18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  15​h
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  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
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, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, view the masterpieces at Tired City Hang Bong, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi road trip tool .

Paris, France to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Finish 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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Tired City Hang Bong ©
Tired City Hang Bong
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), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge, and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To find out how to plan a trip to Halong Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck.

Before you visit Ho Chi Minh City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. June in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, hunt for treasures at Dalat Market, make a trip to Crazy House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then admire the striking features of Bao Dai's Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Da Lat trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 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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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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.
Start 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 look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town. On your second day here, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Hoi An online day trip planner .

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. In June, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
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.
On the 18th (Thu), contemplate the long history of The Flag Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions 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 explore the world behind art at XQ Hand Embroidery.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hue trip site .

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): Head underground at Paradise Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop. 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 make a trip to Phong Nha Caves.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online vacation planner .

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
On the 22nd (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get outside with Archipelago Anthoy, then experience rural life at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, and finally experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Sung Hung Pagoda, then relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Mushroom, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, and finally step off the mainland to explore Gam Ghi Island.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong travel route builder site .

You can do a combination of 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. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Nature Parks 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
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy

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