17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  18​h
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Ninh Binh
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Hue
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Da Nang
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Duong Dong
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Lisbon

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then take a stroll through Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, then steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi online vacation builder .

Lisbon, Portugal to Hanoi is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Lisbon to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Ninh Binh

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 30th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh takes 6.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

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 2nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hue online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Hue are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

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

2
nights
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at The Marble Mountains and An Bang Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hoi An Ancient Town and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Da Nang: Hoi An (Old House of Tan Ky, Ba Ba, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and learn about all things military at Da Nang Museum.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Da Nang trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Hue to Da Nang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Hoi An
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City road trip site .

You can fly from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. May in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

3
nights
Duong Dong

Duong Dong ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Cao Dai Temple. Get outdoors at Long Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Take a break from Duong Dong with a short trip to Sao Beach in An Thoi, about 34 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 10th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, Sao Beach, Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc
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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc

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