8 days are fine for a tour in Vietnam. With this time, travelers can visit certain parts of the country or take a quick trip to all Vietnam famous travel destinations.
Best 8 days in Vietnam tour itinerary
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong delta (1 day)
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City tour – Flight to Da Nang – Hoi An
Day 4: Visit Hoi An – Hue
Day 5: Visit Hue – Hanoi (Late afternoon flight)
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong (Halong cruise program with 1 night on boat)
Day 7: Halong – Hanoi
Day 8: Visit Hanoi – Departure
With this itinerary, travelers will need 2 flights: Saigon – Da Nang and Hue Hanoi. Price for each route is from 50 USD
Depend on the accommodation you choose, prices for this program are from 800 USD, include 2 air tickets
8 days in North Vietnam
Northern Vietnam is home to some of the most stunning scenery seen in all of South East Asia. A eight day tour is enough to give you a small glimpse of what life is like in many of these locations.
Noi Bai – Hanoi International is the base for guests visiting the north of Vietnam. Book your flight to here and we will take care of the rest.
The central area of Hanoi is where visitors will usually spend most of their time while here – it is around 40KM from Noi Bai airport. This is Vietnam’s thousands years capital city – famed for its fantastic culture and exquisite street food. There are many fascinating museums and historic sites showcasing Vietnamese people and cultures that are simply a must-see the first time you are here, some of which include:
– Old Quarter area
– Hoan Kiem Lake
– St Joseph’s Cathedral
– Opera House
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum
– One-Pillar Pagoda
– Temple of Literature
– Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
– West Lake
– Bat Trang Ceramic Village (15 KM from Hanoi)
– Van Phuc Silk Village (15 KM from Hanoi)
– Duong Lam Ancient Village (60 KM from Hanoi)
You can spend either 1 or 2 days cruising in the World Heritage Site Halong Bay – which is 180KM east of Hanoi in the Gulf of Tonkin.
There are 1 day tour options which departs Hanoi in the morning around 8AM, it takes 3 hours 30 minutes to get to the Bay.
The cruise starts sailing at noon from the port of Halong for a 4 to 5 hour cruise with a seafood lunch on board. The highlight of the tour is to visit Heaven Palace Cave (Dong Thien Cung). The cruise arrives back to Halong port at around 4.30 – 5.30 PM and finishes in Hanoi around 8.30 PM.
However, the most popular choice is a 2 day/1 night cruise as you get to see the major attractions of the bay and spend a night floating on board in the surreal surroundings.
The trips include many activities when you are there including kayaking amongst the huge Limestone Karsts, visiting Caves, and having the opportunity to swim in the cool waters (from March to late October)
The Surprise Cave (Hang Sung Sot) is a grand 12,000 sqM cavern located in Bo Hon Island, deep in the heart of Halong’s Heritage Zone. It was found by the French who named it Grotte des Surprise (Surprise Cave) in 1901.
The spectacular Titop Island is one of the more famous islands in Ha Long Bay. It is a beautiful stop to make on your cruise and offers a unique feature in that you can climb stairs to the top of the islet and get a picturesque 360’ view. It also features a fantastic crescent shaped beach, known for its white sand and small waves, making it ideal to lie and sunbathe followed by cooling down with a calming dip in the water.
After your cruise ends on 2nd day you will be transferred back to your hotel in Hanoi.
Cuc Phuong National Park:
120KM south of Hanoi
Travel on a tiny road up into the mountains before arriving at the Park. The expansive national park contains the largest area of lowland primary forest in Vietnam and is home to the Primate Rescue Centre.
150KM from Hanoi
Situated around 150km from Hanoi is the tranquil town of Mai Chau. The area creates interest among travelers because of the simple way of life for the villagers coupled with the fantastic surrounding mountain scenery. If staying overnight you will get an authentic look at the Vietnamese countryside by staying with a local family in a Homestay. The family will provide dinner and breakfast for you the next morning, giving you a chance to interact with them and fully immerse yourself in the way of life. You can visit the town for 1 or 2 days.
400KM from Hanoi
The most beautiful Northwest town of Sapa is 350 KM from Hanoi. The best way to visit this place is by taking the night train which departs from Hanoi between 9-10 PM
100KM from Hanoi
Ninh Binh is a famous northern town with many historic attractions close by such as Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Tam Coc Grottos, Bich Dong, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Trang An nature reserve and Cuc Phuong National Park.
With time and above mentioned attractions, here are some itineraries for your consideration:
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (Overnight in Hanoi)
Day 2: Halong Bay (Overnight on Cruise Boat)
Day 3: Cat Ba Island (Overnight on Cat Ba Island)
Day 4: Hanoi – Overnight train to Sapa
Day 5: Exploring Sapa (Overnight in Sapa)
Day 6: Sapa – Overnight train back to Hanoi
Day 7: Visit Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi departure
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (Overnight in Hanoi)
Day 2: Hanoi City tour and night train to Sapa
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat Village
Day 4: Visit Lao Chai and Ta Van villages, night train back to Hanoi
Day 5: Halong Bay 2 day cruise tour
Day 6: Halong – Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi – Duong Lam Village
Day 8: Hanoi Departure
8 days North and Central Vietnam
Vietnam is one of the most diverse destinations you will ever visit. This classic package is ideal for those travelling the country Vietnam for the first time. It takes you to the many of the most sought after attractions in the north and the central – all within one action packed week!
Hue, 1 hour flight from Hanoi is a city in central Vietnam famous for its many historic sites. It is host to another of Vietnams Heritage Listed Areas – the Imperial Citadel – It is a 2.5km walled fortress and palace located in the center of this former Capital. Also in the surrounding area are 7 Royal Tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty all at different close by locations which can make for a great afternoon adventure.
130km South of Hue
This charming town possesses a fascinating old centre made up of many walking streets that are beautifully relaxing to have a walk around in the evening. It is another of Vietnams recognized World Heritage Sites and after spending one night here you will realize why! Hoi An is also known for its many tailors, who can make any clothing you desire and usually in under 24 hours. Why not get fitted for a new suit or dress and collect it in the morning?
Should you wish there is a stunning but quiet beach nearby (5km) which many tourists choose to cycle to and spend the afternoon topping up their tan whilst sipping on a cocktail.
8 days Central combine South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon):
1 hour flight from Danang/ Hoi An
The International Airport of Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat) is only 6 KM from the central area of the city. After you arrive here and settle in to your hotel, you should head straight out to explore
this buzzing city. A big plus with visiting this city is that many of the best attractions are reasonably close to each other including:
– Ben Thanh Market
– Saigon Central Post Office
– Notre Dame Cathedral
– War Remnants Museum
– Independence Palace
– Museum of Vietnamese History
We can arrange trips from Saigon to different places out in the countryside like the Cu Chi Tunnels tours or the Mekong Delta cruises.
8 days across Vietnam
With time and above mentioned attractions, here is an itinerary for your consideration.
Day 1: Hanoi arrival, visit Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Overnight on Halong Bay)
Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue
Day 4: Hue City Tour – Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An – Late flight to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 6: HCM City tour – Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 7: HCM City – Mekong delta (1 day)
Day 8: HCM City – Departure
Recommended Vietnam tours in 8 days
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