19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hai Phong - Ben Binh Pier, Fly to Hoi An
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Da Lat
— 2 nights
Bus
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Nha Trang
— 2 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Quarter and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Popular historic sites such as Temple of Literature & National University and Truc Lam An Tam Zen Monastery are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, browse the exhibits of Empty Wall Gallery, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and view the masterpieces at A Dong Art Gallery.

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Dallas, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 13 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

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.
On the 5th (Tue), wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village, explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, and finally Head underground at Sung Sot Cave. On the next day, head off the coast to Cat Ba Island, explore the activities along Lan Ha Bay, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Vu Nguyen Family Massage.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cat Ba journey tool.

Take a bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Hoi An

— 3 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.
Do your shopping at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch and Cloth Shop VY VY II. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Duy Phu to see Mỹ Sơn about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Cat Ba to Hoi An takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Hoi An are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. Royal Tombs and Tomb of Minh Mang will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop, admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hue trip builder app.

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 1 night
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 13th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Ho Chi Minh City

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire the striking features of Central Post Office, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally examine the collection at Drink Vietnam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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You can fly from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ho Chi Minh City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

Da Lat

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam, then hunt for treasures at Dalat Market, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda. On the next day, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then get outside with Pine Track Adventures.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Da Lat road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

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 18th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Nui, then take in the natural beauty of Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, and finally browse the exhibits of Long Thanh Photo Studio.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang route planner.

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

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.