This 8-day tour takes you to the best that Viet Nam has to offer for the best price. In the north, Ha Noi, the millenary capital, and Ha Long, one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World, must be seen to be believed. In the central part of Viet Nam, Hue, with its imperial past, and Hoi An, the best example of traditional Vietnamese architecture, are must-see locations. Finally, in the south, you will be taken to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Sai Gon), which is currently considered one of the main hubs of Southeast Asia.
CHÀO MU’NG! Welcome to Hanoi, Viet Nam. You will be met on arrival at the Hanoi airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is left for you to freely explore this vibrant metropolis, teeming with energy and activity.
Overnight in Hanoi.
On this day you can set out to discover the city on your own terms. Below are some of the capital’s must-sees:
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, containing a museum and Ho Chi Minh's final resting place.
- One Pillar Pagoda, or Chua Mot Cot: made out of a single large tree trunk, it was originally constructed in 1040, and then rebuilt after it was destroyed by the French in 1954.
- West Lake: in the center of the city where you can see the beautiful 6th C Tran Quoc Temple.
- National Military Museum with its 19th C Hanoi Flag Tower.
- The "Hanoi Hilton": a prison built during the French occupation, and later used to contain American prisoners of war. Today, only part of the prison exists as a history museum.
- Hanoi’s Old Quarter: a network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as “The 36 Streets”. This is a wonderful place to take in local life, and peruse items from fabrics to crafts to exotic medicines. Each street was named to reflect the specialized trade of the merchants who dealt there, such as silk traders, jewelry craftsmen, etc.
- Ngoc Son Temple in Hoan Kiem Lake: dedicated to the 13th C war hero General Tran Hung Dao.
In the evening, you can watch the delightful water puppet show, an art form unique to northern Viet Nam.
Overnight in Hanoi (Breakfast).
Hanoi – Halong Bay
After a 4-hour drive, you will arrive at Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Bay is a 580 sq mile area of picturesque islands shrouded in mist, floating villages, and pearl fisheries. Take a relaxing 4-hour boat excursion aboard a traditional Chinese-style wooden junk; cruise on the emerald waters between dolomite islets and some of the 3,000 craggy limestone cliffs dotted with breathtaking caves and grottos. Wonderful seafood lunch and dinner is included during your overnight cruise of this mystical bay.
Overnight in Halong Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Halong Bay – Hoi An
This morning, have breakfast onboard and then disembark. You will then drive back to Hanoi, arriving at Hanoi Airport for your 1-hour evening flight to Danang. At Danang, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An.
Previously known as Faifo, Hoi An was an ancient port town and is now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today is at leisure to relax or explore the village on your own. Hoi An is one of the best places to discover genuine Vietnamese architecture.
Overnight in Hoi An (Breakfast).
Take your time watching the tranquility of daily life in this ancient town. This is a small town with minimal traffic and you can easily go around by foot or rent a bicycle. At the local market, you can find plenty of crafts, souvenirs, and traditional clothes. Hoi An is also famous for many special dishes including Hoi An bread and Cao Lau, a special Hoi An noodle. Have your relaxing moment tasting street foods, local beers, and sampling special traditional fare at the local night market.
Overnight at Hoi An (Breakfast).
Today will be spent at leisure to explore the city on your own.
Overnight at Hoi An (Breakfast).
Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City
This morning you will take a short drive to DaNang Airport for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (previously Saigon). You will be met upon arrival, and taken into the heart of the Mekong Delta (Bentre) for a boat trip on the Mekong River. On your return to Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be brought to Chinatown and the Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu, and the 19th C Emperor of Jade Pagoda, full of elaborate deity carvings. After checking in at your hotel, you will have the rest of the day at leisure to discover the city.
Below are some of the city’s must-sees:
- Reunification Palace: formerly the South Viet Nam’s Independence Palace until it was stormed by tanks in 1975.
- Dong Khoi Street and Nguyen Hue Street, where you will find the City Hall, the Post Office, the City Theater and the Cathedral.
- Ben Thanh Market, where you can explore the hundreds of stalls teeming with silks, spices and assorted souvenirs.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast).
Ho Chi Minh City
Your journey comes to an end with your transfer to the Ho Chi Minh airport for your flight back home.