Start your adventure in Hanoi and visit the Ethnology Museum, the Temple of Literature, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, and the Old Quarter. Then, ride the train overnight to Sapa.
In Sapa, you hike through the rice paddies and the mountain range of Hoang Lien so that you can meet local Vietnamese tribes. Instead of staying in a hotel, opt to stay with a local family. On the 2nd day, you can visit Giang Ta Chai Waterfall, the villages of Supan and Giang Ta Chai, the Muong Hoa River, and hike through the bamboo forests. Then, go back to Hanoi by taking the overnight train.
On the 4th day, you can take the Ha Long Bay tour and spend the night on a ship. Visit rock formations, caves, and islets. Enjoy the day visiting a pearl farm, kayaking, or swimming.
Head to Cat Ba Island on the 5th day and explore its national park. You can hike to the top of the mountain or relax on the beach. Spend the night on the Cat Ba Island.
Head back to Hanoi and spend the morning buying souvenirs at Old Quarter. Head back to the airport in the afternoon to catch your flight home.
Historical Tour of Central Vietnam
On Day 1, fly to Danang to spend the day seeing Ngu Hanh Son and its stunning views and numerous caves, the Thuan Phuoc Bridge, and the Son Tra Peninsula.
The following morning, head to Hoi An via car, train, or bus. Check the town for its architecture inspired by the Japanese, the Chinese, the French, and the Vietnamese. Check the Japanese Bridge, Fu Jian Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Old House, and the local market. You can even shop for custom-made clothes from its tailor shops.
On the 3rd day, head to My Son sanctuary, which bears semblance to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. My Son is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site with various Hindu temples. Then, head to Hoi An in the evening.
Head to Hue and visit the Dong Ba Riverside Market, the Vietnamese emperors’ mausoleums, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the Imperial Citadel.
The following day, head to Phong Nha Cave. Take the boat ride to reach the cave, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the rock formations, underground lake, and grottoes. Head back to Hue in the evening.
On Day 6, head to Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone to learn about the infamous war from the Vietnamese perspective. Visit Hien Luong Bridge, the Vinh Moc tunnels, and the Khe Sanh Combat Base. Spend the night in Hue.
On your last day, head to Danang from Hue and take your scheduled flight home
Vietnam has more places to offer to tourists who want to explore its history and culture. These 7-day itineraries are perfect for travelers who may travel alone, with a partner, or with the whole family. Surely, Vietnam has something to offer for everyone.