15 days/14 nights
Experience the diversity of Vietnam by combining the excitement of Saigon , the "chill-out" of Dalat, the golden beach of Nhatrang, charming township of Hoian, splendid Hue 's citadel, stunning secluded Halong bay and the mazes of Hanoi old quarter...
Day 1 : Arrival Ho Chi Minh city
On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Ho Chi Minh City, a bustling metropolis ,contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés. The afternoon we stroll around Sai gon down town. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city
Day 2 : Tay Ninh - Cuchi (B,L)
Heading out of town we travel by road to Tay Ninh , the head quarter of Cao Dai region. On arrival we attend the fantastic mid-day temple service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. On return trip we also make stop to explore Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 3 : Ho Chi Minh city - Vinhlong (B,D)
A half day tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Sai gon by many locals takes in the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Sai gon Post Office, a lacquer ware factory, the bustling market of Binh Tay Market in Chinatown and Giac Lam Pagoda. In the afternoon we travel by road to Mekong Delta, the largest rice bowl of Vietnam. Boat trip to visit lush orchard gardens where we are treated to a delicious tropical fruits. Overnight at family house built out over water.
Day 4: Vinlong - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
After breakfast we embar on a wonderful boat excursion to explore endless waterway. Visit the Caibe floating market before continuing our way to Mytho where we visit Vinh Trang pagoda. Lunch at local restaurant before we drive back to Ho Chi Minh city.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh city - Dalat (B)
Today, we start our north bound journey with the first stop being Da Lat, one of Vietnam’s most charming towns. At an elevation of 15,000 meters, Da Lat, called the" city of eternal spring" , have een established as a hill station at the beginning of the last century. The city is set around a lake and surrounded forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside. Overnight in Da Lat.
Day 6: Dalat - Nhatrang (B)
Our sightseeing tour of Da Lat takes in the former residence of Emperor Bao Dai, Hang Nga House, Xuan Huong Lake, the Central Market, the Love Valley and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda. The afternoon, we travel by road to Nha Trang with stopover at the scenic pass of Ngoan Muc and the 13th century Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers. Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.
Day 7: Nhatrang (B,L)
The picturesque coastal town of Nha Trang is an ideal place for anyone seeking an enjoyable escape. Taking a boat trip out we explore some nearby islands of the South China Sea and spend a half day on the turquoise water enjoying swimming, snorkeling, or simply lazing on a beach and feasting on seafood lunch. Overnight in NhaTrang.
Day 8 : Nhatrang - Danang-Hoian (B)
We board a flight to Da Nang. The tour of central Vietnam begins with sightseeing of Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The tranquil and charm of Hoi An with its low tiled houses of Chinese appearance, Japanese covered bridge, brightly painted temples and pagodas make it one of Vietnam’s most delightful places. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9 : Myson (B,L)
We drivet to visit holly land My Son. This is a former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled central Vietnam between the second and thirteenth centuries. Hinduism from India heavily influenced their religion. Located 60 km. from Danang, My Son is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a must-see for those who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations. It is one of four World Heritage listed sites in Vietnam. Balance of the day will be at your leisure to do your endless shopping in Hoian. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 10 : Hoian-Hue (B)
We embark on Northernbound journey to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The scenic route passes through Da Nang as we are climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the picturesque fishing villages of Lang Co. A visit to beautiful Cham museum in Danang where display Cham’s finest sculpture and artifacts in the world. Afternoon we visit the Citdel, containing the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple city, the Emperor's private residence. Both were almost totally destroyed during the Tet offensive of 1968. We visit vibrant Dong Ba riverside market . Overnight in Hue
Day 11 : Hue - Hanoi (B)
This morning we board our dragon board for a cruise along lovely Perfume river with a stop to visit Thien Mu pagoda, considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue. It is active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of its most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its crual treating of Buddhist. We continue our ride upstream to visit Minh Mang tomb, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes as well as t from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. This evening we take overnight soft sleeper train to Ha Noi.
Day 12 : Hanoi
Arrival Hanoi in Morning you will be transferred to our hotel for a freshen up and breakfast. Free in the morning to relax . Sightseeing tour of the town in the afternoon to Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university, the Ethnology Museum. Tonight we enjoy water puppet show followed by Vietnamese diner. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 13 : Hanoi - Halong bay (B,L,D)
Breakfast and ready visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda before we drive to Halong bay. The drive journeh boasts one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Arriving to Halong we embark on a cruise out to explore the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove. We explore this stunning bay with prime beaches. Over night on board.
Day 14 : Halong bay - Hanoi (B,L)
More exploration of breathtaking secluded bay. We cruise further to Bai Tu Long bay where Indochina film is taken. We are treated to a seafood lunch before our drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 15 : Departure (B)
There is a free time to relax or further exploration of Ha Noi until the departure transfer to airport for your flight home.
- English speaking guide
- All accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfast
- Meals as indicated
- All transfers/ transport
- Entrance fees and permits during guided time
- Boat ride in Halong bay and in Mekong river
- Soft sleeper train Hanoi - Hue;
- Domestic flight and airport taxes: Nhatrang – Danang
- International airfares & airport taxes
- Pre/post trip arrangement
- Visa and visa arrangement
- Travel insurance
- Meals not indicated
- Other personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
Trip Price: In USD and per person, from 2 people on ward
Single Supplement: US$ 241
We will be accommodating at local, clean, friendly staff hotel with good location. Easy access to city central, dining area, and favorite hangouts. While our emphasis is not on luxury accommodation, we can upgrade or downgrade the lodging pending your request
Grade : Standard 3 star hotels and traditional home stays.