53 days in Vietnam Itinerary

53 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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53 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Con Dao Islands
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  5​h
4
Halong Bay
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
5
Hanoi
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
6
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Hue
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Hoi An
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  3​h
9
Nha Trang
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
10
Da Lat
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Sydney

5
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.
Spend the 21st (Thu) on your motorcycle at Countryside Adventures. On the 23rd (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

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Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get a bit warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Con Dao Islands.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Food Tours

3
nights
Con Dao Islands

Con Dao Islands ©
Con Dao Islands is known for wildlife, beaches, museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Van Son Pagoda, make a trip to Phu Hai Prison, stroll through Ong Dung Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at An Hai Lake.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Con Dao Islands trip planner .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao Islands by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Con Dao Islands

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ong Dung Beach ©
Ong Dung Beach
Van Son Pagoda ©
Van Son Pagoda
Hang Duong Cemetary ©
Hang Duong Cemetary

6
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Venture out of the city with trips to May Rut Island (in An Thoi) and Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda (in Ganh Dau). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 29th (Fri) at Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong route planner.

Traveling by flight from Con Dao Islands to Duong Dong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Ganh Dau, May Rut Island, Ham Ninh Pier
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Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom

5
nights
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.
Explore Halong Bay's surroundings by going to Cat Ba (Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba National Park, & more). On the 4th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 6th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's more to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip planner .

Getting from Duong Dong to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

7
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.
Go for a jaunt from Hanoi to Dinh Bang to see Do Temple about 42 minutes away. On the 11th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Spend the 13th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Quarter, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Do Temple
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, nightlife, wildlife, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop, Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, and take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planning site .

Getting from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

4
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.
Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, explore the world behind art at XQ Hand Embroidery, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Truc Chi Garden.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hue trip builder site .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

7
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.
Explore Hoi An's surroundings by going to Da Nang (Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, Marian Shrine of the Lady of Tra Kieu, & more), Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho). Make the 25th (Wed) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, look for all kinds of wild species at Jack's Cat Cafe, explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains.

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Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hai Van Pass, Mỹ Sơn
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

5
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.
Spend the 31st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, find something for the whole family at Vinpearl Land Nha Trang, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and witness a stunning natural landmark at i resort.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nha Trang planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Vinpearl Land Nha Trang ©
Vinpearl Land Nha Trang

5
nights
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.
Da Lat is known for nature, historic sites, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Da Lat online holiday builder .

You can take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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