19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
2
Hanoi
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Cat Ba
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 45​min
4
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  5​h
5
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 15​min
7
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Melbourne

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 21st (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, and then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

Make your Hanoi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Melbourne, Australia to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Hanoi, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for Hanoi on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Walking tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
You've now added Tam Coc to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tam Coc.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hanoi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Cat Ba.
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Tam Coc ©
Tam Coc

1
night
Cat Ba

Cat Ba ©
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba Island.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cat Ba road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature Parks
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Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda. On the next day, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

5
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Phu Quoc Countryside and Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau. Change things up with a short trip to Starfish Beach in An Thoi (about 34 minutes away). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 29th (Sun) at Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Ham Ninh, Starfish Beach
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Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, then admire the striking features of Central Post Office, and then take in panoramic vistas at Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

3
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda, and then make a trip to Trang An Landscape Complex.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Ho Chi Minh City to Ninh Binh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Ho Chi Minh City, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Ninh Binh, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 17°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mua Caves ©
Mua Caves
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda

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