See the Best of Vietnam, explore every famous place from the North to the South (or reverse) including: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnel and Mekong Delta. Daily departure from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.
- Incredible 13 day tour through Vietnam with a jam-packed itinerary.
- Depart from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city as your option.
- Discover Hanoi City in a tour that takes you to all the most famous city landmarks and finishes with a night train to Sapa
- See the stunning scenery of the Hoang Lien mountain ranges in Sapa, meet local tribes, trek through rice paddies and stay overnight with the tour’s host family
- Hike through bamboo forests, the cascading Giang Ta Chai waterfall, visiting local villages and a night train back to Hanoi
- Hop aboard an Halong Cruise and sail through thousands of islands, enjoy lunch on-board, explore of the huge Surprise Cave, enjoy kayaking, swimming and barbecue dinner onboard.
- Do Tai Chi on boat in Halong bay, a cruise past Ba Hang Fishing Village, a 2 hour cooking class and more.
- Spend a day in Hue City and check out ancient mausoleums, the Imperial Capital and glide along the Perfume River at sunset
- Marvel at the architecture in Saigon City including cathedrals and one of the oldest temples.
- Wind through the picturesque tributaries of the famous Mekong and hop out at the vibrant Cai Rang floating market
- Most meals included
- Domestic flights, land transfers, tickets and accommodation are taken care of
- Knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide
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Arrival in Hanoi. We welcome you at Airport and transfer you to hotel. Rest of the day is your leisure time. Overnight in Hanoi.
Hanoi city tour. Visit some famous places in Hanoi that includes The Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Ethnology Museum and a cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi.Evening, transfer to station for a night train to Sapa. Overnight in train.
Arrival in Sapa. Get a shower and breakfast at a hotel in Sapa. Leave your luggage at its store and star trekking.
Admire the wonderful scenery of Hoang Lien moutain ranges, terraced rice paddies. Meet Black H’mong tribes. Towards the Zay village to enjoy the great landscape.
Overnight in a local house of a Dzay family OR at a hotel in Sapa town (as per your preference).
Continue exploring the beautiful Sapa. Trek through bamboo forests towards Giang Ta Chai waterfall, visit Giang Ta Chai village, Muong Hoa River, Supan village.
Go back to Sapa town.
Overnight on train back to Hanoi.
Early morning, Arrival in Hanoi. Get a shower and breakfast at hotel.
We leave Hanoi for Halong bay around 8.00am. Upon arrival in Halong, embark and have delicous lunch onboard. We cruise through thousand amazing islands and islets during the lunch. After lunch, take a refresh in your room before visiting Surprising Cave, kayaking, swimming… Go back to the boat, get a drink and enjoy a sunset scenery in the bay.
Overnight aboat in Halong bay.
Morning, breakfast on board. Cruise further and stop at a Pearl Farm village. Continue cruising through many island and islet to explore the hidden charm of the bay. Lunch on board while going back to the prier. Transfer back to Hanoi. Get to airport for flight to Hue. Overnight in Hue.
Hue city tour. Get a boat trip to Thien Mu Pagoda. We then continue our visit at the Citadel & Hue Royal Antiques museum. Visit Dong Ba Market and have lunch at a nearby restaurant.
After lunch, visit tomb of King “Minh Mang” and Tomb of King “Khai Dinh”. Proceed our tour at a nearby village where people making incense stick and conical hat. After that, we transfer you to Hoi An
Overnight in Hoi An.
Morning, visit My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Afternoon, visit Hoi An town on foot: Hoi An’s Colorful Local Market, Tan Ky Old House, Fu Jian Assembly Hall, and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Breakfast at hotel. Spend a little leisure time then our driver transfers you to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh. Uppon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh, you will be taken to hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is your own time to explore the city yourselves.
Evening, enjoy your dinner on a Restaurant boat.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Ho Chi Minh
Morning, enjoy breakfast at hotel. After that, take a city tour. Places to visit: The Re-Unification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral & the War Remnants Museum.
Afternoon, leave the city for Cu Chi. Explore the Cu Chi Tunnel. Return the city.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
After breakfast at hotel, leave Ho Chi Minh for Ben Tre. Take a boat trip on Mekong river to a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, walking through the fruit plantation village.
Overnight in Can Tho.
Around 6.30am, we pick you up to visit the Cai Rang floating market which is wholesale market of fruit and vegetable at its busiest at this time of the day. Keep cruising through the small channels system and visit a rice noodle making village. Experience the “Monkey Bridge” in the Delta.
Break for lunch then return to Ho Chi Minh.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Ho Chi Minh
Enjoy breakfast at hotel.
Spend your leisure time in the city until we transfer you to the airport for departure flight.
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL.
Arrival in Hanoi. We welcome you at Airport and transfer you to hotel. Rest of the day is your leisure time.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (L)
Arrival in Hanoi, we welcome you at airport and transfer to hotel.
After a refeshment, start the tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-palace. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live in the past. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, built by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam) – Vietnam’s first University constructed in 1070. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Have lunch at local restaurants. Proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum. After that we will take you to Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful water, and visit Ngoc Son Temple. Take an hour cyclo tour around the bustling old quarter to see the ordinary life in Hanoi.
At 18.00, Back to your hotel. It’s your free time now to have dinner and a short while to explore the streets of Hanoi. After your dinner, around 20.00, Our tour assistant pick up from your hotel to go to Tran Quy Cap train station. He will lead you to your cabin on the train. The train departs for Sapa and sleep the night on train. Travel time approx 9 hrs.
DAY 3: SAPA – Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI – TA VAN ( B,L,D)
At 5.00am, arrival in Lao Cao station. We will pick you up at Lao Cai railway station by van, to take you to the township of Sapa which takes approx one hour arriving at.
After breakfast and a morning shower, start the first 6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. Continue on 2km of trekking down to Lao Chai village of the H’mong. Lunch at a local family, and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people where we stay for the night. It gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes.
Overnight in a local house of a friendly Dzay familly.
DAY 4: TA VAN – GIANG TA CHAI – SU PAN – SA PA (B,L,D)
Enjoy mountainous landscape with your sunrise coffee, then enjoy a delicious breakfast ready to trek through bamboo forests towards Giang Ta Chai waterfall, cross over a rattan suspension bridge and enter into Giang Ta Chai village which is inhabited by the Red Zao minorities. Here we will experience their daily life then cross over the Muong Hoa River up the mountain to visit Supan village of the H’mong people. We then take the bus back to Sapa. Take a fresh shower in our hotel in Sapa.
At 17.00, going to Lao Cao station and going back to Hanoi on a night train. Overnight on the train.
DAY 5: HA NOI – HA LONG BAY (B,L)
At 05.00am, arrive at Tran Quy Cap station (Hanoi). Our tour assistant welcomes you back, accompany you to hotel for a morning shower and breakfast.
Around 8.00, Your transfer vehicle will pick you up from your hotel and start departure to Halong Bay. Arrive at Tuan Chau Pier at 12.30. Transferred by a tender (kind of a small motor boat) to the Boat. Welcome onboard – enjoy welcome drink and follow Manager briefing safety on board.
Check-in and have a delicious lunch with fresh seafood and Vietnamese cuisines while leisurely cruising to the core of Halong Bay.
At 15.30, Arrive kayaking area called “Luon Cave”. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature. Swimming at the Titov island. After that, get back to the Boat and join the Sunset party onboard.
At 19.00, an impressive dinner will be served with set menu. After the dinner, relax and spend romantic night on board.
Overnight on board.
DAY 6: HA LONG BAY – HA NOI – HUE (B,L)
Morning, breakfast with coffee or tea and photo hunting. After breakfast, our bus takes you to Cai Beo harbor, get on “Day Boat”, back boat. Then visit Ba Hang Fishing Village by tender to experience the lifestyle of local people. Back to boat restaurant to join cooking class and enjoy lunch.
At 11.45, Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Transfer straight to airport for flight to Hue.
Stay overnight at hotel in Hue.
DAY 7: HUE CITY TOUR (B,L)
Around 8.15, you will start the tour by visiting Thien Mu Pagoda. To visit this pagoda, you will get a boat trip on Perfume River (called “Huong” River in Vietnamese). After the boat trip which takes around 45 minute, you arrive the Pagoda. Thien Mu Pagoda was built on a hillock overlooking the Perfume river. This pagoda is an icon of Vietnam and the symbol of Hue city.
9.30, finish your visit at Thien Mu Pagoda, get on the car waiting outside to visit the Citadel (also called “The Imperial City”). It is a walled palace within the citadel of the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The building was built in 1362, and took 203 years to complete.
10.45, your next visit will be at Hue Royal Antiques museum. The Royal Antiquities Museum displays a huge collection of ornaments, furniture, jewelry, clothing, and other items relating to royal life during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945). It is housed in the former Long An Palace, which is widely considered to be one of Vietnam’s most beautiful palaces.
You have 20 minute for exploring the Museum before visit Dong Ba Market. This is Hue’s largest market, selling anything and everything.
12.45, arrival at a nice local restaurant. Enjoy your lunch and take a rest.
13.45, we leave the restaurant for the tomb of King “Minh Mang”. King “Minh Mang” was the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty of Vietnam, reigning from 14 February 1820 until his death, on 20 January 1841.
15.00, Continue your visit at the Tomb of King “Khai Dinh”. King “Khai Dinh” was the 12th Emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty in Vietnam, reigning from 1916 to 1925.
16.00, we leave the the Tomb of King “Khai Dinh” to visit a nearby village where people making incense stick and conical hat.
16.30, we go back to Hue city and drop you off at your hotel. Check-out at hotel, our driver transfers you to Hoi An.
Stay overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
DAY 8: HOI AN – MY SON SANCTUARY (B,L)
Morning, at 8.00, Our guide picks you up at hotel and leave Hoi An for visiting My Son Holly Land – the ruins of Cham people and was an imperial city during Cham dynasty. Here you can have more chance to explore and understand of technique of Old Cham people in making red bricks to build Tower which still now a secret to everyone, you can see a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 65 architectural works. It also surprises for those who are curious with architectural art. In 1999, UNESCO labeled the Cham architecture in My Son as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Moreover, you have chance to enjoy traditional music performed by Cham girls in their colorful uniforms.
Afternoon, we will discover the city of Hoi An by foot. The historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city from the 16th to 18th centuries is now a beautiful city that can’t be missed while touring the South East Asian region. While walking through the city, we will visit Hoi An’s Colorful Local Market, Tan Ky Old House, Fu Jian Assembly Hall, and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. Travelers can also see local residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry.
Stay overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
DAY 9: HOI AN – HO CHI MINH (B,D)
Morning, your leisure time to go around Hoi An for sight-seeing and shopping.
Afternoon, transfer to Danang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Transfer to hotel. Checkin the room and take a rest before go out for street exploring and shopping in Ho Chi Minh city.
Evening, enjoy your dinner on a restaurant boat, and listening to Vietnamese traditional music while dining.
Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 10: HO CHI MINH – CITY TOUR & EXPLORE CU CHI TUNEL (B,L)
Morning, Ho Chi Minh City tour. We start the trip by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum.
Afternoon, visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60km from Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 11: HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA (B,L)
Around 8.00am, Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh, a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals.
Have a short cycling tour then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho. Free time to visit bustling Can Tho market.
Stay overnight in Can Tho.
DAY 12: MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH (B,L)
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river ( Bassac River), then proceed to visit Cai Răng floating market (Alt: Phong Dien market), which are the liveliest in the whole religion. Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden.
Stop for lunch. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh city by bus the last stop is to see how incense sticks are made. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh city at 05.30pm.
Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 13: HO CHI MINH & CU CHI TUNNEL – DEPARTURE (B)
Morning, enjoy breakfast at hotel.
Spend your leisure time to explore the city on your own and go shopping… until we transfer you to airport for your departure flight home.
End of the journey!
PRICE IN USD
4 & 5 star
Tour price includes:
- Domestic flights.
- Boats in Hue and Mekong Delta.
- Kayakking: Safe, clean and beautiful.
- Room on boat in Halong bay with Air Conditioner.
- Train tickets: Ha Noi – Lao Cai and return.
- Meals mentioned (B,L,D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
- Transfer and transport as per itinerary.
- English speaking guide.
- Mentioned accommodations.
- Entrance and sightseeing fees.
- Your personal expenses.