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This trip is the most popular itinerary to discover the beauty and the cultural of Vietnam. Get a taste of exciting Ho Chi Minh city. Crawl through the fighting tunnels at Cu Chi. This perfect trip allows you to venture deep into the Mekong delta and get a real taste of local life. Fly to Hue imperial city to discover Royal tombs and enjoy “Royal dinner”. Explore Hoian ancient town, enjoy amazing snset cocktail cruise on Thu Bon river. Fly to Hanoi capital to explore Hanoi’s crowded Old Quarter in a cyclo tour and enjoy a traditional Water Puppet performance. Visit Ninh Binh, sampan on a river and relax amongst the limestone landscape of Tam Coc “Halong bay on land”. Relax amongst the 3000 stunning limestone islets onboard a luxurious traditional cruise boat in Halong Bay - a New World’s Wonder.

Quick Reference Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City arrival (-/-/-)
  • Day 2 - Day 02: Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Day 3 - Saigon - Mekong Delta - My Tho - Ben Tre “Coconuts homeland” .
  • Day 4 - Saigon - Fly to Hue Imperial city
  • Day 5 - Hue - Dannang - Hoian ancient town
  • Day 6 - Day 06: Hoian ancient town
  • Day 7 - Hoi An - Danang - Fly to Hanoi
  • Day 8 - Hanoi - Hoa Lu (Tam Coc)
  • Day 9 - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay
  • Day 10 - Halong Bay - Hanoi - But Thap pagoda and Bat Trang ceramic village
  • Day 11 - Hanoi Departure
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Trip Highlight

Experience the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

Visit the wartime historical Cu Chi Tunnels.

Explore Mekong delta and get a real taste of local life.

Enjoy dinner on traditional wooden junk on Saigon river.

Discovering the history and beauty of Hue (World Heritage).

Explore Royal tombs and enjoy “Royal dinner” in Hue.

Soak up the coastal ambiance of Hoian (World Heritage).

Enjoy Amazing Sunset Cocktail cruise on Thu Bon river, Hoian.

Experience a cyclo ride through Hanoi Old Quarter streets.

Sampan to explore Tam Coc “Halong bay on land”.

Sail amongst the limestone karsts of Halong Bay (World Heritage).

Catch a performance of Vietnam’s unique Water Puppets

  • Ho Chi Minh City arrival (-/-/-)

    Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival (-/-/-)

    You are welcomed by our guide and driver at Tan Son Nhat airport and then be transferred to the center of Ho Chi Minh city, formerly known as Saigon. Free your time at leisure. Overnight in Saigon.

    We suggest 03 options for accommodation.

    Meals:  N/A
  • Day 02: Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels

    Day 2: Day 02: Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels

    Breakfast at hotel. We drive to Cu Chi district, 50 km to the northwest of Saigon city. The incredible underground network in Cu Chi stretched over 200 kilometers and became legendary during the American war. The extensive tunnels have been specially constructed with living areas, storage facilities, weapon factories, filed hospitals, command center, plus accommodation.

    Upon arrival to the Cu Chi tunnels, watch a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels, you will even have a chance to crawl through the tunnels. Also on display are various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers. For those interested there's even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. Have your lunch at Vietnam House restaurant

    The following program is a sightseeing of major sights in Ho Chi Minh city. First stop is Notre Dame Catholic cathedral and short visit to French built post office nearby and then we will visit the War Remnants museum, which primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam war. We continue to visit the Reunification palace. Discover the history and fascinating street life of Saigon on a walking tour along Dong Khoi street, known as Rue Catinat in French-colonial times. 

    Enjoy your special dinner on Indochina junk, cruise along Saigon river, enjoy your dishes and listening to traditional folk music, sing and dance. You will have relaxation-time to catch the over view of the city, people working at Saigon port. Along both sides of the river are mansions, life of the civilians…..Free your time to explore Saigon nightlife. Overnight in Saigon.

    Meals:  B,L,D
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  • Saigon - Mekong Delta - My Tho - Ben Tre “Coconuts homeland” .

    Day 3: Saigon - Mekong Delta - My Tho - Ben Tre “Coconuts homeland” .

    Breakfast at hotel. Journey south to the Mekong delta, known as the ‘rice bowl of Vietnam’, and spend a full day exploring one of Vietnam’s most fertile regions and the main cultivation area of rice and tropical fruits. 

    We transfer to My Tho city (02 hour). It‘s famous for its extensive orchards and immense rice fields. On arrival, take a leisurely boat trip around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands (04 sacred animals of Buddhism). Enjoy a rowing boat ride in the shadows of the water-coconut palms along the tiny canals. Enjoy fresh coconut juice on boat. We will visit the picturesque orchards and sample the freshly picked fruit at the invitation of friendly local farmers. Spend some time in the villages to learn about the daily lives of the inhabitants, enjoying some kinds of tropical fruits while listening Southern traditional music. 

    We continue to “Coconuts homeland”, Ben Tre - Where you can learn how to make coconut candy. You can try some candies, visit the honey bee farm and try the honey, banana wine, ginger jams, soy beans… made by the villagers

    Enjoy a horse-cart around the village to have a look at the orchards and visit local people’s house. Enjoy a relaxing cup of honey tea before returning to My Tho via a natural canal, cruising under the shadows of water coconut palms. You will have a chance to enjoy the famous dish “Fried Mekong Elephant Ear Fish” at local restaurant.

    After your lunch we transfer back to Saigon. Free your time at leisure. Overnight in Saigon.

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  • Saigon - Fly to Hue Imperial city

    Day 4: Saigon - Fly to Hue Imperial city

    Breakfast at hotel. You are picked up and transferred to the airport for a domestic flight to Hue in the morning (01 hour). You are welcome at Phu Bai airport then be transferred to your hotel for check in.

    P.M: We will visit the Hue Citadel Complex including Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel - UNESCO World Heritage Sites, set up by Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945, is now one amongst the relics of the Hue ancient capital.

    The sightseeing continues with a walk to the bustling Dong Ba market - fantastic to wander boulevards, verdant parks and ochre buildings that retain an old-world around. It sells all manner of items and is a lively place to spend a couple charm, Dong Ba is also famous for the best conical hats in Vietnam.

    Tonight you will have a chance to enjoy “Royal dinner” at Royal Park restaurant. Enjoy a delicious food while listening to melodious music and having a feeling of being the King and Queen. All wear traditional royal clothes. All the served food is royal including dishes reminding dragon, phoenix, or peacock...Overnight in Hue.

    We suggest 03 options for accommodation.

    Meals:  B,D
  • Hue - Dannang - Hoian ancient town

    Day 5: Hue - Dannang - Hoian ancient town

    Breakfast at hotel. This morning an excursion boat trip along the romantic Perfume river carries us through a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes, where Hue’s best known religious sites are located. We will visit Thien Mu pagoda - one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious work ship in Hue. We continue to visit the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. This impressive landmark reflects the beautiful architecture, intricate decor and mysterious statues. Afterwards we take a short drive though the rolling hill to see the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc - One of the most beautifully designed complexes among the tombs of the Nguyen dynasty. Embedded in a lush pine forest, this tomb is the final resting place of Emperor Tu Duc (1848-83) who had the longest reign of all emperors of the Nguyen dynasty. Have your lunch at Tinh Gia Vien restaurant

    We continue our trip to Da Nang (110 km). Upon arriving in Da Nang via Lang Co beach and Hai Van pass, you’ll have a brief look at the remarkable Hindu statuary in the Cham museum - One of the largest collections of Cham sculpture and artwork in the world. The museum is officially known as the Museum of Champa Sculpture. We continue to visit a nearby stone-cutting craft village before leaving for Hoian ancient town (35km) - an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Hoian has 1,068 ancients houses, 19 pagodas, 43 temples, 23 communal houses, 38 family temples, 5 assembly halls, 11 old wells, one bridge, 44 ancient tombs. In old quarter, there are more than 1000 relic sites.

    Have your dinner at Brother's Cafe Hoian bar & restaurant. Free your time at leisure and overnight in Hoian.

    We suggest 03 options for accommodation.

    Meals:  B,L,D
  • Day 06: Hoian ancient town

    Day 6: Day 06: Hoian ancient town

    Breakfast at hotel. Walking around the historic town soaking up the atmosphere, exploring the many Chinese assembly halls and fascinating ancestral homes, some of which have been occupied by the same family for fifteen generations. One of the most spectacular Assembly Halls is the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, built in 1690. The pagoda inside contains intricate statues and artwork, in part dedicated to Thien Hau Than Mau, the Goddess of the Sea and protector of fishermen.

    Walking tour of the ancient town center takes us to the sites of former merchants’ homes, the 400-year old Japanese Covered bridge - The symbol of Hoian. The Japanese Covered bridge was the first bridge in Hoian and was constructed in 1593. It was built by the Japanese community of Hoian to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream.

    Afternoon. We will enjoy Amazing Sunset Cocktail cruise on Thu Bon river. Admire a glorious sunset while enjoying cocktails with family and friends. A perfect way to start the evening. The sun is low in the sky and the wind is gentle. Excellent calm water cruising. A complimentary cocktail is served upon boarding, having some snack and setting the scene for the unforgettable evening ahead. On board, we also served food with set menus and A la carte menu, so you can order your dinner.

    Free your time to relax or discover the hidden charm of Hoian town.

    Meals:  B
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  • Hoi An - Danang - Fly to Hanoi

    Day 7: Hoi An - Danang - Fly to Hanoi

    Breakfast at hotel. Free your time at leisure unstill you are picked up and transferred to Da Nang airport for domestic flight to Hanoi (01hour). You are welcome at the airport and then be transferred to your hotel for check-in. 

    After your lunch at Cha ca street with “Cha Ca La Vong”, a favorite dish of Hanoian - Listed in 1000 places to visit before you die, we continue to visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology - The museum has successfully recreated the daily life together with the religious rituals and the symbolic festivals of each ethnic group in Vietnam. Visitors have the opportunity to admire costumes, embroidery as well as outside stilt houses and habitats from the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam.

    We continue to visit the Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070. The temple is dedicated to one of the world’s most famous scholars, Confucius. Inside the temple grounds huge stone stele rest on the backs of even larger stone turtles (in Vietnamese culture the turtle represents longevity).


    Enjoying a cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as “36 streets.” This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you. We will travel around the famous Hoan Kiem lake (Lake of the Restored Sword.) - The heart of Hanoi capital. 

    Start your evening with a traditional water puppet performance (Roi Nuoc). The stage is actually a large container of water where the characters (carved wooden puppets} “act” out the story. Most of the stories are whimsical and fun, and the puppeteers stand in waist deep water behind a screen controlling the puppets with rods that mostly are under the water. Have your dinner at Le Tonkin restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

    We suggest 03 options for accommodation.

    Meals:  B,L,D
  • Hanoi - Hoa Lu (Tam Coc)

    Day 8: Hanoi - Hoa Lu (Tam Coc)

    Have breakfast at hotel. We will drive to Ninh Binh province (95 km) to visit Tam Coc - is known as Halong bay on the rice fields, the same limestone rocks as in Halong bay but seen from a winding stream through paddy fields instead of the sea. Upon arrival, we will take a sampan ride through a karst landscape to visit Tam Coc grottos. The sampan rower will drive the boat through shallow rice paddies and three splendid long grottos. From here we will visit a small temple, built in 13th century.

    Next stop is Hoa Lu, which was the capital of the Dinh and Early Le dynasties in Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century. The sanctuaries were built in the 17 century. We will see the stone pedestal of a royal throne, bronze bells and statues of the Emperors. Have your lunch at local restaurant. Drive back to Ha Noi. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Meals:  B,L
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  • Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

    Day 9: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

    Breakfast at hotel. We depart for Ha Long city (170 km), approximately three hours away to visit Halong bay (a World Natural Heritage site and a New World’s Wonder). Halong bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes with 1969 islets. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves, other support floating villages of fishermen. You have chance of observing scenic country side of Vietnam dominated by enormous lush rice field. 

    Upon arrival in Halong. Check-in between 11:30 - 12:00 at the boat port. Enjoy a refreshing “Welcome cocktail” upon check-in on the sun deck. Enjoy your lunch as the vessel sails to Halong Bay passing the Fighting cocks islet, the Elephant leg islet, the Castle islet, the Soi Sim Island. Arrive at Surprise grotto - one of the most famous grotto in the entire Halong, we will visit the cave by Tender. After taking a lot of photos and admire the beauty of the cave we will visit the fishing village by local rowing boat (1 hour) with the opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations then we return to the vessel for free time at your leisure. You can swim in the clear emerald waters, soak up the sun over a cool beer on the top deck sun lounge or try your hand at some kayaking (your account) amongst the huge limestone outcrops that surround us. We retire to the junk and relax on the top deck and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar. Enjoy and learn the Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck. Your delicious seafood dinner will be served at the restaurant. Stay overnight on cruise for a more in-depth experience.

    (The itinerary above may be changed depending on the cruise we choose and weather permitting).

    We suggest 03 options for accommodation.

    Meals:  B,L,D
  • Halong Bay - Hanoi - But Thap pagoda and Bat Trang ceramic village

    Day 10: Halong Bay - Hanoi - But Thap pagoda and Bat Trang ceramic village

    Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. Sitting on the upper desk we can enjoy the breath - taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. We can hear the birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze.

    International brunch buffet served in the restaurant. Check-out on board and disembarkation at boat port, Halong city.

    Our tour guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to Hanoi. On the ways we will visit the But Thap pagoda and Bat Trang ceramic village - is popular for being an ancient pottery handicrafts village. Most of the pottery kilns in the village still produce goods in the traditional way, which is similar to the ancient way dating back 700 years.

    Free your time at leisure, walking or shopping around the old quarter. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Meals:  B,L
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  • Hanoi Departure

    Day 11: Hanoi Departure

    Breakfast at hotel. Full day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh complex (Closed on Mondays and Fridays mornings and whole September and October for annual repairs). Visit One Pillar pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Free time to relax or visit the exciting Dong Xuan covered market, the oldest and largest market in Hanoi. Here you can buy anything from ‘ghost money’ (usually fake $100 bills!) to replica Louis Vuitton bags.

    Our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. 

    Meals:  B
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