19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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19 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
5
Halong Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Bus:  6​h 15​min
6
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  16​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Hoi An

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 off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get outdoors at The Marble Mountains and Jack's Cat Cafe. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, tour the pleasant surroundings at An Bang Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Da Bao Real Leather.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Hoi An trip itinerary planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Hoi An is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in March since evenings lows in Hoi An dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Da Nang
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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 28th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, 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. Keep things going the next day: stop by Healing the Wounded Heart Shop and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hue trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Hue, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:
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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.
Get outdoors at Phong Nha Caves and Hang Toi (Dark Cave). Explore hidden gems such as The Duck Stop and Suoi Nuoc Mooc. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Son Doong Cave and take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planning app .

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. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Quarter and Presidential Palace Historical Site. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach, and look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Quan Lan Beach and Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh. Take a break from the city and head to Hạ Long Bay and Minh Chau beach. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island.

Discover how to plan a Halong Bay trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

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 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quan Lan
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Ninh Binh

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bai Dinh Pagoda, and then don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Rong Market Ninh Binh and then enjoy the sand and surf at Quat Lam Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ninh Binh day trip website .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quat Lam Beach, Bai Dinh Pagoda
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Rong Market Ninh Binh ©
Rong Market Ninh Binh

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