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Explore Vietnam in 1 week(Written steps)
In this post, you will discover the most fascinating places in this country, which destinations are the ones you cannot miss and the best way to tour Vietnam. Let’s go there! Oo I hope you have your Yellow card ready.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh
The first day is to get to know this city, one of the most important in Vietnam and the most visited.
This destination is the economic capital of the country, hence the importance it has.
Start by visiting its old residential neighbourhood, go through the City Hall, built-in 1908 with a French colonial style. Then approach Opera House, really majestic and built-in 1897.
Enter the Museum of Fine Arts and the contemporary Independence Palace.
Finally, visit its elegant 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most emblematic buildings in this city.
Day 2: Mekong Delta
On the second day, head to the largest city in the Mekong Delta called Can Tho. It is 1 hour away, you can arrive by car or bus and it is a destination that you cannot miss if you visit Vietnam.
Admire the Ong Temple, a Chinese temple with more than 100 years.
Also, approach the Nam Naho Pagoda, its interior is amazing where it highlights its wood carvings. Entering inside is free.
From Can Tho, you can explore the peculiar floating markets on the Mekong Delta and get to know a little better the special way of life of the Vietnamese in such a special environment like this. Then Ho Chi Minh returns to sleep.
Day 3: Hoi An
Take an internal flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An, the most beautiful city in all of Vietnam, so much that it has been declared a World Heritage Site. Well, the road distance is approximately 20h.
Start by visiting its historic center, due to its size it is easy to explore on foot, you will find buildings that were built by the Chinese more than a century ago.
Strolling between pagodas, traditional houses and even a covered Japanese Bridge will make time pass without realizing it, in addition to a temple called Chua Cau.
Day 4: Hoi An Beach
On the outskirts of this amazing city, there is the Hoi An beach, known as Cua Dai, located 4 kilometres from the center. It is a quiet, seductive and relaxing beach.
You can start the day like this, resting a little from the hustle and bustle of the trip and enjoying a good time on this Vietnamese beach.
In the afternoon you can continue to know the emblematic places that were left to visit the day before, approach the Cho Hoi An market, you will love the authenticity of Vietnam.
At night you can enjoy one of the most characteristic moments of this city because it creates a very special atmosphere.
Well, the streets of the center and the banks of the river are lit with small paper lanterns. A magical moment!
Day 5: Hue
On the fifth day in the early morning head to Hue, the most historic city in the country.
If you have the possibility, travel on the train that connects these two cities, as you can enjoy the popular Hai Van Pass. This is one of the most amazing scenic train routes around the world.
Once you arrive in Hue, capital in the antiquity of the country, you can visit some of its many tombs of emperors and its imperial old town, as well as the Forbidden City.
Day 6: Ha Long Bay
On the sixth day, early head to Hue airport, to make the most of the last two days of the unforgettable trip. It lands in the capital of
Vietnam Hanoi, one of the essential destinations in the country. But the most impressive is coming now, Ha Long Bay.
One of the most recognized natural landscapes in Vietnam. Tour the popular limestone rocks that rise from the sea and enjoy a relaxing moment,
plow its waters with fascinating panoramas. This bay has been declared a World Heritage Site, considered one of the new 7 wonders of nature.
Also, visit the Thien Cung cave and enjoy the capricious forms of stalagmites and stalactites.
Day 7: Hanoi
We will fire our trip from Hanoi.
Start by visiting Hoan Kiem Lake, one of the most popular spots in Hanoi, full of life and local atmosphere, also on an islet is the Ngoc Son Temple.
For free you can visit the cathedral of San José, the Bach Ma Temple, located in the old quarter, take the opportunity to stroll through these historic streets and enjoy the cuisine in one of its endless bars.
Start the morning of the last day visiting Hoa Lo Prison, then approach the Temple of Literature, inside you can find statues, beautiful gardens, and several pagodas.
Later go to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, its entrance is free, it is interesting to enjoy the changing of the guard.
Walk its streets to the Vietnamese Military History Museum.
To end the trip in an ideal way, you can enjoy one of the most typical shows, known as Water Puppets.
Explore Vietnam In 7 Days As A Tourist(Infographic)