12 days in Hanoi, Halong Bay & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

12 days in Hanoi, Halong Bay & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

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Hanoi
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 5 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Quarter and TiredCity Hang Bong. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Phuong Trach Pagoda. Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, see Off-Road Tours, and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary maker site.

Manila, Philippines to Hanoi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Manila to Hanoi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.
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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 8th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City — 5 nights

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.
Visit Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon and Catholic Church Huyen Sy for their historical value. War Remnants Museum and Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take a spin around town with Bike Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Fly from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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