8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  19​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ben Tre
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Can Tho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Chau Doc
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

1
day
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.
On the 26th (Fri), look for gifts at Xeo Xo Sai Gon, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City road trip planning tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 19-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Indochina Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, expect nights in Ho Chi Minh City to be warmer, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 41°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ben Tre.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

1
night
Ben Tre

Ben Tre ©
Bến Tre is the capital city of Bến Tre Province, in the Mekong Delta area of southern Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): wander the streets of Ben Tre.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ben Tre trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre takes 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ben Tre can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Can Tho.

Things to do in Ben Tre

Neighborhoods
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Ben Tre ©
Ben Tre

1
night
Can Tho

Can Tho ©
The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam, admire the striking features of Thiền Viện Trúc Lâm Phương Nam, examine the collection at Museum of Tarot, don't miss a visit to Ong Temple, then don't miss a visit to Hai Ba Trung Street, and finally make a trip to Quang Duc Pagoda.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Can Tho trip builder .

You can drive from Ben Tre to Can Tho in 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chau Doc.

Things to do in Can Tho

Historic Sites Museums
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Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam
Ong Temple ©
Ong Temple
Museum of Tarot ©
Museum of Tarot

1
night
Chau Doc

Chau Doc ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hang Pagoda (Chua Hang), then make a trip to Phuoc Dien Temple, and finally look for gifts at Chau Doc Market.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chau Doc itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Can Tho to Chau Doc takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Chau Doc are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Phu Quoc Island.

Things to do in Chau Doc

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Tra Su Bird Sanctuary ©
Tra Su Bird Sanctuary
Chau Doc Market ©
Chau Doc Market
Hang Pagoda (Chua Hang) ©
Hang Pagoda (Chua Hang)

2
nights
Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island ©
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): make a trip to Sung Hung Pagoda, browse the exhibits of Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA), experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside, then get out on two wheels at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, and finally look for gifts at All Good Things Phu Quoc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Su Muon Pagoda, don't miss a visit to Ho Quoc pagoda, and then head outdoors with Archipelago Anthoy.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Phu Quoc Island trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Chau Doc to Phu Quoc Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Outdoors Shopping Museums
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Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside

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