16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
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Da Nang
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ha Long
— 1 night
Drive
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Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
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Hanoi
— 1 night
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Ho Chi Minh City — 2 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 2nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Thenday Yuttha Panin Temple, then stop by Thuy Design House, and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mariamman Hindu Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Seoul to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Seoul in December: high temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.
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Hoi An — 2 nights

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 4th (Sun), experience rural life at Tra Que Minty Garden, then contemplate the long history of Chaozhou Hall (Trieu Chau), and then get in on the family fun at Hoi An Memories Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Couleurs d'Asie Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cantonese Assembly Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phac Hat Pagoda.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hoi An online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, with highs in Hoi An at 29°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Da Nang.
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Da Nang — 2 nights

City of Bridges

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): snap pictures at Tran Thi Ly Bridge, then discover the deep blue sea with Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency, and then brush up on your military savvy at Da Nang Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Da Nang trip planning app.

Getting from Hoi An to Da Nang by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): pick up some local products at Hue Local Farmer's Direct Sales Store, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, and finally stop by Tinh Hoa Art Shop. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, and then don't miss a visit to Tu Dam Pagoda.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue trip planner.

Traveling by car from Da Nang to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll travel to Ha Long.
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Ha Long — 1 night

Hạ Long is the capital city and 1st-class provincial city of Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ha Long vacation planner.

You can drive from Hue to Ha Long in 14 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ninh Binh.
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Ninh Binh — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): push the limits with an extreme tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thai Vi Temple. Keep things going the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Ha Long to Ninh Binh takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Hanoi.
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Hanoi — 1 night

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.
On the 14th (Wed), go for a walk through Hoan Kiem Lake Walking Street, visit DIY Box - Leather & Coffee Workshop, and then don't miss a visit to Vietnam Moon Travel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Asia Travel Legend, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư, and then look for gifts at MasterTan.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Ninh Binh to Hanoi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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Vietnam travel guide

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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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