21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hue
— 1 night
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
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Fly to Van Don, Bus to Honda Agent Hoang Quoc Viet, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Cat Ba, Fly to Duong Dong
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Duong Dong
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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Hanoi
— 4 nights
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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 19th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hue driving holiday tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Hue is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Brisbane to Hue. In January, Hue is a bit cooler than Brisbane - with highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Hoi An.
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Nature · Parks
Side Trip

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.
Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Da Nang to see Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Hoi An sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.
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Tours · Museums · Nature · Parks
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 25th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then don't miss a visit to Clock Tower Roundabout. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Halong Bay online travel route builder.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, car, and ferry from Hoi An to Halong Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Duong Dong.
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Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Side Trip

Duong Dong — 4 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Go for a jaunt from Duong Dong to An Thoi to see Bai Tắm Sao about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, cast your line with Red River Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cao Dai Temple, and steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong takes 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Side Trips

Ho Chi Minh City — 3 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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hanoi.
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Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 3rd (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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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Phu Quoc Island travel guide

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Beaches · Fishing Charters & Tours · Spas
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture. Known for its pepper farming and fish sauce brewing, the island retains a charming rusticity in its fishing towns and inland plantations. Phu Quoc Island tourism developed rapidly, with a number of resorts sitting on the golden sands along the southwest coast. With half of the island registered as a national park, the dense jungles and mountains of the interior remain protected from overdevelopment--good news for wildlife living there, including slow lorises, macaques, owls, and tortoises.
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