17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Luang Prabang
Fly + bus:  2​h
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Da Lat
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
6
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Luang Prabang

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vietnamese Women's Museum and Tired City Hang Bong. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Quarter, admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi visit planning tool .

Luang Prabang, Laos to Hanoi is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Tired City Hang Bong ©
Tired City Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

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 2nd (Tue), Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay road trip planning app .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Da Lat.

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

1
night
Da Lat

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
On the 3rd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, explore the galleries of Trickland 3D Museum, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam, stroll around Datanla High Rope Course, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Da Lat road trip planning site .

Getting from Halong Bay to Da Lat by combination of ferry, car, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam

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 5th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nha tho Da Minh, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, enjoy breathtaking views from Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck, then contemplate the long history of The Independence Palace, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Getting from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels

1
night
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Phu Quoc Mushroom, tee off at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course, and then make a trip to Sung Hung Pagoda.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Duong Dong online trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc Mushroom
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Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom
Sung Hung Pagoda ©
Sung Hung Pagoda

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, and then explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop.

Plan a Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Duong Dong to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

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.
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, take in the exciting artwork at Truc Chi Garden, then explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hue trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daytime highs in Hue are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Yaly Couture - Nguyen Duy Hieu branch. Step out of Hoi An with an excursion to Mỹ Sơn in Duy Xuyen District--about 1h 10 min away. Make the 14th (Sun) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hoi An trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Mỹ Sơn, The Marble Mountains
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town

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