19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam visit planner

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
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Hue
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly to Van Don, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City

— 4 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 18th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City visit planning website.

Sacramento, USA to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sacramento to Ho Chi Minh City is 15 hours. Traveling from Sacramento in August, Ho Chi Minh City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park route planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then explore the historical opulence of Thai Hoa Palace, and then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hue vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Hoi An

— 3 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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, push the limits with an extreme tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip planner.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hoi An are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Halong Bay

— 2 nights
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.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at Royal Spa and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay online road trip planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Hanoi

— 4 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 29th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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.