18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: George
Fly:  25​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  7​h 30​min
7
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: George

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.
Saigon On Motorbike has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda and then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, then contemplate the long history of The Independence Palace, then view the masterpieces at Vietnam Silver House, and finally see Saigon On Motorbike.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

George, South Africa to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from George to Ho Chi Minh City is 5 hours. Traveling from George in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Shopping Outdoors
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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.
On the 20th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Marble Mountains, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then appreciate the extensive heritage of March Gallery, and finally explore the galleries of Precious Heritage by Rehahn. On the next day, kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach, and then explore the world behind art at Cotic.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hoi An trip simple and quick.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December; daily highs in Hoi An reach 29°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach

1
night
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 22nd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Mieu Temple, and finally look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hue trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hoi An in December: highs in Hue hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo) and then Head underground at Paradise Cave.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park driving holiday planner .

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

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.
On the 25th (Wed), see Travel Sense Asia and then take a stroll through Old Quarter. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and then browse the exhibits of 54 Traditions Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip maker website .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Travel Sense Asia ©
Travel Sense Asia
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Visiting Ong Lang Beach and Vung Bau Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Long Beach and Khem Beach. Go for a jaunt from Duong Dong to An Thoi to see Starfish Beach about 34 minutes away.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong journey planning site .

Explore your travel options from Hanoi to Duong Dong with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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 30th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Duong Dong to Halong Bay. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

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

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