Vietnam overview 12 Days
Discover the landscapes of Vietnam with this tour. Start with a visit around vibrant Sai Gon and then take a boat trip along famous Me Kong river.
A short flight brings you to Da Nang. Transfer to Hoi An ancient town – an ideal place for visiting and shopping. You will continue to visit Imperial City of Hue and some royal tombs here.
Leaving Hue for night train to Ha Noi where you learn about the 1,000-years history and culture of the capital City. Take trip to the northwest highlands of Mai Chau offers a balance of culture and adventure, set amongst some of northern Vietnam 's most stunning scenery.
Finally, you depart to Ha Long bay for a cruising trip to admire a natural wonder with thousands of island rising from the water.
Finish your tour with a transfer to Noi Bai airport in Ha Noi.
DAY 1: HOCHIMINH CITY - ARRIVAL (D)
Meet at Tan Son Nhat international airport. Transfer to hotel. Dinner on floating restaurant on Sai Gon River.
- 7:00PM: Welcome guests on Boat
Service dinner, Performance music & dances
- 7:45PM: Depart Dinner– Cruise along Saigon river
- 9:30PM: Dropping the guests off at Bach Dang harbor
Transfer back Hotel.
Night in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 2: HOCHIMINH CITY - CU CHI TUNNEL (B, L )
8h00 am. Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel. Depart from Saigon to Cu Chi tunnels (about 50km). As you know, CuChi tunnels is one of the most famous historical Vestiges of Vietnam’s national liberation War. It is network consists of over 200km of tunnels linked to the other like a Cobweb. You go to inside the tunnels which has the kitchens, food and ammunition storage caches, medic-care chambers (a small clinic), meeting room, commanding chambers ..etc. You discover the tunnels by entering inside on it, about 15 m, 30m, 60m and 100m long belong to your health. At the end of the tunnels, you can eat Cassava (called Khoai Mi), this is the main food for Vietcong people during the war.
Say goodbye the Cu Chi tunnels, it’s take you by car about one and a half hour to back Saigon . You have lunch in nice restaurant.
Pm: After lunch. You will take city tour to visit Saigon-Hochiminh
As you know, Saigon-Hochiminh city is famous, called “Little Paris” during the French War an“The pear of the Far-East” during US war.
Notre dame Catheral, built between 1877 and 1883 by French, most of the materials were transferred from Marseille (France). Next to the Church, you walk to visit the Central Post Office, built 1886 and ended 1891 by Gustave Eiffel. Your next destination is Reunification Palace which was built in 1868, named Norodom Palace and inaugurated in 1873. In 1963, this palace was heavily destroyed by bombs. On 30 April 1975, the tanks of the liberation army entered Independence Palace. After the liberation, Independence Palace became the headquarters of the City’s military Administration Committee.
And then You can discover the activities war during US war by visiting. The War Museum in which is an interesting collection of American Weapons.
At the end of your tour with stop at Ben Thanh market, the goods in here are abundant, including almost all-domestic products. Night at Hotel.
DAY 3: MY THO (MEKONG DELTA) (B, L )
8h00 am . Our tourguide will pick you up at your hotel or the airport. You leave Saigon to My Tho city, about 75km, 1h30 by free way, this is the first free way in the South of Vietnam. An unforgettable way of seeing the Mekong Delta is driving along the provincial Roads down on the Southern Region of Vietnam through the Paddy rice fields, orchards and small hamlets.
On arrival in My Tho city, you’ll take a local motor boat, cross Mekong River (the biggest River in Asia, through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, its length about 4.800km long). You enjoy fresh coconut juice on the boat. Your first visit at Unicorn island where you taste the natural pure honey bee, bee pollen and Royal jelly bee. Your second visit byboat is in the Dragon Island where you can see how the local people make coconut candy and rice paper. This is the special product in the Ben Tre province. Walking on the village, you pass the Monkey Bridge, then you take the Horse Carriage about 1,5km around the village. Upon arrival at the Garden, you can eat the tropical fruits as pine-apple, water melon, longan, royal bananas. You listen to the traditional folk music, called “Cai Luong”. Next, you take a sampan, rowing boat by hand, about 2km, you can discover the rural daily life of local people inside the water coconut tree jungle. You have lunch in the Turtle Island with the special food as the “Elephant Ear fish:,..ect
Back to habor for 2 hours back Saigon. Night at Hotel.
DAY 4: HOCHIMINH -DANANG - HOI AN (B, L ) By Flight
Tranfer to Nha Trang airport for flying to Da Nang by VN 334 (08:10 - 09:25). Visit Cham Museum. Lunch.
P.M. Visit DaNang Beach, Ngu Hanh Son Stone Village (handicraft). Drive to visit Hoi An Ancient Town - a World's Cultural Heritage in the central Vietnam, 30 km to the South of Danang. Overnight in Hoi An town.
DAY 5: HOI AN - MY SON - HUE (B, L )
Drive to visit My Son, a ancient religion center of the Cham people in the past, 40 km to the South West of Hoi An town, another World's Cultural Heritage.
P.M: Driver to Hue (120 km) through Hai Van Mountain Pass of 30 km length. Stop on the top of the mountain for photo. Relax at Lang Co Beach. Free time for dinner and night in Hue - The Old Capital.
DAY 6: HUE CITY TOUR -HANOI (B, L, ) ( night train )
Visit The Old Capital full day.
AM: Boat trip on Perfume River to visit handicraft village: making conical hat and bronze casting. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda considered as Royal Pagoda of the Nguyen Dynasty and Imperal Citadel. Lunch.
PM: Visit Mausoleums of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh King. Visit a typical garden-house in Hue (Hue has another name as "city of garden"). Visit Dong Ba market. Lunch Dinner in Hue. 16h47 take E2 train to Hanoi. Overnight on train E2 to Hanoi by soft sleeper.
DAY 7: HANOI – BA KHAN – TAN MAI (B, L ,D)
Pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi, then start to Tan Mai – Mai Chau. It takes around 4 hours.
One stop on the way at Ba Khan for a short break. From there, you can see the panorama of the Da River as known as Halong on land, it is very amazing.
Arriver at homestay in Suoi Lon – Tan Mai. Lunch at homestay.
Afternoon: Take the boat trip on the Da river to Thac Bo temple and Thac Bo Cave.
Back to the boat to come back to your homestay. Have free time for swimming at the areas near your homestay.
Dinner and overnight at homestay.
DAY 8: BA KHAN FOREST – MAI CHAU – HANOI (B, L )
You can get up early to see the sunrise from 5h30 – 6h00am. It will be your unforgettable memories in Tan Mai.
Breakfast at homestay.
Depart to Ba Khan. It takes about 20 minutes from Tan Mai.
Trekking to Ba Khan forest about 1,5 hour. In this forest, you will be able to discover and admire a lot of different types of trees. Then you have chance to visit the ethnic people’s house at the bottom of Ba Khan forest. So you will be able to more understand about the lives of the ethnic people here.
Transfer to Mai Chau for lunch.
After lunch, you have time for biking around Mai Chau to visit the village in Mai Chau
Then back to Hanoi. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 9: HA NOI CITY TOUR (B, L )
8h00 AM Visit to HoChiMinh Mausoleum, HoChiMinh's House-on-stilt, Ethnic Museum or Bat Trang pottery village, Van Mieu (Temple of Literature). Lunch
P.M: Visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple. Cyclo tour (2 hours) to visit Old Quarter of Hanoi and Dong Xuan Market. Night in Hanoi.
DAY 10: HANOI – HALONG (B, L ,D)
08:00 – 08:30: Pick-up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, check in
Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall - The OS Lounge.
12:30 – 13:00: Embark on Oriental Sails followed by cruise briefing.
13:00 – 15:30: Savor a delectable lunch as Oriental Sails cruises further along the limestone islands of Bai
Tu Long Bay.
15:30 – 16:30: You are free to choose one of the below options:
Option 1: Fishing village visit
Those are interested in local daily life: Take a bamboo rowing boat trip (around 45 minutes) around Vung Vieng fishing village - one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishermen. The village is set in closed lagoon, surrounded by mountains, excellent settings for some good photos.
Option 2: Beach and kayaking
For those who like some water activities and beach. The tender shall take you to Ban Chan beach, where you can enjoy yourself on the beach, swimming or playing volleyball…, or try your hands in some kayaking in the magnificent setting for Halong Bay.
16:30 – 17:30: Return to Oriental Sails and have bath then relax as the sun starts to set.
17:30-19:00: Enjoy the Happy Hour at the bar and on the sun deck and take part in our cooking class with
Oriental Sails Chef
19:00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, night squid fishing or just laze around. Singing and
dancing activities are available till 22h00.
Overnight on board at Cong Do Area
DAY 11: HALONG – HANOI (B, L )
06:30 – 07:00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck.
07:00 – 09:00: Catch morning view of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast while cruising
toward Thien Canh Son Cave
09:00 – 09:30: Visit Thien Canh Son Cave – the medium size and less visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay
09:30 – 10:00: Check-out room. Luggage can be delivered to the reception area.
10:00 – 11:00: Head back to the Harbor. Have early lunch on board.
Disembark Oriental Sails at around 12h00.
12:00 – 16:30: Transfer back to Hanoi and trip finishes at the hotel around 16h30. Night in Hanoi.
DAY 12: HANOI - DEPATURE (B)
Breakfast. Shopping. Transfer to Noi Bai airport for departure.
Tour Cost includes:
- Full transportation by private car or bus as tour program indicated.
- Half board meals as indicated in the itinerary. Lunch at local restaurant ( Vietnamese food )
- Domestic flight : Saigon –Danang.
- Train ticket : Hue -Hanoi ( soft sleeper )
- English- speaking guide
- Entrance fees.
- Boat trip in Halong Bay, Perfume River, Tiengiang river in Mytho.
- Twin-share accommodation with daily breakfast; ( AC room)
Tour Cost excludes:
Trip starts in Hochiminh and ends in Hanoi
All year round;
Moderate to Strenous;
Tourist-class hotels (Standard and clean hotel),
Private car or bus, boat, public ferry,
As indicated;(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)