12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hoi An
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, then steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, then contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Hanoi is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

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.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) and then contemplate the long history of Thien Mu Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs, look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop, then stop by Healing the Wounded Heart Shop, and finally look for gifts at Grace Garments.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hue online road trip planner .

You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. April in Hue sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Shopping
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Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Duy Hieu branch and Rubin Cloth Shop. Shop till you drop at Friendly Shoe Shop and Hoi An Night Market. Change things up with a short trip to My Khe Beach in Da Nang (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach, stop by Maya Design, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cua Dai Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An tour planning tool .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

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Da Nang
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Friendly Shoe Shop ©
Friendly Shoe Shop
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

1
night
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 11th (Wed), stop by Elegant Silk, look for gifts at Flame Tree by Zakka, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City tour planning site .

Getting from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hoi An in April: highs in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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