36 days in Vietnam Itinerary

36 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Calgary
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Da Lat
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
4
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  3 h
5
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Hue
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
9
Cat Ba
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
10
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  22 h
End: Calgary

4
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City tour planner.

Calgary, Canada to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Calgary in May, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be much hotter, temps between 41°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Adventure

Side Trip

Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy
Find places to stay May 12 — 16:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

4
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.
Take a break from Duong Dong with a short trip to Kim Quy Island in An Thoi, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside, don't miss a visit to Sung Hung Pagoda, get outside with Archipelago Anthoy, and browse the different shops at The Vietnamese Artists.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Duong Dong trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Duong To, Kim Quy Island, Happy Farm PQ
Find places to stay May 16 — 20:
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Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau ©
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy

4
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.
Da Lat is known for nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, make a trip to Crazy House, head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Da Lat journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Da Lat takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Xuan Huong Lake ©
Xuan Huong Lake
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
Nha Trang is known for historic sites, theme parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, take in the exciting artwork at DDK's Black & White Photo Gallery, stop by Legendary Chocolatier, and browse the exhibits of Long Thanh Photo Studio.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nha Trang road trip website.

You can take a bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Tours Museums
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda

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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, experience rural life at Tra Que Minty Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hoi An trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
Find places to stay May 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Vinh Moc Tunnel in Dong Ha (about 2 hours away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, and don't miss a visit to Tu Hieu Pagoda.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue online trip builder.

You can 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 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Vinh Moc Tunnel
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Son Doong Cave, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planning site.

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:
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Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

4
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, stop by TiredCity Hang Bong, have fun at Authentic Bat Trang, and contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hanoi tour planner.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

1
night
Cat Ba

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.
On the 12th (Fri), shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, and then step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cat Ba sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Climbing Tours
Cat Ba National Park ©
Cat Ba National Park

3
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.
Halong Bay is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip builder.

You can ride a ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

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