Itinerary for 3 days in Vietnam

Vietnam is a long, S-shaped country with a prominent coastal line stretching around 3,260km from the South China Sea to the Gulf of Tonkin. There are 3 main international airports that you can take flight into the country from abroad including: Noi Bai airport (Hanoi, the North of Vietnam), Danang airport (Danang – the Central of Vietnam), and Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh City – the South of Vietnam). To discover the beauty of Vietnam, you should spend at least 5 days for each region, depending on the total length of your trip. However, nowadays, most tourists travel to Vietnam as a stop-over destination on their long trip to the Southeast Asia countries or for business purposes, so where you should visit if you only have 3 days or less? The answer is it is the best spending in one city with possible day trips to nearby attractions which can help you to save time and cost as well.

Golden Bridge in Danang, Vietnam

If Noi Bai is your gate to enter Vietnam and your arrival flight is early enough, you can spend this day walking around the Old Quarter, tasting the local street food, visiting Hoan Kiem Lake, and enjoying the Water Puppet Show. If you arrive late, you can get acquainted with the city and freely exploring the area by night before spending the next 2 days visiting the main highlights of Hanoi. In case you just want to spend a full day exploring the capital city, a 2-day-1-night cruise in Halong Bay with lots of interesting outdoor activities is an ideal time for you to relax in beautiful nature. And for those who are interested in trekking and having local interaction with ethnic people living in the mountainous area, a side trip to Sapa for 2 days will suit you.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi

Alternatively, if your arrival destination is Danang and you are a beach lover, you can totally spend 3 days for a memorable beach break right in this stunning city. Other nearby locations that you can consider to spend time are Hoi An (around 30km from Danang) and Hue (around 90km from Danang). After spending a full day visiting the main attractions in Danang such as Dragon Bridge, Marble Mountains, My Khe Beach, and Cham Museum, you can pack your luggage to be ready to move to the lovely ancient town Hoi An for the following 2 days where you will be able to see the old houses with unique structures, attend the cooking class to learn how to cook some local specialties, ride a bike to visit the countryside and some well-known traditional villages which are great places for buy gifts for your families and friends. If Hue is your choice, you can spend the first day visiting Hue Citadel and Dong Ba Market and the last day exploring Hue’s countryside including Thanh Toan Bridge, farming exhibition house, the tomb of Minh Mang, the relic of Tiger and Elephant arena and a traditional bronze casting village. From both Hoi An and Hue, you need to get back to Danang airport for your onward flight out.

Ho Chi Minh City

Finally, if you take an international flight to Vietnam via Tan Son Nhat airport and depending on your arrival time, you can spend a day visiting the famous sites of the city including the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Central Post Office, Dong Khoi Street…and do some shopping before spending the next 2 days for Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta. If you are not interested in visiting the tunnels, you can consider having 2 days exploring the Mekong Delta with a night at a homestay for an interesting local experience before getting back to Saigon for your flight out.

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