Vietnam – 7 days itinerary

My friend Akshata and I traveled to Vietnam many years ago. This was the time when Vietnam was still not so famous touristy destination, at least in India. We had a surprised and shocked reactions from people when we said we were heading to Vietnam for our annual Christmas trip. But Vietnam was beautiful then, Vietnam is beautiful now.

Many have approached me asking me to share my itinerary and the details of my 7 days travel in Vietnam. So, I have shared as much information as I can remember (as it was a long time ago), so please do message me if you want more details so I can search in my archives to get more info if required.

Note: We had Hanoi as our base throughout our travel.


Day 1

We arrived at Hanoi today. So, we did not do much on this day.

Stay – We stayed at Hanoi Legacy Hotel. The room was clean, and the staff were friendly.

Day 2

After our breakfast, we headed to Ha Long city to board Paragon Cruise.

Places explored:

  • Drum cave
  • Man’s head islet
  • Turtle islet
  • Fairman’s

And then we headed to Van Gia fishing village for kayaking where Akshata and I got lost.

Day 3

We passed through the spectacular Bai Tu Long Bay where we also enjoyed lunch on the boat.


After lunch, we came back to the Ha Long city where we took the bus.

On the way back to Hanoi, we stopped in Hai Duaong province.

Day 4

We took a day tour of Hanoi City.

Places explored:

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Ancient Temple of Literature
  • Lake of the Restored Sword
  • One Pillar Pagoda
  • Hanoi Opera House
  • History Museum
  • Fine Arts Museum

My favourite place from all the above was the Temple of Literature. There was something magical about this place.

Day 5

We explored the ancient city of Hao Lu. We also travelled to Tam Coc to see the three limestone caves stretching along Ngo Dong River.

Day 6

We took flights to Ho Chi Min City in the morning and explored the city by walk mostly. After viewing some of the famous museums and touristy spots, we took a flight back to Hanoi.

Day 7

We took Ben Duc boat travel down the Yen Stream. This was beautiful, and we also trekked up the main Pagoda. Our last spot for our tour was the Thien Tru Pagoda.


Vietnam is undoubtedly amazing and beautiful country. I would definitely want to go back there one day as I have grown as a traveler and would want to explore the country with my new perspective in life.

I would love to hear your thoughts, please drop a comment!

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