21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  9 h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Sapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
8
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Perth

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.
On the 25th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City holiday planner.

Perth, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Ho Chi Minh City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Perth in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ho Chi Minh City, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Spas
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Da Nang (Lady Buddha & Dragon Bridge). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach, browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February, Hoi An is little chillier than Ho Chi Minh City - with highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
Hue is known for historic sites, nature, spas, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, explore the activities along Perfume River, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hue journey planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

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

few
hours
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 3rd (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh ©
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
On the 4th (Wed), Head underground at Trang An Grottoes, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bai Dinh Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): Head underground at Mua Caves, make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, and then don't miss a visit to Tam Coc.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ninh Binh trip planner .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ninh Binh by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Tam Coc ©
Tam Coc

2
nights
Sapa

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Sapa is known for nature, spas, shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take a stroll through Ta Phin Village.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapa day trip planning website .

Getting from Ninh Binh to Sapa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Spas
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Cat Cat village ©
Cat Cat village
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

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, nightlife, spas, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, view the masterpieces at 54 Traditions Gallery, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi itinerary maker .

Drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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 12th (Thu), Head underground at Sung Sot Cave and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay tour itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

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