18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
2
Hoi An
— 4 nights
3
Hue
— 3 nights
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
5
Halong Bay
— 1 night
6
Hanoi
— 3 nights

1
night
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 20th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder app.

London, UK to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from London in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around °C, while nights are much hotter with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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.
Escape the urban bustle at My Khe Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Non Nuoc Beach. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, stop by Yaly Couture, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hoi An holiday maker.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Hoi An sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Da Nang
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My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Tombs and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Imperial City and admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hue trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hue can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh

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.
Get outdoors at Phong Nha Caves and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, Head underground at Son Doong Cave, explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, and experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip planning site.

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 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and then take in the views from Bãi Cháy Bridge. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Halong Bay takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bãi Cháy Bridge ©
Bãi Cháy Bridge

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Quan Lan Beach. Get some cultural insight at Old Quarter and Presidential Palace Historical Site. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University and steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi itinerary planner.

Getting from Halong Bay to Hanoi by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Temple of Literature & National University ©

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