Vietnam 8 Day Itinerary includes major travel highlights of both North and South Vietnam. Begin the classic tour with Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, Halong bay, then Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi tunnel, and Can Tho, the Mekong river delta.
Map of Vietnam 8 day itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi.
Picked up at Hanoi airport and transferred to hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour.
Discover the deep roots of Vietnamese culture through visits to pagodas, historic sites and an architecture museum as the History Museum, Hanoi’s Ethnology Museum and its fascinating exhibitions about the diverse hill tribes in Vietnam. Enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places.
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi.
Ha Long Bay – one of the world’s natural wonders and is the most beautiful tourist destination of Vietnam. Ha Long Bay features more than one thousand awesome limestone karsts and islands of various sizes and shapes along the 120-km coastline of Bai Chay Beach. These tiny islands are dotted with beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves, and have sparsely forested slopes ringing with bird song, cruise through the sculpted limestone islands of Halong Bay on a private junk; photograph life in a floating fishing village.
Day 4: Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Picked up at hotel and transferred to Noi Bai airport. Take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city, Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis, contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk café.
Day 5: Saigon City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels.
Beginning the tour with Ho Chi Minh City highlights including the Post Office, cathedral, Reunification palace, centre town, then continuation towards Cho Lon, visit Thien Hau temple, Binh Tay market. Enjoy a pleasant drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence.
Day 6 & 7: Saigon – Can Tho – Saigon.
Motorizing boat through the Bao Dinh natural canal, viewing the still house; the fruit plantation along the canal sides; enjoying the nice boat ride through the Tan Tach natural canal in Ben Tre cruise under the shadow of the water coconut trees. Phong Dien floating Market with the busy sense right at the time, keep cruising through the small channels system, visit the rice noodles making village. Experience the” monkey Bridge” in the Delta, the second floating market of Cai Rang, break time for lunch. Return to Ho Chi Minh city. Stop for visit & rest at the Bonsai garden in My Tho The biggest drawcard of the delta is the Cai Rang floating Market in the Mekong Delta on the second day, which is on the banks of wide stretches of river. Most market folk begin early to avoid the day time heat. Rural areas of Can Tho province, renowned for their durian, mangosteen and orange or-chards, can easily be reach from Can Tho by boat.
Day 8: Departure.
Picked up at hotel and transferred to Tan Son Nhat airport. Vietnam 8 Day Itinerary is completed.
Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi tour operator offering a wide selection of multi-activity holidays in Vietnam. Options include countryside cycle, mountain biking, road cycling, jungle trek, trekking homestay, mountain hiking, peaks climbs, motorbike, scouter touring, camping, caving expeditions, kayaking, boat trips, cruise, sightseeing, culture tours. Most of our trips are private customized. The itinerary above – Vietnam 8 Day Itinerary is only a sample that can be further customized to better fit your requirements. Just follow it or contact us for designing your perfect adventure.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Our drivers don’t speak English. It’s possible that a few of them might know some basic words, such as telling time, stop, and lunch. If you’re looking for effective communication throughout the journey, we highly recommend booking a tour guide.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, Lotussia Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.