Vietnam Budget Tours: An 8-Days Planned Itinerary

Author: Sonali Pathak

This 9-days Vietnam Budget tours will make you realize why this South East Asian country is one of the most visited locations around the globe. And, you will realize instantly why including Vietnam in your travel bucket list is important. This itinerary is perfect if you want to see Vietnam on your next trip and when you have just 9-days that you can spend.


Trip at a Glance

Day 1 & 2: Hanoi - The Paris of Asia

Day 3 to 5: Cruising - Halong Bay

Day 6 to 8: Trekking - Through the Rice Fields of Sapa

Day 9: Hanoi


Trip Highlight

  • Explore Hanoi. The first two days of your Vietnam Budget tours are designed in such a way that you will be spending these two days Hanoi.

  • It would be a great experience sailing through the peaceful and serene sea of Halong Bay - Cruising.

  • Those ardent adventurers cannot miss enjoying, Sapa, the beautiful hill station - Hiking.


Tour Price

Our private tours typically range from $500 - $1000 per person/per night depending on chosen hotels and room categories, vehicles used, types of tours, flight cost, time of year and other factors. Make an inquiry for a customized trip quote.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: Hanoi - The Paris of Asia

The first two days of your Vietnam Budget tours are designed in such a way that you will be spending these two days Hanoi. Not only you will get to explore galore of historical charm in Hanoi, but there’s a lot of modernization for you to explore on your cheap Vietnam Tours.

After landing here in Hanoi, and catching up with some rest, you can just plan out a day trip with
Hanoi Kids. It’s an organization that is run by students and it will take you on a free tour of the entire city. And, interestingly, you have all the freedom to decide which locations you want to add to this list. ‘

Best Places to Visit in Hanoi: Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Complex, West lake area, Old Quarter, Museum of Ethnology and Bat Trang pottery village, Long Bien Bridge, and Hoa Lo prison

On this Hanoi kids trip, you can plan out to see all of these places in a day. And, at the end of the day, you can sample out some of the fantastic food from the street. Also, you should not miss trying ‘bia hoi the world’s cheapest beer. After you are done with sightseeing and trying out the food, you can venture out to shop around and get some items for you and your family.


Day 3 to 5: Cruising - Halong Bay

You have already enjoyed two days in Hanoi basking on its beauty! Now is the time to move to the place where James Bond uttered his famous dialogue, “tomorrow never dies”. It would be a great experience sailing through the peaceful and serene sea of Halong Bay. It looks incredible with dots of numerous limestone giant structures. And, you will be pleasantly amazed to see the magical Sunset here. You will not find a better way of experiencing the beauty of this incredible place than going on a cruise. It’s a  great idea to take an Imperial Classic Cruise or 3D2N Luxury Pelican Cruise. The services and food on these cruises are of top quality. On the way, you can go for a lot of activities including kayaking, caving, visiting the pearl farm, swimming, taking Vietnamese cooking class, and fishing and floating villages. And, for those who are tight with their budget can take up a 2D1N cruise. But, one should not go for a day only trip!


Day 6 to 8: Trekking - Through the Rice Fields of Sapa

How to reach to Sapa from Hanoi: Either take a private sleeper bus for 5 hours or take a train from Hanoi to Lao Chai and then 45 minutes to Sapa.

These three days are going to be wonderful, particularly for those who are adventure seekers. Those ardent adventurers cannot miss enjoying, Sapa, the beautiful hill station. Sapa lies somewhere near the Chinese border and is called “the Tonkinese Alps”. This hill station in the lying beautifully in the Northwestern part of Vietnam is famous for fantastic panorama and the rich culture. And, if you want to explore its beauty, trekking is the ideal way.

The best things to see in Sapa: Bamboo Forest, Ham Rong Mountain, Tha Bac (Silver) waterfall, Ta Phin Cave, and Rattan Bridge

Day 9: Hanoi - Departure

Now is the time to return back to Hanoi from where you will be taking your flight back home. This must have been your ideal Vietnam Budget tours.



Vietnam Travel Tips

Best time to visit Vietnam:

October – November or February-April

What to Carry along

One light jacket along with some cotton clothes and sneakers. Don’t overpack, because Vietnam is a shopping hub and you will end up buying a lot of stuff. Be precise!

What’s the preferred website for organizing the trip:

It’s a great idea to stay in old quarters! You can get your trip organized through leis



You should be a little careful because 50,000 Dong of Vietnam looks similar to 15000 Vietnamese Dong. You may get cheated. Also, Us dollars are workable in most places.
Be careful with the currency. 15000 Vietnamese Dong note looks similar to 50,000 Vietnamese Dong. Also, US dollars are accepted almost everywhere.


Unlike most other places, asking the price of an item by a hawker means that you are going to buy the item. So, don’t ask for the price until you are not buying it. All you have to do is to get a fair price is to Bargain and just bargain.

Food and Drinks

You should be very careful while you are trying out some street food! Eat only at a place where you can see too many people; that's the assurance of the quality of food. And, when you drink water, make sure that it's not tapped water. Buy bottled water always.

Vietnamese culture

Tourists are always addressed in a soft way! Like men will be addressed as Sir/Mr.” and women will be addressed as “My lady”. Surprisingly, lying is engraved into their culture. They will always say no until something of their personal interest.


As per reports, in Vietnam, most of the accidents that occur every year are caused by bikes, so be careful. Always prefer going through the reputed agencies to book your travel, because Vietnam has a bad reputation when it comes to travel-related scams.

Language Spoken

Very few people will communicate in English, so its good for you if you could learn a few important words like toi muon mot ve di (I would like a ticket to), Xin Chao (Hello) and alike.


Only use registered cab companies like Mai Linh Taxi, Taxi CP, and Hanoi Taxi, or you could get into a taxi scam. The budget-friendly way to explore Vietnam is through scooter and bus. You can easily get tickets.

This 9-Days Vietnam Budget Tours will definitely be a useful thing for you! We wish you a great journey. Just go for it!!


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