19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Brussels
+3
Train + Fly + Drive + Ferry:  18 h 15 min
1
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h
2
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Sapa
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h 30 min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
8
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
9
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Brussels

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take an in-depth tour of Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, kick back and relax at Cat Co 1 Beach, thenkick back and relax at Ti Top Beach, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ha Long Pearl.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay road trip planning tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Halong Bay is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train, flight, car, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Halong Bay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Cat Co 1 Beach
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Cat Co 1 Beach ©
Cat Co 1 Beach

2
nights
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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Quarter and Chua Tran Quoc. Take a break from Hanoi with a short trip to Mua Caves in Ninh Binh, about 2h 15 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the long history of Memorial House - Ho Chi Minh, kick back and relax at Quan Lan Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

Take a bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ninh Binh
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc
Mua Caves ©
Mua Caves

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, thenscramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sapa trip builder website.

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Sapa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): experience rural life at The Duck Stop, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), thentake in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and finally make a trip to Phong Nha Caves. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then Head underground at Son Doong Cave.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Tours
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

2
nights
Hue

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll through Dam Chuon Huong Quan, thenstroll through Thuan An Beach, thensee Off-Road Tours, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, thencontemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally steep yourself in history at Hue Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hue trip 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. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, get to know the fascinating history of March Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hainan Assembly Hall, contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), thensurround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, thenkick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at My Khe Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Hoi An trip itinerary site.

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. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Da Nang
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach

2
nights
Nha Trang

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hon Chong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Parish Church, kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach, thenbrowse the exhibits of Long Thanh Photo Studio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suoi Do Pagoda.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nha Trang itinerary planning website.

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

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers

2
nights
Da Lat

Da Lat ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, thenget outside with Pine Track Adventures, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domaine de Marie Church. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Son Pagoda, thenadmire the verdant scenery at Datanla High Rope Course, thenadmire the striking features of Dinh 1 Da Lat, and finally get engrossed in the history at Da Lat King Palace I.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Da Lat tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, thenget a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at People's Committee Building, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Phuoc An Hoi Quan.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Walking tours
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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