8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Da Nang
— 1 night
— 1 night
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Kolkata (Calcutta)


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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, witness the site of a historic battle at Ben Dinh Tunnels, browse the exhibits of Vietnam ART Gallery, and get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Da Nang.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Da Nang — 1 night

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
On the 7th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, and then look for gifts at Namaka Jewelry.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Da Nang tour planning tool.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hanoi.
Nature · Parks · Spas · Shopping

Hanoi — 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Da Nang to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

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.
Step out of Halong Bay to go to Cat Ba and see Cat Ba Island, which is approximately 52 minutes away. On the 9th (Sun), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and step off the mainland to explore Castaway Island.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay itinerary maker tool.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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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.