For anyone who is confusing which places should be included and things to do should be listed in the up-coming Vietnam trip plan, this Vietnam itinerary 7 days is the top choice.
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“A week in Vietnam could be is an extremely short time opton and even if you fly between destinations you will effectively lose a day to travelling, leaving you with just 6 days to play with. At the very minimum, for Hanoi you need 2-3 days, Halong Bay 2 days, Nha Trang 2-3 days and HCMC 2 days, so something has to go.
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Itinerary #1: North Vietnam - Combined Adventure and Relaxation
The 1 week in vietnam is best for culture and highly diverse scenery, but much depends when you plan to visit. It can be quite cold in the north between mid-December and mid-March, although temperatures vary widely from year to year. Conversely it's usually extremely hot and humid during the height of the summer.
The north is super in Nov - mild temps all around, and uncrowded. You can't do much with 7 days though - I would not spend that much in airfare for a short 7 days.
Itinerary #2: Central Vietnam
Central Vietnam is well-known to have amazing beaches and plenty of luxury hotel resorts, but for travellers of any budget, there are enough attractions here in the central parts of the country to keep you occupied. Just outside of Da Nang, there are two great day trip opportunities
Itinerary #3: South Vietnam
Itinerary #4: Major Vietnam
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You are free to choose whether Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city will be your arrival destination. My what to see in vietnam in 7 days plan starts with Hanoi.
You are free to choose whether Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city will be your arrival destination.
My what to see in vietnam in 7 days plan starts with Hanoi.
DAY 1 & DAY 2: Welcome to Hanoi, Old Quarter and French Quarter
Generally the entry point is Hanoi (2 days) - The capital city
upon arrivel at the Noi Bai international Airpot, you will know that how awsome the city is, there is also a money saving benefit, with lots of cheap hostel prices from $7-10, and a hotel for couple or family is only about $30-45.
Arrive at the hotel then warm up the first day by discovering the old quarter (the heart of Hanoi with 36 old streets) and the French Quarter (a litter Paris inside Hanoi city), there are lots of interesting sights and activities like the strain street, coffee street and also beer street.
but you will be abit scaried about the traffic there (as the number of motorbike is about 8 milions), we did prepare Getting Around Hanoi:  Best Guide To Get Around Hanoi
While discovering the Old Quarter you cant not miss street foods
Day 2: Explore Around The City (Thang Long Citadel, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of literature, Museum of ethonology)
Lots of interesting museums representing the history, beauty of the capital from the Hell of the Hell - Hoa Lo Prison (Vietnam Wars) to the 1000-year-old temple of literature,
to start a day 2 in Hanoi (7 days in Vietnam) you should take a taxi to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in the early morning to have chance of getting in to the Mausoleum (just only only in the morning from 8:30Am to 11:00Am, except monday and friday), after Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Museum, one pillar Pagoda, you will take a walk to Temple of literature (10 minutes walking)
finally to finish a day you will get to the West lake and museum of Ethonology ( 10 km from the Old Quarter) but totally worth visiting.
+ 20+ Top Things To Do In Hanoi: - 2019 Hanoi Bucket List
+ Hanoi Free Walking Tours ( Go for the Museum Tour and Mesum of Ethonology)
DAY 3 & 4: Halong Bay
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay, is always the top destination in Vietnam for both the local people and foreign tourists. Covering an area of 1553 km2 with nearly 2000 limestone islands, this is one of the few places where you can experience many natural, cultural, historical and human values while exploring the bay and the neighboring areas. However, planning a trip independently to any strange place can be challenging, especially for foreign travelers. Hence, below is a detailed itinerary for Halong Bay 2 day tour we suggest for you to see this fascinating place in two magical days.
DAY 5: HO CHI MINH
Make sure these attractions are on your itinerary. From lush parks, to bustling markets, to panoramic rooftop restaurants, get a taste of all the city has to offer with my one-day guide.
Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnals and mekong delta
Make sure you embark on one of the most interesting day trips out of the city by heading to the Cu Chi Tunnels. In just a few hours you’ll learn how the Viet Cong lived underground for long stretches of time during the war. You’ll also see bomb craters along with booby traps that were used on American troops. For those who aren’t afraid of small spaces (some of them are incredibly narrow) you can experience the tunnels firsthand by getting in them.
Let’s face it, no trip to Ho Chi Minh City would be complete without exploring the Mekong Delta. The Mekong River flows through Tibet, China, Burma, Laos and Cambodia before finally winding its way into Vietnam. Travel along the river by longtail boat, sample exotic fruits and candy, visit local markets and learn all about rural life in and around the Delta.
Day 7: Ho chi Minh (Departure)
Visit the Imperial city of Hue, once Vietnam's capital for 143 years
From Hanoi, it’s gonna take at least 1 hour to 12 hours to reach Hue. If you go by:
Buses: The advantage of this transports is that it is cheap and easy to go. However, we will have to spend all day in the car to get to Hue so for those who do not have much time, this is definitely not the right way. Tickets are about VND 500,000.
Trains: If you have a lot of time and want to see the country through the journey, then take the train. Ticket prices from Hanoi or Saigon also range from VND 700,000/pax for seats and about VND 900,000/pax for beds.
Airplanes: If you have a limited time, airplane is still the preferred means of transports because of the speed. Also, if you can find the budget tickets, the price is almost the same as the train price.
For a 1-day trip to Hue, here are some things to do:
The Imperial Enclosure, a citadel-within-citadel is the first place you should visit when traveling Hue. After more than 100 years, the massive architecture in the Citadel is only less than half of the original figure, but still, carry the majestic majesty of a feudal one. The city is quite large, you should spend about 1 hour or a day to discover all.
Perfume River is also the pride of Hue tourism. In the evening, when the weather is cool, you can buy a ticket to join a boat trip to see the ancient city during the night and listen to the melodies that bring you back to the past of hundreds of years ago.
Hue Imperial Museum of Fine Arts: (located in Long An Electric Palace, the most beautiful palace in the Nguyen Dynasty palace system) is a place to display ancient collections of necklaces, crowns, and belongings of Kings Nguyen. The architecture is beautifully furnished
Thien Mu Pagoda, also known as Linh Mu Pagoda, is an ancient pagoda located on Ha Khe Hill, on the left bank of the Huong River, about 5 km west of Hue city center. The temple was built in the year 1,600 and preserved over time, Thien Mu Pagoda is a tourist destination of Thua Thien Hue that cannot be missed once you come here. The ancient, magnificent and the sacred features of the temple are believed to attract many visitors.
Another what to do in vietnam for 7 days is visiting the Tombs of the Kings in Hue. Each Tomb has their own characteristics and interesting historical stories. However, the mausoleums are quite far away from the center of the city. You should take time to rent a taxi or rent a car (about VND 300,000) for a tour of the mausoleums such as Tu Duc Tomb, Minh Mang Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb.
How to move from Hue to Da Nang:
- Buses are a popular choice when traveling from Hue to Danang.
The Hue-Da Nang route is about 79 km long. There are about 21 buses operating daily from 6h00 to 20h45 with five brands: TheSinhTourist (Sinh Cafe), HAV Limousine, Huetourist, KT Travel Hue, Tan Quang Dung Limousine. Duration about 2 hours.
Noted that, you won’t be able to admire the beauty of Hai Van tunnel.
- If you go by train: The railway from Hue railway station to Hue railway station is about 103 km. There are about 7 trips per day and the average travel time is from 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes.
- Taxis are also a very convenient option to go from Hue to Danang. However, with the distance of more than 100km, the price is not cheap.
Next question is What to do in Da Nang for 2 days?
As recommended by many tourists, there are two main fun days in Da Nang for 2 days and 1 night for you to choose from:
Schedule 1: Son Tra Peninsula - My Khe Beach - Ngu Hanh Son Beach - Hoi An - Ba Na Hills
Schedule 2: My Khe Beach - Ngu Hanh Son - Hoi An - Asian Park - Ba Na Hills
Noted that schedule 1 is for those who come to Da Nang from the early morning so have more time to have fun at Son Tra Peninsula. Schedule 2 is for those who come to Da Nang at around 9 to 10 am so if you want to visit Hoi An, you need to skip Son Tra Peninsula.
For the first choice:
Visit the Son Tra Peninsula with attractive places such as Linh Ung Pagoda, Chessboard Peak then go swimming or diving there.
There are some beautiful beaches in Son Tra Peninsula such as North Beach, Rang beach, Nam beach with white sand beach, beautiful blue sea, then you can come back to My Khe Beach to have seafood there.
Visit Ngu Hanh Son in 2 to 3 hours and then go to Hoi An. When you reach Hoi An in the evening, the streets in Hoi An have started to light, you should walk around the old streets.
Some local foods here are: Banh Mi Hoi An, Cao Lau (a kind of noodle) Then you go Remember to bring a high quality to take pictures of Hoi An at night on the bright lights. Another well-known tourist activity in Hoi An ancient town is taking a boat ride on the river to see Hoi An on both sides.
At night you come back to Da Nang city to admire the special bridges of the city and prepare for the next day.
Have breakfast in Danang and go to Ba Na Hill. At Ba Na Hill, you will be on the cable car to move to the top of the mountain. Here, don’t forget to visit Linh Ung Pagoda, wine cellar, love garden.
Take the cable car to Morin Station. There is a large amusement park with many adventure games, such as roller skates, electric tram riding, horse riding, shooting, 4D movies,...
For the Second choice:
When you reach Danang at 9-10am, go directly to My Khe Beach and have lunch at nearby seafood restaurants. After lunch and check-in, you will go visiting Ngu Hanh Son.
You should spend about 2-3 hours in Ngu Hanh Son then at about 3 pm you get onto the car to Hoi An ancient town (from Ngu Hanh Son to Hoi An it takes about 40 minutes).
After Hoi An you go back to Da Nang and play at Asia Park (The park closes at 10:30 pm)
Day 2: The schedule for the second day is the same as in the first choice :)
DAY 6 & DAY 7: Explore the modern Ho Chi Minh City
The distance between the 2 places is 900km so the fastest and also the only possible way for this vietnam 1 week itinerary is by airplane which takes about 1,5 hours (while trains take 17-19 hours, buses take at least 22 hours).
As considered as a dynamic city that rarely sleeps, HCMC is one of the hottest attractions of Vietnam.
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