17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  2​h 45​min
2
Nha Trang
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
6
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Da Nang
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Indochina Time is 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in April: highs in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Before you visit Nha Trang, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers

2
nights
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 28th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and then take in the exciting artwork at Truc Chi Garden.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hue trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nha Trang to Hue takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): Head underground at Son Doong Cave and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo) and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park sightseeing website .

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
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Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

3
nights
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and make a trip to Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Hanoi road trip tool .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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.
On the 5th (Tue), explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Halong Bay day trip planning site .

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hoi An (Precious Heritage by Rehahn, Hoi An Ancient Town, & more). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Da Nang trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Da Nang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Hoi An
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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