26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: London
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
2
Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
3
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
5
Hoi An
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Hue
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: London

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at War Remnants Museum and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ben Thanh Market and Villa Royale Antiques and Tea Room. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, wander the streets of Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5, browse the eclectic array of goods at Binh Tay Market, and get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary builder site.

London, UK to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get much hotter in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Phu Quoc Island.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

2
nights
Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island ©
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture.
On the 20th (Tue), kick back and relax at Long Beach, look for gifts at PQ LITTLE MART, thenlook for gifts at The Green Boutique, and finally stroll through Vung Bau Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Phu Quoc Pearls The Australian Pearl Farm and then kick back and relax at Sao Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Phu Quoc Island online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Phu Quoc Pearls The Australian Pearl Farm ©
Phu Quoc Pearls The Australian Pearl Farm

4
nights
Hanoi

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.
You'll explore and learn at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and 54 Traditions Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and West Lake. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, go all around town with Vietnam in Focus - Photo Tours and Workshops, and learn and have fun at Indigo Store.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi day trip planning website.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Phu Quoc Island to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, bus, taxi, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Shopping Tours
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

2
nights
Halong Bay

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 26th (Mon): head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, thenexplore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, and then Head underground at Sung Sot Cave. On your second day here, take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

7
nights
Hoi An

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.
Get outdoors at The Marble Mountains and Cua Dai Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at An Bang Beach and My Khe Beach. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, look for gifts at Couleurs d'Asie Gallery, push the limits with Hoi An Motorbike Adventures, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hoi An using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Halong Bay to Hoi An takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Da Nang
Highlights from your plan
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach

3
nights
Hue

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Imperial City and Tomb of Minh Mang. Popular historic sites such as Thien Mu Pagoda and Nine Dynastic Urns are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple, hunt for treasures at Dong Ba Market, kick back and relax at Thuan An Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Perfume River.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hue trip itinerary website.

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hue are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

2
nights
Nha Trang

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): kick back and relax at Long Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hon Chong. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get active on the water at Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, and then take in the views from Tran Phu Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nha Trang day trip planning website.

You can fly from Hue to Nha Trang in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam ©
Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers

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