20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
5
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  5​h
6
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
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 next day, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hoi An is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sydney to Hoi An. In December, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
On the 8th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and then browse the different shops at Big C Market. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally make a trip to The Flag Tower.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hue itinerary planner.

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoi An in December, expect nights in Hue to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

3
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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, and explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

3
nights
Hanoi

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, nightlife, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), wander the streets of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Hang Bong.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hanoi trip planner .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
West Lake ©
West Lake

2
nights
Halong Bay

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.
On the 16th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba National Park
Highlights from your plan
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duong Dong: May Rut Island (in An Thoi) and Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (in Ganh Dau).

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Spas, Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, May Rut Island
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc ©
Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy

4
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City travel route planner .

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. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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