16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
Drive to Dinh Vu, Ferry to Cat Ba
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Cat Ba
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Halong Bay
— 1 night
Ferry to Cat Ba, Fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
Fly
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Ninh Binh
— 1 night
Bus to Noi Bai International, Fly to Da Nang
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Da Nang
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Nha Trang
— 1 night
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 3 nights
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Hanoi
— 1 day
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Hanoi — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dong Xuan Market as well as Train Street. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Quarter and Chua Tran Quoc. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at MasterTan and Thien Son Plaza. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, buy something for everyone on your list at D&C Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Apricot Gallery, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

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

New Delhi, India to Hanoi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.
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Cat Ba — 2 nights

The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
On the 21st (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba Island, explore the fascinating underground world of Hospital Cave, and then step off the mainland to explore Monkey Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then stroll through Cat Co 1 Beach, and finally make a trip to Cannon Fort.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hanoi to Cat Ba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Halong Bay.
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Halong Bay — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ti Top Beach, and then head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay holiday maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park — 3 nights

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.
On the 24th (Wed), make a trip to Phong Nha Caves and then relax and rejuvenate at Magic Fingers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park holiday app.

Getting from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by combination of ferry and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Hoi An.
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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.
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You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Hoi An are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You will leave for Ninh Binh on the 26th (Fri).
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Ninh Binh — 1 night

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then look for gifts at Minh Trang Handmade.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ninh Binh trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ninh Binh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Da Nang.
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Da Nang

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Da Nang trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ninh Binh to Da Nang takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Da Nang, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. You'll set off for Nha Trang on the 27th (Sat).
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Nha Trang — 1 night

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, then kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach, and then look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nha Trang trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Da Nang to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Saigon Square 1 as well as Lucky Plaza. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ba Thien Hau Temple and Speed Boats Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon and The Independence Palace. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, browse for treasures at Antique Street, wander the streets of Dong Khoi Street, and hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Hanoi.
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Hanoi — 1 day

Your day by day itinerary now includes Dong Xuan Market as well as Train Street. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): hunt for treasures at Dong Xuan Market and then get around town with Train Street.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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