8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Da Lat
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
3
Hue
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Hoi An
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: London

1
night
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
On the 8th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Central Post Office, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City itinerary maker website .

London, UK to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in August: highs in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

#Tours, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

1
night
Da Lat

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Da Lat sightseeing app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Da Lat

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Xuan Huong Lake ©
Xuan Huong Lake

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night
Hue

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
On the 11th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Hue Imperial City (The Citadel), and finally don't miss a visit to The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon).

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hue trip planning website .

Getting from Da Lat to Hue by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Hue sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

#Historic Sites
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

1
night
Hoi An

Hoi An ©
Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

#Spas
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then take a stroll through Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hoi An to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or drive. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Food Tours

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