10 Days in Vietnam: Our Recommendations


A wealth of attractions awaits anyone planning 10 days in Vietnam. Cities including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) have an evocative blend of traditional and contemporary, while Vietnam’s natural wonders are also hard to beat thanks to the likes of Mekong Delta, Halong Bay, and mountains around Ninh Binh. Check out our recommended tours below, lasting ten or even eleven days!

10-Day Vietnam Itinerary: The Heritage of Vietnam

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Take a cookery class and learn to make traditional Vietnamese food.
Day 1 Explore Hanoi’s alleyways by rickshaw
Day 2 Tour Hanoi’s major attractions
Day 3 Pass verdant countryside on route to Halong Bay
Day 4 Sail the bay’s waters before heading to Hue via Hanoi
Day 5 Take in Hue’s regal history
Day 6 Stroll through the markets of Hoi An
Day 7 Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine with a Hoi An cookery class
Day 8 Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City and admire the city from its river
Day 9  Absorb Saigon’s sights and enter the Cu Chi tunnels
Day 10 Slip silently along the Mekong for a taste of the traditional
Day 11 Say goodbye to Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam

This 10-day trip to Vietnam begins in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, where you will delve into the country’s more recent history at sights including Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house and grand mausoleum. Taking in the stunning countryside along the way, you’ll then travel to Halong Bay, much-heralded for its extraordinary beauty. After spending the night on the bay, you’ll continue to the former royal capital of Hue, and then the spectacular architecture and cuisine of Hoi An. You’ll then be able to enter the Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City, before taking in the traditional culture of the Mekong Delta by boat. See tour

10-Day Vietnam Vacation: Best of Vietnam

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Visit the historical city of Hoi An and wander around Heritage Village.
Day 1 Arrive into Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2 Join the boats sailing up and down the Mekong Delta
Day 3 Head underground into Ho Chi Minh’s Cu Chi tunnels complex
Day 4 Have your camera at the ready for the architecture of Hoi An
Day 5 Relax with a free day in Hoi An
Day 6 Bathe, dine, and explore at your leisure with another free day in Hoi An
Day 7 Catch your first sightings of Hanoi
Day 8 Explore the 2000-plus islands of beautiful Halong Bay
Day 9  End your Halong Bay cruise and return to Hanoi
Day 10 Take in all Hanoi can offer before departing

Starting in Ho Chi Minh City, your Vietnam tour begins by blending the traditions of life on the Mekong Delta with the wartime necessity of the city’s Cu Chi tunnels. Continuing to Hoi An, also known as the ‘Venice of Vietnam’, you’ll have plenty of time to explore this ancient city’s wonders, alongside two free days to do as much or as little as you like. Making Hanoi your next base, you’ll spend the night on the beguiling waters of Halong Bay. Your 10-day Vietnam tour comes to an end, but not before returning to the Vietnamese capital to take in all its many attractions. See tour

Vietnam in 10 Days: Relaxing Vietnam Tour

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Go on an overnight cruise in Halong Bay.
Day 1 Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2 Tour the city’s colonial structures and slip through the Cu Chi tunnels
Day 3 Discover life on the Mekong Delta by boat
Day 4 Explore Can Tho floating market and its surrounding villages
Day 5 Head to the waterfalls and temples of Phu Quoc island
Day 6 Opt between a Sao Beach Tour or snorkeling tour
Day 7 Head to the bustle of Hanoi’s museums and boulevards
Day 8 Relax on the smooth waters of Halong Bay
Day 9 Watch the sunrise from the water before returning to Hanoi
Day 10 Catch your last images of Hanoi before departure

Ho Chi Minh’s epic colonial-era buildings and mighty post-war structures are your first port of call. Then explore the narrow tunnels of Cu Chi, a vital supply line during the Vietnam War. Swap being underground for being on the waters of the Mekong Delta, and then amid the floating market stalls of Can Tho, and finally on Phu Quoc island. Visit a fish sauce factory, the colonial ‘Coconut Prison’, or visit a local pearl farm before enjoying the excellent snorkelling at Sao Beach. Then combine your time in Hanoi with an overnight cruise amid the multitude of islands that make Halong Bay so unique. See tour

Vietnam in 10 Days: Highlights of Vietnam

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Visit the fishing village in Halong Bay.
Places to visit in Vietnam Hoi An
Hoi An is an ancient town which was once the center of the spice trade.
Day 1 Welcome to Hanoi
Day 2 Explore Hanoi’s top attractions
Day 3 Sail the UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay  
Day 4 Explore the Halong Bay island terrain, fly to Hue
Day 5 Tour city of Hue
Day 6 Free day to explore Hoi An Old Town
Day 7 Visit craft village, My Son temple
Day 8 Tour the historic Ho Chi Minh city, with Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 9 Cruise through Mekong Delta
Day 10 Departure from Ho Chi Minh City

When you have a mere ten days to spend in Vietnam, it is crucial to make the most of every moment. With our ‘Vietnam in 10 Days: Highlights of Vietnam’ tour, you will surely create memories that last a lifetime. Sail through the surreal Ha Long Bay and meet local artisans in far-flung villages. Explore the depths of the Cu Chi Tunnels and walk the ancient streets of Hue.
Travelling from north to south, you will get to see the greatest treasures of the country and gain an insider’s perspective along the way. See tour

10-day Itinerary in Vietnam: Saigon to Hanoi

Places to visit in Vietnam Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta is known for its floating markets, rice terraces and its rural way of life.
Day 1 Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2 Cruise and island hop in the Mekong River
Day 3 Explore Ho Chi Minh City, fly to Da Nang
Day 4 Take a cooking class in Hoi An, explore Ancient Town
Day 5 Free day in Hoi An
Day 6 Free day in Hoi An
Day 7 Fly to Hanoi
Day 8 See the Red River Delta and sail Ha Long Bay
Day 9 Explore Hanoi
Day 10 Depart from Hanoi  

Join us on a magical, ten-day journey of Vietnam and travel from the depths of its northern mountains to the sandy coastlines and beyond. Learn how to cook mouthwatering traditional Vietnamese recipes in Hoi An and be the envy of every dinner party. Sail through the mesmerizing waters of the Ha Long Bay and uncover the wonders of Vietnam’s most fascinating cities. See tour

10 Days’ Itinerary in Vietnam: Secrets of Northern Vietnam

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Take a boat ride on Ba Be Lake and explore the tunnels, caves and lagoons.
Visit the highlights of Hanoi on a 5 day Vietnam tour
The Temple of Literature in Vietnam was established in honor of Confucius.
Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi
Day 2 Hike Khau Pha Mountain Pass, explore traditional village life
Day 3 Trek from Kim Noi Village to Hang Dang De then to Che Cu Nha
Day 4 Drive the tranquil mountain roads, visit ethnic villages
Day 5 Hike the Ban May terraced rice fields
Day 6 Trek between the La Chi ethnic villages
Day 7 Hike Tam Son mountain and visit King Palace
Day 8 Visit the market of Dong Van, climb up to the French Fortress of Pu Lu
Day 9 Discover the hidden path from Bao Lac to Cao Bang
Day 10 Sail and swim Ba Be Lake

Leave behind tourist traps and soak up some of the most dramatic scenery you have ever witnessed in your life as you travel off the beaten path during this 10-day Vietnam tour. Breath in the fresh mountain air of Nghia Lo and break bread with locals. Take in the gorgeous mountain vistas of Bac Ha and get an up-close view of Dong Van’s ethereal karst formations. From sweeping views of paddy fields to dramatic mountains, this trip will surely be an adventure of a lifetime. See tour

These recommendations for 10 days in Vietnam will provide any visitor with a fantastic insight into what makes the country tick. But should you like to explore more options, check out our list of 10-day Vietnam tours. For more ideas on possible durations, check out our guide on how many days to spend in Vietnam. Alternatively, talk to our travel experts in Vietnam for a customized trip.

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