18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  9​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Con Son
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Tuy Hoa
— 1 night
train:  2​h
8
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum and then view the masterpieces at Craig Thomas Gallery. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Central Post Office, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Vietnam Silver House.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City day trip planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City. In June, Ho Chi Minh City is much hotter than Melbourne - with highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Con Son.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping Museums Tours
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

1
night
Con Son

Con Son ©
Taking a vacation in Con Son is like stepping back in time, with the island of around 5,000 people offering a glimpse into what life in Vietnam was like before television and other modern conveniences arrived.
On the 27th (Thu), explore the activities along An Hai Lake, stroll through Ong Dung Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bãi Đầm Trầu, and finally stroll the grounds of Hang Duong Cemetary.

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

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Son by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Con Son

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bãi Đầm Trầu ©
Bãi Đầm Trầu
Hang Duong Cemetary ©
Hang Duong Cemetary
Ong Dung Beach ©
Ong Dung Beach

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
On the 28th (Fri), look for gifts at All Good Things Phu Quoc, enjoy the sand and surf at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, enjoy the sand and surf at Khem Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Starfish Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, and finally explore the galleries of Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): explore the activities along Fingernail Island, stroll through Long Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Lang Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Con Son to Duong Dong with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA), Sao Beach, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach

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.
On the 30th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and finally don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Old Quarter, take in the exciting artwork at Empty Wall Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally view the masterpieces at Tired City Bao Khanh.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Hanoi itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Duong Dong to Hanoi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

2
nights
Hue

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 2nd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): browse the exhibits of Green Bamboo Art Gallery, browse the exhibits of Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House, stop by Grace Garments, then steep yourself in history at The Flag Tower, then contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space, and finally admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hue travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July in Hue, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rubin Cloth Shop and MiTa Fashion. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mỹ Sơn and March Gallery. Take a break from Hoi An with a short trip to My Khe Beach in Da Nang, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, browse the exhibits of Ly Ly Art Gallery, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip builder .

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tuy Hoa.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Central Market ©
Central Market

1
night
Tuy Hoa

Tuy Hoa ©
Tuy Hòa is the capital city of Phú Yên Province in south-central Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Quang Duc Xua, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Mang Lang, and then kick back and relax at Ghềnh Đá Dĩa.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tuy Hoa holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Tuy Hoa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Tuy Hoa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Ghềnh Đá Dĩa ©
Ghềnh Đá Dĩa
Eglise de Mang Lang ©
Eglise de Mang Lang
Quang Duc Xua ©
Quang Duc Xua

2
nights
Nha Trang

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, then view the masterpieces at Colorwaves Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Mai Loc Photo Gallery, and finally stop by Tea House in Nha Trang.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nha Trang planning site .

You can drive from Tuy Hoa to Nha Trang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Shopping Museums Parks
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Colorwaves Gallery ©
Colorwaves Gallery
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda

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