9 days in Vietnam are fine to have interesting tour itineraries with travelers to visit Vietnam for the first time and also good for those who return Vietnam.

9 Days in Vietnam

With nine to ten days, travelers can visit the whole Vietnam, more in deep in each part of the country or combine with nearby countries Cambodia or Laos.

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9 days in Vietnam

Hoian Ancient Town – Biking Tour

Best 9 days in Vietnam tour itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour – Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 3: HCMC – Flight to Da Nang – Hoian

Day 4: Hoi An

Day 5: Hoian – Da Nang – Flight to Hanoi

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong (Overnight on boat)

Day 7: Halong – Ninh Binh

Day 8: Ninh Binh – Hanoi

Day 9: Hanoi city tour – Departure

North to South Vietnam tour itineraries in 9 days

The tour normally starts from Hanoi as biggest international airport located there. A half or 1 day Hanoi city tour is enough then travelers can continue to these destinations:

– Halong Bay (180 KM from Hanoi): Tours to Halong Bay can be 1, 2 or 3 days with daily or overnight trips

– Ninh Binh (100 KM from Hanoi): Famous with Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, Bich Dong, Van Long Lagoon, Trang An Nature reserves. 1 or 2 day trip to Ninh Binh is fine

– Sapa (350 KM) from Hanoi: Travelers can travel to Sapa by night trains, which depart from Hanoi every evening or by car/ bus.

– Mai Chau (180 KM) from Hanoi: 1 or 2 days to Mai Chau is fine.

Then, the next part of the country is the Central with Hue, Da Nang and Hoian, travelers can a 1-hour flight to either Hue or Da Nang.

– Hue: The ancient Citadel with famous Perfume River, Forbidden City. Travelers can visit the city in 1 day

– Da Nang – Hoian: The two cities are famous with beaches and resorts, 2 or 3 days at the area are fine

The next part is Ho Chi Minh City and the South area

– Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon: Biggest city in Vietnam with nearby Cu Chi Tunnel, Cao Dai Holy See

– Mekong Delta: The delta with rivers, floating markets…

Check our Vietnam tour page for more tour programs in details


Restored-sword Lake, Hanoi (Hoan Kiem Lake)


Suggested itinerary in 9 days in Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City:

Day 1:Hanoi arrival
Day 2:Hanoi – Halong (Overnight cruise)
Day 3:Halong – Ninh Binh
Day 4:Ninh Binh – Hanoi
Day 5:Hanoi – Da Nang – Hoian (Afternoon flight)
Day 6:Hoian
Day 7:Hoain – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City (Afternoon flight)
Day 8:HCMC – Mekong delta – HCMC
Day 9:HCM City tour – Departure

The tour can be customized with 1 day more or less, add or remove places upon travelers’ interests

Tra Que vegetable village in Hoian


South to North Vietnam tour itinerary in 9 days

Day 1:Ho Chi Minh City arrival
Day 2:HCM City tour – Cu Chi Tunnel
Day 3:HCMC – Mekong delta – HCMC
Day 4:HCMC – Hanoi (Flight)
Day 5:Hanoi – Mai Chau
Day 6:Mai Chau – Hanoi
Day 7:Hanoi – Halong
Day 8:Halong – Hanoi
Day 9:Hanoi – Departure

9 days in Vietnam combines with Laos or Cambodia

Travelers can combine North or South of Vietnam with Cambodia (Angkor Wat) or Laos (Luang Prabang). Check our Vietnam Cambodia tours page for more tour programs which combine Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia…


9 days North Vietnam with Laos:

Day 1:Hanoi arrival
Day 2:Hanoi – Halong (Overnight cruise)
Day 3:Halong – Hanoi – Night train to Sapa
Day 4:Sapa
Day 5:Sapa – Night train to Hanoi
Day 6:Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi
Day 7:Hanoi city tour – Luang Prabang (afternoon flight)
Day 8:Luang Prabang
Day 9:Luang Prabang – Departure

There is also another option for North Vietnam with Cambodia and travelers can replace Luang Prabang by Angkor Wat.

Hawphabang - Luang Prabang


9 days South Vietnam with Cambodia:

Day 1:Ho Chi Minh City arrival
Day 2:HCM City tour – Cu Chi Tunnel
Day 3:HCMC – Mekong delta (Can Tho)
Day 4:Can Tho – Chau Doc
Day 5:Chau Doc – Phnom Penh (Boat)
Day 6:Phnom Penh
Day 7:Phnom Penh – Angkor Wat
Day 8:Angkor Wat
Day 9:Angkor Wat – Departure

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia


Budgets for 9 days in Vietnam:

  • 3 star hotel without flight: 750 – 950 $US/ person for double/ twin sharing
  • 4 star hotel without flight: 1100 – 1250 $US/ person for double/ twin sharing
  • 5 star hotel without flight: 1350 – 1650 $US/ person for double/ twin sharing
  • Flight from 80$US/ 1 way (North/ South to Central), from 150$US/ 1 way North to South or vice versa


Recommended Vietnam tours in 9 days

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