Vietnam Tour Packages From The USA – Flights, Itineraries, Tips [2024]

Vietnam is on the rise as a favorite and popular country in South East Asia for English speaking countries, especially the USA with a wide range of activities: from the exploration of stunning natural sightseeing with all kinds of terrain, mountain/jungle trekking in between the rice terrace, beach relaxation, diversified culture & heroic history discovery. Sounds interesting to you already? Let’s find out in Vietnam tour packages from the USA.

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Vietnam map

Flights to Vietnam from the USA

How long is the flight to Vietnam?

At the moment, flying to Vietnam takes pretty long time; which is at least 19 hours with a stopover in Hongkong, Manila, Taipei, Incheon, or Narita and arrival in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It is for starting from big cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, New York or California. Here are one of the shortest flight time from these common cities:

Starting fromArrival in HanoiHo Chi Minh City
Boston19 hrs 15 mins19 hrs 55 mins
San Francisco20 hrs 30 mins16 hrs 20 mins (non-stop flight)
Chicago22 hrs 35 mins 21 hrs 20 mins
New York20 hrs 25 mins20 hrs 25 mins
Washington21 hrs 45 mins 21 hrs 5 mins
Seattle18 hrs 50 mins 18 hrs 40 mins
Dallas21 hrs 56 mins18 hrs 37 mins
Los Angeleas20 hrs 35 mins 19 hrs 20 mins
Flight time from USA cities to Vietnam

Where to fly into Vietnam?

Vietnam has more than 10 international airports. There are 3 major places that you can see a lot of flights landing on from various countries in the world such as Noi Bai international airport (Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat international airport (Ho Chi Minh City) and Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang). If you are going to have a Vietnam visa on arrival, those 3 must be your arrival airport.

Direct or connecting flights?

When searching for flights from the USA to Vietnam, you have several options. Here are some of the common routes and airlines that operate flights between the two countries:

1. Direct Flights:
Vietnam Airlines: Only airline that offers direct flights from San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh City.

2. Connecting Flights:
– Korean Air: Offers connecting flights via Seoul from various US cities to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
– Cathay Pacific: Provides connecting flights via Hong Kong from multiple US cities to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
– China Airlines: Operates connecting flights via Taipei from select US cities to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
– Japan Airlines: Offers connecting flights via Tokyo from several US cities to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

These are just a few examples, and there may be other airlines that operate flights between the USA and Vietnam. It’s best to check with travel search engines or airline websites for the most up-to-date and specific flight options, as availability and routes may vary.

vietnam airlines cabin
Vietnam Airlines A350 business class cabin

How to get a Vietnam visa?

American citizens can obtain a Vietnam visa through different methods. Here are 3 common ways for you to obtain a Vietnam visa:

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

Apply online: Americans can apply for a visa approval letter from many Vietnam tour companies. Normally, if you book a Vietnam tour package with us, we are glad to offer you this letter as a complimentary one. The approval letter allows you to pick up your visa upon arrival at selected international airports in Vietnam, such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang.

Upon arrival, you need to present the approval letter, passport, completed visa application form, passport-sized photos, and pay the visa stamping fee in cash.

Note: Just keep in mind that E-Visa is only used when you enter and exit Vietnam by airplane since it is not accepted in the land or waterway borders.


Apply online: Since February 2017, American citizens are eligible to apply for an e-visa directly through the Vietnam Immigration Department’s official website. Vietnam increased the duration of e-visas for travelers from the USA, Canada, and Australia from 30 days to 3 months, this is official from the 15th of August 2023.

e visa official website
Vietnam E-visa official website layout

Embassy Application

Apply in person/by mail: You can apply for a Vietnam visa by submitting your application, passport, passport-sized photos, and supporting documents (such as invitation letters or travel itineraries) to the nearest Vietnamese embassy or consulate in the United States. Processing times and requirements may vary depending on the embassy/consulate.


Vietnamese currency is Vietnam Dong (VND) and this is the most convenient way to buy things in Vietnam. It is pretty much easy to convert USD to VND in Vietnam airports with a fair rate; or some bank branches such as Vietcombank, BIDV, Techcombank, Exim Bank, etc. One of the biggest inconveniences is how to distinguish each bill’s value because there are so many numbers in our notes – the tip is to remember its color. USD can be traded while traveling in Vietnam too; however, make sure you are aware of the exchange rate or else, many scammers will take the price much higher than the products’ true value.

vietnamese dong
List of Vietnamese Dong

How long is a tour in Vietnam?

As far as my experience, a typical length of stay for US travelers in Vietnam is around 10 to 14 days. This timeframe allows you to explore the country’s highlights while still leaving room for relaxation and cultural immersion. Here’s a general itinerary that you could consider:

1. Hanoi (2-3 days): Explore the bustling capital city, visit historical sites like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and Temple of Literature, and take a stroll around the charming Old Quarter. Experience being like a local by visiting the markets to witness the authentic side of Hanoi.

2. Halong Bay (2-3 days): Take a cruise or boat tour in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, known for its limestone karsts and emerald waters.

3. Hue (1-2 days): Visit the former imperial capital of Hue and explore its citadel, royal tombs, and pagodas.

4. Hoi An (2-3 days): Experience the enchanting ancient town of Hoi An, known for its rich architecture, lantern-lit streets, and vibrant local markets. If you are seeking more unique things to do, you can explore the hidden gems of Hoian on the outskirts.

5. Ho Chi Minh City (2-3 days): Discover the bustling metropolis formerly known as Saigon, visit the War Remnants Museum, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, and experience the city’s vibrant street food scene by taking a Vespa tour.

6. Mekong Delta (1-2 days): Take a boat trip through the scenic waterways to witness the local life on floating houses, visit floating markets, and experience rural life in the region will be the highlights of your trip.

Suggested Vietnam Tours and Beyond

Though we focus mainly on customizing private trips for USA travelers, we build up some samples of classic and unique tour packages from one week to three weeks of itineraries that cover all the main highlight sites throughout the country and beyond. For more itinerary recommendations, check out more ideas and inspirations in our list of Vietnam package tours.

Vietnam in one week

If you do not have much time traveling, a one-week trip can still provide you with a worthwhile experience. You can focus on specific regions or cities, carefully planning your itinerary to make the most of your time. Here are two options:

Hoa Lo Prison
Explore the North of Vietnam in 8 days

Overview: This trip covers with 1,000-year-old Hanoi capital; then onto the night train to the well-known stunning Sapa with cultural diversity and beautiful rice terraces on the mountains. The trip ends with a relaxing time on board an amazing Halong Bay overnight cruise.

*Route: Hanoi – Sapa – Halong – Ninh Binh

*Price from: $568

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Southern Vietnam Discovery 6 Days

Overview: This is an easy and interesting schedule to visit the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels and take your time cruising around in the small canals of all the Mekong delta tours have to offer. This trip offsets the best look at local lives in the area with the choice of luxury or deluxe taste of overnight onboard a Mekong cruise.

*Route: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong Delta

*Price from: $510

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Vietnam in 12 days

Classic Adventure Vietnam 12 Days

Overview: This itinerary takes you to the most classic places that make Vietnam beautiful. For less than 2 weeks in Vietnam, you will travel from the south to the north to see lovely towns, enjoy stunning natural landscapes and experience exquisite local cultures.

*Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Halong

*Price from: $1175

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Vietnam in two weeks

Vietnam Cultural Highlights 14 Days

Overview: Including the most-wanted destinations from the north to the south. You will have a perfect view and capture all of the highlights of Vietnam’s culture, history, and cuisine. Yet still be able to enjoy the natural landscapes, pristine beaches, and the daily life beauty of local people.

*Route: Hanoi – Halong – Sapa – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta

*Price from: $1309

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Vietnam in 3 weeks

vietnam farmers harvesting salt
Grand Sensational Vietnam 20 Days

Overview: This itinerary covers the highlights but mixes with off-the-beaten-track experiences from bustling cities, and mountainous areas to beautiful beaches, and much more.

*Route: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Halong – Sapa – Hue – Danang – Hoian – Nha Trang – Dalat – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

*Price from: $1916

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Vietnam Cambodia Tours

vietnam cambodia tour package
Splendors Of Vietnam & Cambodia 17 Days

Overview: This tour enables you to experience the most stunning locations in Vietnam from north to south as well as the top temples in Cambodia, at an appropriate pace.

*Route: Hanoi – Halong – Hue – Hoi An – HCMC – Mekong – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

*Price from: $2141

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Discover the Real Vietnam & Cambodia in 15 Days

Overview: This tour will take you to the most popular attractions as well as give you a chance to explore the culture and local life. You will see the dynamic city of Hanoi, the breathtaking hill station Sa Pa, the most heard Halong Bay, and the historic port town Hoi An before traveling back in time with the old Angkor empire.

*Route: Hanoi – Halong – Sapa – Hanoi – Hue – Hoi An – Siemreap

*Price from: $1417

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Vietnam Laos Cambodia Tour

Far East Discovery 22 Days

Overview: Showcase the bests of all the bests in Indochina travel, this Vietnam Cambodia Laos tour will bring you to the lands of myths, warm-hearted people, long preserved cultures and the best fuses of Asian food have to offer. It varies from the magnificent temples in Cambodia then to explore the beauty and dynamic Vietnam before unveiling the charms of Laos.

*Route: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Phu Quoc – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Halong – Luang Prabang

*Price from: $2910

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Where should you stay in each specific destination?

For any place, staying in the heart of the city center is one of the best things you should do to get the ultimate experience of local life. It means, for getting around you can save the transferring time and cost; instead, it is more interesting to just wander all the vibrant streets with very Asian ambiance, taste Vietnam street food and witness how we conduct the daily life.

Besides, for cities that have beaches, it is better to stay near the coast so that you can relax as much as you can. Do not worry too much of not getting into the local markets or residence area; almost all resorts by the beach offer free shuttle van to the city/town center every day.

phu quoc resort
A resort by the beach in Phu Quoc

In general, if you are planning Vietnam tours, there are 4 types of accommodation in each place with its room price as below:

  • Homestay/hostel/basic 2-star hotels: below 40 USD/room/night
  • 3-star superior standard hotels: 50-80 USD/room/night
  • 4-star deluxe/boutique hotels: 90-130 USD/room/night
  • 5-star top notch services hotels: 140 to above 400 USD/room/night

Let’s share more with us your interests and wishes for this amazing, once in a lifetime trip to Vietnam, we can surely together make it memorable! Please fill all the information below. We will contact you within 24 hours. Or you can drop us an email at [email protected], we will together customize your itinerary.


    Daniel Nguyen – Travel Specialist.

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