15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 1 night
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 1 night
Ferry to Cat Ba, Fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Hue
— 1 night
Drive
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Da Nang
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 1 night
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 5 nights
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Hanoi — 1 night

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 3rd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi road trip planning site.

Manchester, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Hanoi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Halong Bay — 1 night

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 4th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hue.
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Hue — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then explore the historical opulence of Thai Hoa Palace, and then contemplate the long history of Imperial City.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Da Nang.
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Historic Sites

Da Nang — 2 nights

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 8th (Sat): examine the collection at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, stroll through The Marble Mountains, and then look for gifts at Namaka Jewelry. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Da Nang day trip planning app.

Getting from Hue to Da Nang by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hoi An.
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Hoi An — 1 night

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 10th (Mon): make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip planner.

You can drive from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City — 5 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon and Emperor Jade Pagoda are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, view the masterpieces at Vietnam ART Gallery, browse the exhibits of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, and ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for home.
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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.
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