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.

Get A Visa in Vietnam

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Vietnam’s Top Attractions

In the North

  • Hanoi
  • Cruising in Halong Bay
  • Treckking in Sapa
  • Ninh Binh (Halong Bay on Land)

In the Central

  • Hoi An ( the Ancient City)
  • Imperial City in Hue
  • Caves in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
  • Scuba Diving in Nha Trang

In the South

  • Chi Chu Tunnels in HCMC
  • Sand Dunes in Mui Ne
  • Canyoning in Da Lat

Basic Travel Costs in Vietnam

In Vietnam, they use the Dong (VND).

As of now (December 2018), $1 USD = 23,300 VND.

Explained in detail below:

Vietnam is seriously cheap.  you could easily average $25 USD a day or less. Even with western restaurants, private rooms and a splurge here and there.

Cost of Accommodation in Vietnam: The value of money for accommodation was astounding, especially in comparison to other SE Asian countries. The quality of the rooms are different from different hotels, depending how careful you will be while choosing the hotel

  • Dorm beds: 100,000 – 150,000 VND ($5 USD – $7 USD) whilst
  • private rooms and hotels: 350,000 VND- 800,000VND ($15-40 USD) with breakfast included.

Cost of Food & Drink in Vietnam: Holy smokes. Vietnamese food is to die for!

A bowl of Pho (beef noodle soup, Vietnam’s #1 dish): 30,000 VND ($1.30 USD). However, sit down restaurants are slightly more expensive with an average dish ranging from 100,000 VND – 200,000 VND ($4 – $8 USD).

  • 1 L of water at the convenience store: 15,000 VND ($0.60 USD) whilst
  • a beer or soft drink at restaurants: about 25,000 – 35,000 VND ($1- $2 USD).

Obviously, meals in touristic parts of the country are noticeably higher upwards of 250,000 VND ($10 USD) but to be honest, they aren’t as good as the street food! Vietnam was very hygienic so don’t be scared by the street food.

Cost of Transport in Vietnam: Transport in Vietnam is fast, clean, cost-effective and extremely easy to navigate. 

  • Buses are the cheapest way to get around Vietnam and run continuously from North to South and vise versa. Long distance (15 hours) was no more than $20 USD. 
  • Trains in Vietnam are considerably more expensive than the bus ($30-45 USD on average), but you have to experience the train at least once.
  •  Fights with VietJet or Air Asia are sometimes cheaper than the train so be sure to check.
  • the motorbike - Vietnam’s most used form of transport! Be careful, it’s madness out there!

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When to Visit 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.

Vietnam Itinerary - Best Vietnam Itinerary

How this Vietnam itinerary works:

We’ve put together an itinerary this Southeast Asian, By following this Vietnam itinerary, you’ll see the different itinerary from less than 1 week, 1 to 2 weeks and more than 2 weeks in Vietnam. Each itinerary will be explained more in the link we refer pretty much planned your trip to Vietnam for you! We’ve included a brief introduction to each city to describe the attractions and what makes it unique.

We also included things to do, where to stay and insider tips you won’t want to miss.  After reading this itinerary, you’ll be all set to visit Vietnam!

A note about this itinerary: Though we traveled from north to south, this route can easily be done in reverse. Also, the timings we suggest add up to 28 days.

Below is our detailed Vietnam itineraries:

Itinerary from 4 days - 7 days in Vietnam:

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 from 7 days - 14 days in Vietnam:

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

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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 

  • 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 from 15 days - 30 days in Vietnam:

Itinerary #9: 15 days in Vietnam

More information for 3 main areas of Vietnam Itinerary

Northern Vietnam

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