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3 Weeks in Vietnam

3-week Vietnam itinerary map

This is our recommended 3-week itinerary that takes you through 14 of the most popular destinations in Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City → the Mekong Delta → Mui Ne → Dalat → Nha Trang → Quy Nhon → Da Nang → Hoi An → Hue → Quang Binh → Ninh Binh → Ha Long Bay → Hanoi → Sapa → Hanoi.

3-week Vietnam itinerary - Vietnamnomad


Destinations: 14

Travel time (hr): 65+

Transportation costs (USD): 150+

Total cost (USD): 800+

Itinerary details

3 week Vietnam itinerary - Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

(2 days)

Things to do: War Remnants Museum, Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Skydeck, Bui Vien Street, Cu Chi Tunnels.

Ho Chi Minh City → the Mekong Delta:

  • Transportation: Tour (2 days 1 night, Vietfuntravel, The Sinh Tourist)
  • Price: 2,150,000 VND ($95)
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta

(2 days)

Things to do: Lan Island, Phung Island, Vinh Trang Pagoda (My Tho), Cai Rang floating market (Can Tho).

The tour will take you back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City → Mui Ne:

  • Transportation: Bus (Hanh Cafe, Tam Hanh Bus)
  • Travel time: 4 hr 30 min
  • Fare: 190,000 VND
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Mui Ne

Mui Ne

(1 day)

Things to do: Mui Ne Beach, Sand Dunes, Po Shanu Cham Towers.

Mui Ne  Dalat:

  • Transportation: Bus (An Phu Bus)
  • Travel time: 3 hr 45 min
  • Fare: 200,000 VND
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Dalat


(1 day)

Things to do: Xuan Huong Lake area, Dalat Railway Station, Chicken Church, Linh Phuoc Pagoda.

Dalat → Nha Trang:

  • Transportation: Bus (Phuong Trang, The Sinh Bus)
  • Travel time: 3 hr
  • Fare: 250,000 VND
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Nha Trang

Nha Trang

(1 day)

Things to do: Nha Trang Beach, Vinpearl Land, Po Nagar Cham Towers, Dam Market.

Nha Trang  Quy Nhon:

  • Transportation: Bus (Thanh Thuy)
  • Travel time: 5 hr
  • Fare: 200,000 VND
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Quy Nhon

Quy Nhon

(1 day)

Things to do: Ky Co, Eo Gio, Twin Towers, Queen’s Beach.

Quy Nhon → Da Nang:

  • Transportation: Bus (Phuong Trang, Lien Hung)
  • Travel time: 6 hr 30 min
  • Fare: 250,000 VND
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Da Nang

Da Nang

(2 days)

Things to do: My Khe Beach, Ba Na Hills, Marble Mountains, Museum of Cham Sculpture.

Da Nang → Hoi An:

  • Transportation: Bus (01)
  • Travel time: 45 min
  • Fare: 30,000 VND
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Hoi An

Hoi An

(1 day)

Things to do: An Bang Beach, the ancient town, Bay Mau Coconut Forest.

Hoi An → Hue:

  • Transportation: Bus (Hanh Cafe, The Sinh Bus)
  • Travel time: 3 hr 45 min
  • Fare: 180,000 VND
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Hue


(1 day)

Things to do: The Imperial Citadel of Hue, Thien Mu Pagoda, Khai Dinh Tomb, Tu Duc Tomb, Dong Ba Market.

Hue → Quang Binh:

  • Transportation: Bus (Camel Travel)
  • Travel time: 4 hr
  • Fare: 400,000 VND
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Quang Binh

Quang Binh

(1 day)

Things to do: Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Paradise Cave, Nhat Le Beach.

Quang Binh → Ninh Binh:

  • Transportation: Train (Dong Hoi – Ninh Binh)
  • Travel time: 8 hr
  • Fare: 300,000 VND
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh

(2 days)

Things to do: Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Mua Cave, Trang An Landscape Complex, Bai Dinh Pagoda.

Ninh Binh → Ha Long Bay:

  • Transportation: Bus (The Long Bus)
  • Travel time: 5 hr
  • Fare: 350,000 VND
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

(1 day)

Things to do: Ha Long Bay, Tuan Chau Island.

Ha Long Bay → Hanoi:

  • Transportation: Bus (Trung Thanh Limousine)
  • Travel time: 1 hr 30 min
  • Fare: 260,000 VND
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Hanoi


(2 days)

Things to do: Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Old Quarter, Temple of Literature, Dong Xuan Market, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Hanoi → Sapa:

  • Transportation: Bus (Fansipan Express Bus)
  • Travel time: 6 hr 10 min
  • Fare: 250,000 VND
3 week Vietnam itinerary - Sapa


(1 day)

Things to do: Sapa Stone Church, Ham Rong Mountain, Cat Cat Village, Ta Van Village.

Sapa → Hanoi: Bus (Fansipan Express Bus)

You take bus number 86 (35,000 VND) to Noi Bai International Airport from Hanoi city center, ending your 3-week itinerary in Vietnam.

A few notes

  • The exchange rate between USD and VND in 2023 is approximately 1 USD ≈ 23,500 VND.
  • Please note that the travel time mentioned for each part of the itinerary does not include check-in time at the airport and train station.
  • For train travel, we recommend booking tickets on the official website of the Vietnam Railway Corporation:
  • The above recommendations for tours, hotels, bus operators, and airlines were selected based on suitability, without any advertising or affiliate marketing, so you can rest assured with these suggestions.

3 weeks in Vietnam costs

For a 3-week trip to Vietnam, the average expenditure for many tourists is around $800. Here are some estimated fixed costs to help you plan your budget:

  • Transportation costs are approximately $150.
  • Accommodation in a private hotel or homestay will cost around $15 to $20 per night. For solo travelers, hostels can be a more affordable option, with prices starting at around $5 per night.
  • Food costs are typically around $15 per person per day.
  • Admission to monuments, museums, and attractions costs around $1 – $5.

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