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Discovery of Vietnam

Explore this beautiful nation by traveling from north to south in this 18-day complete visit to Vietnam. Immerse yourself in the rich cultures, landscapes and contrasts of the country by meeting remote hill-tribes, discovering the out-of-this-world scenery, and falling in love with each charming city. 

Language spoken on tour

English

Places visited

Hanoi Sapa Ha Long Bay Hue Hoi An Ho Chi Minh City Can Tho
Days

18

Type of tour

Private

Hotel

highlights

Itinerary

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival

Xin Chao and welcome to the traditional and cultural heart of Vietnam, Hanoi. Upon arrival to Noi Bai Airport, our driver will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for check-in and refreshment.

Meals: No meals

Accomodation: Flower Garden hotel

Day 2 : Hanoi ciy tour

Dive into the history of Hanoi by visiting the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, designed to resemble a blooming lotus flower, commissioned by the legendary King Ly Thai To in 1049. Just a stone’s throw away lies the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a monument and tribute to Ho Chi Minh, the “uncle” of modern Vietnam, as well as his preserved stilt house and a small museum dedicated to his life. The mausoleum is closed every October and November, as well as every Monday and Friday throughout the year.

Pass by Vietnam’s first university, Quoc Tu Giam, otherwise known as the Temple of Literature. The grounds offer a quiet oasis in the center of Hanoi and will show you an interesting glimpse into the cultural elite’s past, dating back from 1076.

Brave the labyrinth of streets dubbed the “Old Quarter”, famous to international guests and locals alike due to its chaotic but photogenic and charming nature. Visit the 36 streets by cyclo as you meander past bamboo, silver, silk, gold, and fruit sellers. Pause at the heart of it all, the magical Hoan Kiem Lake, to visit Ngọc Sơn Temple and admire views of the “Turtle Tower”.

The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to discover Hanoi on your own.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Flower Garden hotel

Day 3 : Hanoi free time - night train to Sapa

You are free time till the time for overnight on train to Sapa.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Soft Sleeper Cabin on Train

Day 4 : Sapa trekking villages

Upon arrival to Lao Cai station, make the final 30-minute drive by car to the hill-side station of Sapa. Rejuvenate your body with an early morning breakfast at a local restaurant before beginning our tour today, which focuses on the Black Hmong ethnic minority ’s traditional art and handicraft forms.

A 30-minute car journey will transport us to Ta Phin Village, surrounded by beautiful rice terraces and sweeping valleys.  Try your hand at indigo dyeing, bamboo and hemp weaving, batik art, and embroidery and test your culinary skills with a Hmong/Vietnamese cooking class, feasting on your creations before heading back to Sapa town with the afternoon free to enjoy the city-center. As you wander around the main square you will see many different ethnic minorities meandering around the square, selling their goods.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Sapa Village Hotel

Day 5 : Sapa Trekking villages - Night train to Hanoi

Today is devoted to a gentle hike through Sapa Valley, known for some of the most impressive scenery in all of Vietnam. As your guide leads you along the Muong Hoa River, the blanket of morning mist will start to disappear, leaving us a breathtaking view of gleaming rice terraces. The walk will take us through the Black Hmong Lao Chai Village before leading us to Ta Van Village with its mixture of Hmong, Giay, and Red Dao residents, the latter well-known for their knowledge of herbs and natural medicines.

There is also time to view rock carvings and engravings left by different tribes long ago before sitting down for a carefully packed picnic lunch.

The walk will conclude at Giang Ta Chai Village, home to the Red Dao, where you will not only get a chance to see a bamboo forest and waterfall, but also an opportunity to try a Red Dao herbal medicinal bath to rest your weary feet before the vehicle takes us back to Sapa. In the evening, depart Sapa for Lao Cai station to bring you back to city life in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Soft Sleeper Cabin on Train

Day 6 : Hanoi - Halong

You will walk to your hotel which very close to the station and take a rest in few hours before transfer for the trip to halong Bay.

Following breakfast, head 2.5 hours east to Halong Bay. Established as  in 1994 and newly nominated as one of the new 7 natural wonders of the world, Halong Bay’s otherworldly atmosphere and landscape of emerald green waters, sandy beaches, and thousands of towering limestone karst islands are sure to leave you speechless.

Check into your cabin as we embark on an overnight cruise to experience the bay in all her glory. Activities include cooking demonstrations, a visit to a floating fishing village, kayaking and swimming, depending on the boat’s itinerary and weather.

At the end of the day, the boat will anchor while guests enjoy the cocktail happy hour and fresh seafood dinner. Try your hand at squid fishing in the evening or perhaps watch a film or stargaze before retiring to your cabin for a restful sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Swan Cruise

Day 7 : Halong - Hanoi - Fly to Hue

Good Morning Vietnam from the middle of Halong Bay! Start the morning with some tai chi on the sundeck as the sun rises, and munch on a light breakfast before participating in a cave visit.

Brunch will be served after the cave tour, which gives you time to savor the views as the boat gently glides through the incredible rock formations towards the dock.

Transfer to Noi Bai Airport for a short 80-minute flight to Hue. Our driver will pick you up & transfer to your hotel in Hue.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Romance Hotel

Day 8 : Hue city tour

Dive further into the history of Vietnam by visiting the ancient citadel plus two addition tombs of emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, the last family to rule Vietnam before the French colonial takeover. Although the ancient citadel was badly damaged by the Vietnamese-American War, it is still possible to catch a glimpse of what used to exist here hundreds of years ago in the Forbidden Purple City.

Compare and contrast the tombs of Emperor Tu Duc and Emperor Khai Dinh, one constructed from 1864-1867 with a landscape dominated by a large lake and rustic architecture while the other designed as a hybrid of European and Vietnamese beauty standards.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Romance Hotel

Day 9 : Hue - Hoian

Travel 2.5 hours south from Hue along the incredible Hai Van Pass Ocean Road to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An. The very well-preserved town is filled with quirky shops, antique teahouses, and amazing restaurants.

The rest of your day is free at leisure to discover the city on your own by foot or on bicycle. Hoi An is not only famous for its ambiance as it is for its tailors. Here tourists can get any manner of clothing made in 24 hours for a fraction of a price that it would cost back home. For those interested in tailoring, we can arrange a visit to one of the best tailors in the city to design your own outfits, bags, and shoes.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: ÊMM Hotel Hoi An

Day 10 : Walking tour

In the afternoon, it’s your time for walking tour of Hoi An Ancient Town. The very well-preserved town is filled with quirky shops, antique teahouses, and amazing restaurants. Enjoy views of the Thu Bon River and the many canals found in the city as you learn about the history of the town and admire the interesting mix of Vietnamese, French, Chinese, and Japanese architecture.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: ÊMM Hotel Hoi An

Day 11 : Hoian Eco tour

Pick up by shuttle bus at your hotel and transfer to local farming village travelling along picturesque coutry roads. Share in the daily work life of local farmers – hoeing and a soil, watering veggie at an organic herb garden, riding water buffalo in the field and enjoy the freshest air of the countryside beauty.

Board on boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea. Learn and try your hand at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets. Learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats. Enjoy basket boat dancing of gangnam style on the round boat (THUNG CHAI) shown by crews. Explore the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides. Have a relaxed fun with catching beautiful purple crabs on bamboo basket boat. Learn how to make an origami creations from reeds of palm leaves such as grasshopper, birds, ring, sunglass ,bracelets….etc. Visit a local water coconut palm village, take a walk around the village and have some tea and snack with local talks. Back on-board our Jack Tran’s boat, enjoy lunch and cold beer or soft drink. Return to hotel by coach.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: ÊMM Hotel Hoi An

Day 12 : Hoian free time

You are free time today.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: ÊMM Hotel Hoi An

Day 13 : Hoian free time - Fly to Ho Chi Minh

You are free time today until transferring to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival, our driver will pick you up & transfer to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Asian Ruby Select Hotel

Day 14 : Cu Chi tunnel - City tour

Drive 1.5 hours north of Ho Chi Minh City to experience one of the most powerful symbols of the city and its recent history, the Cu Chi Tunnels. Squeeze through this extensive network of underground tunnels built by the Viet Cong to combat the better-supplied American and South Vietnamese forces, remembering the recent tragedy of war in Vietnam and the hardships many locals faced in this time period.

Browse the exhibits of the War Remnants Museum and view the former Presidential Palace, which can be viewed from the outside only on certain days.

End the day by visiting colonial Saigon with stops at the photogenic Old Saigon Post Office, Ben Thanh Market, Dong Khoi Street (formerly known as Rue Catinat), the Continental House, City Hall, and of course, the Opera House.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Asian Ruby Select Hotel

Day 15 : Ho Chi Minh - Mekong river - Can Tho

Depart from Ho Chi Minh City, we head to Mekong Delta, the land of nine dragons. Getting out of the city, you will see the mighty delta with its quaint rural landscape and immense waterway.

Arrive at Cai Be River Wharf, view pop rice, coconut candy and rice paper making workshops. Visit either nursery garden, bonsai garden or orchard. Stroll around island, tradtional music, visit brick and pottery factory.

Lunch at local home. Meet and talk with local people, known for their friendliness, warmth and generosity.

Transfer to Can Tho and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accomodation: West Hotel Can Tho

Day 16 : Mekong river - Ho Chi Minh

Getting on our rowed sampan to visit Cai Be floating market, a cultural feature of Mekong Delta. Try to visit it early and you will see the most vibrant scene on Tien River with hundred of boats gathering for fresh produce trade. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accomodation: Asian Ruby Select Hotel

Day 17 : Ho Chi Minh free time

You are free time today.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Asian Ruby Select Hotel

Day 18 : Ho Chi Minh - departure

Breakfast and discover at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your onward booked transportation.

Meals: Breakfast

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Why book this tour

  • Stay at boutique properties with charm and favorable customer reviews
  • Hit all major highlights and main experiences in Viet Nam
  • Relaxed and slow-paced with more in-depth experiences
  • Flights and private transport used to save time
  • Premium value at affordable prices
  • All domestic flights and land transfers are included

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Services included

  • Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast
  • Domestic flights (economy class) as mentioned
  • Tours as per itinerary with English speaking guide
  • All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles air
  • All boat trips as program-conditioned vehicles air
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals as indicated in the program

 

Services excluded

  • Airfares (international) and airport taxes
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Meals other than mentioned in the program
  • Visa fees, travel insurances
  • Additional transfer required due to emergency situation
  • All services which are not mentioned in “services included”
General information

Services included

  • Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast
  • Domestic flights (economy class) as mentioned
  • Tours as per itinerary with English speaking guide
  • All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles air
  • All boat trips as program-conditioned vehicles air
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals as indicated in the program

 

Services excluded

  • Airfares (international) and airport taxes
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Meals other than mentioned in the program
  • Visa fees, travel insurances
  • Additional transfer required due to emergency situation
  • All services which are not mentioned in “services included”
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