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Wow Vietnam: An emotional 14-day journey

Duration
14D13N
Tour Code
VIV.01
Tour Style
Adventure, Beaches, Cruises, Culinary, Culture, Honeymoon, Private

Overview

location_on Hanoi – Sapa - Halong bay – Hoi An – Hue – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels - Mekong Delta.

Wow Vietnam is a tour from North to South Vietnam with a chance to discover multiple beautiful cities in Vietnam, like Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City. During the journey, tourists can experience the very best of Vietnam on this mesmerizing north-to-south tour. Starting in the bustling streets of Hanoi, people can enjoy the mountainous landscapes of Sapa, then take a peaceful cruise through World Heritage Site Halong Bay, stop and enjoy colorful Lantern Festival at an ancient Hoi An, marvel at the amazing history of Hue and metropolitan Saigon, and finally, finish with a deep dive into the Mekong Delta. The trip has been designed by our expert at Viland Travel with more than 12 years of experience in travel industry, to lead you through the best scenes all over the S shape land – Vietnam. And it is highly recommended to become one of our signature trip, because throughout the trip, you would experience different levels of emotions. We promise that it will create into your heart the deepest impression about a very special Vietnam through multiples special destinations.

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***This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist***

Trip highlights

  • Wander around Hanoi’s Old Quarters
  • Admire rice terraces, towering mountains, and meandering rivers 
  • Relax in beautiful Ha Long Bay.
  • Be enchanted by Hoi An ancient town
  • See Hue from the back of the bike tour
  • Visit historic and cultural Ho Chi Minh City
  • Capture the spirit of rural life in the Mekong Delta

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Xin chào Viet Nam! Hello Vietnam!

You are landing at Noi Bai International Airport. Welcome to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, a must-see destination for any traveler interested in experiencing the rich history and culture of Southeast Asia. After collecting your luggage, please move to the arrival lounge where Viland Travel’s representative is waiting for you with a welcome signboard. After greeting, you are transferred 45 minutes to Hanoi downtown. Check in to the room and spend the rest of the day to relax.

Note: Hotel check-in time is at 2:00 pm; your room may or may not be ready before this time.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: none.


Ha Noi in the night

Kickstart your new day with tasty foods for better stamina and more energy. A daily hot breakfast is prepared and served at the hotel’s restaurant.

At 8:30, meet up with your tour guide in the lobby for a full-day city tour of Hanoi. On this tour, you will explore many ancient architectures, delectable cuisine, and picturesque natural landscapes. The first attraction is Ba Dinh Square, where Uncle Ho read the Declaration of Independence, declaring the birth of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. To learn more about Vietnamese history, you will visit some of the architecture in this area, such as the Ho Chi Minh MausoleumUncle Ho’s stilt house, and the one-pillar pagoda. Next, you take a short drive to the outskirts of Hanoi to visit the fascinating Museum of Ethnology. From the outside, you will be attracted by the presentation and layout, from the form to the displayed content, which is very scientific and logical. It involves grasping the cultural colors of each ethnic group.

Lunchtime is coming! You will enjoy Chả Cá Lã Vọng, the perfect combination of fresh noodles, grilled fish, sweet and sour sauce, and fresh vegetables, known as the Hanoian specialty since 1871. Following Lunch, you visit Hidden Gem Coffee Shop, 95% of the items in the shop are recycled furniture to protect the environment. A cup of traditional Vietnamese coffee, especially coffee with eggs, is highly recommended there.

Continue to visit the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam, famous for its beautiful architecture, and provide further information about the Vietnamese education system. Another exciting activity awaits you! Our guide and driver will take you to Long Bien Bridge to admire the panorama river view. While walking on the 120-year-old bridge, your tour guide will tell you some stories about history, Red River Delta culture, and local daily life; the walking tour also includes a discovery of Banana Island right at the foot of the bridge.

Embark on a fun cyclo to explore 36 streets in Hanoi Old Quarter. While swaying on a Cyclo, you can enjoy the cool air, admire the Old French-style villas, observe locals’ activities, and listen to the sounds of vehicles. All create a unique experience in the journey to Vietnam.

At 5 pm, you finish the cyclo tour, meet your guide at Dong Xuan Market and start the evening street food tour. The street food tour will be a taste adventure, as Hanoi cuisine is always the kind of dish that surprises every visitor to Vietnam because of its ingredients and prices. After the tour, you will learn that more than just a list of typical Vietnamese meals sold on the streets, they also convey the beauty of the Vietnamese culture, lifestyle, feelings, and thoughts. Any dietary requirements or allergies will be notified to the guide before the tour departs.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Ha Noi Temple of Literature

After breakfast, you depart for Sapa, following the Noi Bai–LLao Cai Highway. You will have a chance to contemplate the beauty of the northwest mountains in that terraced fields are sparkling in sunlight or dim in thick fog. Take a quick break for 30 minutes before continuing on your journey to Sapa. You are dropped off in the lobby of your selected hotel at noon.

The highest point in Vietnam, Tram Ton Pass, is reached after a 40-minute journey. From there, you will enjoy stunning views of the highlands and verdant forests of Hoang Lien National Park. You must then make a 30-minute jungle journey from there. There are numerous opportunities to see wildflowers along the road. Trekking along the stream, you will arrive at the Love Waterfall. It is the best place for relaxing in Sapa. Then return to Tram Ton and drive back to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


This morning, you leave Sapa for a 30-minute, winding road transfer to Ban Khoang Valley. Along the journey, soak in the stunning panorama of the Tonkinese Alps, also known as the Hoang Lien Mountain Range. As you get closer to Ban Khoang village, you can see the picturesque view of the valley from above. Take some great photos of this impressive and beautiful landscape. Then, stop for an easy walk to visit a village of the Red Dao ethnic group at Ban Khoang. The local women there are very skilled in making their embroidery and their beautiful traditional costumes. After hundreds of years in the mountains, the people here still maintain their culture of farming rice with buffaloes and maintaining a self-sufficient system. Depart from Ban Khoang Valley for an 8-km road transfer to Ta Giang Phinh Valley and enjoy a local lunch there. Take a relaxing walk in the picturesque Ta Giang Phinh Valley this afternoon. Take a stroll down the village route that meanders through the stunning valley, which is home to the Blue Hmong ethnic minority. Visit some local houses to see some handicraft workshops and observe villagers working in the fields, tending their crops with buffalos. Transfer back to Sapa town in the late afternoon; the rest of the afternoon and evening are free.

Note: Good hiking shoes are highly recommended. The detailed itinerary can be changed slightly depending on weather conditions.

Overnight in Sapa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Sa Pa Hoang Lien Son National Park waterfall

Early morning, depart with the guide for a half-day trekking tour to Hang Da and Sau Chua villages, just about 8 km east of Sapa, where the Black Hmong people have been living their traditional and unique way of life despite the recent changes and effects caused by the fast development and tourism boom in Sapa town. Enjoy walking with the guide along the quiet, narrow pathways through the countryside and past the scattered, modest houses of the Black Hmong people. Please note that the trekking route can be adjusted depending on energy levels, fitness, and weather conditions. Return to the hotel to check out by noon, and then there is some time to spend at leisure for lunch and last-minute exploration of Sapa town. By mid-afternoon, you will drive back to Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


One of Vietnam’s most symbolic images is the landscape of Halong Bay, where thousands of limestone islands protrude bizarrely from the emerald sea. To experience this beautiful Halong Bay, taking an overnight cruise is the best idea. 

9:00 a.m. Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby. Today, our driver will send you to Halong Bay for an amazing 2D1N cruise trip.

12.15: Boarding our boat at Tuan Chau Port—enjoy a welcome drink, receive a cruise briefing, and receive safety instructions.

13.15 – 14.00 Tourists enjoy the sumptuous Vietnamese set-menu lunch. Massage service is available after lunch and throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with your cruise manager.

14.00 – 16.00 Take a cruise through Halong Bay and see some of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the area, such as the Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, and Finger Islet.

16.00 Arrive at Surprise Cave, one of Halong Bay’s largest and most magnificent grottoes. The mouth of the grotto is reached by ascending about a hundred stone steps.

17.30 Depart, then sail for approximately 30 minutes, and anchor overnight.

18.30 – 19.00 Attend our Head Chef’s Fruit and Vegetable Carving Lesson. The chef will demonstrate fruit and vegetable carving as part of the session, showing the visitors how to prepare and decorate some traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

19.30: Dinner is served.

20:45 Evening activities There are also massage services and board games like cards or Parcheesi offered (the massage service is available throughout the cruise). On the boat, everyone is also welcome to try their luck at squid fishing with assistance from the crew.

21.00 – 23.00 Happy Hour! Buy one beverage, get one free (wine by the bottle excluded).

23:00 End of Program for Day 1.

Note: Each cruise operates a different itinerary, and onboard facilities may vary. Our travel consultant will be very happy to discuss each option with you

Overnight on board in Ha Long Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Ha Long Bay kayaking

06.30: Coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries are served in the dining room.

06.45: Participate in a Tai Chi class on the sundeck (lasting about 30 minutes).

07.45–09.00: Tourists are transported by tender to Titov Island. On the island, visitors spend about an hour, with enough time to ascend to the peak for a stunning 360-degree panorama of the bay (there is also an expansive viewing deck halfway up). There is still time to unwind on the beach and go swimming after the ascent.

09.00 Tourists will have 30 minutes to get ready and complete packing once they return to the boat. Please get all of your things out of the cabins and leave large bags outside the cabins. The staff will take the bags straight to the pier.

09.30 Enjoy a hearty breakfast. Bills are paid after breakfast as we approach the pier, chilling on the sundeck or in the dining room while enjoying the bay’s beauty.

11.00 Arrive at Tuan Chau Port; our private driver is waiting for you at the dock to send you back to Noi Bai Airport. Today, you will make your flight to Da Nang or Hoi An. As soon as you land at the airport, a driver will pick you up and take you to your cozy accommodations.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Brunch.


Ha Long Bay landscape view in sunset

At 8:00, our guide will see you in the lobby for an orientation walk in Hoi An ancient town. Step through the fluctuation of narrow and wide cobblestone streets to find the Tan Ky House that has been preserved for two centuries by seven generations; walk to the Sa Huynh Museum to see the exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An’s history; visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, one of the most famous landmarks constructed in the late 16th century. After walking, you will participate in a lantern-making class and learn how to make a colored lantern to bring back home as a souvenir. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before coming back to the hotel to rest. Free afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Hoi An ancient town

Good morning! Start a day full of energy and joy with hot dishes and a cup of strong coffee. Your guide will be waiting at your hotel lobby at 8:00 am. He will give you a brief of this morning’s activities, help you check your bike’s conditions, put you on a helmet and start the cycling tour right after.

After 10 minutes of pedaling, you will exit the ancient town area and immerse yourself in the poetic scenery of the countryside. While cycling, you can observe the daily activities of locals. Before your eyes is a lush countryside scene with red brick houses, rivers winding around the villages, coconut trees reflecting on the lake, shrimp ponds, green vegetable fields, farmers working in their fields, and buffaloes grazing. You stop at the gate of Cam Thanh village. Take a short break before enjoying a one-hour ride on a traditional wooden boat to explore the water coconut palm forest.

Saying goodbye to Cam Thanh villagers, you get on the bike and pedal to Tra Que – the organic vegetable village. There, you enjoy the rustic village scene and get numerous authentic experiences with farming activities. Visit Kum Quat restaurant and join a cooking class with Thành & his wife. With enthusiastic guidance from the chef, you will cook some traditional Vietnamese dishes. Then, you set the table and enjoy lunch together.

In the early afternoon, you cycle back to the hotel and relax by the swimming pool or at the beach.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


After breakfast, you will be collected by your private guide and transferred in a private vehicle (for approximately 4 hours) to the Royal City of Hue. 

You will stop to visit Marble Mountain, Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village, and My Khe Beach, home to American soldiers during the war. Then, you are driven over the Hai Van Pass. It is the highest and most beautiful pass in Vietnam (about 500 meters above sea level), and there are some amazing views and great photo opportunities from the top. Arrive in Hue after midday and have lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, you will go on a tour to visit Hue, the imperial city. Our adventures continue at the Hue Citadel for exploration of the Imperial Capital. You will wander around the mysterious, ancient Citadel that dates back centuries and contains the historic Imperial Palace. Your day comes to an end at the royal tomb of Khai Dinh King. The tomb was designed in traditional Vietnamese style with a European touch, making it unique from the other tombs in Hue.

Overnight in Hue.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Hue Imperial City

In the morning, your professional guide-rider will pick you up from your hotel and ride to Thanh Toan, a 300-year-old bridge in the countryside of Hue. You have the chance to visit a village market where people buy and sell their fresh produce and learn about a farming technique that has been passed down for generations in a farmer’s family. The ride continues to take us through small alleys and backstreets to one of the oldest pagodas in Hue before taking us to Indochine and the conical hat village. Later in our trip today, you’ll hop off the bike for a short walk to the old war bunkers on top of a hill to have a panoramic view of the Perfume River. After our tour, we’ll enjoy a wonderful lunch at a restaurant on a quaint riverbank with the best local cuisine.

After the tour, you are transferred to Phu Bai airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s commercial capital. You are met at the airport by your private transfer and taken to your selected accommodation, located within the center of the city.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Hue Conical Hat village

After breakfast, your private tour guide and driver will take you to the wartime legacy of the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by the Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. The Viet Cong’s victory over the Americans was greatly aided by their ability to take control of a vast rural area surrounding HCM City thanks to their enormous network of tunnels. You will watch a brief introductory video at the Cu Chi Tunnels, followed by a walk through the reserve. Crawl inside the Cu Chi Tunnels, and we’ll show you how awful life must have been and explore the three below-ground levels. A terrifying display of the traps and weapons used against the American GIs will also be on display. Return to the city center for lunch after visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels.

In the afternoon, you start the city tour to explore the great architecture in one of our largest cities in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City’s architecture is a beautiful fusion of French colonial mansions and contemporary steel and glass monuments, representing Vietnam’s historical background. The most popular tourist attractions were built when Saigon, the “Pearl of Indochina,” served as the nation’s capital. Since then, more artifacts have been added to the cultural heritage, and the future of modern architecture seems promising. Our guide would be more than happy to bring you to the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Reunification Palace. If time permits, you also visit the Saigon Opera House, Saigon’s city hall.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Ho Chi Minh city Cu Chi tunnel

The Mekong Delta, known as “the rice bowl of Vietnam,” is crucial to Vietnamese agriculture. As the mighty Mekong River approaches the coast at the end of its journey from China, it begins to spread out into myriad tributaries that bring life to the whole region. Explore these big and small tributaries and witness a life lived almost entirely on water!

08:00 The journey to Ben Tre begins with a pick-up at the hotel and departs from the busiest city. after you reach Ham Luong Pier (Ben Tre town). Take a boat on Ben Tre River, one of the tributaries of the Mekong River, and sightseeing lively activities along the river, such as fishing and water transfer. Visit the brickwork area to learn how to print and bake bricks using the practical traditional method. Visit one of the workshops along the canal that processes coconuts. To reach the village, turn on the natural scissors creeks, which appear to be getting smaller and smaller. Take a walk to the family workshop to make sleep mats and enjoy some fruits and tea. To experience real life and learn about tropical culture from peasants, take a biking trip (or xe loi) on shady paths, passing through green rice fields and vegetable plains. Lunch at a neighborhood restaurant Take a rowing boat down Water Palm Creek in the afternoon and return to Hung Vuong Pier. Disembark and return to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Ben Tre boat trip in palm trees village

The morning is at your leisure, allowing you to venture back into the city for one last visit to the Old City. You’ll soon arrive at the airport and be prepared for your flight back home thanks to your private transfer.

Meals: Breakfast.


Ho Chi Minh city landscape view

Useful Information

This sample itinerary was created by our travel experts as inspiration for your next trip. Ready for your customization. You pick to suit your budget, desires, and cultural experiences. The price of this trip will vary, depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and the availability of ground services. Please click on Inquire Now (above) and give us the necessary information to enable us to send you a FREE personalized quote within 24 hours if not sooner!

Our Service Include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinking water while touring
  • All domestic flights within Vietnam
  • Tax & service charge

Our Service exclude:

  • Vietnam Visa
  • Other non-mentioned meals
  • Other non-mentioned services
  • International Flights to Hanoi/from Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures
  • Tips, Travel insurance

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