20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Cat Ba
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
3
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
5
Con Dao Islands
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
6
Mui Ne
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Hanoi

1
night
Hanoi

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.
On the 27th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, then steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, take in the local highlights with Travel Agent Hanoi, then look for gifts at Tired City Hang Manh, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Plan trip to Hanoi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Hanoi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

2
nights
Cat Ba

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 29th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, and finally explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Cat Ba by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Halong Bay
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
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.
Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and My Khe Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Non Nuoc Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Step out of Hoi An with an excursion to Mỹ Sơn in Duy Xuyen District--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An visit planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and flight from Cat Ba to Hoi An takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Step out of the city life by going to Sao Beach and Ong Lang Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Long Beach and Khem Beach. Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, head outdoors with Archipelago Anthoy, and stop by All Good Things Phu Quoc.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Hoi An to Duong Dong in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Con Dao Islands.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, INK 360, Sao Beach
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Con Dao Islands

Con Dao Islands ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Phu Hai Prison, then kick back and relax at Ong Dung Beach, and then stroll through Bãi Đầm Trầu.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Con Dao Islands travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Duong Dong to Con Dao Islands in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Mui Ne.

Things to do in Con Dao Islands

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bãi Đầm Trầu ©
Bãi Đầm Trầu
Ong Dung Beach ©
Ong Dung Beach
Phu Hai Prison ©
Phu Hai Prison

1
night
Mui Ne

Mui Ne ©
Mũi Né is a coastal fishing town in the Bình Thuận Province of Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Long Tu Temple, stroll through Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), then get your game on at Trampoline Club "Impulse", and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Red Sand Dunes.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mui Ne trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Con Dao Islands to Mui Ne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Da Lat.

Things to do in Mui Ne

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien)
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Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien) ©
Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien)
Red Sand Dunes ©
Red Sand Dunes
Linh Long Tu Temple ©
Linh Long Tu Temple

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam, then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Datanla High Rope Course, then take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall Bao Dai, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Da Lat day trip app.

You can drive from Mui Ne to Da Lat in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dam Chuon Huong Quan. Popular historic sites such as Royal Tombs and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space, and delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hue online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Da Lat to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Phong Nha Caves and Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach). Take a break from the city and head to Paradise Cave and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). Change things up with a short trip to Tam Toa Church in Dong Hoi (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: Head underground at Son Doong Cave, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dong Hoi
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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