18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Hoi An
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Hanoi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  1​h
4
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  3​h
5
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City route tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in February; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 39°C and lows reach 26°C. You'll set off for Hoi An on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Nightlife Outdoors

5
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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities and look for gifts at Thang Loi.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in February, expect Hoi An to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Bao An Tailor ©
Bao An Tailor
Nature & Wildlife Tours
B'Lan Silk ©
B'Lan Silk

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: get the lay of the land with Travel Agent Hanoi, browse the different shops at Viettime Craft, appreciate the extensive heritage of Duong Lam Ancient Village, and examine the collection at Hanoi Police Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
MotoTours Asia ©
MotoTours Asia
Viettime Craft ©
Viettime Craft

1
night
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 28th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Cannon Fort.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip itinerary app.

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. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cat Ba
Highlights from your plan
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Cannon Fort ©
Cannon Fort

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): appreciate the history behind Lenin Statue, don't miss a visit to Hanoi Old Citadel - Northern Gate, and then browse for treasures at Chie Craft & Design.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hanoi

Parks Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens (Vuon Bach Thao) ©
Chie Craft & Design ©
Chie Craft & Design
Star Lotus ©
Star Lotus

5
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mekong River. Explore Ho Chi Minh City further: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the exciting artwork at Vietnam ART Gallery, and stop by Flame Tree by Zakka.

Plan a trip to Ho Chi Minh City easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Mekong River
Highlights from your plan
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Climbing Tours
Flame Tree by Zakka ©
Flame Tree by Zakka

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