17 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

17 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Da Nang
— 2 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ha Long
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City

— 2 nights

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 12th (Thu), see the interesting displays at FITO Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple, walk around Cong Vien 30-4, then admire the striking features of The Independence Palace, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at On Lang Pagoda.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City travel itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Ho Chi Minh City is 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ho Chi Minh City when traveling from Johannesburg in December, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Da Nang

— 2 nights

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, kick back and relax at My Khe Beach, then explore the world behind art at 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Da Nang Catheral. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Phuoc My Beach and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Da Nang online vacation maker.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Tours

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Phong Nha Caves and Tien Son Cave. Take a break from the city and head to Paradise Cave and Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park: Hang Toi (Dark Cave) (in Son Trach) and Dong Hoi (Tu Lan Caving Center & Tam Toa Church). There's more to do: experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park tour site.

You can drive from Da Nang to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ninh Binh

— 2 nights
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then explore the ancient world of Hoa Lu Temple, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ninh Binh trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ninh Binh in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Ha Long.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Ha Long

— 2 nights
Hạ Long is the capital city and 1st-class provincial city of Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yen Tu Mountain and Ba Vang Pagoda.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ha Long trip maker site.

Drive from Ninh Binh to Ha Long in 3 hours. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ha Long

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hanoi

— 3 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.
On the 24th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then examine the collection at Hanoi Police Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then stop by Tired City Bao Khanh, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ha Long to Hanoi takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife