8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City
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Hanoi
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Hoi An
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Ho Chi Minh City — 2 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum. On the 3rd (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and stop by Lucy Henna.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in October: highs in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Hanoi.
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Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping
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Hanoi — 3 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Quarter and Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). On the 4th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, stop by Vietgiftmart, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip site.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hoi An.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Hoi An — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hoi An road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. October in Hoi An sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.
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