25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam sightseeing planner

Plan created by another user.Make it yours

Route & dates

Start: Sofia
Fly + Drive:  24 h 30 min
1
Sapa
— 5 nights
Bus + Drive:  10 h 30 min
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Drive + Bus:  6 h 30 min
3
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Sofia

5
nights
Sapa

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ta Phin Village, Sapa Khai Hmong Treks, Ta Van Village, and other attractions. Escape the urban bustle at Fansipan Mountain and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Giang Ta Chai Village and Sapa Culture Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sapa holiday planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Sapa is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Bac Ha Market
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Ethos - Spirit of the Community ©
Ethos - Spirit of the Community
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cua Van Floating Village and Long Tien Pagoda. Get in touch with nature at Quan Lan Beach and Minh Chau beach. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Sapa to Halong Bay takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, taxi, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Adventure Transportation

Side Trip

Quan Lan
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Minh Chau beach ©
Minh Chau beach

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trang An Grottoes, Thai Vi Temple, Ninh Binh Motorbike, and other attractions you added. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Quat Lam Beach. Popular historic sites such as Bai Dinh Pagoda and Hoa Lu Temple are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Ninh Binh to Nam Dinh to see Parish Lac Dao about 56 minutes away. It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves and pause for some serene contemplation at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ninh Binh visit planner.

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh takes 7 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Nam Dinh, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Ninh Binh Motorbike
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Mua Caves ©
Mua Caves

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.
Paradise Cave has been added to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Phong Nha Caves and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Son Doong Cave, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park travel route planning website.

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

3
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.
You've added Royal Tombs, The Mieu Temple, Perfume River, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Imperial City and Thien Mu Pagoda. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tomb of Tu Duc. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, and take in the exciting artwork at Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue travel route planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Hue are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Tomb of Khai Dinh
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh

4
nights
Hoi An

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.
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Cantonese Assembly Hall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Thai Hoa Palace and Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoi An: Da Nang (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Golf in Danang), Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho) and Bach Ma National Park (in Hue). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hy Hoa Temple.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip tool.

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. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hue, Hai Van Pass
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) ©
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien)
Spas

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, thenwander the streets of Old Quarter, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Quan Lan Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hanoi using our trip planner.

Fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) ©
Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat)

Similar Plans

27 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM SPAIN July, culture, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: July, culture, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 26 days in Vietnam & Siem Reap BY A USER FROM POLAND February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 27 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 26 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 27 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 26 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 27 days in Vietnam & Rawai BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 27 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand BY A USER FROM FRANCE February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 28 days in Siem Reap & Vietnam BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, teens, popular sights Preferences: August, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 29 days in Asia & South Pacific BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 28 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Philippines BY A USER FROM GREECE May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 29 days in Hawaii, Vietnam & Portugal BY A USER FROM BAHAMAS October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans