Highlights of Vietnam

Price
From USD$1980 Per Person
  • 10  nights  11  days
  • Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Danang, Hoian, Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta
Highlights
  • Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Halong Bay: Overnight Cruise
  • Hoian: Organic Vegetable Village
  • Hue: C...Read More
    Highlights
    • Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
    • Halong Bay: Overnight Cruise
    • Hoian: Organic Vegetable Village
    • Hue: City tour by scooter (optional)
    • Hue: Imperial Citadel
    • Hue: Imperial Citadel Ho Chi Minh: War Remnants Museum
    • Ho Chi Minh: Ben Tre Town
  • Details
  • Itinerary
  • Includes & Excludes
  • Travel Tips
  • GALLERY

Highlights of Vietnam

From North to South you will revel in fascinating history and exotic sights of Vietnam. Travel dates available from September 2019 to April 2020.

Vietnam is a combination of a bustling metropolitan, well-preserved culture, landscapes of mountains and expansive rice terraces making Vietnam your ideal getaway. Valued traditions that has remained a long time is still in practice amongst the locals. There are numerous ancient landmarks and colonial structures that have survived throughout the bumps and scrapes of history. Buddhist shrines can be found next to towering skyscrapers. Whether you’re planning a historical tour of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, a relaxing cruise or simply want to escape the city life, our Vietnam package can cater just about any holiday preference.

Additional Information

Tour Start Dates (Saturdays):
September 7, 2019
September 21, 2019
October 5, 2019
October 19, 2019
November 2, 2019
November 16, 2019
December 7, 2019
January 11, 2020
February 1, 2020
February 15, 2020
March 7, 2020
March 21, 2020
April 4, 2020
April 18, 2020

Itinerary

Arrive at Hanoi Airport, meet your local representative for private transfer to hotel.

Accommodation: La Siesta Premium Hang Be Hotel and Spa or similar
After breakfast, the day starts with a visit to the complex dedicated to Ho Chi Minh- the nation’s founder, containing Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (viewed from outside on Mondays, Fridays and every afternoon due to closure), the house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Next up, visit Tran Quoc Pagoda - Hanoi’s oldest pagoda on the bank of West Lake, and Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university which was constructed in 11th century. After lunch, take a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter streets. Stop at Hoan Kiem Lake to learn about the legend of the lake and visit Ngoc Son Temple, followed by the Water Puppet show - a uniquely Northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation: La Siesta Premium Hang Be Hotel and Spa or similar
Transfer to Halong Bay, a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. Relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. Participate on on-board activities. Enjoy visiting grottos, swimming, kayaking, cooking demonstration, and squid fishing. Overnight on board.

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Bhaya Classic Cruise or similar
Early risers can join a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Late morning, say farewell to the crew and transfer back to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival, transfer to the airport and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation: Imperial Hotel or similar
Visit the 18th century Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge, Vong Canh Hill and the Quyen Arena, also known as the Tiger Arena where tigers fought in ancient times. Next, learn how to make some favourite Hue cakes and have lunch with a local family. Stop at a local cafe with a special war items collection. In the afternoon visit the former Imperial Citadel. Enjoy special home-style dinner with a local family.

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Imperial Hotel or similar
Option: you can choose to have Hue City tour by car or by scooter
Visit Dong Ba Market before departing for Hoi An. Enroute, visit the Cham Sculpture Museum in Danang. In the afternoon, take a walking tour in Hoi An featuring the Phung Hung Ancient House, Museum of Hoi An, Kwan Kung Temple, Japanese Covered Bridge, and workshops of traditional handicrafts and Hoi An Market.

Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort or similar
Visit an organic vegetable village then join in a farmer’s daily activities. You can experience riding a water buffalo and paddling bamboo basket boat in the river. Optional biking along the country roads. Lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort or similar

After breakfast, transfer to Danang airport for flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Hotel or similar
In the morning depart on an excursion to the Cu Chi famous for its over 200-kilometre-long tunnels that were used by guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. After lunch in town, visit the War Remnants Museum, the City Post Office building and Ben Thanh Market.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Grand Hotel or similar
Drive to Ben Tre Town, well-known as the “land of coconuts”. Enjoy a bike ride through the village. Then take a boat trip on the river and visit some workshops making products from coconut trees. Lunch with local specialities. Back to Saigon late afternoon.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Grand Hotel or similar
After breakfast, enjoy leisure time until your transfer to the airport for your homewards flight

Meal(s): Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Domestic Airfare within Vietnam: Hanoi – Hue and Danang – Saigon
  • Return private transfer between airport and hotel.
  • 4-Star hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • 2 Days 1 Nights Halong Bay River Cruise
  • Private sightseeing tours with admission*
  • Professional English Speaking local guide service
  • Daily breakfasts 4 Lunches and 1 Dinner

*Guaranteed departure with 2 passengers. Tour starts on Saturdays (See dates under Details)

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare to Vietnam
  • Travel/Medical/Cancellation insurance
  • Travel Visa
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff
  • Any items not specified as included

Travel Tips

Travel documents: You must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. You can apply for a visa to Vietnam in person, by mail, online or by e-mail . Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa page. If you arrive in Vietnam without an appropriate visa (which could be an e-visa) or pre-approval for a visa on arrival, you will be denied entry.

For Visa requirements please refer to CITB Visas.

Currency: The local currency is the Dong (VND). Currency can be exchanged at hotels, banks and authorized moneychangers, who typically provides the best rate.

Language: Vietnamese is the official language in Vietnam Learn a few common phrases which might be useful while travelling. For example, Xin Chao (Hello) and Cam On (Thank you).

Weather: Vietnam is typically warm and humid but the weather can vary significantly from one region – North and South.
Northern Vietnam: The northern regions can be quite cold in the winter and have four distinctive seasons.
May – October is hot and humid with high percentage of rainfall
November - April is cool and dry with temperature average 17 to 22°C.
December – Januarycan be particularly cold and frosty
Southern Vietnam: There are almost no significant differences in temperature in the southern parts of Vietnam but simply split into the wet and dry seasons. The average temperature in the south ranges from 25°C to 35°C throughout the year.
May – October are the wetter months with July and August receiving the most rainfall.
November - April are the drier months and is usually hotter and more humid between Feb to May

What to Pack: Lightweight cotton clothing is advised throughout the year. Carry an umbrella or raincoat for sudden rainfall especially during the wet season. Be prepared for high temperatures and humidity in the summer in all areas. A sweater and warmer clothing are needed in the winter in the northern parts of Vietnam, and in the mountainous areas.

Power Supply: Electricity supply in Vietnam is 220 Volts at 50Hz. Plugs type A (two flat vertical pins), type C and type F (two round pins) fit to most Vietnam electrical outlets

Tips & Gratuities: Generally, tipping is not customary in Vietnam, but highly much appreciated. At expensive restaurants, service charges or tipping may be added but servers at most "typical" pho shops or street vendors in Vietnam do not expect tips as part of their service. With a private tour guide, you should tip 7 – 10 USD per person per day. However, with a group of 5 – 8 people or more, you can 3-5 US Dper person per day.

Do’s & Don’ts :

  • Do greet by pressing your pasm togethering and bowing slighty
  • Do use both hands to pass things
  • Do dress conservatively even in warm weather
  • Do remove foorwear when entering homes or religious sites
  • Don't point your feet towards the alter

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