18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Paris
Fly:  15 h
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
2
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Paris

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hanoi travel route planner.

Paris, France to Hanoi is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Hanoi is 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Adventure
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
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 11th (Thu), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in the views from Bãi Cháy Bridge, and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Halong Bay road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bãi Cháy Bridge ©
Bãi Cháy Bridge

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at The Independence Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Bitexco Financial Tower.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip maker website.

Getting from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In June in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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

2
nights
Da Lat

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, browse the eclectic array of goods at Dalat Market, don't miss a visit to Crazy House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then admire the landmark architecture of Bao Dai's Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Da Lat tour site.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, then stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An trip planner.

You can fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Hoi An are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

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

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 18th (Thu): contemplate the long history of The Flag Tower, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and finally admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Hue online trip planner.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

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

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
On the 22nd (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Archipelago Anthoy, then experience rural life at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, and finally relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Sung Hung Pagoda, then experience rural life at Phu Quoc Mushroom, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple, and finally step off the mainland to explore Gam Ghi Island.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong holiday maker site.

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Duong Dong in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Duong To, Gam Ghi Island, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Gam Ghi Island ©
Gam Ghi Island
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom

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