23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Chengdu
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Ferry:  6 h 15 min
3
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Hue
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h
6
Da Nang
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
7
Hoi An
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  3 h
8
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
9
Da Lat
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
10
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Chengdu

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison. Appreciate the collections at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and Tired City Bao Khanh. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi holiday planner .

Chengdu, China to Hanoi is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
Ninh Binh

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.
On the 19th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Hoa Lu Temples, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bai Dinh Pagoda, then Head underground at Mua Caves, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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You can take a bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mua Caves ©
Mua Caves
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda

2
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 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cua Van Floating Village and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh and then stroll through Quan Lan Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip planning tool .

Getting from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay by combination of bus and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Adventure Transportation

Side Trip

Quan Lan Beach
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Cua Van Floating Village ©
Cua Van Floating Village

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Quan Thanh Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hanoi journey app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites
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Quan Thanh Temple ©
Quan Thanh Temple

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at XQ Hand Embroidery, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda.

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Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in Hue sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
nights
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
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.
Mỹ Sơn and Da Nang Catheral will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to My Khe Beach and Canh Duong Beach. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the masterpieces at Art in Paradise (3D TRICK ART), and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Da Nang day trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Canh Duong Beach, Mỹ Sơn
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My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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 29th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Ha Ha - Art In Everything. On your second day here, kick back and relax at An Bang Beach, then contemplate the long history of Cantonese Assembly Hall, and then admire the masterpieces at Thanh Ha Terracotta Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hoi An online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a shuttle from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hoi An are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Thanh Ha Terracotta Park ©
Thanh Ha Terracotta Park

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stroll through Hon Chong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, then explore the galleries of Long Thanh Photo Studio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suoi Do Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nha Trang trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Lam Dong Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domaine de Marie Church.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Da Lat trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Lam Dong Museum ©
Lam Dong Museum

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Popular historic sites such as Ba Thien Hau Temple and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Vung Tau Beach and Dong Nai Culture And Nature Reserve. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Saigon, and identify plant and animal life at Khu Du Lich Sinh Thai Cao Minh.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City online trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dong Nai Province, Vung Tau Beach
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Pham Ngu Lao Street ©
Pham Ngu Lao Street
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple

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