18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
2
Hoi An
— 2 nights
3
Hue
— 1 night
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
5
Hanoi
— 1 night
6
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
7
Halong Bay
— 2 nights

2
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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.
You've now added Saigon On Motorbike to your itinerary. On the 17th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda and then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, thenexplore the galleries of Vietnam Silver House, and finally get maximum retail therapy with Saigon On Motorbike.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary maker.

George, South Africa to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from George to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from George in December, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Shopping Adventure
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenget to know the fascinating history of March Gallery, and finally explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, thenstroll through An Bang Beach, and then explore the world behind art at Cotic.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, expect Hoi An to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, thensteep yourself in history at Imperial City, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple, and finally stop by Tinh Hoa Art Shop.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hue online trip itinerary 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. Traveling from Hoi An in December, you will find days in Hue are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
The Mieu Temple ©
The Mieu Temple

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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 23rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo) and then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online attractions planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

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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 25th (Wed): get outside with Travel Sense Asia and then take a stroll through Old Quarter. On the next day, make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, thensteep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and then take in the exciting artwork at 54 Traditions Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi online vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Travel Sense Asia ©
Travel Sense Asia
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Cao Dai Temple. Get in touch with nature at Ong Lang Beach and Sao Beach. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, kick back and relax at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, cast your line with a fishing tour, and look for gifts at All Good Things Phu Quoc.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Duong Dong trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Hanoi to Duong Dong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay travel tool.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Halong Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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