12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Hoi An
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
5
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Mumbai

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Hoi An tour itinerary planner .

Mumbai, India to Hoi An is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, expect nights in Hoi An to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hoi An, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hue, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Shopping
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo). On the next day, experience rural life at The Duck Stop, then admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip planning site .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Hanoi.

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

1
night
Halong Bay

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 28th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

2
nights
Da Lat

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Crazy House, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then relax in the rural setting at DL Nature's.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Da Lat trip maker website .

Getting from Halong Bay to Da Lat by combination of ferry, car, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

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