9 days in Vietnam Itinerary

9 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hue
— 1 night
Drive
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
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Hanoi

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hanoi trip itinerary app.

San Francisco, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Hanoi, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

Hue

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda and then contemplate the long history of Imperial City.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hue route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Hoi An

— 2 nights
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.
On the 6th (Sun), steep yourself in history at The Tran Family Home and Chapel, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and then kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to The Marble Mountains, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hoi An day trip site.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks · Tours · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Ho Chi Minh City

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Thuy Design House and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): look for gifts at ManGii Shoes, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
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.