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5 Days Itinerary in Central Vietnam

Huyen Nguyen
Are you ready for an extraordinary adventure in Central Vietnam? From the enchanting ancient town of Hoi An to the imperial city of Hue and the modern charm of Da Nang, this region is bursting with cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and incredible experiences. In this blog post, we present a carefully crafted 5-day itinerary that will take you on a memorable journey through the heart of Central Vietnam.

Day 1: Exploring Da Nang


Start your day early and visit the iconic Marble Mountains, located just outside Da Nang. Explore the caves, pagodas, and stunning views from the mountain peaks.

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Head to My Khe Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the sandy shore or take a dip in the refreshing waters.

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Visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture to learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Cham civilization.

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Explore the vibrant Han Market, where you can shop for local handicrafts, souvenirs, and sample delicious street food.

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Visit the Dragon Bridge and witness its spectacular fire and water show, which takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 PM.

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Enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the many seafood restaurants along My Khe Beach.

Besides these destinations, Da Nang has many hidden gems that many travelers haven't known about, and you can choose to visit them to avoid the crowds.

Day 2: Hoi An Ancient Town


Take an early morning drive to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved ancient town.

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Explore the narrow streets lined with centuries-old buildings, temples, and colorful lanterns.

Visit the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Community.


Take a boat ride along the Thu Bon River to experience the charm of Hoi An from a different perspective.

Visit the local tailor shops and have custom-made clothing or shoes created just for you.


Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Hoi An's night market. Shop for unique handicrafts, enjoy local street food, and be captivated by the lantern-lit streets.

Day 3: My Son Sanctuary and Hue


Embark on a half-day trip to My Son Sanctuary, an ancient Hindu temple complex nestled in the lush greenery. Marvel at the intricate architecture and learn about the Cham civilization.

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Travel to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.

Explore the Imperial City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the Imperial Citadel, royal tombs, and Thien Mu Pagoda.

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Enjoy a traditional royal dinner at a local restaurant in Hue, where you can savor authentic Hue cuisine.

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Day 4: Discovering Hue


Take a scenic boat ride along the Perfume River to visit the serene Thien Mu Pagoda and admire its iconic seven-story tower.

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Explore the beautiful garden houses of Hue, which showcase the traditional architecture and lifestyle of the region.

Visit the vibrant Dong Ba Market and experience the bustling atmosphere while shopping for local products.


Attend a traditional Vietnamese music performance, such as Hue Royal Court Music or traditional folk songs.

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Day 5: Bach Ma National Park and Departure


Embark on a day trip to Bach Ma National Park, located between Hue and Da Nang.

Explore the diverse flora and fauna, hike to waterfalls, and enjoy breathtaking views from the mountaintop.

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Return to Da Nang for some last-minute shopping or relaxation on the beach.


Indulge in a farewell dinner featuring Central Vietnamese cuisine, and reminisce about the wonderful experiences you had during your stay in Central Vietnam.

And if you want to know a 5 days itinerary in Northern Vietnam, we also have one for you.

A Local Buddy to enhance your experience in Central Vietnam

A Local Buddy can greatly enhance your experience during your 5-day itinerary in Central Vietnam. They are knowledgeable about the local culture, history, and hidden gems that might not be mentioned in guidebooks. A Local Buddy can provide valuable insights, recommend the best local restaurants, help with language barriers, and ensure you make the most of your time in each destination. They can also customize your itinerary based on your preferences and budget, ensuring a personalized and memorable trip. With a Local Buddy by your side, you can immerse yourself in the local way of life, discover off-the-beaten-path locations, and gain a deeper understanding of the region. Their expertise and local connections will make your journey even more enriching and unforgettable.

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