12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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 13th (Sun): stop by Metiseko and then view the masterpieces at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Central Post Office, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

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Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City. In December, Ho Chi Minh City is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

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

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
On the 15th (Tue), stroll through Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa, enjoy the sand and surf at Sao Beach, and then stroll through Ong Lang Beach. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Vung Bau Beach, then experience rural life at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Duong Dong day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

3
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.
Get outdoors at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Hanoi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Spas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
On the 20th (Sun), Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

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

3
nights
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 (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, kick back and relax at An Bang Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, then stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hoi An road trip planning website .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach

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