19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
3
Halong Bay
— 1 night
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
4
Hanoi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
Bus to Noi Bai International, Fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 day
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Ho Chi Minh City — 2 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.
On the 20th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip builder site.

Brisbane, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Brisbane to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. In July, Ho Chi Minh City is much warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Hanoi.
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Tours · Spas · Museums

Hanoi — 2 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 21st (Thu), get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then browse the exhibits of D&C Art Gallery HQ, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Halong Bay.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay travel route builder.

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.
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Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Hanoi — 1 night

On the 24th (Sun), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

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

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ninh Binh.
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Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Ninh Binh — 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Ninh Binh to Gia Sinh to see Bai Dinh Pagoda about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, make a trip to Hoa Lu Temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, and explore the activities along Trang An Grottoes.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Ninh Binh vacation planner.

You can drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip

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.
On the 29th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo) and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): stroll through Phong Nha Caves and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.
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Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Hoi An — 5 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, sightseeing, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Hoi An are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Tours · Fun & Games · Classes · Outdoors
Side Trip

Ho Chi Minh City — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City online tour itinerary 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Shopping

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.
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