17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  23 h
1
Hanoi
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
3
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Newark

4
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, make a trip to Ho Van - Van Mieu, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi attractions planner.

Newark, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Hanoi, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
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.
You've now added Bai Tu Long Bay to your itinerary. Step out of Halong Bay with an excursion to Cat Ba Island in Cat Ba--about 52 minutes away. On the 15th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's more to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Cat Ba Island
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Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi
To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi visit website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Da Nang (Dragon Bridge & Lady Buddha) and Hue (Thien Mu Pagoda & Imperial City). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Hoi An trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hue
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

3
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 nightlife, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, view the masterpieces at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, and hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City online trip maker.

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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