Tour Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Cu Chi Tunnel – Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 12 Days
Departure Date: Any Time You Wish
Start/ End: Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay, Overnight on cruise
Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Fly to Hue
Day 5: Hue City Tour
Day 6: Hue – Hoi An – Walking City Tour
Day 7: Hoi An – Farming & Fishing Tour by Jack Tran – Leisure
Day 8: Hoi An – Danang – Fly to Siem Reap
Day 9: Siem Reap
Day 10: Siem Reap – Fly to Ho Chi Minh
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta Tour
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City Tour – Cu Chi tunnel – Depart
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, you will be picked up by our local guide and transferred to the hotel to check-in.
Let refresh yourself before a 1-hour cyclo tour in Hanoi Old Quarter, the most appealing tourist destination in Hanoi. We will then enjoy the one-hour performance of the traditional Water Puppets before a warm welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi Orientation (B, L)
After breakfast, we will drive to Ho Chi Minh Complex where we will spend time at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his former stilt-house, the Presidential palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and One Pillar Pagoda. Next, visit the Temple of Literature, which is the first university in Vietnam and originally built as a temple to Confucius.
After lunch, we visit the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in Vietnam and has an extensive display dedicated to the 54 Ethnic minority people in Vietnam. Then, visit Hoa Lo Prison, which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”, was where the former US presidential candidate John McCain was incarcerated for over 5 years.
Later on, we will be free for shopping in the Old Quarter ranges from markets to the designer boutique stores to mesmerizing contemporary art galleries.
Stay at hotel in Hanoi for overnight accommodation.
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay with Huong Hai Sealife Cruise (B, L, D)
Today, the shuttle bus will pick you up at the hotel in Hanoi and start the trip to the most stunning bay in North Vietnam. The drive will depart at 7:30-8:00 AM.
On the way, we have a stop en-route to rest, also give you a glance of Hai Duong Province and taste their traditional Banh Dau Xanh (Green Bean cake).
12:30: Arrive in Hon Gai Pier, and you will have a short time to relax while wait for the captain finishes the registration.
12:45 Enjoy a drink and spend a couple of minutes to listen to the safety on the boat, and also the activities included before check-in the cabin.
13:30 Relish in the scrumptious Vietnamese lunch while cruising into Bai Tu Long Bay.
15:00 Arrive in Cap La Island and enjoy kayaking through the karst and majestic nature, swimming, relaxing.
17:30 Get back to the boat and immerse in the Sunset Party while sailing to the overnight anchorage.
19:00 Enjoy dinner right on the board.
20:30 Free time yourself.
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Hue (B, L)
Start your day with Tai Chi Exercise on the sundeck before savor the Western-style breakfast.
8:00 Embark the trip by exploring the hidden Thien Canh Son cave
9:00 Return to the boat and have about 30 minutes to refresh and finish packing
10:00 Join in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration under the instruction of a local chef. Learn to make Nem Cuon (Spring roll) or challenge in fruit and vegetables carving.
12.00: Back to the harbor, disembark in Hon Gai pier.
12:30 Transfer to airport for flight to Hue.
When the plane land in Hue, the local tour guide and driver are waiting and ready to transfer to the hotel in Hue.
Day 5: Hue City Tour (B, L)
Get up and savor breakfast, then enjoy time on the Dragon Boat on the romantic Perfume River, heading out of the countryside. Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam, is surrounded by tombs of emperors in the past. A visit to the most beautiful tombs is one of our activities today.
Take a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, immerse in the enchanting view of Perfume River and surrounding area. Also, from the pagoda, we jump into the van and go to visit the tombs of King Khai Dinh and King Tu Duc.
In the afternoon, we explore the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945, right after discovering the ruins of this wonderful monument. Depart to the Hue Royal Fine Art Museum, housed within the former Dien Long An Royal Palace. At the end of the day, we move to Dong Ba market to witness the daily life of the locals.
Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Day 6: Hue – Hoi An – Walking City Tour (B, L)
Start your day by a scenic drive to Hoi An along the 1A highway. Along the way, stop en-route to contemplate the stunning view of surrounding areas.
On arrival in Danang, take a visit to a series of destinations here. Firstly, come to Cham Museum, home to the most complete collection of Cham artifacts anywhere in the world. Then, visit China Beach, where the American named and utilized to have their relaxation. Next, visit the Marble mountain, the name was inspired by the five elements of the Universe (water, wood, air, fire, and earth).
Eventually, we arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon. Embark our walking tour around the ancient town to witness the Japanese covered bridge, the pottery museum, Tan Ky Old House, the Hoi An Silk Street, the Chinese temples and pagodas. Later on, back to the hotel.
Day 7: Hoi An – Farming & Fishing Tour by Jack Tran – Leisure (B, L)
Today morning start earlier than other days as we head off to the Farming & Fishing Life Eco Tour with the departure at Tra Que Village. We get a personal insight into the local farming communities.
Attending the daily work in preparing their land for sowing, helping them to fertilize the garden taking advantage of the seaweed from the local river and watering it. Next, begin the cycling tour through the countryside to witness the local Vietnamese life in the countryside. Late morning, board the Hoi An Eco-your boat for a river cruise. This is also a chance to meet and see the local fishermen in their working. And now, be ready for a super exciting bamboo basket boat race, then rice down a coconut palm-lined waterway.
Day 8: Hoi An – Danang – Fly to Siem Reap (B)
We have a leisure day at the beach until transfer to airport for evening flight to Siemreap.
Upon your arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, after clearing an immigration & visa custom, welcome by our local guide and driver who will transfer you to the hotel for check-in and overnight. Accommodation in Siem Reap.
Day 9: Siem Reap (B, L)
We enjoy a drive through the lovely country to the Kulen Mountain of 70km from the town. Climb the mountain then visit the great waterfall and an ancient stream carved with thousands of lingams, god and deities of Hindu on the bed of the stream of more than a thousand year ago.
Then visit an old Buda statue carved, lie reclining, on a giant mountain rock then enjoy swimming at the waterfall follow by picnic lunch on the river bank on your account. Climb down the mountain back to town.
In the afternoon, we continue by the trip to have seen more of the surrounding temples, return in the direction of Siem Reap and stop to explore Beng Mealea Temple. It is a non-tourist destination in Siem Reap, and similar in size to the famous Angkor Wat (Both of these temples were built by Jayavaram VII).
Nestled in the jungle, with the minimal restoration work, it’s easy to imagine what it looks like for early explores discovering these temples for the first time.
Stay at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Siem Reap – Fly to Ho Chi Minh (B)
In the morning after having breakfast at your hotel, starting your exploration day in Angkor Archeological Park from Angkor Thom, enter this last capital of the Khmer empire through the Southern Gate, where has the giant carvings of gods and demons flank on both two sides of the entrance.
Inside the great city, get deeper to the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, and Terrace of Leper King. Discover the serenity exuding from the stone face carvings of Bayon Temple. Its wall was covered in emerald-green moss intertwined with roots deeming the most charming of all, Ta Prohm.
After lunch on own account, we continue visiting the most famous temple in the world – Angkor Wat – an architectural masterpiece built in the 12th century. Stretching approximately 210 hectares, Angkor Wat has been considered as one of 100 worthwhile destinations in the world. Upon a time to end of your tour then go straight to Siem Reap International for your departure flight back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon Ho Chi Minh city, our guide and driver will pick up & transfer you to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta (B, L)
08:00, we will be met at the lobby of the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City by Viet Vision Travel’s driver; after that, we transfer to Vinh Long. Our trip begins with the visit of Cai Be floating market and then cruise among the local barges with full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how rice paste, coconut candy, and pop-rice, pop-corn is made.
Get deeper into the countryside on the smaller canals to enjoy the tranquil time. It’s so exciting to see traditional houses made of wood and leaves of the palm tree, the way to pick up fruits by the traditional way in Mekong delta.
Have lunch served at Ut Trinh home. After that, you can stroll around and then enjoy fresh fruits while listening to traditional music. You can also ride the bike around the village paths, witness the daily life,…
The trip will end at Vinh Long city and hop on the car back to Ho Chi Minh city.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City tour – Cu Chi tunnel (B, L)
After breakfast in the authentic style of Saigon people, we visit the Reunification Palace, the former Palace of the president of South Vietnam. After that, visit War Remnant Museum, where we can witness countless artifacts, pictures documenting about the second Indochina war. Also, the Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Old Post Office are indispensable in this tour. Stop, take a visit, and capture a lot of pictures in the two places.
Transfer to Ben Thanh Market before savoring lunch.
After lunch, back to the hotel and get the luggage before heading to the Cu Chi Tunnel. The Tunnels is also called the “Iron Triangle” or “Iron Land”. Before entering the tunnels, we first watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. Also, on the display, we can observe a variety of mantraps, the remained American Tank as well as many bomb craters dropped by B52 bombers.
After the exciting experience in Cu Chi, we transfer directly to the airport.