Best of Vietnam

  • icon-date15 DAYS
  • icon-date23 Meals

All the highlights and some special travel surprises feature on this wonderful Vietnam trip. On this journey, you will trace the explosion of color from south to north with green jade water, green and yellow rice paddy fields, and vivid woven silk, explore cultures and heritages in many cities and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the World Heritage Ha Long Bay.

Day 1: Welcome to Sai Gon!

Upon arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport, our guide and driver will be there to pick you up and then drive you to your hotel. Relax after your long flight and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at a local restaurant in town (Our first-day schedule could be modified to meet your time of arrival).

Day 2: Explore Sai Gon- Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)

Our first destination in the city is the War Remnants Museum where we can be informed about the US invasion of Vietnam, and its absorbing exhibits give visitors an invaluable insight into a defining chapter in the Vietnam war’s history. Departure to Reunification Palace which was named in global history in 1975 and was built for the South Vietnam Government during the Vietnam-American War. After that, we will visit the famous French architecture Notre Dame Cathedral, and General Post Office. Cu Chi tunnel is one of the best things to do while we are in the South, not only for its location but also for its location with an extraordinary history. Allow half an hour for the introduction to the history of Cu Chi and its creation and purposes. Enjoy a guided walk in the jungle, crawl into the tunnels and visit some permitted areas of the systems including living areas and martial facilities before heading back to Sai Gon.

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Day 3: Mekong Delta- Cai Be (B, L)

After having breakfast, we journey south to the Mekong Delta to visit Cai Be Floating Market. Upon arrival, Hop on a riverboat, cruising along the endless waterways of the mighty Mekong Delta. Along the way, we will stop at a brick pottery kiln and a floating fish farm. Then stop at a local restaurant where we will have our delicious local southern-style lunch. The last stop of the day is a lush orchard farm which is the place we will spend the night at. 

Day 4: Mekong Delta- Sai Gon – Nha Trang (B)

This morning, you will meet the local people in town, feel their warm hospitality, and might wish to join their daily shopping activities or simply just wander around the town or buy fresh fruits and souvenirs at a local shop to support the community. After that, get on the boat continuing your journey along the maze of waterways and canals through An Binh Island. Stop at a bonsai garden and visit some local cottages to see how coconut candies and rice cakes are made. Once we got back to the Pier, our driver will take us back to Sai Gon for a short flight to Nha Trang.

Day 5: Nha Trang and its beautiful islands (B, L)

After breakfast, we will take a boat trip to Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island. Then head to Mun Island which is famous for its long white-sand beaches, and diverse marine ecosystem for swimming and snorkeling activities. We cannot miss Hon Mot Island as well as the Tranh Beach Island which not only offers you wonderful sandy coast or vibrant coral reefs but also possesses beautiful untouched forests where you can get lost in a mythical forest with trees of different sizes and shapes. Return to the city in the afternoon, the rest of your day is your free time.

Day 6: Nha Trang- independent exploration (B)

It is your free day to explore the city. Please feel free to ask our guide for hot tips or if you need a hand in planning your day!

Day 7: Hello Da Nang and Hoi An (B)

Say goodbye to the beach city, we take a short flight from Cam Ranh airport to Da Nang. Upon arrival, we will visit Cham Museum, and Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient. Since we are in Da Nang, we cannot miss Marble Mountain which is a cluster of five limestone peaks with the harmonious beauty of the ecological area and spiritual life, and China Beach which has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. We will reach Hoi An in the afternoon.

Day 8: Explore the ancient town Hoi An & countryside area

Get lost with us on a morning walk around Hoi An town to see remarkably well-preserved traditional houses that have withstood 200 years of weather and war. Visit a Japanese Covered Bridge which was first constructed in the 1590s by linking it with the Chinese quarters. Following Tran Phu street, we will get to The Assembly Halls. There are 4 Assembly Halls in Hoi An, each of those Halls has belonged to a Chinese community that has its own beliefs, different assembly halls worship different gods and goddesses. In the afternoon, join a fantastic cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant. Before cooking, we will go to a colorful market to buy some of the ingredients for the cooking class and visit a herb garden to learn more about Asian, and especially Vietnamese herbs. Enjoy your dinner at the restaurant after cooking class.

Day 9: Hoi An- agricultural activities – Hello Hue (B, L)

A day of activities! We first join a daily work day with local farmers- watering plants and herbs at an organic garden, riding a water buffalo, just taking part in any activities you would like to. 

After that, board an Eco-tour boat and cruise to Cua Dai Sea where you can learn and try to catch fish with traditional techniques, learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats, and catch purple crabs on bamboo basket boat. Before heading back to the boat for lunch, visit a local water coconut palm village for a short walk and feel the warm hospitality of the locals. In the afternoon, we will drive to Hue via Hai Van Pass which is one of the world’s greatest coastal stretches. From the top, we can see jungle topped mountains slope down into the sea, shaping uninhabited bays, and forging waterfalls. Stop in Lang Co Beach for a short break along the way. Overnight in Hue City.