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Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best (ONE WEEK) in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - October 26, 2018

7 days in Vietnam? You are having an ideal time to explore a beautiful S-shaped Vietnam.

Welcome to Vietnam – A friendly country which always open the door to the world. Famous for cultural and natural values, Vietnam will blow your mind with amazing experiences and unforgettable memories.

With Vietnam Itinerary 7 days, you will experience as a local when strolling around 36 ancient streets in Hanoi Old Quarter, or taste traditional specialties and fresh fruits in Mekong Delta.

Furthermore, be open-minded to receive unique folk art values in Water Puppet Show and have your leisure time in Halong Bay with comfortable cruises. Only a week to live, eat and enjoy your journey from North to South, you will sense many lovely things.

You should pay your time for a Halong Bay trip - one of seven nature wonders

Here is our recommendations in your Vietnam Itinerary 7 days:

Below we will give you detailed information for the major 7 days in Vietnam

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3 Option for 7 days in Vietnam

Option 1:

  • Day 1: Hanoi - unique characteristic
  • Day 2: Essence of Hanoi
  • Day 3: Spectacular Halong Bay cruise
  • Day 4: Halong Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh
  • Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City tour
  • Day 6: Floating on Mekong Delta
  • Day 7: Ho Chi Minh city departure

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

You can not miss Ha Long Bay - the mesmerising attraction in Vietnam

Option 2:

  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city arrival
  • Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city tour
  • Day 3: Mekong Delta - Can Tho
  • Day 4, 5, 6: Phu Quoc
  • Day 7: Phu Quoc - Ho Chi Minh Departure

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Option 3:

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

The highest Buhddist Tower in Asia in Bai Dinh Temple complex

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.

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Detailed vietnam itinerary 7 days (Most Convenient Itinerary)

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival - Hanoi Old Quarter

Generally the entry point is Hanoi (2 days) - the capital of Vietnam
Welcome to Hanoi! We are in the heart of Vietnam, a harmonious blend between traditions and modern.
After arriving at Noi Bai Airport and do some check-in process at your hotel, let's go discover Hanoi 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 around this areas.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

You can walk to Hanoi walking street at the weekend to blend with the locals

Water Puppet Show
After relaxation, we will enjoy Water Puppet Show in the theater right next to Hoan Kiem lake. This traditional art performance is one of the most unique cultural features in the world.

Why this unique traditional art form of Vietnam is so unique? You may not know, puppetry can appear in many countries, but Water Puppet Show can be only seen in Vietnam. It turns out to be one of the historical-longest folk art in Vietnam. (Over 1000 years old seems unbelievable, right?)

The one and only show in the word - Water puppet

If you plan to do walking tour, you might get a little bit scared about the traffic everywhere in the streets. In fact, there're a lot of ways to get around the city.

You can find it in here

1. Getting Around Hanoi: [2019] Best Guide To Get Around Hanoi

2. 20+ Top Things To Do In Hanoi: 2019 Hanoi Bucket List

Where to Stay in Hanoi Old Quarter:

  • Hotels: Vietnam Backpackers Hostels, Bluebell Hotel, AZ Hanoi Hostel, Ga Hostel 
  • Hotels: Golden Sun Suites Hotel, Hanoi Charm Hotel, Hanoi Elite Hotel

Activities:

Day 2: Explore Around The City (Thang Long Citadel, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of literature, Museum of ethonology)

Get ready to see main attractions of Hanoi deep culture yet? We will start your journey in the attraction of Vietnamese heart first - Ho Chi Minh Complex.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Pay respect in silent when going to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where our mighty President rest.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Next, visit the Presidential Palace - a remarkable French-Indochina architecture in green garden and Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts. In Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, you will understand his simple life and why Vietnamese people love him forever. At last, we reach to the final spot inside Ho Chi Minh Complex - One Pillar Pagoda. This is one of the most special attractions in the world. If you notice its architecture in detail, you will find out.

Have lunch and you go on our way to Temple of Literature - the first University of Vietnam. Next up, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology will show you insightful stories about Vietnamese culture, especially 54 ethnic minorities.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Then, discover Hanoi 1000 years old inside Old Quarter, a convergence of 36 ancient streets by cyclo. The slow-speed of this unique vehicle will offer you a great chance to fully sense  classic and modern of lovely Hanoi.

Notes:

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: Spectacular Halong Bay Cruise

We start departure to Halong Bay – World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO. When we arrive, you can get on the cruise and enjoy welcome drink. A delicious lunch is ready on board while the boat is sailing further to Halong Bay. On the way, don’t miss viewsights of majestic limestone islands. Take a rest on sundeck or relax in your cabin cause we have a lot of fun activities in the afternoon.

Kayaking

Kayaking is very easy for everyone in all levels and ages. Our expert and experienced guide dedicatedly instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to discover magnificent beauty of Halong Bay.

After an hour exploration, we will return to the cruise for relaxation for awhile. In the late afternoon, you will know how to make simple Vietnamese dishes in Cooking class.
Enjoy your delicious dinner and stay overnight on board.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

DAY 4: Halong Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh

Wake up and see Halong Bay sunrise in early morning. Attend in Tai Chi Class on sundeck to let our mind free. On the upper deck, you can unwind, sightsee and  capture moments of stunning rocky islands on emerald water of Halong bay.

Sung Sot cave

After breakfast, we will go inside Sung Sot cave - one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Then, the boat keeps cruising and the fishing village appears with its unique way of life.
Then, it’s time for you to enjoy one last time in Halong bay in this Vietnam Itinerary 7 days. After having a traditional Vietnamese lunch and relax for awhile, leave the boat, go ashore and come back to Hanoi.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

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Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh city
About 4:30 pm, you will arrive at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, pack your back and get ready to be in Ho Chi Minh city this night. 
More than 2 hours after, you will be at Tan Son Nhat airport. Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city! Stay ovenight in Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 5: Ho Chi Minh City tour

Cu Chi Tunnel
After breakfast time, head to historical relic of Vietnam War - Cu Chi Tunnel. After one and half hour drive, you get to Cu Chi, where you will widen your knowledge in a network of tunnels. With the length of more than 200km, it used to be the shelters of guerrillas during the war.

We will have lunch at a local restaurant. Time for Ho Chi Minh city tour with highlight attractions of Saigon.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Reunification Hall

The first destination is Reunification Hall, formerly known as Presidential Palace. This place marked milestone in Vietnamese history when the tanks rolled on April 30th, 1975. It’s the great moment that 2 parts of Vietnam finally reunite and be together!

War Remnants Museum

All the truthful stories of war from Vietnamese perspective will be told here. Historical facts are reinforced by precious exhibits ranging from photographs, machinery, weapons…, which will give you a full understanding about the war in Vietnam.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

General Post Office

This post office is designed by Gustav Eiffel (you definitely know Eiffel Tower. marking the French presence in the late 1800s. Many people feel that the grand building outlook is like an elegant railway station. Is it true? Go there to find out.

Chinatown

Since the late 18th century, this town has been one of the most crowded place in Ho Chi Minh City. Not surprising that this area bustles with restaurants, temples, exotic stores, and markets

Ben Thanh Market

This is a symbol for the city and one of the liveliest areas in Saigon.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

DAY 6: Floating on Mekong Delta

Going out of bustle Saigon, we head to Mekong Delta, Vietnam's largest granary.

My Tho

Your first adventure in My Tho, you will get on a boat and row downstream, along Dragon Island. Observing 2 sides, you can see daily local activities on river: catching, raising fish on farm.

Next, you go through Xếp canal (natural) to witness local industries. You can stop in a local house, enjoy fresh fruits, honey tea and listen to their special music. Continue our small rowing boat trip until lunch time in restaurant by river. The last spot in Mekong Delta is coconut candy workshop. Taste some sweet candies before getting back to My Tho. We transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Ho Chi Minh nightlife

Ho Chi Minh vivid nightlife is waiting for you! Don’t hesitate to enjoy!

DAY 7: Last day in Vietnam Itinerary 7 days - Ho Chi Minh City cuisine

In your last day of this Vietnam tour, it’s impossible to miss out amazing foods of Saigon cuisine heaven, right? If you wanna experience and enjoy as a young Vietnamese people, don’t miss this chance!

Unhatched baby duck egg with tamarind sauce (Trứng vịt lộn sốt me)

This is one of the most shocking food for Western tourists because they would never do that! But for locals, this is one of the best street foods, not only in Ho Chi Minh city, but also in Hanoi and other areas. Nutritious ‘Trứng vịt lộn’ adds more tamarind sauce, fried fragrant knotweed, a little bit buttery from monkey nuts. Just look and I can feel it’s tasting deliciously buttery. This exotic sour tamarind sauce is a star of this dish, attracting many students to drop by after school.

“Trứng vịt lộn sốt me” appears in most street food stalls across Saigon streets. The average price is about 7.000 – 8.000 VND per egg. So cheap for what you have tasted.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Phá lấu noodle

Whenever the bell signals the end of school time, students stand around hot, full pot of pha lau. This is a delicious food that many generations of Saigon students eat at least once. Wanna try to be Saigon student once?

This modest dish, only a small full pot and several bowls, is captivating enough for students to notice. Only 10.000 VND/bowl with coconut flavor is full for a whole class period.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Green milk tea
It seems to be one of the most popular drink for Vietnamese youth. Green milk tea is the combination of milk, tea and natural flavors from plants. 
Like pha lau noodle, you only need to pay  10.000 VND for a big-sized cup.

Fried rice with floss (Cơm cháy chà bông mỡ hành)

Crispy fried rice mingled with onion fragrance, gentle spicy chili and traditional flavor of floss, always succeed in awaking appetize.

Again, with 10.000 VND, you can scoop freely until you’re full.

Egg tea (Hột gà trà)

If Hanoi is famous for egg coffee, Ho Chi Minh city is well-known for egg tea. Sweet is harmonious with bitter, faintly redolent of tea fragrance. So, this is favourable street foods in the hot summer.

Only 13.000 VND is all you need for a full bowl of egg tea.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Egg shell flan

Flan fragrance is already aromatic, now flan in the shape of egg shell is more exotic, bringing us an amazing feeling when eating. Only 7.000 VND and you have a yummy egg shell flan to be chill with friends

Longan ice-cream
This ice-cream is a distinctive specialty of Saigon people, elegant sweet, crispy and totally delicious. Eating longan ice-cream with salted peanuts, crispy waffles in hot weather of Ho Chi Minh city, nothing is tastier!

This quality longan ice-cream is only 10.000 VND too.

Fried corn (Bắp xào)
Someone told me that fried corn is the best-selling street food in Saigon. Why it’s so attractive and profitable?

Ingredients making this fried corn are so simple: corn, dried tiny prawn, small spring onion, butter and some local spices. I don’t know how this food is perfectly outstanding like that only from popular flavors.

Maybe the slogan for fried corn is: Simple but subtle! And reasonable too: only 10.000 – 15.000 VND

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Small grilled pastry (Bánh trứng cút nướng)

With aromatic fragrance, small grilled pastry is ready to pull back anyone who come across, especially the youth. Pastry is grilled, having the greasy taste of egg, salty sweet of dried tiny prawn. Only with 10.000 – 12.000 VND, you can instantly taste this small cutie pastry.

Fried corn (Bắp xào)
Someone told me that fried corn is the best-selling street food in Saigon. Why it’s so attractive and profitable?

Ingredients making this fried corn are so simple: corn, dried tiny prawn, small spring onion, butter and some local spices. I don’t know how this food is perfectly outstanding like that only from popular flavors.

Maybe the slogan for fried corn is: Simple but subtle! And reasonable too: only 10.000 – 15.000 VND

Did I miss out any place? You already know a lot about Halong Bay, but what about beaches in Southern Vietnam? Aren’t they as beautiful as Halong Bay?

In contrast, beaches in the South is much more tranquil and peaceful with sunny days, serene waves and glamorous sunrise and sunset views. One I can say is Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island - Vietnam Itinerary 7 days (Option 2)

Suoi Tranh Waterfall

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Waterfall near the beach? Can you believe that?

Actually you still need to rent a scooter on Phu Quoc island to visit Suoi Tranh Waterfall. One fascinating thing is how large the waterfall differs in 2 seasons (if you have a chance to visit here one more time)

Relax at Sao Beach

Discussion about what the most beautiful beach on Phu Quoc island is always ebullient! Each person has their own opinion, and no one is wrong. From my perspective, in humid season, Sao Beach takes the throne to be the most glamorous beach of the island. Here you can lazily lie on a lovely bed looking towards emerald-blue water.

Going for a spa here has very reasonable price though! During the peak season, tilte of the most  magnificent beach now belongs to Long Beach. Water at that time is bright blue and very calm.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Watch sunset at Long Beach

As I mention right above, Long Beach is a spectacular spot to enjoy a dreamful vacation on Phu Quoc Island, especially for sunset view. Take your cocktail in your hand and land your feet in the sand while your mind on the cloud, live that moment!

Go snorkeling and diving

Snorkeling and diving is one of the most interesting activities you can do on Phu Quoc Island. Just remind that you go on Phu Quoc trip right in the dry season. Why?

Because in rainy season, chances are the water is too fierce to your arrival in the smaller An Thoi Island. Located in front of the coast in the South of Phu Quoc, An Thoi Island is the best spot to go snorkling and diving according to local advice.

More unfortunately, in rainy season, you might stay in the bay in front of the coast where there’s not much landscape to see.

Vietnam itinerary 7 days - Best ONE WEEK in Vietnam and recommended 7 days tour

Dinh Cau Night Market Phu Quoc

Who say there isn’t a night market on the island? In Duong Dong, the center of Phu Quoc, it’s definitely a big miss-out not to drop by this vivid, splendid nightlife of Dinh Cau Night market.

That’s all the best for our Vietnam Itinerary 7 days!

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  • minh Jan 21, 2019

    this itinerary is very usefull, thank you a lot please advice me for 7 days in the north vietnam for a family of 4 pp, (one 10 yers kid) in march 2019