10 days in Vietnam Itinerary

10 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Hoi An
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Pune


Ho Chi Minh City — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Soyn, make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ben Duoc Memorial Temple. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City day trip planner.

Pune, India to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Pune to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hoi An.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, then enjoy some diversion at Henna Art Hoi An, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Da Bao Real Leather, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip website.

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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January, with highs in Hoi An at 29°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Hue.
Nature · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
Side Trip

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.
On the 17th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. January in Hue sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Hanoi.
Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): explore the galleries of A Dong Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally admire the artistry at Authentic Bat Trang.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hanoi trip planner.

Fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Classes

Halong Bay — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip app.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Vietnam travel guide

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.