8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 1 night
Fly
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Hanoi
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City

— 2 nights

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 29th (Wed): pedal to the sights with Bike Tours. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at The Independence Palace, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planner.

Bengaluru, India to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Ho Chi Minh City. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, things will get a bit warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums
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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 31st (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and then make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December; daily highs in Hoi An reach 29°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Museums · Shopping · Nature · Parks

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Imperial City and then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hue trip planning website.

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

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Hanoi

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter. On the next day, browse the range of quality goods at YNOT, then contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Hue to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
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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.