Scenic Vietnam Holiday

From: 1,062 USD | 14 Days

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Hanoi - Sapa - Ha Long Bay - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

Highlights

Your journey at a glance

A scenic journey is more than just traveling on the surface; it’s an immersive exploration to embrace the heart and soul of each destination. This 14-day holiday across Vietnam will unveil the natural splendor and rich culture of this S-shaped country. Begin your journey in Hanoi, then marvel at the peak of Mount Fansipan, cruise through the exotic Lan Ha Bay, enjoy the bustling vibes of Saigon, and glide along waterways in Mekong Delta. You’ll also venture beyond the usual tourist spots to uncover hidden gems in the remote countryside. Spend three days in Sapa, trekking through ethnic villages to fully understand the authentic tribal life of the locals.

Brief

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Day 2: Hanoi - City tour

Day 3: Sapa - Ta Phin

Day 4: Sapa - Lao Chai & Ta Van

Day 5: Sapa - Fansipan Peak

Day 6: Ha Long Bay - Luxury cruise trip

Day 7: Ha Long Bay - Titov Island

Day 8: Da Nang - City tour

Day 9: Da Nang - Ba Na Hills

Day 10: Hoi An - Tra Que Village

Day 11: Hoi An - Free & Easy

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - City tour

Day 13: Mekong Delta - Ben Tre

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

Hanoi - Sapa - Ha Long Bay - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

Important Information

  • Uncover Hanoi’s street culture on a cylco
  • Experience the life of Sapa’s ethnic tribes
  • Conquer Fansipan Peak via cable car
  • Cruise overnight in Lan Ha Bay
  • Visit UNESCO heritage sites in Hoi An
  • Learn war history in Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Discover Mekong’s countryside by boat
  • Unlimited customization upon request
  • Instant support
  • Accommodation with breakfast in the central location and highly recommended on travel forum
  • Experienced local guide (language is upon request)
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing tickets as listed
  • Local dishes with hygiene (others are upon request)
  • Air-conditioned transfer during the whole tour
  • Complimentary water each day
  • Service charges and government taxes
  • Any extra services are upon request

This customized itinerary allows us to tailor the accommodation to your specific preferences and budgetary considerations. Our local travel experts will recommend accommodations that align with the unique requirements of your journey, ensuring comfort, convenience, and a memorable stay.

From local homestay, boutique hotels to renowned hotel chains, we prioritize collaboration with accredited and reputable accommodation providers, guaranteeing the highest possible standards of service and hospitality throughout your entire travel experience.

Detailed information about accommodation for this itinerary will be provided in the final tour proposal.

Here are some essential tips to keep in mind before your trip. Our team is here to help, so don't hesitate to reach out to us with questions.
- Visa & Passport: Check the visa requirements for your nationality well in advance. Also, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your trip.
- Health & Safety: Make sure you have suitable travel insurance and consult your healthcare provider about any vaccinations or medications you might need before you travel.
- Dress Code: Pack modest clothing, especially when you plan to visit religious sites or rural areas. Lightweight, breathable clothing is ideal due to the tropical climate.
- Travel Documents: Keep copies of important travel documents (passport, visa, and travel insurance) and store them in a separate place from the originals. It's also a good idea to have digital copies stored on your phone or in cloud storage for easy access.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Welcome to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Vibrant, inviting, and delightful – the city reveals itself with your first glimpse of scooters whizzing through the streets. Yet in contrast to the city’s modern tempo, the echoes of history still resonate in many architectural sites, reflecting the eras of dynasties and French influence.

No matter your flight schedule, our friendly guide and driver will warmly welcome you upon arrival and take you to your hotel in the city center. Once settling in, you will have a chance to explore Hanoi at your leisure. While no meals have been planned for today, why not fill your stomach with some local dishes? If your taste buds need direction, our guide can introduce to you a Vietnamese eatery in Michelin Guide.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi - City tour

Day 2: Hanoi - City tour

Morning:
We’ll start at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum to delve into the inspiring legacy of ‘Uncle Ho’, Vietnam’s beloved former leader. Next, a visit to his traditional stilt house nearby will provide insights into his presidential years during wartime. Following our exploration is the unique architecture of One Pillar Pagoda, shaped like a lotus blossom. Remember to dress respectfully, covering your knees and shoulders when you visit any spiritual or cultural sites. Our guide then takes you to the Temple of Literature, hailed as Vietnam’s first university, with doctoral steles dating back 1000 years.

Afternoon:
We’ll hop aboard a cyclo and meander through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, passing by vibrant shops and street food stalls. Our journey concludes at Hoan Kiem Lake, home to Ngoc Son Temple on Jade Island, accessed via the iconic The Huc Bridge. Afterwards, the day is yours to explore!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Sapa - Ta Phin

Day 3: Sapa - Ta Phin

Morning:
After breakfast, we’ll leave Hanoi early for a scenic 5-hour drive through the countryside and mountains to reach Sapa in Northwest Vietnam. Locatd atop a stunning valley, Sapa boasts a refreshing mountain climate, while its surroundings feature picturesque hills, terraced rice fields, and villages inhabited by different ethnic minority communities.

Afternoon:
Upon arrival, shake off that morning travel fatigue and savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Later, we’ll have a scenic drive to Ta Phin commune. Situated within a vast valley, beneath towering mountains of pine trees and forests, Ta Phin is the home of Red Dao and Black H’mong ethnic groups. Here, you’ll enjoy a leisurely stroll along village paths, exploring H’mong hamlets spreading from the valley floor to higher mountain slopes.Then, we proceed to the Red Dao village, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet local women crafting various handicrafts, including embroidered clothing and handbags. Finally, we return to Sapa town.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Sapa

Day 4: Sapa - Lao Chai & Ta Van

Day 4: Sapa - Lao Chai & Ta Van

Morning:
Pack your bag with essentials and wear comfortable shoes because we have a trekking adventure in Sapa today. We’ll start by walking along the main road, treating you to stunning views of the Muong Hoa Valley. Descend through endless terraced fields, resembling long staircases, until we reach Y Linh Ho Hamlet, where the Black Hmong people reside. Follow the river to Lao Chai Village, surrounded by mountains, making it one of Sapa’s most picturesque villages. We pause for a break at a local roadside eatery, savoring delicious specialties while gazing out at the stunning village scenery.

Afternoon:
Our final stop is Ta Van Village, home to the Giay ethnic minority hill tribe. You’ll receive a warm welcome into their homes, where you can learn about their unique way of life over a cup of hot tea. Later, our comfortable car will transport you back to Sapa. You can spend your leisure time exploring the town and its surroundings. Wrap up the day with a delightful dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Sapa

Day 5: Sapa - Fansipan Peak

Day 5: Sapa - Fansipan Peak

Morning:
Today we’ll conquer the highest peak in Vietnam, Fansipan Mountain. In the past, reaching the summit required two days of hard trekking, but now, thanks to the world’s longest cable car route, we can reach the ‘Roof of Indochina’ in just 15 minutes. As you board the cabin, you’ll soar above lush rice terraces and rugged cliffs, marveling at the breathtaking views through the expansive windows. Upon reaching the station, you’ll have the option to ascend the highest point via 630 stairs or a funicular rail. Once at the top, it’s time to capture the panorama of cloud-covered peaks stretching to the horizon.

Afternoon:
After lunch time, we return to the city centre of Hanoi. You can leisurely stroll through the charming old streets, enjoying the lively atmosphere of bustling locals. If you prefer a quieter vibe, our guide can lead you to tiny alleys tucked between street vendors, where you’ll discover the city’s hidden gems – secret upstairs cafes. Treat yourself to Hanoi’s renowned coffee while watching the scooters go by on the street below.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Sapa

Day 6: Ha Long Bay - Luxury cruise trip

Day 6: Ha Long Bay - Luxury cruise trip

Morning:
Let’s swap city bustle for serene seas today as we’re off on an exciting journey to Ha Long Bay. After a cozy ride in a private car to the port, you’ll check in and board a luxurious cruise, ready to reveal the untouched beauty of this UNESCO-listed natural wonder. Once the captain sets sail, it’s time to fill your tummy with a delicious lunch and feast your eyes with odd-shaped limestone pillars and hidden coves along the way.

Afternoon:
A bamboo boat awaits to cruise you to Pearl Farm, where you can go kayaking for a closer look at the majestic limestone formations. Then, you’ll be gently transferred to Sung Sot Cave, or Surprise Cave, one of Ha Long Bay’s largest caverns adorned with magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. When the sun sets, head back to the cruise for a breathtaking view from the top deck, followed by a traditional Vietnamese cooking class. Conclude the day with a delightful dinner and an overnight stay amidst the exotic landscape of Ha Long Bay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on cruise

Day 7: Ha Long Bay - Titov Island

Day 7: Ha Long Bay - Titov Island

Morning:
Waking up to the sunlight streaming through your windows, your day begins with a Tai-Chi session on deck and a warm breakfast after. Then, the cruise will transfer you to Titov Island, a small limestone island with one of the best sandy beaches in Ha Long Bay. You can immerse yourself in emerald water or hike to the top for stunning panoramic views. Afterwards, take a moment to unwind on deck and soak in the breathtaking landscape of the Ha Long Bay as we cruise back to the shore.

Afternoon:
After settling in your city centre hotel, it’s time to explore Hanoi at your leisure! You can freely spend your afternoon visiting any sights you didn’t get a chance to previously, like St. Joseph’s Cathedral or Hoa Lo Prison. We’ll help you conclude your day with a world-famous water puppet show – a delight for both young and old, promising an authentic cultural experience.

Included meals: Brunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 8: Da Nang - City tour

Day 8: Da Nang - City tour

Morning:
After breakfast, we’ll head to the airport for a flight to Da Nang, often known as ‘Vietnam’s best living city’. Our friendly driver will warmly welcome you upon arrival and take you to the city centre. Our first stop is Linh Ung Pagoda, where Vietnam’s tallest Goddess of Mercy Statue is located. From there, you’ll be treated to an incredible panoramic view of the entire Son Tra Peninsula, complete with stunning beaches stretching into the distance. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Afternoon:
We will head to the magnificent Marble Mountains. The mountains have a harmonious blend of structures and nature, with caves, tunnels, towers, and pagodas. Sure, you’ll have to tackle a few flights of stairs to reach the summit, but the breathtaking panoramas make every step worth it. Later, we’ll spend some time leisuring at My Khe Beach. Afterwards, you can spend the rest of the day at your own pace. Why not indulge in some delicious seafood in Da Nang? This coastal city is a haven for fresh sea produce, promising you a delightful dinner by the breezy seaside.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Da Nang

Day 9: Da Nang - Ba Na Hills

Day 9: Da Nang - Ba Na Hills

Morning:
Today is all about a visit to Ba Na Hills, where you’ll ride the cable car route holding five world records. As you ascend, make sure to stop at the transit station at Linh Ung Pagoda, Le Jardin D’amour flower garden, and of course, the iconic Golden Bridge, a social media phenomenon since 2018. Once you reach the top of Ba Na Hills, get ready for a whole complex of fun activities suitable for all ages.

Afternoon:
It’s time to explore the charming recreated French Village, complete with old houses, churches, and castles that pay tribute to Ba Na’s discovery by the French in the early 1900s. Then, brace yourself for thrills at the Fantasy Park, Vietnam’s largest indoor amusement park, with a lot of adrenaline-pumping games. And don’t miss your chance to have a furnicular railway ride for breathtaking mountain views before saying goodbye to Ba Na Hills. Afterwards, we’ll hit the road to Hoi An.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An - Tra Que Village

Day 10: Hoi An - Tra Que Village

Morning:
Today’s your chance to experience life as a local farmer. You can choose between a leisurely bike ride or a comfy ride in a private car to visit Tra Que Vegetable Village. Did you know this 400-year-old farm village actually supplies organic veggies for all Hoi An and its neighboring areas? When you arrive, get your hands dirty and learn the age-old art of cultivating and harvesting veggies alongside skilled farmers. Then, head to a local family’s home for a cooking class, where you’ll whip up your own traditional Hoi An lunch using freshly picked veggies from the village.

Afternoon:
After lunch, your tour guide will take you on an orientation walk around the UNESCO-listed Old Town. Did you know Hoi An was once a bustling trading port in the 15th century, connecting Vietnam with the world? That’s why we’ll see a beautiful blend of local and international cultures in 1,107 well-preserved wooden buildings. Our tour highlights include iconic landmarks such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Chinese Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Ancient House, and the bustling ChinaTown. The rest of the day will be on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An - Free & Easy

Day 11: Hoi An - Free & Easy

Today is all yours to freely explore the beauty of Hoi An. Do you need some inspiration? These suggestions might be helpful for you:
– Why not bring back home a new wardrobe? Hoi An’s talented ateliers offer custom-made garments at affordable prices, tailored just for you in 24 hours.
– Have you ever heard about the traditional lantern crafting in Hoi An? It’s been going strong for over 400 years now! With over 30 workshops, you can easily find a place to make your own lantern.
– For all beach lovers, head to An Bang Beach or Cua Dai Beach, with white sand and crystal clear water (Make sure to only swim at areas with lifeguards!)
– And for dinner, let’s try some local cuisine. Hoi An is truly a food paradise! From famous banh mi to delicious ‘Com ga’, ‘Mi Quang’, or ‘Banh xeo’, there’s something for everyone, including vegan and Halal options.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - City tour

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - City tour

Morning:
It’s time to say goodbye to Hoi An for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), previously known as Saigon. Just one generation ago, HCMC was a war zone. But now, the city has transformed to become a dynamic commercial hub with modern skyscrapers and lively streets. Upon arrival, our friendly guide and driver will warmly welcome you and take you to your hotel in the city center.

Afternoon:
It’s time to discover some of the most iconic spots in HCMC! We’ll embark on insightful history tours at the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum, which document significant milestones of Vietnam’s history, particularly the war period from 1955 to 1975. Following this, we’ll visit the Central Post Office, renowned for its stunning colonial French architecture with elements of Gothic and Renaissance styles. Afterwards, the day is all yours to explore the hustle and bustle of HCMC!

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in HCMC

Day 13: Mekong Delta - Ben Tre

Day 13: Mekong Delta - Ben Tre

Morning:
Journeying out of the city, we head to Ben Tre in Mekong Delta, famously known as ‘Vietnam’s coconut kingdom’! Did you know it produces 40% of the country’s coconuts? On arrival, we’ll have a ride on a motorized rickshaw to discover how the locals have been subsisting on coconut for generations. Our first stop is a cottage industry in Phong Nam, where you’ll see coconut shells being separated to make charcoal and coconut flesh being used for delicious desserts. Then, it’s time for a boat ride along Chet Say Canal, watching coconuts being transferred by boat while we’re sipping fresh coconut water. Next up, we’ll visit Nhon Thanh, famous for its traditional mat weaving from sedge plants. You can even try your hand at making a mat with the help of a craftsman. Savor your lunch at a local restaurant filled with Mekong specialties.

Afternoon:
We’ll hop on a sampan boat to glide through coconut groves along the maze of small canals, a hallmark of the Mekong Delta. You can also test your balance on the monkey bridge, named for the playful postures travelers make while crossing these bamboo poles. As the day comes to a close, we’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in HCMC

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

Your journey across iconic destinations in Vietnam comes to its end. After breakfast today, you’ll get the morning to yourself – no scheduled activities. Whenever you’re ready to go, our attentive driver will be ready to take you to the airport, ensuring a seamless transition for your departing flight. Until our paths cross again on your next adventure, safe travels!

Meals included: Breakfast

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