5 days in Vietnam Itinerary

5 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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5 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  9​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— Few hours
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Hue
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City visit planner.

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. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 37°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): Head underground at Phong Nha Caves and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Duck Stop.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park itinerary planner.

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

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hue trip planner.

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. In January, daytime highs in Hue are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hue

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

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