Route: Saigon - Mekong Delta - Ben Tre - Cu Chi Tunnel - Da Lat Hillstation - Nha Trang Beach - Hoi An - Hanoi - Ninh Biinh - Ha Long Bay.

This packed two-weeks itinerary includes all the highlights of Vietnam from south to north. Beginning in Ho Chi Minh City, you'll tour the historic metropolis once known as Saigon plus take a river trip to the Mekong Delta and a river cruise upstream to Cu Chi tunnel - and that's just the beginning. The rest of the trip combines sightseeing andleisure in Hanoi, Da Lat hillstation, Nha Trang and the river town of Hội An plus cruising the jade-green waters and towering green islands of Hạ Long Bay.

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A country as diverse as Vietnam is not easy to experience all in one go, so this itinerarywill guide you through Vietnam in 2 weeks, covering all the places you should see.

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DAY 01: SAIGON - ARRIVAL - HALF DAY CITY TOUR (D)
Our guide and driver will pick you up at the airport, be aware of the person with the pickup signboard. And then heading to the center of Saigon (former by Ho Chi Minh City) to start the city tour. Our first destination is War Remnants Museum: visit the museum to understand the context of the war with the USA and its devastating impact on Vietnamese civilians. Within the 1.700m2 area, the museum will remind visitors about the Vietnam war through old weapons and other military equipment. Departure to Reunification Palace: named in global history in 1975, a tank belonging to the North Vietnamese Army crashed through its main gate, ending the Vietnam War. The palace was built for the South Vietnam Government during the American Vietnam War. It is an architectural complex of command bunker, secret rooms and lush gardens. Then, going to Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office that famous for beautiful architecture from the French colonial period. Having dinner at a local restaurant to refill of energy after an exciting day tour. We back to hotel, enjoy free time to relax or further exploring Sai Gon city. Overnight in Saigon.
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DAY 02: SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA - BEN TRE - SAIGON (B,L)
After having an early breakfast at your hotel, our driver and guide come to pick you up and travel to Hung Vuong Pier (Ben Tre city). Take a boat on Ben Tre River – one of the tributaries of Mekong River, sight-seeing lively activities along river as fishing, water transferring… Upon arriving at Phong Nam Ferry, you will wander along An Hoa River and stop at craft brickyard where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. In the next stop you will visit one of the plenty of coconut processing workshops where the people to open a coconut by hand (husking coconut), coconut candies are made and have a chance to learn the coconut candies making process located along the canal (Ms. Lan coconut candy workshop), taste tropical fruit, honey tea. Taking on another journey by crossing many natural scissor creeks to reach the village. Explore the sleep mats' processing from a family workshop on the way to the village. Afterward, being on a cart powered by a motorbike and traveling through some tranquil villages where vegetable gardens to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from Peasants. Having lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, taking a rowing-boat along water palm creek and go back to Hung Vuong Pier. Go back to your hotel. Overnight in Sai Gon.
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DAY 03: SAIGON - CU CHI TUNNELS - FLIGHT TO DALAT (B,L)
Our driver and guide come and transfer you to Tan Cang pier by comfortable minivan then depart to Cu Chi Tunnels by luxury speedboat. Your first introduction will be a video about the history of Cu Chi and its hardship during the American War. This will also give you an overview of the creation process of the tunnel systems. Then exploring the permitted areas of the tunnel systems including living areas (bedrooms and kitchens) and martial facilities (storage, field hospitals, weapon factories, and command center). You will have chance to enjoy cassava, the main food of former Vietnamese guerrillas. Optionally, you can visit the shooting range (at own expense). After leaving Cu Chi, we depart to Binh Quoi Village and enjoy Vietnamese set menu lunch served with 7 delicious courses, eat the Elephant Ear fish (one of very special dishes in Mekong Delta region), roll all the ingredients with fish in a rice-paper served with fish sauce. Relax for a while and then finish the interesting trip by heading to Tan Son Nhat International Airport to go to Dalat. Overnight in Dalat.
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DAY 04: DALAT CITY TOUR (B,L)
After having breakfast, our driver and guide come and pick you up at your hotel, and then we start our city tour in Dalat. We going to visit the Summer Palace of Bao Dai King- The last King of Vietnam. Then depart to the Robin Hill (1,600m), Dalat Cable Car Station (2,300m) to get the panorama view of the Dalat City and enjoy the marvelous sight of the pine-forested valley stretched down to the South. Pay a visit to Truc Lam Zen Monastery, the biggest Zen University in Viet Nam, which constructed above the Tuyen Lam River and surrounded by the pine forest. After finishing 140 steps, a complex of pagodas and monastic buildings is revealed. Noted the rule to dress formally and stay at a low voice when talking. Before having lunch, we going to Datanla Waterfall with a magnificent view and can be approached by the roller coaster. Having lunch at a local restaurant. Take a short break before depart to the Valley of Love which is the most romantic place for lovers with many beautiful love-signs, flowers, and pine-hills scenery. You will have an opportunity to see hundreds of flowers in the Flower showroom. You can buy some kinds of dry flowers, which we can keep for a very long time. Visit Da Lat Railway Station, one of the most unique French monuments in Da Lat. Designed by two French architects in 1932, finished the construction 6 years later, and then abandoned during the later year of the Vietnam War. Until now, the railway is only used for tourists to visit Trai Mat village. Back to your hotel for relaxing after an exciting day tour. Overnight in Dalat.
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DAY 05: DALAT - NHA TRANG (B,L)
Free time until our driver and guide arrive and take you to Nha Trang by private car. It takes around 3 hours of driving. Following the road no. 723, you will go through the Omega Pass, the flower and sea road. From the Pass, you will have a wonderful view of the peaceful villages, the majestic mountains hiding in the cloud. Check-in on arrival. Having lunch at a local restaurant, then we begin starting our city tour to discover the beautiful Nha Trang City. The first destination is Oceanographic Institute which established in 1923, was one of the first centers for scientific research in Indochina. You can see over 23,000 samples of sea creatures with many samples of rare creatures. Then take a look at the giant fossils to imagine how big the sea creature can be. If you get bored of seeing samples, you can visit the indoor and outdoor aquarium with living creatures. Then depart to Long Son Pagoda - the biggest pagoda in Nha Trang, which was established in the 19th century. Walking to the top to visit the 79 feet tall white Buddha statue (Kim Than Phat To), from there you can see the panorama view of Nha Trang. The harmony of the architecture work and the surrounding nature let tourists feel relax and comfortable. We going to Ponagar Ba Tower. The tower was built the Cham civilization between the 7th and 12th century to honor Yang I Nu Ponagar – mother of the Kingdom. The Ponagar tower is a glorified structure with amazing architectures filling with stunning colors. You will have a chance to know about the history of a past gorgeous civilization. Our guide and driver take you to hotel and make check-in. Overnight in Nha Trang.
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DAY 06: NHA TRANG - FREETIME (B)
Free at your leisure
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DAY 07: NHA TRANG - FLIGHT TO DANANG - HOI AN (B,L)
Having a delicious and healthy breakfast at your hotel. Free at leisure until our driver and tour guide come to transfer you to the airport for take a flight to Da Nang. Our guide and driver will pick you up at the airport, be aware of the person with the pickup signboard. Taking a short break and having lunch at a local restaurant in Da Nang. Before reaching Hoi An, we will visit Ba Na Hills. Leave Peak of Chua Mountain, visits the trail of Dreaming Stream, Rainbow Water fall, Suspension Bridge, Golden Valle, Golden Bridge – the hands supporting the gold bridge, to keep the sky in Da Nang – Vietnam. Many people were surprised by the spectacular nature, eye to see the Golden Bridge in Da Nang. Arrive at Hoi An, check in to the hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.
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DAY 08: HOI AN - MY SON HOLY LAND - HALF DAY CITY TOUR (B,L)
You will be picked up at 08:30 at your hotel to travel to My Son Holy Land by private car. The narrow valley at My Son, which was constructed about 900 years ago, consists of 70 monuments of ancient Champa art. This place used to be a religious ceremony site for the Champa's kings and national heroes. Take 2 hours - mini-tour to explore and enjoy the wonderful architecture of the ancient Champa kingdom. We are going back to Hoi An and having lunch. After lunch, take a walk through town, seeing remarkably well-preserved traditional houses that have withstood 200 years of weather and war. Learn about the prosperous merchants who used to live in these homes, trading with buyers from all over the world. The next destination is the Japanese Covered Bridge, one of two such bridges in Vietnam. This beautiful bridge was first constructed in the 1590s by linking it with the Chinese quarters. Following Tran Phu Street, you will reach The Assembly Halls. There are 4 Assembly Halls in Hoi An which you can find when walking along Tran Phu Street. Each of those Halls has belonged to a Chinese community who has their own beliefs, different assembly halls worship different gods and goddesses. Visit a local family making lanterns brings you a chance to try making some special souvenirs for friends and beloved. Overnight in Hoi An.
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DAY 09: HOI AN - FLIGHT TO HANOI – FOOD TOUR AS DINNER (B,D)
Having a delicious and healthy breakfast at your hotel. Free at leisure until our driver and tour guide come to transfer you to Da Nang International Airport for take a flight to Hanoi. Our guide and driver will pick you up at the airport at xx: xx, be aware of the person with the pickup signboard. And then heading to your hotel. Check-in and enjoy free time until our driver and tour guide come and pick you up to start our food-tour in Hanoi. We begin the journey around 6 o'clock in the afternoon. The history and traditional Vietnamese food culture will be introduced by trying some of the greatest northern dishes. Seasonal fruits and a kind of "French-style" snack from a random street cart will be eat between meals. Walking down the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Bun Cha Ta, Banh Cuon, some of the famous dishes will be served at a local eatery. Pay attention to the skilled chefs demonstrating how this tasty dish is cooked. Then take a leisure walk deep down to the center to feel the local life and the beauty of an unchanged ancient Ha Noi for almost a thousand years. Our guide will take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste the top ten street foods in Hanoi is Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee. This must-go café is one of the most famous and original of its kind in Hanoi. We back to hotel, and relaxing after an exciting day. Overnight in Hanoi.
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DAY 10: HANOI CITY TOUR (B,L)
After having breakfast, we are heading to the center of Hanoi to start the city tour. The first destination is the Temple of Literature. It's not only the first university in Vietnam, but it always is the fire to light up the traditional fondness for the learning Vietnamese people. Students come here to get motivated before the upcoming important exam. Quoc Tu Giam has also been chosen for organizing the complimentary ceremonies, events on holiday, be the icon of Ha Noi city. The second destination is the Ho Chi Minh complex, an important place for pilgrimage, which has built to honor and express gratitude to Uncle Ho. The most important part of the complex is the Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, where preserved Uncle Ho’s corpse for people all over the country and international visitors to visit their beloved old father. In front of the mausoleum is the Ba Dinh Square. It has preserved many imprints of great events of the Vietnamese nation. On September 2, 1945, at this Square, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence that gave birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. And then you will come to visit the Presidential Palace, a large French design building used as the workplace of the president. Behind the Presidential Palace is the Ho Chi Minh's Residence. This place will show you how simple the president live in his whole life. Another signature place in the complex is One Pillar Pagoda, a strange architectural style pagoda built from 1049. And the final place will be the Ho Chi Minh Museum, a place to express gratitude and eternal memory of the great merits of President Ho Chi Minh Continue to West Lake to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple, one of the Thang Long four sacred temples. You will know more about the Taoism culture of Vietnam and enjoy the picturesque view of the biggest natural lake in Hanoi. Having lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum (close on Monday), which is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. Besides visiting indoor and outdoor objects demonstrating the Vietnamese culture of 54 ethnic groups, you can join many interesting activities such as traditional festive, water puppet... Going back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
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DAY 11: HANOI - NINH BINH (B,L)
After having breakfast, the driver and tour guide will escort you to the World Natural Heritage Site with 120km drive south of Hanoi, offering great experience on the lush countryside along the high way No1. Upon arrival at Van Lam village, you get on a bamboo boat rowed by the local villager to explore the stunning scenery of Tam Coc. UNESCO has recognized Tam Coc to be the World Natural Heritage Site in 2014 and made this place become a famous destination in Ha Noi - Ho Chi Minh Tour. Boating along Ngo Dong River, you will be able to explore for the "Indochine" film-setting. The beauty of the area has attracted millions of French tourists since then. Continue cruising under the astonishing limestone cliffs, you will get to Hang Ca - first cave with the river going through. The cave is 132m long as you can see from our photo on the right side. Leaving the 2nd cave, your boat will head to Hang Ba - the final cave. After lunch, our tour guide takes you to visit Bich Dong Pagoda with three levels from the bottom to the top of the mountain, offering the best appalling scenery of all Hanoi holidays. After visiting the little desirable pagoda at the bottom of the lush limestone mountain, you start climbing a few steps to the 2nd one. More than half of this fascinated pagoda was built inside a limestone cave in the 15th century. Continue going through the light cave to the other side of the mountain, you keep walking some more steps the 3rd pagoda. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
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DAY 12: NINH BINH - HALONG BAY (B,L,D)
After having breakfast, the driver and English speaking tour guide will pick you up from your hotel at Ninh Binh to Ha Long through a 3 - 3.5 hours journey by private car, the wonder of the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, the boat crew will welcome you and transfer you to the guest lounge for check-in. And then, you will get on a boat to start your cruise trip around the wonderful Ha Long Bay. After having a delicious lunch with seafood and relax, the journey will start from discovering signature caves. The caves at Ha Long are located around the bay, you can stand at one to view another and the whole bay. After discovering the wild beauty of the cave, you will return to the boat to prepare for an adventure activity, it's kayaking. You will immerse yourself in nature by floating in the middle of the sea, enjoy peaceful moments and temporarily forget the daily life. After kayaking, you can come up to the deck, have some light drink and watch the sunset before dinner has been served. In the late evening, you can take part in an interesting activity of local people, night fishing. Overnight on boat.
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DAY 13: HALONG BAY – HANOI (Brunch)
Having breakfast and enjoy relaxing moments while floating on the boat. You can lie on the deck, tasting coffee and feel the very last moment of the trip. Or you can join a cooking class, which teaches you how to make spring rolls, a Vietnamese traditional food. The final lunch will be served on boat before arriving at the main dock, then you will get back to Hanoi city. We back to hotel, enjoy free time to relax or further exploring Hanoi in night. Overnight in Ha Noi.
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DAY 14: HANOI - DEPARTURE (B)
Enjoy of a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Free at leisure until our driver and tour guide come to transfer you to Noi Bai International Airport for departure. It times to say goodbye. Ends of service.

Flights

Route

Agent

Class

Saigon – Da Lat

Vietnam Airlines

Economy

Nha Trang – Da Nang

Vietnam Airlines/Bamboo Airways

Economy

Da Nang – Hanoi

Vietnam Airlines/Bamboo Airways

Economy

 

Accommodation

Location/Category

3*

4*

5*

Saigon

Orchid Hotel Saigon

Novotel Saigon Centre

Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Can Tho

Iris Can Tho

Victoria Can Tho Resort

Azerai Can Tho

Da Lat

TTC Hotel Ngoc Lan

Terracotta Hotel & Resort Dalat

Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa

Nha Trang

Maple Hotel & Apartment

Citadines Bayfront Nha Trang

The Anam

Hoi An

Silk Luxury Hotel & Spa

La Siesta Resort & Spa Hoi An

Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery

Hanoi

Thang Long Opera Hotel Hanoi

Hanoi La Siesta Premium Hang Be Hotel

Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi

Ninh Binh

The Reed Hotel Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh Hidden Charm

Tam Coc Garden Resort

Halong

Oasis Bay Cruise

Le Theatre Cruise

Heritage Cruise

INCLUSIVE:

  • All domestic flight tickets
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing occupancy
  • Meals as indicated in program, (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Private A/C car or van with driver during on tour.
  • English or French speaking guide (any other requested language guide)
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
  • Junk cruise in Halong bay and other boat trips in Mekong
  • Service charges, rooms tax and handling fees

 

EXCLUSIVE:

  • International air tickets and airport departure taxes
  • Visa stamping fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses and other services
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program

 

NOTES: Tour can be modified, hotels changed to suit your tastes and budget. Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.

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