Buzzing cities, world-class cuisine, dramatic landscapes, and rich biodiversity give Vietnam a distinct character: from the capital city of Hanoi up north, to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta down south. One of Southeast Asia’s most resilient peoples, the Vietnamese has absorbed noticeable influence from their massive northern neighbor China as well as their former colonizer France. Echoes of the Vietnam War (known here as the American War) still reverberate, but for the most part Vietnam is too busy looking forward to dwell on the past.

Duration: 14 Days

Start: Hochiminh (Vietnam)

End: Hanoi (Vietnam)

Highlights of the trip:

  • Hochiminh – the biggest city of Vietnam
  • Mekong Delta with the real local people’s culture
  • Hoian – UNESCO Town
  • Hue – The Imperial City of Vietnam
  • Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam with bustling streets and the old quarter
  • Halong Bay – The Pearl of Vietnam
  • Sapa – nature of Vietnam

DAY 1: HELLO VIETNAM – HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL

 Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, pick-up and transfer to the hotel. Stroll around the downtown for the first discovery of this bustling metropolis.

Meals: Breakfast
 Accommodation: Caravelle Saigon/ Norfolk Saigon Hotel/ Grand Silverland Saigon Hotel/ Lavender Boutique Saigon Hotel/ Lavender (or similar)

 

DAY 2: HO CHI MINH CITY (B, L)

A full day city tour of the dynamic Ho Chi Minh (formerly called Saigon) including Chinatown, Thien Hau pagoda, Binh Tay market, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Reunification Palace, Historical Museum, War Crime Museum and Vinh Nghiem Pagoda. 

Lunch will be served at the local Pho Restaurant, you will have chance to try the famous noodle soup of Pho before having free time to explore the local market of Ben Thanh or having some Vietnamese coffee at the small café on the street.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Caravelle Saigon/ Norfolk Saigon Hotel/ Grand Silverland Saigon Hotel/ Lavender Boutique Saigon Hotel/ Lavender (or similar)

DAY 3: HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA (MY THO) – FLIGHT TO HOIAN (B, L) 

Leave from Ho Chi Minh city to discover the daily life of local people on Mekong Detla. The Town of My Tho is around 2 hour drive from Ho Chi Minh, embark the boat to the islands where you are introduced about the daily life of the local people here, walk along the fruit garden, enjoy the local folk song of Don Ca Tai Tu, take the small sampan along the water coconut garden before having lunch on the islet.

Afternoon drive back to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your flight to Hoian via Danang, check in the hotel in Hoian and tonight is free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hoian Boutique Resort/ Hoian Trails Resort/ Emm Hoian Hotel/ Hoian Red Frangipani Villa (or similar)

DAY 4: EVERYTHING IN HOIAN (B, L)

For early-risers, a visit the Fish and Central markets is like going back in time when life in Hoi An centred around this market. Watch locals preparing for their day, then set out on a walk to explore interesting nooks and crannies.

Next we’ll hop on bikes and head further afield into the countryside where we’ll dig into a local gourmet feast after exploring a local organic farm and unique monasteries along the way. Take a load off with a foot massage before riding to the ocean to try your hand at rowing a ‘coracle fishing boat’ which is super-tipsy.

The late afternoon is clear for shopping, beach time or admiring one of SE Asia’s most charming towns!

Biking: 10-20 km on flat, paved/countryside roads (private car/van/bus is available if no biking)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hoian Boutique Resort/ Hoian Trails Resort/ Emm Hoian Hotel/ Hoian Red Frangipani Villa (or similar)

DAY 5: HOIAN BY YOURSELF (B)

Today is your free day to explore Hoian by yourself. Hoian is the best town for shopping, local foods, beautiful beach.

Overnight in Hoian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hoian Boutique Resort/ Hoian Trails Resort/ Emm Hoian Hotel/ Hoian Red Frangipani Villa (or similar)

 

DAY 6: HOI AN – HUE (B, L)

Leave Hoi An for Hue, the last imperial capital of Vietnam, well-known for magnific architecture, pagodas and royal tombs laid in small villages and surrounding hills. En route have a look at the famous China Beach and enjoy the most beautiful drive of Hai Van Pass. Upon arrival in Hue, enjoy local lunch before visiting the Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba Market before free time at the hotel

Overnight in Hue

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village/ Saigon Morin Hotel/ Eldora Hue Hotel/ Serene Palace Hue (or similar)

DAY 7: HUE – HANOI (B, L) 

This morning is your free time to explore downtown of Hue before lunch at another great local restaurant.

Afternoon you will enjoy the half day tour of Hue to visit two beautiful sites of Emperor Gia Long’s tomb and serene Pagoda of Huyen Khong Son Thuong before transferred to the airport to take the evening flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

On arrival in Hanoi, you will be met and transferred to the old quarter of Hanoi for your hotel’s check in. Have good evening after your day

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Melia Hanoi/ La Siesta Hanoi/ Tirant Hanoi Hotel/ Medallion Hanoi (or similar)

DAY 8: HANOI (B, L)

Today we enjoy a full day city tour of this charming capital city including the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the impressive Ethnologic Museum, the beautiful West Lake, the Tran Vu Pagoda, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword and the Ngoc Son temple. 

Lunch will be served with Bun Cha Hanoi before free afternoon to explore the old quarter of Hanoi by yourself

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Melia Hanoi/ La Siesta Hanoi/ Tirant Hanoi Hotel/ Medallion Hanoi (or similar)

DAY 9: HANOI- HA LONG (B, L, D)

Drive to Ha Long Bay, the most wonderful scenic sight of Vietnam, the World Natural Heritage Site with over 3000 limestone islands and islets rising fantastically from the clear and emerald water. Board a traditional-style wooden junk to travel around this magnificent landscape visiting its amazing grottoes and caves.

Lunch and dinner will be served on Cruise

Overnight on Halong Bay Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bhaya Halong Cruise/ V’spirit Cruise (or similar)

DAY 10: HA LONG – HANOI – SAPA (B, L)

Morning continue our cruise exploring the natural beauty of the World Heritage. Lunch will be served on the cruise or at the restaurant on the way back to Hanoi. Afternoon return to Hanoi for your overnight train to Sapa via Lao Cai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight train

 

 

DAY 11: SAPA EXPLORATION (B, L)

Arrive in Lao Cai early morning, transferred to the hotel for early check in and have breakfast and coffee, then you will have free morning to walk around the town of Sapa by yourself or relax at the hotel after the overnight train until our local guide comes to take you out for lunch at the great restaurant before a walking tour to see more about the daily life of the Black H’mong, this tour includes Cat Cat village, water fall and power station.

Cat Cat Village is about 1 km from Sapa town. It’s located at the bottom of the Muong Hoa Valley and near the stunning Cat Cat Waterfall. This is an age-old village of  the H’Mong ethnic group retaining unique customs and practices that are not present  in other villages.

Overnight in Sapa        

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Victoria Sapa/ Amazing Sapa/ Sapa Sunny Mountain Hotel (or similar)

DAY 12: SAPA EXPLORATION – OVERNIGHT TRAIN BACK TO HANOI (B, L)

Have free morning until lunch served at the local restaurant before more exploration of Sapa. This afternoon you will be guided around the beautiful village Ta Van to see more daily life of the local people.

Late afternoon transfer to Lao Cai railway station for the night train back to Hanoi

Overnight on the trai

 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Overnight train – TBA

DAY 13: HANOI BY YOURSELF (B)

Arrive in Hanoi early morning, you will be met and transferred back to the hotel for early check in and breakfast before your last free day in Vietnam

Overnight in Hanoi

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi Hotel/ La Siesta Hanoi/ The Tirant Hanoi Hotel/ Medallion Hanoi (or similar)

Day 14: GOODBYE VIETNAM – HOME SWEET HOME (B) 
Free at leisure until transfer to Noi Bai airport for departure flight.

SEE YOU AGAIN

TOUR COST: TBA

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INCLUDE:

– Private AC Van/Car with cold waters on board

– Private English Speaking guides in different cities.

– Private tours as stated with entrances

– All centered hotels on the trip upon your request

– Halong join-in-tour

– Private Mekong Full day tour, including boat trip and sampan

– Returned train ticket between Hanoi and Sapa

– Domestic Flight Tickets: Hochiminh – Danang , Hue – Hanoi

– Meals as stated: B = Buffet Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

– Free of charge Visa-on-arrival

EXCLUDE:

– Personal expenses

– Travel insurance

– International flight tickets note stated

– Tip for services (drivers, guides, restaurants,…)