The 8 days Taste of Vietnam tour is an opportunity to explore wonderful Vietnam from North to South. Your journey starts in Hanoi. Visit ancient cities, cultural & natural heritage sites. Cruise along the Ha Long Bay among its 2000 Islands. Get off the tourist track in Saigon. Exploring the Mekong Delta and stay in an Ecolodge
The cuisine and cultural history coupled with its amazing people will keep you coming back for more.
At a glance
|Day 1||Arrive in Hanoi. Transfer to Hotel.|
|Day 2||Hanoi City tour with a visit to the Ethnology Museum|
|Day 3||Travel to Ha Long Bay and cruise the Bay with its fascinating scenery|
|Day 4||Flight to Saigon|
|Day 5||Morning private tour of Saigon and visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels|
|Day 6||Travel along the Mekong Delta to Tan Pong Island|
|Day 7||Village walking tour and return to Saigon|
|Day 8||Transfer to Airport and end of services|
> Daily departures
> All tours are conducted with a private guide and include entrance fees
> Embark on a Xich Lo ride through the old quarter of Hanoi with a visit to the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison
> Attend a Water Puppet show
> Spend one night cruising Ha Long Bay, an experience of a lifetime
> Visit the Ci Chu tunnels, where 1000's of Vietcong soldiers lived during the Vietnam War
> Board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River with its beautiful landscape
> Stay in a typical Mekong Ecolodge for 1 night including a cooking demonstration
> Take a walk through traditional villages set against bonsai gardens and fruit trees
- Upon your arrival; you will be met by our representative for transfer to the hotel; and check-in
- Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
Hanoi City Tour (B)
- This morning we embark on a an exhilarating and unforgettable Xich Lo ride through the charming; yet bustling; 36 Street Old Quarter to Ba Dinh Square where we disembark to explore Ho Chi Minh’s Quarter.
- Hanoi is well known for its history; architecture; charm; tranquility and cuisine. Our first visit is to the most well respected site of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum which includes the Presidential Palace; One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.
- We meet our bus for a short journey to visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the 11th century Temple of Literature; Hanoi’s first University.
- After our exciting adventures we have all worked up a hunger! We cross the street for lunch (pay yourself) at famous Koto restaurant.
- In the afternoon; we drive approximately 25 minutes to the Ethnology Museum.
- Here you will learn of the traditional cultures of 54 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam through articles; stories; displays of traditional houses; costumes; hunting equipment and many more wares used in day to day life.
- Enjoy the famous traditional Water Puppets Show in the evening.
- Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
Hanoi - Ha Long (B-L-D)
- Leave the hotel and go ahead Halong with pass through wonderful scenery en route for tranquil villages and buffalo on fields.
- Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink and a delicious freshly caught seafood lunch whilst sailing out of the Bay passing amazing shaped mountains. Enjoy the seascape from the sundeck or from your private cabin through a glass window. Go for some swimming, kayaking or visit caves on the island. In the late afternoon, we take part in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration from the onboard chefs and enjoy the seafood feast for dinner as stars emerge from behind those jungle-clad limestone pillars.
- Spending night on board in elegant cabin and handicraft wooden interiors with air-conditioning.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation at selected hotels in a double/twin room sharing
- Domestic flights (Subject to change)
- Meal plan as per itinerary
- Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT 18 and 30 APR 19
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)
The chaotic streets of Hanoi with motorbikes piled high and people everywhere is all part of the Vietnamese experience. Enjoy the atmosphere, explore the streets, or chill out with a cup of coffee on a rooftop café.
Ha Long Bay
Halong Bay with its karst towers and misty early morning appearance are unforgettable. This is one of the most photographed coastal scenes in Vietnam and is a must-see on any visit to the country.
Many people still call this city Saigon. Today it is full of markets, skyscrapers, temples, and is a good way to mix old and traditional with the new in Vietnam.
Vietnam has many ethnic groups, many of whom are in the north of the country. At Sapa, trekking into the hills with an overnight stay is the best way to see these people. From the Black Hmong to the Zay and the Blue, the encounters are a real highlight of Vietnam.
Life on the Mekong is fascinating with floating markets, islands and rice paddies and also home to many locals. Taking a boat trip to an island and watch the world go by is a wonderful way to watch life in the Delta