23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Hue
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
4
Halong Bay
— 1 night
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
5
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly
6
Ganh Dau
— 2 nights
Drive
7
An Thoi
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City — 4 nights

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tan Dinh Market, Tan Dinh Church, Chua Van Phat - Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and other attractions. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and enjoy breathtaking views from Bitexco Financial Tower.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Vienna, Austria to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Indochina Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Vienna in December, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 26°C. You'll set off for Hue on the 16th (Fri).
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:

Hue — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tomb of Khai Dinh, Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, Dong Ba Market, and other attractions you added. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs, and look for gifts at Truc Chi Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Hue trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, with highs in Hue at 26°C and lows at 21°C. You'll set off for Hanoi on the 19th (Mon).
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

Hanoi — 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Temple of Literature & National University, Train Street and Ngoc Son Temple. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): travel the rails with Train Street and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ngoc Son Temple, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi online day trip planner.

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.
Historic Sites · Transportation · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Halong Bay — 1 night

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 22nd (Thu): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hanoi.
Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Hanoi — 4 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Chua Tran Quoc, Night Market and Trang An Tours. Explore Hanoi further: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, take an in-depth tour of Ho Chi Minh Museum, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at One Pillar Pagoda.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Ganh Dau.
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Ganh Dau — 2 nights

On the 27th (Tue), kick back and relax at Long Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ganh Dau travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Ganh Dau in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. On the 28th (Wed), you're off to An Thoi.
Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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An Thoi — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read An Thoi trip planner.

You can drive from Ganh Dau to An Thoi in 1.5 hours. On the 30th (Fri), you'll travel to Ho Chi Minh City.
Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Ho Chi Minh City — 2 nights

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City route planning app.

Getting from An Thoi to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. On the 1st (Sun), you'll travel back home.
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
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.

Phu Quoc Island travel guide

3.4
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture. Known for its pepper farming and fish sauce brewing, the island retains a charming rusticity in its fishing towns and inland plantations. Phu Quoc Island tourism developed rapidly, with a number of resorts sitting on the golden sands along the southwest coast. With half of the island registered as a national park, the dense jungles and mountains of the interior remain protected from overdevelopment--good news for wildlife living there, including slow lorises, macaques, owls, and tortoises.