29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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29 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
2
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
3
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  3 h
4
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
5
Da Nang
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h
6
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
8
Sapa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Hanoi
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
10
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Auckland

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 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha tho Da Minh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a sense of history and politics at People's Committee Building, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City road trip planning site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Ho Chi Minh City is minus 5 hours. While traveling from Auckland, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Ho Chi Minh City, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
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War Remnants Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Domaine de Marie Church, then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and then appreciate the views at Datanla High Rope Course.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Da Lat trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Pine Track Adventures
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Linh Phuoc Pagoda
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2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then snap pictures at Tran Phu Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Nui, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nha Trang Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hon Chong.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Nha Trang trip builder.

Take a bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

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Nha Tho Nui ©
Nha Tho Nui
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach

4
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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and An Bang Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cantonese Assembly Hall and Ha Ha - Art In Everything. There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phuoc Lam Pagoda, stroll through Cua Dai Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Hoi An trip app.

Getting from Nha Trang to Hoi An by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

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Jack's Cat Cafe ©
Jack's Cat Cafe
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at My Khe Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Visiting Hai Van Pass and Canh Duong Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Marble Mountains, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nha Tho An Hoa Da Nang, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and brush up on your military savvy at Da Nang Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Nang trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Hoi An to Da Nang by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Canh Duong Beach, Hai Van Pass
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My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Hai Van Pass ©
Hai Van Pass

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Imperial City and Thai Hoa Palace. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tomb of Tu Duc and Le Ba Dang Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, make a trip to Nine Dynastic Urns, and explore the striking landscape of Bach Ma National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hue trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Da Nang to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Phong Nha Caves and The Duck Stop. The adventure continues: Head underground at Son Doong Cave, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park travel route planning tool.

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Tue), visit Giang Ta Chai Village and then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, and then stroll through Fansipan Mountain.

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You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Sapa in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Quarter and Presidential Palace Historical Site. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University and take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hanoi trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

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nights
Halong Bay

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Bai Tu Long Bay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Long Tien Pagoda and Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh. Get in touch with nature at Hạ Long Bay and Hon Ga Choi Island. It doesn't end there: glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
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Bai Tu Long Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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