32 days in Vietnam Itinerary

32 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam trip itinerary planner

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Hanoi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hai Phong
— 1 night
Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Phu Quoc
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly
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Da Lat
— 3 nights
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Hoi An
— 4 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
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Hue
— 4 nights
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Hanoi

— 4 nights
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 5th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Quarter, don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi online route planner.

Glasgow, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Hanoi is 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hai Phong.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 7:

Hai Phong

— 1 night
Haiphong is a major industrial city and the second largest city in the northern part of Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Du Hang Pagoda, cast your line with Calypso Cruises, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pho Chieu Pagoda.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hai Phong trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Hai Phong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hai Phong

Wildlife · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Halong Bay

— 2 nights
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.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park and then explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay vacation planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Hai Phong to Halong Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 5 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Step out of Duong Dong to go to Ganh Dau and see Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with Seamen Divers Diving Club, kick back and relax at Ong Lang Beach, get to know the resident critters at Vinpearl Safari, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong road trip planning app.

Getting from Halong Bay to Duong Dong by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

Ho Chi Minh City

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
On the 18th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, head outdoors with B Relax Massage, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City route builder app.

Getting from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:

Da Lat

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

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, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the views at Datanla High Rope Course, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, and explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Da Lat tour itinerary app.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Hoi An

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Da Nang (Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, Tran Thi Ly Bridge, &more). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hoi An trip planner.

You can fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 3 nights
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, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip planning app.

You can drive from Hoi An to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Hue

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 31st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, and don't miss a visit to The Flag Tower.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue trip planner.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Hue sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.