21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
6
Da Lat
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
7
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
8
Hanoi
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Toronto

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Hoi An is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, expect Hoi An to be much warmer, temps between 29°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

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

2
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.
On the 25th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and then browse the exhibits of Truc Chi Garden.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hue day trip website .

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hoi An in December: highs in Hue hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

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

2
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.
On the 27th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To find out how to plan a trip to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

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
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

On the 29th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, then relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Phu Quoc Mushroom, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by Sava Coffee Shop.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Duong Dong takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Adventure Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc Mushroom
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Another option is to 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 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Da Lat driving holiday planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Halong Bay planner .

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Da Lat to Halong Bay in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

5
nights
Hanoi

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: take a stroll through Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi vacation builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

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