I chose to go to Vietnam rather randomly and wasn’t really sure of what there was to do or see there and yet when I began looking at stuff to do there I realized 9 days was just not enough time! I had to make some tough decisions about what to leave in and what to cut out so that I wasn’t too stressed out but that I still saw everything I really wanted to see. I was looking around online before I left and I found a lot of two week itinerary’s which was too long for me while the one week plans didn’t incorporate all of the cities I wanted to see.
Here’s my plan including links to where I stayed for the places I liked, some pictures and some of the tours I booked. Check out all my posts about Vietnam!
|Day 1||Fly into Ho Chi Minh From Kuala Lumpur 8am-10am||Unfortunately I missed my flight and actually got in around 2pm.|
|Night Tour with Saigon Free Walking Tours||Wonderful!|
|Ngoc Thao Guesthouse||This place was awesome!|
|Day 2||Tour to the Chi Chi Tunnels||Really cool, Booked through the Guest House|
|War Remnants Museum|
|Sleeper Train to Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang 22:00 to 04:52|
|Day 3||Arrive in Nha Trang 5am|
|Walk around Nha Trang – Po Nagar Cham, Long Son Pagoda|
|Snorkeling Tour||HIGHLY Recommend!|
|Sleeper Train to Danang 21:29 to 8:15|
|Day 4||Arrive In Danang 8 am|
|Bus to Hoi An Explained Here|
|Stay Night in Hoi An|
|Gia Bao Hoi An Hostel||Average Place|
|Day 5||Rent a bike and explore|
|Fly from Danang to Ha Noi 20:00 to 21:20|
|Stay night in Ha Noi|
|Hanoi Blue Sky Hotel 2||Would not recommend|
|Day 6 and 7||One night/Two Day Ha Long Bay Junk Boat||Highly Recommend|
|Day 8||Stay in HaNoi|
|Explore- Hoa Lo Prison, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Night Market, try egg coffee! And eat Pho|
|Day 9||Leave HaNoi for Kl, Layover in Ho Chi Minh|
I booked my train tickets through Baolau.vn. Although they were a little more expensive then booking them at the station I wanted to be sure that I got on the exact train that I was planning for.
Best Experience: Both Snorkeling in Nha Trang and everything about Ha Long Bay was amazing! Check out everything else I did during my quick stay in Nha Trang.
Favorite City: Hoi An. It’s just such a cute and beautiful city! It’s extremely touristy but I couldn’t help but be impressed by the lights, the water and the delicious food! My post How to Be Princess in Hoi An details how awesome this city it!
Worst Moment: Trying to get to my hotel from the airport in Hanoi extremely late at night after my flight had been cancelled and I was bumped to a different flight. Luckily Vietnam Airlines has an extremely cheap shuttle service so that I didn’t get ripped off by a Taxi! I’m glad I found it while I was sitting in the airport trying to figure out what to do!
Regrets: Not having more time in Ho Chi Minh. Since I missed my flight I really had a very short amount of time in the city. I wanted more time to just walk around and take it all in.
What I cut out of my itinerary that I wanted to do: Hue, the Mekong Delta, Sapa. I’ll just have to go back!