Best of Vietnam Tour – 14 Days
Starts/Ends: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
Route: Hanoi arrival - Halong bay - Hanoi – Quang Binh - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh – Vinh Long - Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh departure
Tour Duration: 14 days 13 nights
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Tour Type: Landscape, Nature, History, Culture, Cruise Holidays.
Activity Level: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
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Our best of Vietnam tour provides you with a variety of color and beauty of Vietnam diversity which can satisfy all of your senses. In the 14 days of the trip, we are sure that you will have lots of valued and interesting experience discovering from the dynamic Ho Chi Minh city to charming Hoi An, the Imperial Capital of Hue, Phong Nha - Ke Bang National park, splendid Hanoi as well as idyllic, rural but picturesque Can Tho or memorable night on board on beautiful Ha Long Bay. All these experience will be surely the best travelling experience you will have had.
Upon arrival, welcome by our Tour Guide and transferred to your hotel. In the late afternoon, we will take an hour Cyclo - tour viewing the charming French colonial architecture to the bustling Old Quarter. Welcome dinner will be reserved at local restaurant.
Overnight in Hanoi.
This morning, you leave Hanoi center and drive about 35 minutes to the west of city. It is about 17 km from old quarter to Xuan Phuong vegetable village. Upon arrival, you will meet the host at meeting point and she will show you a local market since Le King Dynasty. It is the most famous market in the region where many traditional items for sales. If on market days (two or three times per week, other days market is not too crowded), people from all the surrounding villages would come to trade. People bring dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, ducks, and bamboo baskets to sell. Everyone is excited to meet each other on that day. You will be surprised about bustling and colorful market which is working under the canopy of old tree. You will see the old women chew betel and areca nut and blacksmiths work hard with his bright brazier. Right next to the market place is nice vegetable farms. We take a tour around vegetable fields growing a variety of produce including: bitter melon, corn, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, green peas, snake peas and corn, as well as fruit gardens with oranges, pomelos, papaya and more (depend on the season to grow different crops)., You will learn more about background of vegetable and you may have chance to help a farmer working on his field. Afterwards, we go to her house for cooking delicious dishes. She will teach you how to cook some Vietnamese dishes by simple and traditional recipes. Enjoy local fresh vegetable, fruit, make traditional cake and talk about Vietnamese family’s custom together. After that we return to Hanoi.
In the afternoon, you will visit famous Ho Chi Minh complex comprising his Mausoleum (We will visit the outside of Mausoleum – the mausoleum is open until 11am), former residence, the impressive house on stilts and view the One Pillar Pagoda. The One Pillar Pagoda, formally Diên Huu is a historic Buddhist temple. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Pagoda, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples.
In the next step, visit the Ethnologic museum, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam, it is widely considered to be the finest modern museum in Vietnam and a tourist attraction in Hanoi.
Back to the city central, visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and attend the performance of the unique water puppetry before finishing off the day.
Overnight in Hanoi.
We depart Hanoi for Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. “Dragon descending to the sea“ as it is known in Vietnamese, picturesque Halong Bay has more than 1.000 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes
Upon arrival at Halong Bay we embark on a boat trip to cruise discovering this magnificent UNESCO World Wonder. This is a great journey among surreal islands rising from a tranquil emerald sea.
In the late afternoon, we anchor for the night on the bay and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner on board.
Overnight on a junk boat in Halong Bay.
Early morning coffee and tea will be served on the sundeck followed by a Tai Chi class. After breakfast we take a Sampan boat to explore Luon Cave. We may have a chance to see the wild monkeys that gather around waiting for food from the tourists. After that we continue to cruise around the bay. Lunch is served on the boat on our way back to the docks then we transfer to Hanoi and go directly to the Noi Bai airport for a short flight to Dong Hoi.
Upon arrival at Dong Hoi airport, you are welcomed by our guide and driver then transfer to your hotel for check-in. The rest of time is free at your leisure.
Overnight in Dong Hoi.
After breakfast at hotel, start for an exciting day full of outdoor activities. You will embark a cycling tour with the local tour guide and discover the National Park through paths hidden beside Limestone Mountains and friendly villages. Stop to burn incense and listen to a story about the local ladies’ sacrifice at Eight Ladies Cave, then you will visit Paradise Grotto – the Asia’s longest grotto with magical beauty of stalactites and stalagmites. Lunch will be served at the service area in Paradise Grotto.
In the afternoon, you will continue trekking then go kayaking on pristine Chay River and discover Dark Cave, as you have the chance to admire the birds, butterflies and dragonflies on the way to the meeting point and a chance to refresh yourself at a delightful swimming area.
After breakfast at hotel, we take upstream Son River to discover Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park then head to Phong Nha Grotto. Located in the World Natural Heritage of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, this amazing grotto is known as the second biggest one in Vietnam and possesses geological values formed over 500 million years ago. You will enjoy its spectacular beauty by your own eyes and have unforgettable experience in your Vietnam tour.
In the afternoon, we drive to Hue. If you would like to learn more about the Vietnam/American war history, we can stop to visit Hien Luong Bridge and Vinh Moc tunnels on the way.
Overnight in Hue.
Hue is one of Viet Nam’s most cultural and historical cities once ruled by the Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty.
Your day starts with a short visit to Thanh Toan Village where we can see the lively morning market. This is where the locals come to by their daily food. Nearby is the 300 year old Thanh Toan bridge and a Cultural Museum where you can visit and talk to the locals. Continue on to the impressive tomb of King Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. Cruise on the Perfume River and to see the Old Thien Mu Pagoda. In the afternoon, you will visit the Forbidden Citadel and the crowded market of Dong Ba where you may be interested in bargaining for some priceless souvenirs.
Overnight in Hue.
This morning, we check out hotel then processing to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds). Stop on the way to visit Cham Museum, Lang Co beach, and Marble Mountain
Overnight in Hoi An
This morning we take a walking tour of the old town Hoi An. Hoi An nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Before the river silted up, Hoi An was one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia, and a center for East-West exchange and trade. From the 2nd until the 10th century, Hoi An was one of the principal Cham cities. Over the years, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese, French, Thai, Indonesian, Spanish, American, Japanese, Filipino and Chinese ships docked in Hoi An. In the 19th century, as the result of warfare and environmental changes, Hoi An was replaced by Da Nang as a major port. Reflecting the diversity of the traders and missionaries that settled in the port (including Alexander of Rhodes), the ancient architecture is a fascinating mix of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese. The rooftops of Hoi An retain a magical old world Oriental feel and are a favorite subject for Vietnamese artists. In the early 1980s Hoi An’s ancient quarters and historical monuments came under the protection and restoration efforts of UNESCO and the Polish government. Visit the Japanese covered bridge, Phuc Kien assemble hall, Phung Hung old house,
Hoi An museum and Quan Cong temple.
The rest of time is free to walk in the old town, feel the atmosphere of its original culture, enjoy shopping for tailor clothing, lanterns, shoes and food, or simply relaxing on the beach.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Free at your leisure until transfer to the Da Nang airport for onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon. Arrive at the airport, you are welcomed by our tour guide and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Today, you will literally feel the excitement of Ho Chi Minh City.
First, we visit the Reunification Palace, the former palace of President Thieu. Next, we visit the War Remnants Museum, Historically, the war museum as part of the Vietnam and World Peace museums system was born on Sep 4 1975 at 28 Vo Van Tan street, district 3, HCMC. This museum includes 8 specific exhibitions and various collections of the truth of history (conspiracy and process from hostile forces for the war in Vietnam); crime evidences and war consequences; kinds of weapon and tools serving for the wars; prison (prison house system, concentration camp, torture, maltreatment, corporal mutilation and spiritual oppression against political prisoners).
We also stop at the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office. The post office, built between 1877 and 1883, is an excellent example of classic French colonial architecture. In deference to the Chinese heritage, you will also visit Thien Hau Pagoda, built in 1863 by the ethnic Chinese of Saigon and dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, and Cho Lon market.
The rest of time is free at the leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
At 08.00 our tour guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel then we leave Ho Chi Minh City behind and head to Vietnam's rice basket, the Mekong Delta. We will pass through idyllic, rural scenes until we arrive at My Tho, a peaceful town on the bank of the Mekong River, where we will visit Vinh Trang Pagoda. Next we will have a boat ride on the Mekong, visit local homes and orchards, a coconut candy workshop, a honeybee farm, take a sampan ride on palm-shaded creeks, try a taste of season fruit and honey tea and enjoy a performance of traditional Southern singing.
Overnight in Can Tho.
After breakfast we take into the water to witness Vietnam’s largest floating market – Cai Rang where literally hundreds of boats laden with locally grown fruit and vegetables come to trade. Our boat arrives at the dock where we return to Ho Chi Minh by road. Stop en route for lunch at Mekong Restop restaurant before getting back to Saigon. The reminder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Free at the leisure until transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
* The price of this trip changes a lot according your group number, travel season and tour class. Please contact one of our travel consulttants for the most detailed qoutation. We ensure the LOWEST price.
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- 12 night hotel accommodation in twin shared as noted or similar
- 01 night on the junk in Ha Long bay
- Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle
- Boat trip in Ha Long, Phong Nha & Ke Bang, Hue, and Mekong delta
- Local English/ French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
- Visa approval letter (Excluded visa stamping fee at the airport)
- Souvenir gift and mineral water
- Visa stamping fee on arrival
- Int’l air tickets to / from Vietnam
- Domestic air tickets: Hanoi – Dong Hoi/ Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh
- Travel Insurance in all kinds
- Meals is not mentioned
- Tip, drinks and personal expenses.
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