8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
3
Hue
— 1 night
4
Hoi An
— 1 night
5
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): browse the exhibits of D&C Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): stop by TiredCity Hang Bong, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi day trip tool.

Manila, Philippines to Hanoi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Manila to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish up 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
Temple of Literature & National University ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), experience rural life at The Duck Stop, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, thentake in the exciting artwork at Truc Chi Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hue road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Hue can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through The Marble Mountains, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thensnap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, thenstop by Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, and finally browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip builder website.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hoi An are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch ©
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, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, thenponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, thentake an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Drink Vietnam. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hoi An in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

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