Planning a trip to Vietnam? 4 weeks gives you plenty of time to travel from south to north, or vice versa.
Here’s our suggested route/itinerary for 4 weeks in Vietnam. This particular route takes in all the usual highlights and a sprinkling off off-the-beaten track spots that will blow your mind. Enjoy!
Days 1-3: Ho Chi Minh
Fly into Ho Chi Minh City – the craziest city in the world! – and spend a couple of days exploring this chaotic city. Visit the War Remnants Museum, slurp on Vietnamese pho and sit in packed little street cafes watching the world go by. Oh, and don’t forget to organise a trip to the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, where you can actually crawl through a network of underground tunnels that were used in the Vietnam war. Well worth doing!
Day 3-4: Mekong Delta
Is the Mekong Delta worth the 5-hour voyage west of Ho Chi Minh? If you’re keen to see how locals live and work on the Mekong, then yes, definitely. We did a homestay on the Mekong Delta and visited floating markets, a crocodile farm and stayed overnight with some locals. It’s not mind-blowing, but it is interesting. This can be organised from Ho Chi Minh and includes return travel.
Day 5-7: Cat Tien National Park
Get the bus to Cat Tien National Park (5 hours from Ho Chi Minh) and spend an unmissable few days immersed in wildlife. Hear the gibbons wake up in the wild and chill in hammocks by the serene river. This experience is truly unique and well worth venturing off the beaten track. Make time for this one!
Day 8-10: Da Lat
Continue onto Da Lat and spend a hair-raising day canyoning down 12ft waterfalls, white-water rafting and trekking through beautiful scenery. If you fancy it, you can also do a day trip down to Mui Ne, a beachside location where you can go sand-boarding.
Day 11-14: Easy Rider motorbike ride
Get an Easy Rider to Nha Trang which takes 2-3 days and was one of the highlights of our trip! This 3-day trip showcases all the wonderful sights and attractions of Da Lat before taking you up into the mountains on a spectacular journey through tiny villages, roaring waterfalls and lush green rice paddies.
Day 15-18: Nha Trang
Stay in the party capital of Nha Trang or chill out further north at the rustic Jungle Beach Resort. These basic beach huts attract a hippy crowd looking for chilled-out vibes and communal meals. Think shabby chic, more than 5-star luxury.
Day 18-21: Hoi An
Love, love, love Hoi An! Dubbed ‘The City of Lanterns’, this 15th Century riverside town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t leave without doing a world-class cooking course. And if you’re a fan of shopping, you’ll be in seventh heaven.
Day 21-23: Phong Nha
Get the bus to Phong Nha (4 hours) and see the world’s largest caves, Paradise Cave and Dark Cave. This is REALLY fun and involves zip-lining, an assault course and mud wrestling… Yep, really. Top tip: Hire bikes and get up early to avoid the bus tours!
Day 23-25: Hanoi
Get the overnight bus to Hanoi (optional stop-off at Ninh Binh) and spend a couple of days exploring the markets, nightlife and delicious street food. Hanoi is the more chilled-out of the two cities and is a good base for exploring the north.
Day 25-28: Halong Bay
Sail around Halong Bay’s beautiful karst mountains, kayak through caves and and enjoy evening drinks on top deck. We highly recommend the 2 nights/3 day package that includes a night on Monkey Island. If you feel like splashing out, opt for the deluxe sea view room. The sunsets are magical.
Day 28-30: Sapa
Sapa is another unmissable experience and you simply MUST make time for this. Get a 6-hour bus to Sapa (organised from Hanoi) and spend a couple of days in the Fansipan mountains with a local hill-tribe (main picture). We have an excellent recommendation for an authentic homestay. Another highlight of our trip!
Day 30: Fly out from Hanoi
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