9 Days in Vietnam: Suggested Itineraries & Insiders’ Tips

Immerse yourself in the allure of Vietnam – a land of enchanting diversity for an unforgettable 9-day trip. From the bustling energy of the cities to the quiet charm of coastal retreats, 9 days in Vietnam is enough for an extraordinary blend of culture and leisure.

Join us as we guide you through a collection of can’t-miss activities hand-picked to enrich your Vietnam itinerary 9 days. Prepare to explore all three regions of Vietnam, each offering a unique insight into the heart and soul of the country. Also, don’t miss out on pro tips, which will take your adventure from enjoyable to unforgettable.

Must-Try Activities in Vietnam in 9 Days

For Cultural Experiences

Vietnam is a treasure trove of cultural experiences that weave together the threads of history, tradition, and modern excitement. Here’s how to delve into the cultural fabric of this fascinating country:

Cultural experience in Vietnam

Cultural experience in Vietnam

  • Hanoi Water Puppet Show: Immerse yourself in an ancient art form unique to northern Vietnam. At the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi, you’ll witness tales of rural life and national history performed on water, accompanied by live music.
  • Imperial City of Hue: Take a step back in time by exploring this grandiose citadel. Once the seat of the Nguyen Emperors, the Imperial City is a sprawling complex of temples, pavilions, and museums, reflecting the glory of bygone eras.
  • Lantern-Making Workshop in Hoi An: Hoi An lanterns are not only beautiful, but they are also a symbol of luck and happiness. In a hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the art of lantern making and take your creation home to illuminate your own space.
  • Cao Dai Holy See: Also known as Cao Dai Temple, this is one of the must-see destinations in Ho Chi Minh City thanks to its unique architecture and religious meanings.

For Adventure Activities

For those with a thirst for adventure, Vietnam’s diverse landscapes offer a playground like no other. Here are some experiences that will take your pulse and leave you with unforgettable memories:

Adventure activities in Vietnam

Adventure activities in Vietnam

  • Sapa Rice Terraces: Hike through the misty landscapes of Sapa, where green terraces cascade down the sides of the mountains. The trek not only offers breathtaking views but also a chance to encounter local Hmong and Dao communities.
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay: Paddle among the towering limestone pillars of Ha Long Bay. Cruise the emerald waters to find hidden coves and deserted beaches, while marveling at the natural majesty of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Caving in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park: Home to some of the largest caves in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a true spelunker’s paradise. Venture into the depths of Paradise Cave or the colossal Son Doong Cave to discover an underground universe.
  • Trekking National Parks of Vietnam: Such as Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh, Bach Ma National Park in Hue, Nam Cat Tien National Park near Saigon, etc.

For Relaxation

After the excitement of cultural explorations and nature adventures, you may need some peace. Vietnam offers serene retreats where you can relax and reflect on your trip:

Wellness experience in Vietnam

Wellness experience in Vietnam

  • Nha Trang Beach: Known for its pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife, Nha Trang is the perfect place to soak up the sun. Relax on the soft sands of Tran Phu Beach or take a boat to the quieter shores of nearby islands.
  • Mekong Delta: Experience the slow pace of life in the Mekong Delta: glide along waterways, pass lush orchards, and observe the daily activities of riverside communities.
  • Vietnamese Spa Treatment: Treat yourself to a spa session that incorporates traditional Vietnamese spa techniques. Whether it’s an herbal massage or a natural facial, treatments will rejuvenate your body and soul, preparing you for new adventures.

Suggested Itineraries for 9 Days in Vietnam

Itinerary 1: Nature Trekking Tour in Vietnam 9 Days

Nature Trekking Tour in Vietnam for 9 days

Embark on a captivating tour that unveils the splendor of Vietnam’s most enchanting national parks. This journey is not just a trip; it’s an exploration that takes you deep into the heart of Vietnam’s natural beauty, showcasing the diversity and richness of its landscapes. From the lush, verdant jungles to the serene, mist-covered mountains, this tour offers a unique opportunity to experience Vietnam’s wilderness up close. As you traverse through these magical national parks, you’ll encounter a variety of ecosystems, witness exotic wildlife, and soak in breathtaking views that are quintessentially Vietnamese.

Day 1 – Arrive in Hanoi.

Day 2 – Hanoi – Cuc Phuong National Park: After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to Cuc Phuong National Park. Trek to visit the park’s Endangered Primate Center to see many rare animals. Stay here for the night.

Day 3 – Cuc Phuong National Park – Hanoi – Hue: Spend the morning seeing the flora and animals. Lunch at the Park restaurant before returning to Hanoi for a flight to Hue.

Day 4 – Hue – Bach Ma National Park: Explore Do Quyen Waterfall, and Hai Vong Dai – Sea Observation Post, and enjoy a panoramic view of the sea. Night at the park’s guesthouse.

Day 5 – Bach Ma National Park – Hue – Ho Chi Minh City: Morning to observe indigenous species of the park. Then, return to Hue for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 6 – Nam Cat Tien National Park: Explore the forest and wetland environment, see rare birds and animals, etc. Night in the park.

Day 7 – Bau Sau: Travel deep into the forest to discover the Bau Chim and Bau Sau regions. Night at a guesthouse.

Day 8 – Nam Cat Tien – Ho Chi Minh City: Have the morning at your leisure before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 9 – Departure. 

>>> For the detailed tour program and interesting activities you will enjoy on each day, please refer to our Nature Trekking Tour in Vietnam for 9 Days.

Itinerary 2: Central and South Vietnam Relaxation in 9 Days

Romantic Honeymoon in Central and South of Vietnam 9 Days

This meticulously planned itinerary is thoughtfully designed for families or groups who favor a leisurely pace of travel, allowing ample time to soak in the experiences and create lasting memories. It’s also an ideal choice for beach enthusiasts and honeymooners seeking a serene and romantic escape. The program offers a harmonious blend of relaxation and exploration, providing opportunities to immerse in the stunning natural beauty of Vietnam.

Day 1 – Arrive in Da Nang. 

Day 2 – Ba Na Hills – Transfer to Hoi An: Visit Vong Nguyet Hills, Linh Ung Pagoda, The Old Villas of French, Golden Bridge, etc. Drive to Hoi An in the late afternoon.

Day 3 – Hoi An walking tour: Explore Hoi An Ancient town, join hands in lantern making, taste delicious Vietnamese foods, etc. Free in the afternoon.

Day 4 – Hoi An – Da Nang – Fly to Nha Trang: Free time for the rest of the day.

Day 5 – Free day on the beach of Nha Trang. 

Day 6 – Nha Trang – Da Lat: Embark on a 3.5-hour drive to Da Lat, check in at the hotel, and be free to explore the city.

Day 7 – Da Lat day tour: Check out the city’s major highlights, including Truc Lam Monastery, Bao Dai Summer Palace, Datalan and Prenn waterfalls, the Valley of Love, Xuan Huong Lake, etc.

Day 8 – Da Lat – Ho Chi Minh City: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and have the rest of the day on your own.

Day 9 – Departure: End of 9 days in Vietnam.

>>> Check out the full itinerary at Romantic Honeymoon in the Central and South of Vietnam 9 Days. Or, refer to a list of similar tours here.

Itinerary 3: Sightseeing and Beach Relaxation in South Vietnam 9 Days

Southern Vietnam Sightseeing and Beach Relaxation for families in 9 Days

With this tour, you will have a chance to see the major tourist destinations of Ho Chi Minh City, such as Cu Chi Tunnels, Cao Dai Holy See, etc. Then, travel to the Mekong Delta and Phu Quoc island for a more relaxing experience. Families, groups of friends, or couples can join this tour.

Day 1 – Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City: Check in at the hotel and be free for the rest of the day.

Day 2 – Cao Dai Holy See – Cu Chi Tunnels: Visit Cao Dai Holy See in Tay Ninh province – a Walt Disney-style fantasy of the East. Afternoon to explore Cu Chi Tunnels – a vast network of tunnels beneath Ho Chi Minh City built and used during the Vietnam War.

Day 3 – Saigon – My Tho – Can Tho: Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, try a boat ride through the tranquil village, sample fresh and delicious fruits, etc. Then, move to Can Tho for the night.

Day 4 – Cai Rang Floating Market: Get up early to discover Cai Rang Floating Market – the largest of its kind in the Mekong Delta. Then, visit a rice paper factory.

Day 5 – Can Tho – Phu Quoc: Free time until your flight to Phu Quoc Island.

Day 6 – Phu Quoc: Free time on the beach.

Day 7 – Phu Quoc: Free time on the beach.

Day 8 – Phu Quoc: Free time on the beach.

Day 9 – Phu Quoc – Ho Chi Minh City – Departure.

>>> Read the comprehensive tour program here. Or, check out our Vietnam family holidays for more similar tours but with different durations and activities.

Useful Tips for 9 Days in Vietnam

To fully enjoy your experience in Vietnam, there are some important notes to take into account:

To Do

Not to Do

  • Exchange some cash for small purchases
  • Dress modestly, especially when visiting temples in Vietnam.
  • Learn some basic Vietnamese words
  • Respect local customs and traditions
  • Stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun
  • Drink tap water (always opt for bottled or boiled water
  • Take too much baggage, travel light if possible
  • Engage in illegal activities, including drugs.
  • Forget bargaining when taking taxis or buying souvenirs
  • Participate in local festivals and events
  • Visit a variety of cultural sites, from temples to historical monuments
  • Sample delicious Vietnamese food
  • Show your appreciation for Vietnamese art and music
  • Remove your shoes when entering a home or a place of worship
  • Touch someone’s head as this is considered disrespectful in Vietnam
  • Point at something
  • Take photos of people without their permission
  • Neglect sacred sites or monuments
  • Ignore dress codes at religious or cultural sites
  • Follow safety instructions for outdoor activities
  • Use eco-friendly products to minimize your environmental impact
  • Stay on marked trails when hiking to protect the ecosystem
  • Hire a local guide for a more authentic experience
  • Keep a first aid kit on hand for minor injuries
  • Venture into restricted or dangerous areas
  • Disturb the fauna or damage the flora
  • Leave trash in natural areas
  • Underestimate the weather, always prepare for sudden changes
  • Ignore local advice on adventure activities

As your 9 days in Vietnam come to an end, you will collect a tapestry of memories and experiences from this captivating country. For a personalized touch on your next adventure, to ensure you capture the essence of Vietnam’s beauty, contact IDC Travel – we are here to create your perfect trip.

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Frequently Asked Questions

9 days in Vietnam is a reasonable amount of time to explore several key highlights of the country, though it will require a well-planned itinerary. In this duration, you can experience the cultural richness of Hanoi, the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the historical charm of Hoi An and Hue, and the vibrant energy of Ho Chi Minh City, as well as set foot on Vietnam’s magical natural landscapes. Fast-paced travel and internal flights or night trains will be essential to maximize your time in each location.

In a recent safety index ranking of Southeast Asia’s 20 tourist cities by the statistics site Numbeo, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City were featured prominently, with Hanoi placing fifth and Ho Chi Minh City at 14th position. This indicates that, while both cities are considered safe destinations for tourists, Hanoi has a slight edge over Ho Chi Minh City in terms of safety.

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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. Can I have the price for the 2nd itinerary? My I travel straightly from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City and then spend 2 days in the Mekong Delta instead of Da Lat?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Gabriella,
      Yes, we can customize the tour itinerary according to each traveler’s preference.
      The detailed tour program, with 2 days in Mekong Delta instead of Da Lat has been sent to your email. Please check and let us know if there is any problem.
      Thank you so much!
      Best regards,
      IDC Travel Team.

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