Wanna discover Vietnam, the S-shaped country stretches from North to South of about 2,000 km but you do not have a month for holidays? this 9-day trip is created to mainly take you to the main attractions of the country with deep knowledge of our guides.
What to Expect
Day 1- Arrival Ho Chi Minh City – Afternoon Saigon City Tour – Welcome Dinner & Traditional Music Show:
Morning, our tour guide and private vehicle will welcome you at the airport and transfer to hotel in downtown. Lunch by your own at hotel.
1:30 pm Then we start our city tour by visiting major attraction of Ho Chi Minh City such as: Unification Palace, War Remains Museum, Notre Dame Church, City Post Office. If time permits, we will stop at Ben Thanh Market for experiencing the local trades and have chance to shop many nice products here.
5:00 pm back to your refreshment until 7:00 PM – we drive to center area of Saigon to enjoy dinner and traditional music show at local royal-styled restaurant. Drive back to the hotel around 8:30 PM.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 2- Full Day Visit Rural Mekong Delta (My Tho – Ben Tre)
Morning, after breakfast in your hotel, our tour guide and vehicle will pick you up at hotel and drive 2 hours from Saigon to the heart of the Mekong Delta, famous for its vast rice fields and most beautiful landscapes. Visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda en route and stop by the bank of Tien Giang River. Take a boat trip on Mekong River to Phoenix Island where local handicrafts and sweets from coconut are being produced.
Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits and traditional live music and songs performance. Take a short ride on a horse carriage to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea. Proceed by small sampan boats through the small canals and side arms of the river to observe the daily life along the river banks with a stop and short leisurely walk at the Turtle Island. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before driving back Ho Chi Minh City.
The rest of day is your free time to explore Saigon nightlife. Overnight in Saigon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 - Morning Flight to Da Nang – Transfer to Hoi An – Orientation walk around Hoi An
Morning, breakfast at your hotel in Saigon then check out and transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for domestic flight to Da Nang. Arrive Da Nang, our tour guide and vehicle will welcome you at Da Nang Airport and a coastal lines heading to Ancient Hoi An Town, crossing China Beach and Marble Mountains whose name is for the five marble hills or “mountains” after the five elements of the ancient oriental philosophy. After 1 hour driving, we arrive Hoi An and check in. Lunch by your own expense.
Afternoon, we will have a on-foot discovery to this ancient town by visits at the historic merchant and community houses, places of worship and famous bridges. Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets is still virtually intact. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs.
The rest of day is your free time to relax. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 4 - Free Morning in Hoi An Town – Transfer to old Hue City via Hai Van Pass
This morning is your free time to relax in Hoi An. After your own lunch & check out, our tour guide and vehicle will pick you up and head to royal Hue City with the most unforgettable drive up the fantastic Pass of Clouds (Hai Van pass). At the top of the pass, stop for sightseeing. This is one of the rarest sites where you can see vestiges of the most significant contemporary eras of the Vietnamese history, vestiges of a fortification built by the Nguyen dynasty, military bunkers left from the war with the French and bunkers from the Vietnam War. From this height, enjoy thrilling views of the surrounding sea and mountains.
After 3 hours driving, we arrive Hue & check in hotel. The rest of day is the time to discover Hue’s nightlife by your own. Overnight in Hue.
Day 5 - In Hue: Morning city tour – Free Afternoon
8:00 am, we start our city tour by first stop to visit Hue Citadel: Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, The Mieu Temple…The Imperial City in Hue is a walled fortress and palace in the former capital of Vietnam of the last Feudal Dynasty in Vietnam – Nguyen Dynasty.
Leave the Citadel, we will take a boat trip on Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Back to your hotel at noon and the rest of day is your free time to explore Hue by your own. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6 - Morning Flight to Hanoi – Afternoon Hanoi City tour – Unique Water Puppetry Show in Hanoi
Early morning, our vehicle will transfer you to Hue Airport for domestic flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival Hanoi around 10:00 am, Meet-up with our tour guide and vehicle transfer to hotel at down town for check in.
After your own lunch, at 2:00 pm, we start Hanoi city discovery, firstly visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his house on stilt, the botanical garden and the Presidential palace while learning about his life and revolutionary activities. This used to be the residence of the Governor of Indochina. After 1954 it was named the Presidential Palace and became the place where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked until he passed away in1969.
Next, visit the interesting Ethnology Museum. Located west of the city centre, this museum offer informative and well-documented display on the country’s 54 ethnic groups, include elaborate and colorful hill-tribe costumes, weaving designs, musical instruments, fishing implements, work tools and other functional objects. The display continues on to the garden outside with fascinating examples of minority housing from the King’s to the ones of the ethnic groups in Central Highlands.
4:00 pm take the 1hour-cyclo tour around the Old quarter through its streets which are named after the guilds that used to represent such as Hang Bac (Silver Street), Hang Gai (Silk Street), Hang Tre (Bamboo Street) etc…
5:15pm The amazing time for Water Puppet Show! This is a chance to witness a remarkable performance of traditional water puppetry, a practice that dates back to the 15th century and is deeply ingrained into the cultural lives of the peoples of the Red River Delta. Set on a flooded stage, the stories tell tales of legendary heroes and everyday life, with dragons and unicorns sharing the stage with ducks and frogs, and even fireworks and naval battles.
After the show, we will have a nice dinner with specific dishes of Northern Vietnam at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Hanoi – Ha Long Bay: Cruising Experience & 1.5 hour soft kayaking
Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s, and indeed Southeast Asia’s, most spectacular natural attractions, whose staggering beauty has seen it listed as one of the eight natural wonders of the world. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay presents a quite extraordinary vista of hundreds of limestone islands (over 1600 at last count) that rise from the jade green waters of the bay like the scales of some great submerged dragon. Indeed Halong means ‘where the dragon descends to the sea’ and local legends tells of a time when this rugged landscape was created by the pounding tail of a mighty dragon as he ran from the mountains into the glittering waters of the bay below.
08h00 – 08h30: bus and guide will pick you up at your hotel for 3.5 hours drive to Halong. Arrive in Halong pier and board the cruise. Lunch is served with a welcome drink while the boat is cruising the bay to enjoy the beautiful limestone seascape with Fighting cock, Dog Rock and Incense Burner.
After visiting Amazing Cave we stop at a floating house and do snorkeling here or go kayaking to Luon cave to enioy the quiet atmosphere of the bay (Kayaking 1,5hrs). Fresh fruit flatter will be served followed by a dinner. Overnight on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Halong Bay – Hanoi
Sunrise breakfast and cruise around the clear & emerald water to another part of Halong bay with a close up view of stunning limestone peaks, such as Drum cave, Man’s head Islet….
Heading to Van Gia fishing village, you will have the opportunity to understand more about the fishermen’s daily life. Having lunch on board with a variety of local foods and enjoying the rest of the boat trip before back to Halong dock.
Have a short beak before the shuttle bus transfers you to Hanoi. Reach Hanoi around 4h30 PM. The rest of day is your free time. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9 - Departure
Free at leisure until our vehicle will transfer you to Noi Bai International Airport for your flight home or onward travels. Hope to welcome you back to Vietnam soon.
- Vietnam Travel insurance
- English / French speaking guides
- Private Modern Transportation as mentioned in program
- Accommodations based on twin shared
- Boat trips
- Domestic Flights as mentioned in program
- All permits & sightseeing fees
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Purified water on touring
What's Not Included
- Surcharges for other languages speaking guides, during festive seasons and peak season surcharges, which will be – advised at time of booking
- International Flights and International Airport tax/fees
- Personal expenses
Know Before You Go
- Cancellations made by customers: The following cancellation policies shall be applied:
+ Cancel 31 days prior to arrival, 30% of tour price non-refundable.
+ Cancel between 15-30 days prior to arrival, 50% of tour price non-refundable.
+ Cancel between 7-14 days prior to arrival, 70% of tour price non-refundable.
+ Cancel within 6 days of arrival, 100% of tour price non-refundable.
- Cancellations made by our company (Adventure Holidays – Asia):
+ If the remaining balance of total tour payment amount is not made fully at least on the first date of the tour, Adventure Holidays – Asia will have right to cancel the relevant tour or confirmed services.
+ If consequences of force majeure, unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside the control of our company (Adventure Holidays – Asia), the alternative tours will be offered by our company (Adventure Holidays – Asia) at no surcharge or the customers may choose to claim full refund of tour prices paid.