Best Vietnam 6 Day Itinerary – How To Discover Vietnam In 6 Days

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Vietnam is a beautiful country with diverse cultures and cuisines. You need a lot of time to fully explore all the remarkable things here. However, if you only have 6 days to travel, please refer to the Vietnam 6 day itinerary below. You can also explore our Vietnam 14 day itinerary, Vietnam 10 day itinerary, 3 week trip to Vietnam. Vietnam 1 week itinerary.

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Day 1: Half-day for A Trip around Hanoi

  • 06:00 am: Start the trip to Hanoi for 1 day by checking in at the mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh. Every morning at six o’clock there will be a flag-raising ceremony at Uncle Ho’s grave. After watching, you can visit Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum (the mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays). Afterward stop by for Pho, a specialty of Hanoi, for breakfast. After that, go to Tran Quoc Pagoda (2.5 km from Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum).
  • 07:30 am: You can choose a different time to travel to Hoan Kiem Lake, where you can stroll around the lake and see the Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, Turtle Tower, and Shark’s Jaw. Walking is recommended because it is still early and Sword Lake’s landscape is not crowded.
  • 09h00 am: Check in at the Hanoi Opera House before stopping to have some of the city’s famous Trang Tien ice cream.
  • 10:00 am: The streets start to get crowded, you might want to visit Hanoi Cathedral on Nha Chung Street, the popular “check-in” right now. If you have time, stop by a nearby shop to enjoy lemon tea and wait until lunchtime.
  • 12h00 am: Try to enjoy dishes with noodles from Hanoi like Bun Cha Dac Kim, Bun Cha Huong Lien, Bun Cha Tuyet, and Bun Cha Cua Dong.

Place to visit: Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake - Vietnam 6 day itinerary


Day 2: Ninh Binh Day Trip 

  • 7h00 am: Depart Hanoi and stop for breakfast at Phu Ly (Ha Nam).
  • 9h00 am: Begin a two-hour boat ride to the stunning caves in the Tam Coc-Bich Dong complex.
  • 11h00 am: Disembark, explore the pagoda and Bich Dong cave, and take in “Nam Thien De Nhi Dong’s” mysterious beauty.
  • 12h00 am: Lunch is served in Viet Co village, alternatively you can go to Bai Dinh Pagoda to eat. The vegetarian food served at the pagoda is amazing.

Place to visit: Tam Coc-Bich Dong complex, Bai Dinh Pagoda

Ninh Binh Day Trip 


Day 3:  Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay

  • 8h30 am: Start driving toward Ha Long Bay. You will arrive in Ha Long Bay in around 3 and a half hours; on the way, you will stop in Hai Duong for a 30-minute break.
  • 12h00 am: Once the tourists arrive in Ha Long, the tour guide will complete the necessary steps to board the ship. Tau Port, Stone Dog Island, Dinh Huong Islet, Ga Choi Islet, Ba Hang Fishing Village, Thien Cung Cave, Dau Go Cave, and Tau Port will be included in the 3- to 4-hour excursion.
  • 12h15 am: The journey to discover the wonders of the world begins with tourists stopping by boat to visit Thien Cung cave, meaning “Palace of heaven” and Dau Go cave. Then the cruise on the yacht goes between Ha Long with thousands of rocky islands standing through many years of picturesque petrification.
  • 17h00 pm:  Cruises back to the harbor then transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Place to visit: Thien Cung cave, Dau Go cave

Ha Long Bay

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City

  • 8h00 am: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, and at breakfast, you will enjoy Com Tam. Then at 9h00 am start the journey to visit famous places here: War Remnants Museum, Chinatown + Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Pagoda.
  • 13h00 pm: Continue to visit the city with attractive places: Notre Dame Cathedral, City Post Office, and Independence Palace.
  • 17h00 pm: End of Saigon tour today. You will return to the hotel to rest to continue the tour for tomorrow

Place to visit: War Remnants Museum,  Chinatown + Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Pagoda

Day 5:  Mekong Delta

  • 08:00 am: Depart for Mekong Delta (Ben Tre) by speedboat. Enjoy breakfast with cream puffs, mineral water and seasonal fruit. Feel the fresh air and discover the life of the locals along the riverside
  • 09:00 am: Visit the local market in Long Anh province. Know more about local people’s daily life and tropical fruits
  • 10:30 am: Arrive in the Mekong Delta (Ben Tre). Experience the local life: wear a conical hat, row a boat through the canal and enjoy the fresh, peaceful air
  • 11:00 am: Enjoy snake/scorpion wine (optional). Hear interesting stories about local plantations and people’s “friendly” bees
  • 11:40 am: Watch “Don ca tai tu” performance – recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage (formed more than 100 years ago)
  • 13:00 pm: Take a boat to Diem Phuong restaurant to enjoy a delicious lunch of 7 Vietnamese dishes: Giant fish (a specialty fish in the Mekong Delta), rice paper with fish sauce
  • 14:00 pm: End of lunch and departure back to Saigon
Mekong Delta

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh ½ Day City Tour – Departure

On the last day of your Vietnam 6 day itinerary, you can go around to visit local markets in Ho Chi Minh city to buy souvenirs


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