Is Vietnam safe or expensive? - It depends, but I am sure Vietnam will amaze you. Vietnam is not only a country with so many beauty in nature but also the values in cultures as well as people, and the cultures of Vietnam vary in different places, cities, provinces so the diversity in cultures will fascinate you. With so many cultural places, we are going to introduce to you a tour to explore, experience as well as learn the Vietnam cultures in around 10 days.
In this list, we are going to give you some useful and necessary information as well as some suggestions when you come to visit the cultural cities such as Hanoi Capital City, Hue City, Danang Beach City, Hoi An Antique Town, My Son Sanctuary, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta areas and Cu Chi Tunnel, so you had better note down and plan for the journey now.
1. Day 1: Check-in at Hanoi Capital City
Our journey around Vietnam for cultural places in 10 days begins in Hanoi Capital City - also known as the most plentiful and culturally rich city in Vietnam where thousands of years in history and cultures have passed and remained here. Therefore, you should prepare your minds for a magnificent and interesting journey in Hanoi. On the first day, you should hire a bike to travel freely around Hanoi with the price range from 100,000 to 150,000 VND per bike, or if you do not want to face the traffic jams, you can also book Grab to travel, and it is quite cheap as well.
In Hanoi, there will so many cultural places for you to visit and explore based on your own choices and demands like if you want to visit as well as learn more about the antique cultures of Hanoi, you can visit one or some of these places such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Antique Town, One Pillar Pagoda, Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam, The Grand Church, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Tay Lake, Thang Long Theater, Vietnamese Human Museum,... in the central areas of Hanoi. Or you can travel around the surrounding areas of Hanoi to explore the local life of people, their daily jobs and value, visit as well as learn a lot of traditional values such as Bat Trang Pottery Village, Antique Village Duong Lam, Viet Phu Thanh Chuong,.. or you can see the cultural values of natural reservations such as Ba Vi National Park, Tram Mountain, Quan Son Lake,... and many other places that you can visit besides the cultural locations. Moreover, once you visit these places, you also have the chance to take part in some interesting activities to understand more about Vietnamese traditions and cultures.
Enough of wandering around, you should spend your attention on the special food and local dishes of Hanoi as well because they are also a part of cultures. You can choose one or some of these choices for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner such as La Vong Chopped Fish, Pho, Bun Bo, Bun Cha, Bun Oc, Bun Dau, Bun Thang, Banh Com,...take your time in the first day to enjoy all the specialities of Hanoi before we are going to leave for another beautiful cultural city in Vietnam - Hue.
Bike hiring cost: From 100,000 to 150,000 VND per bike. (4 to 5$)
2. Day 2 and 3: Check-in and wander around Hue City
We are going to travel to Hue from Hanoi by airplane, and once we get down to the airport, we are going to spend 2 days in this beautifully cultural and antique city. In the areas of Hue, you are going to travel a lot so there are two options for you to choose is: Hiring a bike to travel freely with the price range from 100,000 to 120,000 VND, or you can hire a contracted car to take you around more comfortably, and the price depends on the brands. We will need to hire bikes or cars in 2 days, so you should choose the most suitable one for your journey.
During 2 days staying in Hue City, we are going to travel a lot to visit some of the famous local places of culture and history such as Hue Palace where you can explore and witness the solemn beauty of the chambers, palaces, and architectures of the royal empire of the past as well as the values of traditions and cultures or some other places like Hon Chen Chamber, Vong Canh Hill, Ngu Binh Mountain, Bach Ma Mountain, Lang Co, Thuan An, Canh Duong Beach, Lap An Spawn, Elephant Stream,... Besides the famous locations of cultures and nature, you can also take part in some activities such as Zipline, Highware, enjoy the hot spring or enjoy the magnificent performances of Hue Royal Music. You will be fascinated by the beautiful and cultural city of Hue, but also you will fall in love with the warm and kind people with their hospitality. In 2 days, you should choose the most suitable schedules for yourself so that you will be able to explore as many places as possible.
If you are so excited about the journey to explore as well as experience the magnificent places in Hue, you should also try the delicious taste of Hue food cultures with several special and local dishes such as different kinds of sweet soups, Banh Beo, Cao Lau, Bun Thit Nuong, Bun Bo Hue, Hen Rice, Banh Loc, Banh Khoai,... you will have to say wow when you enjoy some of these delicious dishes, and your stomach is full of energy and flavors. We have 2 days in Hue, so you can take your time to enjoy all the dishes as you can before we continue to move to Danang Beach City. From Hue, you can visit Hoi An or Da Nang.
Bike hiring cost: From 100,000 to 120,000 VND per bike. (From 4$)
4. Day 4: Travel to Danang Beach City
From Hue City, we will buy a ticket with the price range from 300,000 to 600,000 VND per person, and travel to Danang City by sleeping buses after check-out the accommodations. Within several hours, you will arrive in Danang Beach City to check-in accommodation for resting and putting away luggage. As usual, we are going to hire a bike in one day to travel around Danang City with a price range from 120,000 VND. If transportation is ready, let’s explore what is waiting for us in Danang Beach city.
Talking about cultures of Vietnam, you must come to visit Ngu Hanh Son and Linh Ung Pagoda which are the two huge cultural locations with a lot of values of history and traditions where people from Vietnamese people as well as tourists come to visit and witness the beauty as well as treasure the cultural values every year. Moreover, you will have many other locations to explore and experience cultures such as Tam Thai Pagoda, Non-Nuoc Stone Village, Non-Nuoc Beach,... Besides the cultures, you will have to have the moment of relaxing vacation on the beautiful beaches of Danang like My Khe and many others.
Danang City will keep you fascinated as well as busy for the rest of the day around different locations. Don't miss Danang Golden Bridge.
Moreover, it will be a big mistake if you come to Danang City without tasting and enjoying the delicious special food as well as the local dishes of this place such as Mi Quang Danang, Nam O Fish Salad, Bun Cha Ca, Rice paper rolls with pork, Cau Mong goat meat, Sticky rice ice cream, yogurt with salt,...Besides the exploration moment, the time for food and relaxation will surely fascinate you as well as make you wanna stay in Danang Beach City longer.
However, it will not stop here because in the early morning of tomorrow we are going to discover another beautiful place near Danang - Hoi An Antique Town. Moreover, you can visit the famous Ba Na Hill where there are so many landscapes, entertainment as well as things for you to experience, and do not forget to visit the Golden Bridge - the icon of Danang City at night.
Sleeping bus ticket price: From 300,000 to 600,000 VND per person.
Bike hiring cost: 120,000 VND per bike. (From 3.5$)
5. Day 5: Flashback of Hoi An Antique Town
Early in the morning of day 5, we are going to depart to travel to Hoi An from Danang beach city by car. The price range is from 350,000 to 450,000 VND per person. Or you can choose to travel by bus or bike, but we are going on a tour, so you should stick to the group to avoid being lost. You just need to rest on the car for a few hours, then you will step foot on the land of Hoi An Antique Town. Come to Hoi An, you can hire a bike or bicycle to hang out around the antique town of Hoi An with the price from 120,000 to 150,000 in a day (From 5$). Or you can simply take the taxi, but it is suggested to walk and see how beautiful this town is. We gonna stay here overnight, so you need to check-in before starting the journey in Hoi An.
Like other famous places, Hoi An Antique Town is an old city of culture and tradition for you to visit and experience, and besides that, you are going to visit so many other interesting places in Hoi An such as Bridge Pagoda, Phuc Kien Club House, Trieu Chau Club House, Toc Than Temple, Tan Ky Antique House, Hoi An Craft Workshop,...If you do not know, Hoi An is a heaven of beautiful sceneries for taking pictures especially the wedding photos and you can choose to sail around by Hoai River, and you can also take part in the lantern festivals which are the ritual to place the lanterns on the water to bring the good fortunes at night in Hoi An. Moreover, you will have a peaceful and calm time when you wander around or stay in Hoi An antique town, so just take your time.
Even food is not a strong culture of Hoi An, but there are still so many delicious and magnificent local food as well as special dishes for you to try such as Chicken rice of Hoi An, Cao Lau, Banh Bao, Banh Vac, Banh Dap, Banh Beo Hoi An, Mi Quang, Hoanh Thanh, Banh Xeo,... with the very friendly price range for you to eat as much as you want, so enjoy it.
Car hiring cost: From 350,000 to 450,000 VND per day.
Bike/ bicycle hiring cost: From 120,000 to 150,000 VND per bike. (From 4$)
6. Day 6: Discover the cultural ruins of My Son Sanctuary
From Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary, the distance is super short (Only 30 kilometers), and you will arrive there in a very short time on the bus (10,000 to 15,000 VND) or contracted car. Or if you are a trekker, you can also hire a bike to travel to My Son Sanctuary by yourself for amazing experience along the roads. You can hire the bike in Hoi An with the price from 120,000 to 150,000 VND per bike up to different types of bikes as well as its conditions.
Come to My Son Sanctuary, you are going to need to buy a ticket with the price of 150,000 VND per person to get inside to experience the magnificent beauty of the ancient ruins of My Son Sanctuary. Step into My Son Sanctuary, you gonna step into the world of magnificent cultural values in architecture, religions, arts, and human of Champa people of the ancient kingdom. Besides, you can also get chance to enjoy the performance with Cham dancing and singing, visit the Center of Thanh Mau Tra Kieu,... as well as some cultural places in the areas of My Son. Just enjoy the cultural space here, take a lot of pictures, make the memories of the journey.
After visiting My Son Sanctuary, we are going to travel back to Hoi An for lunch and dinner with the local food and special dishes as we suggest above such as Banh Beo, Banh Dap, Hen Rice, Cao Lau,... treat your stomach well before going to bead and earning some rest in Hoi An. We will leave Hoi An to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.
Ticket Price: 150,000 VND per person (From 6$)
Opening time: From 6:30 to 17:00
7. Day 7: Arrive and rest in Ho Chi Minh City
We are going to fly to Ho Chi Minh City from Danang Airport, and then you will leave Tan Son Nhat airport to go to your comfortable and convenient accommodations for resting a little bit as well as doing other stuff like put away the luggage, take a show, have a nap, search the ways and things to do. Moreover, you can order Grab food to your hotels to serve as breakfast or you can go out to eat. You can hire a bike to travel around Ho Chi Minh City with a price range from 120,000 to 150,000 per day, or you can save money as well as effort by booking a Grab bike or car, and it is up to you.
Ho Chi Minh City is the heaven of entertainment and enjoyment, so as long as you have money, you will have all the things you need in this city. You can visit the local hottest places with all the entertainment stuff like shopping, hanging out, eating, chilling, relaxing, beauty stuff and many other things in Landmark 81, Vincom Centers, Crescent Malls, Aeon Malls,... or some local coffee shops for selfie and pictures. Nightlife will also a hot thing you should try when you stay in Ho Chi Minh City by visiting Bui Vien Street, beer clubs, lounges or even bars for music and drinks. We will rest in Ho Chi Minh City for one day, so you should take the time to enjoy as well as rest at the same time because we will continue the trip tomorrow.
About the local food and special dishes, the most special food of Ho Chi Minh City is the special food from all the cities and provinces as well as areas in Vietnam. All can be found here from different restaurants to different levels and prices, so enjoy it as much as you can.
8. Day 8 and 9: Explore some places in Mekong Delta
On the 8th day, we are going to travel to Mekong Delta areas by sleeping bus with the price from 150,000 to 200,000 VND per person (From 6$). In Mekong Delta, there are so many different cities and provinces, but we only have 2 days here with a thick schedule with so many places to visit so you can only choose to visit two cities in Mekong Delta like Can Tho, My Tho or Ben Tre,... During the time you are here, you can hire a bike to travel around with only from 100,000 to 120,000 VND per bike in a day (From 4$). The distance between cities in the Mekong Delta area is quite short, so you can travel around easily.
Mekong Delta area especially Can Tho and My Tho has so many different places for you to explore such as Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho Bridge, the beautiful Ninh Kieu Harbor, the sweet Love Bridge, Thien Vien Truc Lam, the fresh My Khanh fruit garden,... in Can Tho City. Or you can take the time to visit other famous locations in the areas of My Tho as well such as Vinh Trang Pagoda, Dieu Hoa Shrine, My Tho Chanh Toa Church, Dong Tam Snake Farm,... Or if you intend to visit Ben Tre, you can find one of our articles about places in the southern areas of Vietnam to visit and explore for more details and information since there are so many interesting places and cities in the Mekong Delta or in the southern areas of Vietnam.
When you visit the Mekong Delta provinces and cities, you are going to see the similar special food and local dishes in all places of Mekong Deltas that you must try 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,...It is promised that you will be full and satisfied with all the taste from the local recipes in Mekong Delta.
9. Day 10: Return to Ho Chi Minh City and visit Cu Chi Tunnels
Returning to Ho Chi Minh City, all you need to do is rest and gain back energy after such a long journey or you can wander around Ho Chi Minh City once again. Take your rest because we will continue to travel to Cu Chi by the contracted bus or car, so do not worry about it. The distance will be not so far, so you can also take a nap along with the way.
Arrive in Cu Chi, you will have the chance to go to visit the most famous historical places including the Cu Chi Tunnel where you can witness how the great soldiers of Vietnam stay and fight in wartime of the past like you are in a museum. Moreover, you can not only see and be impressed on how difficult it is for people to stay in the Cu Chi Tunnel but also know a lot about so many interesting about the histories, architecture as well as how to make the tools from bamboos, trees or you can enjoy eating the simple and rustic food of this place like the grilled manioc with sesame salt or the fruits from Cu Chi garden. Resting and wandering around Cu Chi will bring you relaxing moments after a long journey in 10 days, and this is the end of that amazing journey from Hanoi to the Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam. Besides Cu Chi, if you want to look for a place to learn the cultures and history you can visit one of the museums about cultures and history of Vietnam or Independence Palace.
In conclusion, you already go through the journey with all the suggestions, information as well as the tips for your travelling, places to visit and also what to eat in each place. The journey is long and you gotta travel a lot, so prepare yourself as well as your health. Moreover, all the trips are suggestions from us for you to have the best journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in 10 days, and we hope you have amazing moments.