HOW TO TRAVEL VIETNAM – SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR 1 TO 4 WEEKS FROM LOCAL ADVICE

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Vietnam, one of the greatest experiences a tourist could do on their quest of conquering the world. Vietnam with its rich culture, exotic cuisines and the friendliest people on Earth is surely a place one cannot miss during their visit to Southeast Asia. Without further ado, here are the 1, 2, 3 and 4 week itinerary for travelers planning on visiting Vietnam. Let’s get started.

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7-Day Itinerary

Tour Suggestion: Vietnam 8 days – 7 nights

Day 1-2: Saigon
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Fast-paced and frenetic, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam at its most electrifying. Its French colonial buildings are dwarfed by groves of skyscrapers; alcohol flows more freely in the louche night, thick with tropical stickiness, while the relentless tide of Hondas flushes some seven million Vietnamese on four million bikes through the city’s busy streets.

On the second day, grab a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and explore what Saigon has got to offer.

Breakfast suggestion for second day: Pho 

Going to Vietnam without eating Pho would make your visit incomplete. Indeed, it is not only a delicious bowl of soup, but pho also provides an interesting lens into the Vietnamese culture.

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A bow of Pho is an ideal breakfast for local and a must try food for traveler in Vietnam (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

Sights

Reunification Palace: The feng shui-designed 1960s palace of the South Vietnam government is now a museum — with psychedelic carpets, bunker, and replica North Vietnamese Army tank (the original stormed the gates of the palace on 30 April 1975, heralding the end of the Second Indochina War).

Historic heart: The French transplanted Paris to the tropics. Visit the custard-coloured Ho Chi Minh City Hall, the paprika-hued Notre Dame Cathedral, beaux arts Central Post Office, wedding-cake-ornate Opera House, and the famous Hotel Continental Saigon, whose bar drew a gaggle of gossips, idlers, war correspondents — and Graham Greene — during Vietnam’s war-raddled 20th century.

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Dong Khoi: The main shopping street, selling everything from silks to souvenirs and luxury brands in the heart of downtown Ho Chi Minh City.

Saigon Kitsch: Vietnam’s propaganda art, with its bold colours, war vignettes and chiselled jaw lines, has been grafted onto eye-catching merchandise, including mugs, mouse mats, folders, cards, notebooks and drink mats. T: 00 84 8 3821 8019.

Coffee shops: Vietnam is the world’s second largest producer of the coffee bean. It knows it and loves it and you can find purveyors of the caffeine-lover’s drink almost everywhere across the city — inside a florists, in a ‘cuckoo’s nest’, on the ground, inside an abandoned apartment building, or in fashionable French colonial villas. Young locals head to hole-in-the wall Phuc Long. 63 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1.

Day 3-4-5: Da Nang – Hoi An (Central Vietnam)

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On your third day in Vietnam, get on the plane and fly to Da Nang. Here you could find a wide range of activities to do, mainly in the Hoi An Ancient Town.

Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

Cua Dai Beach: Far from the old town, with just 15 minutes, tourists can move towards Cua Dai (Cửa Đại) Beach. You can move to this beach by bicycle and then cycle around the area and enjoy such wonderful beach. The white sand stretches endlessly accompanied with tall coconut trees make this beach a fantastic space for relaxation.

Day 6-7: Hanoi
Get the airport; we’re going to Hanoi!  capital of Vietnam is known for its two main neighborhoods, namely the French Quarter and Old Quarter. Both are packed with attractions, but are easily accessible on foot. You can explore shopping streets, colonial buildings, ancient pagodas and unique museums.

One of Hanoi’s most common sights is that of streets packed with scooters, bicycles and cars swarming around pedestrians like a school of fish. Then there are the many sidewalk vendors and people simply out for a stroll and the popular Old Quarter is no exception so walking around this district is distinct from a leisurely stroll in the park. Visitors have no choice but to face the traffic in the local style but the experience of exploring the historical area is a must-do and truly well worth it.

14-Day Itinerary

Day 1-3: Saigon
Day 3-6: Dalat

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Dalat offers a wide range of activities within the city as also the outskirts. Da Lat Lat is mostly comprised of a scenic mountain town that used to be a hill station during the French colonial period when people came here on holiday in search of cooler weather.

As a result, you will find scenic French colonial style architecture all over the town, and if you want to explore a little further then you will find some of the best scenery in the country.

Day 6-7: Nha Trang

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Nha Trang has made a name for itself as one of the prettiest seaside places in all of Vietnam and if you like sea and sand then this is certainly a great pick.

Tran Phu Street running down the coast of Nha Trang is the most popular street in the city, with high end resorts on one side, and a lively beach on the other. There are plenty of beach-side cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs for you to choose from that have their own little bit of beach with reclining chairs and parasols, so find one to suit your tastes and spend an evening lazing about.

Day 8-11: Hoi An
Day 11-14: Hanoi & Ha Long Bay or Ninh Binh

If you like another option with less time to travel, have a look at our sample itinerary of 12 days with beach break in Phu Quoc Island 

21-Day Itinerary:

Day 1-3: Saigon
Day 3-4: Phu Quoc
Day 5-9: Dalat
Day 10-14: Nha Trang
Day 15-18: Hoi An
Day 19-21: Hanoi

28-Day Itinerary:

Day 1-3: Saigon
Day 4-7: Phu Quoc
Day 8-12: Dalat
Day 13-15: Nha Trang
Day 16-19: Hoian
Dai 20-21: Hanoi

Every trip needs a plan for everything to go as smoothly as possible; pick one that fits your schedule the best and don’t forget, Ideal Travel Asia is currently offering tours to Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries with itineraries that range from a couple of days to two weeks and above. Contact us for more information regarding visa, trip tailor made and local expert advice.

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