34 days in Vietnam & Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

34 days in Vietnam & Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

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34 days in Vietnam & Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
2
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
3
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Tosor, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 8 nights
Fly:  21 h 45 min
6
Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
9
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
10
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
End: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

5
nights
Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Osh ©
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
Uzgen Archaeological-Architectural Museum Complex and SAIMALUU TASH Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Kyrgyz Ata National Park and Abshir Ata Falls. Step out of Osh to go to Jalal-Abad and see Padysh-Ata Reserve, which is approximately 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Alay Valley, appreciate the history behind Lenin Monument, walk around Enenin Koz Zhashy Park, and steep yourself in history at Dom Babura Mosque.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osh driving holiday website .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Osh is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Osh. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cholpon Ata.

Things to do in Osh

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Padysh-Ata Reserve, Uzgen Archaeological-Architectural Museum Complex
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Kyrgyz Ata National Park ©
Kyrgyz Ata National Park
Irkeshtam Pass ©
Irkeshtam Pass

1
night
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan

Cholpon Ata ©
A well-established resort town, Cholpon Ata lies on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, backed by the alpine peaks of the Tian Shan range.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grigorevskoye Canyon, delve into the mystery of Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum, and finally take an unorthodox tour of Abandoned Runway. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Ferris Wheel, appreciate the history behind Lenin Statue, see the interesting displays at Museum of Petroglyphs, then head outdoors with Ruh Ordo Cultural Center, and finally see the interesting displays at Historical Museum.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cholpon Ata day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Osh to Cholpon Ata takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Karakol.

Things to do in Cholpon Ata

Outdoors Nature Trails

Side Trips

Grigorevskoye Canyon, Ferris Wheel
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Ruh Ordo Cultural Center ©
Ruh Ordo Cultural Center
Historical Museum ©
Historical Museum
Museum of Petroglyphs ©
Museum of Petroglyphs

2
nights
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol ©
Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing, then stop by Issyk Kul Brand Shop, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Karakol Peak, then take in the dramatic natural features at Karakol Gorge, and then explore the striking landscape at Juuku Gorge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Karakol tour itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Cholpon Ata to Karakol in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Tosor.

Things to do in Karakol

Nature Parks Trails
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Karakol Peak ©
Karakol Peak
Juuku Gorge ©
Juuku Gorge
Karakol Gorge ©
Karakol Gorge

1
night
Tosor, Kyrgyzstan

Tosor ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Tosor Pass, get outside with Manjyly-Ata Valley, and then admire the sheer force of Barskoon Waterfall.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tosor planning website .

You can drive from Karakol to Tosor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Tosor

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Barskoon Waterfall, Manjyly-Ata Valley
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Barskoon Waterfall ©
Barskoon Waterfall

8
nights
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek ©
Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.
Let the collections at Exhibition Hall of Union of Artists and Museum of Fine Arts capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Church of the Holy Prince Vladimir and Ala-Too Square are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Korona Peak, take in breathtaking views at Issyk-Ata Gorge, explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge, and admire the verdant scenery at Boom Gorge.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bishkek trip planner .

You can drive from Tosor to Bishkek in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Bishkek, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Issyk-Ata Gorge ©
Issyk-Ata Gorge
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Too-Ashu Pass ©
Too-Ashu Pass

2
nights
Duong Dong, Vietnam

Duong Dong ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Cao Dai Temple. We've included these beaches for you: Sao Beach and Long Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Duong Dong online vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bishkek to Duong Dong. Traveling from Bishkek to Duong Dong, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, Mega King Mart & Alluvia Phu Quoc Chocolate Factory
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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Phu Quoc National Park ©
Phu Quoc National Park

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
On the 27th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at FITO Museum, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, then stroll around Cong Vien 30-4, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Wildlife Tours
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
FITO Museum ©
FITO Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple

2
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach, and then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in March: highs in Hoi An hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), then wander the streets of Old Quarter, and then view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then make a trip to Ho Van - Van Mieu, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi route planning app .

Fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

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 2nd (Thu): relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

3
nights
Hue, Vietnam

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 4th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Nine Dynastic Urns, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hue tour itinerary 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. April in Hue sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

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