11 days in Vietnam Itinerary

11 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
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Hue
— 1 night
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Hanoi
— 4 nights
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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 11th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, look for gifts at Lucy Henna, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City. Traveling from Dubai in July, things will get little chillier in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums

Hoi An

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Tue), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stop by Da Bao Real Leather, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Hue

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hue attractions planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hue are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Shopping

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 1 night
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 16th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves and then Head underground at Son Doong Cave.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Hanoi

— 4 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Old Quarter and Off-Road Tours will thrill your kids. On the 18th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, browse the exhibits of A Dong Art Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi road trip planning tool.

Fly from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Vietnam travel guide

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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.