Vietnam Itinerary - Best Vietnam Itinerary

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - November 02, 2018

Best Vietnam Itinerary – For an unforgettable journey in Hanoi

You are planning Vietnam Itinerary, yet sinking yourself in a sea of information. You have difficulty arranging destinations and activities of your interest in an amount of time.

Therefore, we are delighted to provide Vietnam Itinerary of different duration in this article.

To commence with, we suggest you read through some main highlights of this tropical Asian country. After that, you yourself can decide where to go and how long to travel in Vietnam!

Below is our detailed itineraries:

Itinerary #1:7 days in Vietnam - Major Vietnam

  • Day 1,2: Hanoi ( 2 days)
  • Day 3.4: Halong Bay 2 days
  • Day 5: Ho chi Minh
  • Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnals and mekng detlata
  • Day 7: Ho chi Minh (Departure)

Itinerary #2: 8 days in Vietnam (From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh)- North to South Vietnam

  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
  • Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Halong
  • Day 3: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi – Fly to Hoian
  • Day 4: Hoian Walking Tour – Boat trip
  • Day 5: Hoian – Danang – Hue
  • Day 6: Hue – Fly to Saigon
  • Day 7: Saigon – Mekong Delta day trip

Itinerary #3: 9 days in Vietnam -  (From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh)- North to South Vietnam

  • Day 1: Saigon Arrival.
  • Day 2: Saigon City Tour
  • Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Saigon.
  • Day 4: Saigon – Danang – Hoian
  • Day 5: Hoian – Danang – Hue
  • Day 6: Hue City Tour – Fly to Hanoi
  • Day 7: Hanoi City Tour
  • Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise
  • Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure.

Itinerary #4: 10 days in Vietnam

Itinerary #5: 11 Days in Vietnam

  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
  • Day 2: Hanoi Cooking Class & City Tour
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise
  • Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoian.
  • Day 5 Hoian Cooking Class – Walking Tour
  • Day 6: Hoian – Danang – Fly to Nhatrang
  • Day 7: Nhatrang – Free at leisure.
  • Day 8: Nhatrang – Dalat.
  • Day 9: Dalat – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 10: Mekong Delta
  • Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels  – Departure.

Itinerary #6: 12 days in Vietnam 

  • Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi
  • Day 2: A palace, a museum, pagodas in Hanoi (B)
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay/Overnight cruising on Halong Bay (B/L/D)
  • Day 4: Halong Bay – Fly to Hue via Hanoi (B/ Brunch)
  • Day 5: Hue Full day visiting (B)
  • Day 6: Hue – Ba Na Hill/Golden Bridge – Danang (B/L)
  • Day 7: Biking to Cam Thanh and Tra Que Village – Walking in Ancient Town (B/L)
  • Day 8: Hoian / Ho Chi Minh City (B)
  • Day 9: HCMC / Cai Be floating market / Unique Homestay (B/L/D)
  • Day 10: Cai Be /Ho Chi Minh (B/L)
  • Day 11: Cu Chi Tunnels by minivan (B/L)
  • Day 12: Depart Ho Chi Minh (B)

Itinerary #7: 13 days in Vietnam

Itinerary #8 14 days in Vietnam 

Vietnam Itineary 14 days (2 weeks) 

  • Day 1: Arrive in Saigon
  • Day 2: Saigon Mekong Delta
  • Day 3: Mekong Delta – Saigon
  • Day 4: Saigon – Cu Chi – City Tour
  • Day 5: Saigon – Fly to Hue
  • Day 6: Hue – Hoian Walking in the Old Quarter
  • Day 7: Hoian Tour
  • Day 8: Hoian – Danang – Hanoi
  • Day 9: Hanoi – Ninh Binh
  • Day 10: Ninh Binh – Halong
  • Day 11: Halong discovery
  • Day 12: Halong – Hanoi
  • Day 13: Hanoi Tour
  • Day 14: Hanoi departure

Itinerary 9: 15 days in Vietnam

Itinerary 10: 30 days in Vietnam


Why Vietnam? Is Vietnam Worth It?

Vietnam is not too large a country; however, the tourism industry here is developing quickly. It is apparently an ideal destination for your holiday.


Vietnamese people are friendly, warm-hearted and enthusiastic. You are welcomed by a gentle smile wherever you go.


Vietnamese authentic food is just superb! Food tour with local guide is obviously an indispensable part of every trip!


You can travel at a very low cost in Vietnam.

Sure, products are sometimes overpriced by some local people. Yet, you can always find nice local buddies who are willing to assist and provide local tips to facilitate your journey!


Vietnam simply lives up to everyone’s expectation. You know that you will be offered with anything you want here!

Moreover, I would love to mention the characteristic feature of each Vietnamese region.

Northern Vietnam

Northern Midland and Mountainous Region involves majestic terrains the Fansipan – Indochina Rooftop.

Fansipan top
It has great advantages to develop ecotourism thanks to its nature reserves, national parks, forests and beautiful landscapes. In addition, palm groves, tea lands, orchards, rolling hills of valleys, terraced fields along the mountain slopes will attract you on the spot.
Particularly, ethnic groups in this region manage to maintain their ancient traditions and customs. Unique festivals and fascinating folk games are certainly a highly in Vietnam Itinerary.

Red River Delta and North East Coast

Hanoi, the capital city, has a system of historical and cultural relics and natural landscapes in the surrounding.
Ninh Binh Province lays its emphasis on the complex of Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Hoa Lu, Trang An, Van Long, Cuc Phuong National Park, etc.

Central Vietnam

Central Vietnam

North Central is a region with many good conditions to develop tourism with beautiful beaches, rivers, lagoons and valuable historical, cultural and architectural sites.

Hue Capital

In addition, the biennial Hue Festival is an international cultural event attracting both domestic and foreign tourists.

Also, North Central is the home of 25 different ethnic groups with diverse folklore treasures.

South Central Coast has all terrains, hills, mountains, forests and seas, creating wonders. It has beaches with blue water, white sand and golden sunlight as well.

Da Nang Beach

According to Forbes Magazine, Da Nang Beach is among the six most attractive beaches in the world.

UNESCO has also recognised Hoi An and My Son temples as world cultural heritages.

Southern Vietnam

South East area leads you to Ho Chi Minh City (“Pearl of the Orient”) of 300-plus-year old history.

There are many revolutionary relics and ancient architectural works such as Dragon Wharf, Cu Chi Tunnel, Independence Palace as well as ancient temples and churches, etc.

mekong delta

Mekong River Delta has the intricate canal system, along with green forests and islands, forms a diverse ecosystem for the region. There are national parks, bird sanctuaries, botanical gardens with exotic flora and fauna.

boat on mekong river

Mekong Delta will also attract you with gardens and year-round sunny islands. Then if you favour sea tourism or Natural & Ecological Tourism, Mekong Delta will be the ideal destination.

2. Planning Vietnam Itinerary – Best time to travel to Vietnam

Vietnam serves as a truly year-round tourist destination. This humid tropical monsoon nation has considerable geographical diversity. Therefore, there is no specific time to recommend as the best to travel.

However, the most favourable holiday season may be during spring (February to April) and autumn (August to November) if you want to cover the whole country. The temperatures are rather moderate (usually ranging from 20°C to 33°C). Besides, the rainfall is lighter as well.

Planning a Vietnam Itinerary is challenging for any international visitors who are still unfamiliar to this country.

As experienced local experts in tour operating, AZ Local Trip has managed to put forward full itineraries. These travel plans are supposed to help you save lots of time arranging.

We are so glad that our Vietnam Itinerary has obtained really great feedback from foreign travelers.

3. Vietnam Itinerary from Vietfun travel

Detail Itinerary for Vietnam South To North Itinerary 15 Days 14 Nights

Vietnam Itinerary #1: 15 days

  • Day 1: arrival on saigon
  • Day 2: sai gon – phu quoc – east beach tour (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Day 3: coasting experiences in southern phu quoc – snorkeling (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Day 4: phu quoc – sai gon (breakfast)
  • Day 5: saigon city tour (breakfast/lunch)
  • Day 6: saigon – my tho – ben tre – can tho (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Day 7: cai rang floating market – saigon (breakfast/lunch)
  • Day 8: half day cu chi tunnels – danang (breakfast)
  • Day 9: my son holy – hoian city tour (breakfast/lunch)
  • Day 10: hoian – hue city (breakfast)
  • Day 11: hue –paradise cave (breakfast/lunch)
  • Day 12: hue city tour – hanoi (breakfast/lunch)
  • Day 13: hanoi – ha long bay (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Day 14: ha long bay – hanoi (breakfast/lunch)
  • Day 15: hanoi city tour (breakfast/lunch)

Vietnam Itinerary #2: 14 days

  • 3 nights Hanoi
  • 1 night Halong Bay
  • 3 nights Hoi An
  • 3 nights Hue
  • 3 nights HCMC
  • 1 night Mekong Delta.

Vietnam Itinerary #3:

  • Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi – Vietnam’s Capital
  • Day 2: City tour – the 1000 years old Capital (B L)
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B L D)
  • Day 4: Explore scenery in Bai Tu Long Bay – Back to Ha Noi – Night train to Sapa (B L)
  • Day 5: Arrive Lao Cai – Sapa – Visit Ta Phin & Cat Cat villages (B L)
  • Day 6: Trek to Lao Chai – Ta Van village – Night train back Hanoi (B L)
  • Day 7: Arrive Hanoi – Take flight to Hue & city tour ½ day (B)
  • Day 8: City tour Hue ½ day – Transfer to Hoi An (B L)
  • Day 9: Visit My Son Holly land & Hoi An ancient town (B L)
  • Day 10: Free day in Hoi An ancient town (B)
  • Day 11: Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnel & city tour (B L)
  • Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Can Tho (B L)
  • Day 13: Visit Phong Dien –& Cai Rang floating markets & back to Ho Chi Minh (B L)
  • Day 14: Relax & departure Ho Chi Minh (B)

Ripen rice terrace fields in Sapa

Ripen rice terrace fields in Sapa

15 Day Vietnam Itinerary Tour from North to South tour (with Groupon)

Booked this tour through a deal and was very wary at first having never bought tours this way. But no need for it!
Tour was organised through local Vietnam tour agency Halong Tours. From first contact with Halong Tours James our contact in Vietnam was absolutely fantastic answering all my emailed questions promptly and clearly.
All pick ups and hotel bookings excellent, apart from arrival in HCMC, where driver took us to the wrong hotel (little English) and we had to pay to transfer to the right one. Drivers courteous, helpful and punctual, included tours mostly excellent and interesting. Only one I didn’t think was much chop was the Mekong Delta tour, better to go for a floating market tour or something else if you can.
Best part was that EVERYTHING was organised for us. No stressing about how to get tickets, where to go etc. Kind of a jump-on/jump-off tour, where you weren’t stuck with the same people throughout, but would kind of re-meet people in a different city (other “Groupies”) on a different day tour or in the same hotel.
Each day tour met different people generally, and all were lovely to talk with and share travel experiences and lunch was included.
One disappointment was not receiving any special recognition for my birthday (an oversight by the hotel?) – after reading that everyone else got a cake for their special day… But I can live with that.
Another tip – in SaPa if the guide recommends wearing gumboots for the trek – DO IT! It had rained the day before and was very muddy and slippery and quite dangerous.
We did the 3 star tour – most rooms were OK, quite clean and comfortable, some better than others. I survived the overnight train trip (Hanoi to Hue) no problems, but if you don’t want to share with a random Vietnamese family, go for the upgrade and fly.
Thanks James.
Suggest the upgrade at Halong Bay if you want a more modern boat to cruise on.

Source: Vietfuntravel & Tripadvisor