13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Hoi An
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h
2
Da Nang
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h 15 min
3
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
4
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 15 min
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Hue
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hoi An is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sydney to Hoi An. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in March since evenings lows in Hoi An dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

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

1
night
Da Nang

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
On the 28th (Sat), snap pictures at Tran Thi Ly Bridge, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and finally stop by M Legrand Jewelry.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Da Nang trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Hoi An to Da Nang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours Nature Parks
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Food Tours
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
M Legrand Jewelry ©
M Legrand Jewelry

1
night
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 29th (Sun): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip builder app.

Getting from Da Nang to Halong Bay by combination of flight, car, and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Tours Outdoors
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

3
nights
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi visit planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, then take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally steep yourself in history at Hue Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hue day trip app.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daytime highs in Hue are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Shopping
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

4
nights
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City tour app.

You can fly from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hue in April, things will get a bit warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 41°C and lows about 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

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