16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam trip planner

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Ho Chi Minh City
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
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Da Nang
— 1 day
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Hue
— 1 night
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
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Cat Ba
— 1 night
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Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
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Mai Chau
— 2 nights
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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.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City online attractions planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Ho Chi Minh City is 6 hours. Traveling from Brussels in April, things will get much warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 41°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Hoi An attractions tool.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in April: highs in Hoi An hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:
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Da Nang

— 1 day

City of Bridges

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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Da Nang online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Da Nang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours · Shopping · Outdoors · Classes
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

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.
For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hue driving holiday planner.

Getting from Da Nang to Hue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April in Hue, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Classes
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

Hanoi

— 3 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 18th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong and then take a stroll through Old Quarter.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner.

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

Cat Ba

— 1 night
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and then step off the mainland to explore Monkey Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then head off the coast to Cat Ba Island.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cat Ba road trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Ninh Binh

— 2 nights
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.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ninh Binh trip builder site.

Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Mai Chau.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Mai Chau

— 2 nights
Mai Châu is a rural district of Hòa Bình Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. On the 24th (Fri), Head underground at Chieu Cave, then look for gifts at Hoa Ban Plus, and then cruise along Thung Khe Pass.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mai Chau trip maker.

Traveling by car from Ninh Binh to Mai Chau takes 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Mai Chau can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will leave for home on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Mai Chau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
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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.