Vietnam 5-day Itinerary: 5 Authentic Travel Plans

By Kayla LE - May 22, 2023
Vietnam 5-day Itinerary: 5 Authentic Travel Plans

Vietnam, a captivating country that has captured the hearts of travellers worldwide, beckons with its diverse offerings. With just five days in Vietnam to spare, this guide is tailored to help you make the most of your time to discover the awe-inspiring natural landscapes, idyllic beaches, vibrant cities, yummy street food and the charm of rural villages.

Join us on this incredible voyage as we navigate through Vietnam's diverse tapestry, where each day presents a new chapter, a unique blend of traditions, flavours, and awe-inspiring sights.

vietnam 5 day itinerary

The following 5 itineraries are carefully created by local travel experts based on his real travel experience and thoughtful knowledge about Vietnam's destinations. So don’t miss it out!

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Itinerary 1: Northern Vietnam at A Glance in 5 Days

northern vietnam in 5 days

  • Route: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi

  • Suitable for: Couple, Senior, Children

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi, a quick discovery of Hanoi Old Quarter - overnight in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City tour - overnight in Hanoi
Day 3: Explore natural landscapes in Ninh Binh: Thung La, Van Long - overnight in Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay, immerse in beauty of Lan Ha Bay - overnight on the bay
Day 5: Explore a cave, leisurely cruise. Return to Hanoi & depart

This Vietnam 5-day package tour provides an ideal itinerary for exploring the captivating region of Hanoi,  tranquillity of Ninh Binh and the lesser-known Lan Ha Bay.

Begin your adventure in Hanoi, the vibrant capital city of Vietnam with a long interesting history. Explore the charming streets of the Old Quarter, where history and modern life blend seamlessly. Discover ancient temples, sample delectable street food, and witness the bustling atmosphere of the city's markets. If you are jet lagged after the exhausted flight, leave this afternoon free to stay at your hotel.

On day 2, you’ll explore the famous attractions of the city including Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam, Ethnology Museum, French Quarter, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum. In the evening, do not miss the traditional water puppet show.

On the 3rd day, embark on a journey to Ninh Binh, a captivating destination nestled in the heart of the Red River Delta. Discover ancient pagodas and temples that hold centuries of history within their walls. Marvel at the stunning natural landscapes as you cruise along the Van Long river, passing through caves and limestone karsts.

The next two days will be spent in Lan Ha Bay, considered to be the sibling of Halong Bay but less-touristy. The emerald water and thousands of towering limestones in Lan Ha Bay is captivating more and more travellers from all over the world. You not only enjoy the sunset and sunrise on the bay, but also taste the delicious food and overnight at a truly serene place. 

Prepare yourself to be enchanted by stunning landscapes, connect with the local community, and create life-time memories.

In the evening in Hanoi, there are lots of things to do, read about Hanoi nightlife here.

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Itinerary 2: Discover the Central Heritage Trail 

central heritage trail in 5 days

  • Route: Hue - Hoi An - Da Nang

  • Suitable for: Couple, Senior

Day 1: Arrive in Hue city
Day 2: Explore Hue city attractions: Minh Mang tomb, Thuy Bieu village, Thien Mu pagoda, Hue citadel
Day 3: Hue to Hoi An, visit sightseeing on route, discover Hoi An highlights
Day 4: Hoi An village: Kim Bong, Tra Nhieu, Cam Thanh
Day 5: Hoi An to Da Nang & depart

Experience an exceptional Vietnam 5-day package holiday that unveils the mesmerising heritage sites of Central Vietnam.

Start from in Hue, the former capital of Vietnam (1802-1945), where you'll have the opportunity to explore the impeccably preserved Hue citadel and the myriad temples and pagodas that dot the surrounding area. Highlights of the journey in Hue include immersing yourself in the rich cultural and heritage sites such as Ming Mang King's tomb, the Hue Citadel, Perfume River and the captivating Thien Mu Pagoda.

After 2 first days, travel across the awe-inspiring Hai Van Pass, My Khe beach, a coastal route renowned for its breathtaking vistas, and arrive in the enchanting Hoi An town. Prepare to be captivated by the ancient beauty of Hoi An’s captivating streets, houses, food and the peaceful vibe.

Spend the next day delving into idyllic rural countryside as you visit Thuy Bieu, Tra Nhieu, Cam Thanh, Kim Bong. This day trip will grant you an authentic encounter with the local communities, where you can engage in meaningful interactions and gain a deeper understanding of their way of life.

The last day is free so you can go shopping for the last souvenirs and take some beach relaxation before your departure flight to the next destination.

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Itinerary 3: Unique Beauty of the South Vietnam

south vietnam 5 day itinerary

  • Route: Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh

  • Suitable for: Senior, Couple

Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh city
Day 2: Discovering Saigon city with highlights: Independence palace, Binh Tay market, China town, Quan Am pagoda and Fito Museum of traditional medicine
Day 3: Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple
Day 4: Visit Mekong Delta: Ben Tre
Day 5: Depart from Ho Chi Minh

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh all 4 nights.

Embark on a 5-day Vietnam journey where you can experience the authentic essence of Southern Vietnam. This package tour offers a unique and less touristic route, providing an authentic experience that combines historical exploration, cultural immersion, and interactions with the local way of life.

Begin your adventure in Ho Chi Minh City, an energetic metropolis renowned for its dynamism. Explore the city's historical significance by visiting landmarks such as the Independence Palace, Quan Am Pagoda, FITO museum, and Binh Tay market. It is a chance to engage with the vibrant local life and savour a variety of street food.

On the 3rd day, strolling through the historic site of Cu Chi tunnels, a fascinating underground network used during the Vietnam War and the enchanting Cao Dai Temple, where spiritual traditions come alive.

On the 4th day, experience the tranquillity of Ben Tre, a region in the vast Mekong Delta, an idyllic region teeming with natural beauty and rich traditions. By walking, biking and boating, you can take in the breathtaking scenery and encounter the friendly locals. The picturesque waterways in Mekong Delta are quite different from the scenery in North and Central Vietnam.

Last day in the South, it’s time to go shopping as Ho Chi Minh city is one of the most vibrant shopping centres. Relax and enjoy your moments in Vietnam until your departure flight to the next destination.

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Itinerary 4: Relaxing Central Beach Holiday

central beach holiday in 5 days

  • Route: Da Nang - Hoi An - Da Nang

  • Suitable for: Senior, Couple, Children, Infant

Day 1: Arrive in Da Nang
Day 2: Discover Hoi An highlights: Cam Pho, Chua Cau, Quan Thang, Fujian Assembly Hall, Thanh Ha
Day 3: Explore Da Nang: Ba Na Hill, Golden Bridge, Marble Mountain, Non Nuoc
Day 4: Free relaxing day in Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An to Da Nang, depart

Overnight in Hoi An all 4 nights.

Experience 5 days in Central Vietnam at a leisure pace, designed specifically for couples, seniors and families with children. This carefully curated program combines the exploration of historic cities, immersive local encounters, and a flexible schedule that caters to the needs of group travelling together. 

Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Hoi An's ancient town, renowned for its heritage and cultural significance. Discover the narrow streets adorned with lanterns, and uncover the historical treasures that make this town so captivating. Your children will like making pottery or lanterns themselves with local craftsmen.

On the next day, we’ll transfer to Sun World Ba Na hill complex, an indoor game centre that offers a multitude of thrilling experiences for the whole family. You can take stunning pictures with the Golden Hands bridge and enjoy many entertaining activities. 

Leave a free day of relaxation and tranquillity on the pristine beaches of the region. Let your darlings soak up the sun and gentle waves while enjoying a rejuvenating time by the seaside.

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Itinerary 5: Easy Northern Vietnam Adventure

mai chau adventure vietnam 5 days

  • Route: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Pu Luong - Hanoi

  • Suitable for: Senior, Couple, Nature lovers

Day 1: Hanoi to Mai Chau, explore landscapes in Mai Hich & Xam Khoe. Overnight in Mai Chau
Day 2: Mai Chau to Pu Luong, discover Eo Ken, Ban Hang, Chieng Lau. Overnight in Pu Luong
Day 3: Full day walking and trekking through villages of Kho Muong, Uoi, Lan Ngoai. Overnight in Pu Luong
Day 4: Admire the beautiful rice terrace, Pu Luong to Ninh Binh. Overnight in Ninh Binh
Day 5: Explore Thung La, Van Long. End your trip in Hanoi

Experience the enchanting and unique cultures of Northern Vietnam within 5 days in Vietnam. This thoughtfully designed package tour showcases the very best of Northern Vietnam's natural beauty and cultural richness. With minimal travel time required, it serves as an ideal getaway from Hanoi to Mai Chau and Pu Luong. Immerse yourself in the fascinating Muong and Thai minority cultures, and enjoy a variety of activities such as boat trips, biking, and trekking.

After 3 days, take a scenic trek through the picturesque countryside, allowing yourself to fully indulge in the breathtaking wonders of Ninh Binh. Indulge in relaxation as you will be taken on a peaceful boat trip and cycle through the serene landscapes of the Van Long.

This itinerary requires day by day trekking, so be prepared for good health to experience all the best. In case you want to modify it to be more suitable with you, feel free to contact us at

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Embark on a 5-day Vietnam journey with us, and let the wonders of Vietnam captivate your heart and soul.

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I have visited Da Nang and Hue already, therefore we are going to only visit Hoi An. What is suitable activitiy to replace day 3 in your itinerary 4? Thank you in advance!

ReplyMay 23, 2023
  • Hi Larry, if you are culture-oriented, I recommend a day trip to My Son sanctuary, which is about 1 hour-drive from Hoi An old town. Besides, you may consider snorkeling in Cu Lao Cham island. Best regards,
    May 23, 2023

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