17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h
1
Da Nang
— Few hours
shuttle:  1​h
2
Hoi An
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
3
Hue
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  12​h
4
Ninh Binh
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
5
Hanoi
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Cao Bang
— 1 night
7
Cao Bang
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Hanoi
— 1 night
bus:  6​h
9
Sapa
— 1 night
10
Sapa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
11
Hanoi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Ha Long
— 1 night
13
Ha Long
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
14
Hanoi
— Few hours
15
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: Melbourne

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Da Nang

Da Nang
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 find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Da Nang trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Da Nang is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Indochina Time is minus 3 hours. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours Shopping Outdoors
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night
Hoi An

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.
Japanese Covered Bridge has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Da Nang to Hoi An takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hue.
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Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

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nights
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.
You've added Vinh Moc Tunnel, Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, Tomb of Khai Dinh, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 20th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Vinh Moc Tunnel.

Find out how to plan Hue trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoi An in December, expect nights in Hue to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tomb of Khai Dinh, Vinh Moc Tunnel
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Tomb of Khai Dinh ©
Tomb of Khai Dinh
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

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Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bich Dong Pagoda, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Trang An Tours, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bai Dinh Pagoda, and then Head underground at Mua Caves.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Hue to Ninh Binh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hue in December since evenings lows in Ninh Binh dip to 17°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bich Dong Pagoda ©
Bich Dong Pagoda

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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.
To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi road trip tool .

You can take a bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Moc Chau.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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Cao Bang

Cao Bang
Cao Bằng is a city in northern Vietnam. For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Cao Bang trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Cao Bang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Cao Bang.

Things to do in Cao Bang

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

1
night
Cao Bang

Cao Bang ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ban Gioc Waterfall as well as Nguom Ngao Cave. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): Head underground at Nguom Ngao Cave and then admire the sheer force of Ban Gioc Waterfall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cao Bang trip itinerary maker site .

You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for Hanoi.

Things to do in Cao Bang

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Nguom Ngao Cave ©
Nguom Ngao Cave
Ban Gioc Waterfall ©
Ban Gioc Waterfall

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi
Planning Hanoi trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Moc Chau to Hanoi. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

1
night
Sapa

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
You've added Muong Hoa Valley, Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls), Love Waterfall, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, then don't miss a visit to The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), and then explore the activities along Sapa Lake.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sapa online vacation maker .

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

1
night
Sapa

Sapa ©
On the 28th (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Hang Da Village.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sapa visit planner.

Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Trails
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Cat Cat village ©
Cat Cat village

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi
For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hanoi tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Sapa to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Ha Long.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

1
night
Ha Long

Ha Long ©
Hạ Long is the capital city and 1st-class provincial city of Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. You've now added Cua Van Floating Village to your itinerary. On the 30th (Mon), take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ha Long online trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Hanoi to Ha Long with the Route module. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for Ha Long.

Things to do in Ha Long

Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cua Van Floating Village
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Cua Van Floating Village ©
Cua Van Floating Village

1
night
Ha Long

Ha Long
To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Ha Long day trip website .

You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ha Long

Tours Outdoors
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Hanoi

Hanoi
To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi travel app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ha Long to Hanoi. You'll set off for Cao Bang on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Quarter, Lotus Water Puppet and Perfume Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Perfume Pagoda, then take in a show at Lotus Water Puppet, and then take a stroll through Old Quarter.

Make your Hanoi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Cao Bang to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Perfume Pagoda ©
Perfume Pagoda

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