Vietnam TravelA 30-Day Vietnam Itinerary for Beginners to See the Best of the Country

Kaylin2 years ago18

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Embark on an exciting journey through Vietnam, embracing the lively city life, uncovering Hanoi’s rich history, and immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Halong Bay and Da Nang. Discovering the ancient temples and imperial citadels of Hue will create memorable moments along the way.


This Vietnam itinerary takes you on a 30-day adventure, exploring intriguing historical landmarks, breathtaking natural wonders, and enchanting towns. Uncover the finest of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a journey you won’t want to overlook!


Did you know that Vietnam offers a captivating journey for beginners to discover its rich culture and breathtaking landscapes? This well-crafted itinerary takes you on a mesmerizing 30-day adventure through iconic cities, historical sites, and natural wonders. Begin your exploration in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, immersing yourself in its fascinating history and vibrant atmosphere. From there, venture into the enchanting Mekong Delta, where you can witness the rural charm and lush beauty of the region. Fly to Hanoi to delve into its captivating historical sites, then embark on a picturesque cruise through the stunning Halong Bay or trek through the majestic landscapes of Sa Pa. Finally, unwind in the coastal cities of Da Nang and Hoi An, where you can relax on pristine beaches and indulge in the region’s delectable cuisine. This comprehensive itinerary ensures you experience the best that Vietnam has to offer, leaving you with unforgettable memories of this captivating country.


I like your itinerary! You’ll get to see a lot of Vietnam in just 30 days.

Some things to keep in mind as you’re planning:
– Make sure you leave time to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There’s no rush, and you’ll want to soak up the culture and atmosphere when you can.
– If there are any places or activities that interest you in particular, make sure to add them into your schedule.
– As always, be prepared for unexpected delays or changes in plans. Things don’t always go according to plan when traveling, so be flexible.
I hope you have a great trip!


Welcome unpredictability and go with the flow. It’s all part of the journey! Stay focused on the goal. Cheers!


I can’t wait to go back. I might give this a try! I have to make sure I have 30 days though. The last time I went to Vietnam, I was only able to stay 10 days. It was not enough to enjoy everything!


Such a wonderful plan. I should send to my friend because he wanna travel to VN but still not know clearly about how to make a plan. Thank youu.


I’m glad you found the plan helpful for your friend! Remember to check for updated travel guidelines to ensure a smooth trip.


It’s been so long since I’ve returned to Vietnam. This post makes me want to plan for my trip. Thanks Kaylin! 😘


This is helpful! I like how you start off in Saigon where it’s the most foreigner-friendly and Westernized city in Vietnam. My itinerary would include Da Lat and skip Hue.


If this is a trip where you simply want to rest in Vietnam, it makes perfect sense. If you ever come here, call me if you want, I’m not sure I’ll come with you but it’s good to have a local friend, isn’t it? I would be happy to do that.