Culture & Nature of Vietnam

13DAYS -> Hanoi -> Halong Bay -> Da Nang -> Hoi An -> Hue -> Ho Chi Minh -> Mekong Delta - Cu Chi Tunnel

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Overview

Long regarded as the destination of outstanding natural beauties from Noth to South with pleasant climate, Vietnam is gaining the fresh life with the addition of a number of unique cultural sightseeing routes, diverse unique cultural and local experience, not to mention a raising number of modern hotes, resorts, restaurants and stores. Spending 11 days in Vietnam from North to South with us at first sight and you will to discover the highlights and traditions of charming Vietnam, from the magnificent Halong Bay – UNESCO World Heritage, to the colorful Hoi An ancient town and especially unique floating Mekong Delta. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy the special holiday with local experiences in our Vietnam.

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi Foodie Tour - Water Puppet Show Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Hanoi City Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay, Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Tra Que Village - Eco Tour (Basket Boat Tour) Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary Breakfast
Day 8 Hoi An Breakfast
Day 9 Hoi An - Marble Mountain - Lang Co Beach - Hue City Tour Breakfast, lunch
Day 10 Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh Breakfast
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta Excursion Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh departure Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Hanoi

Welcome to your holiday with Your Vietnam Travel

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, either Domestic or International arrival, after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the Your Vietnam Travel's signboard with your name on it. 

(Early check-in is NOT included and subject to hotel’s availability). 

Meals:

Day 2

Hanoi Foodie Tour - Water Puppet Show

Our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at around 16.00pm and then take you to Hoan Kiem Lake (The Lake of the Returned Sword) that shows the traditional architecture style of the Old Quarter.

Leaving Hoan Kiem Lake, tour guide will take you along the Hanoi streets and learn more about Hanoians by visiting an ancient house locate on 87 Ma May. Dating back to the 19th century, this very special house is a stunning example of the architecture style that once prevailed throughout Hanoi before the concrete egg-carton style took over. This is one of the few intact remains of an old-style home open to the public in Hanoi.

Our next stop is Bach Ma Temple, lying in the heart of the Old Quarter. It is said to be the oldest temple in the city. Nowadays, the temple still retains many of its original relics such as stone steles, altars, shrines and statues. Along with architectural and artistic merit, Bach Ma Temple is also a valuable resource for researching and studying about the history of Hanoi.

The trip will take you inside the alleys and explore the fascinating and confusing narrow streets of the Old Quarter where local markets are located. On the way, you will have a chance to enjoy some traditional tasty foods in the market. You can choose among three light dinner dishes, from the extremely popular “Phở” (Noodle soup), “Bún chả” (grilled pork with vermicelli) and lastly, our personal favorite “Bún Bò” (Beef soup).

To conclude our day, the guide will take you to Ta Hien street, one of the hot spots for beer. Sitting at a street corner in Hanoi old quarter with a beer glass, chatting with your freshly made friends while watching people pass by might be one the most memorable pages in your travel journal.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Hanoi City Tour

8.00 Sightseeing today includes explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, start a Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). End the day’s explorations, free at leisure in your own way. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Hanoi - Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay - Overnight on Cruise

Our guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at lobby of hotel at 8.00 and start journey east to Halong Bay, through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see every day Vietnamese village life. On arrival, we board a beautiful traditional junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay’s 3000 magnificent limestone islets. In the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and later there is opportunity for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Spend the night on our luxurious boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi - Fly to Da Nang

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier to get back Hanoi for your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel in Hoi An for check in.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Tra Que Village - Eco Tour (Basket Boat Tour)

08:30: After breakfast, our guide will meet you in your hotel lobby, than you will cycle  around Hoi An towards the Tra Que vegetable village - About 150 farmers and 400 owners live on there and cultivate about 20 types of vegetables and herbs such as mint, lettuce, basil, cilantro, broccoli and many more. From the more than 40 hectares of land 8 tons of Village Tra vegetables are sold every year. The vegetable growers do not use pesticides or GMOs, using natural fertilizers instead, including seaweed found in the river and harvested by gardeners every morning. 

10:00 During the walk, you will cross vast rice fields in the countryside and quiet road, far away from the tourist trails. You will see the activities of the inhabitants through the villages of Hoi An.

11:00 Walk in Tra Que vegetable village and meet local people working in the garden.

The local farmer will teach you all about cultivation methods and how to protect developing vegetable from the insects as well as join the farmers in preparing gardening activities such as raking the ground, sowing, watering greens, transplanting and tending greens.

12:00 Continue riding through paddy field, Ba Le market, kindergarten ... until reaching Van Lang fisherman village  and Bay Mau coconut water forest - about 7 hectares, surrounded by mangrove forests, canals, houses covered by coconut water leaf . This place had ever been the refuge for people and local soldiers during the Vietnam War. Nowadays, it is famous for providing the most seafood products.

You will be warmly welcomed at Mr.Han – a 3 generations family, taste of green tea and stroll through the village. You will row a basket boat within the hands of skillful locals and discover their techniques of traditional fishery in water coconut forest.

13:30 Back to Mr.Han’s family where you will enjoy a foot bath with medicinal herbs, traditional therapeutic practice before getting ready to prepare lunch with a local family. Lunch will feature many local delicacies, such as Tam Huu spring rolls, Banh Xeo local pancakes, grilled fish in banana leaf and others.

14:30 After lunch, free time and short rest before returning to your hotel about 16h00.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary, situated around 50km away from Hoi An, is another Cultural Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1999 with 32 epitaphs and 71 monuments. The unique Hindu sanctuary is the perfectly ideal destination for those who want to learn everything about the Champa Ancient Kingdom including the history, culture, and architecture.

This morning (afternoon), you will set out on a drive to the southwest of Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary for a My Son half day tour. This is where the Cham culture in Central Vietnam started in the 4th century, declined in the 13th century, and ceased to exist in the 15th century. The once capital of the Champa Kingdom dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva is now a cluster of partially ruined and heavily damaged Hindu temples, with only 20 left, due to age and bombing during the Vietnam War. This unique and majestic sanctuary stands as a witness to a glorious bygone era of the once-thriving Cham culture.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Hoi An

Today, it is time for you to explore art and handicraft galleries, try on clothes tailor-made, relax at the riverside restaurants or take the short journey to the nearby beach. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Hoi An - Marble Mountain - Lang Co Beach - Hue City Tour

After check out hotel, take the scenic route to Hoi An from Hue via Hai Van pass, on the way, our driver will stop at Lang Co Beach, Marble Mountain. Upon arrival Hue, you will board the Dragon Boat for a cruise on the romantic Perfume River heading out for the countryside. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient tombs of emperors past, and a visit to the most beautiful tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day. You will enjoy a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area. Thien Mu Pagoda is considered the symbol of Hue, and of Buddhism in Vietnam. From here you will rejoin your car and visit King Minh Mang’s Tomb OR King Tu Duc’s Tomb. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to visit Hue Citadel and Dong Ba Market. Overnight in Hue

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 10

Hue - Fly to Ho Chi Minh

Free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival Ho Chi Minh, you will be welcomed by our tour guide/ driver and transfer to hotel for check in. Free & easy in your own way. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11

Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel

Breakfast at hotel, meet our guide at 8.00 & start visiting to the most attractive places in Ho Chi Minh City including Reunification Palace - a special national relic for its historical and architectural values of Vietnam, and the War Remnants Museum. Next, we will explore a little bit about Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office – the French building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Have a lunch at local restaurant before leaving the city for a tour to Cu Chi Tunnels - a man-made maze with the length of almost 250 kilometers. Also, the tunnels were used to serve as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for Vietnamese fighters in the long period of war. If you are interested in, you can go into the tunnels to discover the harsh living conditions of those whose were used to live there. 

After that, taste the typical boiled tapioca and hot tea before you come back to Saigon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta Excursion

After breakfast, 08.00 meet our guide and driver at hotel lobby. 

Take A smooth one-and-half-hour bus ride through rice field scenery along National Highway 1 brings you to the beautiful rural district of Trung Luong.

On arrival at My Tho, take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to view the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.

Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, then visit the coconut candy mill and take an amazing rowing boat trip along the small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals.

Meet at the bus and return to Ho Chi Minh City. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

Ho Chi Minh Departure

Free until transfer to airport for flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  • All transfer and quality air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accommodation at 3,4,5 star Hotel/ Cruise selected including daily breakfast with twin/ double room 
  • Tours with local English Speaking Guide/ Other language is available on your request
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (Breakfast: B ; Lunch: L ; Dinner: D)
  • Airport transfer at destination
  • Cooking Demonstration
  • Kayaking
  • Sunset party/ welcome drink 
  • Entrance fee for all destinations as Tour Itinerary indicated
  • Bottle of water available on coach ( 2 bottle/pax/day)

Exclusions

  • Domestic & International airfare 
  • Drinks and other meals do not indicate in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam visa
  • Personal expenses (telephone, shopping...)
  • Tipping/ Gratuities
  • Single Supplement
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Hanoi

Bella Rose Suite

Tirant Hotel

Melia Hotel

Halong Bay

Le Journey Cruise

Aclass Stella Cruise

Athena Cruise

Hoi An

Zen Boutique Hotel

Ann Retreat Hotel

Palm Garden Resort

Ho Chi Minh

Lotus Hotel

Grand Silverland Hotel

Majestic Hotel

Reviews

Peter Gardner

New Zealand

"Insight of Vietnam Tour- 14 days"

Our family- two adults, and two teenage children- have just returned from an excellent and individualised tour of Vietnam.
Many thanks to Lily Pham and 'Your Vietnam travel'. The entire trip was stress-free, very well planned and delivered. Our accommodation, tour guides and all day trips including lunches were excellent.
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Lorraine McHugh

Irish

"Review of recent tours"

Just wanted to send a quick note as we go along our trip to say that Alex(Tu) was an absolute star on Tuesday bringing us on our tour, honestly couldn't have had a nicer guide! She was fantastic! So kind, thoughtful and organised. She was great with our daughter, Hoa, so patient. I'm devastated we ... More +

Lipi285

New Zealand

"Great Holiday"

I organised our Vietnam holiday through Your Vietnam Travel after emailing them from NZ. After initially choosing a 14 day itinerary we amended some things to suit and added on days at the end on Phu Quoc to relax. Everything from the various modes of domestic travel, drop offs and pickups, hotels and tours were ... More +

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