17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  12​h
1
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoi An
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
3
Cat Ba
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
4
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  10​h 30​min
5
Sapa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
6
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Hue
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam, then admire the striking features of Dalat Railway Station, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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Melbourne, Australia to Da Lat is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Da Lat is minus 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Nature Historic Sites
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and My Khe Beach. Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Duy Xuyen District to see Mỹ Sơn about 1h 15 min away. Make the 6th (Tue) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Friendly Shoe Shop and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An trip builder website .

You can fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

My Khe Beach, Mỹ Sơn
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cat Ba online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hoi An to Cat Ba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cat Ba National Park ©
Cat Ba National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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 9th (Fri), Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay road trip planning website .

You can ride a ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks
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Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

1
night
Sapa

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, don't miss a visit to Fansipan Mountain, and then identify plant and animal life at Y Linh Ho. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Hieu Stone, then get out on two wheels at Hang Da Village, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sapa day trip website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho

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 12th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, and then Head underground at Tien Son Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach) and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Dong Hoi
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach) ©
Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach)

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tomb of Tu Duc and Tomb of Minh Mang. Discover out-of-the-way places like Royal Tombs and Food Tours. Step out of Hue with an excursion to City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery in Vinh An--about 1 hour away. Spend the 15th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Dam Chuon Huong Quan, contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space, and look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hue online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery
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Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc
City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery ©
City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery

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