14 DAYS VIETNAM’S HIGHLIGHTS PACKAGE TOUR
- Duration: 14 DAYS 13 NIGHTS
- Exploring Saigon's unique and bustling Chinatown and Thien Hau Pagoda by cyclo.
- Walking through the famous Vietnam War-era tunnels at Cu Chi.
- Explore Cai Be floating marketing in Mekong delta by boat
- Enjoying cooking class at Thuan Tinh island in Hoi an
- Trekking adventure through the lush depths of Bach Ma National Park.
- Soaking up the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter
- Spending a night on a private island in Halong Bay and a night on Oasis Bay 5-star Party Cruiser in Halong Bay
- Mingling with traditionally dressed locals in a traditional ethnic minority village & Bac Ha ethnic market on Sunday.
- Trekking to the remote Black Hmong village at Sin Chai and experence homestay
Day 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL
Arriving at the airport, our tour guide will greet you at airport with a welcome sign board and then you will be transferred to hotel in Ho Chi Minh City - formerly known as Saigon. The largest city in Vietnam, despite not being the capital city has soo much going on.
This is a great chance to wander the streets and find all the interesting little shops on the street and down the alleys. But don’t forget and map or hotel business card, even Ferdinand Magellan could have gotten caught up by the excitement around him, and lost his way!
STREETFOOD BY VESPA TOUR * OPTIONAL*
This night tour is part night excursion, part street food adventure. Experience Saigon nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.
To start off this Saigon night tour at 18:30, enjoy drinks at our Vespa-themed café, Café Zoom, to watch “as the world goes by” (as said in the Lonely Planet guide book). Throughout the night, try a variety of food and drinks at 2 local restaurants and samplings of Saigon’s best authentic local food. Zoom past the famous must-see sights of Ho Chi Minh City while in the bustling traffic. We’ll also go to a Vietnamese-style coffee shop with special live music, and then wrap up the evening at an exciting music bar where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique styles.
Guests ride pillion behind our drivers to enjoy and experience the Vietnamese nightlife with friends. This tour includes free flowing drinks and all you can eat, so come with an appetite!
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city
Day 2: MEKONG DELTA EXPLORATION – CAI BE FLOATING MARKET – HOMESTAY (B/L/D)
You will be transfer from Ho Chi Minh City downtown to Cai Be district on morning. Arriving in Cai Be, you will be welcomed by the hospitable smile of the host and invited some fresh fruits before embarking on boat to visit Cai Be Floating Market and traditional handicraft villages. You’ll have an opportunity to talk to the sellers on their boats
The boat will then lead you to the home-stay on Tan Phong Island for checking-in and having lunch. In the afternoon, our local host will lead you to his orchards where you can learn how to take care for the garden and how to pluck the ripen fruits as the host does every day. In the late afternoon, you will visit the vegetable garden and gather the vegetables for your dinner. You yourself will prepare your own dinner with the help of local hosts. Stay overnight at the home-stay.
Day 3: MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH (B)
Waking up in the early morning to enjoy the fresh air of Mekong region and then taking a stroll around the home-stay, your 2nd day tour in Mekong will start. Coming back to the home-stay where the delicious breakfast is waiting for you. After breakfast time, You will visit the kindergarden if it is school day
Stopping at a local farmer’s house to learn how to make Jackfruit leaf cakes and then cycling to Bonsai garden and talking to him to understand how local farmers take care for their gardens, then try plucking the fruits and tasting them. Afterwards, we will return to the home-stay for check-out. At 11:00, the small boat will transfer you back to the Cai Be tourist boat wharf and you will drive to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Day 4: CHINA TOWN EXPLORATION BY CYCLO – CU CHI TUNNEL – FLY TO DANANG – HOIAN (B/L)
Your tour begins with a pick up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City on a relaxing ‘cyclo’ (picture a three wheeled bicycle taxi with the bucket/seat in front and the peddler pushing it from behind) ride to the Lady Thien Hau Temple. This temple, built to worship Lady Thien Hau - The goddess of the sea, is one of the most interesting and ancient temples in the Chinatown area. After departing from the Chinatown area, you will visit Cha Tam Church. You will then be able to go shopping at the largest market in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Tay Market. Or if you choose to, you can go to the Lacquer Ware Factory where you can find some of Vietnam's special products that are made here.
In the afternoon , our car will drive you to the in famous Cu Chi tunnels. This network of tunnels, which stretched for over 200km, became legendary during the 1960s. The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the U.S.-Vietnam War in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon . For those interested there's even the opportunity to try an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range if you buy ten bullets.
Overnight in Hoi an.
Day 5: HOIAN – COOKING ClASS ON THUAN TINH ISLAND (B)
Start your day by going to the market to purchase some fresh, locally grown herbs and vegetables. Then, we board our river boat for a relaxing 30 minute ride to Thuan Tinh Island, which is recognized by Hoi An as an official protected ecological zone, to visit the local village
We take a row boat ride up the stream that is lined both sides by water coconut trees, their branches creating an arch overheard for shade. We then walk through the gardens to visit Ms. Hoa's house to meet her family, and snack on grilled rice cakes, and iced tea. There she hosts our open-air cooking class overlooking the water coconut trees and river. Our chefs will show you how to make the best Vietnamese food while you enjoy the cool breeze and peaceful setting. Transfer back to Hoi An
Day 6: TRANSFER TO HUE BY PUBLIC BUS (B)
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel before checking out an being transferred to the former Imperial City of Hue. You have the rest of the day to wander about and explore the sights, sounds, and delicious bites Hue has to offer.
Day 7: HUE – BIKING TO COUNTRYSIDE – NIGHT BUS TO HANOI (B/L)
Freshen up with some breakfast and a coffee somewhere nearby, because we will start the morning off with a cycling tour. Starting off at Thanh Toan Bridge, one of the most unique antique architectures of Vietnam with an interesting story. After that, you will visit local market to to see behind the scenes. Then you will transfer to the pier for a boat trip on Perfume River named so because so many flowers on the river banks upstream drop their petals into the river giving it a wonderful perfumed scent. You will have a nice lunch on boat while floating down the Perfume River.
Arrive to Sinh village Pier, you will visit the Sinh village where they have preserved and developed the traditional folk painting served for the spiritual life of local people. After that you’ll get back on your bicycle to pass through little roads with green bamboo hedges, vegetable gardens and vast rice fields.Even more, discover the hidden charms of countryside at Thanh Tien paper flower-making village. You also have opportunity to make a small product by yourself under the instruction of friendly hostesses.
Day 8: HANOI ARRIVAL – CITY TOUR & OLD QUARTER EXPLORATION
Start your morning with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the resting place of President Ho Chi Minh who led Vietnam to independence from French colonial rule. His preserved body has been an important landmark in the capital city since 1969, and a perfect place to learn more about Vietnam’s rich history.
From there, wander through the beautiful surrounding gardens toward the One Pillar Pagoda and the Presidential Palace, where a replica of Ho Chi Minh’s simple working space is on display. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. Afterward, a visit to central Hanoi toward the Temple of Literature, the oldest university in Hanoi and a perfect example of ancient architecture built in homage to the Chinese scholar Confucius.
Next up, will be Chau Long Market for a closer look at Hanoian culture in the flurry of a local market. After exploring the street stalls here, set off along Nguyen Truong To Street - famous for its desserts -- toward Hang Than Street, the epicentre of Hanoi’s thriving wedding cake stores.
Learn a bit about Vietnam’s unique wedding culture while sampling some wedding cakes. Shake off your sugar rush on a stroll to nearby Hang Cot Street for a look at Hanoi’s mat weaving borough before stopping off along Hang Ga Street for a local coffee shop. End your walking tour with a traditional Vietnamese egg coffee in traditional Vietnamese style then walk to your hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: HANOI – HALONG BAY BY OASIS CRUISE 5* (B/L/D) * GROUP TOUR*
On this 2 Days 1 night Oasis Bay Party cruise tour you will spend a day exploring and enjoying the magnificent Halong Bay and one night on our Oasis Bay Party Cruiser 5star boat with activities including water trampoline, kayaking, swimming,jumping from the boat, floatables and relax in one of our 3 Jacuzzis.
As the sun starts the set on our picturesque landscapes we bring everyone for and invigorating, and hilarious Oasis Bay infamous Beer Yoga class. The Yogis have never had so much fun, and the drinkers have never felt so limber, this 30 minute session is for anyone and everyone.
Now, that we are loosened up and the sun has set, its time for happy hour. After dinner the staff put on a great performance and might even get you involved. We ship a DJ in from Hanoi every night, to play some great beats for you
Day 10: HALONG BAY – HANOI – NIGHT BUS TO SAPA* GROUP TOUR*
Once everyone has got some breakfast, your tour guide will do a little cooking demonstration for you, with a little bit of interesting facts and culinary history. You will have a chance to get your hands in there too and have a try yourself. You will have one last lunch on the boat before we disembark and return back to Hanoi.
You will have some free time for dinner and shopping before we board the night bus to Sapa. Overnight on a sleeper bus.
Day 11: SAPA – TREK TO LAO CHAI – TA VAN VILLAGE – HOMESTAY (B/L/D) * GROUP TOUR*
A guide will pick you up at the bus station when you arrive in the morning and take you to the hotel by minivan. Breakfast at local restaurant. Today, we will do 12 km of trekking, visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong ethnic minorities.
Experience lunch at a local family’s home in Lao Chai, nearby the river bank. We will continue hiking after lunch to Ta Van village of the Dzay tribe, where we will stay overnight in a local homestay. Here you get a peek of what the daily lives are like in the small rural villages as well as the their well preserved cultures and customs.
Day 12: TREK TO CAT CAT VILLAGE – SIN CHAI – SAPA (B/L/D) * GROUP TOUR*
A walk down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the food of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam.
Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and then hike the next 6 km to Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up to the road, where a vehicle will be waiting to bring us back to Sapa town.
Sleep overnight at the hotel in Sapa town.
Day 13: BAC HA ETHNIC MARKET ON SUNDAY – DAY BUS TO HANOI (B/L) * GROUP TOUR*
Breakfast at hotel then we will drive to Bac Ha which is Located at 110km from Sapa, Bac Ha mountain town is well-known by travelers with the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. This every-Sunday-market is attended by at least 8 ethnic groups. It is also chance for you to discover the H’mong King’s palace (old building built by the French & Chinese).
In the afternoon, we go for a light trek to visit Ban Pho, the village is home to flower H’mong minority. We are invited to enter several local houses to have some green tea, corn wine, and talk with them. We will drive the beautiful mountainous winding roads and then take the afternoon bus back to Hanoi.. Arrival in Hanoi in the late evening.
Sleep overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 14: HANOI DEPARTURE (B)
You are free at leisure until we transfer to airport for your flight.
End of services!
- Private vehicle with AC for guided tour & airport transfers
- Carefully selected accommodation with daily breakfast
- Meals at local restaurant as indicated (B:Breakfast, L: Lunch, D:Dinner)
- English-speaking local guide in each destination
- Tour activity as mentioned
- Tourist bus as mentioned: Hoian; Hue; Hanoi; Halong & Sapa
- Group tour in Halong bay & Sapa
- Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
- Boat cruises & bike as mentioned
- Vietnam Visa
- Domestic flight : Ho Chi Minh – Danang by Vietnam airlines (Economy Class)
- International flight
- Compulsory dinner for New Year & Christmas
- Travel insurance
- Late checkout, early check-in
- Drinks, laundry, tips, personal expenses
- Other not stated above
+ 237.5 USD: Charge for Single Supplement