19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Dublin
Fly:  17 h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Da Lat
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  5 h 15 min
7
Halong Bay
— 1 day
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
8
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Dublin

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip website.

Dublin, Ireland to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In October, Ho Chi Minh City is much warmer than Dublin - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
On the 16th (Wed), experience rural life at Phu Quoc Mushroom, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, make a trip to Cao Dai Temple, then experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside, and finally look for gifts at All Good Things Phu Quoc. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, make a trip to Sung Hung Pagoda, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Duong Dong trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Wildlife Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc Mushroom
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom

1
night
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 18th (Fri): Head underground at Paradise Cave, Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Duong Dong to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
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Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Flag Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space. On your second day here, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hue, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
The Mieu Temple ©
The Mieu Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, view the masterpieces at Ha Ha - Art In Everything, then make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An road trip app.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Hoi An sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

2
nights
Da Lat

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
On the 24th (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Crazy House. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, and then explore and take pictures at DL Nature's.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Da Lat online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Nature
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Xuan Huong Lake ©
Xuan Huong Lake

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay route maker.

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Da Lat to Halong Bay in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

4
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at One Pillar Pagoda.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry 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 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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