11 days in Vietnam Itinerary

11 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly
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Da Nang
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly to Tan Son Nhat, Bus to Vung Tau
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Vung Tau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
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Da Nang

— 2 nights

City of Bridges

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Da Nang: Hue (Luc Bo Culture Space, Imperial City, &more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, get in on the family fun at Ba Na Hills SunWorld, snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Lady Buddha.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Da Nang trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Da Nang is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Da Nang hover around 91°F and lows are around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Hoi An

— 3 nights
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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Tran Phu branch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jack's Cat Cafe, and don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

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Traveling by car from Da Nang to Hoi An takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Hoi An sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Vung Tau.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Vung Tau

— 2 nights
A place to relax by the coast, Vung Tau has gained a reputation for its beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Ngọn hải đăng Vũng Tàu, appreciate the history behind Christ the King, and then look for gifts at Jungle Jam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Front Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Vung Tau Ferry Terminal, and then examine the collection at The Robert Taylor Museum Of Worldwide Arms.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vung Tau trip planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Vung Tau by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in October, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Vung Tau

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Ho Chi Minh City

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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 4th (Sun), stroll around Le Thi Rieng Culture Park, then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, and then don't miss a visit to Saigon River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in October, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.