18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam route planner

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
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Da Nang
— 1 day
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
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Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
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Cat Ba
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 14th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Bitexco Financial Tower, and ponder the world of politics at People's Committee Building.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City visit website.

Toronto, Canada to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Toronto to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in February, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be warmer, temps between 39°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Da Nang

— 1 day

City of Bridges

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 16th (Wed), stop by M Legrand Jewelry, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally make a trip to Dragon Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Da Nang holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in February, things will get a bit cooler in Da Nang: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Da Nang

Spas · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 16:

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 18th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by 54 Traditions Gallery.

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You can fly from Da Nang to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
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Ninh Binh

— 2 nights
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, and then don't miss a visit to Tam Coc. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Trang An Grottoes and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bai Dinh Pagoda.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ninh Binh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Cat Ba

— 3 nights
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Go for a jaunt from Cat Ba to Halong Bay to see Hạ Long Bay about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Cat Ba Island, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, explore the activities along Lan Ha Bay, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cat Ba tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

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Ho Chi Minh City

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Far East

When in Ho Chi Minh City, make a side trip to see Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh, approximately Tay Ninh away. Explore Ho Chi Minh City further: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the exciting artwork at Soyn, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Cat Ba to Ho Chi Minh City in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:

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.