12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
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Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
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Bus to Ha Long Quang Ninh, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Ferry to Cat Ba, Fly to Dong Hoi
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Chua Tran Quoc and Presidential Palace Historical Site. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Quarter, make a trip to Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư, and steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi tour itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hanoi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Tuyet Tinh Coc, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bai Dinh Pagoda, and then stroll through Van Long Nature Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ninh Binh holiday planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Get outdoors at Hạ Long Bay and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Bai Tu Long Bay and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Dau Go Cave.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay takes 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

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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.
On the 11th (Sat), experience rural life at The Duck Stop and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park journey planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.