If you’ve been considering a trip to Vietnam but don’t know where to start, this 30-day itinerary for the country is your answer! In just one month and with only a few hours of travel each day, you’ll be able to see some of the most unique and beautiful parts of Vietnam. And while it’s not an exhaustive list, this should give you a good taste of what the country has to offer. Here is my 30-day Vietnam itinerary that you don’t have to follow down to a tee.
Day 1-7: Start in Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City is a great place to start your trip and get a sense of the country’s culture and history. Spend your first day wandering around the city, taking in the sights and sounds of the vibrant metropolis. Make sure to visit Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the War Remnants Museum.
Day 7-10: Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta is one of the most interesting and beautiful parts of Vietnam, and it’s well worth a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City. Spend your day exploring the villages and rice paddies of the delta, and make sure to take a boat ride down the Mekong River.
Day 10-15: Flight to Hanoi
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Today, fly up north to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. This city is full of history and culture, and there are plenty of things to see and do. Make sure to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the Hanoi Hilton.
Day 15-18: Halong Bay
Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam, and it’s definitely worth a visit. Spend your day cruising around the bay on a traditional junk boat, taking in the stunning scenery. If you wish, you can take a trip to Sa Pa instead of Halong Bay.
Day 18-22: Flight to Da Nang
Today, fly to the beach town of Da Nang, located in central Vietnam. This town is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun and sand. Make sure to visit Marble Mountain and China Beach while you’re here.
Day 22-23: Hoi An
Hoi An is another great town to relax in, and it’s also known for its excellent shopping. Spend your day exploring the town, shopping for souvenirs, and eating some of the amazing local food.
Day 23-26: Flight to Hue
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Today, fly to Hue, located in central Vietnam. This city is home to many ancient temples and palaces, and it’s a great place to explore. Make sure to visit the Imperial City and the Thien Mu Pagoda while you’re here.
Day 27: DMZ
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is an interesting place to visit, as it offers a glimpse into life during the Vietnam War. Spend your day exploring the area and learning about the history of the conflict.
Day 28-30: Flight back to Ho Chi Minh City and Fly Home
Today, fly back down to Ho Chi Minh City. This time, spend your days exploring the city in more detail, checking out smaller museums and temples, and eating at some of the local restaurants. On the last day, fly home, having experienced some of the best that Vietnam has to offer! Don’t forget to buy some souvenirs along the way when you’re traveling each region as a reminder that you’ve traveled to those places.
The great thing about this itinerary is that it’s completely flexible. If you’re not interested in spending a day exploring a certain city, feel free to swap it out for other destinations such as Da Lat, Phu Quoc Island or other cities. The important thing is that you get to see as much of Vietnam as possible from Northern, Central and Southern regions of the country during your 30-day trip. Are you ready to explore one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful and diverse countries? Get planning today as Vietnam’s borders are about to reopen!