12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Da Nang
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Da Nang
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights


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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planning tool.

Auckland, New Zealand to Hanoi is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Hanoi, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Da Nang.
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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.
To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Da Nang day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Da Nang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Da Nang sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C at night. You'll set off for Hoi An on the 10th (Wed).
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Hoi An — 2 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.
On your second day here, cast your line with a fishing tour, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An vacation planning app.

You can drive from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Da Nang.
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Da Nang

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Da Nang tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Hoi An to Da Nang by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. On the 12th (Fri), you're off to Nha Trang.
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Nha Trang — 2 nights

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
On the 13th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Nui and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Nha Trang trip planner.

You can fly from Da Nang to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City — 3 nights

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 17th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and look for gifts at Cao Minh Saigon.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Vietnam travel guide

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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.