20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Fort McMurray
Fly:  28​h
1
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Fort McMurray

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip maker tool .

Fort McMurray, Canada to Hanoi is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay. On the next day, snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Tours
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

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 museums, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, examine the collection at Drink Vietnam, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City online attractions planner .

You can fly from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: experience rural life at The Duck Stop, explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Hue.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Hope Center Hue, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hue itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. November in Hue sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, classes, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and stop by Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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