Itinerary in brief: Day 1: Hanoi
arrival Day 2: Hanoi city tour ( B, L ) Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay cruise ( B, L,D ) Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Danang - Hoian ( B,L ) Day 5: Hoian ancient town ( B , L) Day 6: Hoian - Danang - Hue( B ) Day 7: Hue city ( B, L ) Day 8: Hue- Ho chi minh ( B, L) Day 9: Ho chi minh – Mekong Delta - Ho chi minh ( B, L ) Day 10: Ho chi minh departure ( B )
Itinerary in Details:
Day 1: Hanoi arrival - 30km , around 50 minute drive
Arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to hotel by Asia View Travel’s guide with signboard, check in, relax. Today is free at your leisure to rest or explore, discovering your own first impressions of Vietnam. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi city tour ( B, L )
Breakfast at hotel, This morning we start city tour with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on Monday, Friday & October for annual maintenance ), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the impressive Ethnology Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. We continue to visit the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple, do a cyclo tour around around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Enjoy water puppet show- a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water.Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong bay on board ( B, L,D ) – 180km around 3,5 hour drive
Breakfast at hotel, then 8:30 AM start a 3. 5 hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee ( by your own ) before arriving to Ha Long City.
12:00 – 12:15: Arrive in Ha Long city, board our traditional wooden junk boat for an overnight journey. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the bay.
13.00: Start sail from Bai Tu Long Bay area, Feast on a delicious lunch as you cruise among beautiful of islets (Tea pot islet, Mat Quy –Monster Face islet, Yen Ngua islet, Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet etc.) to discover unspoilt pockets of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot - Amazing cave, one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay. Swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach or a short trek to the top of Titov mountain (426 Steps) for a magnificent panorama scenery.
17.30: Fresh fruits serve at lounge or sundeck
Enjoy vegetable/fruit carving & Folding Napkin
19.30: Enjoy your dinner on board.
21.00: Squid fishing or relax and chatting with your partner, friends, family.
Overnight on Ha Long Bay aboard Junk.
Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Danang flight – Hoian ( B, L )
06.20: Tai Chi Exercise with an opportunity to admire the magnificent scenery of sunrise over the Bay.
07.00: For early riser complimentary tea, coffee and break fast are served.
08.00: Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat paddle by out crew staff and enjoy the quiet atmosphere enclosed by high islets and mountains. Be back to our Junk. Sail past rock formations such as and passing Finger islet, Hoa Cuong fishing village area, Ga Choi – Fghting Cock islet, Dinh Huong Islet, Little Dog islet. Enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city, etc.
09.00: Arrange your luggage and do the check out onboard.
10.15: Enjoy a lunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations.
11:30 – 12:00: We will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a drive back Hanoi. We transfer directly to the airport for flight to Danang. The guide in Danang will pick you up, transfer to hotel in Hoian, check in, relax.
Day 5: Hoian ancient town ( B, L )
Today there are a lot of time to explore Hoian ancient town, once a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Hoi An’s architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years. Take a leisurely walking tour of the ancient town center and visit the sites of former merchants’ homes, a 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and a Chinese Communal Hall. Believed to have been settled no less than 2,200 years ago, Hoi An was known as Faifo to early Western traders. Hoi An was one of the major ports of Southeast Asia from the 17th to 19th centuries. Chinese, Japanese, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and other traders had small communities here, and the old wooden houses, bridges and temples that remain are reminiscent of a Vietnam of centuries past. This unique old trading town slowly became isolated due to its river silting up and by destroyed rail lines, leaving it untouched by war and frozen in time. Nowadays, this absolutely charming and relaxed town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is also famous for it's shops in particular it's large number of tailors. If you wanted, you could have a whole new wardrobe made for you here!Overnight at hotel in Hoian.
Day 6: Hoian – Hue ( B ) – 150km, around 4 hours traveling by road
This morning there is plenty of time to discover Hoian by yourself. You might like to take a boat ride with one of the local women across the Thu Bon River. Perhaps you would like to hire a bicycle and head off on a scenic ride to Cua Dai beach, about 4 km away. There's even the chance to improve your culinary skills with a Vietnamese cooking lesson. One thing is for sure - there is no shortage of things to do in this town!.
Afternoon, say good bye Hoian and embark on northern bound journey to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Stop en route at the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach and the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. In Danang you will visit the Marble Mountains, five sacred hills containing dozens of Buddhist shrines. The guide and driver will take you over the beautiful Hai Van Pass - Vietnam's geographical and psychological boundary between north and south. The peak of the pass lies perpetually shrouded in clouds.
Arrival Hue in Hue late afternoon, check in, relax.
Day 7: Hue city ( B, L )
Breakfast at hotel, we then set out for the exploration of Hue's famous highlights, including the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. We embark on a boat for cruise upstream on the Perfume River, viewing the city and the tranquil villages on the riverbank. We will walk up to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, a nicely located pagoda, overlooks the Perfume River and the beautiful scenery beyond, where you get to learn more about the Buddhism in Vietnam. One of the most poignant displays here is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. Disembark the board for a visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Tu Duc, built decades before its occupant's death the tomb was used as a palace retreat before the emperors final resting place. End of city tour with a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Day 8: Hue - Ho chi minh ( B, L)
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport for the flight to Ho chi minh. Pick up at Tan Son Nhat airport, transfer to city center. We spend the rest of the day to visit the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office, Opera House before we shall see the exhibition on Vietnam War to the famous War Museum. We pass a place with its famous lacquers and the city's finest shopping street, Dong Khoi Street and the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. Overnight at hotel in Ho chi minh.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta - Ho chi minh (B, L) – 80km for 1 way, around 2 hours on road / 1 way.
You will be picked up at hotel, transfer to My Tho, 80km from Ho chi minh city. It takes you around 2 hours to get the area. This trip provides a look at a wide variety of the life and scenery on Vietnam River from the peaceful Delta. The huge ships, which come from many different countries moving slowly, quietly along the river is what you will see at the Saigon River. Do not miss this sight! On the way you will see daily activities of local people along the river sellers and buyers bargaining, exchanging fish, the products that they got from their working on the sea. From My Tho, you will ride on a local motor boat around Dragon Island, Unicorn Island, Phoenix Island, Turtle Island and stop at the famous Unicorn Island. While at the Unicorn Island, you will take a short trek and go for a rowing boat trip. You will also enjoy lunch, tropical fruit and free time bike ride in the rural village. From there, you will continue your motor boat trip to Ben Tre province to visit a handmade coconut candy workshop. Then transfer to a small motor boat and travel along the lush, green canals that are so beautiful for photography. Take 2 hour drive back Ho chi minh city, check in, relax.
Day 10 : Ho chi minh departure ( B )
Free until transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of tour.
| Location || Standard 3* || Superior 3* || First class 4* || Deluxe 5* |
| Hanoi || Le Carnot 3* || Le Carnot 3* || Lan Vien 4* || De L’ Opera 5* |
| Halong boat || V Spirit 3* || V Spirit 3* || Pelican 4* || Starlight 5* |
| Hue || Hue Serene 3* || Asia hotel 3* || Moonlight 4* || Imperial 5* |
| Hoian || Vinh hung II 3* || Vinh Hung Emerald 3* || Vinh hung riverside resort 4* || Sunrise Hoian 5* |
| Saigon || Ruby River 3* || Tan Hai long hotel &spa 3* || Grand Silverland 4* || Majestic 5* |
| Phnompenh || Cardamom 3* || King grand Boutique 3* || White Maison 4* || Sofitel l 5* |
| Siem reap || Casa angkor 3* || Central Boutique 3* || Prince D'angkor 4* || Borei Angkor 5* |
- All accommodation in double / twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- 2 days 1 night cruise in Halong Bay ( private cabin – sharing boat )
- All tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
- Private English or French speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary with local foods (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Boat cruise as stated
- Airfare & aiport taxes: Hanoi – Danang, Hue – Ho chi minh
- Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
- Mineral water & towel
- Government taxes & Service charges
- International flights that not mentioned above
- Vietnam visa arrangement (We can apply Visa on arrival if you request)
- Kayak in Halong Bay
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Surcharge on 24,31 December and Lunar New Year
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills, drink during meals
- Tips and gratuities