Vietnam Itinerary 8 days is not an easy one to plan, especially for an international visitor.
If you have never been to this tropical Asian country and are unfamiliar to the geography here, some local advice is necessary.
Common Question from travelers:
“Travelling to Vietnam for 8 full days in Vietnam. Group of a few guys, Never been to Vietnam before.
- Looking to spend a few big nights out and hopefully the rest of the trip sightseeing
- Will probably sign up with some tours when we get there, but would like to roughly plan something beforehand
Nothing else has been booked.”
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Itinerary #1: North Vietnam
Itinerary #2: North and Central Vietnam
P/s: If you like beaches, you can try in Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An (beautiful beaches).
Itinerary #3: (From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh)- North to South Vietnam
This itinerary could be turned around starting from Ho Chi Minh
Day 1: Hanoi Free city tour with Local Guide
Hanoi Free Local Tours was set up in 2016 and is a student-run organisation offering free city tours in Hanoi.
The programme provides students with the opportunity to practise their English and provides visitors with a great value guide to Hanoi. The organisation says it hopes to bring to travellers insights into Vietnamese culture, tradition and sightseeing.
You first need to have a rest after your flight to Hanoi. Then you start your city Hanoi city tour with Temple of Literature.
Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars, is Vietnam's first official educational institution.
By walking around Hoan Kiem Lake, you can observe the vibrancy of Hanoian's city life.
Ngoc Son Temple on Hoan Kiem LakeNext, Ngoc Son Temple, located on a beautiful islet in middle of the lake, is another nice stopping spot. The traditional architecture here will leave an impression on you.
Watery puppet show, a traditional art form, is a great performance of all ages. Once you make a cultural journey to Hanoi, it is worth including in your Vietnam Itinerary 8 days.
Hanoi free walking city tour with local student guide is available at AZ Local Trip.
Day 2, 3: Halong Bay – Flight to Da Nang City
I have already recommended a detailed 28+ BEST Things To Do In Halong Bay – Attractions & Activities in my previous blog. Please read it for further information.
My plan includes highlighted features of this world natural wonder: Sung Sot Cave – Titop Island – Luon Cave.
Following this itinerary, you will have a relaxing cruise trip. As a result, no worries upon overwhelming your two days!
In late afternoon of Day 3, you return to Hanoi and take a domestic flight to Da Nang.
You then transfer to Hoi An Ancient Town and have a free night there.
Day 4: Hoi An countryside tour
The village, only a bridge away from the main town, is a great spot for an escape from the hectic life.
You can experience everyday activities in a rural village in Vietnam: water vehicles, ploughing with buffalos, rice cultivation, weaving, fish catching, etc.
The forest is a new ecotourism destination attracting both domestic and foreign travellers.
You can grab the chance to row a basket boat and catch fish like a local. Besides, the peaceful atmosphere of the rural area is also a highlight.
You may attend a cooking class to make Hoian authentic dishes with local guidance.
Day 5: Hoi An Ancient Town – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
Including Hoi An Ancient Town in your Vietnam Itinerary 8 days, you can visit Japanese Covered Bridge and Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall.
Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnel to Ho Chi Minh City
According to Asian Record, Cu Chi is the longest tunnel in the region.
During Vietnam War, Viet Cong guerrillas used it as hiding spots. It was also a route serving communication and supplying food, medicine and weapons.
Visiting the tunnel enables tourists to have understanding about part of Vietnamese history.
Its architecture combines traditional features and modern 60s style. This famous historical site has witnessed Vietnam Wars against French colonist and American emperor.
Ho Chi Minh City Post Office (Saigon Central Post Office), constructed in the late 19th century follows Gothic, Renaissance and French architectural styles.
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
Floating market is a typical market form in Mekong Delta. You definitely should include it in your Vietnam Itinerary 8 days.
See more: Vietnam Itinerary 7 Days
Day 8: Vietnam goodbye
You are free to have a relaxing morning around the centre of Ho Chi Minh City.
I hope that my suggested Vietnam Itinerary 8 days help you somehow./
If you want to take a deeper trip to any part of Vietnam, please contact AZ Local Trip for free itinerary planning.
Have a memorable journey!
More information for destinations that are not mentioned in the 8 days itinerary
Sapa ( at least 2 days)
Around 3days - 2nights in Sapa is enough for your trip.
- Visit the local markets: Coc Ly on Tuesday, Lung Khau on Thursday, Can Cau on Saturday and Bac Ha Market is held every Sunday.
- 2days trekking down to the villages nearby the Sapa town then overnight at village to get the experience.
- Visit the waterfall or visit the dragon mountain.
Hope this information will help you little bit.
5 / 4 nights in Nha Trang and 2 / 3 nights in Ho Chi Minh would work quite well (dependent on the weather though as Nha Trang is definitely more of a beach destination and I am not sure what the weather is like in February but a search of these forums should easily tell you that).
You cannot see why there is so much hate for Nha Trang. We even enjoyed the 'tourist' areas to be completely honest.
Also You could feel the must not miss of Ho Chi Minh is taking a trip out to the Cu Chi Tunnels - this gave some great perspective of the war (would also recommend a guide for this activity as the extra information they provide can be extremely valuable).
We recommend you might spend 2 days in Hoi An visiting old houses, temples, pagoda, the markets, weaving factory and doing some shopping, visiting Cham museum in Da Nang. (Day 1). Then drive to visit My Son Cham ruined tower. My Son is one of the most stunning sights in Hoi An area.
Source: Tripadvisor, Lonely Plannet