12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

12 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Da Nang
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
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Hue
— 2 nights
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
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Da Nang

— 3 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mỹ Sơn and Hoi An Ancient Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Da Nang: Hoi An (Japanese Covered Bridge, Yaly Couture, &more).

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Wilmington, USA to Da Nang is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Ho Chi Minh City

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, take an in-depth tour of The Independence Palace, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Vietnam Silver House, then stop by Cao Minh Saigon, and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

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Traveling by flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Hue

— 2 nights
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 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Imperial City, explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and finally look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh.

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Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, with highs in Hue at 72°F and lows at 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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.
On the 31st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at One Pillar Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh, and finally take a stroll through Old Quarter.

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You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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.