26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  9 h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h 30 min
3
Cat Ba
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
4
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 15 min
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Hue
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h
7
Da Nang
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  3 h 15 min
8
Nha Trang
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  14 h
End: Sydney

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at War Remnants Museum and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit Ba Thien Hau Temple and Emperor Jade Pagoda for their historical value. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, make a short side trip with Countryside Adventures, and admire the landmark architecture of The Independence Palace.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City attractions planner.

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9- hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau and Cao Dai Temple. Visit Sao Beach and Long Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vung Bau Beach, relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Duong Dong tour itinerary maker.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

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

4
nights
Cat Ba

The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Dau Go Cave will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get out of town with these interesting Cat Ba side-trips: Pont Bai Chay (in Bai Chay) and Halong Bay (Sung Sot Cave, Hạ Long Bay, &more). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cat Ba tour itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Duong Dong to Cat Ba in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Vietnamese Women's Museum, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh, and contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake.

Find out how to plan Hanoi trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Kayaking & Canoeing
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Phong Nha Caves and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). The adventure continues: Head underground at Paradise Cave, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

Plan my trip to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Tombs and Thien Mu Pagoda. Get some historical perspective at Imperial City and Luc Bo Culture Space. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, snap pictures at Thanh Toan Bridge, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hue trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December in Hue, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Mỹ Sơn are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and My Khe Beach. Take a break from Da Nang with a short trip to Reaching Out Arts and Crafts in Hoi An, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains.

Plan my trip to Da Nang with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can take a bus from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hoi An, Mỹ Sơn
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Fishing Charters & Tours
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Ba Ho Waterfall and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Nha Trang Beach and DDK's Black & White Photo Gallery. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, pause for some serene contemplation at Bac Thanh Church, view the masterpieces at Long Thanh Photo Studio, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nha Trang route planning website.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Da Nang to Nha Trang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho Waterfall

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