13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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13 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: London

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City online road trip planner .

London, UK to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time is 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally stop by Reaching Out Arts and Crafts. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An route planner .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

1
night
Hue

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Paradise Cave and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online holiday builder .

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

4
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 nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hanoi vacation planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Spas

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