18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Zagreb
Fly:  19 h
1
Hanoi
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Da Nang
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
4
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Zagreb

4
nights
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: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), take a stroll through Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at One Pillar Pagoda.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi driving holiday tool.

Zagreb, Croatia to Hanoi is an approximately 19.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Indochina Time is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Off-Road Tours
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
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 15th (Mon): head off the coast to Cat Ba Island and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of flight, car, and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Cat Ba Island
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

2
nights
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
On the 17th (Wed), make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town and then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Da Bao Real Leather, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally admire the artistry at Henna Art Hoi An.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Da Nang trip app.

Getting from Halong Bay to Da Nang by combination of ferry, car, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hoi An
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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.
On the 19th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the handmade items at Hope Center Hue and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Hue trip maker website.

Traveling by bus from Da Nang to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

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

3
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, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, experience rural life at The Duck Stop, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

Discover how to plan a Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

3
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 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Soyn, and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City road trip planner.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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

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