18 day Amazing Vietnam Tour is no doubt the best choice for the first time visit to Vietnam as it brings you an overview of Vietnamese history, culture, lifestyle, cuisine, and beautiful time at world’s famous sites in Halong Bay, Sapa, Hoi An, Cu Chi Tunnels…
Tour code: XS/09WB
Destination: Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon, Mui Ne
- Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
- Day 2: Hanoi City Tour(B,L)
- Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu & Tam Coc – Train to Sapa(B,L)
- Day 4: Sapa Market Tour(B,L)
- Day 5: Sapa – Train to Hanoi(B,L)
- Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Cruise(B,L,D)
- Day 7: Halong Cruise – Hanoi & Flight to Hue(B,L)
- Day 8: Hue City Tour- Hoi An(B,L)
- Day 9: Hoi An – Boat trip- bicycle tour(B,L)
- Day 10: Hoi An Free day(B)
- Day 11: Hoi An – Danang & Flight to HCMC(B)
- Day 12: Ho Chi Minh –Tay Ninh- Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh(B,L)
- Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh(B,L)
- Day 14: Ho Chi Minh – Phan Thiet(B)
- Day 15: Mui Ne free & easy(B)
- Day 16: Mui Ne free & easy(B)
- Day 17: Mui Ne free & easy(B)
- Day 18: Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh Departure(B)
DAY1: HANOI ARRIVAL
Upon arrival, our private Vietnam Tours guide and driver will welcome your Vietnam Holiday, pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in. Hanoi, a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY2: HANOI SIGHT SEEING
Today, we enjoy a full day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on Monday, Friday & November), 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 Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam. Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the impressive Ethnologic Museum, dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups, several of which we will see on our forthcoming trekking. Then we take a cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Enjoy water puppet show. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi
DAY 3: HANOI- TAM COC (ISLAND TOUR)- NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI
Depart your hotel this morning at 0800 for the 2-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Ready the bikes and start the trail route cycling to the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers.
Continue cycling for 1-hour to Tam Coc through stunning limestone karst valleys surrounded by picturesque fields and villages, along the way stop where you wish to take photographs. On arrival in Tam Coc have a Vietnamese lunch. After your meal board your private sampan for a leisurely 2.5-hour cruise. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to Hoa Lu’s other name, “Halong on Land”. Should you feel adventurous climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order. Following its back by sampan to Tam Coc town before returning to Hanoi by vehicle where you arrive in the late afternoon. Free time until transfer to the train station for overnight train to Sapa. Overnight on train.
DAY4: LAO CAI- MARKET TOUR- SAPA
The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes, spotlight for any Sapa Tours and of course, your unique Vietnam Tours experience. Minority people come down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the latest news, gossip, drinking away troubles or seeking for lover. In the morning, your private tour guide and driver meet you at the train station. This morning, we have arranged a mini hotel for you to have shower and breakfast before driving to visit one of the areas weekly markets;
Market days:Can Cau Market – Saturdays; Bac Ha Market or Muong Hum Market or Muong Khuong Market – Sundays; Cao Son Market – Wednesdays; Lung Khau Nhin Market – Thursdays; Coc Ly Market – Tuesdays
After the market visit, depends on which market/tour, we will arrange additional visit and then drive to Sapa in the afternoon. Check ina dn free at leisure. Overnight in Sapa.
DAY5: SAPA- LAO CHAI- TA VAN VILLAGE- NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI
Sapa, In the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colours of its hill tribe population. It is here you will find hands stained with colour from fabric dyes and shades of blue, red and green intricately embroidered and stitched into jackets, waistcoats, pants, skirts, caps, purses and leggings.
After breakfast, take a morning walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy market where Red Dao, Black & Flower H’Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts, and to buy provisions. After that, we will do one of the most beautiful Sapa Tours by driving along beautiful Muong Hoa valley to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van village of the Black H’mong and the Day people where you can enjoy fresh air, amazing scenery of the imposing mountain range, trek down world’s most beautiful terraced rice fields, visit some local families on the way and learn unique culture and life of these ethnic groups. Back to Sapa by private car then we take you back to Lao Cai for for the train back to Hanoi. We hope that you have enjoyed your Sapa Tour with us. We say goodbye and see you again. Overnight on the train.
DAY 6: HANOI- HALONG CRUISE- HANOI
Pick up from the train station, this morning, we have already arranged a room in a mini hotel for you to have shower and breakfast before driving to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of any Vietnam Tours. Upon arrival, board your traditional wooden junk. Welcome drink on board. After a relaxing break, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch while cruising through the wonderful Ha Long bay visiting its amazing grottoes and caves. Opportunity to dive off the boat and have a pleasant swimming in the deep blue water of East Sea before relaxing on your sun deck to view a Halong sunset. Dinner on board with excellent fresh seafood. Overnight on board.
DAY 7: HALONG- HANOI- FLIGHT TO HUE
People said that your Vietnam Tours would not have been done without a trip to Halong Bay and a romantic night on Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. Imagine 3000 or more incredible islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty. Halong Bay is pure art, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature. It is absolutely true when you get up early to catch the sunrise on the bay, doing Ta Chi on sundeck and relax with a cup of hot coffee or tea when the boat cruising to explore more of Halong Bay. All make your Vietnam Holiday with full sweet memory. Back to Halong city, end of your beautiful Halong Bay Cruise at around noon where our private guide and driver are waiting for the transfer back to Hanoi Airport for afternoon flight to Hue. Pick up on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Hue
DAY 8: HUE- DRIVER TO HOI AN
Hue is one of places, which has many cultural heritages. Up to now, there is no place like Hue remaining a lot of originally historical vestiges as in this ancient Capital City and an enjoyable stop for your Vietnam tours. After breakfast, our tour starts with the visit to Imperial Citadel before taking the beautiful boat trip on the romantic Perfume River and visit Hue’s best-known religious site-Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. In the afternoon, drive to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. This scenic drive passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Upon arrival in Hoi An, free to take walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town centre. Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY9: HOI AN- BOAT TRIP & BICYCLE
Our guide will pick you up at the hotel and walk to the port after passing the ancient town where guests embark on the boat. On the way you can enjoy the busy daily life of Hoi An people. Depart for Thanh Ha Pottery Village where you can learn and enjoy the daily life of Thanh Ha people. Observing the steps of making a pottery product: vase, pot, kettle, cooking pot, … Continue boarding more 30 minutes to opposite land of Thu Bon River for Kim Bong Village. Have an introduction walk during which the guide will explain the story of Kim Bong Village. Throughout the walk you will have the possibility to admire the shipbuilding area where wooden fishing vessels are built using traditional techniques. You will also make a stop in the carpentry workshop where carpenters create hand crafted furniture and sculptures as well as a range of souvenirs. Hop on the bicycle, go around the island about 45 minutes for relaxation the fresh air of this countryside landscape. Embark on the boat for going back to the port. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. The end of tour.
DAY 10: HOI AN FREE & EASY
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Day free to cycle through rice paddies in the countryside of Hoi An ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous Danang Beach. Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 11: HOI AN – DA NANG- FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH
After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide and driver in Hoi An will transfer you to the airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh (VN). Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, transfer to the hotel in Saigon, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel, free time at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
DAY 12: SAI GON- TAY NINH- CU CHI TUNNEL-SAIGON
After breakfast, enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam. At Tay Ninh, visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail. In the afternoon, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence where you will understand more about the Vietnam War or American War, a must see Vietnam Tour for any tourists to learn about Vietnam past and present days. Overnight in Ho chi Minh.
DAY 13: SAIGON- MEKONG DELTA TOUR- SAIGON
Today we will start our exploration of the Mekong Delta, a major rice producing area. This must be one of the most fascinating riverine deltas in the world. The Mekong splits into nine major arteries. A vast network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships of all sizes plowing the waters gives the Mekong Delta a very special atmosphere and no doubt one of the most favorite destinations for Vietnam Tours and a smart Vietnam Tour maker would never skip. On arrival, we will make a boat trip to the Cai Be floating Market, visit villages and meet the people of the Mekong Delta. Continue your boat trip to An Binh Island for Lunch in a local family and bike trip in the afternoon. Continue to Can Tho – the heart of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Come back to Saigon. Stay overnight in Saigon.
DAY 14: HO CHI MINH- PHAN THIET (MUI NE BEACH)
After breakfast, we drive to Phan Thiet (5 hours), once a part of the Cham Kingdom, it’s now a perfect stop for Vietnam beach holidays and to end your Vietnam Tours, an unremarkable town with a reasonable beach, some decent hotels, and a very good golf course. In a nice setting with white sand beaches and coconut trees, the beach resort of Phan Thiet is also endowed with amazing spots such as sand dunes, natural lakes and astonishing red canyons. Phan Thiet still has sizeable populations of Cham and Raglai ethnic minority groups. The former are a part of the area’s Cham heritage. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel, free time at leisure. Overnight Phan Thiet
DAY 15- 17: PHAN THIET ( MUI NE)
Days are free at leisure for you to write about your Vietnam Tours or to explore the area including the fishing village of Mui Ne which locates at the far end of the beach, the village and several hectares of massive rolling sand dunes make a pleasant diversion from relaxing on the beach, swimming and windsurfing. The village is worth a visit for three reasons – firstly, very few tourists go further than the dunes, secondly, the small harbour is picturesque (there’s an excellent view from where the dunes road turns off) and thirdly, there’s an interesting pagoda where followers of Vietnam’s whale cult hold services and store skeletons of the massive sea mammals. Overnight Phan Thiet
DAY 18: MUI NE- DRIVER TO SAIGON –DEPART
Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorial Vietnam Holiday until Indochinavalue’s private guide and driver will transfer you back to Ho Chi Minh airport for your departure flight. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam Tours with us and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours. Indochinavalue says goodbye and see you again!!!
- Accommodation based on double room
- Halong Bay cruise 1 night (Join-in)
- Train ticket: Hanoi- Lao Cai- Hanoi
- An air-conditioned private vehicle
- An English speaking guide (National guide)
- Cyclo tour & water puppet show in Hanoi
- Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Private boat excursion in Tam Coc, Hue, Hoi An,and Mekong Delta
- All entrance fees
- Water & cool towels
- Government taxes & service charge
- Vietnam Visa stamp fee : USD 45/ person
- International air ticket
- Early check in/ late check out
- Drinks and meal not mentioned
- Personal expenses
- Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).
- Gratuities/ Tipping
- Other services not mentioned
Note: We can arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability. All tour guides of Xuan Son travel are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
We pick hotels for you based on:
Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.
3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.
4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.
5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.
Private Tour Guide
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.
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