1 Month in Vietnam Route
Start in the north flying into Hanoi, the hectic capital of Vietnam. Making sure you spend enough time here to sample all of the culinary delights the Vietnamese capital has to offer. Next take a short trip east to Ha Long. Here you can spend a night or two staying on a boat in the UNESCO world heritage site – Ha Long Bay. Masses of companies in Hanoi offer 1-2 night tours, exploring Ha Long Bay and sleeping and drinking on a boat. Your tour should include the return journey to Hanoi.
From Hanoi take the 12.5 hour overnight train to Hue. A couple of days here should be enough to explore what Hue has to offer, including another UNESCO world heritage site – Hue’s Imperial City.
Heading a little further south, jump on the 2.5 hour train to Da Nang. A day/night chilling out on the beach followed a few drinks and a meal in the main town by crossing the famous dragon bridge, is plenty. A short taxi ride 30km south lies the ancient town of Hoi An. Make sure you sample authentic Banh Mi’s and visit the famous Bale Well restaurant. Once you’ve stuffed your face, explore the beautiful town which is also considered a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Following the coast even further south, take an overnight bus to the beach capital of Vietnam, Nha Trang. There’s plenty to do here, chill out on the beach, visit the hot spring or snorkel off the coast. Heading a little further inland, take a bus to the slightly cooler Da Lat. Canyoning is the main attraction in Da Lat, spend the day abseiling down waterfalls, floating down rivers and cliff jumping.
After an exhausting day and definitely a good nights sleep, take the sleeper coach to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, HCMC is a booming city with plenty to do. Fill your head with knowledge regarding the Vietnam War, with a visit to the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels located just outside the city.
The final destination in Vietnam included taking a short 1 hour flights to picturesque, exotic island, Phu Quoc. Spend your last few days in Vietnam exploring the deserted beaches on the island and feasting on fresh seafood at the night markets.