19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Adelaide
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
3
Hanoi
— Few hours
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Ninh Binh
— 1 day
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
7
Da Nang
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  2 h 45 min
9
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Adelaide

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) as well as Hoa Lo Prison. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, then contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and finally view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, take a stroll through Old Quarter, then contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, and finally get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi attractions app.

Adelaide, Australia to Hanoi is an approximately 16- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bai Tu Long Bay and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with a short trip to Cat Ba Island in Cat Ba (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, step off the mainland to explore Ti Top Island, and wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

few
hours
Hanoi

Hanoi
To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi itinerary 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. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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1
day
Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh ©
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm, then make a trip to Hoa Lu Temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, and then explore the ancient world of Hoa Lu Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Historic Sites
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Nhà xứ Phát Diệm ©
Nhà xứ Phát Diệm
Hoa Lu Temple ©
Hoa Lu Temple
Hoa Lu Temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties ©
Hoa Lu Temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties

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.
Tomb of Khai Dinh has been added to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Perfume River, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, explore the world behind art at XQ Hand Embroidery, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Khai Dinh, and finally explore the ancient world of Royal Tombs.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hue trip tool.

Getting from Ninh Binh to Hue by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ninh Binh in January, with highs in Hue at 27°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Tomb of Khai Dinh
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Tomb of Khai Dinh ©
Tomb of Khai Dinh
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old House of Tan Ky as well as Hoi An Ancient Town. Take a break from the city and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Museum of Trade Ceramics and Thanh Ha Terracotta Park will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, and browse the exhibits of Cotic.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An travel planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Museums Outdoors
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Golden Bridge, Dragon Bridge and Mỹ Sơn. On the 7th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mỹ Sơn, then take an in-depth tour of Da Nang Museum, then snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Golden Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Da Nang online trip builder.

Take a shuttle from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Da Nang are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Nang

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mỹ Sơn
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Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Da Nang Museum ©
Da Nang Museum
Dragon Bridge ©
Dragon Bridge

2
nights
Nha Trang

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Son Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, and finally browse the exhibits of Mai Loc Photo Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nha Trang online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Da Nang to Nha Trang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll set off for Ho Chi Minh City on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Nha Trang

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Popular historic sites such as The Independence Palace and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bach Dang.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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

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