9 days in Vietnam Itinerary

9 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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9 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Hoi An
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hanoi vacation planner.

San Francisco, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Hanoi, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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 5th (Sat): admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda and then contemplate the long history of Hue Imperial City (The Citadel).

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Hue, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to 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

2
nights
Hoi An

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Tran Family Home and Chapel, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and then stroll through Cua Dai Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hoi An trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

#Tours, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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.
On the 8th (Tue), stop by Thuy Design House and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Keep things going the next day: stop by ManGii Shoes, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. May in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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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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