16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  21 h 15 min
1
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
2
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 15 min
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay online driving holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Halong Bay is an approximately 21.5- hour combination of flight, car, and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from San Francisco to Halong Bay, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

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Off-Road Tours
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then don't miss a visit to Phong Nha Caves. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by combination of flight, taxi, and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally contemplate the long history of Hue Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion 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 maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Hue day trip website.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in March, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

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

2
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.
On the 16th (Tue), stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then explore the wide array of goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Marble Mountains, and then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, then relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Mushroom, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Vietnamese Artists, and finally don't miss a visit to Cao Dai Temple. On the next day, experience rural life at Happy Farm PQ, experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Lang Beach.

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Getting from Hoi An to Duong Dong by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Happy Farm PQ, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, Phu Quoc Mushroom
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

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