Essential One Week in Vietnam Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Hanoi - Clyco Tour to Hanoi
After arriving at Hanoi, since you're still tired from the flight and drive, an electric tram tour or cyclo tour through the Hanoi’s Old Quarter should be a wonderful thing to do on your first day in Vietnam. The famous 36 streets once selling Hanoi's very own handicraft products. In modern times, Hanoi Old Quarter has become the most central quarter of Vietnam’s capital where visitors can enjoy Vietnam culture, traditional architecture, and cuisine presented in such a modern way.
Enjoy a performance of water puppetry – a Vietnamese folklore art form that has seized the love of people from across the world.
Vietnamese Water Puppetry
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour - Historical Landmarks
Take a half-day city tour to see more of Hanoi. Most Hanoi city tours will take you to highlighted Hanoi attractions such as Ba Dinh Square to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Hanoi’s iconic One-Pillar Pagoda, and Temple of Literature.
In the afternoon, get to Halong City and stay overnight in the city before getting to the world’s wonder Halong Bay.
Day 3: Halong Bay Cruise - Thien Cung Cave - Flight to Da Nang
Get on our private cruise to get lost in the middle of Halong Bay’s limestone islands and islets, formed in thousands of shapes and sizes by Mother Nature. Not only you’ll have a chance to enjoy one of the world’s most impressive landscapes but also visit the beautiful Thien Cung Cave – a truly heaven palace on earth.
Return to Hanoi to take a short flight to Da Nang. Stay the night at this beautiful and modern city. You can enjoy Da Nang nightlife - sparkling bridges, modern ambiance, and bustling street food scene.
Day 4: Hoi An – Walking Tour - Drive to Hue
Drive to Hoi An, which is just half an hour away from Da Nang. You can spend this day taking a walking tour to see the world’s cultural heritage Hoi An Ancient Town – once an international trading port in Asia during the 15th-19th centuries, well-preserved until this day. The ancient houses in Hoi An are lit with colorful lanterns, only adorning, even more, its prominent Chinese architecture.
Photo: Richie Chan
We can’t miss the chance to visit and take a look at Japanese Covered Bridge – a landmark that has so many values in architecture and history. The 200-year-old Phung Hung Ancient house is also a site worthy of your visit with its unique style.
Arrive late and stay overnight in Hue.
Day 5: Hue - Imperial Citadel - Thien Mu Pagoda
Hue is another world’s heritage site of Vietnam, preserving such quintessence of traditional royal Vietnamese architecture. The Forbidden Purple City of Hue’s imperial citadel was built based on the Chinese’s famous Forbidden City in Beijing. The palace retains a feeling of its past scale and importance, with detailed stonework and pavilions and it is at the moment in the process of being restored to its former magnificence.
Photo: Robert Wyatt
A boat ride on Perfume River, stopping at Thien Mu Pagoda is a must. Thien Mu pagoda is the most famous religious site in Hue for its iconic 7-tier chedi. From Thien Mu, you’ll be enjoying great views over the poetic and beautiful Perfume River, especially during sunset.
Once we’re in Hue, we can’t miss visiting the emperors’ tombs in the surrounding of Hue which is actually resting places of Nguyen emperors, blessed with such a peaceful atmosphere and natural beauties.
7-tier chedi in Thien Mu Pagoda
Depart from Hue to Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels - Underground Mystery
From Ho Chi Minh City, it only takes about 1 hour to reach Cu Chi Tunnels. Here, you'll discover parts of the 151-mile system of underground tunnels, used by the communists during the American War to live and shelter from the US bomb raids.
The afternoon tour will take you back to explore the largest city in Vietnam. Come to War Remnant Museum, City’s Central Post Office and the symbolic Notre Dame cathedral.
Day 7: Depart from Ho Chi Minh City