16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1​h
3
Da Nang
— 1 day
Bus:  2​h
4
Hue
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Cat Ba
— 1 night
Bus:  6​h
7
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Mai Chau
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Brussels

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 13th (Mon), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary maker website .

Brussels, Belgium to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in April, things will get much warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 41°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An online journey 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. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in April, you will find days in Hoi An are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours
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Food Tours

1
day
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.
For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Da Nang trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours Shopping Outdoors
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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.
For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hue online tour planner .

Take a bus from Da Nang to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Hue are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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3
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.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, then don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong and then take a stroll through Old Quarter.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Cat Ba

Cat Ba ©
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
On the 20th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, and then step off the mainland to explore Monkey Island. On the next day, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba Island.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cat Ba online vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ninh Binh trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Hue to Ninh Binh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. While traveling from Hue, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ninh Binh, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 26°C. You will leave for Cat Ba on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Tours Outdoors
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2
nights
Mai Chau

Mai Chau ©
Mai Châu is a rural district of Hòa Bình Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Chieu Cave, then stop by Hoa Ban Plus, and then take some stellar pictures from Thung Khe Pass.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mai Chau online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Ninh Binh to Mai Chau in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Mai Chau are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Mai Chau

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Chieu Cave ©
Chieu Cave
Thung Khe Pass ©
Thung Khe Pass

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