The Vietnam Passion 16-day trip offers an excursion to explore the whole gracious and graceful country of Vietnam with its captivating natural beauty, tranquil village life, bustling cities, its richness of culture and friendly people by not only car but also airplane, overnight train and cruise. Start with Hanoi, Sapa for a land of terraced rice paddies, villages.., Explore the breathtaking beauty of more than 2000 islands rising from emerald water of Ha Long Bay recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Gain a deeper understand of Imperial city Hue known for its temples, tombs, palaces & pagodas, you will be transferred to Hoian, another World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. Explore the bustle Ho Chi Minh City, the dynamic heart of Vietnam Visit the famous Cu Chi network of underground tunnels used as a military base for the Vietcong in the, we enjoy the rhythm of life in the mighty Mekong Delta. Lastly, what is more interesting than ending your trip at Phu Quoc Island, which has been long known for its untouched natural environment, easy going locals, snorkeling and scuba diving options and stunning beaches
Tour code: XS/10WB
Destination: Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon, Can Tho, Ha Tien, Phu Quoc.
- Day 1. Arrival in Hanoi
- Day 2. Visit Hanoi- train to Lao Cai(B,L)
- Day 3. Sapa Cat Cat village (B,L)
- Day 4. Sapa village tours- train to Lao Cai(B,L)
- Day 5. Hanoi- Ha Long bay(B,L,D)
- Day 6. Ha Long bay- Hanoi- Flight to Hue(B,L)
- Day7: Hue imperial city(B,L)
- Day 8: Hue- Da Nang- Hoi An(B)
- Day 9: Hoi An cooking class(B,L)
- Day 10: Hoi An- Da Nang – flight to Saigon(B)
- Day 11: Saigon- Tay Ninh temple- Cu Chi tunnel(B,L)
- Day 12 : Saigon- Vinh Long- Can Tho(B, L)
- Day 13: Can Tho- Cai Rang- Floating market- Ha Tien(B,L)
- Day 14: Ha Tien- Speedboard to Phu Quoc(B)
- Day 15: Phu Quoc relax(B)
- Day 16. Phu Quoc- flight to Saigon – Departure(B)
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL& WATER PUPPET SHOW
Upon the arrival, you are met at the Noi Bai airport and transferred to the hotel by Asia King’s guide. Check-in and take the relax. In the late afternoon, enjoy the Water Puppet Show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art. This art originates from rural festivals in Vietnam. The artists-men and women-stand waist-deep in the water to manipulate the puppets, making them move about, talk and laugh and even dance on the surface of the water, followed to have dinner at nice local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR- NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI
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 the 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 trek. Then we take a cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi. In the late afternoon, catch the train to Lao Cai. Overnight on aboard
DAY3: LAO CAI – SAPA- CAT CAT VILLAGE
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 06:00. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours to make our way up the mountains. Arrive Sapa have breakfast at the local restaurant. Enjoy hotel facility and Sapa town. This afternoon at 1pm from the hotel there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, and Sansaho village home to the H’mong hill tribes minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Overnight at hotel in Sa Pa
DAY 4: TA VAN VILLAGE- TRAIN TO HANOI
Breakfast at the hotel, then embark on a lovely walk that will take us along small paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H’mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Stopping for a picnic lunch on the way at a family in Ta Van village. Opportunity to meet with local people and study the art of making batik and local weaving villages – study textile tradition of craft women o Black H’mong and Red Dzao. In the afternoon, back to Sapa to prepare for train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train
DAY5: HANOI- HA LONG JUNK CRUISE
Breakfast at hotel and then start a 3-hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee before arriving to Ha Long City. We then transfer to a refurbished wooden sailing junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. While on board we will be served a sumptuous fresh, local seafood lunch followed by a swim and exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. When the sun comes down we drop anchor for the night nearby a remote island. Dinner on board. Overnight on Junk
DAY 6: HA LONG CRUISE- FLIGHT TO HUE
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay we have time for an early morning dip with joys and emotions for watching sunrise on sea followed by breakfast. This morning we continue to move around the bay to find more secluded areas. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a back up vessel for those that require it. At around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey to Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival Hue, pick up & transfer to hotel in Hue. Overnight at the hotel in Hue
DAY 7: HUE IMPERIAL CITY
We then set out for the exploration of Hue’s famous highlights, including the picturesque Thien Mu, or Heavenly Lady Pagoda. 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. Transfer back to Hue center Hue for lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, visit 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, do the walking and shopping in Dong Ba Market to enjoy the specialty of Hue city. Overnight at the hotel in Hue
DAY 8: HUE- DA NANG- HOI AN
Having breakfast, then we bid Hue farewell this morning. We continue our south bound journey in the comfort of private vehicle. Today our destination is the old trading town of Hoi An. Along the way through we will stop at Lang Co beach for coffee 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. Continue on our way down the other side and into Da Nang where we will stop at the Cham Museum, the famed East Beach, and the Marble Mountains. Arriving in Hoian, we spend the rest of the afternoon free and relaxing. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An
DAY 9 : HOI AN- COOKING CLASS
We start the day (8:15am / 1:30pm) with a drink at Hai Scout Café – our meeting point.Visit the colorful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy. On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s, before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat exactly what we have cooked.
Recipes (our food contains no MSG):
1. Making fresh Rice paper
2. Fresh Rice Paper Rolls of Shrimp
3. Crispy Hoi An Pancakes with Shrimp, Herbs & a Peanut Sauce
4. Marinated Beef on a Sizzling Plate
5. Vietnamese Eggplant in Clay Pot
6. Food Decoration – Pineapple Boat, 3 Colored Flowers & Vietnamese Hand Fan
Back your hotel & free after. Overnight at the hotel in Hoian
DAY 10 : HOI AN – DA NANG- FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport for the flight to HCM city. Afternoon we pass the now-demolished wartime American Embassy before we 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. After seeing the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum, we continue our trip on to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. Dinner in the local restaurant. Overnight in HCM city.
DAY 11: HO CHI MINH- TAY NINH TEMPLES- CU CHI TUNNELS
The head quarter of Cao Dai sect is located in Tay Ninh. This religion was founded in 1923 and now numbers over 2 million members. After breakfast we travel by roads to Tay Ninh to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Afterwards we continue to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war. Overnight at the hotel in HCM city.
DAY 12: HO CHI MINH – VINH LONG- CAN THO
This morning we set off for a drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Cai Be, well-known for it’s floating market. Here we will board our private boat for a cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. We will stop at the home of a Bonsai gardener for a sumptuous Delta lunch, including the popular dish of ‘Elephant ear fish’, before continuing our exploration of the tributaries and canals of the delta. Towards the end of the day we arrive in Cantho. Overnight at the hotel in Can Tho
DAY 13: CAN THO- CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET- HA TIEN
Rising early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day, we breakfast and start our trip with a boat cruise on sparking streams along the endless waterway of Mighty Mekong River to Cairang floating markets. There will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade. Sellers advertisers their wares by crying out across the waters. We visit the lush orchards and are treated to a delicious tropical fruits. After having lunch at the good local restaurant, we drive to Ha Tien, on the way visiting Hon Chong and see round a pagoda on grottoes. Upon arrival, check in hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Ha Tien
DAY 14: HA TIEN – SPEEDBOAT TO PHU QUOC ISLAND
Morning after having breakfast, take the speedboat to Phu Quoc Island, is one of the best coastline in Vietnam. Check in hotel & relaxation. Overnight at the hotel in Phu Quoc
DAY 15: PHU QUOC ISLAND
Relax and enjoy your Phuquoc sandy beach: swim, sunbathe and take in the delights of this beautiful holiday resort. Optional sightseeing or visit to offshore islands, scuba diving and other water sports. or just relax and enjoy the resort facility. Overnight at the hotel in Phuquoc.
DAY 16: PHU QUOC- HO CHI MINH- DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel, after that transferred to the airport to take the flight to Ho Chi Minh and then connect to the flight back your home country. End of Services.
- Accommodation based on double room
- Halong Bay cruise 1 night (Join-in)
- English speaking guide
- Cyclo tour & water puppet show in Hanoi
- Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- All transfers with the air-conditioned private vehicle
- Private boat excursion in Hue, Mekong Delta
- Speed boat: Ha Tien – Phu Quoc Island
- Shuttle bus from Phu Quoc pier to hotel and hotel to Phu Quoc airport
- Train ticket : Hanoi – Lao cai – Hanoi
- Hoian cooking class
- All entrance fees
- Water & cool towels
- Government taxes & service charge
Trip doesn’t include:
- International flights
- Vietnam visa stamp fee (45 USD per person )
- Early check in/ late check out
- Travel insurance
- Admission fees during free time
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
- Tips and gratuities
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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