5 days Vietnam itinerary – What to do, where to go in Vietnam for 5 days

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - October 26, 2018

To some people, 5 days in Vietnam may sound impossible to design a trip that covers all main attractions. Indeed, 5 days is not a recommended time for traveling all along the S-shaped country but a suitable time to unveil the hidden beauty of a specific region in Vietnam.

With this Vietnam itinerary 5 days and the list of where to go and some recommendation for your trip, you are believed to make your so-called impossible what to do in Vietnam for 5 days become an unforgettable 5 day trip to Vietnam.

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3 Options for 5 days in Vietnam - What to do in Vietnam for 5 days?

Itinerary #1: 5 days North Vietnam 

  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Hanoi City Tours (Including Free City Tours with Local Guides (AZ Local NPO - non Profit organization, you will save much money and enjoy private one)
  • Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay
  • Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi
  • Day 4: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Hanoi 
  • Day 5: Hanoi Departure

Normally we often suggest at least 3 options, but for 5 days AZ local trip really recommend you do South Vietnam, because of its culture, landscapes

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Itinerary #2: 5 Days South Vietnam 

  • Day 1: Arrival on Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 2: One day discovery Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 3: One day cao dai temple - Cu Chi tunnel tour
  • Day 4: Mekong delta discovery tour: Cai Be - Vinh Long
  • Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - departure

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For anyone who may concern, Vietnam is a very long country divided into 3 parts. Each part covers many cultural characteristics corresponding to each province and region. Moreover, Vietnam has a system of top world natural landmarks as well as an old-centuries history represented by cultural and belief works.

Vietnam Map

Vietnam is divided into 3 parts: North, Central, and South

Therefore, no matter which kind of travel you prefer, a Vietnam tour 5 days 4 nights will undoubtedly satisfy your wanderlust.

Noted that in this Vietnam itinerary 5 days, I would give you some options for what to see in Vietnam in 5 days in each region or based on each kind of traveling. Also, you will know what to do in Vietnam for 5 days right after you set foot on the mentioned places and be able to prevent the scams noted.

Again, five days in Vietnam can only give the best result when it doesn’t have to cover ALL main sites or doesn’t have to link the locations that are too far apart. Hence, I will list out some options for each region and go detail with some 5-day Vietnam itineraries.

You can also see my travel 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

In this 5 day trip to Vietnam guiding, I would start with Ho Chi Minh City which is a start point of South Vietnam.

South 5 days in Vietnam - What to do in Vietnam for 5 days?

For a South Vietnam travel itinerary 5 days, I would list these options:

Option 1: For anyone who loves to feel the local vibe

Day 1 + Day 2 + Day 3:  Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Going to the main sites of HCMC such as War Remnants Museum, Independence Palace, Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh central post office, Notre Dame Cathedral

Take a half day tour to Cu Chi Tunnels

Enjoy the nightlife of a city dubbed “the city that never sleeps”

Bars in Ho Chi Minh City

One of the best bars in HCMC

Have local foods such as Banh Trang Tron, Banh Xeo Nam Bo

Day 4 + Day 5: Explore Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta with green scenery

Here, you will be visiting a place called “the rice bowl of Vietnam, sitting on a small boat going along the river while watching the floating houses, markets. This is definitely an unforgettable experience in your 5 days in Vietnam,

Option 2: For ones who want to enjoy the beautiful natural blending with man-made attractions of Vietnam

Nha Trang Coastline

The pristine beach of Nha Trang

Day 1 + Day 2: Arrival and discover the bustling city of HCMC

Day 3 + Day 4 + Day 5: Da Lat or Nha Trang, or both to visit.

Noted that if you go by bus from HCMC to Da Lat, it will take 8-9 hours to transfer. For the best time saving, you should catch an overnight bus from HCMC to reach Da Lat in the early morning.

If you prefer a relaxing trip, you can spend 2-3 days here to discover this romantic city.

However, if you want your trip covers both mountains and the sea, visit Nha Trang - one of the most 10 beautiful bays in the world.

Detail of South Vietnam itinerary 5 days (HCMC - Da Lat - Nha Trang)

Now I will go to detail with this option:

DAY 1:  Ho Chi Minh City tour

Once you arrive in Ho Chi Minh city, you can arrange a “war” tour your own by visiting the War Remnants Museum or Independence Palace to get to know more about the Vietnam war.

Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

The museum is a good way to get to know more about the Vietnam War

Don’t miss a chance to taste Banh Trang Tron (mixed rice papers) or Banh Xeo Nam Bo (South rice pancake folded in half)

Banh Trang Tron

Banh trang tron

Since you don’t have much time or simply want to relax after the flight, you can take a walk along the Notre Dame Cathedral or Ho Chi Minh Central Post office to take pictures and go in a coffee shop to try the famous Vietnamese coffee here.

At night, you get packed and hop on an overnight bus to Da Lat

DAY 2: Da Lat City

After arriving Da Lat in the early morning, you won’t feel tired with the charming beauty of this “city of flowers”.

Da Lat

Dalat - the dreaming land

You can start your day here with a cable ride to admire the wide view over the verdant city. Next, you should visit Tuyen Lam Lake which has a majestic area of mountains and trees.

Domain de Marie Church in Da Lat

The church looks like a castle in a fairy tale story

Domain de Marie Church is another can’t-miss place in Da Lat which is a church with typical French architecture.

Your trip goes on with Datanla waterfalls and the Valley of Love where you can freely take pictures.

Love Valley Da Lat

Valley of love is an ideal place for couples

After this, my suggestion if visiting XQ Historical Embroidery Art Village which will surely make you be amazed by its decoration and embroidered pictures.

XQ Historical embroidery art village

XQ Historical Embroidery Art Village

Other recommendations are visiting the Summer Palace of Bao Dai - Vietnam’s last emperor, picking strawberries at a local strawberry garden or visiting the Old Railway station.

Old railway in Da Lat

The old Railway station[/caption]

At night, you can take a walk along Ho Xuan Huong lake or relax at a coffee shop nearby to feel to the cool air of Da Lat. Otherwise, discover the night market here is a high recommendation.

DAY 3: Da Lat - Nha Trang

Nha Trang Coastline

The fantastic coastline of Nha Trang

From Da Lat, it will take 5 hours to transfer to Nha Trang by bus.

Normally you will arrive in Nha Trang at the end of the morning. Most of the hotels here will check in from 12 noon to 2 pm. After check-in, you will be able to arrange your luggage in the hotel room, then have lunch at the hotel, or you can visit the surrounding streets and dine at the restaurants near the hotel.

Since the first day is quite short, you can go to the nearest places in the city. In about 15 hours of sunshine, we will begin the journey of discovery with the first destination is Nha Trang Ponagar Tower. This place is located on 2/4 Street, Vinh Phuc Ward, Nha Trang City.

Ponagar Tower

Ponagar Tower was built on a mountain named Ponagar. The building is quite intact

You can rent motorcycles from the hotel you stay or any motorbike rental places. The average cost is about VND 100,000-150,000 per motorbike.

This place is also considered as a popular cultural destination in Nha Trang. Like other Cham towers, Ponagar Tower has a top and is divided into three distinct parts.

Hon Chong Area

Hon Chong area

After visiting the tower, you can visit Hon Chong. This is a large rock with many shapes lying on the beach, creating a very interesting scene.

DAY 4: Nha Trang Island Tour

Phu Quy Port

After having breakfast, you will go to the Phu Quy Port and start your island tour here.

First stop is Hon Mun island where you can dive and snorkel to admire the colorful underwater world

Hon Mun Island

Hon Mun Island

Then you will have lunch on Hon Mot Island and enjoy the fruit party on a seasonal tropical island called Tam Island

Hon Mot Island

Hon Mot island

Next, you will visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium at Mieu Island which is an outdoor fish pool. On the way back, you can visit floating fishing villages, fish farms.

DAY 5: Back to Ho Chi Minh City

Some free time ideas: Shopping at Ben Thanh market, eating local foods

Central Vietnam itinerary 5 days

Apart from the North and South, the Central part of Vietnam is so rich in cultural and historical sites. With 5 days here, you are sure to get the most of your duration discovering the highlights here including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

With a Central 5-day trip, the start point would be in Da Nang.

DAY 01: Da Nang - Son Tra Peninsula

In the morning: after arriving you can take a rest and have lunch with a Da Nang’s specialty called “Banh Trang Thit Heo” (Pork with rice paper) or Mi Quang (Quang Noodle)

Banh Trang Thit Heo

Banh Trang Thit Heo is a very famous dish of Da Nang

In the afternoon, you can go to Son Tra Peninsula, visit Linh Ung Pagoda where the 67-meter high Buddha statue located. Otherwise, you can swim at the pristine My Khe Beach.

Buddha statue in Son Tra Peninsula

The huge Buddha statue in Son Tra Peninsula

In the evening, after having dinner, you can buy a ticket to enjoy the huge Sun wheel - The top 10 wheels in the world, to admire the beauty of Da Nang at night.

Da Nang sun wheel

The best way to admire Da Nang at night

DAY 2: Ngu Hanh Son - Hoi An

After breakfast, you can visit Ngu Hanh Son to discover the caves

In the afternoon you will depart for Hoi An to visit and shopping at Hoi An Ancient Town

Bridge Pagoda in Hoi An

Bridge Pagoda in Hoi An

At night, you can see how beautiful Hoi An is when the lanterns lighting up with old houses and street vendors dating back to a bustling Hoi An hundred years ago.

Departure back to Da Nang. You can enjoy a cruise on the Han River or watch the Dragon Bridge spraying water and fire.

DAY 3: Ba Na Hills - Khai Dinh Tomb - Hue

Ba Na Hills

Ba Na Hills

Departure to Ba Na where there are unexpected surprises Spring - Summer - Autumn - East in one day.

You will enjoy the feeling of sitting on a suspended cable car in the middle of the clouds.

Next, you can visit Linh Ung Pagoda with a 27m high Shakyamuni Buddha statue.

- Visiting the temple of Mrs. Goddess Thuong Ngan.

- Having fun at Fantasy Park with new adventure games such as Love Circle, Skiver Pilot, Race Fire, Mausoleum and the Gallery of more than 40 famous wax figures

Fantasy Park

One of the most popular games at Ba Na amusement parkIn the afternoon: you will depart to Hue Ancient Capital - the World Cultural Heritage after crossing the Hai Van tunnel. On the way, you can stop at Lang Co fishing village.

Ca Hue

Ca Hue is a pride of this charming city

At night, you should go to the Dragon Boat to enjoy Ca Hue on the Perfume River - the unique culture of Hue.

DAY 4: Hue - Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha Cave

Inside Phong Nha Cave

In the morning you will go to Phong Nha - Ke Bang. Here you will be sitting on a boat to admire the beautiful stalactites are built by nature through thousands of natural years inside Phong Nha Cave

In the evening, you are free to discover Hue at night with Trang Tien bridge glowing light on the romantic Perfume River, walking along the night market,...

DAY 5: Hue Tour

Imperial Citadel of Hue

The Imperial Citadel of Hue

Visit the Imperial City - Nguyen Dynasty Imperial Palace, visit Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Forbidden City,...continue to visit the ancient Thien Mu pagoda Many with many precious objects are valuable in history and art.

Fly back to Da Nang for departure flight.

North Vietnam itinerary 5 days

I've already made some itineraries for 5 days in North Vietnam including highlights such as Hanoi, Sapa, Halong, Ninh Binh. If you are interested in this region,

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