18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoi An
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  3​h
4
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Da Lat
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Quarter and TiredCity Hang Bong. Get some historical perspective at Temple of Literature & National University and Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary builder website .

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Hanoi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
On the 12th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Royal Tombs and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hue online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April in Hue, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach. Get some cultural insight at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Ha Ha - Art In Everything. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Cua Dai Beach.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hoi An road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Spas
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

2
nights
Nha Trang

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bac Thanh Church, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nha Trang itinerary site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Da Lat

Da Lat ©
While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
On the 19th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam, and then admire the masterpieces at Trickland 3D Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Da Lat tour itinerary maker app .

Take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:
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Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Trickland 3D Museum ©
Trickland 3D Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. April in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) 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
Spas

4
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Explore hidden gems such as Phu Quoc Countryside and Mui Ganh Dau Beach. Visit Sao Beach and Vung Bau Beach for some beach relaxation.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong trip planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 25:
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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