8 days in Hanoi, Halong Bay & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

8 days in Hanoi, Halong Bay & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam tour planner

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Hanoi
— 4 nights
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Bus to Noi Bai Airport, Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 1 night
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Tan Son Nhat
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
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Hanoi

— 4 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.
Attractions like Walking tours and Old Quarter make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

Manila, Philippines to Hanoi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Hanoi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Halong Bay

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas