6 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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Hoi An
— 1 night
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights


Hanoi — 2 nights

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.
On the 16th (Sat), browse the exhibits of 54 Traditions Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Chennai, India to Hanoi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Hoi An.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
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Hoi An — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Hoi An by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
Nature · Parks · Spas
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Ho Chi Minh City — 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Drink Vietnam, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then admire the striking features of The Independence Palace, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hoi An in January, you will find days in Ho Chi Minh City are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Spas
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Vietnam travel guide

Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.