13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  11 h
1
Da Nang
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
5
Halong Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
6
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Sydney

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 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, thentake in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of The Old House of Phun Hung.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Da Nang road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Da Nang is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Da Nang, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Da Nang hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hoi An
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, thencontemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hue travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Da Nang to Hue takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): Head underground at Son Doong Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

Plan my day in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

2
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stop by Tired City Bao Khanh, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then take a stroll through Old Quarter. Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, thencontemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Temple of Literature & National University ©

1
night
Halong Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Halong Bay trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

1
night
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
On the 17th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Mushroom, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenmake a trip to Sung Hung Pagoda, thenlook for gifts at Sava Coffee Shop, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Duong Dong attractions planning tool.

Getting from Halong Bay to Duong Dong by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Spas Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Duong To, Sung Hung Pagoda
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Spas
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom
Sung Hung Pagoda ©
Sung Hung Pagoda

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Independence Palace, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, thenappreciate the history behind Statue of Avalokiteshvara, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, thenbrowse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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