8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  10​h
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hoi An
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Dubai

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): wander the streets of Old Quarter, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then stop by Royal Silk. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hanoi trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Hanoi is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): Head underground at Son Doong Cave and then Head underground at Paradise Cave. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, and then admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

1
night
Hue

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 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue road trip planning app .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Thu), steep yourself in history at The Old House of Phun Hung, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planning tool .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hoi An are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Historic Sites Spas
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

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 (Fri): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. August in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

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