11 days in Vietnam Itinerary

11 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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11 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Hue
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Sydney

1
day
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.
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Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 37°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

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Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
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War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

4
days
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yaly Couture - Nguyen Duy Hieu branch and Friendly Shoe Shop. Shop till you drop at Rubin Cloth Shop and Buffalo Leather Shop. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Reaching Out Arts and Crafts and get a taste of the local shopping with Hoi An Silk Village.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Ho Chi Minh City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hoi An, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

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Friendly Shoe Shop
Friendly Shoe Shop
Reaching Out Arts and Crafts ©
Reaching Out Arts and Crafts

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then explore the ancient world of Royal Tombs, and finally steep yourself in history at Hue Imperial City (The Citadel). On the next day, view the masterpieces at green bamboo art gallery, stop by Healing the Wounded Heart Shop, steep yourself in history at Thai Hoa Palace, then delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

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You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December in Hue, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanoi.

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Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang
Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) ©
Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace Historical Site and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Vietnamese Women's Museum, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

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Traveling by flight from Hue to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
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Hoa Lo Prison

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