Vietnam

Vietnam is a land of contrasts; a thin elongated country stretching over 1,650km in length from top to bottom. With this length comes a wide range of diverse scenes and settings. From the cool hills and mountains of the north to the warm and sunny beaches and waterways of the south, there are activities and sights to please everyone.

This is a land of both untouched customs and vibrant fresh imagination. People working, worshipping, celebrating in the mountains or delta as they have for hundreds of years contrasts strongly against the mixing of tradition and new ideas in the cosmopolitan cities.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrice per person
Independent TourHo Chi Minh City & Beyond5
Independent TourCentral Highlights6
Independent TourHanoi & Halong Bay Discovery6
Independent TourHanoi & Sapa by Train8
Independent TourVietnam Essential16

Ho Chi Minh City & Beyond

Discover Ho Chi Minh City’s vibrant energy, bustling street life, and delicious cuisine. No visit to Ho Chi Minh City would be complete without a visit to the historic Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

On arrival at Ho Chi Minh City International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.
Hotel: Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel, 4 nights

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning enjoy a half-day city tour of Ho Chi Minch City with a visit to the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Post Office, War Remnant museum and Ben Thanh market. The afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon.

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City

Depart Ho Chi Minh City for the Mekong Delta. At My Tho take a boat cruise along the river and a short walk to visit a handicraft workshop where products are made from coconut trees. Experience a horse-drawn cart to visit a local house where you can enjoy tea and taste some tropical fruits grown in the region. Float on a sampan through the narrow, tree-lined canals of the Mekong Delta. After lunch visit a family-run business making coconut candies before returning to My Tho mainland. Visit the Vinh Trang pagoda if time permits and return to Ho Chi Minh City late afternoon.

Day 5: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City International Airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport: Airport Transfers, private air-conditioned vehicle & private boat
Accommodation:4 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Central Highlights

A combination of touring in the World Heritage Site of Hoi An and the ancient capital of Hue, you will marvel at the history and delight as you experience the local life. With fantastic scenery, wonderful history and culture, this is a great option for those to experience Central Vietnam.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Hue

Upon arrival at Hue Domestic Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.
Hotel: Saigon Morin Hotel, 2 nights

Day 2: Hue

Take enjoy morning boat cruise on the peaceful Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and then drive to the poetic mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. In the afternoon, proceed to visit the Imperial Citadel and the Dong Ba Market. The spectacular Citadel (which was built in accordance to strict principles of geomancy) houses a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences and colleges.

Day 3: Hue – Hoi An

Drive along the coast via mountain passes to Hoi An with a stop en route at the photogenic village of Lang Co Beach. Visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang which houses the world's finest collection of Cham artworks before proceed to Hoi An and to the Hoi An Beach Resort for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the town.
Hotel: Hoi An Beach Resort, 3 nights

Day 4: Hoi An

Pay a visit to one of Hoi An's famous lantern workshops and learn how to make one yourself before setting out on a walking tour to explore this World Heritage City. Highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market. Take a peaceful boat trip on the Thu Bon River and afterwards enjoy free time to further explore the old town.

Day 5: Hoi An

In the morning, drive to the remarkable ruins of My Son located in a remote jungle valley. My Son was formerly the religious centre of the Cham Kingdom and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 20 well-preserved monuments. Drive back to Hoi An in the afternoon.

Day 6: Depart Hoi An

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Danang International Airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts
Transport: Airport Transfers, private air-conditioned vehicle & private boat
Accommodation:5 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Hanoi & Halong Bay Discovery

Explore the sights of Hanoi and immerse yourself in all its glory before travelling to the World Heritage Listed Halong Bay for a 2-night junk cruise. Relax in the emerald waters while you watch the limestone cliffs tower above – the joys of cruising in Halong Bay.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

Upon arrival at Hanoi International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.
Hotel: Boss Legend Hotel, 2 nights

Day 2: Hanoi

After breakfast explore Hanoi's illustrious history. In the morning, visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays) before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. You will then explore the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature, which is imbued with the profound philosophies of Confucianism. In the afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple and the bustling Old Quarter.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay

This morning drive through green rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay to board the Jasmine Junk. Considered Vietnam's greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts around 3,000 islands that rise out of the sea providing a spectacular natural environment. Around noon board the boat and begin your cruise through the bay while lunch is served. After lunch, visit a floating fishing village where you will have the opportunity to observe fishermen who have been living in the bay for generations. Spend some time exploring the bay by small rowing bamboo boat. Return to the boat for cooking demonstration before dinner.
Cruise: Jasmine Junk, 2 nights

Day 4: Halong Bay

After breakfast, transfer to your day trip boat and cruise to the bay's most untouched areas. Visit one of the biggest caves in Halong Bay and visit a Pearl Farm Village. Return to the main boat in the afternoon.

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Greet the day with morning Tai Chi and an opportunity to view sunrise over the bay. Continue your explorations of the bay, with a swim, or take the opportunity to hike to the top of one of the islands for great views and photo opportunities. Return to the boat and continue cruising through this spectacular environment whilst enjoying buffet brunch. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi.
Hotel: Boss Legend Hotel

Day 6: Depart Hanoi

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Hanoi International Airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers, private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:3 nights in hotels & 2 nights on-board the Jasmine Junk
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Hanoi & Sapa by Train

Explore Hanoi and travel by overnight train to the mountainous area of Sapa. Here you will be able to engulf yourself in local minority groups and their traditions and cultures. Some trekking is also included and you will return to Hanoi like you have really experienced far north Vietnam.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

Upon arrival at Hanoi International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.
Hotel: Boss Legend Hotel, 2 nights

Day 2: Hanoi

After breakfast explore Hanoi's illustrious history. In the morning, visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays) before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. You will then explore the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature, which is imbued with the profound philosophies of Confucianism. In the afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple and the bustling Old Quarter.

Day 3: Hanoi – Lao Cai

Your day is free at leisure to explore Hanoi. This evening transfer to the railway station to board the Victoria Express for your overnight train ride to Sapa departing at 2200 hours.
Train: Victoria Express Train

Day 4: Lao Cai - Sapa

Arrive at Lao Cai Train Station at approx 0630 hours, have breakfast at a local restaurant then drive to the Muong Khuong district and to the Cao Son commune. The road condition is good and offers a stunning scenery of the beautiful country side, especially the terraced rice paddies and tea farms, pine plantations. Arriving at the Cao Son market at 10.00 right at the crowded time of the market. Join the locals and enjoy the excitement of this weekly market. Walk from section to section and corner to corner, seeing and smelling the different local products, spices, vegetables, farming tools, handicraft, even medical herb…especially meeting the smiling locals everywhere. The market is almost over at 11.30 am, take a lunch break in a local restaurant. Optional: Boat trip on Chay river (it depends on water level today) Enjoy a walk in the afternoon to Tin Thang Village of the Flower H'mong. In this village, people still distill the wine from corn, making bacon in the most basic way and hospitably at offering special corn cakes to anyone who drop by their house. Leaving the village mid afternoon for the road trip back to Lao Cai with stop for a short walk to visit a tea farm at Thanh Binh. Transfer to the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa for check-in.
Hotel: Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, 2 nights

Day 5: Sapa

After Breakfast, head northwards of Sapa where we will enjoy breakfast along the way. We travel along national road 4C for 8 km to O Quy Ho with several stops to view the magnificent landscapes of Fansipan. .Mt, Sin Chai Valley and we will see the amazing flower and vegetable farms. Then we turn right to follow a narrow tarmac for about half an hour, passing through a wild region with thick rain forest covering walled-up mountains, passing a beautiful waterfall before arriving to Ban Khoang commune, home to the Black Hmong & Red Zao ethnic people who live their unique way of life and maintain traditional values. The villages here are prosperous thanks to the combination of wet rice cultivation on the terraced fields with cardamom farming under the shade of thick rain forest. Spend over an hour walking to explore this remote village for a brief understanding of local life. Leaving Ban Khoang, we contunue along the road for about 10 km to Ta Giang Phin Valley which is inhabited by the Black Hmong who live in several hamlets scattering along a peaceful stream. Enjoy an hour lunch break on the bank of a stream. After lunch we spend 2 hours walking along the village path which connects hamlet to hamlets witnessing daily activities of local life such as plough and harrow the fields, growing, harvesting or doing house works. In leisure months men often gather to build new houses or repair parts of old ones while women stay home making their traditional costumes. The walk ends mid afternoon, where you will transfer back to Sapa.

Day 6: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi

After Breakfast, we start our day at 0830, firstly by road transfer for 12km southwards and uphill to Den Thang mountain. Enjoy several stops to view the marvelous landscapes of Hoang Lien mountain range and Muong Hoa Valley before arriving at a small hamlet village which sits at 1,572m high and overlooking down the Muong Hoa valley. Leaving the vehicle for an easy walk to explore this charming hamlet of the Black Hmong which has lots of traces of the past sifting lifestyle of the Hmong. Then follow the large village path gradually downhill along the stunning valley of Sa Seng, passing several hamlets of the Sa Seng and Sau Chua villages along the way which are organized in typical way of the Hmong dwelling,: Wooden roofed houses surrounded by rock-wall where pot-belly pigs, chickens, water buffaloes are running here and there and children entertaining themselves with their own games and toys. There are chances to see Hmong women making fiber from hemp, spinning, weaving to make traditional costumes. We end our walk at Sa Pa, another hamlet of the Hmong which is located near the former place of Sapa's traditional market. You will be collected and transferred back to Lao Cai Railway station for the overnight train to Hanoi which departs at 2105 hours.
Train: Victoria Express Train

Day 7: Hanoi

This morning arrive at Hanoi Train Station at 0410 hours and transfer to the Boss Legend Hotel for an early check-in and breakfast. The remainder of the day is free at leisure to explore on Hanoi on your own.
Hotel: Boss Legend Hotel

Day 8: Depart Hanoi

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Hanoi International Airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Transport: Airport Transfers, private air-conditioned vehicle
Train:Victoria Express Train Ticket: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi
Accommodation:5 nights in hotels, 2 nights on-board the train
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Vietnam Essential

The complete touring experience for first time travellers to Vietnam. You will tour around Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi, seeing them in all their glory. Plus a two-night stay in the picturesque beach destination of Nha Trang and a perfectly relaxing 2-night junk cruise on the World Heritage Listed, Halong Bay.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

On arrival at Ho Chi Minh City International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.
Hotel: Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel, 4 nights

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning enjoy a half-day city tour of Ho Chi Minch City with a visit to the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Post Office, War Remnant museum and Ben Thanh market. The afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon.

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City

Depart Ho Chi Minh City for the Mekong Delta. At My Tho take a boat cruise along the river and a short walk to visit a handicraft workshop where products are made from coconut trees. Experience a horse-drawn cart to visit a local house where you can enjoy tea and taste some tropical fruits grown in the region. Float on a sampan through the narrow, tree-lined canals of the Mekong Delta. After lunch visit a family-run business making coconut candies before returning to My Tho mainland. Visit the Vinh Trang pagoda if time permits and return to Ho Chi Minh City late afternoon.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang

You will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Nha Trang. On arrival in Nha Trang, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.
Hotel: Nha Trang Lodge Hotel, 2 nights

Day 6: Nha Trang

Enjoy Nha Trang's turquoise waters and white sandy beaches with a boat cruise to the offshore islands in Nha Trang Bay. In the afternoon, visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers, the Long Son Pagoda, Nha Trang Cathedral. A visit to a local fish and food market is optional.

Day 7: Nha Trang - Danang - Hoi An

You will be transferred to Nha Trang Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Danang. On arrival in Danang, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.
Hotel: Hoi An Beach Resort, 3 nights

Day 8: Hoi An

Pay a visit to one of Hoi An's famous lantern workshops and learn how to make one yourself before setting out on a walking tour to explore this World Heritage City. Highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market. Take a peaceful boat trip on the Thu Bon River and afterwards enjoy free time to further explore the old town.

Day 9: Hoi An

In the morning, drive to the remarkable ruins of My Son located in a remote jungle valley. My Son was formerly the religious centre of the Cham Kingdom and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 20 well-preserved monuments. Drive back to Hoi An in the afternoon.

Day 10: Hoi An – Hue

After breakfast drive along the coast, through emerald-green paddy fields and over the spectacular Hai Van Mountain pass (Ocean Cloud Pass) and the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before reaching Hue.
Hotel: Saigon Morin Hotel, 2 nights

Day 11: Hue

Take enjoy morning boat cruise on the peaceful Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and then drive to the poetic mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. In the afternoon, proceed to visit the Imperial Citadel and the Dong Ba Market. The spectacular Citadel (which was built in accordance to strict principles of geomancy) houses a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences and colleges.

Day 12: Hue – Hanoi

You will be transferred to Hue Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.
Hotel: Boss Legend Hotel, 2 nights

Day 13: Hanoi

After breakfast explore Hanoi's illustrious history. In the morning, visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays) before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. You will then explore the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature, which is imbued with the profound philosophies of Confucianism. In the afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple and the bustling Old Quarter.

Day 14: Hanoi – Halong Bay

This morning drive through green rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay to board the Jasmine Junk. Considered Vietnam's greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts around 3,000 islands that rise out of the sea providing a spectacular natural environment. Around noon board the boat and begin your cruise through the bay while lunch is served. After lunch, visit a floating fishing village where you will have the opportunity to observe fishermen who have been living in the bay for generations. Spend some time exploring the bay by small rowing bamboo boat. Return to the boat for cooking demonstration before dinner.
Cruise: Jasmine Junk, 2 nights

Day 15: Halong Bay

After breakfast, transfer to your day trip boat and cruise to the bay's most untouched areas. Visit one of the biggest caves in Halong Bay and visit a Pearl Farm Village. Return to the main boat in the afternoon.

Day 16: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Greet the day with morning Tai Chi and an opportunity to view sunrise over the bay. Continue your explorations of the bay, with a swim, or take the opportunity to hike to the top of one of the islands for great views and photo opportunities. Return to the boat and continue cruising through this spectacular environment whilst enjoying buffet brunch. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi.
Hotel: Boss Legend Hotel

Day 17: Depart Hanoi

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Hanoi International Airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Flight Ticket: Hi Chi Minh City – Nha Trang – Danang / Hue - Hanoi
Accommodation:14 nights in Hotel & 2 nights on-board the Jasmine Junk
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary