15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
5
Halong Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Sun), look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An journey maker website .

Melbourne, Australia to Hoi An is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Hoi An due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Hoi An. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the handmade items at Hope Center Hue, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hue travel route site .

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoi An in December, expect nights in Hue to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at The Duck Stop, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

3
nights
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, don't miss a visit to Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, and contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

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

4
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Fly from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

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