Hanoi Itinerary 5 DAYS [Recommended] 5 Days 4 nights in Hanoi

Hanoi Itinerary 5 DAYS [Recommended] 5 Days 4 nights in Hanoi

Are you looking for a suitable Hanoi Itinerary 5 days that satisfy your wanderlust? Then you’re on the right page!

First off, if you are planning a short trip to Hanoi then 5 days is a reasonable time, not too long, not too short to explore this city to the fullest.

So what do you do for 5 days in this chaotic, colorful and scooter-infested 1.000-year-old city? As a local, born and raised in Hanoi, I have some recommendations for your best experience in those 5 days, including all the where to go and what to do that you need to know!

Now, let’s check out some of the samples Hanoi 5 days 4 nights itinerary to see “What to do in Hanoi for 5 days” and let the journey feed your soul.

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3 Options For 5 days in Hanoi – Hanoi itinerary 5 days in brief 

Option 1: Hanoi 5 Days Adventure Package

  • DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL – TRAIN TO SAPA
  • DAY 2: SAPA : CAT CAT VILLAGE
  • DAY 3: Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI – TA VAN – BUS TO HANOI
  • DAY 4: HALONG BAY DAY TRIP
  • DAY 5: LEAVE FOR HOME

Why is this itinerary right for you

  • A trip for you to leave the exhausting life in the modern cities behind, to explore a new country and new land, to learn new things and have new experiences! Everything for a new yourself!
  • You will have a memorable trip as a local when experiencing the train or sleeper bus and also have the opportunity to practice with trekking activities from level easy to medium.
  • The trip is short, but you can admire the beauty of the wonders of the world – Halong Bay or the golden terraced rice field in Sapa.

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Option 2: Hanoi 5 Days Relaxing Itinerary

  • DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2: HANOI – HALONG BAY
  • DAY 3: HALONG BAY – HANOI
  • DAY 4: NINH BINH : HOA LU – TAM COC DAY TRIP
  • DAY 5: HANOI DEPARTURE

Why is this itinerary right for you

  • A trip for you to leave the exhausting life in the modern cities behind, to explore a new country and new land, to learn new things and have new experiences! Everything for a new yourself!
  • Besides outdoor activities, this is a relaxing holiday, with a 24-hour journey on the top-notch cruise in Halong Bay
  • Travel conveniently, save time and effort, spend most of your trip to experience and discover new things!

Option 2 covers 3 destinations including Hanoi, Halong Bay and Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu Tam Coc). You will have 2 days in Hanoi, 2 days in Halong Bay (overnight on a cruise) and 1 day in Ninh Binh.

By choosing this itinerary, you will have a chance to stay in the bustling capital, see and enjoy beach activities and also admire the spectacular limestone karst landscapes.

This Hanoi 5 days Relaxing itinerary is suitable for everyone, including groups, families and solo travelers.

Even though the itinerary looks rush but it doesn’t at all since Halong Bay and Ninh Binh are both very relaxing.

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Option 3: Hanoi 5 Days Classic Itinerary

  • DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2: HALONG BAY CRUISE DAY TRIP
  • DAY 3: HOA LU – TAM COC DAY TRIP
  • DAY 4: HANOI CITY TOUR
  • DAY 5: HANOI DEPARTURE

Why it is right for you?

  • A short trip to discover many places in North Vietnam with Hanoi, Ninh Binh, and Halong
  • This trip is made for you with adventure activities like kayaking, biking, climbing, etc.
  • With this journey, you will have a chance to meet new friends, explore new lands. It is time to refresh your daily routine and immerse yourself in the poetic natural scenery.
  • A trip from Hanoi and also end in Hanoi, you will have more time to explore Hanoi with a colorful lifestyle and rich culture and history.

>> WITH JUST $275, YOU WILL HAVE A PERFECT TRIP Hanoi 5 Days Classic Tour

Detailed of What to do in Hanoi for 5 days – Recommended Hanoi Itinerary 5 Days 

Option 1: Hanoi Itinerary 5 days with 2 destinations

1. Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi 

Day 1: Hanoi Old Quarter Free Walking Tour with local guides 

Day Time

  • Arrive at Hanoi airport (it takes 45 minutes from the airport to Hanoi Old Quarter (Mainly travelers choose accommodations in the Old Quarter because it is near to almost all tourist attractions)
  • Visiting Long Bien street with free local guides and know about the stories that most travelers do not notice is one of the best things to do in Hanoi

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Hanoi is the perfect place for traveling with friends, family or even solo

  • Wander around the Old Quarter (Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Dong Xuan Market – A traditional  market in Hanoi, Long Bien Bridge, and a cup of traditional coffee )

Old Quarter Hanoi is known as the place to save the ancient culture, the memory of times and this has become the reason why many visitors visit here once in their life.

Located in the prime destination – the center of Hanoi, Old Quarter Hanoi has preserved the characteristics of this lands, memories of history, people and country. Through the ups and downs, the streets are still alive to this day.

There are some recommends for you, especially you are a newcomer, to know more about Hanoi and this may help you to arrange the most suitable tour route

Notes: You should do a FREE Walking Tourin Hanoi, with AZ Local NPO – a non-profit organization including local university students will be volunteer guides, student guides have a chance to do free tours as the way to improve their English skills and you have a chance to discover Hanoi in the eyes of locals!

don’t miss the amazing street foods here

Wandering the Old Quarter, don’t miss the amazing street foods here!

In The Evening

  • Hanoi Nightlife

Hanoi at night offers a multitude of interesting things to see and places to go well after the sun sets.

After a long and tiring day of touring around this exquisite and beautiful city, tourists can now have some free time for themselves and enjoy the fun yet relaxed nightlife in Hanoi. So what to do in Hanoi at night?

Night in Hanoi is the only time when you can have a great time without getting burned by the heating sun or getting worn out by tours after tours.

The streets are bustling and packed with local and expats which you can make friends with along the way and get the know Hanoi from the view of true Hanoians.

5 days in hanoi Itinerary old quarter

See and do what locals do is the best way to experience Hanoi!

Notes: Depending on your arrival, you can choose whether to start exploring Hanoi immediately or simply take a Pho or Bun Cha as a warm-up for the city tour tomorrow.

Day 2: Hanoi free city tours: Ho Chi Minh Complex – Hoa Lo Prison – Temple of Literature – Water Puppet Show 

Day Time

For the second day in Hanoi, this is the perfect time to do a Hanoi City Tour and again think about AZ Local NPO that provides FREE City Tours in Hanoi, and remember to take the water puppet show in advance to skip the waiting line.

Water puppet performance

Water puppet performance is more than art. It can bring you a deep understanding of Vietnamese wet rice cultivation

  • Ho Chi Minh Complex

Visit inside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (a must-go attraction). If you have time, watch the “guard changing” at Ba Dinh Square which happens at 6 a.m every morning.

Ba Dinh Square – one of the attractions in Ho Chi Minh Complex: it is the name of a square in Hanoi where president Ho Chi Minh read the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945. It is named after the Ba Đình Uprising, an anti-French rebellion that occurred in Vietnam in 1886–1887 as part of the Cần Vương movement

Visit Ho Chi Minh House’s on Stilts: This humble, traditional stilt house where Ho lived intermittently from 1958 to 1969 is set in a well-tended garden adjacent to a carp-filled pond and has been preserved just as he left it. The clear views through the open doorways and windows give an insight more fascinating than most museum mementos.

It’s now used for official receptions and isn’t open to the public, but visitors may wander the grounds if sticking to the paths.

  • Ho Chi Minh Museum

Have you ever heard of Uncle Ho – the most beloved Vietnamese president of all time? Or you know about him but there are a lot of mysterious things making you curious? Ho Chi Minh museum – one of the places in Ho Chi Minh Complex – has all the answers to your curiousness. So what about visiting the museum and gaining knowledge of the greatest man in Vietnamese history.

This thought-provoking site is all that remains of the former Hoa Lo Prison, ironically nicknamed the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ by US prisoners of war (POWs) during the American War.

Most exhibits relate to the prison’s use up to the mid-1950s, focusing on the Vietnamese struggle for independence from France. A gruesome relic is the ominous French guillotine, used to behead Vietnamese revolutionaries.

There are also displays focusing on the American pilots who were incarcerated at Hoa Lo during the American War. These pilots include Pete Peterson (the first US ambassador to a unified Vietnam in 1995) and Senator John McCain (the Republican nominee for the US presidency in 2008).

McCain’s flight suit is displayed, along with a photograph of Hanoi locals rescuing him from Truc Bach Lake after being shot down in 1967.

Hanoi Hilton – a Hell on earth or a 5-star hotel?

Hanoi Hilton – a Hell on earth or a 5-star hotel?

The vast prison complex was built by the French in 1896. Originally intended to house around 450 inmates, records indicate that by the 1930s there were close to 2000 prisoners.

Hoa Lo was never a very successful prison, and hundreds escaped its walls over the years – many squeezing out through sewer grates.

Address: 1 Hoa Lo Street, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Note

  • Bring necessary things because there are so many regulations in Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • The first place opens at 8:00 so you’d better be there on time or before that.
  • Queuing is a normal scene here since there are so many visitors
  • The free tours should be booked as soon as possible because this tour is often fully booked

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In The Evening

  • Take on a Foodie Adventure 

Vietnamese food has been gaining some popularity in recent years. It’d be such a waste if you don’t taste these local foods while you’re staying in Vietnam.

Luckily, Hanoi as the capital of Vietnam is where all the best dishes are gathered. Just wander around Hanoi Old Quarter and you’ll find many street food vendors.

Bun rieu cua

Bun rieu cua – famous dish for any visitor

Bun Cha (Rice Noodle with Grilled Pork)

Wanna try the food that the Former President of US – Barack Obama tasted during his visit in Hanoi? Bun Cha is what I’m talking about!

Bún chả is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and noodle, which is thought to have originated from Hanoi, Vietnam. Bún chả is served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of white rice noodle and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce

Egg Coffee 

Coffee made from Egg? No way! This seems the most curious drink that makes tourists, as well as locals, want to try.

The beverage is made from egg yolk, Vietnamese coffee powder, condensed milk and cheese. These ingredients may sound weird for a coffee-related beverage but don’t worry, it doesn’t taste sickly or eggy but brings the taste of surprisingly light and sweet vanilla.

Day 3 (Halong Bay day 1): Hanoi – Halong Bay – Sung Sot Cave – Titov Island

It’s time to go far from Hanoi to explore more of this beautiful country. We suggest you go to Halong Bay – the UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Site. It’ll take about 2 to 3.5 (Depending on types of cruise and day trip that you are planning to do) hours from Hanoi to Halong Bay if you go by car.

And according to our experience, you should spend 2 days in Halong Bay to enjoy the most out of this beautiful landscape instead of a day tour to there. of you can not afford to visit Halong bay for 2 days, choose the cruise with 6 or 7 hours in the bay.


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Your itinerary will be as below

  • Depart from Hanoi to Halong Bay in the early morning and arrive around lunchtime, get on a Halong Bay cruise.
  • Have lunch on a cruise while passing many beautiful islands of Halong
  • Visit Sung Sot Cave (Surprise Cave): 

Situated in the center of the UNESCO-declared World Heritage area, the Sung Sot or Surprise Grotto is on Bo Hon Island and is one of the finest and widest grottoes of Ha Long Bay.

Ascending to the grotto, the way is covered by trees and foliage and consists of great paved stone blocks.

The path to Sung Sot is quite steep and is lined with shady trees. Among the 2 chambers, the outer chamber is square and is often referred to as the waiting room.

The cave’s ceiling is approximately 30 meters high. The walls are almost perfectly smooth as if it was built by man and generate a variety of colors that blend with the setting of the area.

Amazing view in Sung Sot cave Halong Bay

Amazing view in Sung Sot cave Halong Bay

  • Titov Island:  

Titop Island sits at the heart of Halong Bay, just 8 kilometers to the southeast of Bai Chay Harbour.

Although it is relatively small, it’s regarded as one of the most picturesque islands in the bay and is a crowd favorite among Halong tourists.

Titop Island offers breathtaking landscapes, which can be viewed from a vantage point high up in the center of the island.

As Stephen, one of our previous tourist said “This is the perfect position for who want to take a high angle panoramic view of Halong Bay. I spend about 15-20 min to get to the top, not hard for me, but some elder people maybe get hard to do it. After that, you’ll see the amazing scene so you should do that.”

Because of its close location to Bai Chay, Titop Island is included as a stop off in many cruise itineraries.

Also, tourists can find accommodation in any one of the numerous high-end resorts, hotels, restaurants and bars that have been constructed here.​​​​

  • Spend overnight on cruise in Halong Bay.

Notes

  • The price changes depending on the criteria of the cruise or the size of group people
  • For a visit to Halong Bay but with a shorter duration, see our 3-Day Hanoi Itinerary!
  • Choose a reliable Halong Bay Travel Agency to count on!

Day 4 (Halong Bay day 2): Halong Bay – Luon (Hallow) Cave – Hanoi

The fourth day will be spent in Halong Bay. It depends on the itinerary of your cruise, but normally, the brief itinerary will be:

  • Wake up and experience the Tai Chi lesson which is a material art designed for self-defense on the sundeck
  • Visit Luon Cave:

Luon Cave is located in the south of Halong Bay, about 14 kilometers to the south-east of Tuan Chau Island.

Situated on Bo Hon Island and only 1 kilometer away from Surprise Cave, this grotto is an open-air cave, exposed to the elements, and which can only be accessed by boat.

The cave is essentially a group of islands that have joined to form a brackish lake approximately 1 kilometer in circumference.

  • Joining some water sports and activities like kayaking, swimming, diving…

Day 5: Back to Hanoi and 

For the last day of 5 days itinerary in Hanoi, we suggest you have a free and easy day as you’ll have time to pack your bags, be ready for the departure flight.

But if you still have much time due to your departure time and want to explore more, you can visit these places:

Bat Trang Ceramics Village is an old, well-established village in the Gia Lâm district of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam.

It is about 13 kilometers from central Hanoi. It is famous throughout Vietnam for its beautiful ceramics and the unique style of ceramics called Bát Tràng Porcelain.

  • Museum of Ethnology

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a museum in Hanoi, Vietnam, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.

It is located on a 43,799-square-metre property in the Cầu Giấy District, about 8 kilometers from the city center.

Don’t skip Sapa if you stay in Hanoi for a long time

Don’t skip Sapa if you stay in Hanoi for a long time

2. Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi 

This itinerary skips Halong Bay and you’ll go to Sapa instead. Sapa is a valley town in the north of Vietnam where there’s a diversity in ethnic minorities culture. The place is known for its beautiful landscapes with rice terraces and mountainous area.

However, in Sapa, you’ll have to do a lot of trekking and this is more suitable for young people and adventurous souls. If you just want to admire the beautiful scenery and relax, just stick with Halong Bay.

Day 1: Explore Hanoi Old Quarter and Hanoi Nightlife

  • Explore Old Quarter or French Quarter
  • Drink Bia Hoi at Ta Hien street beer

Day 2: Hanoi Tours and Night Train to Sapa

  • Visit Thang Long Citadel, Museum of Ethnology
  • Night train to Sapa

Day 3: Sapa Trekking 

  • Soft trek to Cat Cat and Sin Chai village inhabited by Black H’mong ethnics
  • Enjoy the nice landscapes of green forests and mountain and fresh atmosphere
  • Bring comfortable and sporty shoes for soft trekking

Day 4: Visit Villages in Sapa and Back to Hanoi 

  • Visit Y Linh Ho and Muong Hoa Valley
  • Communicate with local people in Lao Chai village.
  • Visit Ta Van village settled by Dzay ethnic minorities
  • Night train back to Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi Departure (5 days finish)

  • Visit the Temple of Literature or do a Hanoi Food Tour with FREE tour guides

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inh Binh and surround yourself

Or else, spend time in Ninh Binh and surround yourself with the magnificent scenery

Option 2: Hanoi Itinerary 5 days with 3 destinations 

Let’s see what to do for these 5 days?

1. Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Sapa – Hanoi

  • Budget: From 200 US$/pax
  • Overview: A trip to North Vietnam will be unforgettable if it can cover the main landmarks with a breathtaking and poetic view. The 5 days in Hanoi schedule below will help you find out the true beauty of the Mother Nature.

Day 1: Arrival – Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology – The Old Quarter – Water Puppet Show – Cyclo ride

  • Get to know more about 54 ethnic minorities of Vietnam
  • Chilling on a unique vehicle of Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh Tours – Sapa

  • Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
  • Sightsee the enormous limestone karsts
  • Take a night train to Sapa

Check out some beforehand information about Things to do in Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu Tam Coc – the most popular tour there!

Take a boat ride

Take a boat ride into the hidden world with Ninh Binh trip!

Day 3: Lao Cai – Mong Sen – Ta Phin

  • Visit Mong Sen with rice fields and villages
  • Visit Ta Phin Village
  • Visit the Church in the center of the town
  • Shopping at the night market

>>> Or more exploration in Things to do in Sapa ; TOP 31 Activities and Attractions

Day 4: Cat Cat Village – Heaven gate – Back to Hanoi

  • Visit Cat Cat for the breathtaking landscape with Hoang Lien Mountains
  • Visit Y Linh Ho village and Black Hmong people
  • Visit Silver Waterfall, Hoang Lien National Park, and Heaven Gate
  • Visit provincial borders of Lao Cai, Lai Chau provinces
  • Back to Hanoi

Day 5: Shopping in Hanoi – Hanoi Departure

  • Do a customized tour your own to visit the places you didn’t go.
  • Or shopping to get some nice souvenirs for your friends and families

2. Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Halong – Hanoi

  • Budget: From 235 US$/pax
  • Overview: The Hanoi 5 days 4 nights itinerary is accompanied with the 2 World’s Sites of Vietnam recognized by UNESCO: Trang An Complex (Ninh Binh) and Halong Bay. Here, you will have a chance to visit the must-go destinations of North Vietnam as well as truly discover the beauty from past to present of the capital city

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Hanoi Old Quarter – Nightlife

  • Explore the Old Quarter with a street food tour
  • Enjoy the nightlife of Hanoi
  • French Quarter through The Opera House, St. Joseph’s Cathedral is also a good choice

Day 2: Hanoi – Tam Coc – Hoa Lu – Hanoi

  • Visit a local family in Tam Coc.
  • Ride a bike along rice paddies
  • Boat trip along Ngo Dong River
  • Visit the temple of King Dinh
  • Cyclo Tour in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Hon Gai Harbor – Bai Tu Long Bay – Cong Do – Cap La Island – Tra San)

  • Lunch on a cruise while moving to Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Kayaking in Cap La Island
  • Squid fishing at night

Day 4: Dong Co Island – Hon Gai Harbor – Hanoi

  • Visit Thien Canh Son
  • Joining the Vietnamese cooking class on the cruise

Day 5: Hanoi Departure

  • Visit other main sites of Hanoi
  • Hanoi Departure

Notes: 

  • If your departure time is at midnight or later, don’t hesitate to visit Bat Trang Pottery Village and join a pottery workshop, It will take an afternoon with a private car rented or a bus for transferring.
  • For 3 destinations within a longer duration, check out Hanoi Itinerary for 6 days and Hanoi Itinerary for 7 days!

Above are all the recommendations for Hanoi 5 days itinerary. Follow your preferred one or GET YOUR OWN ITINERARY to explore Hanoi to the fullest! 

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2 WEEKS IN VIETNAM – Best Plan for Vietnam Itinerary 2 weeks

2 WEEKS IN VIETNAM – Best Plan for Vietnam Itinerary 2 weeks

Vietnam Itinerary For 2 weeks (14 days)

How This Vietnam Itinerary Works

For the starting spot, there are two options: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Since these 2 cities are the main arrival destinations of Vietnam, there aren’t so many differences for each choice.

However, I had a trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh last year, the suggested Vietnam 14 days itinerary below will follow the North to South route.

Noted that Vietnam is a long country. Each part is hers covers the highlights that will satisfy each traveler’s taste.

For example: In the North, we have Hanoi – the capital, Halong Bay – the dreamland that no one wants to miss, Sapa – the marvelous mountainous area,…In the Central, Hue city – the ancient capital is another can’t-miss, Da Nang – the young city with wonderful beaches and picturesque bridges at night, Hoi An ancient town. In the South, we can hardly skip Nha Trang, Da Lat – the most romantic city, HCMC – the modern and bustling country that makes you want to stay awake for the whole night.

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Moreover, I will give you a suitable time for each place. The weather in Vietnam is split by region. Generally, it is warm and humid.

For one who loves a relaxing trip: Hanoi 3 days, Halong bay 3 days, Hue 1 day, Da Nang Hoi An 3 days, HCMC 4 days

For one who loves to get under the skin of Vietnam, your vietnam two week itinerary would be: Hanoi 2 days, Halong bay 2 days, Hue 1 day, Da Nang – Hoi An 2 days, Da Lat 2 days, HCMC 3 days, Mekong Delta 2 days.

I will go detail with the second option since it covers more destinations. Therefore, you can totally arrange the what to do in vietnam for 2 weeks plan with the first choice.

Now let’s get started!!!

Detailed Vietnam Itinerary for 2 weeks trip

HANOI – the first place you set foot on and it never disappoints anyone

Day 1 & Day 2

Over the centuries, Hanoi is the land of many relics, historical and architectural works such as: Temple of Literature, Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake), One Pillar Pagoda, Ngoc Son Temple, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Bat Trang ceramic village

 

Tran Quoc pagoda, one of the most famous pagoda in Hanoi

Hoa Lo prison

Hoa Lo prison – the most horror prison in Asia

In addition, Hanoi also has many large lakes such as West Lake, Truc Bach, Thien Quang, Hoan Kiem … This not only helps reduce the heat of summer, but also turns the capital into a famous tourist spot.

When traveling to Hanoi, you can not ignore the specialties that have made the brand of Hanoi cuisine such as steamed rice pancake, La Vong grilled fish, Crisp shrimp pastry, Banh Mi…. Especially when it comes to Pho, Hanoi is the best place to try.

HALONG BAY – the World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Day 3 & Day 4

You know, I’ve been asking a lot of my foreign friends as well as tourists that if you had only 1 day to travel to Vietnam, which place would you choose? Undoubtedly, most of them said: “Halong Bay”.

I would say, Halong has a full convergence of factors that become a top-check in any traveler’s bucket list.

Thousands of islands, dozens of beautiful caves have created an aesthetic value of the Gulf.

Mesmerising landscape and beach in Ha Long Bay

Kayaking in Ha Long Bay

Kayaking in Ha Long Bay

Visiting Halong Bay, you will have a chance to admire the splendid mother nature through the caves and the Karst topography by cruising, kayaking or swimming at pristine beaches.

For your curiosity on this destination, don’t miss my guide to a Halong Bay 2 Days 1 Night.

HUE – The Old Imperial City

Day 5

Hue is one of the three largest tourist areas in Vietnam. Come to Hue you will come to a beautiful scenic area, with charming Huong river (Perfume river), peaceful side of the majestic Ngu Binh mountain.

From Hanoi, the easiest way to reach Hue is by airplane.

You can get to Hue by two airlines: Vietnam Airlines & VietJet Air to Phu Bai Airport (Hue). Phu Bai Airport (Hue) is 15 km away from Hue city center which takes about 25 minutes.

From here, you can catch a taxi or book a 4-seat car to go to the hotel in central Hue.

(Taking a bus to Hue is simple and cheap, but you will have to spend at least one day to move from Hanoi or Saigon to Hue)

For getting around in Hue:

You can rent a motorbike for a price of VND 100-200.000 per day to facilitate sightseeing. When visiting the Citadel you should take a cyclo to feel the rustic and rustic scene here.

Hue is famous for its mausoleum, the Citadel, temples. The tombs in Hue are often away from the city so if you want to visit those places,  don’t hesitate to book a taxi ride.

The famous places in Hue should not be missed for your trip are:

+ Perfume River, Trang Tien Bridge has long been into poetry, you can admire the city by the “dragon”  boat on the romantic Perfume River.

+ If you do not have time to go to Lang Co beach which is quite far away from Hue center, pay a visit to Thuan An beach instead. This is a pristine beach with crystal clear water, white and clean sand. From Hue center, you can go by taxi or take a bus.

Coming to Hue, you can hardly miss the special cuisine here.

Hue cuisine is extremely rich and unique. I highly recommend you try these local foods:

+ Com Hen (Mussel rice): This Hue specialty is often sold outside the restaurant or at street vendors in Hue. The food is a colorful rice bowl mixed with other rustic foods such as laksa leaves, peanuts, banana flower and of course the mussels with many spices. With a surprisingly cheap price of VND 7,000, you can have a tasty bowl of Com Hen.

Some good places for Com Hen are at Han Mac Tu Street, Truong Dinh Street,…

Mussels Rice

Mussels Rice is a must try if you come to Hue City

+ Hue beef noodle soup is made with true Hue flavor. A bowl of Bun Bo Hue is full with white noodles with pomegranates floating on the top, along with lemon, chili sauce, and other spices. To find a nice Bun Bo Hue is not difficult because they are mainly sold on all roads in Hue.

See more: 5 days in Vietnam 

DA NANG – HOI AN

Day 6 & Day 7

Da Nang is a dynamic and young city located in the central of Vietnam. In this what to do in vietnam for 2 weeks, I will show you a detailed itinerary for 2 days in Da Nang.

Day 6

Departure to Da Nang. Check in hotel, have lunch and rest. In the afternoon you can go to My Khe Beach to enjoy the fresh sea air. After dinner, you can visit the Asian park and experience the 115-meter Sun Wheel ride.

Here, you can catch a glimpse Da Nang shimmering at night. Especially, with an impressive height of 115m, visitors can fully enjoy Danang with a new perspective never been explored.

Sun Wheel – Top 10 of highest wheels on the world which 115 metters height

Day 7

After having a Breakfast at the hotel and depart for Ba Na Hills, you can ask for the hotel’s shuttle service which will take you about 1 hour to reach Ba Na Hills. Here, you buy a cable car ticket and start the Ba Na tour. Ba Na cable car line is recorded as the longest cable car in the world, running from the foot of Ba Na mountain to the Vong Nguyet.

Sitting on the cable car Ba Na Hills suspended in the middle of the clouds, looking down the mountains and forests, you will admire the majestic and spectacular mountains, forests, waterfalls.

dragon bridge

Ba Na Hills is an extremely diverse entertainment community. You can also admire the 27m high Buddha statue at Linh Ung Pagoda, wine cellar, love garden or Fantasy park.

Back to the city center, you can watch the Dragon Bridge spraying water and shooting fire at night (on weekends only). If you have time, please visit the lizards of Hoa Phuc, the Love Bridge nearby and watching the pace of life Da Nang at night.

See more: 7 days in Vietnam

DA LAT – The Dreaming land

Day 8 & Day 9

The distance from Da Nang to Da Lat is over 800km so it takes about 16 hours for transferring by bus although this transportation is many locals’ preference. Again, my advice for the transportation to Da Lat in this vietnam two week itinerary is by airplane.

Noted that Da Nang – Da Lat buses are limited while Flight tickets are expensive and traveling by train is difficult. That’s why you should book in advance as soon as possible (the peak month are from May to August)

dalat

With many beautiful sceneries, Dalat is one of the most famous tourist cities in Vietnam. In the French colonial period, the Latin name Datis Aliis Laetitiam Aliis Temperiem means “giving joy and coolness to people”. Dalat is also well-known for other names such as the city of flowers, the city of love, the city of spring or the city of fog.

Here is my suggested schedule for 2 days in Da Lat:

Day 8

First, you go to Datanla Waterfall – the most beautiful and famous waterfall in Da Lat. Here you will not only visit, admire the amazing natural scenery of the falls but also experience the thrilling activities like the modern tube slide system which is extremely interesting.

After that, you continue to explore Truc Lam Zen Monastery – a famous tourist attraction in Da Lat. When you come here, you will go to pray for the Buddha’s blessing, a fortune for the whole family. The quiet space here is believed to help you relax.

If you have more time, you should visit Tuyen Lam Lake – the most beautiful lake in Da Lat and experience cable car to Robin Hill.

In the Afternoon, you continue to go to the valley of love in Dalat to enjoy the romantic beauty with hundreds of different kinds of flowers.

Linh Phuoc pagoda

Not only a pagoda, Linh Phuoc pagoda more likely a “Buhddist Museum”

The next point is Ve Chai Pagoda, also known as Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then you should pay a visit to a local Strawberry Garden.

After dinner, you can walk to Dalat night market is also very interesting and try some local foods such as Banh Trang Nuong, Banh Chuoi Nuong,…

See more: 8 days in Vietnam

Day 9

After breakfast, you visit Van Thanh flower village to see a variety of different flowers such as roses, Salem flowers, carnations …

Continue to the Golden Valley

Journey to LangBiang Mountain – the legendary mountain of Dalat. If you have more time to travel, then you can go hiking up the mountain to explore the whole beauty of LangBiang, otherwise, you can rent a Jeep to move.

In the afternoon: You can visit Domain de Marie church, the old railway station.

HO CHI MINH CITY

Day 10, Day 11 & Day 12

For moving from Da Lat to HCMC:

If you go by bus, it would take about 7 hours. Otherwise, you can travel by airplane to save time.

Dubbed as the “Pearl of the Far East”, Ho Chi Minh City has long been a cultural, economic and political center of Vietnam.

Traveling to Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City which is more than 300 years old now, you can meet the high-rise buildings located close to the sanctuary, amusement park, crowded shopping center and also ancient villas, traditional markets that have existed for hundreds of years.

For what to do in this bustling city for 3 days 2 nights, here is what I planned for you:

Day 10

After departing to HCMC in the morning, take a rest and have breakfast there. You should choose hotels located in the central area for easy access to the sites. Moreover, the central area also has many good services for you.

Start your first day in Ho Chi Minh City by learning more about the Vietnam War – from Vietnam’s perspective. Therefore, the War Remnants Museum is a must-go for you.

War Remnants Museum

Then you should pay a visit to Ben Thanh Market which will bring you a nice and memorable moment. Here you can find souvenirs for your friends, try some local sweet foods and learn how to bargain like a real local.

At night, do not go to bed early and feel a bustling Saigon instead. No wonder people call this place “the city that never sleeps”. You can stroll along the pedestrian Nguyen Hue, the Bach Dang Wharf,…Otherwise, you can join one of the nightclubs here.

Day 11

Don’t forget to Prepare a small backpack with sunscreen, a hat and a bottle of water to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels. This is a famous historical site with interconnected tunnels such as spider webs in the middle. Try to go down the tunnel, you will be surprised because the tunnel system is designed nicely to the soldier’s active revolution. And do not forget to enjoy the hot potato with hot sesame salt which is very sweet and fragrant.

In the evening, catch a taxi and come to Anh Sao bridge in Phu My Hung urban area, District 7. This bridge is only for pedestrians, so you are absolutely safe. The two sides of the bridge are decorated with light and water spray system. When the night comes, this place is as beautiful as a galaxy.

Day 12

Get a food tour around HCMC with Banh Xeo Nam Bo, Goi Cuon,…You will be amazed by its own flavor.

At night, try a river cruise experience, you will be exploring the beauty of the city at night while sightseeing with dinner on the boat restaurant. Depending on the quality of service, the cost of a trip along the Saigon River cost from VND 80,000 per person.Bun bo Nam Bo (Mixed Beef rice noodle) which lighty, meaty and sweety definitely make you want to take the second bowl

Vietnam itinerary for 12 days 

MEKONG DELTA

Day 13 & 14

Come to the Mekong Delta tour for 2 days and 1 night, you will escape the noise of Saigon life and feel the harmony with the peace of the countryside instead.

First place is My Tho which is 70 km away from HCMC.

MEKONG DELTA

After reaching Con Lan Village, you will have a chance to travel on a small boat along the river.

Then you will see how locals here make Keo Dua (coconut candy) which is a specialty here.

At night you can sleep in a locals’ house as an interesting experience and have some conversations with them.

Next day, you will visit Cai Rang floating market – the largest market in the Mekong Delta. Here, you will visit the pineapple boat – enjoy the pineapple of Can Tho.

Next you will see how locals make rice papers and probably learn from them, Lastly, we’ll be back to HCMC and get ready for departure flight.

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Vietnam Itinerary 9 Days – Recommended for foreign travellers

Vietnam Itinerary 9 Days – Recommended for foreign travellers

Vietnam Itinerary 9 days is quite enough to cover major tourist destinations for international visitors.

Questions:

“I fly to Ho Chi Minh City on Easter and plan to spend 9 days in Vietnam. Was thinking of Halong Bay, Nha Trang, Hoi An, and Sapa. Can someone recommend where all to go (we like beaches, quaint towns and a bit of history) and how to travel between cities?”

Answer:

That’s a lot to fit into 9 days. In order to really enjoy your time I think you need to try and cut down your destinations a bit.

You don’t mention anytime in HCMC or visiting the Delta so I’m not sure why you are flying into HCMC rather than Hanoi. It seems like you’ll save time and money by flying into Hanoi.

 

So let’s say you fly into Hanoi, then Day 2 you could leave for Halong Bay. It is much better to spend 3 days in Halong rather than 2 and if you decide to do that you’ll return to Hanoi from Sapa on Day4. You could catch the night train to Sapa arriving in Lao Cai on Day 5. If you spend three full days in Sapa you’d leave Lao Cai on the evening of Day7 and arrive back in Hanoi the morning of Day8. That would leave you Day 8 and 9 for Hanoi.

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi Vietnam 

If you cut down Halong to 2 days with one overnight and cut down a day from Sapa then you could fit in a quick Hoi An trip. But cutting down on Halong and not giving yourself time in Hanoi is not something I would recommend.

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2 main options for 9 days in Vietnam

Itinerary #1: 9 Days Explore North & Central Of Vietnam Itinerary

  • Day1- Arrive Hanoi
  • Day2- Hanoi Tours
  • Day3- Hanoi – Halong Bay overnight on cruise
  • Day4- Return from Halong – Hanoi; Night train to Hue
  • Day5- Arrival in Hue & Free – easy
  • Day6- Hue City Tour – Transfer to Hoi An
  • Day7- Hoi An walking tour half day
  • Day8- Marble mountain – My Son sanctuary – Boat trip on Thu Bon river.
  • Day9- Depart from Da Nang

Why it is right for you?

  • You will have a chance to enjoy a journey which brings both the remarkable experiences and a truly relaxing time in the magnificent nature. It is time to explore the unique beauty of each region in Vietnam, including North, Central, and South!
  • Let’s say “HELLO” to Hoi An – one of the top 10 romantic paradises with an ancient and elegant appearance, which brings a peaceful feeling for couples.
  • A precious opportunity for you to fulfill your dream of discovery with three great cities in Vietnam! Hanoi brings the thousand-year-old beauty that makes your heart melted gently. You will find yourself overwhelmed with the ancient capital Hue with poetic spots. And Da Nang – the most livable city in Vietnam where you can relax together, spend time with your beloved ones and enjoy the peaceful seas here!
  • After the remarkable tours with experienced guides, you are free to explore Vietnam on your own and have a private space to relax.

Itinerary #2: Essential Vietnam – 9 Days ( From Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi)

  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival.
  • Day 2: Mekong Delta Day Trip
  • Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city half day – Fly to Da Nang – Transfer to Hoi An
  • Day 4: Marble Mountain – My Son sanctuary – Boat trip on Thu Bon river
  • Day 5: Hoian free & easy – Fly to Hanoi
  • Day 6: Hanoi city tour with our volunteer tour guide
  • Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise
  • Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi
  • Day 9:  Hanoi Departure.

This itinerary could be turned around starting from Hanoi

Why it is right for you?

  • Are you planning a journey to explore three regions of Vietnam and feel a headache with tons of different itineraries on the internet? Don’t worry, let’s check out this tour and perhaps it is what you find!
  • Travel conveniently, save time and effort, spend most of your trip to experience and discover new things!
  • Your trip is a perfect combination of a relaxing vacation on the cruise, a journey to a peaceful land of Hoi An and a visit to the big and modern cities in Vietnam, where you can experience the high-qualified services from hotels, transportation to shopping.

Itinerary #3: Northern Vietnam Family Tour with Teenagers In 9 Days

  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
  • Day 2: Hanoi city tour – Train to Lao Cai
  • Day 3: Sapa trekking: Cat Cat village – Sin Chai village
  • Day 4: Sapa trekking: Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van
  • Day 5: Sapa trekking: Giang Ta Chai – Bus to Hanoi
  • Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay
  • Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi
  • Day 8: Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu – Tam Coc day trip
  • Day 9:  Hanoi Departure.

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Detailed itinerary for 9 days in Vietnam

Day 1,2: Ho Chi Minh City

Visit the War Remnants Museum

Learn about Vietnam’s recent history at Independence Palace (Reunification Palace)

Visit neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral

Visit Saigon Central Post Office

Once stepping inside Saigon Central Post Office, you will immediately be wowed by the French-impacted architecture.

Drop by Opera House

This is known as the counterpart of Hanoi Opera House.

Shop at Ben Thanh Market

Besides traditional goods and handicrafts, food vendors are also varied at Ben Thanh Market.

Day 3: Mekong Delta

Pay a visit to Cai Be floating market

The floating market is a typical market form in Mekong Delta. You definitely should include it in your Vietnam Itinerary 8 days.

Have lunch at a local food stall on An Binh Island

Take a traditional rowboat deeper into the countryside

Day 4,5: Hoi An, Dan Nang, Hue

  • Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Immerse yourself walking around this sleepy riverside town
  • Peaceful Hoi An Ancient Town in the morning
  • Visit Chua Ong Pagoda
  • The architecture of Chua Ong Pagoda, bearing classical Chinese style, is the most typical among others in Hoi An.
  • Visit Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
  • This is also the meeting place of Fujian people. Here you will admire the unique architecture as well as magnificent carved sculpture.
  • Visit Tan Ky ancestral house
  • Cross Japanese Covered Bridge
  • Hue City Tour

Day 6, 7:  Hanoi arrival

Visit One Pillar Pagoda

Ho Chi Minh Complex

It is hard to say that you have come to Hanoi without paying a visit to this top national historic site. Just grab your chance to gain an understanding of the Vietnamese leading figure as well as part of Vietnamese history.

Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum only opens in the morning. Therefore, you should notice this before planning your trip.

The architectural combination of both Lenin Mausoleum in Moscow and distinctive Vietnamese features will impress you a lot.

Visit Ho Chi Minh Stilt House

The modest stilt house demonstrates a frugal life of President Ho Chi Minh. Through that, you can understand why he has won the heart and respect of all Vietnamese generations.

The cozy atmosphere prevailing in this lovely house makes this my favorite destination in the complex.

Visit One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda is one of the two most iconic Buddhist temples in Vietnam.

Besides, the unique architectural feature which gave the pagoda the name One Pillar makes it unforgettable.

Temple of Literature

A lot of students particularly flock here before examinations to pray for luck. Temple of Literature is also a common spot for students to shoot photos for their yearbook.

Noticeably, Ong Do (Vietnamese calligraphers) sit patiently inside or around the Literature Temple to produce great meaningful handwritings on red paper.

literature of temple

Hanoi French Quarter

Vietnam wars against French colonists are known in the world. The French colonial rule no doubt expanded effects on several aspects such as architecture.

There are reasons for the French Quarter to be called A Little Paris in Hanoi.

Hanoi Opera House

Visit Hanoi Opera House

The exterior of Hanoi Opera House follows many different architectural styles: Roman, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau and French neoclassical.

This theatre in central Hanoi was modeled after Opéra Garnier (Opéra de Paris). Yet there is an argument that it has even more aesthetic merits than the original.

Visit Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison (also known as Maison Centrale) was built by French colonists. As a representative of the period of the Vietnamese resistance war, the prison still maintained a lot of torture tools.

As a representative of the period of the Vietnamese resistance war, the prison still maintained a lot of torture tools.

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Day 8,9: Halong Bay (Back to Hanoi to depart)

I have already recommended detailed Things to do in Halong Bay in my previous blog. Please read it for further information.

My plan includes highlighted features of this world natural wonder: Sung Sot Cave – Titop Island – Luon Cave.

Following this itinerary, you will have a relaxing cruise trip. As a result, no worries upon overwhelming your two days!

In the late afternoon of Day 3, you return to Hanoi and take a domestic flight to Da Nang.

You then transfer to Hoi An Ancient Town and have a free night there.

==> Tips: Things to do in Hanoi – Hanoi Travel Agency – Hanoi Day Trips – Halong Bay Cruise – Things to do in Halong Bay – Things to do in Sapa – Vietnam Travel Agency

Other destinations that are not mentioned in 9 days itinerary above

Da Nang

Da Nang is a center of culture and tourism in Central Vietnam. From here, you can combine with other destinations of Central, such as Hoi An ancient town, Nha Trang beach, Ba Na Hill, Hue ancient capital,… However, Da Nang city has too many sites to visit.

da nang vietnam

Following is my experiences with Da Nang travel.
– If your time is tight, only 1 day, you should main attractions such as: Dragon bridge (cầu Rồng ), Champa museum, Linh Ung pagoda (chùa Linh Ứng), 1 of some beaches: Non Nuoc, My An, My Ke, Han river bridge (in night) and 1of 2 following places: Son Tra peninsula (bán đảo Sơn Trà) or Ngu Hanh Son mountain (Ngũ Hành Sơn), these places are far apart so you must choose 1.
– If you have 2 days, you should add Ba Na hill. You can go to Ba Na by car or motor (rent in Da Nang city). I prefer going by a motor, it’s freedom and convenient for taking photos.
– If you have more time, about 6 days, you should combine 3 adjacent places: Hue-Da Nang-Hoi An. 3 days in Hue, 2 days in Da Nang and 1 day in Hoi An.

*** Detail for 1-day schedule in Da Nang**
– Early morning, driving to Son Tra peninsula (cross Han river bridge and go straight AH17 highway ). Driving up the mount. I like sitting in the cafe, drinking a coffee and watching the bustling city. You should drive around the peninsula and relax with sea wind, then back to the city according to Hoang Sa road. Don’t forget to visit Ling Ung pagoda on this road, where is very beautiful and peaceful. If going early, you will have enough time to visit the Dragon bridge and return to the city to lunch late.
– Afternoon, visit the Champa museum (in the city), then bath at 1 of 3 beaches: Non Nuoc, My An, My Ke.
– Evening, circling the city, eating famous snacks of Da Nang, watching Han River bridge. Last, sleeping in a hotel and dreaming about Da Nang. ^^

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Vietnam Itinerary 3 Weeks – USEFUL ADVICE ON 3 WEEKS IN VIETNAM

Vietnam Itinerary 3 Weeks – USEFUL ADVICE ON 3 WEEKS IN VIETNAM

If Vietnam is the next place to visit in your wishlist, you may want to come up with the best plan ever to make your trip memorable. However, you don’t know where to start and how long it will take to see the whole of Vietnam through your eyes.

There is no need to be afraid because you just need three weeks to fall in love with Vietnam. Furthermore, we will recommend a perfect Vietnam Itinerary for three weeks. Three weeks and ten destinations, are you ready for the go?

Vietnam Itinerary 3 Weeks – Route: Hanoi 2 days – Sapa (2 days) – Halong Bay (2 days) – Phong Nha (1 day) – Hue (2 days) – Hoi An (3 days) – Nha Trang (2 days) – Da Lat (2 days) – Ho Chi Minh City (2 days) – Mekong Delta (2 days) – Ho Chi Minh City Departure.

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3 Main Itineraries for 3 weeks in Vietnam ( Cambodia)

Itinerary 1: Vietnam – Cambodia 21 Days Highlight Itinerary

  • DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR – TRAIN TO SAPA
  • DAY 3: SAPA : CAT CAT VILLAGE
  • DAY 4: Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI – TA VAN – BUS TO HANOI
  • DAY 5: HALONG BAY CRUISE TRIP
  • DAY 6: HALONG BAY – NINH BINH ( TAM COC) – BICH DONG PAGODA
  • DAY 7: HOA LU – TAM COC – MUA CAVE
  • DAY 8: BAI DINH – TRANG AN – HANOI
  • DAY 9: FLIGHT TO HUE
  • DAY 10: HUE CITY TOUR
  • DAY 11: TRANSFER TO HOI AN – HOI AN WALKING TOUR
  • DAY 12: MARBLE MOUNTAIN – MY SON SANCTUARY – BOATING TRIP ON THU BON RIVER
  • DAY 13: FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH CITY
  • DAY 14: HO CHI MINH CITY & CU CHI TUNNEL
  • DAY 15: MEKONG DELTA – MY THO – BEN TRE – CAN THO
  • DAY 16: CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET – TRA SU – CHAU DOC
  • DAY 17: CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA- CITY TOUR
  • DAY18: PHNOM PENH – FLIGHT TO SIEM REAP
  • DAY 19: SIEM REAP – SUNRISE – ANGKOR WAT – BANTEAY SREI – BANTEAY SAMRE
  • DAY 20: CHONG KNEAS ( TONLE SAP LAKE) – ARTIAN – OLD MARKET – CITY TOUR
  • DAY 21: LEAVE SIEM REAP FOR HOME

Why it is right for you?

  • This trip has the ability to offer an abundance of nature, culture and history; while also having an opportunity to explore fascinating sights such as an ancient town like Hoi An, the world-famous Angkor Wat or a royal city like Hue.. The incredible scenery of the region is worth the effort to see at least once on the travels of SE Asia.
  • Additionally, it is a perfect destination for the budget-friendly travellers who are looking to organise an extended trip.Countries like Vietnam and Cambodia are great travel destinations for travellers looking to stretch their money as far as possible. The relatively cheap travel which can get as low as $15/$20 per day means it is possible to plan the longer travel adventure. 
  • Also, the street foods are not only flavourful, colourful and vibrant, but also very affordable. A bowl of pho in Hanoi can be found for less than $1.
  • You also can save time to travel among destinations in both countries with several budget airlines in the major cities that can be used for the longer distant domestic travel or even travel between the different countries at a very comfortable rate.

Itinerary 2: Vietnam Essentials 3 Weeks

  • DAY 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2: HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNEL
  • DAY 3: MEKONG : MY THO – BEN TRE – CAN THO
  • DAY 4: CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET – TRA SU – CHAU DOC
  • DAY 5: CHAU DOC – HCMC
  • DAY 6: FLIGHT TO PHU QUOC
  • DAY 7: PHU QUOC FREE & EASY
  • DAY 8: PHU QUOC FREE & EASY
  • DAY 9: FLIGHT TO DA NANG
  • DAY 10: BA NA HILL DAY TRIP
  • DAY 11: TRANSFER TO HOI AN – HOI AN WALKING TOUR
  • DAY 12: MARBLE MOUNTAIN – MY SON SANCTUARY – BOATING TRIP ON THU BON RIVER.
  • DAY 13: HOI AN FREE & EASY
  • DAY 14: TRANSFER TO HUE
  • DAY 15: HUE CITY TOUR
  • DAY 16: FLIGHT TO HANOI
  • DAY 17: HANOI CITY TOUR WITH OUR VOLUNTEER GUIDE
  • DAY 18: HANOI – HALONG BAY
  • DAY 19: HALONG BAY – HANOI
  • DAY 20: NINH BINH : HOA LU – TRANG AN – MUA CAVE
  • DAY 21: HANOI DEPARTURE

Why it is right for you?

  • For those who want to spend a full trip to explore the three regions of Vietnam deeply, to discover new lands and learn more about Vietnamese culture and people!
  • Once you start travelling through the countries on the Vietnam tour there are plenty of other things to appreciate for the first-time travellers. For instance, the cost of travelling in the region will appeal to those that are looking for a budget-friendly destination.
  • This trip gives you plenty of free time in each location, perfect for the traveller who appreciates a bit of independence

Itinerary 3: Classic 3 Weeks In Vietnam – A Ultimate Itinerary

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR – TRAIN TO LAO CAI

DAY 3: CAT CAT VILLAGE- SIN CHAI VILLAGE

DAY 4: Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI – TA VAN

DAY 5: GIANG TA CHAI – SU PAN- SAPA – HANOI

DAY 6: HANOI – HALONG BAY

DAY 7: HA LONG BAY

DAY 8: HALONG BAY – HANOI

DAY 9: HOA LU – TAM COC DAY TRIP

DAY 10: FLIGHT TO DA NANG 

DAY 11: DA NANG FREE & EASY

DAY 12: HUE CITY TOUR FROM DA NANG

DAY 13: TRANSFER FROM DA NANG TO HOI AN – HOI AN WALKING TOUR

DAY 14: MARBLE MOUNTAIN – MY SON SANCTUARY – BOATING TRIP ON THU BON RIVER

DAY 15: HOI AN FREE & EASY

DAY 16: HOI AN FREE & EASY

DAY 17: FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH CITY

DAY 18: HO CHI MINH CITY- CU CHI TUNNEL

DAY 19: MEKONG DELTA: BEN TRE – MY THO – CAN THO

DAY 20: MEKONG DELTA : CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET- HCMC

DAY 21: HCMC DEPARTURE

Why it is right for you?

  • You will get a clear look at the similarities and differences along three regions of Vietnam. Apart from the compelling history and culture, the natural beauty of Vietnam is worth visiting and exploring. As one of the most beautiful countries that you could ever see, the country boasts of a lot of gorgeous sceneries that nature has to offer; from beaches to rice terraces to mountains and breathtaking landscapes.
  • You will have a chance to learn more about the culture, history and food that form the backbone of Vietnam.
  • One of the most attractive features of Vietnam is that besides it is a relatively inexpensive country to explore, it is also one of the safest destinations in Southeast Asia.

Notes you should Know: 

==> Tips: Things to do in Hanoi – Hanoi Travel Agency – Hanoi Day Trips – Halong Bay Cruise – Things to do in Halong Bay – Things to do in Sapa – Vietnam Travel Agency

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Detailed Vietnam Itinerary 3 Weeks 

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL & HANOI CITY TOUR

Welcome you all to Vietnam, the country of natural beauty. It must be exhausted after a long flight, so after transfer to your hotel, you can get some rest. After you recover, you can walk around to get yourself adapt to Vietnamese climate and atmosphere.

If you stay near The Old Quarter, this would be a great chance for you to blend in the streets. The Old Quarter, along with Guom Lake, is the heart of Hanoi. You can stroll down the crossing small street networks filled with shop and stores. You can find a traditional medicine store and a hardware shop inside the Old Quarter. That means this is the miniature of Hanoi.

If you are craving for some local food, let’s try rice soup with pork rib (cháo sườn), pho (phở), vermicelli and grilled chopped meat (bún chả), vermicelli and shellfish soup (bún ốc),… They sell these dishes almost everywhere at a really cheap price, just around or under US $3

DAY 2: HANOI FULL DAY VISIT

Now when you are fully recovered, it’s time for a complete Hanoi visit. You can choose to visit the major historical and cultural sites such as St. Joseph Cathedral, Hoa Lo Prison, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The Presidential Palace, The Temple of Literature, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and so on.

St. Joseph’s Cathedral (also known as the Great Church to local people) is built in Western style, it is the highlight in an Asian surrounding. Lemon tea and snack around that place are popular choices of Vietnamese youngsters.

Another place worth visiting is Hoa Lo Prison or Maison Centrale, a witness of the colonial period in Vietnam. There are a lot of artifacts, relics and restored figures to show you how the life of prisoners was at that time. If you love history, don’t miss this place.

The Temple of Literature hosted the Imperial Academy, Vietnam’s first national university. Today, it’s the place where students come to pray for luck in the study. You can find the stone turtles with steles carved names of the successful students from hundred years ago.

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DAY 3: HANOI – SAPA – CAT CAT VILLAGE

It’s time for you to get transferred to Sapa in the early morning. Sapa is the territory of Vietnamese ethnic minority, a colorful mixture of culture.

You will have the chance to get into the beautiful valley and enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of the terraced rice field and houses of Black Mong people. Get your camera ready, because you will love to take a lot of photos of this dreamlike scenery. To get closer to Vietnam, you should walk further, down to the village of the ethnic minority and experience yourself the life on high magnitudes.

Next is the waterfall. It is not only grandiose, but it is also the electricity supply for the Sapa town. The hydropower plant there was eventually built by the French. You can end the trip with a bus ride back to your hotel for refreshing before going for dinner. The night at Sapa can be a bit cold, so remember to keep yourself warm and cozy.

DAY 4: SAPA – LAO CHAI – TA VAN – HANOI

The next day, you will move to Lao Chai village in the morning. Standing at a high level, you will have a great panoramic view of the whole Muong Hoa valley with the lush green landscape, huge terraced rice-fields and the villages of ethnic black H’Mong. The beauty of them will take your breath away.

You can rent an ethnic costume to take photos

After that, you should keep on walking to Ta Van village of Dzay people. In that village, you will see and feel the real daily life of the ethnic minority and still, other breathtaking scenes. The people are friendly and helpful. Trying exotic local food at a restaurant is also a must.

Exploring the center market of Sapa before catching a bus back to Hanoi is another great thing to do. Ethnic people sell their goods here, from the colorful handicraft, homemade wine to silver bracelets. On Saturday, it turns into Sapa Love Market. Single young men and ladies will gather to sing, dance and find their other half.

DAY 5: HANOI – HALONG BAY

After traveling from Sapa to Hanoi the night before, now you will go to Ha Long Bay. The ride would be a bit long, around 3.5 hours. However, you will be made up with a cruise trip. Yes, it will be a cruise trip with fresh and plenty of seafood served on board.

On board, you will see a great number of rocks and islets coming in all shapes and sizes. You can even stop at some mysterious yet fantastic caves too, depending on each cruise’s itinerary. Then, please enjoy a nice and romantic dinner on board. Let’s cheer when the cruise is sailing on the dawn-hue water. In the evening, you can try the night squid fishing and spend a night on the cruise.

DAY 6: HALONG BAY – HANOI 

Good morning, after having a light breakfast, you shall continue the adventure on the cruise to visit other caves of the Bay before returning to the Wharf. Make sure to take a lot of photos since the scenery will light up your mood.

Then, you should enjoy a brunch on board before disembarking and heading back to Hanoi. You will be expected to arrive at Hanoi late at noon. After that, you can rest and relax in your hotel for the night, or you can go out and enjoy the Hanoian life when the streetlights are lit.

You can go to famous local restaurants for local food, shopping mall to buy gifts, souvenirs, and other things.

DAY 7: HANOI – DONG HOI – PHONG NHA – KE BANG NATIONAL PARK

Now it’s time to explore the center of Vietnam. You can go by plane, train or tour bus to get to Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh Province. In this beautiful city, you can start the excursion to Phong Nha Grotto – Ke Bang National Park.

Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng is famous for its cave and grotto systems since it has 300 caves and grottos. In here, you will be able to get on boat and cruise on the world’s longest underground river to Phong Nha Cave.

The deeper you go in, the more magical and amazing it is. Its natural beauty of the caves will surely make you excited. After going through 800m, a large dry passage will appear, then you can take a walk to discover the cave for 500m more. You will have a chance to explore the remains of Cham Altars and Inscriptions inside.

A night in Dong Hoi Town will let you a lot of time to enjoy local food and the refreshing atmosphere of this city.

DAY 8: DONG HOI – QUANG TRI – HUE

The next morning, you will leave Dong Hoi early for Quang Tri Province. It is suggested that you stop on the way at historic Hien Luong Bridge and Ben Hai River which were the Demarcation Line between North and South of Vietnam during American War. You can visit the DMZ or the Demilitarized Zone, nowadays is a tourism attraction.

Along the way, you can come to visit the famous Vinh Moc Tunnel. It was the place where local people had gone deep underground to avoid US bombing every day. They moved whole the village down to the tunnels, they lived and fought bravely in a really uncomfortable living condition, even 17 children were born in the tunnels during the war as well.

After you complete your visit to Quang Tri province, it will take you around 2 hours to get to Hue city, the Ancient Capital of Vietnam.

DAY 9: HUE CITY TOUR

The ninth day in Vietnam, you will have a chance to explore Hue city, a beautiful city with 2 World Heritage of UNESCO. Firstly, it is really nice to take a dragon boat trip on the calm Huong River to enjoy the peaceful scenery of Hue city. The next stop will be Thien Mu pagoda, religious sightseeing with large bell towers and other ancient buildings.

You can go up the hill to visit this pagoda and learn about its history, then come down and catch our car to visit Hue Imperial Citadels, which is the last Citadel built in Vietnam. You will have a chance to learn the lavish lifestyle of the old Kings and Queen.

HUE CITY TOUR

Hue cuisine will be worth it, so you should have meals in a local restaurant. You can continue your visit to the tombs of King Tu Duc and understand more about the Royal Family in Hue. You will be travel back in time when visiting these places.

When the night comes, you can tour around the busiest market in Hue to walk around and sample delicious local food, as well as walking on the historic Trang Tien Bridge.

DAY 10: HUE – HOI AN

After spending time in Hue, you can travel further to the South to reach Hoi An. You will head to Hoi An Ancient Town through Hai Van pass, and Lang Co beach – one of the most beautiful beach of Vietnam. If you take the train or car, you can see the beautiful changing scenery along the way.

HUE - HOI AN

The Museum of Cham Sculpture is a museum located in Hải Châu District, Đà Nẵng, central Vietnam, near the Han River

On the way to Danang city, you can drop by to visit Cham Museum. Cham museum includes the open air collection of Cham sculpture and indoor displays, especially the breathtaking sandstone carvings.

Once you arrive at Hoian, you will love this vintage town. It is recommended that you spend some time at night here when the lanterns are all lit up. You will be in awe of how the small streets can be so alluring.

DAY 11: HOI AN – MY SON SANCTUARY

The next destination is a sanctuary. It is about 50km from Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary. My Son Sanctuary consists of many Champa temples, in a valley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremony of Champa Kings, and also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes.

Champa vesgate tower in My Son Sanctuary

Leaving this site, you can go on a Boat trip along the Thu Bon river to have a picnic lunch on the water. Or you can choose to visit the handicraft pottery village located along the riverside.

The interesting thing is you can get back to the Hoian old town by boat en enjoy yourself on the vintage streets of Hoian. Some of the most famous attractions include Japanese covered bridge, Chinese Assembly Hall, and some typical Vietnamese houses of 18th century.

DAY 12: FREE TIME TO RELAX IN HOI AN

It’s time to take a break from continuously traveling. This day is for you to relax and refresh yourself in Hoian. It is up to you how you spend a day here: walk along the quiet and peaceful streets of Hoian, no motorbike, no car was allowed at working time. Or shopping in Hoian, the heaven for shopping! Or you can also rent a bike to cycle to the villages near the ancient town or go to a very nice beach about 4 km away.

DAY 13: HOI AN – DA NANG – NHA TRANG

Are you craving for some beaches? Now you can fly to Nha Trang to sunbathe on the beach! After you settle down at your accommodation place, you can go for an evening on the beach.

It is nice to swim in the cool and clear water, or if you are the adventurous type, the water sports are available. You can take a canoe ride too.

Let’s spend the night at this city and indulge yourself with yummy local dishes.

HOI AN - DA NANG - NHA TRANG

“Mot” herbal drink is very famous in Hoi An – combine from various ingredients

DAY 14: NHA TRANG – FULL DAY EXCURSION (You can join a group tour)

When you are fully charged, you are ready for a full day excursion. Tri Nguyen Aquarium is a good idea to start the day. Tri Nguyen Aquarium-Biology sea is inside Neptune’s place with hundreds of fishes and will satisfy andy ocean-lover.

Then, you can travel to Mun island by boat. This is the most beautiful protected marine area of Nha Trang Bay, you will surely enjoy snorkelling to observe sea creatures such as anemones, coral reefs, ornamental fish.

NHA TRANG - FULL DAY EXCURSION

Another place for you to spend time is Tranh Beach Shore. It is high time for you to take photos of this beautiful and excellent beach. Don’t hesitate to jump in the crystal clear waves!

While you are in Nha Trang, there are some recommended dishes for you to try out: fried salt shrimp, fried fish in sour and sweet sauce, saute cuttlefish, grilled rib spring rolls and softly soft noodles.

DAY 15: NHA TRANG – DA LAT

After a good night sleep in Nha Trang, now you can leave for another dreamlike destination: Da Lat. In this highland city, you can pay a visit to Robin hill – former artillery base and have full view of the city of Dalat. This place will bring you a feeling of peace and calm.

It is also possible to take a cable car to Tuyen Lam lake and Truc Lam Zen Monastery – the biggest Zen Monastery of Viet Nam. You will have a chance to enjoy the peaceful scenery here and breath in the fresh air of forest, lake, and mountains.

DAY 16: DA LAT CITY TOUR HAFT DAY

On the 16th day in Vietnam,  you can visit famous places in Dalat such as King Bao Dai’s summer palace, old train station with French architecture and the City of Flower Garden. Or you can choose to stroll around this romantic city. A special thing about Da Lat is this photogenic city has no traffic light.

DA LAT CITY TOUR HAFT DAY

And be a king for a moment…

DAY 17: DA LAT – HO CHI MINH CITY

After you take Da Lat into your heart, this day will be mostly consumed by flying to the next destination – Ho Chi Minh City – and settling in the hotel, hostel or homestay.

DAY 18: HO CHI MINH CITY – CU CHI TUNNELS

First, you should travel to Cu Chi Tunnels. It is a remarkable tourist attraction. This place was the underground living space of many people, mostly Viet Cong fighters, back in the days of the Vietnam War.

After touring through Cu Chi Tunnels, you can go back to explore the energetic HCM City. The recommended attraction list are Reunification Palace, War Crime Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Old Post Office, former US Embassy, Ben Thanh Market. Or, just go around and explore this city in your way.

CU CHI TUNNELS

DAY 19: HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA

This morning, you can drive to Mekong river delta. It should take about 3,5 hours to reach the biggest delta of Vietnam. In Cai Be harbor, you can rent a boat to take you to the floating market – the extraordinary market in Vietnam.

To experience the beauty of this place, you can proceed to Vinh Long through small and beautiful canals, tranquil villages and see with your own eyes the marvelous natural setting of Mekong Delta region.

MEKONG DELTA

It is also recommended to stop at An Binh islet, famous for fruit orchards and enjoy the local tropical fruits and see the orchards, ceramics, popcorn and rice paper shops… It is a nice chance for you to do bicycle riding through the village and the local handicraft shops.

DAY 20: CAN THO – HO CHI MINH CITY

When you feel like moving to the next point, let’s continue traveling to Can Tho.

You can cruise along the small picturesque river by boat to see the Cai Rang floating market. Either you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and the daily activities along the Mekong canals or visit a rice husking mill. Visiting the ancient house in Binh Thuy is a good idea, too!

At the end of the day, you have to get back to HCM City. By this time, have you fallen in love with Vietnam?

DAY 21: HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE

Last minute shopping is here! Grab anything catches your eyes because this is your last chance! Now it is officially the end of your 3-week in Vietnam, let’s say goodbye with the brightest smile!

HO CHI MINH CITY - DEPARTURE

We hope that you find this three weeks in Vietnam itinerary suitable for you. And if you have any question or want further information and advice, please feel free to contact us, the AZ Local Trip team. It is our pleasure to help you!

Vietnam Itinerary 6 days – Perfect Trip to Tropical Region

Vietnam Itinerary 6 days – Perfect Trip to Tropical Region

Vietnam Itinerary 6 days is not easy to arrange since you will feel confused with many interesting spots to pick. As an experienced local expert, I am delighted to share my suggestions

Question:

We are planning to go to Vietnam for our holiday and we would like do a mix of activities. So a few questions:

  • We plan to be there Dec 24-Jan 1. Is this a bad time to travel? Will the locals be on vacation. I know from past vacations to Spain etc., this was the worst time of the year to be a tourist. If so, we would postpone the trip to March.
  • We definitely want to visit Hanoi and Halong bay. What other places would you recommend? One of my friends visited Hang En Cave. How many days does this take? Also, would we really be missing out if we didn’t visit HCMC?

Answer:

  • I’d say in 6 days, you really only have time for Hanoi and Halong Bay, and perhaps one other close location. Alternatively, focus your 6 days on HCMC and the Mekong Delta.
  • I have to say that 6 days in Vietnam are still insufficient to cover everything. Yet, you can always manage to have a memorable journey in this tropical country with wise decisions on destinations.

Vietnam Itinerary 6 days

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3 Main Options for 6 days in Vietnam

Itinerary #1: Northern Vietnam Family Comfort Holiday 6 Days

  • DAY 1: ARRIVE IN HANOI
  • DAY 2: NINH BINH : HOA LU – TAM COC
  • DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY
  • DAY 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI
  • DAY 5: HANOI CITY TOUR 
  • DAY 6: LEAVE HANOI FOR HOME

Why it is right for you?

  • When choosing AZ Local Trip as your company, your trip will be more convenient and memorable with a thorough and detailed itinerary. You will pay a visit to the modern cities with new amenities and top-notch hotels.
  • The trip to discover new things from people, culture, lifestyle of local friends! Combined with a relaxing time on Halong cruise where you and your family can throw away all the pressure of daily life to immerse yourself in the picturesque nature of Vietnam.
  • This trip will be a connecting bridge to help all family members become closer and more understanding. A journey for love and smiles!

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Itinerary #2: Northern Vietnam Adventure Journey 6 Days

  • DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2: HANOI – SAPA TREKKING: CAT CAT VILLAGE
  • DAY 3: SAPA TREKKING: Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI – TA VAN – BUS TO HANOI
  • DAY 4: HALONG BAY DAY TRIP
  • DAY 5: NINH BINH : HOA LU – TAM COC – MUA CAVE
  • DAY 6: HANOI CITY – HANOI DEPARTURE

Why it is right for you?

  • This plan is suitable for a group of friends or couples with a detailed schedule.
  • Experience hiking and kayaking in your trip to feel love and joyfulness, to have the memorable moments!
  • A remarkable trip to make you and your beloved ones more understand each other and closer. From the stunning cities in plains to the magnificent green forests and imposing mountains in South Vietnam, you and your partners will have precious time to share, experience, and love more!
  • A unique and romantic space on a Halong Bay cruise for the happy couples

Itinerary #3: Southern Vietnam Classic Tour 6 Days

  • DAY 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR
  • DAY 3: HCMC – MEKONG DELTA: MY THO – BEN TRE – CAN THO
  • DAY 4: PHONG DIEN – CAI RANG – HCMC
  • DAY 5: CU CHI TUNNEL HALF DAY
  • DAY 6: HCMC DEPARTURE

Why it is right for you?

  • This trip is made for those who want to explore the unique and authentic culture of each region of Vietnam. South Vietnam brings different cultural marks from the most bustling city to the rustic and simple countryside.
  • A trip to help you refresh your boring daily life with exciting and remarkable activities like experiencing the underground world of Cu Chi tunnel or visiting the lively Cai Rang floating market.
  • Exploring this tour with a group, but you will have unforgettable moments and experience everything yourself!

Detailed 6 Days Itinerary in Vietnam From Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi (Depart from Ho Chi Minh)

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival

Go on a Saigon

You first take a rest after landing at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and checking in at the hotel.

This is an amazing chance to feel the vibrancy of the city.

Ho Chi Minh Arrival

Visit Thien Hau Temple (Ba Thien Hau Pagoda)

Thien Hau Pagoda is among the oldest temple of Chinese expats in Ho Chi Minh City. Besides the architectural and sculptural value, it serves as a place for faith and mutual assistance and support among both Chinese expats and Vietnamese people.

Reach Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon Opera House)

Saigon Opera House, modelled after Opéra Garnier in Paris, is a smaller counterpart of Hanoi Opera House.

Its architecture follows the French flamboyant style during the Third Republic.

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Or Have a half-day trip to Cu Chi Tunnel

Cu Chi Tunnel is a distinctive tourist destination for you to gain insight into the Vietnam Wars and Vietnam history. It served as a hiding spot for many Viet Cong soldiers. Besides, the tunnel was also a route serving communication and supplying food, medicine and weapons during fierce wars.

What’s more, Asian Record has recognised Cu Chi as the longest tunnel.

Cu Chi Tunnel

Day 2: Flight to Hanoi

The city of culture and history you may have the chance of seeing Hanoi Old Quarter, the French quarter as top things to do in Hanoi. Since you may get tired after a domestic flight from the South to Northern Vietnam, it is a good idea to do free walking tours in hanoi with local university students.

You are taken to main ancient streets to observe daily activities of local people. Habits of Northern people many differ from those of Southern ones. You will find them rather interesting!

Day 3: Natural Wonder Halong Bay

Start a 4-hour drive to Halong Bay and get on a cruise at noon as one of Best Things to do in Halong Bay

Have lunch while cruising through Stone Dog Islet and Burning Incense Islet

Vietnamese people consider Stone Dog Islet a sea guardian for the life on the bay.

Burning Incense Islet shaped like a giant incense in the middle of the sea

Natural Wonder Halong Bay

Visit Ba Hang fishing village for kayaking

Visit Fighting Cock Islet and Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Palace)

Cruise back and return to Hanoi

Day 4 : Hanoi – Saigon

Pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex

A Hanoi City Tour with AZ Local Trip leads you to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Stilt House, Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda.

One Pillar Pagoda with unique architecture is one of the symbols of Hanoi.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 5 : One Day Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta, also known as The Nine Dragon river delta as it is formed by nine rivers, lies immediately to the west of Ho Chi Minh City (also called Saigon by locals), roughly forming a vast triangle stretching from My Tho in the east to Chau Doc and Ha Tien in the northwest, down to Ca Mau, and including Phu Quoc Island. It is also called the rice bowl of Vietnam as it pumps out more than a third of the country’s annual food crop from just ten percent of its total land mass. The Delta region displays a variety of physical landscape, from vast paddy files in the south to hills in the north and west. It’s a water world where boats, houses, and markets float upon the numerous rivers, canals and streams that crisscross the landscape like arteries.

Day 6 : Departure Saigon 

The city has recovered in the 30 years since then, with the current population at over 7 million. It was renamed Ho Chi Minh City, after the spiritual leader of Vietnamese Communism, but residents were so reluctant to adopt the new name that authorities kept the official name but the city centre is still called Saigon. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is a popular tourist destination due to its fascinating culture, classic French architecture, and sleek skyscrapers as well as ornate temples and pagodas. The city is also filled with rooftop bars that overlook Saigon and beyond, while fantastic restaurants offer a combination of French, Chinese, and, of course, local Vietnamese cuisine.

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Other destinations that are not mentioned in the 6 days in Vietnam above

Hoi An Ancient Town to Tra Que Village

Enjoy a relaxing stroll around Hoi An

Visit Tra Que Culinary Village

Visit Tra Que Culinary Village

Once coming to Tra Que Village, you yourself will experience a working day of local farmers. You can hoe soil, plant, water vegetables on your own!

A cooking class is also available if you have interest!

=>Top Things to Do in Hoi An | Best attractions in Hoi An

My Son Holly Land to Da Nang

My Son Holly Land is regarded as one of the main centres of Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. In addition, UNESCO has selected this site as one of the most modern world heritage sites.

My son

My Son acts as a good example of cultural exchange and as the only trace of disappeared Asian civilization.

Return to Da Nang and walk to Dragon Bridge crossing Han River in the evening

Dragon Bridge is seen as an undisputed icon of Da Nang The fire breathing performance is organised every on Saturday and Sunday evening.

=> Top Things to Do in Da Nang | Best Attractions in Da Nang

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island is worth being included in every visitor’s Vietnam Itinerary 6 days.

=> Best Things to Do in Phu Quoc for First-Time Travelers

  • Take a domestic flight to Phu Quoc Island
  • Sunbathe at Long Beach
  • Long Beach on Phu Quoc Island
  • Watch the sunset at Duong Dong Harbour
  • Stunning Duong Dong sunset view
  • Go to Dinh Cau Night Market

 

12 Days In Vietnam – 2 Unique Itinerary Ideas

12 Days In Vietnam – 2 Unique Itinerary Ideas

A detailed plan makes a perfect trip. 12 days – more than a week – surely is a good option for a journey around Vietnam. Located at the edge of the Indochina region, Vietnam keeps lots of attraction and things to do all over the country reasoned by the affection of Mother Nature, so it is not that easy as you can possibly travel in a rush.

Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Hoian, and Saigon are the 5 cities that are included in almost every single 12-day itinerary article you find on the internet. As the tours are customized to fit the limited time, you will spend 2 days on average in each beautiful city. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most out of your trip. Standing beside the bustling and modern cities, there are quite numerous small peaceful town that you can figure it out, if you desire to spread out the time and spend more time to focus on exploring.

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3 Main Itineraries for 12 days in Vietnam

Itinerary 1: Classic Vietnam Family Holiday

  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city arrival (N/A)
  • Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnel ( B/L)
  • Day 3: Mekong Delta Day Trip ( B/L)
  • Day 4: Freeday & Fly from Ho Chi Minh to Danang ( B)
  • Day 5: Marble Moutain & Hoian Town ( B/D)
  • Day 6: Bana Hills & Golden Bridge  (B,L)
  • Day 7: Hue city tour ( B/L)
  • Day 8: Freeday & Flight from Danang to Hanoi ( B)
  • Day 9: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi ( B,L)
  • Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi ( B,L)
  • Day 11: Freetime in Hanoi (B)
  • Day 12: Depart from Hanoi (B)

Why is this itinerary right for you

  • For those who want to spend a full trip to explore the three regions of Vietnam, to discover new lands and learn more about Vietnamese culture and people!
  • With a reasonable budget for families looking for a 10-day trip to Vietnam
  • What do you expect for a journey? Outdoor experiences or relaxing vacation? You can find all in this trip, which also saves your moving time on the road!
  • With a team of professional guides dedicated to your journey, you will always feel safe and comfortable.

Itinerary 2: Northern Vietnam Travel And Love

  • Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi (N/A)
  • Day 2: Hanoi City Tour Full Day – Transfer Hanoi to Sapa ( B,L)
  • Day 3: Sapa trekking: Cat Cat village & Sin Chai village( B/L/D)
  • Day 4: Sapa trekking: Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van( B/L/D)
  • Day 5: Sapa trekking: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Bus to Hanoi ( B/L)
  • Day 6: Hanoi – Mai Chau ( B/L/D)
  • Day 7: Mai Chau – Pu Luong ( B/L/D)
  • Day 8: Pu Luong – Ninh Binh : Bai Dinh – Trang An – Hanoi( B/L)
  • Day 9: Hanoi – Halong Bay ( B/L/D)
  • Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi ( B/L/D)
  • Day 11: Hanoi Foodie Tour (B)
  • Day 12: Depart from Hanoi (B)

Why is this itinerary right for you

  • For those who are looking for a trip to experience the North of Vietnam with picturesque natural scenery all year round and friendly local people.
  • You can find out both outdoor experiences and relaxing time in this tour. Besides, this route minimizes the moving time between the attractions.
  • This trip will bring you memorable moments, refresh yourself after stressful days and blow away your boring daily routine!
  • Let’s Travel and Love! This journey will fulfill your dream of discovery, from the majestic mountains, the green forests, to the peaceful rice fields and blue sky. It will be a real paradise for nature-lovers!

Itinerary 3: Vietnam Heritage In The World Journey

  • Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi (N/A)
  • Day 2:  Hanoi City Tour Full Day ( B,L)
  • Day 3: Ninh Binh : (2nd heritage) Trang An – Hoa Lu – Mua Cave B/L)
  • Day 4: Hanoi – (3rd heritage) Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay ( B/L/D)
  • Day 5: Bai Tu Long – Hanoi – Fly to Hue ( B/L)
  • Day 6: (4th heritage) Hue city tour ( B/L)
  • Day 7: Hue – Dong Hoi: (5th heritage) Phong Nha Ke Bang national park ( B/L/D)
  • Day 8: Hue – Transfer to (6th heritage) Hoi An( B)
  • Day 9: (7th heritage) My Son sanctuary – Boat trip on Thu Bon river ( B/L/D)
  • Day 10: Fly to Ho Chi Minh city – Free & easy (B)
  • Day 11: Ho Chi Minh city tour half day (B)
  • Day 12: Ho Chi Minh city departure (B)

Why is this itinerary right for you

  • Visit worth-seeing 7 out of 8 world heritages in Vietnam with a reasonable timetable
  • This itinerary is for your first time in Vietnam with a perfect combination of historic cities, clear beaches, essential things related to the Vietnam War. If you are confused because of tons of different itineraries on the internet, it is what you need!
  • Travel through Vietnam like a local as you will discover the majestic and wonderful landscapes along Vietnam by boat, sampan, train, coach, plane, bike, etc.

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12 days in Vietnam in detail

Sapa is one of the destinations that you should consider for trekking:

The morning comes and the sun rising from the clouds, this time is the best moment to see all-over the small villages appear from the mist like movies of Disney.

2 Nights in The Enchanting Hanoi

The Old Quarter Hanoi Attractions

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

  • Do a private tour around Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Watch a water puppetry show
  • Enjoy dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant situated within a former French residence.

Day 2: Hanoi Around the City 

  • Do a morning market visit and street food tour
  • Enjoy a private city cultural tour of Hanoi, encompassing many areas, sights, and experiences in Hanoi, including a visit to the Museum of Ethnology
  • Enjoy a performance of “My Village” at the Hanoi Opera House
  • Have dinner at a restaurant in the Old Quarter

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a seaplane flight to Halong Bay
  • After landing at Tuan Chau Marina in Halong Bay, an electric car will transfer you to board your one-night cruise.
  • Explore numerous grottoes and caves on the islands
  • Lunch and dinner are served onboard

halong bay

Going under a limestone cave on a local boat in Halong Bay is such an unforgettable experience

Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Danang

  • Following breakfast, you will disembark the cruise and proceed to Tuan Chau Marina for your seaplane flight back to Hanoi.
  • Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will board your flight to Danang
  • Enjoy dinner in downtown Hoi An and spend the remainder of the evening at your leisure.

Day 5, 6: Da Nang – Hoi An

  • Go to Hoian vibrant marketplace to prepare for your cooking class in the morning
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Thu Bon River to the cooking school
  • Take part in a walking tour through Hoi An, explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, visit the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Bridge and the busy waterfront, try one of best-known cakes in Hoi An.

Enjoy a day at your leisure to relax on the beach

Day 7: Hoi An to Hue

  • You are transferred to Hue within 3.5-hour drive in the morning
  • Board a private dragon boat for a relaxing voyage on the Perfume River.
  • Enjoy dinner of renowned Hue cuisine while listening to a performance of traditional live folk music.
Ancient Hue Citadel Hue City Tour with Az Local Trip in April 19th 2024 ( Angie Group 12 persons)

Ancient Hue Citadel – Hue City Tour with Az Local Trip in April 19th 2024 ( Angie Group 12 persons)

 

Day 8:

  • Wake up early in the morning for a sunrise cruise on Tam Giang Lagoon
  • Enjoy breakfast aboard a small motorized sampan and cruise the lagoon, stopping at stilt houses here and there to meet with local families and learn about their daily lives.
  • Visit Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Continue to the Imperial Citadel before moving on to Long An Palace
  • Enjoy both lunch and dinner at local restaurants
  • 3 nights in bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

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Day 9: Hue to HCM city

  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to Hue airport for the mid-morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the city’s striking French colonial-era post office, Hotel de Ville de Saigon (officially Ho Chi Minh City Hall) and the Museum of Vietnamese History, Jade Emperor Pagoda
  • Visit Ben Thanh market for some personal exploration and souvenir hunting
  • Discover Saigon night-life on the back of a vintage Vespa scooter
  • Sample the city’s authentic street food and visit a Vietnamese coffee shop for contemporary live music
  • Finish the evening at a local bar

Day 10:

  • Visit District 4, a superb place to witness regular Saigonese going about their daily business
  • Enjoy amazing Vietnamese coffee

Visit Cu Chi Tunnels

  • Enjoy “The Mist Show – The Stories of Rice” at the Saigon Opera House

cu chi tunnel

Visit Cu Chi tunnel

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Day 11: A full day cruise exploring life along the Mekong River

  • Visit Cai Be colourful floating market in Tien Giang
  • Visit local home factories to watch workers make rice paste, rice pop corn, coco candies and more
  • Discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life
  • Enjoy a dinner of traditional Northern Vietnamese cuisine at a local home

Day 12: Depart HCM city

  • That’s all about a tour within 12 days in Vietnam. Of course, you don’t have to stick to it if you travel on your own.
  • My personal view is that all the famous attractions in Vietnam worth more than a two-day visit. Slow down, see less, experience more – save the rest for another trip. Quality is better than quantity!
  • However, If you really must cram as much as possible into a trip, then an organized tour may be more up your alley, as you’ll need to spend less time finding hotels and restaurants—which should leave you some time to decompress.
  • Have you got any idea about your 12 days in Vietnam yet? Let’s share with us on the comment box below!

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