17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Shenzhen
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+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:  1​h 30​min
5
An Thoi, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h
6
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Shenzhen

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and West Lake. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison. On the 28th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University and take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner .

Shenzhen, China to Hanoi is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Shenzhen to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
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 29th (Sun): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and then get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh. On the next day, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay trip planner .

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
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 31st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bao Dai Waterfall (Thac Bao Dai), then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally make a trip to Lam Vien Square. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, then get outside with Pine Track Adventures, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Da Lat day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Da Lat takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the striking features of The Independence Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): do some two-wheel cruising with Countryside Adventures.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to An Thoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Parks Trails Tours
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

2
nights
An Thoi, Phu Quoc Island

An Thoi ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, head outdoors with Archipelago Anthoy, and then step off the mainland to explore Gam Ghi Island. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to May Rut Island, then make a trip to Ho Quoc pagoda, and then admire the sheer force of Phu Quoc Waterfall.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the An Thoi online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to An Thoi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in An Thoi

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc Waterfall
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May Rut Island ©
May Rut Island
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc

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.
On the 6th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave, Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, then admire the sheer force of Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and finally admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), Head underground at Paradise Cave, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from An Thoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hue route planner.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Hue, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

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

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.
Visit Mỹ Sơn and The Tran Family Home and Chapel for their historical value. Get outdoors at The Marble Mountains and Cua Dai Beach. Make the 11th (Sat) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hoi An online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

The Marble Mountains, Mỹ Sơn
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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