How long to spend in Vietnam may seem like a ridiculous question to address, but if you have plenty of time and aren’t sure how much to dedicate, this blog will definitely help you out.

You can find here and there that you should spend 10 days, 2 weeks, 20 days, or 1 month to best explore Vietnam. So what is the best Vietnam tour duration for you?

Well, as long as you like! From 10 days to a month, there are various ways you can travel across Vietnam and uncover its secrets. Advising an ideal trip length for Vietnam is a bit of a complex challenge, as it depends on several factors such as the places you wish to visit, the activities you plan to join, or if you want to combine Vietnam with its neighbor countries. 

Stay tuned! We are going to sort all these things out including the step-by-step guide to create the best itinerary in Vietnam.

Overview of Vietnam

A land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, of dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling.

Sensory Overload

Unforgettable experiences are everywhere in Vietnam. There’s the sublime: gazing over a surreal seascape of limestone islands from the deck of a traditional junk in Halong Bay. The ridiculous: taking 10 minutes just to cross the street through a tsunami of motorbikes in Hanoi. The inspirational: exploring the world’s most spectacular cave systems in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The comical: watching a moped loaded with honking pigs weave a wobbly route along a country lane. And the contemplative: witnessing a solitary grave in a cemetery of thousands of war victims.

History & Culture

Vietnamese culture is complex, diverse and represents something of a history lesson. The nation's labyrinthine, teeming trading quarters are rich in indigenous crafts and reflect centuries-old mercantile influences. Ancient temples display distinctly Chinese influences in the north and Hindu origins in the south. Meanwhile the broad, tree-lined boulevards and grand state buildings that grace the capital date from the French colonial period. And it's impossible to forget Vietnam's pivotal position close to the epicentre of East Asian power and prosperity, for its cities' skylines are defined by clusters of glass-and-steel corporate HQs and sleek luxury hotels.

A Culinary Superpower

Thailand may contest the top spot, but in Southeast Asia nothing really comes close: Vietnamese food is that good. Incredibly subtle in its flavours and outstanding in its diversity, Vietnamese cooking is a fascinating draw for travelers – myriad street-food tours and cooking schools are testament to this. Geography plays a crucial role, with Chinese flavours influencing the soups of the north, spices sparking up southern cuisine, and herbs and complex techniques typifying the central coastline, rightly renowned as Vietnam’s epicurean hot spot. And up and down the country you can mingle with villagers, sample local dishes and sip rice wine in Vietnam's many regional markets.

Thrills & Chills

If you have the bills, Vietnam has the thrills and chills. Some require a little physical effort, such as motorbiking switchback after switchback up the jaw-dropping Hai Van Pass in central Vietnam. Others require even more sweat: kitesurfing the tropical oceanic waters off Mui Ne or hiking the evergreen hills around Bac Ha or Sapa. And when you’re done with all that adrenaline stuff, there’s plenty of horizontal ‘me’ time to relish. Vietnam has outstanding spas – from marble temples of treatments to simple family-run massage salons with backpacker-friendly rates.

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Places to visit in Vietnam

We’re going to give you a quick breakdown of the major places to visit in Vietnam, what there is to see and do, and how long you might need to budget in your vacation. These are rough estimates based on how much there is to see and do in a place. Be sure to adjust them to your own preferences. If you like peace and quiet and your Vietnam vacation is meant to be relaxing, get out of Saigon or Hanoi and get to Phu Quoc or Cat Ba Island. If you’re a foodie looking for adventure, you’ll have a different itinerary than a beach bum who enjoys the sun and the surf. We’ll tell you which places appeal to which groups and let you make up your mind.

Because of the high cost of airfare from Europe and the USA and the low cost of traveling through Vietnam, travel goers are planning trips for longer than they would in other parts of the world. Multiple weeks are the norm and visits longer than a month are not uncommon in planning a trip to Vietnam. This leads to a very common question among people planning their Vietnam vacation, “How long should I spend in each place?” This blog post hopes to answer these questions and help you design the perfect Vietnam itinerary!

These length estimates are full days, not including travel time. If traveling by train (we recommend it!) or bus (we don’t recommend it!), always try to book a night trip for anything over 4 hours. Not only will it save you valuable vacation days, but it might also save you money on a hotel room for the night.


  • 2 weeks in Vietnam: 2-3 days
  • 4 weeks: 4-5 days

What is great about Hanoi?

Shopping, history, food

Who should skip Hanoi?

If you need tranquility. Or if you only have time for one city, visit Hoi An.

Vietnam’s capital city provides plenty of interesting sites, tasty meals and great places to shop. The negative side is the high level of pollution, frenetic traffic and the fact that the narrow streets of the old quarter weren’t designed to accommodate large crowds. A few days wandering the old quarter, visiting Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and drinking ‘bia hoi’ by Hoan Kiem Lake are a must for any Vietnam traveler, but you don’t need to budget more than 5 days in Hanoi.

From Hanoi, go to: Sapa, Ha Long Bay


  • Traveling for 2 weeks: 1-2 days
  • 4 weeks: 2-3 days

What is great about Sapa?

Opportunity to meet ethnic minority tribes, seeing incredible landscapes, shopping for interesting goods

Who should skip Sapa?

If you don’t like high-pressure sales tactics (see alternative suggestions below)

Sapa is a visually stunning town north of Hanoi, famous for terraced rice fields and ethnic minority tribes. Since becoming a major tourist destination, Sapa has become saturated with repetitive gift shops and overly insistent trinket sellers. The sights make up for it, though. Tour operators offer homestay and hiking packages with transportation from Hanoi. Unless you are on a tight budget and have lots of time, you should take this option.

If you want to get off the beaten path and explore, instead of going to Sapa visit the villages of Mai Chau for the Ethnic minorities and Mu Cang Chai for the beautiful landscapes.

Haiphong, Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island

1-2 days (unless you’re going to Cat Ba Island)

What is great about Ha Long Bay?

Beautiful sights, good seafood

Who should skip Ha Long Bay?

If you’re looking for sandy beaches, nightlife or culture

Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s major attractions, but Haiphong and Ha Long City aren’t. The best way to see Ha Long Bay is with a tour package from Hanoi. If you’re making your own way and want to avoid the crowds, visit Bai Tu Long Bay, 30 km to the east. Unless you’re visiting Cat Ba island, the longest you need to spend in the area is the length of your cruise.

Cat Ba island does offer some interesting attractions for visitors. If you like the outdoors, you can budget 3-4 days for boat tours, trekking, kayaking, climbing, national parks, and some small caves and beaches.

Phong Nha

  • If traveling for 2 weeks: 2-3 days
  • 4 weeks in Vietnam: 4-5 days

What is great about Phong Nha – Ke Bang?

Outdoor adventures, incredible caves, interesting Lao/Viet food, friendly locals

Who should skip Phong Nha – Ke Bang?

If you can’t be without global cuisines or cell phone reception

Phong Nha is the adventure capital of Vietnam. From the world’s biggest caves to motorcycle rides through the park, Phong Nha provides a lot of opportunity for getting your thrills, seeing the sights and making memories that will last a lifetime. A trip to Paradise cave is a must for all visitors, offering spectacular geology, as is the exploration of the surrounding Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park. Local tour operators offer tours that show off many of the other caves in the area, from 1-day trips to 4 or more. Beyond caving, you can also spend time in Phong Nha trekking, bicycling, kayaking, swimming, and camping.

There is a twice-daily bus that connects Hue to Phong Nha. Other buses also run to Hanoi or Hoi An.


  • If traveling for 2 weeks: 1-2 days
  • 4-week itineraries: 2-3 days

What is great about Hue?

Emperor’s tombs, food fit for a king

Who should skip Hue?

If you have kids, You don’t like history

Hue is the former imperial capital of Vietnam and the seat of the Nguyen dynasty. There are ancient temples, buildings, compounds and gardens to explore. There is the Perfume river promenade to stroll along in the evening. Not really a wealth of modern entertainment here though, beyond wandering the city or taking in a movie. Try the famous imperial cuisine, unique to Hue and some of the best in Vietnam. Hue also has a rich tradition of vegetarian food, a great stop for non-meat-eaters.

Hoi An

  • If traveling for 2 weeks: 2-3 days
  • 4 weeks: 4-5 days

What is great about Hoi An?

Well preserved architecture, pretty sites, family-friendly experiences

Who should skip Hoi An?

If you’re not buying souvenirs or suits, you want nightlife, hate touristy cities

The old Town of Hoi An is UNESCO World Heritage site, a remarkably well-preserved port with examples of Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese architecture. Hoi An is the best place in Vietnam to visit if you have young children, it’s safe, fun and easy to walk around. Unfortunately, it’s also become completely reliant on the tourist trade. Walking down any street in the city, you will be greeted with cries of “Come Inside My Shop! Buy Something!”. Prices for everything from food to transportation are much higher in Hoi An than most places in Vietnam. There is some tasty food, from some of the best banh mi in Vietnam to a regionally unique noodle dish called Cao Lau which can only be made using water from a specific well in the city.

Da Lat

  • If traveling 2 weeks: 1-2 days;
  • 4 weeks: 2-3 days

What is great about Da Lat?

Pretty architecture, mid-sized city life, cool weather

Who should skip Da Lat?

If you’re short on time.

Da Lat used to be a place for the French rulers to play, relax and escape the weather. It’s been built to feel similar to the French Alps and nowhere is this more visible than walking around the lit up city center at night. Vietnamese tourists in Da Lat leave loaded to the gills with flowers, coffee, fruit, wine and the many other products of the region. There are mountain biking and trekking trips offered, as well as the can’t miss one day canyoning experience, where you’ll get to repel down waterfalls.

Mekong Delta

Plan for 1-2 days

What is great about the Mekong Delta?

River life, tasty food, incredible produce

Who should skip the Mekong Delta?

If you don’t like a slow pace of life

Tourists in the Delta enjoy the relaxed pace, watching local life along the river and trying the specialty dishes and regional produce.The floating markets of Can Tho have become a tourist destination instead of a working market, but, like Hoi An, it can still be fun to see. With the flat land, minimal traffic and lots to see out on the road, this might be the best part of Vietnam to explore by bicycle.
The Delta is often visited as an organized tour from Ho Chi Minh City. For an authentic tour to the Mekong Delta we would recommend booking a private tour with either Drive Vietnam or Water Buffalo Tours if budget is not an issue. Most of the group tours have very touristy itineraries and all visit the exact same places (coconut candy factory, bee farm, picture with a python, pony cart ride, etc.)

Nha Trang Itinerary 

  • 2 weeks in Vietnam take 2-3 days
  • 4 weeks: 4-5 days recommended

What is great about Nha Trang?

Beaches, scuba diving, waterfalls, nightlife

Who should skip Nha Trang?

If you hate crowded beaches

Nha Trang is Vietnam’s number one resort town. If you like the quiet beach life, go to Phu Quoc, but if you want sand and sun during the day and dancing and drinks at night, come to Nha Trang. Every water sport you could want is available in Nha Trang, along with some of Vietnam’s best beaches. Even if the weather’s bad, there are plenty of other options for entertainment, including cooking classes, theaters and bowling. In recent years, the city has attracted hoards or Chinese and Russian tourists, so much so that many restaurants and hotels have signs and menus written in these languages.

Saigon Itinerary

  • If traveling 2 weeks: 2-3 days
  • 4 weeks in Vietnam: 4-5 days

What is great about Ho Chi Minh City?

Amazing street food, great nightlife, back alley wandering

Who should skip Ho Chi Minh City?

If you hate big cities.

Saigon has so much to offer, even though it has a limited number of tourist sites. You don’t need to get to the War Remnants Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace and the Cu Chi tunnels but all of them are worth a visit, depending on your interests. Skip the tourist trap Ben Thanh market and make your way to Ba Chieu market in neighboring Binh Thanh district. The food is much better, the sellers are less pushy and the prices are much more reasonable, though communicating can be a bit difficult. Nowhere in Vietnam offers better nightlife than Saigon, ranging from the world-famous club Apocalypse Now (called Apo by locals) to good sky bars such as Chill and amazing alternative venues like Saigon Outcast. During the day, be sure to get out of district 1; the food is the worst in the city and the priciest.

If your trip just doesn’t allow more than a day in HCM, we proposed some great things to do in Saigon for just one day.

Alternatives to District 1?

Explore Districts 3, 4 and 8 for great food, Phu Nhuan for amazing coffee shops and District 5 (Cho Lon) for Chinese temples and giant markets.

Do the street food stalls leave you a bit intimated but super hungry? Book one of XO Tours’ Saigon street food tours and we will show you the best that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer in just a few hours.

Phu Quoc

Itinerary length: how much do you like beaches?

What is great about Phu Quoc Island?

Sand, sun, surf

Who should skip Phu Quoc Island?

If you’re not a beach bum

Phu Quoc is the place to be in Vietnam for relaxing alone on the beach and it’s one of the most beautiful island in Vietnam. Though it gets more and more developed every year, it is still much less modern than Nha Trang or Phuket, Thailand. It also may be the best place in Vietnam to rent a scooter, as the traffic is minimal and the island is easy to get around. If you’re a fan of the culinary arts, be sure to visit the local pepper farms and fish sauce makers, both of these products are the best in the world and well worth taking home as souvenirs. Snorkeling, diving and night fishing tours are also fun.

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Things to do in Vietnam

Here is our pick of favorite things to do in the dazzling Halong Bay, vibrant cities Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City, the rural north and beyond...

1. Light a lantern in Hoi An

Every Tết (Vietnamese New Year), Hoi An is transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour and light for its Lantern Festival. The celebration lasts for seven days, with the road from Hoi An Bridge to the Hoai River Square adorned with thousands of colourful lanterns.

Over 50 workshops take part in the event, each trying to create the prettiest lantern. The colours are bright and the designs are strictly traditional.

The heart of the festivities is in the old town, between the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Cau An Hoi Bridge. It’s crowded, chaotic and festive, with spontaneous singing and food stalls at every turn. It is as much a celebration for locals as it is for visitors. 

The most breathtaking sight is thousands of lanterns floating on the river; hire a sampan boat to get a closer look. For a small sum, you can buy a lantern and set it afloat too. 

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Hoi An for New Year: smaller lantern festivals are held every full moon. In 2021, Vietnamese New Year fell on 12 February. In 2022, it will be celebrated on 1 February, and on 10 February in 2023.

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2. Visit Halong Bay and its equally spectacular neighbors

With 1,600 limestone towers rising from its turquoise waters, Halong Bay is rightly considered one of Vietnam’s most beautiful spots. As a result, it’s on every visitor's list – and hundreds of boats offer cruise trips every day. The bay is huge, but it can still feel crowded.

Bai Tu Long Bay, just a few miles away, offers the same jaw-dropping scenery but sees only a fraction of the visitors. Here, you can explore uncrowded caves and tiny beaches, and feast on super-fresh succulent seafood.

Boat trips to Bai Tu Long Bay leave from the crowded dock at Halong City, just like the ones to Halong Bay. But you'll head off in the opposite direction, to where the islands are a little less taller and a little more spread out – but, according to locals, are just like what those in Halong Bay used to be like.

3. Hike through Cat Ba Island

You can't go wrong with a visit to Cat Ba Island. The views are spectacular, and the nearby Lan Ha Bay is a brilliant Halong alternative - another breathtakingly beautiful bay, without the tourist masses.

It's USP? The hiking, says Wanderlust's Rosie Fitzgerald. Enjoy trekking through the pristine rainforest that makes up the vast national park. The Lookout Tower Trail is a popular and fairly easy hike. Walk upwards for around an hour, until you come out at a rusted shelter, from where you can appreciate just how untouched Cat Ba really is.

If you want more, venture up a little further to reach the stunning Ngu Lam Peak. It's worth the effort to look out over the jagged, green mountains that blur out into the distance.

For more of a challenge, book a guide and embark on the Cang Viet Hai Trail – an 18km, undulating trail that requires a good fitness level. Prepare to climb steep, slippery paths and scramble over thick knots of tree routes that block the path.

4. Cruise the Mekong Delta

After travelling over 4,000km from the Tibetan Himalaya, the Mekong hits Vietnam and slows down to a more languid pace. With islands, rice paddies, stilted villages and a way of life that hasn’t changed for centuries, it’s as if the river wants to take it easy and soak up the view.

Hitch a ride with a cargo boat and you can do exactly that. Simply find a shady spot to hitch your hammock and gaze at faraway riverbanks as your boat, weighed down with fruit and rice sacks, ploughs the treacly brown flow.

Or, take one of the many commercial cruises that ply parts of the river. The cruise from Cai Be to Can Tho is a great way to experience a night on the river. As you travel southwards along the Mang Thit River linking the Tien Giang and Bassac systems, the channel becomes so narrow that you can peer into the riverbank’s rickety stilted houses.

5. Drop into the world’s largest cave in Phong Nha National Park

Quang Binh province is a wild region of barely penetrable jungle in Vietnam’s skinny middle, close to the border with Laos. The area is riddled with hundreds of deep caves, including one of the largest in the world – Hang Son Doong. It contains a cavern so tall that a skyscraper could fit inside it.

The small town of Phong Nha is the epicentre for the area’s caving adventures, its eponymous cave another UNESCO-listed wonder well worth exploring. Here, you can hire both the guides and the gear you’ll need to descend into the caves.

If going underground doesn’t appeal, the area is also famous for trekking. The surrounding jungle is peppered with stunning waterfalls and an active (and noisy) population of monkeys and flying foxes.

6. Visit the coffee-making heartland, Buon Ma Thuot

Buon Ma Thuot is the regional capital of the central highlands of Vietnam, a gorgeous area of thundering waterfalls and the traditional villages of the local Ede people. Look out for stilted structures reached by a ladder and marked by carved breasts. In this fiercely matriarchal area, they can only be used by the women of the house.

Buon Ma Thuot is also the heart of Vietnam’s thriving coffee industry. The Trung Nguyen coffee company is the big player here, and there’s not a corner of paddy field or industrial zone in the area that doesn’t bear their logo. 

In the city itself, there are plenty of coffee-related attractions. Visitors can learn about the country's and the world's coffee industries in the World Coffee Museum year-round. In March 2023, the city's various coffee venues will be offering freebies to celebrate the local produce, during the biennial Coffee Festival. 

You'll probably come across 'weasel' coffee during your visit, also known as kopi luwak or civet coffee, which aficionados claim is the best in the world. While many believe its unique taste is excellent, it's worth knowing that recent investigations have found unethical animal welfare practices on coffee farms across the region.

Top tip: "If you can’t visit the coffee heartland, be sure to taste a Vietnamese egg coffee while you’re in Hanoi," says Wanderlust's executive director Jackie Scully. "I loved the Note coffee house right by the main lake in the capital. Covered in uplifting post-its from travellers from across the world, it was more than just a caffeine boost."

7. Search for Vietnam’s best pho in Hanoi

Pho is a Vietnamese staple – a quick, tasty meal made from four simple ingredients: clear stock, boiled beef, rice noodles and herbs or green onions. In Vietnam, you’ll find it served on street corners and in upscale restaurants, as well as in every family home.

Hanoi has gained a reputation as the pho capital of Vietnam. Every restaurant here boasts a secret recipe. Take your time searching for the best – that's part of the fun! But if you want our advice? Head to Lo Duc in the French Quarter and sit yourself down at Pho Thin.

This unassuming pho house, with wooden benches and laminated tables, does things a little differently – such as stir-frying the beef in garlic before adding it to the soup. Local foodies insist it gives the pho an unusual smokiness, one you won't found in other restaurants. Pho Thin is always packed, but once you're inside, you'll know it was worth the wait. 

8. Understand Vietnam’s bloody past in Ho Chi Minh City

More than 60% of Vietnam’s population was born after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. But that doesn’t mean its war-torn history is ignored. As a nation, Vietnam has moved on, but the sacrifices made by both sides of the conflict are still remembered all over the country, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City Museum has many informative exhibitions, and explains the country's bloody past through photographs, artefacts and memorabilia. It's sensitively done, without glossing over the atrocities, and (rather ironically) is housed in the Gia Long Palace, where Ngo Dinh Diem spent his final hours in power before his assassination in 1963.

The War Remnants Museum is a more grisly – but equally essential – reminder of local atrocities. From eerie bomb remnants and first-person accounts by war veterans to a bloodied guillotine and photographs of horrific napalm burns, this is a chilling reminder of life not-too-long ago.

9. Go to church, Vietnamese-style

Tây Ninh, a busy town on the Mekong Delta, is perhaps the most unlikely holy city on the planet. Here, amongst the busy streets stalls and noisy traffic sits Cao Dai Temple, the Holy See of the Cao Dai religion.

Caodaism is a Vietnamese hybrid religion founded in the 1920s. It fuses Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, occult and Islam with the ultimate aim to break free of the cycle of life and death. The sect reveres, among others: Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed and even French novelist Victor Hugo.

From a distance, the temple’s towers resemble a parochial church. But closer inspection reveals an eclectic facade with sword-brandishing gods, swastikas, a Communist red star and an Orwellian all-seeing eye.
Prayers are conducted four times a day, with the one at noon popular with day-trippers from Ho Chi Minh City.

10. Cycle around Hue

Halfway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Hue marked the divide between the north and the south during the Vietnam War. Set upon the pretty Perfume River, it has always played an important part in Vietnamese history and is dotted with important historical sites.

It is also a great place to cycle. Set off in the cool of the morning and head three kilometres out of town to the Tiger Fighting arena. It was Vietnam’s version of the Colosseum, a place where elephants and tigers would fight to honour the strength of the monarchy. Next, head to Tu Duc Tomb before reaching Vong Canh Hill – the best spot for panoramic views of the Perfume River.

From Vong Canh Hill, it’s downhill to one of Hue's most atmospheric pagodas, Tu Hieu, which is located in a tranquil and picturesque pine forest. Swing by the tomb of Minh Mang, the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty, before heading back to town.

Upon reaching the walled fortress of the Imperial Citadel, you have two choices: take a leisurely cycle through the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Vietnam's version of the Forbidden City, or enjoy a relaxing drink next to the Perfume River.

Sound too much like hard work? You find any number of cyclo drivers nearby to do all the effort for you.

11. Find romance at Sapa’s love market

The market town of Sapa, in Vietnam’s mountainous north, first became popular as a French hill station in the 1930s. Set on a 1,650m-high mountain ridge, the town boasts fabulous views of the Hoang Lien Mountains and a colourful market attended by hill tribes from the surrounding countryside every Saturday.

The town has become increasingly popular with tourists, but there are still old traditions hidden in its secret corners. One of those is the Love Market, where Dao (and H’mong) men and women come from miles around to sing songs of love to each other. It was originally held at the end of trading at the Saturday markets, but over-zealous visitors taking intrusive photos has driven the tradition underground.

The Love Market still exists, but now it takes place in secret locations in the dead of night, well away from the gaze of visitors. But if your interest is genuine and you can find a local willing to trust you, the romance can still be found.

12. Sail past the Tam Coc rice fields

In 2014, the Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex in the northern Vietnam's Ninh Binh province was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No wonder to anyone who has seen it with their own eyes: dramatic limestone karsts and sweeping, deep green valleys, often with boats floating along the Red River Delta.

The village of Tam Cốc-Bích Động (often referred to simple as 'Tam Coc') falls under this complex, and its famous rice paddies enjoy the same UNESCO-listed status. Undoubtedly, the best way to experience them to take a slow, languorous boat ride along the Ngo Dong River, admiring the otherworldly view as you go.

Getting to Tam Coc is easier than ever. Admittedly, the area has become more popular with visitors in recent years - for good reason. Buses and trains from Hanoi to Ninh Binh take about three hours, while organised day tours and two-day trips are available, if you'd prefer to take the pressure off planning your excursion.

However you get there, you'll want to spend at least a day here, if not longer, advises Wanderlust's Jackie Scully. "Head to Hang Múa while you're in the Ninh Binh province and you'll be rewarded for climbing the 486 stone steps with an amazing viewpoint. Go early to avoid the heat."

13. Spot rare primates in Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park in southern Vietnam is a wildlife lover's dream: a 720 sq km biosphere reserve, comprised of botanical gardens and lowland forest, offering an abundance of rare creatures and birdlife, all kept safe and sheltered in a number of sanctuaries and rescue centres.

Golden-cheeked gibbons, silvered langurs and native pygmy lorsies are among the rare primates to be spotted in Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre. Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary homes tens of sun bears.

Asian elephants and clouded leopards are also among the rare sightings wildlife watchers have recorded in Cat Tien. Birders will have their hands full, too, with Asian barred owlet, blue-rumped and bar-bellied pittas, and orange-necked partridge sightings - just to name a few - very possible. 

Some of the park's animal residents come alive when the sky goes dark, so if you're hoping for a unique wildlife encounter in Vietnam, consider staying the night in one of Cat Tien's homestays or hotel accommodation, and embark on a nighttime drive. 

An added bonus? Those on a day trip will be zipping back to Ho Chi Minh City by then, which is approximately three hours and 30 minutes away by car, so you'll have more of the park to yourself.

14. Marvel at Ban Gioc Waterfall

Ban Gioc is the name of not one, but two colliding waterfalls along the Quay Son River - an iconic way to mark the Vietnam-China border, in the Trung Khanh District, Cao Bang on Vietnam's side, and Daxin County, Guangxi on China's.

Here, you'll be taking in one of South-East Asia's most breathtaking natural sights. Its sheer size (70m tall, and 208m wide) is marvel-worthy in itself, but the way the falls cascade down its rocky, limestone face is most eyecatching. If you're up for a climb, it is possible to trek up to the 'falls high points, as long as you're equipped with the appropriate walking gear.

Once you've soaked up the immense views, there's plenty to see and do in the Cao Bang region, which sits high up in the mountainous north-east of the country. Caves to explore, local homestays to experience, and more majestic waterfalls beckon.

15. Admire the Golden Hands Bridge in Da Nang

Have you ever seen a bridge quite like this one? The Golden Bridge (or Golden Hands Bridge, or Giant Hands Bridge) in the Da Nang province is one of a kind.

Pedestrians can stroll across the 150m-long pathway, high above the gorgeous greenery of the seemingly-endless Ba Na Hills, and feel like they're being held in the sky by two humongous, God-like stone hands. As it happens, the stone hands are not held up by God himself, but by a sturdy steel frame and fibreglass.

The reality-warping structure was created to attract more visitors to the Da Nang region, and surely no-one can refute its social media success. There are well over 124,000 images of the bridge on the #GoldenBridge hashtag alone.

If you went to Vietnam and you didn't post a picture of the Golden Hands Bridge on your Instagram page, did your trip even happen at all?!

16. Embrace tranquility on Phu Quoc Island

Off the coast of Cambodia lies the idyllic Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc: a haven for travellers hoping to get away from the hustle and bustle of Vietnam's cities.

There's no shortage of things to see and do on Phu Quoc. Wildlife lovers can head to Vinpearl Safari Care and Conservation Park, to meet, elephants, white Bengal tigers, macaques and silver langurs, among others. Head out into nature, with a hike through the dense forests of Phu Quoc National Park, and admiring the gentle trickle of Suoi Tranh Waterfall.

Once you're all walked out, ride in the incredibly long cable car to Hon Thom Nature Park, or sit back and relax on the pristine white sands of Sao Beach, Ong Lang or remote Khem Beach. Surrounded by palm trees and forest, you'll feel like you're sitting on the edge of paradise.

17. Live with the locals in Mai Chau

Go beyond the tourist trail to the rural north-western province of Hòa Bình. Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore the Mai Chau Valley, enclosed in mountains and skirted by rice fields. A 'hidden gem', if we ever saw one.

To get a small sense of everyday life in this part of the country, stay with a local, White Tai family in a homestay. Your best bet is one of two villages: Lac or Poom Coong. Whichever you choose, you'll be waking up to the site of rice paddies and the unbelievably-green Vietnamese countryside each morning. The Vietnamese Tourist Board highly recommends choosing your homestay near Hieu, for its idyllic scenery.

Once you're settled, it's time to appreciate the White Tai community's way of life. Cycle through Mai Chau on a rented bike, or pop to the markets to purchase exquisitely-bright, locally-woven textiles. If you can take your eyes off your village's natural wonders, a day trip to the glistening, under-appreciated Hoa Binh Lake makes for an excellent trek.

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How many days to spend in Vietnam?

Now, we will come to the biggest question: how many days do you need in Vietnam? 

Well, there is no exact answer for everyone, this will depend on many factors including the places you wish to visit, the experiences that you want to have during your trip, and most importantly is the time and budget that you have.

Our recommended budget for a guided trip in Vietnam is about $120-150/person/day for the group of 2-4 participants traveling together, not including the international flight to/from Vietnam. You will need to dig further into your pocket if traveling alone or looking for a high-standard accommodation.

You will find on our website Vietnam tour packages categorized into 4 main time frames. 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks with recommended budget per person for each trip.

About-1-week itinerary (5-9 days)

For the tour itinerary in about 1 week, you will find the tour packages that mostly cover some small parts of Vietnam such as Red River Delta Region, Northeast Vietnam, Northwest Vietnam, or South Vietnam. For some 9-day itinerary, you can cover more parts, but it will be just the scratch of what the places can offer.

Budget for about-1-week in Vietnam: $600 - $1,350 per person

You can find below some of our sample itineraries in about 1 week in Vietnam:

You can find some tour packages and more recommendation and advice for your 1-week itinerary in Vietnam here

About-2-week itinerary (10-17 days)

With the time frame of about 2 weeks (10-17 days), you can visit most of the highlighted destinations of Vietnam such as Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long, Ninh Binh, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, and Mekong River Delta. Especially, if you can have 17 days, you can have some time enjoying some famous beaches in the southern coasts.

Budget for about-2-week in Vietnam: $1,200 - $2,550 per person

You can find below some of our sample itineraries in about 2 weeks in Vietnam:

You can find more recommendation and advice for your 2-week itinerary in Vietnam here

About-3-week itinerary (18-25 days)

With 3-week plan in Vietnam, you can really dig into some of the most remote corners of the country. Exploring some untouched area of the far north, spendings some days with the local people, cycling along the shady allies of Mekong River Delta, or spending some days lying lazily at a sandy beach of Phu Quoc or Con Dao Islands are some of the experiences that you can expect.

Budget for about-3-week in Vietnam: $2,160 - $3,750 per person

You can find below some of our sample itineraries in about 3 weeks in Vietnam:

You can find more recommendation and advice for your 3-week itinerary in Vietnam here

About-4-week itinerary (26-33 days)

Is watching sunset at the top of unknown mountain in Ha Giang, trekking underground at some of the biggest caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park or cruising along the interlaced canals of Mekong River Delta what you are looking for? Welcome to Vietnam, you can have all these experiences and beyond within a 4-week itinerary with us.

Budget for about-4-week in Vietnam: $3,120 - $4,950 per person

You can find below some of our sample itineraries in about 4 weeks in Vietnam:

You can find more recommendation and advice for your 4-week itinerary in Vietnam here

How to plan a trip to Vietnam?

Now, we believe you have already had the basic ideas of what you want to do and how many days will you spend in Vietnam. It is time to run through the step-by-step guide on how to make the best itinerary for Vietnam.

1. Brainstorming

To plan your trip to Vietnam easily, you should do a little brainstorming and ask yourself:

a) How much time do you plan to visit Vietnam?

You should consider how much time you’re planning to visit Vietnam.

Do you have one week or two weeks in Vietnam?

Is Vietnam just a quick stop for a 3-day-trip in your big Asian adventure?

Although the longer, the better, you can still visit Vietnam in 3 days (choose either Ha Noi or Ho Chi Minh).

If you have a longer time, you can choose your favorite places to go in Vietnam. We’ve listed the most beautiful and worth-visiting places in Vietnam for your Vietnam itinerary.

b) How much is your budget?

Although Vietnam is a budget-friendly country, you can find luxury stuff.

It can cost a lot of money if you are overspending. Knowing your budget well will help you greatly in planning your Vietnam trip.

c) Who are you traveling with?

Do you travel with your partner, friends, or family? Or are you traveling solo to Vietnam?

If you’re a solo traveler, it’s best that you can rent a motorbike for a trip from the North to the South of Vietnam or vice versa or join tours.

Traveling in Vietnam by bus or train is a great option with friends or family.

d) What type of experience do you prefer?

Are you more into sightseeing or adventure travel? Or are you just looking for a relaxing beach vacation? Do you prefer the city or rural area? Would you like to visit off-the-beaten-path?

2. Choose your destination in Vietnam

Deciding where to travel in Vietnam may be one of the most challenging decisions in your planning process. But after brainstorming, you may know where you want to go.

Depending on your travel style, you can pick different destinations in Vietnam that suit your needs.

Answer these questions in the brainstorming part will narrow down places on your bucket list.

Also, while choosing your places to visit in Vietnam, you should know the best time to visit Vietnam.

Are you into a rainy or dry season, or do you prefer to travel in the off-season, shoulder-season, or peak season?

Each place has a different best time to visit, so planning well is essential.

3. Check your Passport

You should have a valid passport when traveling abroad according to the “6-month-rule”.

It means that your passport does not expire six months before your arrival date. You may get declined boarding your flight if your passport is not valid.

So check your passport carefully and renew it if needed.

4. Apply for a visa

Firstly, you should check if you need a visa to Vietnam and how long you need it.

Because Vietnamese visa regulations change a lot, you should check carefully and check again before departure.

The easiest way to apply for a Vietnam visa is through an agency. You won’t need to worry much about the regulation and process. Just let them take care of you.

With over ten years of experience, is a trusted agency providing quick and trustworthy service for travelers.

5. Book your flights

a) From abroad

You may land in either Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or Da Nang if you fly overseas. There are several flight companies having routes from and to Vietnam.

Check Skyscanner to find the best deal.

b) Domestic flights

Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airlines, and Vietjet are leading flight companies in Vietnam.

I prefer Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airlines because they provide excellent service. There is not much canceling or delaying, and you may have food onboard. The seats are also more comfortable.

Vietjet Air and Jetstar usually have a promotion, and the price is lower than Vietnam Airlines. However, it’s pretty common that your flights may get delayed around 30 mins or more with them.

6. Buy travel insurance

You should never travel without travel insurance. As Vietnam is not too safe, you may get robbed or have an accident while traveling in Vietnam.

With travel insurance, you’re covered if there’s any problem. The travel insurance will cover your needs: sightseeing city breaks, vacation getaway, or adventure travel.

7. Book your stay

Depending on where you go, you can book your visit accordingly.

There are different types of accommodation in Vietnam: resorts, hotels, hostels, guesthouses (homestay), and apartments. 

From budget-friendly hostels to luxurious resorts, you can choose the most suitable accommodation and enjoy the best of your time in Vietnam.

Although you can just come in and ask for rooms in hotels in Vietnam, booking your place in advance for your convenience is recommended.

8. Book train, bus, ferry in Vietnam

How to get around in Vietnam?

Many backpackers buy motorbikes or scooters and get on a road trip from the North to the South or vice versa.

If you’re not a big fan of riding a motorbike, you can consider booking a train or bus or renting a car for your Vietnam trip.

How to book a train, bus, and ferry in Vietnam?

We recommend using Baolau to book trains, buses, and ferries while traveling in Vietnam.

Baolau is the travel search engine compares prices and time of train, bus, and ferry routes in Vietnam, facilitating your Vietnam travel planning and simplifying the booking process.

You can pay online with a credit card and receive your electronic tickets by email.

9. Book travel tours

As Vietnam is relatively cheap, you can find budget-friendly tours starting at $15. There are luxurious tours such as Ha Long Bay Deluxe Cruise, which can cost $50 or more.

If you’re interested in visiting islands in Vietnam, booking a tour may be the best idea because it’s difficult and expensive to rent a boat on your own.

Also, taking a tour will be a great option if you travel alone and would like to have a companion. Book a tour with us

10. Know places to go

After choosing your destinations, you should know where you would like to visit each site.

We would recommend having a flexible schedule because you might love one destination more than others or unexpected events during your trip to Vietnam, but still plan a bit before your departure.

We have several tips and guides on traveling in Vietnam, from the best places in Vietnam to dos and don'ts in Vietnam. The more you prepare, the better you can plan your trip.

11. Find places to eat and drinks

Trying Vietnamese food must be on your list of things to do in Vietnam.

Wonder what you should eat in Vietnam? Read our Vietnamese street food list to find your favorite.

We recommend downloading and using the Foody app to find restaurants when you arrive in Vietnam. You can also check TripAdvisor for places to eat at each destination.

12. Connect with the locals or travelers

Vietnam is a popular destination in South East Asia, so you can find several travelers who are going here.

You can either join Facebook groups or Couchsurfing to find them. Couchsurfing is a great way to meet the locals and connect with travelers around the world.

13. Take vaccines

If it’s your first time visiting Vietnam or traveling to Asia, there’s a high chance that you will need vaccines.

If you are going to explore the jungle or mountains in Vietnam, you should be careful of malaria or dengue fever.

Before visiting Vietnam, you should check with your doctor or a qualified medical professional for relevant travel-related advice.

Some recommended vaccines are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, and Typhoid.

Being healthy is essential for traveling, don’t forget to buy travel insurance to prepare for all the risks.

Here is the recommended vaccination for traveling to Vietnam

14. Prepare money

In Vietnam, Cash is a King. The Vietnamese currency is Vietnam Dong (VND) and can be exchanged in banks or jewelry shops.

Depending on your budget and travel style, the amount of money needed for your Vietnam trip may vary.

There are several ATMs and banks in big cities, so it will not be a big issue to withdraw some cash. Then you can exchange your currency for Vietnamese Dong.

As the withdrawal fee is high, we recommend bringing some cash before entering Vietnam.

Here is the money guide for Vietnam

15. Buy a sim card

Although you can find free wifi in public places such as coffee shops, shopping malls, etc., in big cities, it’s more convenient to buy a 4G sim card when traveling to Vietnam.

Some stands at the airport offer sim cards, but we recommend ordering one online in advance.

Here is how to buy a SIM Card for tourist in Vietnam

16. Pack your luggage

What to pack for Vietnam?

If you travel in the summertime, you should bring light clothes or buy new clothes in Vietnam as they are cheap.

If you need any specific medicine, you should bring them along.

You can easily buy sun cream, shampoo, toothbrushes, and toothpaste in Vietnam at convenience stores, so you don’t need to pack them.

For women, it can be difficult to buy tampons or menstrual cups in Vietnam, you should pack them in your luggage, or you can purchase and use pads here.

17. Check your travel documents & flights

Before the departure time, you should recheck all your travel documents: passport, visa, insurance, and other required travel documents such as booking confirmation.

We recommend storing those documents as PDF files on your USB or laptop, or Drive so you can access them remotely.

Also, it would be best if you rechecked your flight schedule to make sure it departs on time.

Checking online will save you lots of time and avoid a long queue at the airport, so you should do it when the online check-in service is open.

18. Prepare for your flight

Airsickness is a real problem for some people. It can make you feel nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and dizziness.

If you have airsickness, you should eat a light meal before boarding, use anti-nausea drugs or natural remedies, and choose the right seat.

When on the plane, you should avoid reading or staring at the electronic screen for a long time because it may worsen the symptom.

Also, if it’s a long flight from your departure destination to Vietnam, buying a soft travel pillow for neck support is a good idea.

Practical information

When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

Vietnam enjoys a mild tropical climate with strong monsoon seasons that bring high humidity and much rain. Due to the country’s length, the weather varies significantly from one region to another. There are four distinct seasons in the north, while in the south there are rainy and dry seasons.

During most months, you will likely experience sunshine and rain in varying quantities, but the best time to visit Vietnam is during the dry season, from November to March. In these months, which are the cooler, nights get chilly in the northern part of the country, even below zero in mountainous areas, but you will not have to worry about monsoon rains flooding the cities with poor drainage systems. Low humidity and comfortable temperatures make it the perfect time to explore the country. South Vietnam experiences warm temperatures throughout the year.

You can find excellent deals on flights and accommodations during the rainy season, from May to October, when the monsoons bring brief heavy showers, although that rarely disrupts travel plans.

Here is more detail guide for Vietnam weather

Do I need a visa for Vietnam?

For nationals of many countries there is a tourist visa requirement to enter Vietnam.

Getting visa from local Vietnam embassies (in person, by mail, online)

If you have a lot of free time or simply like to have everything done and ready for your Vietnam travels, you can apply for visa ahead of time from a local embassy in your country. I had done this in Hong Kong (where I physically went to the embassy) to get my Vietnam Visa. You can also apply to Vietnam visa by mail or online. If you live in the US, this is a good resource to use when applying for Vietnam visa.

Here is more detail about applying Vietnam visa from an embassies

Vietnam e-visa

You can apply for an electronic visa (e-Visa) to obtain a 30 day single entry Vietnam visa for your trip. Not every country is allowed for E-visa issuing and there are specific airports and land ports that accept Vietnam E-visa. For more information check the official E-visa website.

Here is more detail about Vietnam e-visa

Vietnam visa on arrival (VOA)

For holders of German, Spanish, Italian, British, French, and Belarus passports, they will not need a visa to stay in Vietnam for less than 15 days. In other words, citizens of these countries can arrive at a Vietnam airport (HCM, Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang) and get visa on arrival for 16 days. This is valid until end of June 2021. However you need to employ an agenda before you arrive to get an official letter of approval that you show when you land in Vietnam. 

Here is more detail about Vietnam visa on arrival.

We also have the specific guideline for the travelers from some countries such as: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, or Belgium

How to book the cheapest flight to Vietnam?

For the international flight to/from Vietnam, we recommend you check and book the flight ticket via some online platforms such as or

Some of you may ask when is the cheapest time / month to fly to Vietnam? 

Logically, the cheapest time to fly to Vietnam is during the off-travel season (roughly from March to April, and September to October) when there are not many tourists visiting the country.

According to, the cheapest flights to Vietnam are usually found when departing on a Monday. The departure day with the highest cost is usually on a Friday.

Moreover, Vietnam flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight at noon. Booking a flight in the morning will likely mean higher prices.

Simply follow this, sometimes you can have the promotion of 40-50% discount.

We have more tips to book your cheap flight to Vietnam here

How to get around in Vietnam?

If you travel with us in a guided trip, we will arrange everything for you.

If you are an independent traveler, Vietnam has a huge network of transportation options including coach buses, sleeper buses, taxis, grab taxi/grab bike, trains, and domestic airlines.

Here is more information about How to get around Vietnam

In there any compulsory vaccinations for Vietnam?

Generally, you don’t need super specific vaccines for Vietnam and it is very similar to traveling to the rest of South East Asia, but if you want to be extra careful, here are some of the vaccines recommended by the WHO and CDC for traveling to Vietnam:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Meningitis
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • MMR
  • Tdap
  • Chickenpox
  • Shingles
  • Pneumonia
  • Flu

Most of these vaccines should be routine anyway and you should already have them. 

More information about vaccination for Vietnam here

Is Vietnam safe for tourists?

All in all, Vietnam is an extremely safe country to travel in. Millions of people each year visit this country – and increasingly not only intrepid backpackers! Couples on a long holiday, retirees, families; all sorts of people are coming to Vietnam.

  • The police keep a pretty tight grip on social order and there are rarely reports of muggings, robberies or sexual assaults.
  • Scams and hassles do exist, particularly in Hanoi, HCMC and Nha Trang (and to a lesser degree in Hoi An).
  • Be extra careful if you’re travelling on two wheels on Vietnam’s anarchic roads; traffic accident rates are woeful and driving standards are pretty appalling.

Here is more about safety tips for tourists in Vietnam

Do you need travel insurance for Vietnam?

The answer is a very loud YES! 

Though not mandatory by the law, insurance is a must for Vietnam, as the cost of major medical treatment is prohibitive. A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is the best bet.

Some insurance policies specifically exclude such ‘dangerous activities’ as riding motorbikes, diving and even trekking. Check that your policy covers an emergency evacuation in the event of serious injury.

If you're driving a vehicle, you need a Vietnamese insurance policy.

Traveling without an insurance plan is never a good idea, especially when you are traversing unfamiliar territory with rules and regulations that are different to what you know at home. Not only does an insurance plan help protect you against uncertain financial and health risks, but they also provide you with a peace of mind as you travel.

Accidents do happen and we cannot always prevent them, but if you are covered by insurance, you will not have to pay the full cost of a loss, which can come in mounting bills. And when it comes to peace of mind, this will not be just for you, but also for your loved ones back home.

Here is what to consider when buying travel insurance for Vietnam

Combining Vietnam with its neighbors

If you have time, it is a good idea to combine Vietnam with its neighbor countries so that you can widen your experience with different cultures and landscapes.

Find below our recommendations to combine your Vietnam trip with Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, or Myanmar.

Vietnam and Laos

How to get to Laos from Vietnam or vice versa?

Vietnam and Laos are well-connected with flights or border crossing. 

Flight: You can take the flights from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Vientiane, Luang Prabang, or Pakse in Laos. Once again, please check schedule with,, or contact us for more details.

Border crossing: the 2 countries have a long-shared border with plenty of international border checkpoints such as Tay Trang – Sobhoun, Nameo – Bantuei, Nam Can – Namkan, Nam Phao – Keoneua, Napao – Chalo, Dansavan – Lao Bao, or Bo Y – Phoukeua.

Note: the entry requirements for border crossing may change time after time, please check with us for the latest update.

How many days for a trip in Vietnam and Laos?

For Laos, we recommend at least 7-10 days so that you can have a glance of what the country has to offer. Together with another 10-15 days in Vietnam, you will need 17-25 days to visit both 2 countries in one trip.

Here is more on how many days do you need in Laos?

How much does it cost to visit Vietnam and Laos?

The daily cost for a guided trip to Vietnam and Laos is about $120-150 per person in the group of 2-4 travelers. So, your guided tour to Vietnam and Laos will cost about $2,040-$3,750 per person, not including international flight.

Vietnam and Laos tours

You can find below some tour packages that includes Vietnam and Thailand

Vietnam and Cambodia

How to get to Cambodia from Vietnam or vice versa?

Same as Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are well-connected via flights or border crossing.

Flight: You can take the flight from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or Da Nang to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap in Cambodia. Once again, please check schedule with,, or contact us for more details.

Border crossing: Vietnam and Cambodia share a long border with plenty of international checkpoints. However, the entry requirements may change time after time, please contact us for the latest requirements.

Note: the entry requirements for border crossing may change time after time, please check with us for the latest update.

How many days for a trip in Vietnam and Cambodia?

For Cambodia, we recommend at least 7-10 days so that you can have a glance of what the country has to offer. Together with another 10-15 days in Vietnam, you will need 17-25 days to visit both 2 countries in one trip.

Here is more on how many days do you need in Cambodia?

How much does it cost to visit Vietnam and Cambodia?

The daily cost for a guided trip to Vietnam and Cambodia is about $120-150 per person in the group of 2-4 travelers. So, your guided tour to Vietnam and Cambodia will cost about $2,040-$3,750 per person, not including international flight.

Vietnam and Cambodia tours

You can find below some tour packages that includes Vietnam and Cambodia

Vietnam and Thailand

How to get to Thailand from Vietnam or vice versa?

Though there is no border between the two countries, it is still very easy to combine Vietnam and Thailand in one trip via international flights.

You can take the flight from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Da Nang, or Phu Quoc to Bangkok in Thailand.

How many days for a trip in Vietnam and Thailand?

For Thailand, we recommend at least 10-15 days so that you can have a glance of what the country has to offer. Together with another 10-15 days in Vietnam, you will need 20-30 days to visit both 2 countries in one trip.

Here is more on how many days do you need in Thailand?

How much does it cost to visit Vietnam and Thailand?

The daily cost for a guided trip to Vietnam and Thailand is about $120-150 per person in the group of 2-4 travelers. So, your guided tour to Vietnam and Thailand will cost about $2,040-$3,750 per person, not including international flight.

Vietnam or Thailand?

What a big question! And not easy to answer. This depends on your preference, what you expect during your trip, and many other factors. We have the article mentioning many factors so that you can consider choosing the destination that suits you most in your next trip. 

Here is the dedicated article where we make a comparison of every aspect between Thailand and Vietnam so that you can make your own decision

Vietnam and Thailand tours

You can find below some tour packages that includes Vietnam and Thailand

Vietnam and Myanmar

How to get to Myanmar from Vietnam or vice versa?

Same as Thailand, there is no border between the two countries. However, there is some direct flights connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city with Yangon in Myanmar. You can either get to Myanmar from Vietnam or vice versa with a connecting flight via Bangkok

How many days for a trip in Vietnam and Myanmar?

For Myanmar, we recommend at least 10-15 days so that you can have a glance of what the country has to offer. Together with another 10-15 days in Vietnam, you will need 20-30 days to visit both 2 countries in one trip.

Here is more on how many days do you need in Myanmar?

How much does it cost to visit Vietnam and Myanmar?

The daily cost for a guided trip to Vietnam and Myanmar is about $130-150 per person in the group of 2-4 travelers. So, your guided tour to Vietnam and Myanmar will cost about $2,600-$3,750 per person, not including international flight.

Vietnam and Myanmar tours

You can find below some tour packages that includes Vietnam and Myanmar


Is 10 days enough for Vietnam?

10 days in Vietnam is the ideal trip to take for first-timers in Southeast Asia. It's so easy to get about and there is so much to see and do that you are guaranteed to have the most amazing trip.

Which is better Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

The choice between Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City really comes down to what it is you’re looking for. Hanoi will offer a much more authentic insight into the Vietnamese way of life, providing a plethora of fantastic things to see and do in the city and surrounding area. However, the city doesn’t stay open as late, has less food variety, and is much cooler in temperature than its southern counterpart.

Ho Chi Minh City tends to be a much busier area, featuring many rooftop bars and more of a Westernized vibe. It’s also slightly easier to get to and move around. But, unfortunately, you won’t be able to say that you’ve been to the incredible Halong Bay. Ultimately, whichever city you choose to visit, you’re sure to have a fantastic time there.

Luckily for you, the majority of our Vietnam tours visit both of these incredible cities, so if you join us in Vietnam, you don’t need to choose!

How many days do you need in Sapa Vietnam?

While it's true that the length of your trip depends on the mode of transport you'd like to take, and the activities that you want to join, most people agree that 3 days and 2 nights is perfect for a trip to Sapa. Also, if you are considering when to visit Sapa, see the best time to visit Sapa.

How many days do you need in Hue Vietnam?

Known as the ancient capital of Vietnam, Hue is charming in every step you take. 3 days is ideal if you wish to see Hue the real way.

How many days do you need in Hanoi Vietnam?

3 days is the average time that most visitors spend in Hanoi. 1 or 2 days seems to be a little tight as there are plenty of tourist attractions, cool bars, nice restaurants and great cafes offering panoramic views over the city.

How many days do you need in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam?

I would suggest spending 1-2 days seeing the city and the following couple of days visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta.

How many days do you need in Hoi An Vietnam?

I recommend a minimum of three full days to explore all that Hoi An has to offer. This gives you enough time to see Hoi An and its beaches, spend an afternoon in Da Nang, and maybe take a day trip to My Son

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"Should I visit Thailand or Vietnam?" is some of the most frequently asked questions that we have from our travelers

Well, Vietnam and Thailand are the most popular holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. They are similar in climate and food, though obviously different in culture, lifestyle and travel experience.

Below we list 13 major differences between the two countries, to give you a quick overview and help you decide which to visit first. These are based on our own travel experiences, investigations, and partnerships with local operators.


Vietnam currently approves 9 COVID-19 vaccines, and everyone 12 years of age and older should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before travelling to the country, while rules differ for those under 12 years. Here’s an update to our guide to COVID-19 vaccines for international travelers to Vietnam.


Since the start of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Vietnam has closely monitored the situation and installed a series of proactive, comprehensive measures to combat the spread of the virus within the country and prepare its public health facilities. Past experience with other epidemics places Vietnam in a strong position to protect its population as well as visitors passing through. 

Travelers in Vietnam may have questions about the spread of the virus in Vietnam, as well as which policies are in place in Vietnam. Below is a full overview of the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam as it relates to travelers. 


Both the international travel community and Sonasia Holiday team have fond memories of Phu Quoc Island, one of the best destinations in the world. With its kilometers of coastline lined with palm trees, powdery white-sand beaches, and azure waters, no wonder that the island has been listed many times as one of the most relaxing paradises in the world. 

After months of not being able to visit Phu Quoc because of COVID-19, the dream of returning to the island will slowly become a reality with the project Phu Quoc Sandbox. This initiative by the Vietnamese government was launched last September 2021 and aims to revive the travel industry before the end of the year.


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian countries has taken the cautious approach to inbound travel and has had some of the strictest border restrictions and closures. At the moment, the nations of the region are in the beginning stages of reopening their borders for tourism, with every country introducing its own regulations.

The “unlocking” statuses vary widely. Travelers entering Asian countries may be required to do everything from going into quarantine, submitting negative COVID-19 test results, presenting proof of health insurance, and proof of vaccination (known a vaccine passports).

There is an understandable uncertainty with how you should travel to the Asian region if you are planning to. This is why we present you the list of 19 Asian countries, along with details on the current travel situation. As each country applies precisely defined regulations, you should always check the official websites listed in the article below for the latest government announcements.


Vietnam is now fully open for tourism with no more testing required (both pre and on arrival). Vietnam allows visa-free entry for up to 15 days for citizens of 13 countries and e-visas for citizens of 80 countries (below).


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bee-white Thailand
Friendly and food-obsessed, hedonistic and historic, cultured and curious, Thailand tempts visitors with a smile as golden as the country's glittering temples and tropical beaches.
bee-white Cambodia
There's a magic about this charming yet confounding kingdom that casts a spell on visitors. In Cambodia, ancient and modern worlds collide to create an authentic adventure.
bee-white Myanmar
It's a new era for this extraordinary and complex land, where the landscape is scattered with gilded pagodas and the traditional ways of Asia endure.
bee-white Laos
Vivid nature, voluptuous landscapes and a vibrant culture collide with a painful past and optimistic future to make Laos an enigmatic experience for the adventurous.
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