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Boasting more than its fair share of beautiful coastal panoramas, Vietnam is as diverse as its landscapes, as any Vietnam tour will testify. The rich culture of the country drifts from the far-flung corners of the orient to the patisseries of Paris, with villages virtually unchanged since colonial times and cities that are a living breathing entity of shopping malls and street food stalls.

Whether you decide to dedicate yourself to a single fantastic destination such as Halong Bay or want to see as much of the country as possible, there’s no better way to do it than on a 5-day Vietnam tour. Check out our recommended 4 and 5-day itineraries below and take advantage!

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Vietnam in 5 Days: Country at a Glance

Visit the highlights of Hanoi on a 5 day Vietnam tour
Visit the Temple of Literature, which was established in honor of Confucius, on a 5-day Vietnam tour.
Day 1 Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2 Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels and take in the city sights
Day 3 Visit the Quang Ba Flower Market and other attractions in Hanoi
Day 4 Discover the hidden wonders of Halong Bay by boat
Day 5 Enjoy breakfast with the rising sun and return to Hanoi

Our final recommended Vietnam tour takes in both the north and the south of the country. Starting in the former capital of South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be given a guided tour of some of the 340 km of passageways that make up the Cu Chi Tunnels, and the various grand colonial-era structures built by the French. The short flight to Hanoi means you’ll have time to check out all that this city has to offer too, before catching a traditional water puppet performance. Then take to the waters of Halong Bay on a luxury vessel for a day and a night of adventure including a visit to the incredible Sung Sot Cave before ending your 5-day Vietnam itinerary back in Hanoi.

4 Days in Vietnam: The Best of Vietnam

Take a boat ride through Mekong Delta on a 5 day Vietnam itinerary
Take a boat ride through Mekong Delta and witness daily life unfold at the river.
Day 1 Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City 
Day 2 Tour Ho Chi Minh City and the Cu Chi Tunnels Complex
Day 3 Drift by the stalls of Cai Be Floating Market on the Mekong Delta
Day 4 Capture your last memories of Ho Chi Minh City

The most populous city in the country, and the capital during the French period of rule, Ho Chi Minh City (frequently still referred to by its previous name of Saigon) is awash with colonial landmarks, as you will discover on your tour of the city. Swapping aboveground for underground, you’ll then have the chance to wiggle your way through the Cu Chi Tunnels, which acted as important communist supply routes during the Vietnam War. Taking a Cu Chi Tunnels tour is one of the best things to do in Vietnam. Heading southwest, you’ll enter the famed Mekong Delta, and witness trading on the water at Cai Be’s floating fruit and vegetable market, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

5-day Itinerary in Vietnam: Discover Hanoi, Halong, and Van Phuc

On a 7 days trip in Vietnam, don't forget to visit Hanoi
Visit the bustling streets of Hanoi and become part of the urban hubbub.
5 days in vietnam is enough time to take a halong bay cruise
Visit the floating village of Cua Van on a Halong Bay cruise.
Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi
Day 2 Travel to Ha Long Bay
Day 3 Return to Hanoi
Day 4 Visit Van Phuc Silk Village from Hanoi
Day 5 End your trip in Hanoi

Discover one of Vietnam’s must-see destinations and learn more about the life of the people in rural Vietnam during this tour. Encounter the captivating limestone karsts and isles of Ha Long Bay and see its natural landmarks such as Dau Go Cave and Tuan Chau Island. Then explore Hanoi, a city steeped in culture and full of historic sights. Visit Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Museum and the Temple of Literature. Watch a traditional water puppet show and go on a cycle trip around Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

5-day itinerary in Vietnam: Saigon and Mekong Delta

5 days in Vietnam, take in the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh City
You can immerse yourself into the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh on a 5 day Vietnam itinerary.
Guide in Ho Chi Minh city coming out of Cu Chi tunnels
A guide showing the entrance to one of the Cu Chi tunnels.
Day 1 Arrive in Saigon and go on street food tour
Day 2 Explore Cu Chi tunnels
Day 3 Travel from Saigon to Can Tho via My Tho
Day 4 See Cai Rang floating market and return to Saigon
Day 5 End your trip in Saigon

Explore southern Vietnam on this immersive, 5-day tour. Taste mouthwatering local dishes during a food tour of Ho Chi Mihn City (Saigon) and discover the Chu Chi tunnels, masterfully constructed underground mazes that provided shelter to people during the war. Cruise down the Mekong in a sampan and see its islands. The Cai Rang floating market is a wonder to behold, a unique and lively haven for handicraft enthusiasts. Your journey comes to an end in Saigon.

5-day Trip in Vietnam: Trekking in Sapa

The beautiful highlands of Sapa
Sapa is a beautiful, mountainous town in northern Vietnam along the border with China.
Day 1 Travel from Hanoi to Sapa
Day 2 Explore Sapa
Day 3 Sapa exploration continues
Day 4 Return to Hanoi
Day 5 End your tour in Hanoi

Explore the lush valleys and rice terraces of Sapa in northern Vietnam during this 5-day tour. See hills filled with verdant greenery and villages inhabited by members of different tribes. Discover the picturesque villages and waterfalls of Cat Cat and Sin Chi. Hike up the spectacular Ham Rong Mountain and enjoy the sweeping panoramas over Sapa. There is so much enchanting beauty shrouded in abundant greenery just waiting to be discovered during this tour.

Insider's tip: Choose your season to visit Vietnam wisely. Each season has its own particularities, but overall March to April is the best time to travel to Vietnam. Remember that Vietnam stretches over 1,600 km from north to south, so do not overload your itinerary. You don’t want to spend most of your time on the road. Focus on a few regions to truly enjoy the beauty of Vietnam. Enjoy the food. Vietnam is known to have some of the best and healthiest food in Asia. So make sure to try lots of local dishes. It is often the case that street food is the best and most authentic, not to mention the cheapest. — Guillaume and Hammer from A Fun Couple

Vietnam in 5 Days: Trekking the lesser-known Ba Be

places to visit in vietnam ba be lake
Take a boat ride on Ba Be Lake and explore the tunnels, caves and lagoons.
Day 1 Hanoi to Ba Be National Park
Day 2 Hike through the jungles of Ba Be
Day 3 Visit Dzao ethnic villages
Day 4 Enjoy a boat trip on Ba Be Lake
Day 5 Travel back to Hanoi

Be part of an exciting opportunity as you traverse the untouched and pristine wilderness of Vietnam. Travel through the remote regions of Ba Be, discovering hidden natural wonderlands along the way. Learn more about the ethnic minorities of Vietnam’s north during a visit to the Thai Nguyen Culture Museum. Then explore the largest lake in Vietnam, Ba Be Lake, and see scenic valleys, rocky cliffs, sparkling rivers, limestone landscapes and majestic caves. Stay in traditional family homes to experience authentic traditional life during this trip. 

Vietnam is a country of extraordinary sights, from thriving cosmopolitan cities to tranquil waterways, atmospheric markets and masterpieces of centuries old architecture. With 5 days in Vietnam, you can see a good extent of the country. If you are looking for more itinerary options, check out our 5-day Vietnam itineraries

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Published by Sofie, updated on May 29, 2024

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