52 days in Vietnam Itinerary

52 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 5 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Noi Bai Airport, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi
— 7 nights
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Ninh Binh
— 4 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
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Hue
— 5 nights
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Hoi An
— 6 nights
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Da Lat
— 5 nights
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Phan Thiet
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 6 nights
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 8 nights
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Halong Bay — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Halong Bay: Cat Ba (Cat Ba National Park & Cat Ba Island), Du Hang Pagoda (in Hai Phong) and Uong Bi (Ba Vang Pagoda & Yen Tu Mountain). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and relax and rejuvenate at Le Parfum Spa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay route planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Halong Bay is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight, car, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Jeddah to Halong Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.
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Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

Hanoi — 7 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 13th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Make the 11th (Sat) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. The adventure continues: stop by Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hanoi day trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ninh Binh.
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Find places to stay Dec 6 — 13:

Ninh Binh — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ninh Binh: Bai Dinh Pagoda (in Gia Sinh) and Bear Sanctuary Ninh Binh (in Ky Phu). There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at Mai Spa, push the limits with an extreme tour, and stop by Minh Trang Handmade.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, and experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip planning app.

Drive from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hue.
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Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

Hue — 5 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.
Spend the 22nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, have fun at Hope Center Hue, don't miss a visit to The Flag Tower, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hue online travel planner.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Hue sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hoi An.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Phu) and Da Nang (Lady Buddha, Tran Thi Ly Bridge, &more). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, push the limits with an extreme tour, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and hunt for treasures at Dat Thanh Shoe Shop.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip planner.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Da Lat.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:

Da Lat — 5 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 historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Crazy House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Da Lat trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Da Lat takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Phan Thiet.
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Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Phan Thiet — 2 nights

An emerging coastal getaway, the city of Phan Thiet has always been known for its fishing industry and, in particular, as a center of fish sauce production.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): let your taste buds guide you at Johnny Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then get outside with KiteTribe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Sand Dunes, stroll through Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), then contemplate the waterfront views at Lotus Lake, and finally get engrossed in the history at Old Fishing Village 3D Museum.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Phan Thiet trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Phan Thiet takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Ho Chi Minh City — 6 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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the landmark architecture of The Independence Palace.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

You can drive from Phan Thiet to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In January, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Duong Dong.
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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island — 8 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duong Dong: An Thoi (Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park, Kim Quy Island, &more), Thien Vien Truc Lam Ho Quoc (Ho Quoc Pagoda) (in Duong To) and Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda (in Ganh Dau). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, browse the different shops at The Vietnamese Artists, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, and see what you can catch with Jerry's Jungle Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 21:

Vietnam travel guide

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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.