11 days in Vietnam Itinerary

11 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam travel route planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 day
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Cardiff

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Ho Chi Minh City

— 1 day

Pearl of the Far East

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 23rd (Sat): look for gifts at Drink Vietnam, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary site.

Cardiff, UK to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 19-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 7 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Cardiff in October; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 3 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Visit Fingernail Island and Ong Lang Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Green Hat Holiday and Khem Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Starfish Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, stop by The One Up Store, and learn the secrets of beer at Beer Fridge.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Hoi An.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Hoi An

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): stroll through An Bang Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, and then admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Hoi An takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In October, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Hue

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then contemplate the long history of Imperial City. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hue travel route planner.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, then contemplate the long history of Memorial House - Ho Chi Minh, and finally wander the streets of Old Quarter.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hanoi online travel route planner.

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Vietnam travel guide

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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.