8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hoi An
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Manila, Luzon

2
nights
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.
On the 25th (Wed), browse the exhibits of D&C Art Gallery HQ. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planning site .

Manila, Philippines to Hanoi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Manila to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, then view the masterpieces at Truc Chi Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hue trip planner .

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

1
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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, then look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, and finally explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally look for gifts at Drink Vietnam. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and then take a spin around town with Bike Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hoi An in December: highs in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

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