10 days in Vietnam Itinerary

10 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
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Da Lat
— 1 night
Fly to Danang, Bus to Hue
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Hue
— 1 night
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
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Hanoi
— 1 night
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Cat Ba
— 1 night
Ferry to Hai Phong - Ben Binh Pier, Fly to Danang
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City

— 1 night

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.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City holiday builder.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. In December, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Da Lat

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Flowers

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally hunt for treasures at Dalat Market.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Da Lat online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Hue

— 1 night
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 23rd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Imperial City, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then delve into the distant past at Royal Tombs, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and finally look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hue trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Da Lat to Hue in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hue are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 1 night
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 (Tue), relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, Head underground at Paradise Cave, then admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and finally Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip site.

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Hanoi

— 1 night
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.
On the 25th (Wed), take a stroll through Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hanoi trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
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Cat Ba

— 1 night
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 26th (Thu), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba day trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Hoi An

— 3 nights
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 27th (Fri): browse the range of quality goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi, delve into the distant past at Mỹ Sơn, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally look for gifts at Yaly Couture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at My Khe Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip site.

Getting from Cat Ba to Hoi An by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 29th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
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.