17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: London
Fly:  15 h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Can Tho
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Duong Dong
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Dong Hoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: London

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, thenget a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, thentake an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda. On your second day here, stop by Ninh Khuong Hand Embroidery, thenbrowse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, thentake a stroll through Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda).

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip builder app.

London, UK to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Ho Chi Minh City: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Can Tho.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

2
nights
Can Tho

Can Tho ©
The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Cai Rang Floating Market, admire the landmark architecture of Munirangsyaram Pagoda, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam, kick back and relax at Can Tho Beach, thensee the interesting displays at Museum of Tarot, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phat Hoc Pagoda.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Can Tho journey planning website.

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Can Tho

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam
Museum of Tarot ©
Museum of Tarot
Phat Hoc Pagoda ©
Phat Hoc Pagoda

2
nights
Duong Dong

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Duong Dong Market and then kick back and relax at Long Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sao Beach, steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, take an in-depth tour of Coi Nguon Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, and finally stop by Sava Coffee Shop.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Duong Dong trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Can Tho to Duong Dong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sao Beach, Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc

4
nights
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 in touch with nature at An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture. Step out of Hoi An to go to Duy Xuyen District and see Mỹ Sơn, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 9th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip builder app.

Getting from Duong Dong to Hoi An by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In September, daytime highs in Hoi An are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dong Hoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

2
nights
Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi ©
The pleasant seaside and port town of Dong Hoi sits close to a World Heritage Site national park.
On the 11th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach) and then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Quang Phu Sand Dunes, thenwhizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tam Toa Church.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dong Hoi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Dong Hoi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Dong Hoi

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach) ©
Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach)
Zipline
Tam Toa Church ©
Tam Toa Church

3
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 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hanoi vacation planning app.

You can fly from Dong Hoi to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Kayaking & Canoeing
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©

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