13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  17​h
1
Nha Trang
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
3
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hue
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Nairobi

3
nights
Nha Trang

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and i resort. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Long Son Pagoda and Nha Tho Nui. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Hon Chong, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, take in the views from Tran Phu Bridge, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nha Trang trip itinerary builder site .

Nairobi, Kenya to Nha Trang is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nairobi to Nha Trang is 4 hours. Traveling from Nairobi in May, things will get much warmer in Nha Trang: highs are around 42°C and lows about 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hon Chong ©
Hon Chong

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 16th (Wed), stroll through Cong Vien 30-4, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at My Son Sanctuary and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Non Nuoc Beach and My Khe Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, stop by My Anh Silk, view the masterpieces at Ha Ha - Art In Everything, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Hoi An trip planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. May in Hoi An sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Royal Tombs, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Thai Hoa Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Hue Imperial City (The Citadel). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Dong Ba Market, then delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, then steep yourself in history at The Flag Tower, and finally contemplate the long history of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hue trip planner .

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

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

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vietnamese Women's Museum and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, explore the world behind art at Ho Chi Minh Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

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