Resting in the South China Sea, Vietnam, in recent times, has become a really popular tourist destination amongst travelers for all good reasons. It has fascinating temples, eternal natural beauty, vibrant cities, charming old towns, mountains full of rice paddy fields, gorgeous islands, and the rich history & culture to indulge in. Vietnam is packed with delightful attractions and some of the best shopping for all travelers. From busy and bustling streets of Can Tho to the jaw-dropping beauty of Halong Bay, a visit to Vietnam is all about fun, adventure, and excitement for travelers. To give you the same experience to relish, I have decoded the perfect 10 days Vietnam holiday itinerary for you!
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Day 1: 10 Days in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City
The best attraction to start your Vietnam trip is Ho Chi Minh City. Also referred to as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is known for its fascinating culture, French architecture, towering skyscrapers, and most importantly the beautiful attractions. Here you will get a chance to explore the temples, markets, and museums of the city. District one and District 3 are the most commonplace for tourists to explore. Day 1 takes you around to some popular attractions of the city. These are:
- The War Remnants Museum
- Reunification Palace
- Saigon Central Post Office
- Ben Thanh Market
- Notre Dame Cathedral
Saigon has some great staying options for tourists of every budget.
Day 2: 10 Days in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City
In the suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels is one of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam. The trip to Cu Chi Tunnels from downtown takes around 5 hours. This is a special attraction as it boasts a rich history dates back to the time of the Vietnam War.
If you want to spend an additional day in Ho Chi Minh City, it is advisable to go on a Mekong River tour. If you are deciding to extend a day, then this 3-day Ho Chi Minh City guide will help you explore the city.
**Check out our first impressions of Ho Chi Minh City below!**
Day 3: 10 Days in Vietnam
The trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An is in itself a beautiful experience that you cannot afford to miss.
Early in the morning board a flight to Danang located in central Vietnam. From there an hour drive will take you to the beautiful beach hideout, Han Noi. In Han Noi, there is so much to experience and explore from soaking the sun up at the beach to a shopping tour in the city. You can also choose to spend some time at a beach resort relaxing and unwinding yourself by the beach or pool.
**If you only have a short time in Vietnam and cant decide in Hanoi or Saigon we hope this will help you decide.**
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Some of the top things to do in Hoi An are:
- An Bang Beach
- Cua Dai Beach
- Hoi An Central Market
- Museum of Trade Ceramics
- Cham Islands
- My Son Sanctuary
- Japenese Covered Bridge
Like Ho Chi Minh City, there are also good hotel options in Hoi An for travelers.
Day 4: 10 Days in Vietnam
Hoi An is one of those tourist attractions in Vietnam that are not enough to explore in a single day. On this day, you can rent a bike and begin your self-guided tour of the city. You can cover all those attractions that you didn’t get a chance to explore on day 3. Apart from the beach, Hoi An also has beautiful villages and the rice fields that are worth every effort.
Day 5: 10 Days in Vietnam
If I say another day in Hoi An, trust me, that would not be a bad call. There is still so much to experience in the city, biking being one of them. Regardless of your fitness, motorbike tour to the rural villages of Hoi An is a must-have experience in the city. Scuba Diving & Snorkelling is undoubtedly the best thing to do in Hoi An with different varieties of fish and coral making a beautiful underwater world. Take the afternoon flight to Hanoi, which would be your next stopover.
Day 6: 10 Days in Vietnam
Hanoi, the northern capital of Vietnam, on the banks of the Red River is one of the not-to-miss places on a 2 weeks Vietnam itinerary. It is reckoned to be one of the world’s ancient capitals. The tourism scene of the city consists of well-preserved colonial buildings, museums, ancient pagodas, vibrant nightlife, and yes the delectable cuisine. The French and Russian influences can also be seen in the most attractions in the city. Some of the popular attractions you can choose to visit on this day are:
- The Perfume Pagoda
- Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son
- Dong Xuan Market
- Hanoi Old Quarter
- Ba Vi National Park
- Temple of Literature
- Hanoi Opera House
Day 7, 8 & 9: 10 Days in Vietnam
Halong Bay Tour or Sapa
Your Vietnam holidays will never be completed without a three-day tour to Halong Bay. The tour will begin on day 7 and ends somewhere on day 9.
In order to reach, there are many options for Halong Bay cruise that fits in the pocket of travelers of all budgets. Now if you are wondering what you will be doing there for three days, then fret not, these 3 days in Halong Bay itinerary will give the answers to all your questions.
If some reason, you’re not covering Halong Bay, Sapa is another must-visit attraction on this Vietnam travel guide. This option will give you an opportunity to get teleported from a vibrant lifestyle of Hanoi to the countryside and rice paddies of Sapa. You can leave for Sapa on day 7 and can spend the next two days hiking all around the exquisiteness of northern Vietnam.
Day 10: 10 Days in Vietnam
On the last day of this Vietnam trip, you will be back to Hanoi. It is good to cover all the things and activities on the last day that you didn’t get a chance to do in earlier days. You can go for last-minute shopping or can go for a spa massage or maybe both. If not, you can just choose to relax or take a stroll around the streets
That’s all for these two weeks in Vietnam. If you are planning a trip to Vietnam do let us know if you have any questions. Also, to make the most of your vacation, consider the best time to visit Vietnam which is February to April and August to October.