17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  16​h
1
Halong Bay
— 1 day
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
2
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Sydney

1
day
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 6th (Wed): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Halong Bay is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Halong Bay, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Long Tien Pagoda ©
Long Tien Pagoda

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hanoi day trip app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

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Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
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1
night
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 10th (Sun): Head underground at Paradise Cave and then Head underground at Son Doong Cave. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Duck Stop.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, browse the different shops at Big C Market, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Mieu Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hue tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

3
nights
Hoi An

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.
Take a break from Hoi An with a short trip to Food Tours in Da Nang, about 42 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get to know the fascinating history of March Gallery, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An trip maker website .

Getting from Hue to Hoi An by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

5
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.
Pamper yourself for a day on the 20th (Wed) at some of the top local wellness centers. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and take a stroll through Saigon.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoi An in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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

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