What to do in Vietnam in 10 Days – Vietnam itineraries in 10 days

Vietnam – the country of the wonderful landscape and world heritages possesses valuable cultural and historical values. Let me show you 9 best 10 -day Vietnam itinerary. Whether you are travelling solo, with family or with your soul mates, you will always get the most of 10 days in Vietnam.

1. VIETNAM ITINERARY 10 DAYS FOR FAMILY – The CLASSIC VIETNAM FAMILY HOLIDAY

With great food, lush scenery and lots of warm, friendly locals, your whole family will fall in love with Vietnam.

The classic Vietnam itinerary is ideal for your family holiday in Vietnam in 10 days. Let’s discover Cu Chi tunnel & Mekong delta with coconut palms. Laying back on the beach in Nha Trang. Sail beautiful magneficent Halong Bay. Delight at water puppets & pottery making in Hanoi. There are so much to share and do together within your family, you’ll experience the culture, flavors, and highlights of a Vietnam adventure, creating unforgettable trip to Vietnam

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnel-Nha Trang beach-Hanoi capital-Bat Trang village- Halong bay.

Classic Vietnam Family Itinerary 10 Days
Classic Vietnam Family Itinerary 10 Days

Your 10-day Vietnam Itinerary: 

Day 1: Arrive Saigon

Day 2: Explore Cu Chi Tunnels – Half day Ho chi Minh City Exploration

Day 3: Cai Be – Discover Mekong Delta

Day 4: Flight to Nha Trang – Leisure on beach

Day 5-6: Nha Trang-Leisure on the beach

Day 7: Flight to Hanoi – Transfer to Halong bay

Day 8: Full day tour Halong Bay Cruise

Day 9: Half day Hanoi city tour – Bat Trang ceramic village

Day 10: Hanoi free exploration. 

 

 

 

 

 

Detailed Vietnam 10-day Itinerary: 

Day 1: Arrive Saigon 
Welcome to Vietnam! The land of unique culture and stunning natural view! Upon your arrival, your local tour guide will welcome you at the airport then escort you to hotel by private car. Check in hotel and relax to refresh from the long international fly. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner on the Saigon Bonsai River Cruise which will give you the first impression of Saigon by enjoying the night scenery on the cruise boat.
 
Day 2: Explore Cu Chi Tunnels – Half day Saigon city tour 

Enjoy a half day tour to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning. The Cu Chi tunnel was built during the war time by the Vietnamese for fighting with enemies, but nowadays it has become an interesting and fun place for tourists. Your kids will have fun in discover the complicated tunnel system in the forest. 

Cu Chi Tunnel
Cu Chi Tunnel
Afternoon, we visit Reunification Palace formerly known as Independence Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, is a landmark in Hochiminh City. Continue to visit City Hall, Ho Chi Minh Monument and Central Post Office which was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. Right nearby, you can see Notre Dame Cathedral, a magnificent building located in the heart of the city and was established by French colonists. This cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet). 
 
Day 3: Cai Be – Discover Mekong Delta 

Transferring from the central of Ho Chi Minh City at 7.00, you will reach Cai Be at 9.30 AM. Up on arrival in Cai Be, stop to visit Cao Dai Temple in Cai Be which symbolize for the local unique religion and then the Cai Be Cathedral. 

After that, you will embark on the boat to visit the inland and floating markets of Cai Be to observe the daily life of local people as well as to know how the two markets different from each other. 

You will buy fresh tropical fruits right at locals’ own boats and have chance to talk to them for exploring more their own culture value along with their daily life.

Leaving the market, you will continue with a hand-rowing boat tour to discover the exciting Mekong river life. The small boat will travel through the tiny canals and lead you to the mysterious spots on the way. 

Back to the main tourist boat and transfer to a local family (located on Tan Phong Island). Take a short rest, have a drink and taste the local fresh fruits. 

Next, we will cycle around to visit Tan Phong Island. If it is on schooldays, you will also have a chance to make friends with local cute and gentle pupils in a village school. Stop at a local farmer’s house to savour a cup of tea and local specialties of banana candies. You can try plucking the fruits at the host’s garden and talk to him to understand how local farmers take care for their gardens.

Saying goodbye to the hospitable host, we keep on biking to the bang conical hat (nón bàng) workshop if they open. You will cycle back to Restaurant for lunch with local food and break before embarking on boat to leave Tan Phong Island for the pier to come back Ho Chi Minh City at 17:30.

Relax at leisure at your hotel left of the time.

Overnight in HCMC 

 
Day 4: Flight to Nha Trang – Leisure on beach 
Morning is free at your own for shopping until time transfer to airport to take a short flight to Nha Trang. On arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel and free for beach relaxation. Stay overnight in Nha Trang.
 
 Day 5: Nha Trang-Leisure on the beach
Free at leisure to enjoy the beautiful beach, sunshine and fun activities on the beach or go to the Vinpearl Amusement Park in the Vinpearl Land  – in Vietnam we call it “ Disneyland of the Pearl island”.
 
Day 6: Nha Trang-Leisure on the beach 
More day at leisure for your own Nha Trang discovery or take an option go to the Thap Ba hot springs to enjoy a soak in the therapeutic mud and a relaxing massage.
 
Day 7: Flight to Hanoi – Transfer to Halong bay 
Enjoy relaxing time in the morning until pick up and transfer to airport for onward flight to Hanoi. On arrival, pick up and transfer to Halong city. Halong translates as ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’, and legend claims the islands of Halong Bay were created by a great dragon from the mountains. As it charged towards the coast, its flailing tail gouged out valleys and crevasses. When it finally plunged into the sea, the area filled with water, leaving only the pinnacles visible. Stay overnight in Halong.
 
Day 8: Full day tour Halong Bay Cruise 
Morning we will board our private junk and begin enjoy a four-hour cruise on the stunning bay, stopping for the most beautiful cave named Sung Sot (Amazing cave) (See more: The most astonishing caves in Vietnam). Climbing steep stairs to explore huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Continue to enjoy this relaxing cruise through the fairyland-like landscape. Then we head back to Ha Long harbor and our waiting vehicle will transfer us back to Hanoi. On arrival, visit Ngoc Son Temple which is located at the northern end of Sword Lake. From the shore, walking on the Welcoming Morning Sunlight Bridge leads to the island. Admire buildings of the temple, including the Pen Tower, the ink-slab, the Moon Contemplation Pavilion and the Pavilion against Waves, all of which have symbolic meaning. Enjoy a water puppet showWater puppetry – ” puppets that dance on water”- is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today’s Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Hanoi old quarter.
 
Day 9: Half day Hanoi city tour – Bat Trang ceramic village 
In the morning, we start our day tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum . The mausoleum is the last resting place of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s great revolutionist. It is a symbol of gratitude and respect of Vietnamese people for president Ho Chi Minh. Closed by, the famous One Pillar Pagoda which is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter. It is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity, since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond. After that, continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Vietnamese name is Quoc Tu Giam) – The Vietnam’s first University, which was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.  Enjoy a cyclo tour around Hanoi Old Quarter before ending at local restaurant for lunch.
 
Afternoon, visit Bat Trang ceramic village, the village is 13 km southwest of Hanoi center, on the other side of the Red River. The village was said to be established in 14th century and the village is famous for ceramic and pottery products of high quality. The village specialized in large – scale pottery and porcelain production using traditional methods. Stop at a small family factory to see how they manufacture their products. Watch the artisans form, paint and glaze their products and you will have a chance to practice your talent with wet clay and a mould. Or you can join the drawing class in the factory. Back to Hanoi for stay overnight.
 
Day 10: Depart Hanoi 
Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to the airport for flight back home. 
It’s time to say goodbye, we thank you for travelling with us and warmly welcome you to come again.
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2. AT A GLANCE VIETNAM ITINERARY FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS- 10 DAYS

Vietnam Glance Itinerary is ideal for the first-time visitor to Vietnam, taking in all of the main highlights in just under 10 days. Starting in the north, visit the colonial capital, Hanoi, before you head out to Halong Bay to stay aboard a traditional Junk. A driving from amazing scenery of Hue through the lush agriculture and stunning coastal vistas of provincial Vietnam & chill out in Hoi An Accent Town as you indulge in Vietnam’s coolest destination before exploring Cu Chi tunnel & Mekong delta with coconut palms, sugar plantations.

Itinerary: 

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi / Overnight cruising on Halong Bay
Day 3: Halong/Hanoi
Day 4: Flight to Hue, Full day visit Hue ancient capital
Day 5: Hue-Da Nang
Day 6: Da Nang-Hoi An
Day 7: Hoian/ Ho Chi Minh City
Day 8: Mekong Delta – Cai Be floating market -2 hrs by minivan
Day 9: Cu Chi Tunnel by minivan
Day 10: Depart Ho Chi Minh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. VIETNAM ITINERARY – LIVING LOCAL STYLE 10 DAYS

Destinations: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Ngoc Son Ngo Luong – Pu Luong – Van Long – Tam Coc – Cat Ba

You will discover the truly life of local people and pristine natural sight-seeing. The trip will let you visit the hidden villages in the North of Vietnam, sleep in local houses, biking on thousand – year – old village road, experience the “transportation” rural men used to use, buffalo cart, visit untouched caves, galaxy and witness the normal life of people in Cat Ba Island.

Living local style in Vietnam

Itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Home-cooked Dinner
Day 2: Hanoi City tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (170km)
Day 4: Mai Chau – Pu Luong Natural Reserve (40km)
Day 5: Pu Luong – Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Natural Reserve
Day 6: Ngoc Son Ngo Luong – Van Long Nature reserve (80km)
Day 7: Van Long – Tam Coc (40km)
Day 8: Tam Coc – Cat Ba National Park (150km)
Day 9: Cat Ba – Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi departure

4. NORTH VIETNAM TRAVEL ITINERARY – 10 DAYS

Destination: Hanoi capital- Bat Trang village -Halong bay- Sapa town – Ninh Binh

With North Vietnam Itinerary 10 days, you will discover the North Vietnam and understand why North Vietnam attracts visitors from all year round. You will visit the most beautiful destinations in the North with unforgettable moments: Hanoi city with cyclo, Halong bay with overnight cruise & kayaking, Sapa with trekking to hill tribe minority villages in Sapa and visiting Bat Trang ceramic Village – the old, well established village which is famous for  producing a unique style of ceramics called Bát Tràng Porcelain.

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi – cyclo tour
Day 2: Half day Hanoi city tour – Bat Trang ceramic village
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong bay – Overnight on board
Day 4: Cruising Halong bay – Free time in Halong City
Day 5: Halong – Ferry to Cat Ba – Trekking in the National Park – Home-stay at a local house
Day 6: Cat Ba activities – Hai Phong – Hanoi – night train to Lao Cai
Day 7: Sapa – Stunning mountain view and terrace fields, primitive villages
Day 8: Keep visitting the villages – Sapa
Day 9: Full day hill tribe color full market – Shuttle bus back Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi free time – departure.


5. ROMANTIC HONEYMOON VIETNAM ITINERARY 10 DAYS

Destinations: Hanoi–Halong bay–Sapa–Hoian–Saigon–Mekong delta

Begin your new life together on this romantic ten-day honeymoon tour of Vietnam. Visit vibrant Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, cruise overnight on Ha Long Bay, hit up with a trip to the mountainous hill town and villages of Sapa, relax & get your dress tailor made at ancient world heritage Hoi An and discover the fascinating countryside of the Mekong Delta.

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi – cyclo tour
Day 2: Full day cruising Halong bay – Overnight on board
Day 3: Cruising Halong bay – Night train to Sapa
Day4:  Sapa – Stunning mountain view and terrace fields, primitive villages
Day 5: Full day hill tribe colorfull market – Shuttle bus back to Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi – Flight to Danang – Hoian Ancient town
Day 7: Hoian – Free at leisure
Day 8: Hoian – Flight to Saigon, short city tour
Day 9: Cai Be – Full day Mekong delta
Day 10: Saigon – Departure

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6. VIETNAM HERITAGE ITINERARY 10 DAYS

From charming Hanoi with its fading colonial architecture and national monuments, to the spellbinding scenery of Halong Bay and  Phong Nha cave in Quang Binh province. From amazing scenery of Hue & charming of Hoi An ancient town to the steamy city of Saigon on the edge of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam is as colorful as it is diverse. See the very best of vibrant Vietnam Heritage, in 10 captivating days!

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi
Day 2: Trang An world heritage site by minivan
Day 3: Hanoi / Overnight cruising on Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong/ Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi / Phong Nha caves in Quang Binh
Day 6: Quang Binh / DMZ / Hue
Day 7: Hue/ Hoian via Danang
Day 8: Hoian & My Son holyland
Day 9: Hoian / Ho Chi Minh City
Day 10: Discover Cu Chi Tunnels by minivan

 


7. COASTAL CENTRAL LINE – 10 DAYS

Discover the central line of Vietnam with the menu of Starter: Hue ancient capital, Main course: Swimming and Diving and finish with Dessert Hoian Ancient town and My Son holy land

Destinations: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnel – Cai Be – Chau Doc – Ha Tien – Ca Mau – Can Tho

Coastal Central Line – 10 Days
Day 1: Quang Binh arrival – Discover Kingdom of cave
Day 2: Paradise cave – Biking to the villages
Day 3: Drive to Hue passing DMZ zone
Day 4: Hue City tour
Day 5: Thuy Bieu village – Drive to Danang
Day 6: Danang – Hoian
Day 7: My Son holy land – Hoian ancient town
Day 8: Country side Experience
Day 9: Cham Island diving
Day 10: Hoian departure

Splendid Hai Tien beach under the sun.


8. VIETNAM ITINERARY – MEKONG IN DEPTH 10 DAYS

Mekong Delta is a Treasure which need to be discovered with a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands, home to floating markets, Khmer pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies. You also can discover the water life of people here. 

Day 1: Arrive in HCMC
Day 2: HCMC – Cai Be
Day 3: Cai Be – Tra Vinh
Day 4: Tra Vinh – Can Tho
Day 5: Can Tho – Chau Doc
Day 6: Chau Doc – Ha Tien
Day 7: Ha Tien – Phu Quoc
Day 8: Phu Quoc
Day 9: Phu Quoc
Day 10: Phu Quoc – HCMC – Departure

 


9. VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA ITINERARY 10 DAYS

The 10 days itinerary is ideal for travelers to discover the main attractions that Vietnam and Cambodia has to offer.  Highlights include an overnight cruise around Halong Bay on a junk boat, the historic and charming town of  Hanoi,  the mysterious Angkor temple and a long bus driving over Vietnam and Cambodia border.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival – Welcome dinner
Day 2: Hanoi half day City Tour 4 hours – Afternoon free 4 hours
Day 3: Hanoi – cruise on Halong bay
Day 4: Halong bay – Saigon via Hanoi
Day 5: Saigon half day city tour
Day 6: Mekong Delta – Cai Be floating market, Vinh Long Town by minivan – 2 hours
Day 7: Saigon – Siem Reap by bus – 13 hours
Day 8: Siem Reap – Free day at leisure
Day 9: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom
Day 10: Siem Reap – Departure

 

 

 

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