26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Cairo
Fly + Bus:  21 h 15 min
1
Sapa
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  10 h 15 min
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Hue
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Da Lat
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Con Son
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
6
Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Da Nang
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  3 h 30 min
8
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Ferry:  3 h 45 min
9
Cat Ba
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  21 h
End: Cairo

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Muong Hoa Valley and Fansipan Mountain. Explore hidden gems such as Love Waterfall and Hang Da Village. Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Hoang Lien National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Y Linh Ho, catch a live event at Sapa Ancient Rock Field, look for gifts at Indigo Cat, and make a trip to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapa travel itinerary planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Sapa is an approximately 22.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, train, and car. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Cairo to Sapa due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Tours
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

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 25th (Sun): Head underground at Paradise Cave and then stroll through Phong Nha Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach) and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, taxi, and bus from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach)
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dam Chuon Huong Quan. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Tombs and Tomb of Tu Duc. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space, explore the historical opulence of Thai Hoa Palace, and delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go 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 do a combination of taxi and train. In November in Hue, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
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Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Thien Vien Truc Lam and Domaine de Marie Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Waterfall Bao Dai. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, appreciate the views at Datanla High Rope Course, and play a few rounds at Dalat Palace Golf Club.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Da Lat travel route planner.

Fly from Hue to Da Lat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Con Son.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

1
night
Con Son

Con Son ©
Taking a vacation in Con Son is like stepping back in time, with the island of around 5,000 people offering a glimpse into what life in Vietnam was like before television and other modern conveniences arrived.
On the 3rd (Mon), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bãi Đầm Trầu.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Con Son day trip tool.

Getting from Da Lat to Con Son by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Phu Quoc Island.

Things to do in Con Son

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:
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Bãi Đầm Trầu ©
Bãi Đầm Trầu
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island ©
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture.
Visit Sao Beach and Ong Lang Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Archipelago Anthoy and Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: experience rural life at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, look for gifts at All Good Things Phu Quoc, and get outside with Sunset Sanato Beach Club.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Phu Quoc Island day trip site.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Con Son to Phu Quoc Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy

2
nights
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
On the 7th (Fri), stroll through My Khe Beach, then stroll through Non Nuoc Beach, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Da Nang tour site.

Getting from Phu Quoc Island to Da Nang by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hoi An
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
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My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Thermal Spas

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.
Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Sung Sot Cave. Explore hidden gems such as Bai Tu Long Bay and Hon Ga Choi Island. Change things up with a short trip to Minh Chau beach in Quan Lan (about 1h 15 min away). There's more to do: Head underground at Dau Go Cave and take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay road trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Da Nang to Halong Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Minh Chau beach
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get in touch with nature at Lan Ha Bay and Cat Co 1 Beach. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, head off the coast to Monkey Island, and don't miss a visit to Cannon Fort.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cat Ba, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Lan Ha Bay ©
Lan Ha Bay

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