12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Ferry:  6​h 15​min
3
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Drive + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 30​min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Old Quarter and Presidential Palace Historical Site are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, and make a trip to Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip site .

Sydney, Australia to Hanoi is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sydney to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
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 6th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Tuyet Tinh Coc, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bai Dinh Pagoda, and then stroll through Van Long Nature Reserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, use the Ninh Binh online attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Van Long Nature Reserve ©
Van Long Nature Reserve
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Dau Go Cave. Visiting Hạ Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay will get you outdoors. Spend the 10th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay takes 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop and then explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip website .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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