12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 2 nights
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Hue
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 1 night
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Duong To, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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Hanoi — 2 nights

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.
Old Quarter and Truc Lam An Tam Zen Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of Literature & National University and One Pillar Pagoda. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, browse the different shops at D&C Art Gallery, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat).

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi route planner.

Porto, Portugal to Hanoi is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Indochina Time is 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Hue.
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Hue — 2 nights

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.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Lebadang Memory Space, make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space, contemplate the long history of Imperial City, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally make a trip to The Flag Tower. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Green Bamboo Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hue travel planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hoi An.
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Hoi An — 1 night

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 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, then make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Duong To.
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Duong To, Phu Quoc Island — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at LunaThaiSpa, relax in the rural setting at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam Ho Quoc (Ho Quoc Pagoda), relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Mushroom, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, and finally look for gifts at The Vietnamese Artists.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Duong To attractions app.

You can fly from Hoi An to Duong To in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City — 3 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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 10th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ben Duoc Memorial Temple, make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, and then examine the collection at Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Duong To to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel back home.
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While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.
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