18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hue
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 1 night
Bus
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Da Lat
— 1 night
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 1 night
Ferry
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Cat Ba
— 1 night
Bus
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Food Tours. On the 9th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, explore the galleries of The Independence Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Playa del Carmen in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Vinpearl Safari, relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, and then make a splash at Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Happy Farm PQ, cast your line with Red River Daily Tours Phu Quoc, take an in-depth tour of Coi Nguon Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Phu Quoc Day Spa & Massage, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Vietnamese Artists.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Duong Dong tour builder website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally delve into the distant past at Royal Tombs.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hue travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Hue 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 December, daytime highs in Hue are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Lady Buddha, then enjoy the sand and surf at My Khe Beach, then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and finally look for gifts at Yaly Couture.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An online road trip planner.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall, stop by Legendary Chocolatier, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Nha Trang by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

1
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Da Lat

City of a Thousand Flowers

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.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Da Lat attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Royal Spa.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay vacation planning app.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Da Lat to Halong Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors

1
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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 21st (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lan Ha Bay.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cat Ba road trip planning tool.

Ride a ferry from Halong Bay to Cat Ba in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then take a stroll through Old Quarter, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, then see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

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.