5 days in Vietnam Itinerary

5 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam travel planner

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Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
Fly
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive
3
Hue
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, and then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Historic Sites
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 1 night
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 2nd (Wed), stroll through Phong Nha Caves and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Hue

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Thu): stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hue online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
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Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.