Best of Ho Chi Minh City

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Ho Chi Minh City
You can feel the energy in the air in the booming metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, which is home to traditional markets, soaring skyscrapers and Vietnam’s best dining and nightlife. You could spend many days just exploring the diverse neighborhoods of Saigon (as it’s known locally), from the French-colonial architecture of District One to the expansive street food scene of the Phu Nhuan District. Some of Vietnam’s biggest attractions are also in Saigon, including the grand Independence Palace and the War Remnants Museum, which gives a powerful overview of the American War.

Walking tours of Saigon take you to some of the city’s iconic sights, like the sprawling Cho Lon Market, the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and hidden temples that date back to the 18th century. Outside the city, you can join biking excursions on peaceful country lanes past villages and along canals, stopping by tropical fruit plantations and rural markets. Northwest of HCMC, the Cu Chi Tunnels were an elaborate underground system used by the Viet Cong during the war, which you can see up close on guided excursions that also include visits to the nearby rice paddies.
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Map of Southern Vietnam Tour: Ho Chi Minh City & Beyond - 5 Days
Southern Vietnam Tour: Ho Chi Minh City & Beyond - 5 Days

This five-day excursion is the perfect chance to visit a side of Vietnam that many tourists never get to see. This is southern Vietnam, known for the gorgeous Mekong River Delta and Ho Chi Minh City, the historic metropolis once known as Saigon. You'll visit both, traveling by land and water on an adventure that includes visits to fascinating wartime tunnels and a tour of the famous floating river markets on the delta.

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Map of Southern Vietnam City and Beach Holiday - 7 Days
Southern Vietnam City and Beach Holiday - 7 Days

This quick seven-day getaway combines a bit of city life with a lot of beach time. You'll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, a southern Vietnamese metropolis that balances a modern edge with historic French-colonial landmarks. Then you're off to the coast, where you'll laze on the white-sand beaches and enjoy optional leisure activities ranging from water sports to paragliding.

Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Heritage of Vietnam & Thailand: Ha Long Bay, Chiang Mai & More - 14 Days

This two-week adventure packs two of the most beautiful countries in Southeast Asia into one itinerary. You'll arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam, and enjoy city tours on the back of a scooter plus kayak excursions on the jade waters of Hạ Long Bay. Then you're off to Thailand, where you'll discover the secrets to its cuisine in a cooking class, walk amid the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, and travel north to Chiang Mai where you'll see more historic temples.

Jayavarman II Cambodian sculpture
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Discover Vietnam & Cambodia - 14 Days

This two-week odyssey includes visits to some of the most historic cultural sites not only in Vietnam but in Cambodia, too. Beginning in Vietnam, you'll tour the capital of Hanoi, cruise along gorgeous Hạ Long Bay, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage river town of Hội An. After a stop in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), you'll jet off to Cambodia and tour the largest religious temple site in the world: Angkor Wat.

Explore the flavors of Vietnamese cuisine
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Ginger & Lemongrass: A Vietnam Culinary Experience - 11 Days

Delight your senses on this flavorful, 11-day journey through Vietnamese cuisine. Get off the beaten path to find Hanoi's best noodle shops, take a cruise through Ha Long Bay for spectacular seafood and scenery, and sit down to a memorable dinner in one of Hue's most famous historic homes. Save room for a motorbike tour through Ho Chi Minh's street food stalls, then head to the Mekong Delta to see the floating market of Cai Be.

Bountiful produce at a traditional floating market
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Vietnam Culinary Adventure - 8 Days

Perfect for avowed foodies and aspiring chefs, this hands-on, 8-day itinerary introduces you to the many flavors of Vietnam. Seek out the best banh mi sandwiches in Hanoi, savor freshly caught seafood on Ha Long Bay, and learn to cook the perfect bowl of pho in Hoi An. Search for Ho Chi Minh City's best street food by scooter, then head into the Mekong Delta for a peaceful day trip of floating markets and countryside cycling.

Hội An's colorful riverfront
Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia - 15 Days

Cultural wonders and natural beauty abound on this 15-day journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. With an itinerary packed full of world-famous highlights and off-the-beaten-path gems, you'll set out from the buzzy capital of Hanoi to cruise through the magnificent Ha Long Bay, cycle through the countryside of Hue, and learn to fish with the locals in Hội An. After a trip through Ho Chi Minh's past and a leisurely float down the Mekong Delta, it's time to hop over to Cambodia and end your adventure among the ancient temples of Angkor Wat.

<em>Pho</em>, one of Vietnam's most beloved dishes
Map of Flavors of Vietnam: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh - 12 Days
Flavors of Vietnam: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh - 12 Days

Get to the heart of Vietnam through its cuisine on this delectable 12-day itinerary. Start in Hanoi to breeze around the capital by Vespa and search out the city's best banh mi and bun cha. Board an overnight cruise through the fantastical islets (and fresh seafood) of Hạ Long Bay, then head south to Hoi An for renowned street food and an immersive cooking class. Continue to Ho Chi Minh City to end your trip and awaken your senses with an incredible "dining in the dark" experience.

Ha Long Bay
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Highlights of Vietnam - 9 Days

See all the classic highlights on this nine-day trip to magical Vietnam. Roam around the bustling streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, cruise on the azure waters of Ha Long Bay, and hike to villages and terraced rice paddies in the countryside. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors or travelers with limited time who want a well-rounded showcase of Vietnam's history, charm, and natural beauty.

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Map of Vietnam South to North: Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Mekong Delta  - 7 Days
Vietnam South to North: Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Mekong Delta - 7 Days

Explore the highlights of Vietnam from its southern cities to its northern coast. You'll start the journey in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and discover its French-colonial heritage on a city tour. After embarking on an adventure to the Mekong Delta, you'll fly north to Hanoi and walk the streets of its ancient Old Quarter before ending the trip cruising the jade waters of gorgeous Hạ Long Bay.

Fisherman on the Mekong River
Map of Active Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho & Phu Quoc - 10 Days
Active Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho & Phu Quoc - 10 Days

On this 11-day tour of Vietnam, enjoy a mix of cultural and active excursions. Begin in Ho Chi Minh City with sightseeing, then take a 21-mile bike ride from the Mekong Delta to Long An, passing orchards and villages along the way. Next, take a boat along the famed floating markets in Cai Be and Can Tho before winding down with some free time to relax by the beach and visit the temples and markets of Phu Quoc.

Discover Vietnam from the vantage of a traditional sampan
Map of Family Adventure in Vietnam: North to South - 14 Days
Family Adventure in Vietnam: North to South - 14 Days

Take the family on an in-depth discovery of a singularly beautiful country that's the well-spring of a deep culture: Vietnam. Over two weeks, you'll see it all, from the colonial Old Quarter of Hanoi to the terraced rice fields of Sapa and the historic fishing ports of the central coast. The trip culminates around the former Saigon, where you'll tour Ho Chi Minh City and explore the Mekong Delta by boat.

Tour the Imperial City in Huế, Vietnam
Map of Highlights of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An & More - 10 Days
Highlights of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An & More - 10 Days

The highlights of Vietnam are many, and you'll see a good deal of them over 10 incredible days. First, it's city tours of Hanoi followed by an overnight cruise around Hạ Long Bay, with its jade waters and limestone islets. After visiting the ancient coastal towns of Huế and Hội An, you'll finish the journey in the south with a Vespa tour around Ho hi Minh City, followed by a boat trip-cycling adventure on the Mekong Delta.

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Map of Family Cultural Tour of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An & More - 10 Days
Family Cultural Tour of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An & More - 10 Days

Vietnam is a great place to bring the whole family, as you'll find out when you travel the country over 10 action-packed days. This itinerary features ample city tours plus an overnight cruise on the gorgeous emerald waters of Hạ Long Bay. You'll also experience the cultural heritage of Vietnam as you travel by bicycle to the Mekong Delta to visit organic farms and floating market villages, where you'll learn to fish from traditional basket boats.

The idyllic valley of Hoa Binh Province is famous for its bucolic valleys and magnificent caves
Map of Family-Friendly Vietnam & Cambodia - 14 Days
Family-Friendly Vietnam & Cambodia - 14 Days

On this family itinerary, you'll pair the diversity of Vietnam and the cultural treasures of Cambodia. Over two weeks, experience classic sites including the charming streets of Hanoi, cruising the impressive Halong Bay, strolling the markets of bustling Ho Chi Minh City, and exploring the palatial and mysterious Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Your trip goes beyond guided tours allowing you many chances to get to meet locals in villages, take cycling through the countryside, and learn how to cook traditional foods.

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Best of Vietnam - 14 Days

This two-week tour starts in Ho Chi Minh City and ends in Hanoi. Cycle around traditional farming villages, hike through national parks, explore grand architecture in Hoi An and Hue, and cruise around mesmerizing Halong Bay. Hitting all of Vietnam's highlights, you'll take in the very best this spectacular country has to offer.

Northern Vietnam landscape
Map of Vietnam Off the Beaten Track - 14 Days
Vietnam Off the Beaten Track - 14 Days

Spend 13 days exploring some of the far corners and favorite cities of Vietnam. You'll not only explore Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City but also trek through the mountainous northwest, visiting ethnic minority villages. Cruise through limestone formations to Cat Ba island and along the Mekong river to see what life is like across the country.

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Map of Highlights of Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Long Bay & More - 14 Days
Highlights of Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Long Bay & More - 14 Days

This packed two-week itinerary includes all the highlights of Vietnam from south to north. Beginning in Ho Chi Minh City, you'll tour the historic metropolis once known as Saigon, plus take a river trip up the Mekong Delta—and that's just the beginning. The rest of the trip combines sightseeing in Hanoi and the river town of Hội An, as well as cruising the otherworldly jade-green waters and towering green islands of Hạ Long Bay.

Halong Bay
Map of Vietnam Nature and Culture Tour: Hanoi, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, & More - 17 Days
Vietnam Nature and Culture Tour: Hanoi, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, & More - 17 Days

Explore the cultural and natural highlights of Vietnam on this 17-day trip. Arrive in Hanoi and indulge in a street food walking tour, followed by a day at Pu Luong National Park and dinner with a local host family. Next, explore the beauty of Trang An's caves, followed by an overnight cruise along Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Then, trek through Phong Nha National Park and camp overnight before discovering the stunning Tu Lan Cave System. Next is Hue, and another dinner with a local family, as well as a tour of the ancient city. Head to Hoi An for some sightseeing, a free day, and a fishing village tour. The trip concludes in Ho Chi Minh City with a Vespa tour and a day trip to the Mekong Delta.

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Map of Impressions of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An & More - 10 Days
Impressions of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An & More - 10 Days

On this 10-day adventure, you'll visit the highlight cities of Vietnam plus gorgeous national parks and UNESCO landmarks like Hạ Long Bay. It begins in Hanoi, where you'll not only tour the historic Old Quarter but also embark on a bike trip to country villages. Then, after cruising the jade waters of the aforementioned Hạ Long Bay, you'll fly to the central and southern coasts, visiting the ancient port city of Hội An and historic landmarks in and around Ho Chi Minh City.

Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi
Map of Active Trip Through Vietnam - 12 Days
Active Trip Through Vietnam - 12 Days

Travel from the mountains of the north through the history of Vietnam down to the southern river delta on this twelve-day itinerary. You'll start off with two days of cycling through northern Vietnam's nature reserves, then cruise through the dramatic karst scenery of Ha Long Bay. Explore the historic sites and modern city life in Hue and Hoi An before making your way south down the Mekong Delta, ending your trip in the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

World Heritage Site in Vietnam
Best of Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, & More - 15 Days

Experience all of the highlights of Vietnam on one trip with this extensive itinerary. Wander the streets of Hanoi, bike through small fishing villages and rice paddies, experience the beauty of Halong Bay,  see the hidden charm of Mekong Delta, and explore the ancient Hindu temple ruins at My Son Holy Land.

Enjoy free time to hit the beach in Quy Nhon
Map of Cycling Vietnam's Highlands & Coast - 7 Days
Cycling Vietnam's Highlands & Coast - 7 Days

Led by a local guide, this weeklong bike trip begins in Vietnam's majestic highlands—with views of coffee plantations and misty pine forests—and descends to the South China Sea. This is where you'll ride along the picturesque coast toward the UNESCO-listed ancient trade town of Hoi An while interacting with locals, relaxing on the beach, and dining on fresh seafood for an adventure rarely experienced by tourists.

Vietnam Coast
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Cycle the Highlands & Coast of Vietnam - 11 Days

Take in the rural villages, misty pine forests, and lush tropical coastal forests on this unforgettable 11-day cycling itinerary. Start in Dalat to see where Asia's favorite coffee is grown, then descend to the coast to see fishing villages maintain traditional ways of life. Cycle along the coast to reach the heritage trade town of Hoi An, then top off your trip with a cruise on the beautiful and tranquil Lan Ha Bay.

Other popular travel destinations in Vietnam
Hanoi · Halong Bay · Hoi An · Hue · Sapa · Can Tho · Ninh Binh · Pu Luong Nature Reserve · Phu Quoc