12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 3 nights
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
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Hanoi

— 3 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 19th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: stop by Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi vacation planning app.

New York City, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Hanoi, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 1 night
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): cast your line with Jerry's Jungle Tours, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Luna Thai Spa, and then indulge your taste buds at Beer Fridge.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong visit planning website.

You can fly from Hanoi to Duong Dong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Ho Chi Minh City

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cao Dai Temple, then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, and finally explore the galleries of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi. On your second day here, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Hoi An

— 3 nights
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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
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.