Vietnam 6 Day Itinerary: North, Center or South
Known for its unique geography and diverse culture, Vietnam is a long S-shaped country attracting countless travelers from all over the world. You may need at least a month to see most of this lovely country's must-see spots. However, if you only have 6 days, the best solution is to pick one region among The North, The Center, or The South. In this guide, BestPrice Travel will suggest the most suitable Vietnam 6-day itineraries for you in 3 different regions.
- North Vietnam 6-Day Itinerary
- Central Vietnam 6-Day Itinerary
- South Vietnam 6-Day Itinerary
North Vietnam 6-Day Itinerary
As you know, Northern Vietnam is the origin of the thousands-years-culture of Vietnamese people's civilization, making this region a popular choice for many international travelers who intend to visit Vietnam.
If this is the first time traveling to Vietnam, it would be the best option to explore The North first with much impressive natural beauty and save other places for the next trip.
|What is interesting?||Where to stay?|
|Day 1||Visit Ninh Binh - Halong Bay on Land||Hotel in Hanoi|
|Day 2||Explore The Capital City||Lao Cai Night Train|
|Day 3||Reach Sapa - The Town of Clouds||Hotel in Sapa|
|Day 4||Experience the Vibes of Ethics Minority Villages||Hotal in Hanoi|
|Day 5||Relax Time at Halong Bay||Halong Overnight Cruise|
|Day 6||Back to Hanoi|
Day 1: Visit Ninh Binh - Halong Bay on Land
Ninh Binh is a picturesque homeland of famous heritage sites and hospitable local people. So, the first day in the North will be the time for a full-day tour to Ninh Binh, including a boat trip down the Tam Coc River, before exploring Hoa Lu - the ancient capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties.
You should depart from the resting place around 07:30. It may take about 2 hours to drive through rural northern Vietnam.
Ngo Dong River In The Ripe Rice Season
Top activities that you should not miss are:
- Get on a bamboo boat rowing by the locals and admire the stunning beauty of rice fields along the Ngo Dong River.
- Have a Vietnamese-style lunch at a local restaurant.
- Ride a bicycle through the beautiful countryside.
- Visit the locals to learn more about Vietnamese culture and hospitality.
- Enhance your knowledge of the history of the Dinh dynasty’s Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang and Le dynasty’s Le Dai Hanh when visiting Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.
Hoa Lu Ancient - Capital The Capital Of Vietnam’s First Fundamental Government
- It’s best to visit Tam Coc at the beginning of June when the rice fields turn to vibrant yellow.
- If possible, after arriving in Hoa Lu ancient capital, take a walk in the limestone hills. You will have an enjoyable physical experience.
Day 2: Explore the Capital City
This Hanoi half-day tour allows the tourists to choose between morning or afternoon to join. You can take a tour by car or motorbike depending on your preference.
The first place you should set foot is Vietnam's first university: the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu), where numerous students come here to pray for luck in education.
Van Mieu “Pagode Des Corbeaux” During The French Colonization Period
The next place to visit is the One Pillar Pagoda, one of the most iconic temples in Vietnam that looks like a lotus flower. Although being destroyed by the French colonialists when they withdraw from the city, the building was of significant importance. It was completely rebuilt in 1955.
One Pillar Pagoda Resembling A Lotus Blossom, The Symbol Of Purity
Then, we will see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum of the great father of Vietnamese citizens. The Mausoleum is usually open in the mornings of the week except for Mondays and Fridays. However, on special days such as the first day of the Lunar New Year, May 19 (Ho Chi Minh's birthday), and September 2 (National Day) that coincide on Monday or Friday, it will still be open for visitors.
Famous Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
It is also great to pay a visit to the largest and most famous scenic lake in Hanoi: West Lake. The famous Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on an islet within West Lake, is considered the oldest temple in Hanoi, with a history of more than 1,500 years.
As your next day is heading to Sapa, you might need some time for preparation. It is advisable to move to the Hanoi train station at 20:00 because the night train to Lao Cai will depart at around 21:00. Having an overnight trip on a communal train is an interesting experience to try.
- If you can wake up early, it’s best to tour in the morning and take a rest before the night train.
- You want to learn more about Vietnamese traditional art? Let’s opt for traditional shows such as Puppet Show and Tonkin Show.
- For anyone who is a gourmet, consider taking part in these food tours and cooking class.
Day 3: Reach Sapa - The Town of Clouds
The train will stop in Lao Cai from around 05:30 to 06:00. You will be transferred to your hotel and have a short relaxation time before enjoying a full-day trip in the North of Vietnam
Start your new trip by trekking on a small road to the valley of Y Linh Ho Village, which is a small village settled on the Muong Hoa River.
The community of Hmong people is also in the vicinity - Lao Chai village. You may not know that Hmong people have recently started to change their lifestyles, they become more sedentary. Here, you can see many traces of traditional cultures: rudimentary houses and indigo-blue costumes.
A Beautiful Spot In Sapa
Continuing the journey, you will visit Ta Van Village to visit the Zay people, a minority group with about 38,000 people concentrated mainly in Northwest Vietnam.
After lunch, you should catch a ride to your Sa Pa hotel to relax for the rest of the day.
- Do not need to keep up with other faster travelers, trekking at a pace you are most comfortable with to relax and enjoy the scenery.
- Prepare suitable shoes and keep your feet dry with foot powder.
- Consider using walking poles. They will ease the load on your knees.
Day 4: Experience the Vibes of Ethnic Minority Villages
You will begin the fourth-day journey down the southwest of Sapa to visit the Cat Cat village of the H’mong people - one of the magnificent villages in Sapa. This place is famous for its marvelous waterfall, massive luscious green fields, and giant bamboo water mills.
Explore The Cultural Beauty of Cat Cat Village and H'mong People
After enjoying lunch at the river, you continue walking 3 km to Sin Chai village at the foot of Mount Fansipan, enjoy the time there and ride back to Hanoi at around 15:00.
- Try H’mong ethnic costumes. They can be rented at the local stores in the Cat Cat village from US $4 - US $6.
- The Mong people are also renowned for their unique traditional handicraft products. Do not forget to buy a souvenir to bring back home.
- For travelers who love trekking, try our 2-day tour trekking to Sapa, a beautiful mountainous area with impressive terraced rice fields.
Day 5: Relax Time at Halong Bay
Since your next destination is the World Natural Heritage Halong Bay, these last two days will be a treat for you after the previous soft adventure.
You should start your journey to Halong Bay from 08:00 to 08:30. The transfer takes about 2.5 hours from Hanoi Old Quarter to the cruise port.
Usually, you will arrive at the port at 11:00 and prepare for the check-in. The procedure is relatively easy. You only have to bring your ID Card or Passport. Then you will be served lunch on board.
Delicious Hors D'œuvre On The Indochine Cruise
Depending on the itinerary of each cruise, you will be taken to the must-see attractions of Halong Bay. The majestic landscape here deserves you to pay for sightseeing and staying one night. Enjoy it!
Discover The Natural Beauty Of Dark And Bright Cave
- You should try kayaking to explore wet caves. It would definitely be a fun experience, especially rowing with your best friend.
- For food lovers, do not miss the cooking class held on board. You can have a chance to make fresh spring rolls!
- Choose 5-star Halong cruises for better services and facilities if your budget is not too tight.
Day 6: Back to Hanoi
Get up early to enjoy the incredible sunrise on the karsts by joining in the Tai Chi class on the sundeck. Then you still have time to visit some last attractions like Trung Trang Cave, Cai Beo Floating Village, Viet Hai Village, Cat Ba National Park, etc.
After that, the cruise will take you to the port. You will be transferred back to the Hanoi Old Quarter.
If you want to know more about the itinerary and included details in the program, please refer to our Best of Northern Vietnam 6 days tour or contact our consultants now.
Central Vietnam 6-Day Itinerary
The Centre part of Vietnam is less known than other regions; however, it never stops attracting tourists coming to visit. Central Vietnam is also the heart of the country with its ancient past and relics.
There are many places in this region waiting for you to explore: the temples, pagodas, tombs, citadels, golden sand beaches, river islets, etc.
|Notable Highlights||Where to stay?|
|Day 1||Taste Savory Hue Cuisine||Hotel in Hue|
|Day 2||Get Around the City All Day||Hotel in Hue|
|Day 3||Enjoy Magnificient View When Moving to Hoi An||Hotel in Hoi An|
|Day 4||Discover Champa Relics in My Son Sanctuary||Hotel in Hoi An|
|Day 5||Ba Na Hills - The Way To Heaven||Hotel in Da Nang|
|Day 6||Be An Amateur Chef in Hoi An Cooking Class|
Day 1: Taste Savory Hue Cuisine
Start your 6 days trip in the center of Vietnam with Hue, the former capital of Vietnam. The best way for you to explore its culture is through its unique cuisine with lots of typical local dishes. Let's join the night culinary tour in Hue on the first day!
The food tour starts at 18:00, and you will be picked up at your hotel by a cyclo. Here are some delicious foods you must try.
- Hue cakes such as Banh Nam, Banh Beo, Banh Uot, Banh Bot Loc, etc.
Some Typical Dumplings Of Hue, Which Are All Made From Rice Flour
- Hen food for trying clam rice and clam noodles.
- Another typical dish in Hue is sweet soup, from popular to royal style.
Sweet Soup - A Delectable Must-Try Snack In Hue City
- If there is still space in the stomach, you should continue walking to Dinh Tien Hoang Street, where you can taste popular street food such as Banh Khoai, Nem Lui, etc.
When you are full, a cyclo takes you around the streets to admire the romantic atmosphere at night. You can buy special gifts for your beloved at home, such as sesame candies, conical hats, sour shrimp, long dresses, and Minh Mang wines.
- To have a perfect Hue dish, the food should be meticulously made by the locals, from the selection of raw materials to the processing.
- Clam rice is ranked first in the must-eat food list in Hue. They are local and cheap dishes, but not easy to make.
- If you arrive in Hue early and are free in the daytime, join a Hue city tour to explore this poetic city. It’s better than only staying in your hotel.
Day 2: Get Around the City All Day
Besides the cuisine, Hue attracts tourists with its peaceful sceneries, mausoleums, and temples with unique art. Then, spending the whole day exploring this ancient city might be the top choice.
You should start with a trip on the boat along the Perfume River to visit the towering Thien Mu Pagoda. This is one of the most ancient pagodas in Hue city, and because being regarded as a symbol of Hue, its name appears in many romantic poetries or lyrical songs. And of course, you can’t miss this must-see spot if you are a pilgrim.
Thien Mu Pagoda - The Most Sacred One In The Center Of Vietnam
You will have a chance to understand more about Nguyen Emperors and Royal’s Life at Tu Duc tombs. The structure of the tomb is intricate, consisting of a pavilion, sanctuary, chamber, courtyard, and private palace.
The next destination is Hue Imperial Citadel - a walled palace inside the citadel of the city of Hue which is the former imperial capital of Vietnam. It took 200 years to complete the building, and the Complex of Hue Citadel was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Hue Imperial Citadel - The Capital Under The Nguyen Lords' Dynasty
Entering Hue Citadel, you can explore the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial City, ancient tombs, the flag tower, and the royal library, which offer much exciting information and experience.
- Known as the most ancient Hue pagoda, Thien Mu Pagoda is more than 400 years old.
- It is called Perfume River because flowers from upstream orchards drop into the water in fall, creating a perfume-like aroma for the river.
- The sunset on the Perfume River is poetic and alluring. Do not miss this chance to admire the river.
Day 3: Enjoy Magnificent View When Moving To Hoi An
Say goodbye to Hue and head down south to Hoi An via the cloudy Hai Van Pass. Located at 500 meters above sea level, the road curves back and forth, with some slight bends and some hairpin turns. There are many stops on the way for sightseeing or taking pictures.
Hai Van Pass - One Of The Most Beautiful Roads In Vietnam
On the way to Hoi An, you can stop at Marble Mountain at Ngu Hanh Son district to witness the unique beauty in terms of shape, location, stone types, and the caves within.
You will arrive at Hoi An around 14:00 and have a free afternoon to explore the old town.
- The shuttle bus is the most popular vehicle from Hue to Hoi An. If you are a budget traveler, this is a perfect choice.
- Marble Mountain is an optional attraction. You will have to pay the entrance fee, which is about US $2.
- Hoi An is well-known for its delicious cuisine. Try a Hoi An Motorbike Street Food Tour or Hoi An Evening Food Tour by Bike.
Day 4: Discover Champa Relics in My Son Sanctuary
My Son Sanctuary, 45 km west far from Hoi An, is a collection of historic Hindu temples built in the green hills between the fourth and fourteenth centuries. Following Hoi An ancient town, these rebuilt temples were classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 due to their architectural and cultural significance.
While spending half day exploring this place, the picturesque Hindu-themed ruins, including towers, temples, and exquisite stone sculptures, can give you significant impressions. Interestingly, you might find this well-known attraction in the area partly similar to the world-famous Angkor Wat.
My Son Sanctuary - A Well-Known Spot Of Champa Kingdom
To get back to Hoi An, let’s cruise along the Thu Bon River, pass by fishing villages, and have a glimpse of the local’s lifestyle here. Youu’ll find the serene charm of Hoi An by admiring old houses, pagodas, lanterns, and local’s peaceful life.
Unlike many other cities in Vietnam, Hoi An is small and provincial in feel, but provides a fascinating glimpse into what port life was like in 18th-century Vietnam, and shows how Vietnam was influenced by cultures from Japan, China, and Europe. Some unique international constructions are Japanese Covered Bridge and the Fujian Assembly Hall of Chinese.
Another way to learn about a region’s culture is by visiting its local market. You can witness the local people’s vibrant life, and what products they are selling when walking in the wet market. You are free to shop in the town and look for the most notable souvenirs for your family members or friends.
Stop At A Street Side Shop For Local Herbal Drinks
- One of the best times to be at Thu Bon River is during the Lantern Festival (the 14th day of the lunar month), you can see the glittering river filled with floating paper lanterns at night.
- Hoi An herbal drink is called “Nuoc Mot”, it’s main ingredients are herbs such as chamomile, cinnamon, monk fruit, etc. You can taste this for only about US $1.
Day 5: Ba Na Hills - The Way To Heaven
For every first-time traveler to Da Nang, Ba Na Hills is a must-visit place since visitors can experience 4 seasons in one day, immerse in the natural beauty and enjoy the festive atmosphere with many activities. Then it is worthy to buy Ba Na Hills ticket and spend an entire day to explore this nature reserve.
You will need to take a cable car at Suoi Mo Cable Car Station to get to the top of the mountain at Marseille Station. The unique destinations that you must walk by are:
- Golden Bridge (The Hands of the Gods)
- Le Jardin D’Amour (the Flower Garden of Love) with 9 gardens of Le Jardin D’Amour
- Linh Ung Pagoda
- Debay Wine Cellar
Golden Bridge - An Ideal Place You Cannot Miss In Ba Na Hills
Moreover, you can spend all afternoon in a paradise of games at Fantasy Park - a perfect tourist attraction for an entire family or groups of friends. The options can vary from climbing artificial mountains, fire racing track, mega cinema 360 degrees, or exploring the wax museum and Jurassic Park.
All the activities should end before 17:00 because you will get back to the Cable Car Station to move to the gateway for the transfer back to Hoi An.
Inside Jurassic Park
- Known as the “green lung” of Da Nang City, Ba Na Hills can bring visitors a cool climate, fresh and feel great 4 seasons in one day: springful morning, summery noon, breezy afternoon, and wintry evening.
- Journey Into The Earth and Free Fall 360 Ferris Wheel are the hottest games at Fantasy Park. If you are a thrill seeker, remember to try it!
Day 6: Be An Amateur Chef At Hoi An Cooking Class
The first destination on your last day is Tra Que Organic village, a fertile agricultural farmland where local farmers still use traditional methods to grow rice. There you can buy the local ingredients you need for your next cooking lesson and try a special herbal drink at a local home.
Experience The Tranquil And Lush Green Organic Fields Near Hoi An
Next, let’s move to the cooking school where you have a chance to learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food, using the freshest ingredients we have bought in the village to cook. You can enjoy your own dish after that.
When the cooking finishes, you can get on a cruise to travel along the Hoi An River back to the center of Hoi An. The tour ends around 15:00. You have free time to explore the town until you transfer to Da Nang Airport for your departure flight.
If you are inspired by the beauty of Central Vietnam, let's create your Central Vietnam through Da Nang - Hoi An & Ba Na Hills tour with our experienced travel consultants!
South Vietnam 6-Day Itinerary
The South is home to many ancient landmarks, colonial structures, the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, the mighty Mekong River system, etc., offering every traveler both a vibrant atmosphere of the urban area and peaceful countryside. Surely there will be many fascinating experiences waiting for you on this 6-day journey.
|What to expect?||Where to stay?|
|Day 1||Experience Saigon Nightlife by Motorbike||Hotel in Ho Chi Minh|
|Day 2||Have A Full Day Wandering Around The Crowded City||Hotel in Ho Chi Minh|
|Day 3||A History Tour: From Cao Dai Temple To Cu Chi Tunnels||Hotel in Ho Chi Minh|
|Day 4||Discover The Rice Bowl Mekong Delta||Hotel in Can Tho|
|Day 5||Slide Along The Floating Market||Hotel in Ho Chi Minh|
|Day 6||Enjoy the Last Day|
Day 1: Experience Saigon Nightlife By Motorbike
Ho Chi Minh City is the most modern and crowded city in Vietnam. It has a unique mix of architecture from French to Chinese and other countries, so finding an ancient pagoda or a building with French elements is not hard.
After arrival at Ho Chi Minh airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for the check-in procedure. This is a city that never sleeps so you may find out other different aspects of Ho Chi Minh City. Exploring the city at night by taking a Sai Gon motorbike tour is one of the best things you should not miss.
Follow the newly built Saigon freeway, you will pass the magnificent Bitexco Tower, then heading to Chinatown (Cho Lon), Ho Thi Ky market, etc. The tour ends quite late, you will be back at your hotel around 22:00.
The Bustling Atmosphere Of Chinatown
- A small tip for you to find your local guide at the airport is to scan the crowd and look for the orange BestPrice Travel flag & your airport name sign the guide is holding.
- 17:30 - 18:00 is the rush hour in Sai Gon. Go with the flow and enjoy the bustling vibe of this dynamic city.
- Chinatown is famous for its beautiful Luong Nhu Hoc lantern street. You can buy a colorful lantern as a souvenir to bring home.
Day 2: Have A Full Day Wandering Around Ho Chi Minh City
The second day in Ho Chi Minh is a full-day tour to explore many famous attractions in this city. You should get up early to prepare for the day trip because the tour starts around 8:00. The places that you cannot miss on this tour are:
- Reunification Palace: Used to be the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam, this palace marks the end of the Vietnam war on 30th April 1975.
- War Remnants Museum: A place to remind us of the long and brutal war in Vietnam.
- Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office: The most famous and oldest classical French colonial architecture construction in Ho Chi Minh.
- Giac Lam Pagoda: A must-see spot for anyone who is a pilgrim, with a huge Buddha statue system that was built in 1774.
- Chinatown: Including Cho Lon and Thien Hau Pagoda, where you can go shopping and try local Vietnamese food before returning to your hotel.
Learn About The US Invasion Of Vietnam In The War Remnants Museum
- Che (Sweet Soup) is a popular dish in Southern Vietnam. If you have a sweet tooth, try this in the food area inside the local market. The price is reasonable, about US $1 - US $2.
Day 3: A History Tour: From Cao Dai Temple To Cu Chi Tunnel
For those who are interested in history and religion, do not miss these two places:
- Cao Dai Temple: the sacred temple of Caodaism. You will have a chance to understand more about Vietnamese religion, especially Caodaism, which incorporates aspects of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and even Catholicism.
- Cu Chi Tunnels: a complex network consisting of numerous trenches, bunkers, booby traps, bomb shelters, a spectacular air ventilation system. You will watch a war documentary introducing soldiers’ lives during wartime and go underground to explore the system of underground tunnels, where supplies were transported, the injured were treated and people were living during some of the most strategic operations in the war.
Crawl Through The Complex Underground Cu Chi Tunnel
- For a perfect underground trip, you should wear comfortable sports outfits such as tracksuits. Avoid dresses and tight clothes.
- Play Shooting Guns & Paintball Guns is a recommended activity you should try at the Cu Chi Tunnel. The price ticket is about US $1 - US $2 per person for 60 minutes.
Day 4: Discover The Rice Bowl Mekong Delta
Meandering waterways, sleepy riverside villages, traditional workshops, historical ruins, and intriguing culture, with the trip to Mekong Delta, you will have an insight into the local life and style of the typical Vietnamese countryside.
A long-tail boat along the Mekong waterways will take you along the Ham Luong River. You will stop by a coconut processing workshop and have a chance to know how sedge mats are made at a mat weaving house.
The Picturesque Sedge Field In Mekong Delta
You can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the Mekong Delta by wandering around the region, get on the “xe loi”, which is a kind of modern motorized rickshaw, and travel to explore exotic fruit farms. After tasting local cuisine at a restaurant, a sampan will take you to explore the narrow canals of the Mekong Delta. Then back to your hotel and spend a night in Can Tho, the delta’s biggest settlement.
Experience The Mekong Delta Countryside By Xe Loi
Day 5: Slide Along The Floating Marketing
The next day, get up early in the morning to take a motorboat to visit Cai Rang Floating Market – a fascinating floating market on the Mekong River.
After having your breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred by a motorboat to explore Cai Rang Floating Market. You can try the local food there, and buy the fruits from sellers in the small boat.
After the tour, you will be served lunch at the restaurant on the way back to Saigon City.
Explore The Floating Market In A Small Group
- Sai Gon River is beautiful and romantic at night. It is recommended to join a luxury Sai Gon River cruise to have dinner on board and relax after a long day tour.
Day 6: Enjoy The Last Day
This is the last day in Ho Chi Minh. Get up early in the morning to catch the first rays of the sun and have a chance to see Saigon waking up with our Good morning Saigon tour.
On the local form of transport (an open-style van with no air-con), you will visit Tao Dan Park where locals do their morning exercises. In the park, there is a small pagoda where you are likely to see locals performing daily prayers.
For anyone who is a food lover, you should try savoring a café sua da, the special drink of Saigoners, and watch the local life from the coffee shop’s balcony.
Ca Phe Sua Da - A Typical Drink Of The Saigonese
Continue walking to a local wet market through the stalls where vendors sell everything from live meat to fresh seasonal vegetables and homeware goods. It’s your last chance to buy souvenirs for your beloved at home.
It's time to start a trip! If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to write them below. Hope this article brings a lot of useful information for great Vietnam Tours & Holiday Packages!
Questions & Answers (3)
Could you recommend some Halong Bay cruises that have professional spa services on board?
Hi! You should try the Scarlett Pearl and Elite of the Seas cruise.
Is it possible to book a food tour during the day we're in Hanoi?
It's ok, here is the food tour: Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour - the departure date is up to you.
Is there anything else to discover rather than historical sites in Ninh Binh?
Hi! You can Trang An and Hang Mua with magnificent landscape or explore the amazing nature in Cuc Phuong National Park and Thung Nham.