OVERVIEW

For this 16 days trip, apart from the main highlights you will have chance to get deeper into the country’s hidden charms. This itinerary is a great combination of must-see places and off the beaten tracks that aims to bring you insights into Vietnam, its land and people.

Marvel at the charms of Hanoi and its typical hustle daily life, enjoy spectacular karst landscape of Halong, learn about local life and enjoy rustic rhythm of Mai Chau and Ninh Binh. From stunning North Vietnam down to former battle field of Dong Ha and ancientry of Hue, Hoi An in the centre, from quiet beauty of My Son to lively Ho Chi Minh City and undulating beauty of Cai Rang floating market in the Mekong delta, each day you travel is a day of joy and new learn about this fascinating country.

Highlights
  • Hanoi Old Quarter visit
  • Hanoi city tour with Ho Chi Minh memorial site, Temple of Literature…
  • Halong Bay cruise
  • Mai Chau home stay in minority local house
  • Ancient capital Hoa Lu
  • Boat rowing Tam Coc
  • Visit to former battle field in Quang Tri
  • Hue Royal citadel
  • Dragon boat cruise on Perfume River
  • Hoi an walking tour and shopping
  • My Son Holy land
  • Cu Chi tunnel visit
  • Mekong Delta and floating market
Trip Length: 16 days | Trip Style: Comfort| Trip Theme: Explore | Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Ha Noi/ Ho Chi Minh City
Places visited: Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - Former DMZ - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel - Cai Be - Can Tho
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Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

You will get picked up from the airport and transfer to Hanoi downtown. Check in your hotel and prepare yourself for an exciting urban adventure.

With its vibrant Old Quarter dotted with ancient temples in a maze of little streets lined with colorful shops and stalls, French colonial buildings and tree lined boulevards, tranquil lakes and graceful pagodas, elegant cafes and hustle street life, Hanoi is one of the liveliest and most charming cities in Asia.

Take a stroll around, soak up with sights, sounds, smells and get yourself adapted to the local atmosphere. Enjoy the traditional performance of typical water puppet show before your welcome dinner with local tastes. Accommodation in hotel in Hanoi centre.

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Private airport transfer
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hanoi sightseeing
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Hotel in hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

It is a day of full interesting experiences. Start with your visit to the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex including the mausoleum, presidential palace and his old house on stilts. Next and nearby is the special charm of little One Pillar Pagoda that stands as the witness for the vicissitudes of Hanoi thousand years. From here you will walk to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, an archeological site dating back to the 11th century.

After lunch, continue with your visit to the Temple of Literature, the first University of the country that built from 1076, where huge stone steles on turtle backs bear names of the country’s men who received Doctor Laureate through royal examinations. Following is the Hoa Lo Prison, known widely by the nickname ‘Hanoi Hilton’; given to it by the Americans during the Second Indochina War.

This afternoon you will get transfer through Red River delta land to Ha Long city. Check in hotel and in the evening you will have time to wander around the town as well as to enjoy the sea breeze from the beach. Overnight in hotel in Halong city.

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Private vehicle
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Sightseeing hanoi
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Breakfast & lunch
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hotel in Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Explore the incredible scenery of Halong Bay on a day boat cruise.

Twice recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage for its exceptional natural and cultural values and recently voted as one of 7 new wonders of the World, Halong Bay is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is a huge body of emerald water that covers a space of more than 1500 square kilometers dotted with stunning limestone islands of different shapes that carved by waves and winds through millions of year. The name of the bay means “descending dragon” and according to legend, the thousands of its isle were created by dragons with their pearls.

During the cruise, you will visit floating villages, enjoy swimming in the crystal water, discover huge lime stone cave and sharpen your shooting skill with thousands of chance for photos.
A sumptuous seafood lunch will be served as you wind your way through the dramatic limestone islands.

Return to Hanoi in the afternoon with a stop to visit a traditional ceramic village where you will learn how beautiful stuffs are made by hand. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Private transfer
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ha long bay cruise
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ceramic village
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Breakfast & lunch
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Hotel in Hanoi
Mai Chau, Vietnam
Mai Chau, Vietnam

Leave Hanoi and drive through spectacular country and mountain sceneries to Mai Chau, a beautiful green valley surrounded by high mountains in Hoa Binh Province, approx 150km from Hanoi. This place is home to beautiful White Thai minority villages. Here, the Thai people have inhabited for centuries and much of their lifestyle and traditions have remained unchanged over the years.

Take a light trek around villages and green paddies for sightseeing, visit local house, enjoy local interaction and perhaps join with locals at their farm work.

Excellent dinner prepared by your host will be served along with some local rice whiskey. End the day with a traditional dance performance. Overnight home stay in a local house on stilts

Summary of inclusions

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Private transfers
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trekking around village
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Breakfast, lunch & dinner
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homestay
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Vietnam

Get up to the sounds of the peaceful village and enjoy morning scenery of locals at their daily work. After a home breakfast, take a scenic drive through the lush paddy fields and jagged limestone escarpments of the region to the remarkable cave system of the Hoa Lu and Tam Coc, sometimes known as the ‘Halong of the rice fields’.
Take a visit to the Hoa Lu ancient capital and temples dedicated to great kings of the Dinh and Early Le Dynasty from 10th and 11th century.

After lunch, rowing boats will take you through the labyrinth of caves, tunnels and emerald streams for a fascinating visit before returning to Hanoi to board the night sleeper train to Dong Ha. Overnight on train.

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private transfer
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boat rowing
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Breakfast & lunch
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o/n on train
Dong Ha, Halong Bay, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam

Morning arrival at Dong Ha and a chance to discover the country’s more recent history with a day trip to the infamous DMZ (demilitarized zone). Visit to the Viet Cong tunnels at Vinh Moc, the Hien Luong Bridge on the 17th parallel which marked the border between South and North Vietnam, Quang Tri Citadel where in 1972 a fierce battle raged for 81 days that took away life of more than 20 thousands young men from both sides. Lots of photographs, war remnants can be seen at the museum nearby. Go further to the  Khe Sanh Combat Base – scene of some of the most intense fighting of the war.

In the afternoon, you will take a drive further south to Hue city, the old imperial capital, the treasure of the country’s royal past and known for its both historical values and beautiful natural landscapes.

Overnight in Hue

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viet cong tunnels
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private transfer
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Breakfast & lunch
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Hotel in hue
Hue, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam

Board a ‘dragon boat’ and float along the silk-strap-like Perfume River. You will have a visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda, the oldest and iconic symbol of Hue with its 7 storeys Phuoc Duyen Tower mirrors into water surface. Some of the displays there include a huge bronze bell dating back to early 18th century whose sound can be heard miles away and an Austin car that belonged to Thich Quang Duc who burn himself to death in 1963 to protest the Ngo Dinh Diem government’s policy against Buddhism. Continue to Tu Duc Emperor Tomb, a special architecture that was built in perfect harmony with the natural setting and reflected dream of emperors for their life after death.

In the afternoon you will take a visit to the Imperial Citadel, a fortress-like city encompasses three courts covering 6 km that surrounded by massive brick walls and deep moat system. Wander through the remains of the site including Nine Holy Cannons, the Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Dynastic Urns and Forbidden Purple City.

Later, spend some time to wander around the Dong Ba market and perhaps try some local specialty ‘banh khoai’ that Hue is famous for.

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boat on perfume river
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Breakfast & lunch
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Hotel in hue
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam

After breakfast, take scenic drive through green land, verdant mountains and spectacular beaches to Hoi An Town with some stops for swim at Lang Co, breathtaking view from Hai Van pass, optional visit to Cham Museum and Marble Mountains.

Hoi An, a little ancient town nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River is one of the World Heritages in the country. Before the river silted up, Hoi An was one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia. Over the years, merchant ships from both the East and the West docked in Hoi An, making it hustle commercial centre. For now, Hoi An’s architecture, lifestyle and atmosphere is well preserved and combines to produce this unique heritage site. It's also a shopping paradise - with much to browse and buy.

Afternoon, enjoy a walking tour through the Hoi An ancient quarter. Visit Hoi An Centre market, temples, assembly halls, museum, ancient houses and take a stroll along the waterfront area where local activities take place.

Rest of the day free in Hoi An.

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hoi an walking tour
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Breakfast
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Hotel in hoi An
hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam

Enjoy your day free for wandering around Hoi An. It is a good chance to explore the ancient charms, indulge yourself with some fantastic shopping or just simply take a sit in one of elegant cafés for a cold drink and contemplate the time passing on mossy roofs and shuttered windows.
Hoi An beach, 4 km away from town and very easy to access by bicycle or taxi is good place for sun, sand and sea

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Hue sightseeing
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Breakfast
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Hotel in hue
My Son Holy Land, Vietnam
My Son Holy Land, Vietnam

Make a visit to the My Son Holy land, one of the World heritages sites in Vietnam.

Built between the 4th and 13th centuries, My Son is a unique cultural site which owes its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious capital of the Champa Kingdom before it became part of Vietnam.
Here, bricks were used to build the temples — without the aid of mortar — and sculptures of gods, priests, animals, and scenes of mythical battles and devotion adorned the walls.
Enjoy the Champa dance performance, wander through the temple ruins and learn something about the glorious history of the land.

Back to Hoi An and be at your leisure this afternoon for exploring and shopping in Hoi An town.

Summary of inclusions

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my son holy land
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Breakfast
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Hotel in hoi an

Free in the morning until you get transfer to Da Nang for a train ride to Ho Chi Minh City. It is the chance for you to admire the beauty of Vietnam country along the ride through window.
It is a long ride and you will overnight on the train in AC soft sleeper cabin. Take away food when you are on the train is recommended.

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private transfer
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Breakfast
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train to ho chi minh city
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o/n on train
Ho Chi Minh ctiy, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh ctiy, Vietnam

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in the country that characterized by a vast array of sights and sounds with currents of people rushing about their life from early morning until midnight. The city contains in it a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West with new skyscrapers rising from amongst colonial vestiges and very hustle, dynamic street life.

Take a morning tour, glide through busy Saigon streets and catch up interesting moments on the wheels of a cyclo. Explore the War Remnant Museum and admire the gothic style of century-old Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Independence Palace (former Presidential Palace of the South of Vietnam) and troll through the Ben Thanh Market.

Enjoy your afternoon free to rest or exploring Saigon at your own pace.

Summary of inclusions

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Private vehicle
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Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing
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Breakfast
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Hotel in ho chi minh city
Cu Chi tunnel, Vietnam
Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Departure from Saigon for a visit to the amazing Viet Cong tunnel system at Cu Chi. This underground city, about 75 km from Saigon, stretches 250 km with three levels and took 25 years to build.

The tunnels was dug and used by the Viet Minh then the Viet Cong during the last two wars in the country. This complex could house up to 10,000 people and contained operation rooms, hospitals, living quarters and kitchens with motor cycle engine and bicycle run generators for power.  Smoke was dispersed into the surrounding jungle to hide the location of the tunnels.  Air filters, airtight covers, booby traps and sentries were all part of the system. It is the chance for you to learn more about Vietnam War and the country recent history as well as how strong people’s determination can be.

Continue to Cai Be town, a little town in Mekong Delta. This afternoon you will take a boat cruise through the maze of waterways. Discover the region's picturesque scenery, the local cottage industries and handicraft manufacturing of many types, still very traditional. Overnight in Caibe

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Private vehicle
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cu chi tunnel
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Boat
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Sightseeing mekong
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Breakfast & lunch
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Hotel in cai be
Floating market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Mekong Delta, Vietnam

In the morning you will take a morning visit to Cai Be’s traditional floating market. You will see there, at the confluence of the Mekong River and its branch, hundreds of boat laden with fruits and vegetables, each of the seller boat has a pole hanging their advertising stuffs on the top and the buyers wander about for their purchases. There are also mobile karaokes, cafés and food supplies. An exciting environment!

Followed by a canoe tour of the former Vietcong jungle base at Xeo Quit. After lunch we’ll head for Can Tho – the Delta’s most important commercial and administrative centre. Afternoon is free at leisure to explore this friendly riverside town or check-out the interesting Mekong Delta Museum.

Summary of inclusions

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Private vehicle
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Boat
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cai be floating market
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Breakfast & lunch
Mekong, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam

This morning you will take a boat ride to check out the Cai Rang market; one of the busiest and most photogenic of the Delta’s floating markets, before heading back to Saigon.
Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure or pursuit the last minute shopping in Saigon centre.

Summary of inclusions

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Boat
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cai rang floating market
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bus
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private transfers
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Breakfast & lunch
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Hotel in ho chi minh city

Today is departure day so no activities planed. Enjoy your free time until get a transfer to the aiport for your onward flight. Safe travel and keep intouch!

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private airport transfers
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Breakfast

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PRICE & TERMS

PRICING IN US DOLLAR FOR PRIVATE TRIP PER PERSON BASED ON TWIN/ DOUBLE SHARING:

Number of Persons 2 3 - 4 5 - 6 7 - 8 9 - 10 11 - 12 13 - 15 Single supp
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Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Water & cold tissue in car
  • Cellphone for use during your visit
  • Government taxes & Service charges

Exclusion

  • Other services than mentioned
  • Visa & International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Bank transfer fee if any

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IMPORTANT NOTES

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Other than local travel insurance(s) included in sightseeing tickets at sites, Travel Authentic Asia does not provide any kind of travel insurance on the trip except required and paid separately from the tour price.

Weather: The weather in this part of Southeast Asia is varied depening on the region and season. In the winter time from Nov to Feb, the temperature in some area such as North Vietnam, especially mountainous areas can be as low as 2-4 Degree Celsius (35 Degree Fahrenheit) and pretty cold. Other parts can be warm with temperature up to 36 Degree Celsius or more (96 Degree Fahrenheit). So, to know the weather condition of destination you visit, please consult our travel consultant or you can check it here on our website

What to take: What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. It is advisable to have your backpack or suitcase with wheels. An overnight bag with a shoulder strap or little backpacks is convenient to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. Warm clothes and light jacket are needed for the North Vietnam and northern Lao during the winter time from November to March. Sunblock, swimsuits and a light raincoat is advised all year round.

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