33 days in Vietnam Itinerary

33 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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33 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15​h
1
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Sapa
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Drive + ferry:  10​h 30​min
3
Halong Bay
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Hue
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Da Lat
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Ancient House. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, and see the interesting displays at Hanoi Police Museum.

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Melbourne, Australia to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Indochina Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, stroll through Fansipan Mountain, and then make a trip to Deo Tram Ton. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then make a trip to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Sapa day trip planner .

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Tours
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Cat Cat village ©
Cat Cat village

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sung Sot Cave and Bãi Cháy Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Halong Bay: Cat Ba (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Cat Ba Island) and Yen Tu Mountain (in Uong Bi). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, step off the mainland to explore Soi Sim Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, and explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Sapa to Halong Bay takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Cat Ba, Yen Tu Mountain
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Trang An Grottoes and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ninh Binh trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh in 6.5 hours. In December in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Nhà xứ Phát Diệm ©
Nhà xứ Phát Diệm

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), then experience rural life at The Duck Stop, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Son Doong Cave.

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Drive from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to 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
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nine Dynastic Urns. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Dong Ba Market.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hue trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Tu Dam Pagoda ©
Tu Dam 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Maya Design. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and relax in the rural setting at Tra Que Minty Garden.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hoi An route maker website .

Getting from Hue to Hoi An by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Walking tours
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Pine Track Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of Pongour Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, and look for gifts at DL Nature's.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Da Lat tour itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Pongour Falls
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

4
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Food Tours. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and examine the collection at Drink Vietnam.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ho Chi Minh City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Walking tours

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