17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam attractions planner

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
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Hue
— 1 night
Drive
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 2nd (Sun), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, take in the history at Ben Dinh Tunnels, and ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City route maker site.

Brisbane, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. While traveling from Brisbane, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ho Chi Minh City, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 4 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Duong Dong is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with Seamen Divers Diving Club, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cao Dai Temple, stop by From Vietnam Fair Trade & Gift Shop, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Duong Dong tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

Halong Bay

— 2 nights
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 7th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then relax and rejuvenate at Royal Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then Head underground at Sung Sot Cave.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Duong Dong to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Hanoi

— 3 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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stop by Old Quarter, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, see Off-Road Tours, and look for gifts at Le Chalet Cafe.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hanoi route app.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Hue

— 1 night
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 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Thien Mu Pagoda and then contemplate the long history of Imperial City.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hue trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Hue, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Hoi An

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An itinerary maker app.

Getting from Hue to Hoi An by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
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.