8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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8 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15 h
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Cat Ba
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
3
Halong Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Hoi An
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Hue
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: Hanoi

2
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pho Linh Temple, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi online itinerary planner .

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Walking tours

1
night
Cat Ba

The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
On the 14th (Sat), glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and then head off the coast to Cat Ba Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Cat Ba vacation builder website .

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

1
night
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay day trip planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Cat Ba to Halong Bay in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Halong Bay

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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

1
night
Hoi An

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hoi An day trip planning app .

You can fly from Halong Bay to Hoi An in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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night
Hue

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hue vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hue are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Shopping
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

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