17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Da Nang
— 3 nights
Drive:  8 h
2
Dong Hoi
— 1 night
Drive:  10 h 30 min
3
Ninh Binh
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Drive + Ferry:  6 h 15 min
4
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
5
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Duong Dong
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h
End: Bengaluru

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ba Na Hills SunWorld, The Marble Mountains, Dragon Bridge, and other attractions.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Nang trip maker.

Bengaluru, India to Da Nang is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Da Nang. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dong Hoi.

Things to do in Da Nang

Theme Parks Nature Parks
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Ba Na Hills SunWorld ©
Ba Na Hills SunWorld
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Lady Buddha ©
Lady Buddha

1
night
Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi
The pleasant seaside and port town of Dong Hoi sits close to a World Heritage Site national park.
To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dong Hoi journey planning site.

You can drive from Da Nang to Dong Hoi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Dong Hoi

Tours Outdoors Parks
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1
night
Ninh Binh

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
On the 24th (Thu), Head underground at Trang An Grottoes, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Dong Hoi to Ninh Binh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. In October in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Bich Dong Pagoda ©
Bich Dong Pagoda

3
nights
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.
Step out of Halong Bay with an excursion to Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Cat Ba--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay online journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay in 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planning site.

Do a combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University

4
nights
Duong Dong

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Step out of Duong Dong to go to An Thoi and see Sao Beach, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cao Dai Temple, cast your line with a fishing tour, and contemplate the long history of Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Duong Dong trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Hanoi to Duong Dong by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc Waterfall, Sao Beach, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, Spas
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Sava Coffee Shop ©
Sava Coffee Shop

1
night
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 2nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, browse the exhibits of Drink Vietnam, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace.

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

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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