26 days in Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

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26 days in Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  13​h
1
Taipei, Taiwan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Taichung, Taiwan
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
3
Hualien, Taiwan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Taipei, Taiwan
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h
5
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Hoa Binh, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
bus + Drive + ferry:  8​h 30​min
8
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  8​h
9
Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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2
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Taipei Eats: Food Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taipei trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Taipei is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Taipei is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Taipei: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 29th (Thu), you're off toTaichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Tours Nightlife Historic Sites
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Hsing Tian Kong ©
Hsing Tian Kong

2
nights
Taichung, Taiwan

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Bagua Mountain, look for gifts at Parklane, and then look for gifts at Yichung Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Lukang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lu Gang Long Shan Si, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kaomei Wetland.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Taichung trip maker tool .

Drive from Taipei to Taichung in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Taichung, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Hualien County.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Changhua
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Bagua Mountain ©
Bagua Mountain
Lugang Longshan Temple ©
Lugang Longshan Temple
Lukang ©
Lukang

2
nights
Hualien, Taiwan

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
On the 31st (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Fuyuan Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Shen'an Temple and then learn about winemaking at Hualien Old Winery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hualien County sightseeing planning site .

Drive from Taichung to Hualien County in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Shen'an Temple ©
Shen'an Temple

2
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei
Get some historical perspective at Sandiaojiao Lighthouse and Caoling Historic Trail (Tsaoling Trail). Get outdoors at Wufengchi Waterfall and Jiaosi Hot Spring. Get out of town with these interesting Taipei side-trips: Lanyang Museum (in Yilan County) and Xinbei (Shifen Old Street & Fulung Beach). See even more of Taipei: look for gifts at P.Seven and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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You can take a train from Hualien County to Taipei in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

New Taipei, Wufengchi Waterfall
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Fulung Beach
Fulung Beach
Sandiaojiao Lighthouse ©
Sandiaojiao Lighthouse

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
You've now added Temple of Literature & National University to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to West Lake and Bloom Microventures. Get some cultural insight at Chua Tran Quoc and Old Quarter. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Indigo Store, revel in the low prices at Factory Outlet, and take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi attractions planner.

Fly from Taipei to Hanoi in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoa Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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One Pillar Pagoda ©
One Pillar Pagoda
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc
Indigo Store ©
Indigo Store

2
nights
Hoa Binh, Vietnam

Hoa Binh
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Ngoc Son/Ngo Luong Reserve and then stop by Hoa Ban Plus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Giang Mo Village.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hoa Binh trip planning app .

You can drive from Hanoi to Hoa Binh in 2.5 hours. In April in Hoa Binh, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), you'll travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hoa Binh

Neighborhoods Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hoa Ban Plus, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Nature Reserve
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1
night
Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh ©
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ninh Binh trip planner .

You can drive from Hoa Binh to Ninh Binh in 3 hours. April in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Wildlife Parks
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Endangered Primate Rescue Centre ©
Endangered Primate Rescue Centre
Bich Dong Pagoda ©
Bich Dong Pagoda

2
nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take a tour by water with Halong Hanoi Transfer and then get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay in 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hue.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Transportation Tours Outdoors
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Cua Van Floating Village ©
Cua Van Floating Village

3
nights
Hue, Vietnam

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.
On the 13th (Fri), stop by Healing the Wounded Heart Shop, then identify plant and animal life at Dam Chuon Huong Quan, then hunt for treasures at Dong Ba Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bach Ma National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hue road trip app .

Traveling by bus from Halong Bay to Hue takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh
Bach Ma National Park ©
Bach Ma National Park
The Mieu Temple ©
The Mieu Temple

5
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
Do your shopping at Friendly Shoe Shop and Rubin Cloth Shop. Get some cultural insight at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Old House of Tan Ky. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Da Nang (My Khe Beach & Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture). Spend the 17th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Non Nuoc Beach, look for gifts at Friendly Leather Bags, and savor the flavors at Tra Que Water Wheel.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hoi An are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Bibi Silk ©
Bibi Silk
Buffalo Leather Shop ©
Buffalo Leather Shop

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