15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Da Nang
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
2
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  5​h
6
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
7
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Vancouver

2
nights
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 29th (Fri), make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains. On your second day here, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and then take in the exciting artwork at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Da Nang day trip planning tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Da Nang is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Vancouver to Da Nang. Traveling from Vancouver in November, expect Da Nang to be much hotter, temps between 33°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hoi An
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then contemplate the long history of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue sightseeing planner.

Getting from Da Nang to Hue by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves and then take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online trip builder .

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

2
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.
On the 4th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, walk around Cong Vien 30-4, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ho Chi Minh City in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. December in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

On the 6th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Mushroom, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, and finally look for gifts at Sava Coffee Shop. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, then steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong vacation planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Duong To, Phu Quoc Island, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Halong Bay journey builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Duong Dong to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.

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

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: wander the streets of Old Quarter, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and make a trip to Ho Van - Van Mieu.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi travel planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Food Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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