14 days in Vietnam Itinerary

14 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Da Nang
— 1 night
Drive
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Hue
— 1 night
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Noi Bai International, Bus to Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh
— 1 day
Drive
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mai Chau
— 1 night
Drive
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Halong Bay
— 1 day
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Cai Be
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Cai Be
— 1 day
Drive
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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Da Nang

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the views from Dragon Bridge.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Da Nang trip planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to Da Nang is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Da Nang. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Da Nang when traveling from Melbourne in March, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Shopping · Spas

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.
On the 12th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hue itinerary site.

You can drive from Da Nang to Hue in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): Head underground at Paradise Cave and then Head underground at Son Doong Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Ninh Binh

— 1 day
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.
On the 15th (Sun), Head underground at Trang An Grottoes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bai Dinh Pagoda, and then don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ninh Binh trip planning site.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ninh Binh by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hanoi

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Mon), stop by Tired City Bao Khanh, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, and finally don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi day trip app.

Drive from Ninh Binh to Hanoi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mai Chau.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

Mai Chau

— 1 night
Mai Châu is a rural district of Hòa Bình Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Thung Khe Pass, then stop by Hoa Ban Plus, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Chieu Cave.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mai Chau trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Hanoi to Mai Chau in 3.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Mai Chau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Halong Bay

— 1 day
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.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mai Chau to Halong Bay. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Cai Be.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature

Cai Be

— 1 day
Cái Bè is a river-land mixed town in Vietnam. On the 20th (Fri), head outdoors with Mekong Rustic.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cai Be tour planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Cai Be takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In March in Cai Be, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Cai Be

Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Ho Chi Minh City

— 3 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 21st (Sat), take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, view the masterpieces at Hey Camel Ceramics, and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Cai Be to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

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.