17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam sightseeing planner
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
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3
Hoi An
— 1 night
Drive
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Hue
— 1 night
Drive
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 1 night
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City — 3 nights

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.
On the 1st (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City visit app.

Hong Kong, China to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City. In November, Ho Chi Minh City is somewhat warmer than Hong Kong - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly to Duong Dong.
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island — 4 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Change things up with a short trip to Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc in Ganh Dau (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with Truly Vietnam Travel, sample some tasty brews at Beer Fridge, buy something for everyone on your list at The Vietnamese Artists, and relax and rejuvenate at Phu Quoc Day Spa & Massage.

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

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.
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Hoi An — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cua Dai Beach, and then admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Hoi An road trip planning app.

Fly from Duong Dong to Hoi An in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In December in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hue.
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Hue — 1 night

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.
On the 7th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then contemplate the long history of Imperial City.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hue online itinerary planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hoi An in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hue: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll through Phong Nha Caves.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.
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Halong Bay — 1 night

Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Royal Spa.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay road trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Halong Bay in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.
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Hanoi — 4 nights

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.
On the 10th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, stop by Hanoia Van Mieu, see Off-Road Tours, and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Vietnam travel guide

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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.
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