10 days in Vietnam Itinerary

10 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus
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Halong Bay
— 1 night
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Ha Long Quang Ninh, Bus to Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh
— 1 night
Bus to Noi Bai International, Fly to Hue
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Hue
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An
— 1 night
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights

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Hanoi

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Visit Chua Tran Quoc and Old Quarter for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư and Ho Van - Van Mieu. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pho Linh Temple, and explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planner.

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major aiports are Noi Bai International Airport and Vân Đồn International Airport. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Halong Bay

Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
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You can take a bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. You'll set off for Ninh Binh on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Transportation
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Ninh Binh

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm, then make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bai Dinh Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh takes 7 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Hue

Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
On the 6th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and then don't miss a visit to Nine Dynastic Urns.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hue road trip planner.

Getting from Ninh Binh to Hue by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ninh Binh in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Hue: highs are around 27°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Museums
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Hoi An

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Classes
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Ho Chi Minh City

Pearl of the Far East

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ba Thien Hau Temple and Nha tho Da Minh. Get some historical perspective at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and Phuoc An Hoi Quan. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and enjoy breathtaking views from Bitexco Financial Tower.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hoi An in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
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Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.