8 days in Vietnam 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.

8 days in Vietnam

Halong Bay

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

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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 Vietnam: the North

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.



Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Turtle Tower in Hoan Kiem Lake

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)


Halong Bay:

Halong Bay, Vietnam

A corner of Halong Bay

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.


Mai Chau:

Mai Chau

Mai Chau Valley

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


Ninh Binh:

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:


Itinerary 1:

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


Itinerary 2:

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 in Vietnam: North and Central

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.

Hoi An:

Hoian Ancient Town

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 in Vietnam: Central combine South

Mekong floating market

A vendor on Mekong floating market


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 in Vietnam: Across the country

8 days in Vietnam is suffice to explore the whole country. 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


Budgets for 8 days in Vietnam:

  • 3 star hotel without flight: 550 – 750 $US/ person for double/ twin sharing
  • 4 star hotel without flight: 800 – 950 $US/ person for double/ twin sharing
  • 5 star hotel without flight: 1150 – 1550 $US/ person for double/ twin sharing
  • Flight from 80$US/ 1 way (North/ South to Central), from 150$US/ 1 way North to South or vice versa


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