16 days in Manila & Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Manila & Vietnam Itinerary

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16 days in Manila & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  8​h
1
Manila, Philippines
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Vinh Long, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Can Tho, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Tra Vinh, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Chinese Cemetery, examine the collection at Bahay Tsinoy, admire the landmark architecture of Monastery of Saint Agustin, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum Of Anthropology, then examine the collection at Museum of the Filipino People, and finally appreciate the history behind Rizal Monument.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Manila day trip planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Manila is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Philippines Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in February, with highs in Manila at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Chinese Cemetery ©
Chinese Cemetery
Santuario de San Antonio ©
Santuario de San Antonio
Fort San Antonio Abad ©
Fort San Antonio Abad

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for gifts at Elegant Silk, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Wat Chantarangsay, take in panoramic vistas at Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Manila to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 5.5 hours. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vinh Long.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Speed Boats Tours
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Wat Chantarangsay ©
Wat Chantarangsay

1
night
Vinh Long, Vietnam

Vinh Long
Vĩnh Long is a city and the capital of Vĩnh Long Province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Viet Artisans.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Vinh Long trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Ho Chi Minh City to Vinh Long takes 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Vinh Long can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Can Tho.
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1
night
Can Tho, Vietnam

Can Tho ©
The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Can Tho Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phat Hoc Pagoda, then examine the collection at Museum of Tarot, then don't miss a visit to Thiền Viện Trúc Lâm Phương Nam, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nha tho Chinh Toa Can Tho, then snap pictures at Can Tho Bridge, then admire the striking features of Munirangsyaram Pagoda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tham Tuong Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Can Tho journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Vinh Long to Can Tho takes 1.5 hours. March in Can Tho sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Tra Vinh.

Things to do in Can Tho

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam
Can Tho Beach ©
Can Tho Beach
Phat Hoc Pagoda ©
Phat Hoc Pagoda

1
night
Tra Vinh, Vietnam

Tra Vinh ©
Trà Vinh is a provincial city in Vietnam. To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tra Vinh holiday maker .

You can drive from Can Tho to Tra Vinh in 2.5 hours. March in Tra Vinh sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Tra Vinh

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hang Pagoda
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Hang Pagoda ©
Hang Pagoda
Ang Pagoda ©
Ang Pagoda

6
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Cantonese Assembly Hall will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoi An: Da Nang (Art in Paradise (3D TRICK ART), Photography Tours, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Precious Heritage by Rehahn, admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuc Thanh Pagoda, and kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Tra Vinh to Hoi An with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tra Vinh in March: highs in Hoi An hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

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