8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Jokulsarlon
Fly + Drive:  42 h
1
Hoi An
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h
2
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Ong Lang, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  42 h
End: Jokulsarlon

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Hoi An trip planner .

Jokulsarlon, Iceland to Hoi An is an approximately 42-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Jokulsarlon to Hoi An. Traveling from Jokulsarlon in December, things will get much warmer in Hoi An: highs are around 29°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoi An in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ong Lang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

2
nights
Ong Lang, Phu Quoc Island

Ong Lang ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at PQ LITTLE MART, make a splash at Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc, and then meet the residents at Vinpearl Safari. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Vung Bau Beach, then stroll through Mui Ganh Dau Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ong Lang Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ong Lang online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Ong Lang takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ong Lang

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc
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Vinpearl Safari ©
Vinpearl Safari
Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc ©
Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc
Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Before you visit Hanoi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Ong Lang to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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