15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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15 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Da Nang
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
2
Hue
— 2 nights
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
6
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the galleries of Precious Heritage by Rehahn and then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Da Nang road trip tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Da Nang is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Da Nang is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Shopping Nature Museums

Side Trip

Hoi An
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
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.
On the 24th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at The Flag Tower, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hue trip simple and quick.

Traveling by bus from Da Nang to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Hue are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave and then take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo). On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, then experience rural life at The Duck Stop, and then stroll through Phong Nha Caves.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park vacation app .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

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.
On the 28th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Tired City Hang Bong, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then take a stroll through Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and finally make a trip to Ho Van - Van Mieu.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip maker website .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Tired City Hang Bong ©
Tired City 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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

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

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc pagoda, experience rural life at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, then relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, and finally make a trip to Dinh Cau Rock (Cua Temple). Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Ong Lang Beach, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then stop by Sava Coffee Shop.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Duong Dong trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, walk around Cong Vien 30-4, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ho Chi Minh City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Food Tours

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