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Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Hoi An
The riverside town of Hoi An has one of Vietnam’s best-preserved historic centers. The tree-lined streets of this Unesco World Heritage site are lined with beautifully preserved merchant houses, assembly halls and temples, some of which date back to the 17th century. Architectural highlights lurk around every bend in Hoi An, with its collection of over 800 historic buildings. When you need a change of scenery, you’re also near some fine seaside escapes like picturesque An Bang Beach with its white sands backed by waterfront bars and restaurants. 

You can learn about Hoi An’s many layers of history on a guided walk through the atmospheric lanes of its Old Quarter. You can get an overview of Central Vietnamese cuisine during a hands-on cooking course, or leave the preparation to the experts during a meal hosted at a local home. The Hoi An region has a centuries-long connection to the sea, and you can see how well-preserved traditions play out on a visit to a fishing village outside of town. West of Hoi An, the Bho Hoong Village makes a rewarding full-day outing. There members of the Co Tu ethnic group share with visitors their culture and customs - as well as a meal and drinks, like locally made palm wine.
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Central Vietnam: Hoi An, Cam Thanh Village & An Bang Beach - 6 Days

Experience the wonders of central Vietnam on this six-day retreat. You'll stay in the UNESCO World Heritage port city of Hoi An, where you'll wander lantern-lined streets home to ancient architecture. Sample signature Vietnamese dishes on a food tour and take a trip to nearby Cam Thanh Village, where you'll meet the locals and enjoy a traditional basket boat ride. The trip ends with relaxation on An Bang Beach's white sands.

Street vendors in Vietnam
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Food & Fun in Vietnam - 8 Days

Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Vietnam from the north of the country to the central coast. In the capital of Hanoi, you'll tour historic landmarks and embark on an eco-tour around countryside villages and tea plantations. After cruising the jade waters of Ha Long Bay, you'll head south to ancient Hoi An to explore its Ancient Town, enjoy food tours, and take a ride in a traditional basket boat down the river.

Trấn Quốc Pagoda reflected in water
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North & Central Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An - 7 Days

In just a week, you'll travel through highlights of one of the most beautiful countries in the world. This itinerary through Vietnam starts with city tours of Hanoi's historic Old Quarter, then heads to the coast for an overnight cruise on the emerald green waters of Hạ Long Bay. Later, you'll jet to the central coast, where you'll cap the adventure with a tour of Hội An, the most ancient and well-preserved port city in the nation.

Golden-sailed junk boats in Ha Long Bay
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Honeymoon in Northern Vietnam: From Hanoi to Hoi An - 10 Days

Tied the knot and want a customized trip to celebrate your love? Try honeymooning in Vietnam. This 10-day tour combines culture, relaxation, beautiful landscapes, and a touch of adventure, perfect for an unforgettable honeymoon. Starting in Hanoi, you'll spend two luxurious nights in the esteemed Topas Ecolodge amid some of the region's most remote hill tribe communities, overnight in a private cabin on Ha Long Bay, and end your stay in postcard-perfect Hoi An.

Do as the locals do and take a cyclo in Ho Chi Minh City
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Vietnam Highlights for Families: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City - 10 Days

Introduce your children to the best of Vietnam on this 10-day, family-friendly itinerary. With a mix of culture and soft adventure, this trip is ideal for all ages. Meander through vibrant markets and sample street food in Hanoi, sail the emerald green waters of Ha Long Bay, learn to make paper lanterns in the lively port city of Hoi An, and finish in Ho Chi Minh City for a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and a captivating evening cultural show.

Hoi An's beautiful Ancient Town
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Northern & Central Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue & Hoi An - 9 Days

Experience the best of Vietnam on this nine-day getaway. Meander through vibrant markets in Hanoi, sail the turquoise waters of unforgettable Ha Long Bay, witness the remains of Vietnam's imperial past in Hue, and finish with an adventure to Hoi An—the most ancient and well-preserved port city in the country.

Sample the best of Vietnam's cuisine on this food-focused tour
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South to North Food Tour of Vietnam - 8 Days

Besides its natural beauty and thousands of years of history, Vietnam ranks as one of the globe's great food destinations. You'll experience all the culture and cuisine you can handle as you make your way from Ho Chi Minh City up the central coast to the capital of Hanoi. Throughout, you'll mix street food tours with fun activities like basket boat rides and a cruise on Ha Long Bay.

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.

Ha Long Bay
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Vietnam Panorama: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh - 11 Days

This 11-day adventure covers the highlights of Vietnam from north to south. In the former, you'll tour the historic streets of Hanoi, visit rural mountain villages, and cruise the jade waters of Ha Long Bay. Then, spend time on the central coast enjoying the culture of ancient Hoi An before finishing the trip in Ho Chi Minh City and a boat ride down the famous Mekong Delta.

Temples at the My Son Sanctuary in Vietnam
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Impressions of Vietnam & Cambodia - 12 Days

Travel back through the centuries on a history and culture tour of Vietnam and Cambodia's most beautiful and ancient sites. It begins with tours of Hanoi's Old Quarter, and then you're off to the northern mountains for hikes to ethnic villages. Following a cruise on Ha Long Bay and a jaunt to the ancient river city of Hoi An, you'll fly to Cambodia and visit the massive, awe-inspiring temple complexes of Angkor.

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.

Vietnam's ancient city of Hoi An
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Impressions of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An & More - 10 Days

On this 10-day adventure, you'll visit the major cities of Vietnam, plus national parks and UNESCO landmarks. It begins in Hanoi, where you'll tour the historic Old Quarter and take day trips to country villages. Then, after cruising the jade waters of Ha Long Bay, you'll fly to the coast to visit the ancient port city of Hoi An and see the historic sights in Ho Chi Minh City.

Visit Hoi An's ancient town and check out sights like the Teochew Assembly Hall
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Hoi An, Hanoi & Ha Long Bay: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Vietnam typically plan a trip for nine to 10 days when combining Hoi An, Hanoi, and Ha Long Bay with other locations like Ho Chi Minh City and Hue. For travelers wanting to visit Hoi An, Hanoi, and Ha Long Bay exclusively, plan a week to eight days for a well-paced trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as four to six days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Hoi An, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and beyond.

Floating Lanterns in Hoi An
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Hidden Charms of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue & Hoi An - 11 Days

Travel Vietnam's coast from north to south and discover mostly off-the-beaten-path locations on this well-rounded 11-day journey. Start in Hanoi, where you'll sample street food like a local on Train Street. Cruise along Ha Long Bay and enjoy secluded beaches and coves. Take an overnight train to Hue to discover its riches, including the Imperial City. Enjoy stunning views as you drive through Hai Van Pass to Hoi An. Travel down the waterways in a basket boat before savoring a beach day at An Bang.

Walk amid the famous lanterns of Hoi An
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Vietnam Luxury Exploration - 10 Days

Travel across Vietnam in style and comfort as you discover its rich culture and natural beauty. This 10-day luxury trip starts in the capital, where you'll mix fine dining and city tours with cooking classes and visits to humble countryside villages. After an opulent cruise on the jade waters of Ha Long Bay, you'll continue south for river trips in ancient Hoi An, visits to organic farms, and touring the hidden gems of Ho Chi Minh City.

Kayak between hidden caves on a luxury cruise of Ha Long Bay
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Authentic Vietnam Luxury Tour - 10 Days

This 10-day journey across Vietnam delivers action and adventure without sacrificing creature comforts and luxury. It starts with Jeep tours of Ho Chi Minh City and continues north to Hoi An, where you'll embark on river tours, go cycling in the countryside, and learn to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes. Then you're off to Hanoi for fine dining and more authentic country tours before ending the trip with a luxury cruise around Ha Long Bay.

Father and son visiting a Vietnamese pagoda
Family Vietnam Discovery from North to South - 10 Days

Experience Vietnam's cultural and geographical diversity as you and the family travel from north to south. Starting in the capital, Hanoi, be immersed in the landscapes of the dramatic northern region at UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay. Head south to Da Nang and Hoi An, which offer many family-friendly activities, from bamboo boat riding to amusement parks in the hills. End in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, a watery wonderland where kids can experience authentic Vietnamese life up close.

Stroll through the crowds on the Golden Bridge in Da Nang
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Treasures of Vietnam & Cambodia: Hanoi, Da Nang, Hoi An & Siem Reap - 10 Days

Mix iconic landmarks with countryside excursions for the perfect 10-day discovery of Vietnam and Cambodia. In the former, you'll tour the streets of historic Hanoi and step back in time with visits to temples in the Red River Delta. Cross the otherworldly Golden Bridge in Da Nang, then fly to Cambodia for adventures around the temples of Angkor. In between the highlights, you'll cycle to local farms, learn to cook and fish alongside the locals, and explore palm forests and floating villages by boat.

Wander the streets of Vietnam's charming Hoi An
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Vietnam & Cambodia Culture Escape - 10 Days

This 10-day adventure showcases the rich cultures of two dazzling Southeast Asian countries. In Vietnam, tour the highlights around Hanoi, followed by a relaxing cruise on Ha Long Bay and time in the historic river city of Hoi An. After experiencing wartime history in the former Saigon, fly to Cambodia to discover ancient and modern Khmer customs as you stroll the ruins of Angkor and visit the floating villages of Tonlé Sap.

Vendors sell Vietnamese produce and delicacies on the streets of Hanoi
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Vietnam & Thailand's Culture & Cuisine - 14 Days

Spend two weeks touring Thailand and Vietnam to discover the cuisine and culture of these pan-Asian powerhouse nations. Your adventure starts in Vietnam's capital of Hanoi, with cooking classes and gourmet dinners, then cruises across Ha Long Bay and visits the river markets in Hoi An. Next, hop over to Thailand for tours of Bangkok, trips to exotic waterfalls, and beach time in Krabi and the Phi Phi Islands.

Explore Hoi An's colorful and character-filled Ancient Quarter
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Vietnam & Cambodia Culture Escape - 14 Days

Immerse yourself in the land, sea, and history of two of Southeast Asia's most captivating nations over 14 memorable days. It begins in Vietnam's capital amid landmarks from past dynasties and continues to the soaring limestone towers of Ha Long Bay. Explore Vietnam's countryside, ancient river cities, and the famed Mekong River, then hop over to Cambodia for the grand conclusion at Angkor Wat.

Cruise along the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam
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Highlights of Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary includes 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, plus cruising the jade waters and towering green islands of Hạ Long Bay.

Indulge in the fresh and flavorful Vietnamese cuisine on this two-week culinary journey
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Vietnamese Culinary Journey: Hanoi, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh - 14 Days

Discover the culinary cuisine of Vietnam firsthand as you delight your tastebuds from north to south on this two-week odyssey of food. Start in Hanoi and learn the tricks of Vietnamese cuisine from a master chef. Delight in fresh seafood as you cruise along Ha Long Bay and swim at leisure. Take a food tour in the peaceful countryside of Hoi An and enjoy a basket boat ride. Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh on the back of a Vespa before winding down your journey with a sunset cruise on the Saigon River.

Tour Vietnam's mainland and the stunning Con Dao islands
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Vietnam Ultimate Luxury Escape - 14 Days

See Vietnam by land and sea as you travel throughout the country, enjoying first-class treatment the whole way. Start with tours of Hanoi's hidden corners, enjoy fine dining at world-class restaurants, and hit the water for a luxury cruise amid the rock towers of Ha Long Bay. Then head south for romance in the ancient river town of Hoi An before winding the trip down with island-hopping and beach time at Con Dao.

Take a two-night luxury cruise in Vietnam's romantic Ha Long Bay
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Romantic Vietnam & Thailand: Hanoi to Ko Samui - 21 Days

Hit the road (and sea) with that special someone through Vietnam and Thailand, two of the most romantic countries in Southeast Asia. In Vietnam, you'll indulge in street food, cruise the soaring limestone towers of Ha Long Bay, make paper lanterns in Hoi An, and take a sunset dinner cruise in Ho Chi Minh City. Then, enjoy spa treatments and fine dining in Bangkok, receive blessing ceremonies at Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, relax on the white-sand beaches of Ko Samui, and much more.

Explore the streets of Hoi An's Ancient Town and sample some of the country's best cuisine
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Culture & Cuisine in Vietnam & Thailand - 21 Days

Out of all the virtues that Thailand and Vietnam possess, few attract more travelers than their rich cultural heritage and world-class cuisine. Discover these twin pillars of Southeast Asia, starting with food tours in Saigon, visits to organic farms in Hoi An, and fine dining on the jade waters of Ha Long Bay. Then, fly to Thailand and sample street food in Bangkok, visit ancient temples, and learn the art of northern Thai cuisine in cooking classes—all capped with relaxation on the tropical beaches of Phuket.

Sped time with hill tribe members in northern Vietnam
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Authentic Vietnam & Thailand: Homestays, Workshops & Local Experiences - 21 Days

This three-week Vietnam and Thailand adventure is as much about people and culture as it is about beauty and history. Experience the full spectrum, starting in southern Vietnam with wartime history tours followed by time on the river in Hoi An and the Mekong Delta. After hiking the terraced rice fields of Sapa, you'll head to the coast for a cruise on Ha Long Bay. Finish in Thailand with visits to villages near Bangkok and Chiang Mai before ending up on the postcard beaches of Phuket.

Kids will love Hoi An in Vietnam
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Family Trip to Vietnam & Thailand: From Hanoi to Phuket - 14 Days

Having trouble choosing between Vietnam and Thailand for your family trip to Southeast Asia? This exciting two-week itinerary includes highlights from both countries. The tour starts in Hanoi and spends time in Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City before flying to Thailand, where you'll get busy in Bangkok and Ayutthaya before taking things down a few notches in Phuket. Kids and parents will love this trip's combination of culture, active adventures, and relaxation.

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.

Pick up ingredients for a cooking class in Hoi An
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Culinary Adventure in Vietnam & Thailand - 10 Days

Spend 10 days enjoying the kaleidoscope of flavors that define two of the world's great food cultures. In Vietnam, mix cultural tours with street-food adventures in Hanoi, followed by an epic cruise across Ha Long Bay. Then, learn the secrets to Vietnamese cuisine with cooking classes in the ancient river city of Hoi An before heading to Thailand to experience Bangkok's famous palaces and markets.

Finish your trip with romantic beach walks in Thailand
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Romantic Vietnam & Thailand Escape - 14 Days

Enjoy a romantic escape in Vietnam and Thailand on this 14-day tour. Relish quality time with your beloved as you bask on Ko Samui's white-sand beaches, enjoy Thai treatments at a luxury spa, and take an atmospheric overnight cruise of UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay. Along the way, you'll visit glittering temples and palaces, meet elephants at a jungle sanctuary, and savor romantic dining experiences, from candlelit beach meals to lavish dinner cruises.

<em>Pho</em>, one of Vietnam's most beloved dishes
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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 Ha 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.

Hoi An's colorful riverfront
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Highlights of Vietnam & 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 Hoi 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.

Vietnam holiday
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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.

Scenic Hải Vân mountain pass in Vietnam
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Central Vietnam Adventure: Hue & Hoi An - 5 Days

Travel deep into the cultural heart of Vietnam on this five-day excursion. It's an adventure beyond popular cities to the lesser-visited metropolises of Huế and Hội An. Besides road trips along the stunning coast and tours of ancient sights, you'll also see how locals live on a visit to a traditional fishing village, plus spend the day at a community project that raises money for disabled artisans.

Visit remote hill tribes near the town of Sapa in northwest Vietnam
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Hoi An, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay & Sapa: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Hoi An, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Sapa spend about 12 to 14 days in Vietnam, which usually includes some time in Ho Chi Minh City as well. If you're only headed to Hoi An, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Sapa, you can enjoy a comfortably paced trip in 10 to 12 days. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in eight or nine days for travelers with limited time. Check out our favorite Hoi An, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Sapa trips below.

Spend time with your family on Phu Quoc Island
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Vietnam Family Explorer: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phu Quoc & More - 14 Days

With two weeks in Vietnam, you can cover a lot of ground with your family without being overly busy. This well-planned itinerary starts in the north—in atmospheric Hanoi and UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay—and travels down through the cultural and culinary center of Hoi An before reaching the southern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City. After an action-packed time on the mainland, end with some downtime on Phu Quoc Island, a beautiful spot that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Take an overnight cruise in Vietnam's UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay
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Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi & Ha Long Bay: Best Itinerary Ideas

Nine to 10 days is a great length for a Vietnam trip, with stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, and Ha Long Bay. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as six to eight days. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Hue or Phu Quoc. Get inspired with our trip ideas below.

Discover Ho Chi Minh City
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Explore Vietnam's History & Culture - 9 Days

Travel the length of Vietnam on this nine-day highlights tour. Take in the bright lights of Ho Chi Minh City and sail through the Mekong Delta before heading north to the lantern-lined streets of Hoi An. Here, you'll explore UNESCO-listed architecture and journey to dunes, countryside villages, and the ancient Champa kingdom of My Son. Enjoy a traditional cooking class in the capital, Hanoi, then finish with an overnight cruise of UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay.

Explore Hoi An's well-preserved Ancient Town dating back to the 15th century
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Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi & Ha Long Bay: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 10 to 13 days is the perfect amount of time for a Vietnam and Cambodia trip, with stops in Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, and Ha Long Bay. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include the city of Hue. Keep reading for more inspiring Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, and Ha Long Bay itineraries.

Imperial splendor in Hue
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Treasures of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City - 13 Days

Discover the highlights of Vietnam on this 13-day journey, from busy cities to small towns and beautiful natural landscapes. Try local specialties like steaming noodle soup on a street food tour in Hanoi, visit ancient royal cities, Hoa Lu and Hue, get a custom-tailored outfit in colorful Hoi An, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War, and discover local life by rowboat and bicycle in Tam Coc and the Mekong Delta.

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Magnificent Vietnam - 9 Days

Travel the length of Vietnam on an epic nine-day highlights tour you won't soon forget. In the capital of Hanoi, you'll dive into the culture, cuisine, and history with walking tours and cooking classes. After cruising the jade waters of Ha Long Bay, you'll experience the ancient culture of Hoi An before continuing south to Ho Chi Minh City, which will be your base for one final adventure to the Mekong Delta.

Set sail on an overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay
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Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue & Ha Long Bay: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, and Ha Long Bay spend about 10 to 14 days in Vietnam, which usually includes some time in another stop like Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, or Siem Reap as well. If you're only headed to Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, and Ha Long Bay, you can enjoy a comfortably paced trip in seven to nine days. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as six days. For the best itineraries, including Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, and Ha Long Bay, keep reading below.

Angkor Thom Statues
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Glimpses of Vietnam & Cambodia - 12 Days

Travel through Vietnam and Cambodia as you explore the many facets of these two intriguing countries. Start in Hanoi to see the major sites by day and eat your way through the street stands by night. Escape the city for tranquility as you cruise along Ha Long Bay, then visit Bana Hills to marvel at its famous Golden Hand Bridge. Float along the Mekong Delta and experience the calm of quaint villages. Finally, cross the border into Cambodia, where you'll discover Angkor Wat and other nearby temples.

Shop for ingredients and learn how to cook Vietnamese food from local chefs
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Vietnam Culinary Tour - 13 Days

Vietnam is world-famous for its delicious cuisine, and you'll sample the best of it on this 13-day foodie adventure. Eat your way throughout the country, starting at the ice cream shops and street-food vendors in Hanoi and finishing at themed restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. Along the way, you'll take cooking classes and sightseeing tours, and explore the beautiful scenery in Ha Long Bay and the Mekong Delta.

Vietnam tour
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Impressions of Vietnam - 14 Days

This tour takes you around the major highlights of Vietnam, but along the lesser-traveled paths. Visit the coastal regions of Northern Vietnam that still remain unknown to many visitors. Get immersed in Vietnamese history in Hue, and experience a different side of popular Hoi An by being a local for one day. And of course, visit bustling Hanoi—the capital of Vietnam—which seamlessly blends the old and new.

Sunrise over the Vung Tau coastline, Vietnam
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Discover Vietnam’s Local Culture & Idyllic Beaches – 14 Days

Experience authentic Vietnamese life with a side of beach relaxation on this two-week tour. You'll meet all kinds of locals, from a Hanoi puppet maker to a tea plantation owner and an expert Hoi An cook. Along the way, cruise the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, cycle through idyllic rice paddies, and explore the urban sights of Ho Chi Minh City. The trip ends with a paradisical seaside break in Vung Tau.

Discover the romantic Ancient Town of Hoi An, Vietnam
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Vietnam Luxury Honeymoon - 14 Days

This two-week adventure in Vietnam ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable honeymoon. It celebrates food, culture, and beauty, beginning with Michelin-starred dining in Ho Chi Minh City, river cruises in the Mekong Delta and colorful Hoi An, and cycling along verdant rice paddies. After visiting the green mountains and romantic waterfalls of Mai Chau, finish with a private cruise on the jade waters of Ha Long Bay.

Relax on the white-sand beaches of Vietnam's Phu Quoc
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Best of Vietnam Luxury Tour - 14 Days

Discover cities, rivers, countryside, and beaches on this luxurious two-week jaunt around Vietnam. Immerse yourself in local culture in Hanoi, then venture deep into the Red River Delta on the waterways of fairy-tale Ninh Binh. Weave through the karst islands of Ha Long Bay, visit hidden villages near Hoi An, and enjoy dinner cruises in Ho Chi Minh City before ending up on the white-sand beaches of Phu Quoc. Along the way, bespoke excursions, private tours, and 5-star hotels ensure you travel in style.

Kids will love Vietnam and its culture
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Vietnamese Cultural Immersion for Families: Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi - 14 Days

Curious kids (and parents) will find many reasons to love Vietnam on this two-week cultural immersion tour designed especially for families. As well as the popular tourist sites like UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay and Hoi An, you'll participate in many activities that delve beneath the surface of Vietnamese culture: learn how to cook local dishes in Hoi An, cycle through villages in the Mekong Delta, visit a traditional floating market, explore the grottoes of Ninh Binh by boat, and much more.

Twilight over Hue's imposing Imperial Citadel
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Ultimate Highlights Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia - 21 Days

Experience the trip of a lifetime as you travel to the far corners of Vietnam and Cambodia. Over three weeks, you'll enjoy history tours in Hanoi, cruise the limestone towers of Ha Long Bay, visit ancient citadels and river towns on the coast, and explore the famous Mekong Delta. Then fly to Cambodia and see Khmer temples at legendary Angkor, explore sacred mountains and caves in Battambang, and end with a sunset river cruise in Phnom Penh.

Vietnam's Imperial City in Hue
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Highlights of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue & Hoi An - 10 Days

You can't see all of Vietnam in 10 days—but this itinerary gives it a good go! Starting in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City, you'll thread your way down the country, getting the most out of the trip on a diverse set of guided tours. Collect the memories of a lifetime, from an overnight cruise on the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay to discovering the ancient sites of Hoi An and Hue and floating down a river in giant baskets.

Rural life in Vietnam
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Cultural Tour of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An & More - 10 Days

Over 10 action-packed days in Vietnam, you'll enjoy various activities that include city tours, trips on the Mekong, and an overnight cruise on the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay. You'll also experience the cultural heritage of Vietnam as you travel by bicycle to organic farms and floating market villages, where you'll learn to fish from traditional basket boats. An added bonus is a visit to the ancient river town of Hoi An.

Spend the night on Ha Long Bay in a cruise ship
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Essential Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi - 11 Days

From bustling Ho Chi Minh to the tranquility of Ha Long Bay, see Vietnam from south to north on this tour by boat, bicycle, car, and airplane. Shop for ingredients to make Vietnam's signature dishes in Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh on one day and then learn how to catch fish along the Mekong River on another. Study the ancient art of paper lantern-making in Hoi An and explore a temple dedicated to Confucius in Hanoi. There are discoveries at every turn of this 11-day Vietnam adventure.

Kids will love exploring Vietnam
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Luxury Family Tour of Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi - 10 Days

This 10-day luxury, family-friendly tour of Vietnam starts in southern Ho Chi Minh City and ends in northern Hanoi, stopping at Hoi An and Ha Long Bay along the way. Get a behind-the-scenes look at a water puppet theater, enjoy luxurious cruises in Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Long Bay, embark on private food and culture-focused tours, and much more.

Walk through the clouds at Da Nang's Golden Bridge
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Vietnam North-to-South Luxury Tour - 10 Days

This 10-day Vietnam tour is perfect for anyone who wants to travel in luxury while enjoying a thoughtfully-curated itinerary of off-the-beaten-path experiences. In and around the capital of Hanoi, you'll mix city tours with cooking classes and a luxury cruise across Ha Long Bay. Walk in the footsteps of the last feudal dynasty in Hue, cycle through the countryside near the river town of Hoi An, climb into the clouds in the hills of Ba Na, and end the trip amid the landmarks of Ho Chi Minh City.

Dine on (and learn to prepare) classic Vietnamese dishes like spring rolls and banh mi
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Flavors of Vietnam - 10 Days

Immerse yourself in one of the world's great food cultures on a 10-day jaunt across Vietnam. In the capital of Hanoi, you'll discover ancient landmarks and learn Vietnamese cooking under the tutelage of a master chef. After an overnight cruise on the quasi-fantastical Ha Long Bay, you'll head south for more food and city tours in romantic Hoi An and dynamic Ho Chi Minh City.

Step back in time in Hoi An's Ancient Town
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Vietnam Discovery Tour - 15 Days

Experience the very best of Vietnam on this 15-day journey from north to south. See the highlights of Hanoi before traveling outside the city to the terraced rice fields and ethnic villages of Sapa. After cruising the jade waters of Ha Long Bay, you'll travel down the coast to historic Hoi An on your way to Ho Chi Minh City, where you'll end the trip in style with city tours and trips to the famous Mekong Delta.

Delight your senses on this food-focused tour of Vietnam
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Vietnam Three Regions Food Tour - 15 Days

Vietnam is one of the world's great culinary destinations, and you'll experience this renowned gastronomy on a tour of its main regions, from north to south. On this 15-day adventure, you'll sample street food in Hanoi, take cooking classes with master chefs, visit organic farms, and enjoy fine dining in total darkness in Ho Chi Minh City. Plus, there are excursions to mountain villages and a cruise on the famous Ha Long Bay.

See an authentic side of Vietnam by bike
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Cycle the Highlands & Coast of Vietnam - 11 Days

Experience the diversity of Vietnam by traveling on two wheels. Starting in the cool highlands of Da Lat, you'll descend to the coast and pedal north, between the turquoise sea and verdant hills. Comfortable hotels and breaks from cycling mean you'll never get too worn out on this 11-day part-guided itinerary. You'll also spend a couple of days exploring the ancient sites of Hoi An city, then top off your trip with a cruise on tranquil Lan Ha Bay.

See rice fields en route to Sapa, an old French hill station in North Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay & Sapa: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 12 to 14 days is the perfect amount of time for a Vietnam trip with stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Sapa. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as 10 or 11 days. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Hue or Can Tho. Get inspired with our Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Sapa trip ideas below.

Enjoy a memorable meal on Train Street in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital
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Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh & Ha Long Bay: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh, and Ha Long Bay spend about 14 to 15 days in Vietnam, which usually includes some time in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Ba Thuoc District, Mai Chau, or Pu Luong Nature Reserve as well. For travelers wanting to visit Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh, and Ha Long Bay exclusively, plan 11 to 12 days for a well-paced trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in nine or 10 days for travelers with limited time. Read on for the best itineraries.

Explore Hoi An to learn about Vietnam's cultural influences
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Vietnam Culture & Heritage: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh - 12 Days

Vietnam's cultures unfold on this journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, traveling by car, boat, and air. Experience the sights and sounds of the country's busiest markets in Hanoi. Learn about Cham River life at an overnight homestay and ride through rice fields and open spaces. Spend time relaxing while sailing along calm Ha Long Bay. Discover the art of paper lantern-making and get fitted for a custom outfit in Hoi An. End the tour in Ho Chi Minh with one last bowl of pho.

See centuries old buildings and eat delicious cuisine in charming Hoi An
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Vietnam Cultural Discovery & Beach Break – 13 Days

Explore Vietnam on this 13-day cultural tour with a side of beach relaxation. Start in the north, where you'll sample Hanoi's tasty street food and sail the paper-flat waters of Ha Long Bay. Continue south to Hoi An's lantern-lined streets, learn about war history at the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, and sail through the lush Mekong Delta. The adventure ends with a slice of beach time in Mui Ne, where golden beaches and towering sand dunes await.

Sunset over the UNESCO-listed waterscapes of Ha Long Bay
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Essential Vietnam & Cambodia: Hanoi to Siem Reap - 14 Days

Vietnam and Cambodia abound with natural beauty, historical landmarks, and rich culture—luckily, you have two weeks to experience the best of it. This grand expedition commences with city and street-food tours in Hanoi, Vietnam's high-energy capital. Then, head south to Hue's Imperial City and the ancient river town of Hoi An before exploring the Mekong River and finishing up in Cambodia, where Khmer temples await.

Meet the locals as you travel the length of Vietnam from north to south
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Authentic Vietnam: Hanoi to Vinh Long - 11 Days

Experience authentic Vietnam on this 11-day tour of its cultural hotspots. Travel from Hanoi down the coast to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping to visit gems like UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay and Hoi An. You'll join locals for street food tours and countryside biking adventures and learn about Vietnamese war history with a visit to the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels. Highlights include afternoon tea with a Hanoian, a cooking class with Mrs. Chin, and spending the evening with a rural family in the Mekong Delta.

Explore the ancient town of Hoi An with its traditional boats
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Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue & Ha Long Bay: Best Itinerary Ideas

Ten to 14 days is a great length for a Vietnam trip, with stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, and Ha Long Bay. It's also possible to hit the highlights in eight or nine days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Ninh Binh, Can Tho, Pu Luong, and Siem Reap. Keep reading for more inspiring itineraries.

See Vietnam from north to south on this 11-day adventure
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Vietnam North to South Culture Tour - 11 Days

Dive deep into the culture of Vietnam over 11 action-packed days that will take you from Ha Long Bay in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south. It begins in Hanoi with tours of historic landmarks, cooking classes, and a boat cruise. Then head to the coast to visit the Imperial City of Hue, the ancient streets of Hoi An, and finish in the former Saigon, where you'll visit war sites and French-colonial buildings.

The modern city of Da Nang is the gateway to Vietnam's central coast
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Treasures of Vietnam & Cambodia - 14 Days

Uncover thousands of years of Southeast Asian culture as you explore the ancient ruins and natural wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia. This indelible two-week journey begins with city tours in Vietnam's capital of Hanoi and a hunt for the best street food around. After a cruise amid the karst towers of Ha Long Bay, you'll transfer to the historic river city of Hoi An and the mountains of Da Nang before ending up at Cambodia's legendary Angkor Wat temple.

Take a scenic hike in northern Vietnam's Pu Luong Nature Reserve
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Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay & Pu Luong Nature Reserve: Best Itinerary Ideas

Ten to 12 days is a great length for a Vietnam trip, with stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Pu Luong Nature Reserve. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region, like Hue, Ninh Binh, and Can Tho. See more ideas for Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Pu Luong Nature Reserve itineraries below.

Boat by villages in the Mekong Delta when staying in Can Tho
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Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Can Tho & Ha Long Bay: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 10 to 13 days is the perfect amount of time for a Vietnam trip, with stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Can Tho, and Ha Long Bay. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Hue, Ninh Binh & Pu Luong Nature Reserve. See more ideas for Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Can Tho, and Ha Long Bay itineraries below.

Halong Bay
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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.

See the greener side of Vietnam at Chau Doc
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Epic Cultural Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia - 21 Days

With three weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia, you can experience it all, from nature and city tours to cultural workshops and cooking classes. In Vietnam, embark on food tours in Hanoi, visit the rice terraces of Sapa, cruise Ha Long Bay, and see the ancient city of Hoi An. Then, travel from the former Saigon to the lush Mekong, stopping at floating markets on your way into Cambodia, where 1,000 years of Khmer culture awaits.

Kayak among karst islands in Ha Long Bay
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Active Vietnam Adventure - 12 Days

Over 12 days you'll travel from the mountains of northern Vietnam down to the southern Mekong Delta and enjoy outdoor adventures every step of the way. It begins with two days of cycling through nature reserves followed by a cruise along the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay. Then visit historical sites in the ancient cities of Hue and Hoi An before ending the trip on the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City and rafting down the Mekong River.

 A secluded cove on Phu Quoc island
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Coastal Vietnam: Cities, Countryside & Islands - 12 Days

Experience Vietnam's most significant cities, rich cuisine, and beautiful islands on this well-balanced 12-day adventure. Start in Hanoi for a lesson in cooking and culture before escaping on a cruise along Ha Long Bay. Explore Hoi An and its key sites and venture through its rural countryside by basket boat. Feel the turbulent history of Ho Chi Minh City and float down the Mekong Delta, then escape to the island paradise of Phu Quoc to while away the time snorkeling, kayaking, or just lazing on the beach.

Shop for produce from the comfort of your junk boat in Ha Long Bay
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Culture & Cuisine of Vietnam – 12 Days

Feast on Vietnamese culture and cuisine with this 12-day tour. You'll travel from Hanoi to the Mekong Delta, tasting classic Vietnamese dishes along the way. Sample Hanoi's best street food, dine with a celebrity chef in Hoi An, and whiz through Ho Chi Minh City on a Vespa food tour. There's plenty of culture to absorb along the way, whether you're touring Hue's Imperial Citadel, sailing the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, or learning about Vietnamese war history at the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.

Terraced hillsides in Pu Luong
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Vietnam Panorama: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh - 12 Days

Discover frenetic cities, striking natural beauty, significant history, both ancient and contemporary, and the warm, welcoming culture of Vietnam on this expansive 12-day adventure. Cycle through rural villages, cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay's towering limestone islands, catch a water puppet show in Hanoi and visit the Viet Cong's Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City.

Mekong Delta
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Discover Vietnam From North to South - 13 Days

From north to south, discover the heart and soul of Vietnam on this 13-day adventure. Immerse yourself in the frenetic cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Soak up breathtaking natural landscapes atop Fansipan Mountain, in Ha Long Bay, and on the waters of the Mekong Delta. Then, step back in time to unravel the cultural and architectural melting pot of Hoi An. Along the way, meet local villagers, eat traditional meals and street snacks, and leave with rich, colorful memories.

Order tasty street food from the locals in Hanoi
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Authentic Vietnam - 13 Days

On this epic 13-day journey, you'll discover Vietnam's unique highlights and hidden wonders, from Hanoi's Old Town to the backstreets of Ho Chi Minh City. In the former, go sightseeing and indulge in delicious street food before cruising through dramatic scenery in Ha Long Bay. Then it's time to see ancient sites in Hue and Hoi An, on the central coast, followed by quality time in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta.

Paddle the Trang An Grottoes in Ninh Binh
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Active Vietnam Adventure – 13 Days

Get your adrenaline pumping on this active, 13-day Vietnam tour. Start with an epic mountain bike ride through northern Vietnam's rice-paddy-studded countryside and then cruise the emerald waters of UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay. The adventure continues in Hue, where you'll explore royal cities and emperors' tombs by boat and bike. Fish with the locals in Hoi An and encounter war history at the Cu Chi Tunnels en route to the lush Mekong Delta, where vast floating markets await.

Check off some of Southeast Asia's greatest UNESCO-listed sites, like the ancient My Son Sanctuary in Vietnam
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UNESCO Treasures of Vietnam & Cambodia: Caves, Temples & Ruins - 21 Days

Embark on a three-week journey through Vietnam and Cambodia—two nations boasting some of the most awe-inspiring UNESCO landmarks in the world. You'll see them all, starting in Vietnam with trips to Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha Cave, the ancient river city of Hoi An, and the lush Mekong Delta. Then, cross into Cambodia to marvel at ancient Angkor temples, visit floating villages, and explore remote bat caves.

Tour the UNESCO-listed Ancient Town of Hoi An as you head south to Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ha Long Bay & Sapa: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 13 to 15 days is perfect for a well-paced Vietnam trip with stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ha Long Bay, and Sapa. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in 12 days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country. Keep reading for more inspiring Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ha Long Bay, and Sapa itineraries.

Take to the terraced hills and meet the locals of the Muong Hoa Valley
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Vietnam Cultural Journey - 13 Days

Delve into Vietnam's culture as you traverse its diverse landscapes on this 13-day tour. Start in Hanoi, where you'll enjoy Vietnamese cuisine and water puppet shows before heading north to trek through Sapa's towering rice terraces dotted with remote villages. Next, take an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay and discover UNESCO-listed architecture in Hue and Hoi An. The adventure ends in the tropical south, where you'll sail through the lush Mekong Delta.

Visit sights in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, like the Tran Quoc Pagoda
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Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Can Tho & Ha Long Bay: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 12 to 14 days is perfect for a well-paced Vietnam trip with stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Can Tho, and Ha Long Bay. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in 11 days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region, like Bai Tu Long Bay, Ninh Binh, and Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Keep reading for more inspiring Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Can Tho, and Ha Long Bay itineraries.

Spend time exploring Vietnam's Ha Long Bay on board a junk
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Vietnam North to South - 15 Days

Embark on a memorable journey to see the best of Vietnam, from colonial Hanoi to the beaches of the south and beyond. It begins in the north, where you'll tour the capital, cruise Ha Long Bay, and ride a sampan through the Red River Valley. Then, in central Vietnam, you'll visit ancient cities, take cooking classes, and laze on white-sand beaches in Nha Trang before finishing the trip in Ho Chi Minh City.

Discover Vietnam from the vantage of a traditional sampan
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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.

Northern Vietnam landscape
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Vietnam Off the Beaten Track - 14 Days

Spend 14 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.

See how locals live in Hoi An
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Backroads of Vietnam: Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City - 14 Days

Travel from north to south as you explore the best of Vietnam on this two-week tour. Start in Hanoi to discover its riches in the city center and outskirts. Cruise on Ha Long Bay to get a feel for rural Vietnam. Meander through the countryside as you discover the villages of Hue, Hoi An, and Cam Thanh before enjoying a basket boat ride in complete serenity. Finish your trip in the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, where you'll tour the city and experience the floating markets of Cam Rai.

Terraced hillsides near Sapa, Vietnam
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Authentic Vietnam - 14 Days

Go off the beaten path in Vietnam as you tour Hanoi like a local, visit traditional villages in the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, and hike amid terraced rice paddies in the highlands of Sapa. After cruising the jade waters of Ha Long Bay, you'll stroll amid ancient history in cities like Hoi An before ending the trip with street food tours in Ho Chi Minh City and adventures down the Mekong River.

The Red River Valley of Nin Binh, Tam Coc
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Ultimate Vietnam: Cities, Countryside & Waterways - 15 Days

This grand tour of Vietnam covers the best in the country, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. After touring the historic sites in Vietnam's capital, spend time in the unspoiled nature reserve of Pu Luong and the stunning landscapes of the Red River Valley. Following this is a cruise around Ha Long Bay, a tour of organic farms at ancient Hoi An, and a visit to highlights around Ho Chi Minh City, like the Mekong River.

Stay one night on a cruise on Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam
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Best of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City & More - 15 Days

Experience all of Vietnam's highlights in one trip with this exciting 15-day itinerary. The adventure begins in the capital of Hanoi where you'll get a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Then work your way south through small fishing villages and rice paddies, ancient temples and trading ports, and hidden charms of the Mekong Delta. Of course, there will be time to hit the beaches on Phu Quoc Island where you'll have two blissful free days at the end of the trip.

Boat down Vietnam's Mekong River
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Highlights of Vietnam - 15 Days

This 15-day adventure will take you to the most beautiful locales in Vietnam while immersing you in its cultural heritage. Starting in Hanoi, you'll visit historical sites and meet local artisans, then head north to hike the terraced rice paddies in the Vietnamese highlands. After cruising the jade waters of Ha Long Bay, you'll travel south to imperial cities, dip into the wartime history of Ho Chi Minh City, and cap the trip on the Mekong Delta.

Fishermen on the water in Vietnam
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Nature & Culture in Vietnam & Cambodia - 21 Days

Three weeks is just enough time to immerse yourself in the culture, nature, and history—both fascinating and infamous—of Vietnam and Cambodia. Start with tasty food tours in Hanoi, then visit the terraced rice fields and mountain villages of Sapa. After exploring ancient and modern coastal cities, fly to Ho Chi Minh City for Mekong Delta adventures and finish in Cambodia with tours of Phnom Penh, its beguiling capital.

Enjoy free time to hit the beach in Quy Nhon
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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.

Other popular travel destinations in Vietnam
Hanoi · Ha Long Bay · Ho Chi Minh City · Hue · Sapa · Ninh Binh · Can Tho · Pu Luong Nature Reserve · Phu Quoc