17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Tallinn

2
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 will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University and view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi tour itinerary builder app .

Tallinn, Estonia to Hanoi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Tallinn to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
On the 17th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hue.

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
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue road trip planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
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.
On the 21st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Marble Mountains, then enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cua Dai Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hoi An driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Hue to Hoi An by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at War Remnants Museum and Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Independence Palace and Soyn. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda, and get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City day trip planning site .

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hoi An in January: highs in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

4
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ho Quoc Temple and Cao Dai Temple. Escape the urban bustle at Ong Lang Beach and Long Beach. When in Duong Dong, make a side trip to see Sao Beach in An Thoi, approximately 34 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Duong Dong trip planner .

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach

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