Vietnam is a beautiful country with so many magnificent landscapes, plentiful cultures, traditions as well as the great hospitality of local people, that contribute a lot of precious values into Vietnamese tourism. A country like Vietnam will have so many favourite places where you are going to explore, experience as well as witness all the values we mentioned. Therefore, in today’s list, we are going to introduce to you a list of places that you are going to visit as well as spend your vacation here including Hanoi Capital City, Halong Bay, Nha Trang Beach City, Dalat City, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta areas. In the list, the necessary and useful information about how to travel, what to do, where to visit as well as what to eat will be mentioned and suggested. Now, let’s get started. The best time to start this journey in 10 days is from January to June when most of the locations are in the best conditions.
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1. Day 1: Check-in and wander around Hanoi
The first place of the journey to visit the highlights of Vietnam starts in Hanoi Capital City. Hanoi is the most iconic place of Vietnam with very plentiful and precious values of cultures, traditions as well as people and development. In the first day, we are going to check-in and wander around Hanoi, and you will need to hire transportation with the price range from 120,000 to 150,000 VND per bike in a day to travel around freely, or you can also travel with quite a cheap price by booking Grab bike or car. Remember to bring along your phone map to check the locations in Hanoi easily to avoid the traffic jams as well as being lost in the large Hanoi city.
In the inner or outside areas of Hanoi Capital City, you can consider and select to visit a lot of different places based on your own interests, demands, conditions as well as convenience such as Chua Mot Cot, Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam, Hanoi Grand Theater, The Duong Lam Pottery Village, Tram Mountain, Quan Son Lake, etc where you can visit and learn the cultural values of Hanoi. If you love check-in and have great moments of relaxing in the coffee shops, you can choose one or some of the options from the local areas of Hanoi such as Little Plan Cafe, Define Coffee and Bar, Tranquil Book Coffee, InFact Coffee,... Moreover, you can still experience the development of Hanoi by visiting the great and modern shopping malls of Hanoi or local native markets. With all of these options, you will be kept busy the whole time with a lot of interesting experiences and memories as well as the relaxing moments. If you still want to travel around Hanoi for more experience, you can look for our articles for more details of suggestions.
About local food and special dishes that you should try at least once, you are going to have a great bunch of good options with delicious flavours such as Bun Dau, Bun Cha, Bun Thang, Pho, Bun Oc,... Besides the local street food stands, small restaurants, you are going to have the chance to eat in fancy and luxurious restaurants with various types of categories like buffets, cuisines,... Therefore, with all these suggestions, you will have enough options for breakfast, lunch as well as even dinner during the time you are here. Just take your time, eat as much as you want, wander around as much as possible and enjoy whatever you want because we are going to leave for Halong Bay tomorrow.
Bike hiring cost: From 120,000 to 150,000 VND per bike.
2. Day 2 and 3: Visit Halong Bay
Say goodbye to Hanoi Capital City, we are going to travel to Halong Bay early in the morning of the second day by sleeping bus with the friendly price range from 150,000 to 300,000 VND per person. You will need to travel for several hours, so it is strongly recommended to sleep and rest along the way, and once you wake up you will arrive in Halong City and get ready to explore Halong Bay. You can hire a bike to travel around freely in the area of Halong Bay city on the first day with the price range from 120,000 to 150,000 VND per bike, and on the third day of the journey to explore the highlights of Vietnam, we will travel around the islands of Halong Bay by boat or ships. The price range will be flexible up to the service owners, but it will be affordable as well. However, we will need to check-in at the accommodation in the Halong City first for you to put away luggage as well as rest a little before moving to the exploration part of Halong Bay.
On the second day of the journey, we suggest that you should hang out around Halong City as well as relax and enjoy summer moments of vacation on the beautiful beaches. Besides hanging out around the city for shopping, souvenirs, meeting local people, you will also have the chance to take part in so many different activities like swimming, seafood bbq, surfing, sailing, kayaking,... Moreover, you should rest properly because on the second day in Halong Bay, we are going to leave the mainland to visit the hidden as well as some unknown places such as the system of caves in Halong Bay, the beautiful natural islands such as Titop Island, Tiptop Peak, Be Ong Cam Area, Sung Sot Cave, Soi Sim Island… where you can not only explore the new things, witness the beauty of the bay as well as nature but also have the chance to create the memorable moments in the journey to explore the highlights of Vietnam.
When we talk about tourism, the most interesting as well as attractive thing to mention is local dishes and special food of the place we visit. In Halong Bay, we are going to have so many chances to enjoy all the excellent food as well as taste the flavours of the local recipes as well such as Banh Cuon with chopped squid, Halong chopped squid, Ngan Dish, Sa Sung, Sea Sam, Nem Chua, Banh Gat Gu, Halong Hoanh Bo Wine,... Remember to enjoy one or some or even all of this delicious food and dishes when you visit Halong Bay. Because you are going to have 2 days in Halong, so please take your time as well as plan your journey carefully with all the suggestions about locations, activities, and food we have given you to have a smooth and happy vacation. After 2 days in Halong Bay, we are going to visit Ninh Binh and depart from Halong BayNinh Binh.
Sleeping Bus Price Range: From 150,000 to 300,000 VND per person.
Bike hiring price range: From 120,000 to 150,000 VND per bike in a day.
3. Day 4: Travel to Ninh Binh
We are going to reach the nest destination - Ninh Binh by sleeping bus as well, and the price range for a comfortable and convenient seat on the sleeping bus will be from 200,000 to 400,000 VND per person. We will depart early in the morning of day 3, and it is estimated that we will arrive in Ninh Binh by early noon. Once we get to Ninh Binh, the first thing we will do is check-in at the accommodation because we are going to stay here for one day and sleepover one night. Just like many other places, we suggest you should hire a bike with the price range from 100,000 to 140,000 VND per day to travel and explore Ninh Binh easily because you will have the freedom to explore Ninh Binh yourself.
Talking about what to do and where to go to Ninh Binh, we are going to give you some excellent suggestions on the beautiful places that you should visit in Ninh Binh such as Bai Dinh Hoa Lu Pagoda, Trang An Eco-park, Pineapple Farm Dong Giao, Tam Coc Areas,... where you can explore the new land of cultures, witness the natural beauty, take a lot of pictures as well as have the great journey moment of Ninh Binh. With a lot of suggestions like this, they will keep you busy all day but remember how exciting it is, you must come back to the accommodation to rest properly because our long journey will continue. Enjoy the magnificent beauty of nature in Ninh Binh like the landscapes in a painting.
During the time staying in Ninh Binh, you are going to experience as well as enjoy a lot of different special food and local dishes of Ninh Binh such as goat meat, U Trau, Grilled Nam, Herbal hot pot, Herbal stew, Dried rice, Chicken Salad, Bun Moc, Sticky Rice,... which will be enough options for your meals during a day in Ninh Binh. Just take the time and enjoy as much as you can. You can also have the chance to buy some specialities of Ninh Binh such as Nem Yen Mac, Com Chay, Ruou Can Nho Quan, Com Chay,... as a gift for your friends and families.
Sleeping Bus Price range: From 200,000 to 400,000 VND per person.
Bike hiring price range: From 100,000 to 140,000 VND per bike in a day.
4. Day 5 and 6: Visit Nha Trang Beach City
Leave Ninh Binh, we are going to travel and visit one of the most beautiful and famous beaches city of Vietnam - Nha Trang. We will depart in the early morning to travel to Nha Trang City by sleeping bus with the price range from 500,000 to 600,000 VND per person, and it will take a quite long time to reach Nha Trang. Moreover, you can also save time by choosing to travel by airplane, and it will not only shorten your time but also suitable for people who cannot stand the long travelling trips on trains or buses. We will reach Nha Trang Beach City at noon, and we are going to take our accommodation room first since we are going to stay and wander around Nha Trang in 2 days. In 2 days in Nha Trang, we think that you should hire a bike to travel around to save money because the price range will be around 150,000 VND, or you can also take a Grab bike or car since Nha Trang City is very developed.
During 2 days in Nha Trang Beach City, we are going to visit a lot of famous as well as beautiful and magnificent places in Nha Trang such as the developed and famous Vinpearl Land Nha Trang ( Ticket price: From 400,000 to 530,000 VND per person), Tu Binh Island group including Binh Ba, Binh Lap, Binh Tien, Binh Hung, Diep Son, Hon Mun Island, Hon Tam Island, Ninh Van Bay, Thap Ba Ponagar, Hon Chong Hon Vo, Dai Linh Beach,... With so many interesting places like these, you are going to be very busy in 2 days staying here. Besides the famous locations, we are going to have the chance to take part in a lot of interesting activities such as surfing, diving, sailing, parachute jumping, water sports,... Just enjoy your dream vacation in Nha Trang Beach City.
Do not forget to try the special delicious food as well as the local dishes of Nha Trang Beach City in every food stores, restaurants such as Bun Cha Ca, Bun Sua, Bun Ca Dam, Nem Ninh Hoa, Banh Can, Banh Uot, Banh Beo, Banh Dap, seafood,... Each of these local dishes and special food will have different special flavours and tastes for you to enjoy, but tourists will love them. Therefore, during the time you stay here, enjoy some or even all of this food for the amazing experience. Ahhh! Don't miss a unique experience in Nha Trang - Nha Trang: Mud Bath Treatment and Vietnamese Food Tour.
Sleeping Bus Price Range: From 500,000 to 600,000 VND per person.
Bike hiring price range: From 100,000 to 150,000 VND per bike.
5. Day 7: Explore the Dalat City
On day 7, we will travel to Dalat City by airplane and arrive in Lam Dong airport. From the airport, we are going to take the bus with a price range from 15,000 to 30,000 VND per person to travel into the central area of Dalat City in about 15 or 30 minutes. Or you can travel by sleeping buses with the price from 220,000 VND per person to travel for 4 or 5 hours to reach Dalat. Once you have done the check-in at the accommodation (can be homestay or hotels), you will need to hire a bike with the price range from 100,000 to 120,000 VND per bike in a day to travel freely around the Dalat City.
In Dalat City, we are going to visit the famous locations to not only the local people but also the tourists including foreigners such as Am Phu Market or Dalat Market, Ho Xuan Huong Lake, Bao Dai Tomb, Dalat Railway Station, Dalat Flower Garden, Chicken Church, Domaine de Marie Church, Dalat College,... or you can visit the places in the surrounding areas of Dalat such as Suoi Vang Valley, Love Valley, Clay Village, Lang Bian Mountain, Cu Lang Village,... With all these locations, Dalat is the heaven of tourism and vacation to people in Ho Chi Minh City.
About the local food and special dishes in Dalat, you are going to have so many choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner such as Banh Can, Banh Uot Long Ga, Pho Dalat, Lau Ga La E, Lau Bo Ba Toa, Nem Nuong Ba Hung, Oc Buou Nhoi Thit, Avocado Ice Cream, Cheese Yogurt,... and you can eat everything in Dalat Night Market or visit some local restaurants around Dalat Market.
Bus ticket from Lam Dong Airport to Central of Dalat: From 15,000 to 30,000 VND per person.
Bike hiring price range: From 100,000 to 120,000 VND per bike.
6. Day 8: Travel back to Ho Chi Minh City
Come back to Ho Chi Minh City from Dalat City, we are going to travel by sleeping bus from the price range 220,000 to 300,000 VND per person. You can choose one of the famous brands of sleeping buses to Ho Chi Minh City from Dalat such as Thanh Buoi, Phuong Trang,.... It will take you about 6 hours to reach Ho Chi Minh City at noon, and you will have a day of resting and relaxing here. Because we will spend a day resting so we recommend that you should travel around the city by Grab for your own convenience.
You should spend moments of relaxing and hanging out around Ho Chi Minh for shopping, experience, eating, drinking and even nightlife in some famous locations such as Landmark 81, Bitexco, Vincom Malls, Crescent Malls, Takashimaya,... or you can visit the local coffee shops or restaurants. For more information about eating and drinking, you can search for the information on the food review apps or websites. About the local food and special dishes, you can find all the dishes you want from all the provinces, cities of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh, so do not worry about what to eat in Ho Chi Minh City.
Sleeping bus price range: From 220,000 to 300,000 VND per person.
7. Day 9 and 10: Travel to visit Mekong Delta - Enjoy Vietnam floating market's signature
The last period of the journey to explore the highlights of Vietnam in 10 days will be in the Mekong Delta and try to make a bargain in Vietnam's floating markets. We are going to buy the ticket to travel to Mekong Delta by bus with the price range from 150,000 to 300,000 VND per person. During 2 days in the Mekong Delta areas, we are going to explore and visit Can Tho City and My Tho City, so we should check-in at an accommodation for a good place to sleep and rest. Moreover, because we are going to travel a lot, so it is good and very convenient if you hire a bike to travel around with the price range from 120,000 to 150,000 VND per bike in a day. If you already have a place to stay and transportation, now let’s start to visit Can Tho and My Tho in the Mekong Delta areas.
In the Mekong Delta areas specifically Can Tho and My Tho, there will be a lot of interesting and famous places for you to visit, experience the cultures, lifestyles, landscapes as well as many other things of Mekong Delta features. In details, you can visit some beautiful and famous places in Can Tho such as Can Tho Bridge, the beautiful Ninh Kieu Harbor, the sweet Love Bridge, Thien Vien Truc Lam, the fresh My Khanh fruit garden,... or you can visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, Dieu Hoa Shrine, My Tho Chanh Toa Church, Dong Tam Snake Farm,...in My Tho. Because we only have 2 days in the Mekong Delta areas, so you should choose the most suitable and interesting locations for your journey schedule so that you can have the best moments.
During 2 days staying and exploring Mekong Delta areas especially in Can Tho and My Tho, you should probably try one or some of these special food and local dishes such as Banh Mi Nem Nuong, Hazelnut snails, Purple Banh Tet, Banh Cong, Fried Pork Skin, My Tho Noodles, Tan Phong snails, Banh Va, Cho Gao grilled chopped meat, Go Cong sea sam, Lo Ren fruits,... Let’s have fun and enjoy the excellent flavours of Mekong Delta Areas.
Sleeping bus price range: From 150,000 to 300,000 VND per person.
Bike hiring price range: From 120,000 to 150,000 VND per bike in a day.
In conclusion, we already go through the list of the locations we are going to visit in the journey of highlights in Vietnam from Hanoi to Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Nha Trang City, Dalat City, Ho Chi Minh City, and Mekong Delta areas. With the necessary as well as useful information and suggestions and also some tips about travelling and food, we hope that you will have an amazing journey to explore the highlights of Vietnam in 10 days. Enjoy the journey as well as the amazing experience as much as you can. For more choices, check Unique Vietnam Culture Tour In 10 Days or One Week In Vietnam: The Best 7 Day Vietnam Itinerary