19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
5
Halong Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Houston

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.
Spend the 19th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Marble Mountains, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip maker app .

Houston, USA to Hoi An is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Houston to Hoi An due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

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.
Spend the 22nd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, don't miss a visit to The Flag Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple, and admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hue travel route builder app .

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Hue, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Wildlife Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, wildlife, nightlife, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at The Duck Stop, explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Food Tours

1
night
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 29th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Halong Bay fast, fun, and easy.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Long Tien Pagoda ©
Long Tien Pagoda

4
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.
Pamper yourself for a day on the 2nd (Wed) at some of the top local wellness centers. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), examine the collection at Drink Vietnam, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Spas Tours Museums
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Food Tours

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