15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  9​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Da Nang
— 3 nights
shuttle:  1​h
3
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
5
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
6
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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 your second day here, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City attractions app .

Melbourne, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
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Countryside Adventures
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

3
nights
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Mỹ Sơn, then stop by M Legrand Jewelry, and then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, enjoy the sand and surf at My Khe Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Nang journey planner .

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Da Nang, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mỹ Sơn
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The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ©
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

4
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.
Attractions like An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Old House of Tan Ky and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 9th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Make the 10th (Tue) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, view the masterpieces at Thanh Cong Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of The Old House of Phun Hung, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hoi An road trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in Hoi An sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, then don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu, then get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, and finally wander the streets of Old Quarter.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hanoi visit planning tool .

You can fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

1
night
Halong Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

1
night
Hanoi

On the 14th (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip maker app .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Spas Historic Sites
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Spas
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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