How to Spend 11 Days in Vietnam? Unique Itinerary Ideas

Vietnam, a country of stunning natural beauty and vibrant culture, offers an array of experiences that can be summed up in an enriching 11-day trip. Whether it’s the lure of serene beaches, the call of wild mountains, or the charm of ancient cities, 11 days in Vietnam promises a treasure trove of discoveries for every type of traveler. This article will guide you through some 11-day itineraries for honeymooning romantics, trekking adventurers, and eco-conscious tourists. It also suggests optimal travel times for a variety of activities and provides tips to make your trip to Vietnam truly memorable.

Suggested Itineraries for 11 Days in Vietnam

Romantic Honeymoon in Vietnam 11 Days

Are you looking for a romantic getaway for your honeymoon in the enchanting landscapes of Vietnam? Our 11-day trip is tailor-made for lovebirds and encompasses Vietnam’s most exquisite destinations. From immersing yourself in the splendor of nature and iconic sites to soaking up culture and relaxing on sunny beaches, this trip offers it all, plus luxurious services to enhance the romance. Although designed for couples, this experience is equally captivating for friends or families looking to create unforgettable memories together in 11 days in Vietnam.

Romantic honeymoon in Vietnam 11 days

Day 1 –  Arrive in Hanoi: Transfer to the hotel and enjoy a massage package.

Day 2 – Hanoi city tour: Visit the main highlights of Hanoi and watch a water puppet show.

Day 3 – Hanoi – Ninh Binh: Visit Hoa Lu Ancient town, Tam Coc, and Thung Nham Bird Park.

Day 4 – Ninh Binh – Ha Long: Embark on an overnight cruise to discover Ha Long Bay: visiting caves, swimming, kayaking, etc.

Day 5 – Ha Long – Return to Hanoi: Observation of the sunrise in Halong Bay, exploration of the floating village of Vung Vieng, and return to Hanoi.

Day 6 – Hanoi – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 7 – Day tour to Mekong Delta: Go on a boat ride through canals; visit a fruit market, local business families, etc.

Day 8 – Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Phu Quoc: Afternoon free to relax on the beach.

Day 9 – Free day on Phu Quoc Beach.

Day 10 – Free day on Phu Quoc Beach.

Day 11 – Phu Quoc – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City – Departure: End of 11 days in Vietnam.

>>> Check out the detailed tour itinerary here. If this itinerary cannot adapt to your personal preferences, check out this list of Vietnam honeymoon packages for more options.

Eco-Friendly Tour for Family in Vietnam in 11 Days

This ecological tour – ecotourism, is true to its name since it allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and natural splendor of Vietnam while emphasizing sustainable development. As you journey through Vietnam’s most breathtaking sites, you’ll take part in a variety of activities that are as enjoyable as they are planet-friendly.

Designed for the conscientious traveler, this itinerary encourages environmental protection without sacrificing enjoyment. It is also suitable for families and allows young people and children to learn about preserving the environment while creating lasting vacation memories.

Tour across Vietnam in 11 days

Day 1 – Arrive in Hanoi: If time permits, you will have a tour around Hanoi Old Quarter and watch a water puppet show.

Day 2 – Hanoi – Ha Long: Transfer to Ha Long Bay and embark on an overnight cruise that will take you to discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vietnam in depth.

Day 3 – Ha Long – Ninh Binh: End of the cruise itinerary at noon and transfer to Ninh Binh (about 200 kilometers away).

Day 4 – Ninh Binh City tour – Hanoi: Full-day to visit Ninh Binh’s main attractions, including Van Long Nature Reserve and Trang An. Transfer to Hanoi in the late afternoon.

Day 5 – Hanoi city tour – Quang Binh: Morning visit the highlights of Hanoi, such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the temple of literature. Afternoon visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Then, transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for an overnight train to Quang Binh.

Day 6 – Phong Nha – Tu Lan – Explore the Home of Kong: A day to explore Phong Nha National Park – the largest cave in the world and known as the home of Kong in the film.

Day 7 – Quang Binh – Da Nang – Hoi An: Train to Da Nang and onward travel to Hoi An where you can join an afternoon walking tour around the ancient town.

Day 8 – Hoi An – Da Nang – Saigon: Visit Tra Que village in the morning. Afternoon transfer to Da Nang and flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 9 – Saigon – Mekong Delta – Saigon: Visit Cai Be floating market, experience boat rowing, etc.

Day 10 – Saigon city tour – Cu Chi Tunnels: Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, and Cu Chi Tunnels.

Day 11 – Departure: End of Vietnam itinerary 11 days eco-tourism experience.

>>> For the comprehensive program, please check here

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Natural Adventure in Northern Vietnam in 11 Days

If relaxation is the theme of our other two itineraries, this 11-day northern adventure is for those who crave action. Embark on hikes through valleys lined with terraced fields and dense forests, immerse yourself in the bustle of local markets, and take advantage of homestays to get a taste of authentic life in Vietnam.

This itinerary requires an active mind and a desire to delve into the country’s untouched treasures. It is ideal for explorers with a strong affinity with nature and the desire to explore it.

Nature adventure in Northern Vietnam in 11 days

Day 1 – Arrive in Hanoi: If time permits, you will join a cyclo tour around the Hanoi Old Quarter.

Day 2 – Hanoi city tour – Night train to Lao Cai: Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, the Temple of Literature, and the Vietnam History Museum. Night train to Lao Cai.

Day 3 – Lao Cai – Sapa: Hike from Y Linh Ho to Lao Chai village and continue to Ta Van village, meet with Black Hmong people, and overnight at a local house.

Day 4 – Sapa – Bac Ha: Hike from Ta Van to Giang Ta Chai village, explore bamboo forests and waterfalls, hike to Su Pan village, and meet the red Dzao. Return to Sapa & transfer to Bac Ha.

Day 5 – Bac Ha – Ha Giang: Visit Bac Ha ethnic market, sample delicious local food, and then transfer to Ha Giang.

Day 6 – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac: Visit the palace of the Hmong king Vuong Chi Sinh, discover Meo Vac and the love market in Khau Vai, and night at a local homestay.

Day 7 – Meo Vac – Cao Bang: Visit Pac Po cave and continue to Cao Bang.

Day 8 – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfalls – Nguom Ngao Cave: Visit all the magical highlights of Cao Bang, including Ban Gioc Waterfalls, Nguom Ngao Cave, and Thang Hen Lake.

Day 9 – Cao Bang – Ba Be: Take a boat trip to discover Ba Be Lake, Puong cave, etc.

Day 10 – Ba Be – Hanoi: Hike on a small path by the lake before returning to Hanoi.

Day 11 – Hanoi – Departure.

>>> See the full itinerary at our Hiking the Northern Vietnam 11 Days tour. Or, refer to our Northern Vietnam tours for more similar adventure tours.

Best Time to Visit Vietnam

Spring (February to April)

In spring, Vietnam begins to emerge from the cooler winter months. This season is marked by pleasant temperatures and landscapes colored by the blooming of flowers.

In Northern Vietnam, especially in Hanoi, you can attend the vibrant Tet (Lunar New Year) celebration with traditional dragon dances and fireworks. Spring is also ideal for hiking Sapa, exploring Hoi An without the crowds, and enjoying the cherry blossom festival in Da Nang.

Tet decorations in Vietnam

Tet decorations in Vietnam

Summer (May to August)

Summer in Vietnam brings hotter and more humid weather, with temperatures peaking in July and August. This is a great time for beachgoers, with coastal regions like Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, and Da Nang offering ideal conditions for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. You can also experience the lively atmosphere of local festivals, such as the Perfume Pagoda Festival in Hanoi and the Lantern Festival in Hoi An.

Nha Trang beach

Nha Trang beach

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Vietnam, as the weather is cool and dry. The rice terraces of northern Vietnam turn golden, creating stunning landscapes in Sapa and Mu Cang Chai. Hanoi becomes more pleasant for city explorations. It’s also the season for unique festivals, like the Mid-Autumn Festival, where you can join locals in making mooncakes and participating in lantern parades.

Golden rice fields in Mu Cang Chai

Golden rice fields in Mu Cang Chai

Winter (December to January)

In winter, Vietnam experiences cooler temperatures, particularly in the north. Although it is not as cold as other countries, it is an ideal time to visit the country if you prefer milder weather. In the south, you can enjoy comfortable temperatures to explore Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta. Winter is also the season for Christmas and New Year celebrations, and many towns and resorts host festive events and fireworks.

Christmas Eve at Tan Dinh Church

Christmas Eve at Tan Dinh Church in Ho Chi Minh City

>>> Get a deep glimpse of Vietnam weather in winter and wonderful things to do here at our article on Vietnam in Winter: Best Places to Visit & Suggested Itineraries to Embrace the Chill.

Essential Tips for 11 Days in Vietnam

How to pack your luggage for Vietnam trip

For Beach Holidays

  • Pack light, breathable clothing, and don’t forget a hat and UV-protective sunglasses.
  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen and reapply every two hours, especially after swimming.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle to limit plastic waste.
  • Respect local customs by choosing swimwear appropriate for the environment.
  • Keep beaches intact; take your trash away or dispose of it properly.

For Ecological Tourism

  • Choose eco-friendly accommodations and tours that prioritize sustainability.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint by using public transport or cycling where possible.
  • Show your appreciation for local traditions by learning a few Vietnamese phrases and understanding the cultural do’s and don’ts.
  • Participate in conservation activities or donate to local environmental organizations.
  • Buy local products to support the economy, but avoid purchasing items made from endangered plants or animals.

For Hiking and Other Outdoor Adventure Activities

  • Invest in sturdy, comfortable trekking shoes that have been broken in.
  • Wear moisture-wicking fabrics to stay dry and pack a rain jacket.
  • Stock your first aid kit with essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and blister dressings.
  • Assess your physical condition realistically to choose a hike that matches your endurance level.
  • Stay vigilant about your health by staying up to date with your vaccinations and carrying your medications.

Embark on a Vietnam 11-day tour, a perfect amalgamation of serene getaways, exhilarating adventures, and eco-friendly explorations. As you travel through this vibrant country, take into account each step aimed at promoting sustainable tourism.

Do you want to delve deeper into the splendors of Vietnam or do you need help developing an eco-friendly itinerary for 11 days in Vietnam? Contact us now for more information and help to make your trip both memorable and responsible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, 11 days is enough for you to discover Vietnam. You can visit the main highlights throughout the country or just focus on one region.

In general, walking at night in Vietnam is safe, especially in big cities with crowded tourists like Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City. However, you should still be alert and don’t bring too many precious things, especially if you go alone.

Credit cards are widely accepted in Vietnam; however, you should still bring a small amount of cash as some small local businesses or street food stalls accept payment in VND cash only.

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Alice Pham

Hello, I'm Alice Pham - a travel blogger at IDC Travel. I have traveled to almost places in Vietnam and gained numerous useful experiences. I'm here willing to help you plan the most wonderful trip to our stunning S-shaped country.


  1. The Northern Vietnam trekking tour seems to be most exciting to me. I visited Vietnam twice and got to most major highlights. Please update me the detailed tour program.

    1. Hi Bent,
      Our travel expert will sent you the detailed tour itinerary through email as soon as possible.
      Thanks for your patience!
      Best regards,
      IDC Travel Team.

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