Travel Guide to Popular Cities in Vietnam – 25 Day Trips you can Do in Vietnam

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A world where history is compelling and hues are vibrant; Vietnam is a charming destination for tourists from all corners of the world. It’s utterly beautiful, astonishingly mysterious, and home to a wealth of compelling destinations.

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This strikingly beautiful country is a result of years of internal combustion and turmoil, and agile transformation. Since the appalling savagery and slaughter induced by the American War, Vietnam, as a resilient nation, has come back to life and is jaunty in hope. And it wouldn’t be wrong to address the resolute nation as a phoenix raised from the ashes.

Ho Chi Minh City Day Trips

1. Full Day Excursion To Mekong Delta

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Tour features

  • Taste local fruits, candies, and honey
  • Explore the typical stilt houses and fishing villages of the Mekong Delta

The experience

Travel deep into the Mekong Delta on a full-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City, and explore rural villages, river islands, and lush, plant-fringed canals. You’ll travel by bus, riverboat, and rowboat, stopping along the way to taste local foods and listen to traditional South Vietnamese music.

Important information

  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Timing

  • Departure: 7:30am

Cost starts from US$ 16.00

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2. Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Tour

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Tour features

  • Interact with the local people from the Cu Chi region
  • Learn more about the ingenuity of the inhabitants of the Cu Chi tunnels

The experience

Hear how the tunnels functioned as busy underground cities, and learn the pivotal part the structure played in the Vietnam War. Enjoy the convenience and personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.

Important information

  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Dress standards are conservative

Timing

  • Departure: 7:30am

Cost starts from US$ 12.00

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3. Saigon Skydeck in Bitexco Financial Tower Admission Ticket

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 Tour features

  • Ride to the top in a high-speed elevator
  • Enjoy incredible 360-degree city views

The experience

Soak up spectacular 360-degree views with this Bitexco Financial Tower Saigon Skyjack general admission ticket. Travel to the 49th floor of this center-city skyscraper and gaze out over urban landscapes, the Saigon River and all of the city’s top attractions!

Important information

  • No food and drink allowed in the Skydeck
  • Wheelchair accessible

Timing

  • Departure: 9:30am

Cost starts from US$ 8.65

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4. Saigon Motorbike Adventures

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Tour features

  • Ride as a passenger: enjoy the fast pace of travel without the stress of navigating busy streets
  • Enjoy a personalized ride

The experience

Dart and weave like a local through a range some of Hồ Chí Minh City’s most interesting neighborhoods. Your guide on two wheels will show you all the usual sights as well as some of the city’s lesser known districts.

Important information

  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Timing

  • Departure: 7:30am

Cost starts from US$ 33.25

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5. Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Full Day Tour

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 Tour features

  • Learn about Cao Daism, a modern mix of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity
  • Visit the elaborate Cao Dai Temple

The experience

Make a stop at Tay Ninh and learn about Cao Dai — which mixes Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, and Buddhism into a single sect — during a prayer ceremony at Cao Dai Temple. Visit the underground world of the Cu Chi Tunnels, where you can climb into the subterranean network and learn how the narrow passages helped protect Vietnamese military during the American/Vietnam war. Roundtrip transport and a local Vietnamese lunch included.

Important information

  • Vegetarian option is available

Timing

  • Departure: 7:30am

Cost starts from US$ 22.00

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Hanoi Day Trips

6. Halong Bay Day Tour

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 Tour features

  • Explore Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Palace Cave)
  • Take a day cruise in UNESCO-listed Halong Bay

The experience

Enjoy a scenic drive through the rural landscapes of northern Vietnam followed by a Halong Bay cruise. This full-day tour, round-trip from Hanoi, includes kayaking and a seafood lunch served on board.

Important information

  • Sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Infants must sit on laps

Timing

  • Departure: 8:00am

Cost starts from US$ 35.00

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7. Hoa Lu – Tam Coc Day Trip

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 Tour features

  • Climb steps to Bich Dong Pagoda
  • Travel to Ninh Binh province from Hanoi

The experience

Discover the World Heritage-listed treasures of Ninh Binh province on this unforgettable day trip with a small-group. You’ll visit tombs from the Dinh and Le dynasties in the ancient capital of Hoa Lu.

Important information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 8 people per tour

Timing

  • Departure: 8:30am

Cost starts from US$ 28.50

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8. Majestic Trang An Tour

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Tour features

  • Enjoy personalized insights into Ninh Binh from your private guide
  • Relax over a local restaurant lunch

The experience

Traveling with just your group and guide, enjoy a classic itinerary: Start at the temples of Hoa Lu, cruise among dramatic rock formations in Tam Coc, then experience the ancient cave temples and pretty pagoda at Bich Dong.

Important information

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Timing

  • Departure: 7:30am

Cost starts from US$ 24.00

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9. Hanoi in a Day

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Tour features

  • View Vietnamese art at the Bat Trang ceramic village or Museum of Ethnology
  • Visit the Ho Chi Minh complex

The experience

Spend a day exploring Hanoi, Vietnam’s mesmerizing capital city. Learn about its history at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square and Presidential Palace with an informative guide.

Important information

  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps

Timing

  • Departure: 7:50am

Cost starts from US$ 22.50

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10. Hoa Lu Private Day Tour

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Tour features

  • Visit temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties at Hoa Lu
  • Ride a sampan from Tam Coc to several river caves

The experience

Discover Ninh Binh on a private tour, starting with a sampan boat ride from Tam Coc. With your own personal guide, you’ll visit three limestone caves and explore a fishing village along the river.

Important information

  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

Timing

  • Departure: 8:00am

Cost starts from US$ 36.00

You can Book it Here

Hue Day Trips

11. Hue Discovery Half/Full Day Tour

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 Tour features

  • Learn about Imperial history
  • See Tinh Tam Lake

The experience

Get a personal introduction to a one-time imperial capital on a 4-hour, private tour of Hue by a traditional, pedal-powered cyclo.

Important information

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Timing

  • Departure: 7:30am

Cost starts from US$ 16.00

You can Book it Here

12. Phong Nha Cave Exploration

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 Tour features

  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Phong Nha Caves
  • Explore remains of altars and hear the cave’s history from your guide

The experience

During this Phong Nha Caves tour from Hue, you’ll explore the UNESCO-listed complex of 14 grottoes in the Limestone Mountains of Ke Bang National Park. Used by the Cham people in the ninth and 10th centuries as Buddhist sanctuaries, the caves still contain the remains of altars and inscriptions.

Important information

Infants must sit on laps

Not wheelchair accessible

Timing

Departure: 6:30am

Cost starts from US$ 32.00

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13. Perfume River Private Dinner Cruise

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Tour features

  • Take a boat trip on the Perfume River
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City

The experience

Visit Thien Mu Pagoda by boat on a Perfume River (Huong River) cruise during this private tour. Learn about the Buddhist landmark from your own personal guide before a short drive to visit the tombs of Khai Dinh and Minh Mang, former Nguyen emperors.

Important information

  • Dress code is formal
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Timing

  • Departure: 5:00pm

Cost starts from US$ 33.00

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14. Explore Hue City Full Day Tour

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Tour features

– Full-day Hue City sightseeing tour

– Enjoy lunch and a look at the royal tombs

The experience

See the UNESCO-listed Imperial City on a full-day sightseeing tour of Hue. The former imperial capital on the banks of the Perfume River offers visitors a glimpse of royal palaces and tombs.

Important information

– Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Timing

Departure: 8:00am

Cost starts from US$ 34.45

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15. Bach Ma National Park Trekking Day Tour

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 Tour features

  • Enjoy a picnic lunch and seafood dinner at the beach
  • Hike a dense forest trail from Do Quyen waterfall

The experience

You’re driven to the summit, once used by the American military as a base during the Vietnam War but now a serene spot to admire the views. Stop for a picnic lunch and trek past lakes, lagoons, mountain streams, and waterfalls. End with a short beach retreat at stunning Lang Co, where you’ll feast on a seafood dinner.

Important information

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Timing

  • Departure: 7:30am

Cost starts from US$ 29.50

You can Book it Here

Da Nang Day Trips

16. Custom Tour of Hue, Hoi An, and Da Nang

Tour features

  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • A perfect introduction for first-time visitors

The experience

Combine the convenience of a guided tour with the flexibility of independent travel on this private tour of Central Vietnam from Da Nang.

Important information

  • Children (2-11yrs) – 75% of applicable adult fare

Timing

  • Departure: 9:00am

Cost starts from US$ 80.00

You can Book it Here

17. Ba Na Hills Ticket in Da Nang

 

Tour features

  • Visit one of Asia’s most impressive theme parks
  • A hassle-free package that arranges tickets and transfers

The experience

Save yourself hours of waiting in line by booking your admission ticket to the Ba Na Hills in advance. As well as a round-trip ride on one of the world’s longest cable cars, this package includes an optional transfer service from your hotel in Da Nang, which eliminates the stress of taking public transport.

Important information

  • Children below 1m in height can go free
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Timing

  • Departure: 7:00am

Cost starts from US$ 29.40

You can Book it Here

18. Ba Na Hills Day Tour with Golden Bridge

 

Tour features

  • Capture memorable photos on the iconic Golden Bridge
  • Explore the unique architecture and attractions of the Bà Nà Hills resort

The experience

Avoid the tourist crowds as you explore the Bà Nà Hills resort on a private tour of the attraction, and discover striking views of the Golden Bridge and countryside beyond.

Important information

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Timing

  • Departure: 7:30am

Cost starts from US$ 37.25

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19. Hue City Tour from Da Nang

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Tour features

  • See historical and religious sites with an expert guide
  • Savor the typical flavors of Vietnamese cuisine with included lunch

The experience

Spend the day touring Hue’s culture, heritage, and traditions on this memorable tour that showcases the best of the city’s top attractions.

Important information

  • A minimum of two people per booking is required

Timing

  • Departure: 8:00am

Cost starts from US$ 38.00

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20. My Son & Hoi An Private Day Tour from Da Nang

 

Tour features

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site before the crowds
  • Learn about the ancient Champa Kingdom

The experience

Beat the heat—and the crowds—by arriving early at My Son Sanctuary. During this private tour, you’ll learn from your guide about the Champa Kingdom that ruled for centuries in Vietnam.

Important information

  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Timing

  • Departure: 8:00am

Cost starts from US$ 49.00

You can Book it Here

Hoi An Day Trips

21. Eco Cooking and Basket Boat Tour

 Tour features

  • Master the basics of traditional Vietnamese dishes with a guide
  • Enjoy a hands-on cultural experience

The experience

Central Vietnam is famous for its food. Master the basics of traditional Vietnamese cuisine during a market tour and cookery class in Hoi An, which provides an intimate glimpse into local culture.

Important information

  • Vegetarian Options Available upon request
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Timing

  • Departure: 7:45am-8:15am/12:45pm-1:15pm

Cost starts from US$ 28.00

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22. Cham Islands Day Tour

 Tour features

Visit a fishing village and Hai Tang Pagoda

Explore marine life at the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

The experience

Travel by speedboat to a fishing village and market, followed by a pagoda visit and snorkel tour. You’ll find an array of coral and marine life while snorkeling in this idyllic region. Sate your appetite with a seafood lunch before the return ride to Hoi An.

Important information

  • Sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Infants must sit on laps

Timing

  • Departure: 8:30am

Cost starts from US$ 30.00

You can Book it Here

23. Coconut Forest Tour by Bicycle and Basket Boat

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Tour features

  • Explore a water coconut forest by basket boat
  • Half-day bike ride from Hoi An

The experience

Pedal through villages and rice fields on a half-day bicycle tour from Hoi An, stopping along the way to experience local culture and cuisine.

Important information

  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at the time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Timing

  • Departure: 9:00am-9:15am/2:00pm-2:15pm

Cost starts from US$ 30.00

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24. Countryside on Bicycles Private Tour

Tour features

  • Cycle along back roads and through rice fields on an easy, enjoyable bike ride
  • Step back in time to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu

The experience

Discover the spectacular Vietnamese countryside by bike and boat on a captivating small-group tour from Hanoi. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and embark on a bike ride through beautiful back roads and verdant rice fields; visit the majestic ancient capital of Hoa Lu to see the home of the country’s first emperor, and revitalize with traditional Vietnamese lunch.

Important information

  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Minimum age is 12 years

Timing

  • Departure: 8:00am

Cost starts from US$ 29.00

You can Book it Here

25. Hoi An – Hue – Da Nang Private Tour

Tour features

  • Visit the Cham Museum and Linh Ung Pagoda
  • Stop for photo ops at beaches, lagoons, and attractions

The experience

If you need transportation from Hoi An to Hue, book a private transfer service with a professional driver-guide. Upon pickup from your hotel at your selected departure time, the approximate 5-hour trip includes photo stops along the way at China Beach, Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass, and Cau Hai Lagoon.

Important information

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Timing

  • Departure: 8:00am

Cost starts from US$ 83.00

You can Book it Here

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