30 days in Vietnam & Mae Hong Son Itinerary

30 days in Vietnam & Mae Hong Son Itinerary

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30 days in Vietnam & Mae Hong Son Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
5
Mae Hong Son, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h 15​min
6
Sapa, Vietnam
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
9
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Da Lat, Vietnam
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
11
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Duong Dong, Vietnam

Duong Dong ©
Step out of Duong Dong with an excursion to May Rut Island in An Thoi--about 1h 25 min away.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Duong Dong trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Duong Dong is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Duong Dong, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Duong To, May Rut Island, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom

3
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

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, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: experience rural life at The Duck Stop, explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planning app .

Getting from Duong Dong to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

2
nights
Hue, Vietnam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Truc Chi Garden, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue route builder website .

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

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

3
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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, classes, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Mae Hong Son.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

1
night
Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Mae Hong Son ©
A town of 7,000 in northern Thailand, Mae Hong Son remains somewhat under the mainstream tourist radar, which has allowed it to maintain a traditional Thai atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mae Hong Son Mountain Wat and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Non. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Antique House and Coffee House Banboran and then admire the striking features of Wat To Phae.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mae Hong Son trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hoi An to Mae Hong Son. When traveling from Hoi An in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Mae Hong Son, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Mae Hong Son

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Wat To Phae ©
Wat To Phae
Wat Phra Non ©
Wat Phra Non

1
day
Sapa, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Y Linh Ho, make a trip to Fansipan Mountain, and then stop by Hieu Stone.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sapa trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Mae Hong Son to Sapa in 26.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho
Hieu Stone ©
Hieu Stone

2
nights
Ninh Binh, Vietnam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): Head underground at Mua Caves and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Trang An Grottoes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bai Dinh Pagoda, and then don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ninh Binh driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sapa to Ninh Binh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the galleries of Empty Wall Gallery, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planner .

Take a bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay day trip planning 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 on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Adventure
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

3
nights
Da Lat, Vietnam

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, adventure, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Bao Loc, explore the world behind art at Trickland 3D Museum, and don't miss a visit to Crazy House.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Da Lat tour planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Da Lat takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Nha Trang, Vietnam

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 18th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then stop by XQ Hand Embroidery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Nha Trang trip planner .

You can take a bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
XQ Hand Embroidery ©
XQ Hand Embroidery

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nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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 museums, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

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