18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hue
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

4
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, walk around Cong Vien 30-4, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Ho Chi Minh City is 6 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in February, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 39°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

2
nights
Da Lat

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.
Da Lat is known for nature, historic sites, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, head outdoors with Pine Track Adventures, admire the striking features of Dalat Railway Station, and contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Da Lat day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, and explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Hoi An online travel route planner .

You can fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

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Side Trip

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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Hue, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

3
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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.
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, explore the activities along West Lake, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Hang Bong.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi online attractions planner .

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

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Tired City Hang Bong ©
Tired City Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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