Vietnam perfect Holiday. The Highlights of Vietnam tour takes you to the top destinations in the country. From Hanoi to a cruise in Halong Bay, ending in Saigon. The postcard pictures you so often see of Ha Long Bay will become a memory to last you a lifetime and is the highlight of the trip.
Enjoy the peaceful ambiance of Hoi An a quaint ancient town or spend some time with the skillful tailors; treating yourself to tailor-made clothes; which Hoi An is renowned for.
For those who have a ‘green thumb’; you have the opportunity to join the farmers in preparing the land; seeding; watering, and picking the crops. Cruise along the Mekong river and shop in Saigon. Do not miss this opportunity to discover the best highlights of Vietnam.
This tour includes all the highlights of the “Great Ocean Road”. Acclimatize in Hanoi, see the sights, experience the Xich Lo ride around the Old Quarters to see the street life.
Ha Long Bay
Stay overnight in Halong Bay aboard a boat, go fishing and swimming in jade green water and soak up its natural beauty. From the atmospheric charms of Hoi An to modern day life of Saigon, you can feel the diverse cultures and the energy of Vietnam.
Take part in a unique experience of guerrillas living underground during the war in Saigon. Experience a crawl through one of the tunnels. And the food bowl of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is the place for those longing for a taste of the local life far from fellow travelers. Its all about the experience and not just sightseeing. Immerse yourself in the local life!
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel.|
|Day 2||City tour of Hanoi.|
|Day 3||Drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay|
|Day 4||Visit Luon: head back to the pier and return to Hanoi|
|Day 5||Flight to Da Nang. Arrive in Hoi An|
|Day 6||Cua Dai estuary cruise & Cooking class|
|Day 7||Return flight to Hanoi|
|Day 8||Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels visit|
|Day 9||Full Day Cai Be Floating Market & Mekong Delta|
|Day 10||Last Day in Vietnam. Transfer to Saigon Airport.|
> Tours departs daily from Hanoi
> All sightseeing tours are private and include entrance fees
> Go on an unforgettable "Xich Lo" ride through Hanoi and attend a Water Puppet Show
> Sail out on Ha Long Bay and spend the night in an elegant A/C cabin
> Stroll through the quaint streets of Hoi An
> Visit the famous landmarks in Saigon including the Cu Chi Tunnels
> Explore typical Vietnamese life on the Mekong Delta
Ha Long – Hanoi (B/Brunch)
- Early Rise to catch the sunrise over Sung Sot Cave while taking part in a Tai Chi class with the boat’s Tai Chi guru.
- Enjoy a light breakfast and sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. Then, you can explore Sung Sot Cave, swim and relax. Cruise back to the jetty while brunch is served as you are cruising through the bay and observing more fascinating rock formations.
- Back to Hanoi in the late afternoon, check in hotel and free at your leisure
Hanoi – Da Nang by Flight – Hoi An (B)
- This morning we take a flight to Da Nang.
- On our way to Hoi An; stop in Da Nang and visit Cham Museum built in 1915; which contains intricate ancient Champa sculptures.
- After stopping for lunch at Da Nang Beach; where you have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the ocean we take a short drive to the stunning Marble Mountains.
- We climb the marble stairs to reach the peak of the largest mountains of the 5 elements; Thuy Son or more commonly known as ‘Water Mountain’.
- We admire the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains; countryside and Da Nang Beach and continue on to ‘Huyen Khong’; an underground cave; which was a former hospital through the War.
- After our scenic climb, continue for a further 20 minutes reaching Hoi An.
- Upon arrival, stroll through the quaint streets of Hoi An; visiting an Ancient Chinese Temple; The Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese covered bridge.
- The rest of the late afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the peaceful ambiance of this quaint ancient town or spend some time with the skillful tailors; treating yourself to tailor-made clothes; which Hoi An is renowned for.
- Overnight at your hotel in Hoi An
Hoi An – Tra Que / Cooking Class (B/L)
- Today, we have the great privilege of spending the day with a local family home within a small farming village, just outside of Hoi An town.
- Biking from hotel to Tra Que village. Upon arrival, we are welcomed by the family and enjoy a traditional herbal drink, before setting out on our guided walk through the local farmland. We learn about the history of the village, observe the processes of harvesting, and discover the many traditional uses, in both cooking and Vietnamese medicines, with the herbs and vegetables grown.
- For those who have a ‘green finger’, you have the opportunity to join the farmers in preparing the land, seeding, watering, and picking the crops.
- After trying your hand in harvesting a crop, what better way than to take a rest, freshen up and soak your feet in a traditional lemongrass and rose petal foot bath, before sitting down for a delicious lunch of local delicacies, using the fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden.
- The family also love showing off their skills in whipping up your lunch, giving you a very creative cooking demonstration.
- In the early afternoon, we bid farewell to the family and head back to town.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic Airfares (subject to conditions)
- Accommodation in double/twin room at selected hotels
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Guide
- Entrance fees
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 MAY to 30 SEP 2019
Contact us for any other date of travel required
Best time to travel to Vietnam
A good time to travel to Vietnam is spring (February to April and again in Autumn (August to October)
Overall, Vietnam enjoys a mild tropical or subtropical climate and aside from a few months a year in the high northern region you'll never need to worry about packing cold-weather gear.
But do bring an umbrella, especially if visiting from July to November, Vietnam's stormiest months.
Vietnam Culture and Greetings
When interacting with a Vietnamese, be sensitive to Vietnam’s history. The person you may talk to may have experienced the struggles of the Vietnam War. Thirty years on many Vietnamese still have physical and mental health problems from the war. Approach any topic regarding this with sensitivity and sympathy.
Objects should be passed, given or received with both hands together. Vietnamese people are generally punctual and expect the same standard from others. The Vietnamese are accustomed to shaking hands. Some Vietnamese might use two hands to shake by resting the left hand on top of the grasp with the other person's hand. Bowing the head while shaking hands indicates respect
Drinks & Food
Vietnamese food is always served fresh and flavourful. You will find lost of fish dishes, cooked with fresh herbs and vegetables. Local cuisine is healthy and light
Discover your environment
Driving is on the right-hand side of the road. Taxis are plentiful and can be flagged down on the street. Make sure the taxi has a meter set before starting your journey. Hiring a bike (Wearing a helmet is a must) for the day is popular and is still Vietnam’s most popular transportation mode, together with motorbikes. Express long-distance trains will take you comfortably between cities
Tipping is very customary, especially in the most important tourist areas. It is appreciated y the receiver as salaries are on the low side and tipping makes up a sizeable side to monthly earning
Local interesting meals:
Drinking an egg coffee is a must
Pho: Noodle soup usually with meat
Nem: Spring rolls with pork, noodles, egg and mushroom wrapped in rice paper
Banh bao: Steamed dumplings stuffed with onions, pork and other ingredients
Banh MI: French baguette with pickled daikon and carrot, chili, coriander, cucumber and various cold meats
Lau: Vietnamese hot pot
Bia hoi: Fresh beer produced daily and served cold in local bars and very refreshing (Low in alcohol)