13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Drive + Ferry:  6 h 30 min
4
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
5
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Melbourne

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), browse the exhibits of Drink Vietnam. On the next day, make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City journey planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Indochina Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 38°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue tour itinerary site .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in November; daily highs in Hue reach 32°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

2
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 26th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To see traveler tips, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online holiday planner .

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

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.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay trip maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Halong Bay in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

3
nights
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, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi route site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then make a trip to The Marble Mountains, and then admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hoi An trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hoi An takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Museums

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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