1 week in Vietnam – What to do and where to go in Central Vietnam

Vietnam is a land of breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cities, and a rich cultural heritage. With so much to explore, it can be tough to decide where to go and what to do, especially if you have just 1 week in Vietnam. While this country has many distinct regions, each with its own charm, exploring Central Vietnam is a great way to experience the country’s rich history, stunning scenery, and warm hospitality.

In this blog post, Viland Travel will take you on a journey through Central Vietnam and show you some of the best places to visit and things to do during your 1 week trip to Vietnam. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore these hidden gems. 

About Central Vietnam – the perfect destination for your 1 week in Vietnam

VIV19 Central Vietnam: a week in Da Nang, Hue, Hoi An
Danang – Hue – Hoi An – Danang

Central Vietnam is a region with a rich history, diverse geography, and fascinating traditions. Located in the middle of the Country, central Vietnam stretches from the majestic Truong Son Mountains to the East Sea. 

The region has played a significant role in Vietnam’s history, dating back to the ancient kingdom of Champa. In the 19th century, the Nguyen dynasty took over the region, making Hue the imperial capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. Central Vietnam’s geography is diverse and stunning. The region is also known for its unique traditions.

What to do for your 1 week trip to Central vietnam

From exploring ancient temples and imperial cities to relaxing on pristine beaches, Central Vietnam has something for everyone to enjoy. Below are some of the most recommended activities that can’t be missed on your one week trip.

Explore the bustling city of Danang

Danang is a beautiful beach city located in central Vietnam that offers visitors a perfect mix of modernity and tradition. This vibrant city boasts miles of pristine white-sand beaches, a bustling city center, and a rich cultural heritage that is visible in its numerous temples, museums, and landmarks. One of the most significant sites of Danang is the Dragon Bridge – a spectacular sight to behold, especially at night when it breathes fire and water. This 666-meter long bridge is the longest dragon-shaped bridge in the world and has become an iconic landmark of the city.

Da Nang city in sunset
Da Nang city in sunset

If you’re looking for a beach day, Danang has plenty of options to choose from. My Khe Beach is a popular spot for both locals and tourists, with its clear blue waters and soft sand. The beach offers a range of activities, including surfing, jet skiing, and parasailing.

Immerse in the “Heaven on Earth” Ba Na Hill 

If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in Central Vietnam for your one week in Vietnam vacation, a day trip to Ba Na Hills is a must-do activity. 

Da Nang Bridge / Credit: FOX - Pexels
Da Nang Bridge / Credit: FOX – Pexels

The highlight of a visit to Ba Na Hills is the cable car ride, which has set four Guinness World Records. The cable car is more than 5 kilometers long and takes you through four seasons in just one day. As you ride up the hill, you’ll pass through lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and picturesque villages. Once you reach the top, you’ll be transported to a different world. Ba Na Hills is home to a French Village, which is filled with beautiful architecture, quaint cafes, and charming boutiques. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the French colonial era. Ba Na Hills is also home to a stunning pedestrian bridge called the Golden Bridge, which is held up by two giant hands. The view from the bridge is absolutely breathtaking, and it’s one of the most Instagram-worthy spots in all of Vietnam. It’s an unforgettable experience that’s not to be missed.


Discover Hoi An’s Ancient town

Hoi An Ancient Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is one of the most enchanting and picturesque places in Vietnam. One of the most striking features of Hoi An is its yellow houses, built in traditional wooden architecture – which are a unique blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese architecture and serve as a testament to Hoi An’s rich cultural history. As you wander through the streets of Hoi An Ancient Town, you’ll notice the colorful lanterns in shapes, sizes, and colors adorning every corner. 

Hoi An Vietnam Famous For Lanterns And River And Holiday Destination Heritage / Source: kgboxford - YayImages
Hoi An Vietnam Famous For Lanterns And River And Holiday Destination Heritage / Source: kgboxford – YayImages

But Hoi An is not just about its stunning architecture and colorful lanterns; it’s also a food lover’s paradise. The town boasts an incredible array of street food such as Banh Mi, Cao Lau, Banh Xeo, and much more. Each dish is unique and bursting with flavor, making it a must-try for any food enthusiast. If you’re planning a one week trip to Vietnam, be sure to add Hoi An Ancient Town to your itinerary.

Enjoy utmost relaxation on An Bang Beach

An Bang Beach is one of the most beautiful and peaceful beaches in Central Vietnam. Located just a few kilometers from the historic city of Hoi An, this beach is a perfect place to unwind and relax during your one week trip to Vietnam. The beach stretches over several kilometers, offering plenty of space for visitors to find a quiet spot to lay down and soak up the sun. The sand is soft and golden, and the water is clear and warm, making it ideal for swimming and water sports.

Hoi An An Bang Beach
Hoi An An Bang Beach

What makes An Bang Beach even more inviting is the fact that it is surrounded by numerous restaurants, deckchairs, and umbrellas. You can choose to simply lay on the sand and read a book, or rent a deckchair and umbrella for added comfort and shade. The restaurants on An Bang Beach offer a wide range of local and international cuisine, so you can satisfy your hunger while enjoying the stunning ocean view. 

Indulge in the historic site of the Imperial City of Hue

Imperial City Hue is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the city of Hue, Central Vietnam. It was established by the Nguyen Dynasty and served as the political and administrative center of Vietnam during their rule from 1802 to 1945. The Imperial City is a fascinating display of traditional Vietnamese architecture, featuring numerous palaces, temples, and gardens.

Hue daily life
Hue daily life

One of the must-see attractions within the Imperial City is Tu Duc’s tomb. The tomb was built in the mid-19th century for Emperor Tu Duc, who ruled Vietnam from 1848 to 1883. It’s located in a picturesque setting, surrounded by lush green forests and tranquil lakes. The tomb itself is a masterpiece of Vietnamese architecture, featuring intricate details and vibrant colors. Visitors can explore the various buildings within the tomb complex, including the Emperor’s living quarters, the temple, and the lake pavilion. Visiting Tu Duc’s tomb is a great way to learn about the history and culture of Vietnam. 

Final thoughts

Central Vietnam offers a perfect blend of history, culture, natural beauty, and adventure, making it a must-visit destination for travelers, especially those who are looking for the best region to explore for a week in Vietnam

If you wish to make the most of your trip, consider booking a tour with Viland Travel’s “7 days in Central Vietnam discovering unfamiliar things.” With their expertise and knowledge, you’ll get to explore lesser-known destinations and hidden gems that most travelers miss. 

Book now and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!