11 days in Vietnam Itinerary

11 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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11 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then don't miss a visit to Ba Dinh Square, and finally wander the streets of Old Quarter. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, and then stop by 54 Traditions Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi travel planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hanoi is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Hanoi are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Hoa Lo Prison ©
Hoa Lo Prison

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 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, look for gifts at Healing the Wounded Heart Shop, and then contemplate the long history of Hue Imperial City (The Citadel).

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hue vacation planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Hue by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Shopping
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc
Healing the Wounded Heart Shop ©
Healing the Wounded Heart Shop

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Cua Dai Beach and Non Nuoc Beach. Get outdoors at An Bang Beach and The Marble Mountains. Change things up with a short trip to My Khe Beach in Da Nang (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Trang Cloth Shop.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip generator.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Maya Design ©
Maya Design
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach

3
nights
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, and then explore the activities along Halong Bay. On the next day, Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, explore the activities along Lan Ha Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Hoi An to Halong Bay in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

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 20th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City custom trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City in 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping Museums Nightlife
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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