20 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
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Nha Trang
— 3 nights
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Hoi An
— 3 nights
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Hue
— 2 nights
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi
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Ho Chi Minh City — 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
On the 5th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Phung Son Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phuoc An Hoi Quan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Minh Anh Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder.

Wellington, New Zealand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 5 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Wellington in February: highs in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 26°C. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to Nha Trang.
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Nha Trang — 3 nights

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
On the 7th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Son Pagoda, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Hoi An.
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Hoi An — 3 nights

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 My Son Tours in Da Nang, approximately Da Nang away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hoi An trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hue.
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Hue — 2 nights

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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In February in Hue, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will leave for Hanoi on the 15th (Wed).
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Hanoi — 2 nights

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 find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planner.

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Halong Bay.
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Halong Bay — 2 nights

Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave and then hunt for treasures at Ha Long Market.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Hanoi.
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Hanoi — 3 nights

Enjoy Hanoi some more: take in a show at Thang Long Water Puppet.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Wed).
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While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.
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