18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
2
Dong Hoi
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Hue
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
4
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Hanoi
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
End: Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major aiport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport. February in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dong Hoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Adventure
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi ©
The pleasant seaside and port town of Dong Hoi sits close to a World Heritage Site national park.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo) and then take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dong Hoi journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Dong Hoi

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

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 5th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Imperial City, then buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally explore the activities along Perfume River. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hue trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dong Hoi to Hue takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

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

3
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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.
Step out of Hoi An to go to Da Nang and see Dragon Bridge, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and kick back and relax at An Bang Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An online day trip planner .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Beaches Tours

Side Trip

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

5
nights
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, see Off-Road Tours, explore the galleries of TiredCity Hang Bong, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy Ho Chi Minh City some more: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some photo ops at President ho Chi Minh Statue, don't miss a visit to Bui Vien Street, and stop by Blanda.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary site .

Fly from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Speed Boats Tours
Spas
Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda) ©
Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda)

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