Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi city tour ( B, L )
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong cruise (B, L, D)
Day 4: Halong – Hanoi ( B, L)
Day 5: Hanoi - Hue flight (B, L)
Day 6: Hue city tour (B, L)
Day 7: Hue – Danang – Hoian (B)
Day 8: Hoian ancient town (B, L)
Day 9: Hoian free (B)
Day 10: Hoian – Danang - Nha trang flight (B)
Day 11: Half day Thap ba Hot Spring Bathing & Mud Spa tour ( B )
Day 12: Nha trang relaxation (B)
Day 13: Nha trang relaxation (B)
Day 14: Nha trang – Ho chi minh (B)
Day 15: Ho chi minh city – Cu chi (B, L)
Day 16: Ho chi minh – Mekong delta – Ho chi minh(B, L)
Day 17: Ho chi minh departure (B)
Itinerary in Brief:
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 ( 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, check in, relax.
Day 5: Hanoi – Hue flight ( B ) This morning free until transfer to airport for flight to Hue. The guide in Hue will welcome you at airport, transfer to hotel in city center. Afternoon 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. On return to the city, we then take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies.
Day 6: Hue city tour ( B, L ) Breakfast at hotel, 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.
Day 7: Hue – Danang – Hoian ( B ) – 150km, around 4 hours traveling by road This morning free and easy to discover Hue city by your self. Afternoon, say good bye Hue and embark on southern bound journey to Hoian – the old trading town. Along the way though we will stop at Lang Co beach for coffee ( by your own ) and refreshments. From here we head up to the Hai Van pass, stopping at the top to take in the stunning views north over Lang Co beach and south over Danang city. Continuing on our way down the other side and into Da nang, where we will stop at the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach and Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. We also visit the Marble Mountains, five sacred hills containing dozens of Buddhist shrines. Arrive in Hoian ancient town late afternoon, check in, relax.
Day 8: 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 9: Hoian free (B) Today there is plenty of time to relax or discover Hoian by yourself. You can spend your time walking around exploring the many Chinese assembly halls and fascinating ancestral homes, some of which have been occupied by the same family for fifteen genera ions. 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 the town, 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!
Day 10: Hoian – Danang - Nha trang flight (B) Free until transfer to the Danang airport for flight to Nha trang. Pick up at Nha trang airport, transfer to hotel, check in, relax.
Day 11: Half day Thap ba Hot Spring Bathing & Mud Spa tour ( B ) This morning free at leisure. Afternoon, you take the cable car from Vinpearl land to the mainland and the tour guide will pick you up, transfer to Thap Ba Hot Spring center via beach side road. Relax and gain your health in Mud bathing and Minerals Springs swimming. After that, visit the Cham Po Nagar Temples nearby. Coming back to your resort through Nha Trang street to observe local Nha Trang life. Tour from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Day 12: Nha trang relaxation (B) Free and relax at beautiful Nha trang beach.
Day 13: Nha trang relaxation (B) Free and relax at beautiful Nha trang beach.
Day 14: Nha trang – Ho chi minh (B) Breakfast at hotel, free at leisure until transfer to the airport for flight to Ho chi minh city, The guide in HCM city will pick you up, transfer to hotel in city center, check in, relax.
Day 15: Ho chi minh city – Cu chi (B, L) Breakfast at hotel, drive to Cu chi tunnel. Cu Chi used to be a bitter battleground for many years during the Vietnam War. Visitors to our country should not miss a visit to this underground village with us intricate network of over 200 km of tunnels at Ben Dinh, 50 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Don"t miss the experience a short, exciting trip through this labyrinth of interlaced tunnels. In addition, green paddy fields along the road to Cu Chi, and see local peasants at work and buffaloes led by children…These are really pleasant sights and will offer you some insights into Vietnamese agriculture as well . Transfer back city for lunch. Afternoon visitthe 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, War Remnant Museum. We also visit the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 16: 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 your 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 17: Ho chi minh departure (B) Breakfast at hotel, free time until transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Say goodbye Vietnam.
First class 4*
Le Carnot 3*
Le Carnot 3**
Lan Vien 4*
De L’ Opera 5*
V Spirit 3*
V Spirit 3*
Vinh hung II 3*
Vinh Hung Emerald 3*
Hoian Beach resort 4*
Palm Garden 5*
Hue Serene 3*
Asia hotel 3*
Ruby River 3*
Tan Hai long hotel &spa 3*
Grand Silverland 4*
The light 4*
Sunrise Nhatrang 5*
All accommodation in double / twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
3 days 2 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 – Hue, Danang – Nha trang, Nha trang – 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
We have now been home for 2 weeks and have just celebrated our sons wedding day. Our trip to Vietnam has been the very best holiday and overseas travel experience that we have ever had. We cannot stop telling our friends and anyone who will listen just how wonderful it was. The itinerary that you presented for us was so diverse and so well organised we ...