18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  7​h 30​min
3
Halong Bay
— 1 day
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
4
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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 9th (Tue), stop by BOA Bookstore and then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, make a trip to Ben Dinh Tunnels, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda).

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City itinerary maker .

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Indochina Time is minus 3 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Sydney in April: highs in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Phu Quoc Mushroom, then admire all the interesting features of Phu Quoc Countryside, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Lang Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by All Good Things Phu Quoc, make a trip to Sung Hung Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Before you visit Duong Dong, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc Mushroom
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Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom
Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach

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 14th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Duong Dong to Halong Bay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

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, spas, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, explore the galleries of 54 Traditions Gallery, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hanoi tour itinerary builder site .

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 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, nightlife, wildlife, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop, Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), admire the sheer force of Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Paradise Cave
Paradise 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.
On the 21st (Sun), contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally don't miss a visit to The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon). On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple, then steep yourself in history at The Flag Tower, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hue vacation maker website .

You can 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. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu 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.
When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see Food Tours in Da Nang, approximately 42 minutes away. Make the 25th (Thu) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, and take in the exciting artwork at Ha Ha - Art In Everything.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hoi An driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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