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10 Days in Vietnam: 5 Top Itineraries for First-Timers, Couples, and Families

10 Days in Vietnam: 5 Top Itineraries for First-Timers, Couples, and Families

By CindyUpdated Aug. 23, 2023

Wondering how to spend 10 days in Vietnam? Vietnam is a dream destination that includes everything from karst scenery and ancient towns to big cities and pristine beaches. Spending 10 days in Vietnam would give you the chance to sample all that the country has to offer…

In this article, we've described five magical 10-day Vietnam itineraries, to help you get some ideas for your dream trip.

1. A Classic 10-Day Vietnam Itinerary: From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

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Experience the best of Vietnam in just 10 days with our classic itinerary from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.

From the charming capital city of Hanoi to the ancient town of Hoi An, the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, and the peaceful Mekong Delta, this itinerary covers the most popular destinations in Vietnam.

Here is a sample itinerary for reference:

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  • Days 1–2: Explore the charming capital city of Hanoi
  • Day 3: Halong Bay, one of the world's most beautiful natural wonders
  • Days 4–5: Hoi An, a charming town with a well-preserved Old Town.
  • Days 6–7: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Days 8–9: The Mekong Delta
  • Day 10: Departure

You'll explore the charming Old Quarter of Hanoi, take a cruise in the stunning Halong Bay, visit the well-preserved Old Town of Hoi An, and learn about the country's history in Ho Chi Minh City. You'll also experience local life and culture in the Mekong Delta at a floating market.

For a special experience, we can arrange many unique and authentic activities, such as paddling a Vietnamese basket boat to a fishing village and trying your hand at casting local fishing nets, indulging in a foodie tour, or taking a cooking class.

This itinerary is perfect for families or retired couples who want to experience the diversity of Vietnam's culture, history, and natural beauty in a short amount of time. With comfortable accommodations, private transportation, and knowledgeable guides, you'll have a hassle-free and unforgettable Vietnam trip.

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2. 10-Day Vietnam Itinerary with Sapa

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This 10-day Vietnam itinerary with Sapa can be a great option for couples and families who are looking for a mix of adventure, culture, and relaxation. The itinerary covers some of the most popular destinations in Vietnam, from the charismatic capital city of Hanoi to the stunning natural wonders of Halong Bay, history-filled Hoi An, and the picturesque town of Sapa.

Here is a sample itinerary for reference:

  • Days 1–3: Hanoi
  • Days 4–5: Sapa, a town in the mountains of north Vietnam
  • Days 6–7: Halong Bay, one of the world's most beautiful natural wonders
  • Days 8–9: Hoi An, a charming town with a well-preserved old district
  • Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

In this itinerary, you'll start in Hanoi, exploring its charming Old Quarter and enjoying its street food. Then, you'll take an overnight train north to the mountain town Sapa, where you can go hiking to discover north Vietnam's ethnic culture and stunning scenery.

The trekking in Sapa can be a great adventure for couples and families who enjoy hiking and exploring the outdoors. The overnight train to Sapa can also be a fun experience for families with children.

Next, you'd cruise around Halong Bay's karst island wonders. After that, you'd fly to Da Nang on your way to Hoi An in central Vietnam, where insight-filled visits would unlock this town's essence: visit its Japanese Covered Bridge, Fukian Assembly Hall, and Old House of Tan Ky.

Finally, you'll fly to Ho Chi Minh City and visit its interesting highlights: the War Remnants Museum, the General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Reunification Palace.

The itinerary also includes some cultural experiences, such as visiting local markets in Sapa. A cooking class in Hoi An could be a fun activity for couples and families who enjoy learning about local cuisine.

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3. 10-Day Vietnam Itinerary for Family with Teenagers

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This 10-day itinerary covering Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Mekong Delta is a great option for families with teenagers who want to explore Vietnam's culture, history, and natural beauty.

Here is a sample itinerary for your reference:

  • Days 1–2: Arrival, Hanoi city tour
  • Day 3: Ninh Binh day tour
  • Day 4-5: Halong Bay cruise
  • Day 6: Hoi An
  • Day 7-8: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 9-10: The Mekong Delta

The itinerary includes a mix of city tours, cultural experiences, and outdoor activities, making it a great way to keep teenagers engaged and interested throughout the trip. From exploring the bustling streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to cruising through the stunning limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, there's something for everyone on this itinerary.

In addition, the itinerary includes a day trip to Ninh Binh, where you'll take a leisurely rowing-boat ride through an amazing tunnel cave and along a picturesque karst river. This is a great opportunity for families to get out of the city and experience Vietnam's natural beauty.

The itinerary also includes two days in Hoi An, where you can experience interesting activities, such as cycling the picturesque country roads, paddling a Vietnamese basket boat to a fishing village and trying your hand at casting local fishing nets, and enjoying an evening foodie walk.

To finish off, you would have a day trip to the Mekong Delta, where you'd take a boat trip to visit local villages and markets. This is a great way for families to learn about Vietnam's rural culture and way of life.

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4. 10-Day Northern & Central Vietnam: History, Culture, and Nature

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This 10-day itinerary will take you to see the highlights of northern and central Vietnam. It will give you a deeper discovery of Vietnam's culture, history, and natural beauty in just 10 days.

Here is a sample itinerary:

  • Day 1-2: Hanoi
  • Day 3-4: Halong Bay
  • Day 5: Dong Hoi
  • Day 6-7: Hue
  • Day 8-9: Hoi An
  • Day 10: Departure

One of the highlights of this itinerary is the Halong Bay Cruise, where you will spend a night on a boat and explore the stunning limestone cliffs and caves of Halong Bay. Travel with us to take a more-private-and-authentic craft (half the size of the usual group-tour boat) and explore the unspoiled areas of Halong Bay by junk.

Another highlight of this itinerary is visiting the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features stunning caves and underground rivers. This is a great opportunity for travelers who love adventure and exploring the outdoors.

Finally, visiting the Old Town of Hoi An is a great way to experience Vietnam's traditional architecture and culture. More interesting activities, such as an enjoying an evening foodie tour or taking a sunset cruise, would enrich your stay in Hoi An.

These highlights, combined with the other cultural experiences and outdoor activities included in the itinerary, make it a great option for families and couples who want to experience the best of northern and central Vietnam.

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You can adjust the itinerary to your preferences and add or remove destinations as needed.

5. 10-Day Southern Vietnam Itinerary: Mekong Delta Tour & Beach Holiday

If you want a relaxed pace of travel, this 10-day itinerary is perfect for you. It focuses on southern Vietnam and takes you to explore the region's rich culture, authentic local life, and stunning beaches.

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Here is a sample itinerary:

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  • Day 1-2: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 3-4: The Mekong Delta
  • Day 5-9: Phu Quoc free days
  • Day 10: Back to Ho Chi Minh; departure

Starting and ending in the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh, this itinerary takes you on a journey to explore the local markets and way of life in the Mekong Delta region. After immersing yourself in the culture and scenery of the delta, you'd finish your trip with some dreamy relaxation on the tropical shores of Phu Quoc, sipping cocktails and soaking up the sun.

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How Much Is a 10-Day Vietnam Tour?

Vietnam is a highly-affordable country that caters to a wide range of budgets. Whether you're looking for accommodation, restaurants, attractions, or tours, you'll find options that fit your budget.

For a 10-day private tour in Vietnam, the cost per person can range from approximately $1,000 to $3,500 USD, depending on whether you prefer budget or luxury options.

  • For a medium budget, touring Vietnam typically costs around US$ 200-250 per day per person (including airfares within Vietnam, 4- or 5-star hotels, attractions, guides, and transfers).
  • For a higher budget of US$250-350 per day per person, more comfort can be enjoyed (including airfares within Vietnam, 5-star or higher hotels, attractions, guides, and transfers).

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