16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 3 nights
Bus
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Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hai Phong - Ben Binh Pier, Fly to Danang
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Hoi An
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 11th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: visit Old Quarter, view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi travel planner.

Paris, France to Hanoi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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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 14th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at Vu Nguyen Family Massage, then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cat Ba trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Explore Hoi An's surroundings by going to Da Nang (My Khe Beach & Lady Buddha). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Cat Ba to Hoi An in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

3
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tomb of Minh Mang. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, see Off-Road Tours, explore the ancient world of Royal Tombs, and admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hue driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Ho Chi Minh City

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.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, stop by Buom Boutique, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tam Son Hoi Quan Pagoda, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Keep things going the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ho Chi Minh City trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hue in April; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 41°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

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.