.

Drive from Quy Nhon to Nha Trang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Can Tho.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Can Tho — 3 nights

The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
Can Tho is known for shopping, adventure, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Ong Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire all the interesting features of Cai Rang Floating Market.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Can Tho trip planner.

Getting from Nha Trang to Can Tho by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Can Tho are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C.
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Quang Binh Province travel guide

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Caves · National Parks · Zipline
Quảng Bình, formerly Tiên Bình under the reign of Lê Trung Hưng of the Lê Dynasty (this province was renamed Quảng Bình in 1604), is a province along Vietnam's north-central coast. The province has an area of 8,065.8 square kilometers and population of 857,818 inhabitants (as of 2008) The province is bordered by the Laotian Khammouane Province to the west, the North Pacific Ocean to the east, Hà Tĩnh Province to the north and Quảng Trị Province to the south. Historically, this region belonged to Văn Lang and later the kingdom of Champa. Later it was claimed by both the Đại Việt and Champa and officially annexed into Đại Việt by Lý Thường Kiệt, a Lý Dynasty general (under the reign of Lý Thánh Tông).The site of present-day Quảng Bình was battlefields between Champa and Vietnam until the Vietnamese territory was expanded further south by subsequent dynasties. Quảng Bình's importance expanded after Nguyễn Hoàng, a prince of Nguyễn lords was sent to the south by a king of the Lê Dynasty. Hoàng built his estate and turned it into Đàng Trong, a rival of the de facto Trịnh-controlled Đàng Ngoài. Quảng Bình became an important front to defend Đàng Trong from attack by Đàng Ngoài. Under French rule, this province was part of Annam. During the Vietnam War, this province was part of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (aka North Vietnam), only 20 km from the DMZ. This province was severely devastated by bombing from U.S. B-52s. This province is home to the World Heritage Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park. The province is also home to several famous Vietnamese persons, including general Võ Nguyên Giáp, poet Hàn Mặc Tử, writer Bảo Ninh and the family of former South Vietnamese president Ngô Đình Diệm.

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Bac Kan Province travel guide

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National Parks
Bắc Kạn, also spelt Bắc Cạn, is a province of Vietnam. It is located in the Northeast region, due north of the capital Hanoi. Bắc Kạn is the only town of the province which is the capital of the province and is a municipality. The province covers an area of 4,859.4 square kilometres and as of 2008 it had a population of 308,900 people. It is a mountainous terrain with rich natural resources of minerals and forests. It has numerous mountains, rivers and lakes which are very scenic. Ba Bể National Park and Ba Bể Lake lie within its borders.EtymologyThe name Bắc Kạn is derived from the Sino-Vietnamese Bac, meaning north, and the native Vietnamese Kạn; Bac Kạn is rendered in Hán-Nôm as 北𣴓.GeographyThe province is located in the northeast midland mountainous area of Vietnam. Its terrain has the highest altitude among the 11 provinces of the region. Forest area dominates more than 95% of the province. The remainder is available for agricultural and other uses. Due to this rugged and forested topography, development of water resources has been limited resulting in exploitation of its forest resources; this has caused degradation of the forests. The topography is highly variable, varying from 1640m (highest point in the Khie Thiouing mountains in the province) to the lowest point of 40m in the Chợ Mới District. There are numerous rivers and streams flowing through the province, each with small catchment areas. However, most of them have steep slopes and short lengths. Out of the total population, 83% are dependent on agriculture.

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Binh Dinh Province travel guide

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Beaches · Bodies of Water · Landmarks