17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam tour planner

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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Hue
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi

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Hanoi

— 2 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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Hanoi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 17th (Mon), experience rural life at The Duck Stop and then stroll through Phong Nha Caves.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip builder website.

Getting from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

Hue

— 2 nights
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 18th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Imperial City, admire the landmark architecture of Halls of the Mandarins, and then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hue day trip tool.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cua Dai Beach, take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hoi An, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. January in Hoi An sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

Ho Chi Minh City

— 3 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.
On the 24th (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ben Duoc Memorial Temple, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hoi An in January, you will find days in Ho Chi Minh City are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 4 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
When in Duong Dong, make a side trip to see Thien Vien Truc Lam Ho Quoc (Ho Quoc Pagoda) in Duong To, approximately Duong To away. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, kick back and relax at Ong Lang Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, and cast your line with Kien Giang Travel.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Duong Dong trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:

Halong Bay

— 2 nights
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 29th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then step off the mainland to explore Ti Top Island. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then Head underground at Sung Sot Cave.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay travel route website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Duong Dong to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

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.