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.
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Knowledgeable guides can help bring the past to life on walking tours through the Imperial Citadel and at other major sites around Hue - like the historic, seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Boat trips along the Perfume River take you out past wooded hillsides, narrow islands, and aging temples. Cycling excursions provide another way to see the countryside, with stops at craft villages known for folk art, flower harvesting and paper making. About an hour’s drive from Hue, Bach Ma National Park has biologically rich forests that make a memorable backdrop to a day’s hike. You can take in the views from lofty summits then cool off in waterfalls and swimming holes.
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Head off the beaten path and into a land of wonders on this week-long exploration of central Vietnam. After a whirlwind tour of Hanoi, you'll catch a sleeper train down the coast to Dong Hoi. Explore the spectacular natural caves of Thien Duong and Phong Nha, then take a fascinating journey through the DMZ to reach the historic city of Hue. Discover its imposing Imperial Citadel, take a boat trip down the Perfume River, and venture into the surrounding countryside to cycle through a 500-year-old village and meet the fishermen of the Tam Giang Lagoon.
On this odyssey in Vietnam, you'll discover historic cities, scenic caves, and delicious local flavors. In Hanoi, you'll visit the first university in Vietnam and the infamous Hoa Lo Prison. Then it's a boat tour of massive caves followed by a tour of the Imperial Citadel of Huế. Throughout the trip, you'll sample the deep flavors of authentic Vietnamese food and drink throughout the trip.
Travel Vietnam from north to south on this 15-day highlights tour. Start at the top of the country to cruise UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay, whizz through the streets of Hanoi on a Vespa, and cycle through the northern countryside. Continue down the coast to Hue's ancient citadels and royal tombs, followed by the bright lights of Ho Chi Minh City. Your adventure ends in the lush Mekong Delta, where you'll sail to an iconic floating market.
Families wanting to get to know authentic Vietnamese culture, history, crafts, and food, as well as the main tourist attractions, will enjoy this varied two-week tour. Starting in northern Vietnam, you'll check out a range of cultural and natural highlights around Hanoi, including Ha Long Bay and Ba Vi National Park. Head to central Hue, the former imperial capital, before ending in the south with family-friendly sightseeing excursions around Ho Chi Minh City and a few days relaxing on the beaches of Mui Ne.
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 Ho Chi Minh City 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.
Enjoy a first-class escape to Vietnam for two weeks of adventure without sacrificing comfort. It starts with a highlights tour of Ho Chi Minh City followed by cycling and farm tours around the famous Mekong Delta. After visiting the awe-inspiring Imperial City in Hue, you'll continue north to live the high life in Hanoi before wrapping up the trip at the otherworldly dreamscapes of Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Most travelers will find that 14 to 15 days is perfect for a well-paced Vietnam and Cambodia trip with stops in Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, and Ha Long Bay. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in 12 or 13 days, which makes for 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, Da Nang, or Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Get inspired with our trip ideas below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Ninh Binh, Phong Nha, or Nha Trang. Keep reading for more inspiring Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ha Long Bay, and Sapa itineraries.
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 Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Bai Tu Long Bay, or Ninh Binh. Keep reading for more inspiring Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Can Tho, and Ha Long Bay itineraries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Can Tho, Ha Long Bay, and Bai Tu Long Bay makes a great itinerary for any Vietnam traveler. It's best to spend 14 to 16 days in-country—this allows for plenty of time to enjoy the top sights and activities at each stop. See our best-loved Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Can Tho, Ha Long Bay, and Bai Tu Long Bay itineraries below to start planning your Vietnam trip.
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.
Experience recent and ancient history on a nine-day tour of southern and central Vietnam. It begins in Ho Chi Minh City, a dynamic metropolis filled with colonial landmarks and the vestiges of the Vietnam War. After taking a ride down the Mekong River, you'll travel north to enjoy the beaches near Da Nang, stroll the ancient streets of Hoi An, and visit the tombs of emperors in the Imperial City of Hue.
Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh, Can Tho, Ha Long Bay & Pu Luong Nature Reserve: Best Itinerary Ideas
Combining Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh, Can Tho, Ha Long Bay, and Pu Luong Nature Reserve makes for a perfect trip to Vietnam. To make the most of your trip, maximizing time between travel days at each incredible stop, you'll want to plan your trip for about 14 to 15 days. Even with a tight schedule, travelers can see the classic highlights in as few as 13 days. See our best-loved itineraries below to start planning your Vietnam trip.
Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh, Can Tho, Ha Long Bay, Ba Thuoc District & Mai Chau: Best Itinerary Ideas
Visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Ninh Binh, Can Tho, Ha Long Bay, Ba Thuoc District, and Mai Chau makes a great itinerary for any Vietnam traveler. To do it right, with plenty of time to enjoy the sights and activities of each stop, it's best to spend 12 to 13 days in-country. Check out our favorite itinerary ideas below, and start planning your perfect trip.
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.
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.
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.
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.