23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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23 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Hanoi
— 1 night
2
Sapa
— 2 nights
3
Hanoi
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
4
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  16​h 30​min
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Hoi An
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  3​h
8
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
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 10th (Wed): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery, take a stroll through Old Quarter, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally stop by Chula fashion showroom.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
54 Traditions Gallery ©
54 Traditions Gallery

2
nights
Sapa

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ta Phin Village and Holy Rosary Church Or the Stone Church. Step out of the city life by going to Love Waterfall and Ham Rong Mountain. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Indigo Cat, admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, make a trip to Quang Truong Square, and take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapa trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Hanoi to Sapa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

1
night
Hanoi

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi vacation site .

Traveling by car from Sapa to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Spas
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Spas & Wellness

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hạ Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Halong Bay side-trips: Cat Ba (Kayaking & Canoeing, Cat Co 1 Beach, & more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave and wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip planning website .

Do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

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 19th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach) and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Duck Stop.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by combination of bus, train, and taxi takes about 16.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach)
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

2
nights
Hue

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then contemplate the long history of Hue Imperial City (The Citadel). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the waterfront views at Perfume River, then look for gifts at Healing the Wounded Heart Shop, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hue trip planner .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, tour the pleasant surroundings at An Bang Beach, and then look for gifts at Buffalo Leather Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Duy Hieu branch.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An day trip planning website .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Hoi An are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture
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An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ©
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

2
nights
Nha Trang

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Son Pagoda, then kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach, then see the interesting displays at Alexandre Yersin Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers. On your second day here, choose your vessel at Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang online trip planner .

Getting from Hoi An to Nha Trang by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Transportation Tours
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Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam ©
Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers

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.
Get some cultural insight at War Remnants Museum and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Indochina Cycling Tour and Bach Dang. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, wander the streets of Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Dominique Saint Paul Saigon.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip website .

Getting from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping Outdoors Transportation
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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