Impressive Vietnam 15 day tour will tantalize all of your senses. See a variety of destinations and incredible sceneries. From Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) to charming Hoi An. The imperial city of Hue and Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River. and one of the most ancient capital in the world. Ha Long will mesmerize you. Sapa will be like a dream - seeing is believing. There will be interaction and opportunities to learn local tradition & lifestyles. All this is part of the impressive tour. Vietnam is a relatively new destination for tourism. It is now being revealed as a place of unspoiled natural beauty and culture.
Start in Saigon. Explore the historical sights and visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, created to assist the Vietnamese against the French in 1948. See its kitchens, field hospitals and command center. Then head to the Cai Be floating markets. In Hoi An take a stroll down its quaint streets and cruise down the Cua estuary.
Drive through the stunning Marble Mountains to Hue and amaze yourself in Sapa when exploring this wonderful destination. Try your hand in activities such as trekking, photography, visiting minority village markets, etc. Continue the trip sailing along the beautiful Halong Bay. Appreciate Imperial Hue declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO and visit countryside villages in Hoi An.
End your Vietnam trip in one of the most exciting cities in Asia: Ho Chi Minh City. Spend the last day discovering its rural areas. Learn about farm life and explore delightful fruit gardens.
A highlight of your tour will be an interaction with the local population in the Mekong Delta. Do not miss this opportunity to live an unforgettable experience!.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Saigon. Transfer to your hotel|
|Day 2||Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels|
|Day 3||Full Day Cai Be Floating Market tour|
|Day 4||Saigon – Danang (Flight) and onwards to Hoi An|
|Day 5||Hoi An City Tour|
|Day 6||Hoi An Stay for a Day with the Locals|
|Day 7||Drive to Hue through the stunning Marble Mountains|
|Day 8||Explore Hue and afternoon flight to Hanoi|
|Day 9||Hanoi City Tour and board overnight train to Lao Cai|
|Day 10||Journey up the impressive mountains to Sapa|
|Day 11||Sapa Village tour|
|Day 12||Return to Lao Cai for overnight train travel to Hanoi|
|Day 13||Transfer to Ha Long|
|Day 14||Visit Luon and return to Hanoi|
|Day 15||Last Day in Vietnam. Transfer to Hanoi Airport|
> Private tour operating daily
> Tours with English speaking guides and entrance fees included
> Enter into the famous Cu Chi tunnels and experience subterranean life
> Explore life on the Mekong Delta
> In Hoi An, make use of the superfast tailors for your new outfit
> Taste a homemade delicious lunch with a local family in a village outside Hoi An
> Take a boat trip on a Dragon boat cruising down the Perfume River in Hue
> Visit the "infamous" Hanoi Hilton Prison
> An unforgettable walk to Cat Cat Village taking you through rice paddies
> End your tour cruising Ha Long Bay
- On arrival at Saigon Airport, clear all customs procedures.
- Proceed to exit gate and look out for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the signboard with your name
- Transfer you to your hotel. (Early check-in is exclusive and subject to availability).
Saigon city tour & Cu Chi Tunnel (B)
- With over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, Saigon is truly a city that never sleeps.
- This morning, set out on a half city tour with your guide on hand, offering insight into everyday life in the city.
- Famous landmarks include the colonial-era government quarter, with its vibrant yellow French-style post office.
- Continue off the tourist track to experience the local life of bustling Saigon.
- Learn about Vietnamese and Chinese communities as you travel to Cho Lon, one of the world’s largest and oldest Chinatowns.
- In the afternoon travel out of town and see the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, where thousands of Viet Cong soldiers lived during the Vietnam War.
- It's possible to enter a few of the tunnels if you are comfortable with narrow spaces, as well as see exhibitions and videos of the tunnels when they were in use.
- The evening is at leisure; head to a trendy restaurant or cocktail bar, or try street food near central Ben Thanh Market.
Cai Be Floating Market Full day (B/L)
- Today we head to Cai Be floating market exploring typical Vietnamese life of the Mekong Delta
- Upon arrival at Cai Be go to rice factories in An Cu Village. Continue to the Cai Be floating market and handicraft workshop by boat. Onwards to Tan Phong Island onboard rowing boats sailing along the small canals. Arrive at the Mekong Ecolodge for a short break followed by a bicycle ride exploring and taking in some activities of the local people on the island.
- At a local house, learn how to make jack leaves cakes, known as the Island's specialty. The hammocks under the shades of 200-year old milk fruit tree are inviting you to enjoy the atmosphere. Take a walk over the Monkey bridge. Today will be a day never to be forgotten
- Next will be a lesson in knitting water hyacinth hat. . Return to the Mekong Ecolodge for a cooking class and lunch
- Late afternoon return to the ferry the ferry station and back to Sagon
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in private AC vehicle
- Domestic Airfares (subject to conditions)
- Accommodation at selected hotels in a double/twin room at selected hotels
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Guide
- Entrance fees
- International 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, cchili 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)