16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  3​h
2
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Wellington

2
nights
Nha Trang

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Son Pagoda.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang trip itinerary planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Nha Trang is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Indochina Time is minus 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An trip builder tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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 (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hue trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Hue, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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 25th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave and then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave). On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to 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
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): look for gifts at TiredCity Hang Bong, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu, then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

4
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Take a break from the city and head to Sao Beach and Long Beach. Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong attractions planner .

You can fly from Hanoi to Duong Dong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:
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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach

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