18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
2
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
3
Hoi An
— 3 nights
4
Hue
— 1 night
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
6
Halong Bay
— 1 night
7
Hanoi
— 3 nights

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Vietnamese Artists and Cao Dai Temple. Get outdoors at Ong Lang Beach and Long Beach. Step out of Duong Dong with an excursion to Sao Beach in An Thoi--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at PTA Travel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, head outdoors with Archipelago Anthoy, and experience rural life at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong road trip planner.

London, UK to Duong Dong is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Happy Farm PQ, Sao Beach, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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The Vietnamese Artists ©
The Vietnamese Artists
Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and The Independence Palace. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ben Thanh Market and Vietnam ART Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, examine the collection at Drink Vietnam, make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, and admire the landmark architecture of Chua Van Phat - Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City route planner.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Central Market. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ly Ly Art Gallery and ALLEY Artist House. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cua Dai Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and take in the exciting artwork at Cotic.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An driving holiday tool.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January, with highs in Hoi An at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Spas

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 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, thenbrowse the exhibits of Truc Chi Garden, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hue trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hue can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

2
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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 12th (Wed): Head underground at Phong Nha Caves and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at The Duck Stop and then take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

1
night
Halong Bay

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 14th (Fri), explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, thentake a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Halong Bay in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

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

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Quarter and Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of Literature & National University and TiredCity Hang Bong. Spend the 17th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and view the masterpieces at A Dong Art Gallery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hanoi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©

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