16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
5
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  5 h
6
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Brisbane

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hoi An trip builder website.

Brisbane, Australia to Hoi An is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Brisbane to Hoi An due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Brisbane in July, with highs in Hoi An at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): 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 steep yourself in history at Hue Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Hue tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

2
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online day trip planner.

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

3
nights
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, visit DIY Box - Leather & Coffee Workshop, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi travel route planning website.

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Nature
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay day trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Tours
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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.
On the 3rd (Tue), get in on the family fun at Happy Farm PQ, relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, relax in the rural setting at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, then view the masterpieces at The Vietnamese Artists, and finally make a trip to Cao Dai Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Mushroom, then don't miss a visit to Dinh Cau Rock (Cua Temple), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Duong Dong online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc Mushroom, Happy Farm PQ, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau ©
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom

4
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, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City journey maker site.

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 August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

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