16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
2
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  5 h
3
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
5
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  10 h 30 min
8
Cao Bang
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
End: Hanoi

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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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, explore the galleries of D&C Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pho Linh Temple, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Hanoi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the views from Pont Bai Chay, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

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

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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
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 (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, then relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Mushroom, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Cao Dai Temple. On the next day, experience rural life at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, and finally stop by Sava Coffee Shop.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites Spas Shopping

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, Phu Quoc Mushroom
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Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau ©
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom

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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 24th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally contemplate the long history of The Independence Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy, make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Avalokiteshvara, and finally browse the exhibits of Flymindz Art Studio.

Discover how to plan a Ho Chi Minh City trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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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.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An online tour planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Ho Chi Minh City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hoi An, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Parks

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

2
nights
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 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and then stop by Truc Chi Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue online visit planner.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Hue, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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nights
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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave). Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Cao Bang.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

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night
Cao Bang

Cao Bang ©
Cao Bằng is a city in northern Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Ban Gioc Waterfall. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Nam Tra Waterfall and then contemplate the waterfront views at Thang Hen Lake.

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You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Cao Bang in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Cao Bang

Parks Nature
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Ban Gioc Waterfall ©
Ban Gioc Waterfall
Thang Hen Lake ©
Thang Hen Lake

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