Essence of Vietnam , South to North

Essence of Vietnam , South to North

Culturally rich and steeped in centuries-old charm, Vietnam’s appeal lies in its unique artistic, religious and architectural heritage set against a backdrop of diverse natural beauty. Awaken your senses as this tour takes you through... Read More
Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights
Tour Code : HT10D
  • All accommodation basing on double/twin room with daily breakfast
  • Private transportation as specified in itinerary
  • English speaking guide for day tour
  • All entrance fee for sightseeing
  • All boat trips as specified in itinerary
  • Meals as specified in itinerary (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • Drinking water on roach
  • International air ticket to/ from Vietnam
  • Visa fee to Vietnam
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Personal expense
  • Things are not indicated in itinerary
  • Tip for guide and driver

Tour price: Available on your request

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Maps Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 : HO CHI MINH CITY ARRIVAL

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Distances and journey time:

From Tan Son Nhat International Airport to hotel in HCMC (8km):30mins 

Day 2 : HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

Depart the hotel for a full day Ho Chi Minh City tour. Head to Cholon, the Chinatown district, to discover the area’s markets, shops, and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda - dedicated to the goddess of the Sea. Visit Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum, the FITO Museum, with an amazing collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine. Implements used to prepare indigenous herbs, and objects commonly found in traditional pharmacies can be seen in the galleries as well as ancient books and documents on traditional Vietnamese medicine.

Head back to the city center to visit Ben Thanh Market where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered. Simply stroll through the market exploring the variety of goods for sale.

This afternoon visit the War Remnants Museum,  History Museum (closed Mondays) or the former Presidential Palace, Stroll to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall (a vehicle will be waiting at all times). At the end of the afternoon head back to the hotel.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3 : HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA - HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L)

The colorful floating market, vast emerald rice fields and lush back waterways; these are the things that make Cai Be such a desired destination. This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be.

On arrival board your boat for cruise in the Delta’s waterways. Start your journey by passing by Cai Be’s floating market, once a busy place to trade fruits and vegetables and nowadays a more quiet market.

Then, continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island; along the way admire the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers. Lunch will be local Mekong style serving specialties of the area. Return to Ho Chi Minh City late afternoon. 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Distances and journey time:

HCMC to Cai Be (100km):2hrs.

Day 4 : HO CHI MINH CITY - DANANG - HOI AN (B)

After breakfast transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the short flight to the central port city of Danang. On arrival in Danang transfer to Hoi An, stopping en route to visit the interesting Cham Museum (time permitting). Hoi An is a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 5 : HOI AN - DANANG - HANOI (B)

Transfer to Danang airport for the short flight to Hanoi.

On arrival, transfer to hotel.

This afternoon visit the Temple of Literature. In 1076, Vietnam's first university Quoc Tu Giam was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

Next, visit The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. (Viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov)

Wander the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around.

Time permitting, or as an alternative to one of the above, visit the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum (closed on Mondays).  The museum is located near Hoan Kiem Lake and offers wonderful insight into the lives of Vietnamese women.  Displays highlight Vietnam’s vast cultural diversity and educate on the significant role Vietnamese women play in Vietnamese society.

Learn historic and modern-day traditions centered around births, weddings, motherhood, spirituality and more.

Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely North Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.  

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 6 : HANOI - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)

Following breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong Bay including a 20-minutes stop on the way. Arrive at your jetty in Halong City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.

Overnight on Halong Bay.

Distances and journey time:

Hanoi to Halong Bay (160km):3hrs30mins

Day 7 : HALONG BAY - HANOI (B)

Enjoy your fresh morning in the middle of the bay, the sun rises on Halong in the morning and breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi.

Note: This tour may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.

As an optional extra, visit one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam ‘But Thap’ on the way back to Hanoi.

Transfer to Noi Bai Airport for onward flight*.

(*An extra night may be needed in Hanoi depending on onward flight time.)

Distances and journey time:

Halong Bay to Noi Bai Airport (150km): 3hrs

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