Vietnam Discovery

  • icon-date12 DAYS
  • icon-date19 Meals

12 days Vietnam Discovery tour offers a great insight of marvelous world heritages from the North to the South of Vietnam, starting with little charm Hanoi, moving to the whispering palms in Hoi An, the beautiful beach city Nha Trang to “the pearl of Indochina” Saigon, the ultimate lush landscapes of the Mekong Delta region. You have got the lot just in 12 days!


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    Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi

    Our guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check-in and drop off your bags and get some rest. (Our first-day schedule could be created and modified to meet your time of arrival)

    Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

    After having your complimentary breakfast at your hotel, our guide will take you to the various Government offices which are the preservation of colonial French residences. Then make our way to Ho Chi Minh Complex to check out Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Ba Dinh Square where President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. Another signature place in the complex is One Pillar Pagoda- a unique architectural style pagoda built-in 1049. Head to the Temple of Literature, Quoc Tu Giam which are the most iconic place in Hanoi. Continue to West Lake to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. After lunch, visit the Ethnology Museum which is not only a museum but also a research center, specializing in exhibiting the ethnic people and culture of Vietnam. There will be other activities on the side such as traditional festive and water puppet show to participate in. After that will head back to Hoan Kiem legend lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple. The day ends beautifully with 1 hour on the cyclo to discover the alive Hanoi 36 streets in the Old Town and a delicious welcome dinner.


    Day 3: Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)

    Leave your hotel in Hanoi at around 8:00 for the majestic Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province. We will arrive at Tuan Chau port around noon time. Get on the cruise ship and meet our professional and friendly crew who will be with you the entire Ha Long experience. We will enjoy our exquisite lunch in the dining room while cruising through thousands of beautiful and enigmatic islands and islets. Such a wonderful experience! Have a good rest and enjoy our free time seeing the most beautiful landscapes which are listed as a wonder of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will immerse yourself in nature by floating in the middle of the sea with a kayaking adventure. Feel free to jump or swim in the emerald water. After kayaking, get back to the boat and join an entertaining sunset party on the sundeck. This evening, dinner will be served on the boat, our home for tonight.

    Day 4: Ha Long Bay- Hanoi (B, Br)

    Your breakfast will be served while floating on the sea giving you another opportunity to capture the beauty of Ha Long Bay before disembarking time or join a cooking class that shows you how to make Vietnamese spring rolls and other traditional food. We will get back to Hanoi after having lunch on the boat. Enjoy the rest of the day in your own free time. Don’t forget to get lost in the Old Town for good food and drinks.

    Day 5: Hue Imperial City- Hoi An (B, L)

    If you are passionate about Vietnamese cultures and heritage, Hue is the place for you! Our guide will pick you up around 8:00 am to show you the beauty of Hue. First, stop at Emperor Khai Dinh Mausoleum which is one of the most famous and important places in Hue. Here, you will get to see the traditional Vietnamese Kung-Fu VO KINH VAN AN performance. Visit Tu Duc Mausoleum. Wonder how incense sticks are made? We will take you to an incense-making workshop in Hue Imperial City to see local artisans making incense sticks and coils and to smell their special fragrance. After lunch, visit the Imperial Capital during Nguyen Dynasty, An Hien Garden House, and the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Then return by boat along the Perfume River. Now, we will head to Hoi An via the Hai Van pass along the coastline and through the jungle-covered mountains.

    Day 6: Hoi An- My Son Sanctuary (B, L)

    After having breakfast, we leave the city for My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Allow 2 hours here to enjoy and discover the ancient beauty of the Cham Pa Kingdom with our guide. We will leave the My Son by noon and transfer you to a boat station where you get on board and cruise along the Thu Bon River. There are several interesting stops along the way such as Thanh Ha pottery and Kim Bong carpentry villages. Snacks are offered on the boat. Return to Hoi An by mid-afternoon, the rest of the day is your free time.

    Day 7: Da Nang- Nha Trang (B)

    Say goodbye to the beautiful town, we head to Da Nang Airport for a short flight to Nha Trang. Here you are free to explore the surroundings of Nha Trang beach which is a destination for sunbathing and beach activities. 

    Day 8: Nha Trang- Beach Break (B)

    You are free to explore and enjoy the beauty and freshness of many beautiful spots. Feel free to ask our guide for the best diving course or snoring spots.

    Day 9: Explore Sai Gon (B)

    Meet your driver at the hotel for a ride to Cam Ranh Airport where you will take your morning flight to Sai Gon. Upon arrival, we can start our city tour, starting at the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Central Post Office. Visit the incredible Reunification Place which was named in global history in 1975 and was built for the South Vietnam Government during the Vietnam-American War and the War Remnants Museum. Recharge our energy with a tasty lunch at a local restaurant before heading to one of the most must-visit places in the south- Cu Chi tunnels. Allow half an hour for the introduction to the history of Cu Chi and its creation and purposes. Then exploring some permitted areas of the systems including living areas and martial facilities. Return to Sai Gon, the rest of the evening is your free time.

    Day 10: Sai Gon- Mekong Delta- Ben Tre- Can Tho (B, L)

    Leaving Ho Chi Minh city in the early morning to get a chance to see the captivating landscapes of the journey along the National Highway bordered by the beautiful green fields. Once we arrive in My Tho, visit the stunning Vinh Trang Pagoda. In order to experience the river living life, we take a boat ride along the river and visit traditional stilt houses, iconic fruit plantations, and famous fishing villages along the river bank. Make a stop at Tortoise islet for a delicious lunch in an orchard garden. Keep cruising to An Khanh on a hand-rowed sampan under the refreshing shade of the stunning water coconut trees along natural canals of fresh water. The following activity is cycling through different local places, then making a stop for fresh seasonal local fruit plater and tea while listening to Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by local artists. Before heading to Can Tho market on your own time, stick with us to taste the most delicious coconut candies made by a family-run business.

    Day 11: Can Tho- Floating Market- Sai Gon (B)

    We start the day by exploring the characteristic and picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River, also known as the Bassac River. Visit Cai Rang floating market which is one of the most representative attractions of this place and also one of the top 10 most interesting markets in the world. Cai Rang market is not really about tourism but concentrates on real commerce as a wholesale. Allow a few hours here to see how it works and the produce available. There are many smaller boats selling food and café for locals and tourists in the market too. Don’t miss out! Make our way across the famous Monkey Bridge built entirely with bamboo stems, and we visit the emblematic orchard garden of the area. After lunch, hop on the bus to go back to Sai Gon. We will stop on the way to visit an incense stick workshop. Arrive in Saigon at around 5:30, the rest of the evening is your free time.

    Day 12: Farewell Saigon

    We enjoy one last hearty breakfast with our travel companions before getting transferred to Tan Son Nhat International Airport where your journey with us ends.

    Hanoi – DanangVietnam Airlines/Bamboo AirwaysEconomy
    Danang-Nha TrangVietnam Airlines/Bamboo AirwaysEconomy
    Nha Trang -SaigonVietnam Airlines/Bamboo AirwaysEconomy
    • 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
    • Service charges, rooms tax and handling fees
    • 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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    Diep Van

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    Diep Van

    Founder & Photography Guide

    Specialties: Culture, landscape, portrait, hiking, active and adventurous tour

    Besides my unlimited passion for traveling, a professional tour guide for over a decade, I have been taking photographs since sitting at Hanoi of the University of Culture in the early 2000s. Photography started as a hobby but it was seriously taken due to my work relations and my significant passion for the beauty of our world, especially in Southeast Asian parts such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

    Within a few years of taking photographs, my works began to be recognized by many reliable international publications such as AFAR Travel, The Times, and The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In addition, I continuously add to my growing profile by winning numerous major awards: 3rd Position of The Independent Photographer 2018, 1st Position of Amateur Photographer of the year 2018, Grand Prize Winner of the AFAR Travel Photography 2019, and a Gold Award of San Francisco Bay International Photography 2020.

    I photograph a wide variety of subjects, from travel to landscapes to street scenes. I enjoy documenting the East’s rich cultural heritage and its land soaked in glorious sunrise or sunset light in remote and secluded spots. And, I am very happy to share my knowledge and experience with you. You can visit Luminousvietnamtour to explore tour!