17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam holiday planner

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Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Hue
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Baghdad

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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.
On the 2nd (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Quarter, take in the exciting artwork at A Dong Art Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi online trip itinerary builder.

Baghdad, Iraq to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Baghdad to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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 6th (Thu): explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc and then Head underground at Son Doong Cave.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park travel route planner.

Fly from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Hue

— 2 nights
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 7th (Fri): make a trip to The Flag Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial City. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue trip tool.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hue are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, approximately Da Nang away. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An road trip website.

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 May, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, then admire the landmark architecture of The Independence Palace, then stop by Lucy Henna, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 2 nights
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 14th (Fri): see what you can catch with Phu Quoc Jeep Tour, then relax in the rural setting at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, and then relax and rejuvenate at Luna Thai Spa. On the next day, kick back and relax at Ong Lang Beach, relax in the rural setting at Happy Farm PQ, then look for gifts at The Storytree Vietnam, then learn the secrets of beer at Beer Fridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Cao Dai Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Halong Bay

— 2 nights
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 16th (Sun): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Duong Dong to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.