This is an authentic itinerary for a Vietnam discovery in 12 days in very reasonable pacing. We offer you a chance to visit beautiful highlights of Vietnam such as Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh city, Mekong Delta…
– Incredible 12 day tour through Vietnam with a jam-packed itinerary.
– Depart from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city as your option.
– Discover Hanoi City in a tour that takes you to all the most famous city landmarks and finishes with a night train to Sapa
– See the stunning scenery of the Hoang Lien mountain ranges in Sapa, meet local tribes, trek through rice paddies and stay overnight with the tour’s host family
– Hike through bamboo forests, the cascading Giang Ta Chai waterfall, visiting local villages and a night train back to Hanoi
– Hop aboard an Halong Cruise and sail through thousands of islands, enjoy lunch on-board, explore of the huge Surprise Cave, enjoy kayaking, swimming and barbecue dinner onboard.
– Spend a day in Hue City and check out ancient mausoleums, the Imperial Capital and glide along the Perfume River at sunset
– Marvel at the architecture in Saigon City including cathedrals and one of the oldest temples.
– Wind through the picturesque tributaries of the famous Mekong and hop out at the vibrant Cai Rang floating market
– Most meals included
– Domestic flights, land transfers, tickets and accommodation are taken care of
– Knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide
DAY 1: HANOI CITY TOUR (L)
Have breakfast at hotel and ready for the trip at the lobby OR the meeting points.
Our guide will pick you up between 07h45 and 08h00.
08h30: Arrive Tran Quoc Pagoda – the oldest pagoda in Ha Noi built in the 6 th century.
09h00 – 9h15: Visit Ho Chi Minh complex, you have a chance to see the embalmed body
of Ho Chi Minh then walk around the garden to see 2 houses where he lived & worked
from 1954 to 1969. Then visit One Pillar Pagoda where worships the Godess of Mercy –
It is the most unique padoga in the world
11h00: Visit one of these
– Vietnam Museum of Ethnology to learn about the culture of 54 ethnic groups
living in Vietnam (Tuesdays – Thursdays – Saturdays & Sundays)
– Bat Trang ceramíc village to explore the daily life of the local and learn about the
process how to make a perfect product (Mondays – Wednesdays – Fridays)
12h30: Have lunch at our restaurant. You have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese
cuisine with 8 delicious dishes.
13h30 – 13h45: Continue visit Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam,
established in the 11 century
15h45: Leave for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple, which honors General
Tran Hung Dao who defeated the invader in 13 th certury.
16h15: Tour finishes. Back to hotel
After your dinner, around 20.30, Our tour assistant pick up from your hotel to go to Tran Quy Cap train station. He will lead you to your cabin on the train. The train departs for Sapa and sleep the night on train. Travel time approx 9 hrs.
DAY 2: SAPA – Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI – TA VAN ( B, L, D)
At 6.30 am, arrive at Lao Cao station. We will pick you up at Lao Cai railway station by van, to take you to the township of Sapa which takes approx one hour.
After breakfast and a morning shower, start the first 6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. Continuea a 2km of trekking down to Lao Chai village of the H’mong. Lunch at a local family, and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people where we stay for the night. It gives you a worth chance to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes.
Overnight in a local house of a friendly Dzay familly.
DAY 3 : TA VAN – GIANG TA CHAI – SU PAN – SA PA (B, L, D)
Enjoy mountainous landscape with your sunrise coffee, then enjoy a delicious breakfast ready to trek through bamboo forests towards Giang Ta Chai waterfall, cross over a rattan suspension bridge and enter Giang Ta Chai village which is inhabited by the Red Zao minorities. Here we will experience their daily life then cross over the Muong Hoa River up the mountain to visit Supan village of the H’mong people. We then take the bus back to Sapa. Take a fresh shower in our hotel in Sapa.
At 17.00, get a transfer to Lao Cai station and going back to Hanoi on a night train. Overnight on the train.
DAY 4 : HANOI – HALONG BAY (L,D)
Around 5:00 AM, you will arrive in Hanoi. Our guide will pick you up at station then take you to hotel. You will have free time to relax and have breakfast before starting Halong Bay Tour.
07.45 – 8:30: The Swan shutter bus will pick you up from your hotel and heading to northeast of Vietnam
12.30: Arrive at Swan office, transferred by tender to Swan Cruise.
12.45: Enjoy welcome drink, be briefing about safety on boat and activities included then check in cabin.
13.30: Delicious Vietnamese set menu while leisurely cruising to the core of Halong Bay.
15.00: Arrive to kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing.
17.30: Get back to the boat and enjoys Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage.
19.00: Sumptuous set-dinner onboard.
20.30: Free time for joining Games, you may also try your luck with squid fishing.
Overnight onboard with Swan Cruise.
DAY 5 : HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L)
06.30: Starting your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck.
07.00: Breakfast will be served in Western style and furthermore with Vietnamese traditional food
08.00: Explore the Thien Canh Son. Guide will explain the history of Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and this Cave, made by Mother Nature
09.30: Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing.
Please remove all of your belongings from your cabin, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabin (staff will transfer directly to the pier).
10.30: Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat.
11.00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12.00: Disembark in Hon Gai pier
12.30: Farewell Halong Bay then returns to Hanoi
Trip finishes at around 17h00.
You are free to relax and overnight in hotel in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 6 : HANOI FREE DAY – FLIGHT TO DA NANG (B, L)
Free day in Hanoi.
Flight to Da Nang and transfer to Hoi An Ancient town. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
DAY 7 : MY SON – HOI AN – TRANSFER TO HUE (B, small Lunch)
Morning, at 8.00, Our guide picks you up at hotel and leave Hoi An for visiting My Son Holly Land – the ruins of Cham people and was an imperial city during Cham dynasty. 8:30: Leaving Hoi An for My Son HolyLand.
9:30: Arriving in My Son – the Holyland surrounded by the marvelous mountains, 48km west of Hoi An. My Son was chosen as a religious center, built in the late 4th century under the Cham’s King Bhadravaman. It is a huge religious complex with over 70 towers and temples of different architectures. Wander through the elaborate carvings and sculptures of the Cham people, tourists are welcomed at the Old Tower of the Cham.
Spend 2 hours to enjoy and discover the beauty of Ancient buildings at of the Champa Kingdom with our tour guide.
12.00: Leaving My Son for boat station and taking a boat trip on Thu Bon river. You could visit the living of the local people and feeling the fresh air. You will have soft lunch on the boat and see the beautiful views along the river.
13:30: The boat trip will finish at Bach Dang Boat station.
Transfer to Hue and stay overnight at hotel in Hue.
DAY 8 : HUE CITY TOUR (B, L)
AM: After breakfast, at 08.00, Our guide and driver pick up you at your hotel and then take a full day to discover Hue: visit Emperor Minh Mang’s Mausoleum, Emperor Khai Dinh’s Mausoleum, Performing Programs Of VO KINH VAN AN – Vietnam Traditional Kungfu and Emperor Tu Duc ’s Mausoleums. Stop on the way to see how conical hats and incense sticks are made. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
PM: Visit Imperial capital during Nguyen Dynasty and the seven – storey Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Return by boat on the gentle Perfume River and do not miss the sunset on the river. You will come back your hotel at 17.30pm .
Stay overnight at hotel in Hue.
DAY 9 : HUE – FREE DAY TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT (B)
You have free day to go around Hue for sight-seeing and shopping.
Transfer to airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 10 : HO CHI MINH (B, L)
Morning, around 8.00 AM, our guide picks you up at hotel.
Option 1: Visit Cu Chi Tunnel.
Heading to Cu Chi for visiting Cu Chi tunnel. The tunnel network of Cu Chi became legendary during the 1960s for its role in facilitating VietCong control of a large rural area only 30km to 40km from Ho Chi Minh city. After lunch at a local restaurant in Cu Chi, go back to Ho Chi Minh city.
Afternoon, your leisure for exploring the city yourself or go shopping. Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
Option 2: Ho Chi Minh city tour
Morning, Visit to the Re-Unification Palace, the former palace of President Thieu and his predecessors. Today this building is a museum and venue for Government official receptions. Inside you can visit the President’s room. Nearby is the Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877- 1883 and is one of the city’s major landmarks. Neo-Romanesque in form, the Cathedral is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam. Continue to visit the War Remains Museum, where you can learn a lot about the Vietnam War. After lunch in local restaurant, you will visit to Jade Emperor Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Ho Chi Minh city. Continue to Binh Tay market in China Town and the last sight we will visit today is Ben Thanh market, where all kind of local goods are offered.
Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 11 : HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA (B, L) shared with other groups.
8 am, after having breakfast at hotel check out and leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the way bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho. Overnight in the hotel. Free time to visit bustling Can Tho market.
Overnight at West hotel Can tho
Day 12: MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH (B, L)
After breakfast, Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river ( Bassac River), then proceed to visit Cai Răng floating market (& Phong Dien is optional), which are the liveliest in the whole religion.
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only o¬ne stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch. Back to HCM city at around 5 pm.
End the journey.
Tour price includes:
Boats in Hue and Mekong Delta.
Kayakking: Safe, clean and beautiful.
Room on boat in Halong bay with Air Conditioner.
Train tickets Ha Noi/Lao Cai return.
Meals mentioned (B,L,D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Transfer and transport as tour program.
English speaking tour guide.
Entrance and sightseeing fees.
Your private expenses.