20 days in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi & Gold Coast Itinerary

20 days in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi & Gold Coast Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 7 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 5 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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ho Chi Minh City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Brisbane to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Breweries & Distilleries
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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ninh Binh (Bich Dong Pagoda & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hanoi online trip builder.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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Gold Coast, Australia

— 7 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Norries Head (in Cabarita) and Brisbane (Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, South Bank Parklands, &more). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast journey planning site.

Getting from Hanoi to Gold Coast by flight takes about 16 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanoi to Gold Coast is 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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