16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  16​h
1
Halong Bay
— 1 day
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
2
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Melbourne

1
day
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 2nd (Sun), explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and then Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip itinerary maker site .

Melbourne, Australia to Halong Bay is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Halong Bay due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

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

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, nightlife, spas, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hanoi tour planning app .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, nightlife, wildlife, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop, Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and get a dose of the wild on Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space. On the next day, steep yourself in history at The Flag Tower, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then look for gifts at Grace Garments.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue trip builder website .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
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.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then steep yourself in history at Old House of Tan Ky, and finally take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hoi An trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, test your problem-solving skills at Let Me Out, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, and hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

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You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Spas
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Food Tours

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