13 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

13 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang
— 1 night
Fly
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 1 night
Fly
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
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Bus to Noi Bai Airport, Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Johannesburg

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Ho Chi Minh City

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Ho Chi Minh City is 5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in May: high temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 41°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

Nha Trang

— 1 night
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

Hoi An

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then browse the range of quality goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and then browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An travel route planning website.

You can fly from Nha Trang to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. May in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Hue

— 1 night
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 14th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then browse the different shops at Big C Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hue holiday builder website.

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. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Hanoi

— 2 nights
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 15th (Fri), look for gifts at TiredCity Hang Bong, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip builder tool.

Fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Halong Bay

— 3 nights
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 17th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay road trip planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 16 — 19: