13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Nairobi
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nha Tho Nui and Spas & Wellness. Get in touch with nature at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang and Hon Chong. Spend the 13th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, take in the views from Tran Phu Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Son Pagoda.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nha Trang online route planner.

Nairobi, Kenya to Nha Trang is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time to Indochina Time is 4 hours. 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
Nha Tho Nui ©
Nha Tho Nui
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): walk around 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 get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough 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.
Visiting My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Ha Ha - Art In Everything. When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see Mỹ Sơn in Duy Xuyen District, approximately Duy Xuyen District away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Yaly Couture, and stroll through Cua Dai Beach.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An travel route 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. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
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.
On the 20th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Royal Tombs, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Thai Hoa Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Dong Ba Market, then explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, then contemplate the long history of The Flag Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hue trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a 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 21st (Mon) to allow time 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.
You'll explore and learn at Vietnamese Women's Museum and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planner.

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

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