26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  2​h 30​min
2
Nha Trang
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Hue
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Hoi An
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h
7
Con Dao Islands
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
8
Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stop by BOA Bookstore and then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip website .

Melbourne, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 38°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda) ©

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and i resort. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Hon Chong. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Son Pagoda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Nui, take in the views from Tran Phu Bridge, and kick back and relax at Long Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nha Trang online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Hon Chong ©
Hon Chong

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.
Get in touch with nature at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and West Lake. Explore hidden gems such as Vietnamese Women's Museum and Indigo Store. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat).

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

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.
On the 25th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at The Duck Stop and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach).

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach)
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Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

4
nights
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 some historical perspective at Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) and Tomb of Tu Duc. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tomb of Minh Mang and Thien Mu Pagoda. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Royal Tombs, explore the activities along Perfume River, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Thuan An Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hue trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

5
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.
Mỹ Sơn and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Non Nuoc Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Change things up with a short trip to My Khe Beach in Da Nang (about 36 minutes away). Spend the 2nd (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. Make the 3rd (Mon) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and take in the exciting artwork at Ha Ha - Art In Everything.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hoi An trip planner .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Con Dao Islands.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach

1
night
Con Dao Islands

Con Dao Islands ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Con Dao Prison, then learn about all things military at Con Dao Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bãi Đầm Trầu.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Con Dao Islands road trip tool .

Getting from Hoi An to Con Dao Islands by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Phu Quoc Island.

Things to do in Con Dao Islands

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bãi Đầm Trầu ©
Bãi Đầm Trầu

4
nights
Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island ©
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course and Phu Quoc Prison. Get in touch with nature at Mui Ganh Dau Beach and Khem Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ong Lang Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Fingernail Island, look for gifts at King Mart, and get outside with Archipelago Anthoy.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Phu Quoc Island trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Con Dao Islands to Phu Quoc Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc

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