Vietnam sits at the crossroads between East and Southeast Asia with a rich culture and bitter-sweet historical stories.
Lately, this bountiful country has become an exciting tourist destination attracting millions of people from across the world, and for good reasons. Adventurous canyoning, pristine beaches, striking mountain views, and lush green jungles are what compel wanderers.
Vietnam tour packages can strike a contrasting balance between peaceful villages, chaotic city life, serene beaches, and majestic mountains.
So, we have created a perfect itinerary for your 4-week trip to Vietnam from south to north.
The best 4-week travel itinerary for Vietnam
- Ho Chi Minh City: 2 – 4 days
Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam, located in the south. It is a complete package having shopping malls, fast food chains, skyscrapers, and cocktail bars. Plus, you can also find a traditional Vietnamese way of life in street food, local markets, and small restaurants.
Nguyen Hue walking lane is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam. It is a three-line pedestrianized esplanade that connects the city hall with the Saigon river. While meandering along Nguyen Hue walking, you can cherish the Opera house, the architecture of the city hall, and the statue of Ho Chi Minh.
Another remarkable place to visit in Ho Chi Minh is the War Remnants Museum which offers exclusive information regarding the American-Vietnam war.
Plus, you can also visit Ben Than indoor market, where you can witness various shops and also nightlife.
- Da Lat city: 3-4 days
Da Lat, the capital city of Lam Dong province, is a town of flowers, french villas, thundering waterfalls, fresh air, and beautiful lakes.
The city has many names describing its beauty, like the city of thousand pine trees, the city of love, little Paris, the city of poetry, and others. The weather is cool around the year, and therefore, it is called a ‘vegetable garden.’
You can go canyoning which includes sliding in the water, abseiling, jumping down the waterfalls, hiking, and swimming. Plus, you can also stroll around lakes and visit Linh An Tu Pagoda and Happy Buddha.
- Phu Quoc: 4 – 5 days
You might have heard about Phu Quoc on your Cambodia tours, about it being a disputed island between Vietnam and Cambodia. It is popular for having the best beaches in the country. Additionally, the environmental conservation efforts by the island and cultural heritage are remarkable.
The island’s white sand beaches are the reason it is christened ‘Pearl island.’ In addition to enjoying various beaches, you can explore the island on a motorbike, visit Suoi Tranh waterfall, and relish the night market.
- Halong bay: 2-3 days
Halong bay is among the UNESCO world heritage sites which feature bursting cliffs from emerald green waters.
In your Vietnam tour package, you can include Halong bay to take in its beauty by taking a boat or cruise tour, which usually lasts for upto 1 to 5 days. And the more days you select, the less-visited parts of the bay you can see.
You can select from booze cruises, activity-based cruises, relaxed family cruises, and everything in between.
- Sa-Pa: 3-4 days
Sa Pa is known for terraced rice fields, profusely green mountains, and friendly locals. It is often a front-runner place for tourists to go trekking.
You can go on multi-day trekking by hiring a tour guide. While multi-day trekking, you can stay in homestays and enlighten yourself about local villages, people, and their way of life.
Also, you can opt for a challenging climb to Fansipan mountain, Indochina’s tallest mountain.
Apart from absorbing the mountain beauty, you can also wander through the countryside on a bike and visit waterfalls.
- Tam Coc: 1-2 days
Tam Coc is a breathtaking beauty that sits in the north and is often overlooked by travelers. Hence, it is not as busy as other popular locations. So, you can include this place also during your peaceful holidays to Laos.
The best thing you can do there is take a boat ride down the Ngo Dong river. Here, beautiful Vietnamese ladies will row you down the river at a relaxing pace, spreading peace all over you. You can enjoy the majesty of deep caves and salient mountains.
Additionally, you can also visit Hoa Lu temples, hike to Hang Mui cave, and explore the Van Long nature reserve.
- Da Nang: 3-4 days
Da Nang is a modern city famous for French colonial structures and sandy beaches. Travelers often choose this city to see the Marble Mountains, a spectacular cluster of 5 mountains accommodating temples and caves.
You can visit the mountains and relax at the beach, soaking in the sun. The next day, you can take in the breathtaking view of the Golden bridge and then visit Ba Na Hills.
Ba Na hills name was christened based on a local ethnic group that lived in the area. It means ‘my mountain.’ It is a recreational complex and boasts some of the top-notch French architecture.
- Hoi An: 2-4 days
Everyone hits it off with Hoi An’s charm, a city with cobbled streets and cloaked with lanterns. Hoi An is home to a leisurely flowing river and numerous quaint markets. Moreover, its old quarter has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Outside the old quarter, two-lane roads wedge through rippling rice fields and come to light at a foamy coastline.
You can witness Chinese, Japanese, and European architectural fusion as those countries’ merchants settled in Hoi An from the 15th to 19th centuries. My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO cultural heritage site, also holds some of the most intricately carved temples.
Vietnam is such a great country that one month will seem less in your Vietnam tour package. Moreover, the season across the nation might vary during your trip.
Nevertheless, your trip to Vietnam will be memorable and an amazing experience.