Vietnam TravelThe Perfect Two-Week Itinerary for First-Time Visitors to Vietnam

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From the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City to the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang, Vietnam is a country that has something for everyone. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam and don’t know where to start, then this blog post is for you. Keep reading to find out the best places to visit and things to do in Vietnam during your two-week stay.

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photo: Lê Minh

Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and explore the city’s French colonial architecture.  Don’t miss a chance to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese meal of pho (noodle soup) or banh mi (sandwich).

Day 2: Start your day with a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network used by Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. Then, head to the War Remnants Museum to learn more about the conflict. In the afternoon, take a stroll through one of Ho Chi Minh City’s many parks or shop for souvenirs at one of the city’s markets.

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Day 3: Take a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to see traditional stilt houses, visit floating markets, and take a boat ride through the delta’s labyrinth of waterways.

Day 4: Fly north to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Spend the day exploring the city’s many temples and tombs, including the Tomb of Khai Dinh and the Temple of Literature.

Day 5: Continue your tour of Hue with a visit to the Citadel, a huge complex of imperial palaces and temples. Then, take a cruise down the Perfume River to see some of Hue’s most iconic sights, such as the Thien Mu Pagoda.

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photo: Lê Minh

Day 6: From Hue, drive to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Vietnam’s most charming cities. Stroll through the city’s Old Town, visit the 400-year-old Japanese Bridge, and shop for souvenirs at one of Hoi An’s many markets.

Day 7: Spend a day relaxing on one of Hoi An’s many beaches or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese cooking class or watch a performance of traditional music and dance.

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Day 8: Drive north to Danang and spend some time exploring the city’s museums and monuments. Don’t miss a chance to visit the Cham Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of Cham art, and the Marble Mountains, a group of five limestone mountains that offer stunning views of Danang.

Day 9: From Danang, drive to Hue for your flight back to Ho Chi Minh City. en route, stop at the Hai Van Pass, one of Vietnam’s most scenic mountain passes.

nha trang vietnam

photo: Dac Duy

Day 10: Arrive in Nha Trang, Vietnam’s premier beach destination. Spend the day relaxing on one of Nha Trang’s many beaches or take a boat trip to nearby islands. In the evening, enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the city’s many restaurants.

Day 11: Drive south to Mui Ne, a small town on the coast famous for its wind and kitesurfing. Spend the day exploring Mui Ne’s sandy beaches and red sand dunes.

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Day 12: Drive back to Nha Trang and spend the day swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the city’s many amenities. In the evening, take a stroll along the city’s promenade or enjoy a meal at one of Nha Trang’s seafood restaurants.

Day 13: Fly back to Ho Chi Minh City and spend your final day exploring the city’s sights. Don’t miss a chance to visit the Reunification Palace, the former home of the President of South Vietnam, and the War Remnants Museum.

saigon ho chi minh city

photo: jet dela cruz

Day 14: Depart Ho Chi Minh City and fly home.

Vietnam is an incredibly diverse country with something to offer everyone—whether you’re interested in exploring its rich history, soaking up some sun on one of its many beaches, or simply indulging in delicious Vietnamese cuisine. With this two-week itinerary, you’ll be able to experience all that Vietnam has to offer without feeling rushed or overwhelmed. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!

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DongVanDrifter
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DongVanDrifter

What a delightful itinerary! Don’t forget to experience the breathtaking Halong Bay and lively Hanoi. Have you been there?

b2H3k9fR88
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b2H3k9fR88

Thanks for the tip! I’ll definitely add Halong Bay and Hanoi to my list. It’s shaping up to be an awesome trip. Did you know that Vietnam is home to over 3,000 kilometers of coastline, offering some stunning beaches to explore?

FlowingTide72
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FlowingTide72

I’d be delighted to provide additional information. In addition to the mentioned attractions, first-time visitors to Vietnam may also consider exploring the lively city of Ho Chi Minh for its vibrant street food scene, historic landmarks, and the insightful Cu Chi Tunnels. What are your thoughts? 😊

Hanbin_Fan
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Hanbin_Fan

What an extraordinary itinerary for first-time travelers to Vietnam! From Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta, Hue, Hoi An, and Danang, this guide covers all the must-see attractions and hidden gems. Share your thoughts on this incredible journey and let’s plan the adventure of a lifetime!

MusicLoverVN
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MusicLoverVN

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and stunning landscapes of Vietnam, this itinerary has got you covered! From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the ancient charm of Hoi An, and the historical landmarks of Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll get a taste of everything this beautiful country has to offer. And let’s not forget the picturesque Halong Bay and the tranquil Mekong Delta, nature’s hidden gems that will leave you in awe.

VpopFrenzy
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VpopFrenzy

a boat tour and experience the vibrant culture of the region, including floating markets and traditional villages. This itinerary sounds like the perfect way to experience Vietnam’s diverse culture and stunning landscapes in just two weeks. I’m definitely adding it to my travel bucket list!

foodie_girl
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foodie_girl

This article is a great resource for anyone planning a two-week trip to Vietnam. It covers all the must-see destinations and activities, from exploring the historic landmarks in Hanoi to cruising through the picturesque Halong Bay. I especially appreciate the transportation recommendations and suggested activities for each destination, making it easy to plan out a hassle-free trip.

thenailtech
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thenailtech

As someone who has never been to Vietnam, this itinerary seems like the perfect way to experience the country’s diverse culture and stunning natural landscapes in just two weeks.

ThreadTactician
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ThreadTactician

@thenailtech I have always been fascinated by Vietnam’s rich history and vibrant culture, and this itinerary seems like a great way to explore the country’s top destinations and hidden gems. It’s amazing how much you can see and do in just two weeks!

NguyenHien1998
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NguyenHien1998

Vietnam is a gem waiting to be explored. You’ll be captivated by the vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and breathtaking landscapes. Make sure to visit Halong Bay for its stunning beauty and Hoi An for its charming old town. Your adventure awaits!

lemondrops777
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lemondrops777

I couldn’t agree more with the author, this itinerary is the perfect way to experience the diverse beauty and culture of Vietnam in just two weeks.

BiN22
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BiN22

I’m so excited to start planning my trip to Vietnam! This article is a great starting point.

ConicalHatCrew
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ConicalHatCrew

@BiN22

I’m planning my trip to Vietnam and this article is very helpful.

Starlight32
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Starlight32

I’m so excited to visit Vietnam! Its such a beautiful country with so much to see. From the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City to the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang, Vietnam has something for everyone. I can’t wait to see everything this two-week trip has in store for me.

My family and I just got back from our amazing two week trip to Vietnam. We loved exploring the cityscaped and vibrant cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang. The food was excellent, the beaches beautiful and private, and the people warm and welcoming. I cannot recommend this country enough for a vacation.

film_buff
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film_buff

Vietnam is an incredibly unique country to explore and this itinerary is a great way to experience a taste of the country in just two weeks

BinhThanhBackpacker
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BinhThanhBackpacker

Aw, I’m pleased you think so! Vietnam really is a gem. If you have any concerns, feel free to ask! 😊

douknowhat
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douknowhat

This reminds me so much of a planned tripped I saw online. It was one you actually had to pay for. A friend was telling me that these trips can easily be planned by anyone and they were running scams. Thanks for detailing this for free and not charging people to see it. I think the trip sounds amazing! 

compasstraveler
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compasstraveler

I’m drooling just thinking about all the delicious food I’ll get to try in Vietnam!

ElizabethGardner
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ElizabethGardner

I love how this itinerary covers all the must-see spots in just two weeks!

FFF1
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FFF1

I love how detailed this itinerary is. it takes the stress out of planning a trip to Vietnam.

Hanbin_Fan
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Hanbin_Fan

Planning a trip to Vietnam can be overwhelming, but I’m pleased the itinerary helped. You’ll have a remarkable adventure!

TBH23
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TBH23

This is a solid 2 weeks for sure. I might actually recommend this to someone I work with. He and his wife are planning on going to Vietnam in the fall. 

PanoramicPixie8
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PanoramicPixie8

@TBH23

Great job on this itinerary! I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying your time in Vietnam.

BenjaminNgo
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BenjaminNgo

Two weeks seems like just the right amount of time to get a taste of Vietnam’s culture, food, and beautiful landscapes.

thirdstrikeIII
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thirdstrikeIII

Even though I have been to Vietnam, I feel like this is something I could have used for my first trip. This sounds like an amazing vacation to explore a bit of everything and fit it all in 2 weeks.

caphekitty
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caphekitty

That actually sounds like a very well-rounded and well thought out trip for someone looking to get a bit of everything in Vietnam. I think this would be a wonderful second or even third trip too.