16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Austin
Fly:  25 h
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
2
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  5 h
3
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  26 h
End: Austin

3
nights
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip website.

Austin, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the views from Pont Bai Chay.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay tour site.

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, relax in the rural setting at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, then experience rural life at Phu Quoc Mushroom, and finally stop by Taste of Vietnam. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Cao Dai Temple, then experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Duong Dong trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites Spas Shopping

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Duong To, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City journey planner.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Shopping Tours
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and then explore the galleries of Truc Chi Garden.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue trip website.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in February, things will get a bit cooler in Hue: highs are around 76°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

3
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.
On the 19th (Fri), look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then explore the wide array of goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, examine the collection at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, and then make a trip to Lady Buddha.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An trip maker site.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 68°F at night. On the 21st (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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