26 days in Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

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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
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
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Train:  8 h
9
Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Taxi + 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.
You've now added Taipei Eats to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Taipei trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Taipei is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Taipei, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect nights in Taipei to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. You'll set off for Taichung on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in Taipei

Nightlife Tours Historic Sites
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Taipei Eats ©
Taipei Eats
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bagua Mountain, then stop by Parklane, and then stop by Yichung Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): wander the streets of Lukang, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lugang Longshan Temple, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gaomei Wetland.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Taichung day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Taipei to Taichung in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hualien.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Changhua
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Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
Lugang Longshan Temple ©
Lugang Longshan Temple
Yichung Shopping Street ©
Yichung Shopping Street

2
nights
Hualien, Taiwan

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Fuyuan Forest. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Shen'an Temple and then learn about winemaking at Hualien Old Winery.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hualien online day trip planner.

Take a train from Taichung to Hualien in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the 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
On the 2nd (Mon), make a trip to Shifen Old Street and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fulung Beach. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Wufengchi Waterfall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Caoling Historic Trail (Tsaoling Trail), and then visit a coastal fixture at Sandiaojiao Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Taipei itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Hualien to Taipei takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

New Taipei, Wufengchi Waterfall
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Fulung Beach
Fulung Beach
Wufengchi Waterfall ©
Wufengchi Waterfall
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.
Temple of Literature & National University has been added to your itinerary. Head to Craft-Link and Indigo Storefor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chua Tran Quoc and One Pillar Pagoda. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Chula fashion showroom, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, and wander the streets of Old Quarter.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hanoi road trip planner.

Getting from Taipei to Hanoi by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Taipei to Hanoi. You will leave for Hoa Binh on the 7th (Sat).

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
Craft-Link ©
Craft-Link

2
nights
Hoa Binh, Vietnam

Hoa Binh
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Nature Reserve and then stop by Hoa Ban Plus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): wander the streets of Giang Mo Village.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hoa Binh trip planner.

Drive from Hanoi to Hoa Binh in 1.5 hours. In April in Hoa Binh, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for Ninh Binh on the 9th (Mon).

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ninh Binh vacation planner.

You can drive from Hoa Binh to Ninh Binh in 2.5 hours. April in Ninh Binh sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Endangered Primate Rescue Centre
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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.
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You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): stop by Healing the Wounded Heart Shop, then stroll through Dam Chuon Huong Quan, then hunt for treasures at Dong Ba Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hue trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Halong Bay to Hue takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Hue are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Dam Chuon Huong Quan ©
Dam Chuon Huong Quan
Bach Ma National Park ©
Bach Ma National Park
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Non Nuoc Beach and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and My Khe Beach. Take a break from Hoi An with a short trip to Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Tran Phu branch, steep yourself in history at Old House of Tan Ky, and pick up some new kitchen skills with Tra Que Water Wheel.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hoi An are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Yaly Couture - Tran Phu branch ©
Yaly Couture - Tran Phu branch
Bibi Silk ©
Bibi Silk

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