Vietnam Wonder Discovery

From: 995 USD | 14 Days

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Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue - Quang Binh - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Highlights

Your journey at a glance

In Just 14 Days, You’ll Be Diving Into The Absolute Best Of Vietnam! We’re Talking About Exploring Jaw-Dropping Natural Wonders, From The Breathtaking Caves Of Quang Binh To The Stunning Limestone Karsts Of Halong Bay. The Treasure Trove Of Culture And History Is Also Waiting For You To Uncover, And You’ll Find The Key To Unlock It In Hanoi, Hue, And Ho Chi Minh City. But That’s Not All! Along The Way, We’ve Got Not One, But Two Days Of Pure Relaxation On The Sunny Beaches Of Hoi An. It’s Your Chance To Kick Back And Recharge Before Diving Back Into The Discovery Of A Lifetime.

Brief

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels & City tour

Day 3: Mekong Delta - Village boat trip

Day 4: Hoi An - Ancient town

Day 5: Hoi An - Free & Easy

Day 6: Hoi An - Free & Easy

Day 7: Da Nang

Day 8: Hue - Imperial Citadel

Day 9: Quang Binh - Phong Nha Cave

Day 10: Quang Binh - Paradise Cave

Day 11: Hanoi - City tour

Day 12: Ha Long Bay - Luxury cruise trip

Day 13: Ha Long Bay - Surprise Cave

Day 14: Hanoi Departure

Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue - Quang Binh - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Important Information

  • Visit UNESCO sites in Hue and Hoi An
  • Conquer Asia’s largest cave in Phong Nha
  • Uncover Hanoi’s street culture on a cylco
  • Cruise overnight in Ha Long Bay
  • Learn war history in Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Discover Mekong’s riverside life 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: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival

Welcome to the vibrant 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 financial and commercial hub with modern skyscrapers and lively streets. Yet it hasn’t forgotten its past! You can easily find serene pagodas and temples, where the smell of incense fills the air with peace. And if you’re eager to learn more about the city’s history, there are plenty of museums filled with artifacts, stories and memories.

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 HCMC at your leisure.

Overnight in HCMC

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels & City tour

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels & City tour

Morning:

Your day begins with an incredible journey to Cu Chi Tunnels. We’ll explore just a small part of this 250 km underground network built by Vietnamese back in the wartime. These massive tunnels were not only war shelters but also kitchens, hospitals, command centers and secret storages for food and weapons. While crawling through the tunnels, you’ll hear incredible stories about the Viet Cong guerrillas who lived, fought, or even sacrificed here during the Vietnam War. It’ll make you appreciate the peace we enjoy today even more.

Afternoon:

Let’s head back to the city center, and our guide will take you to the ChinaTown of HCMC, District 5. You’ll first explore Thien Hau Temple, well-known for its intricate architecture and grand coils of incense hanging overhead. Next, wander through Hao Si Phuong Alley, lined with old but colorful apartment buildings. You can also buy some souvenirs in the lively atmosphere of Binh Tay Market nearby. Our trip for today will end with a visit to Cha Tam Church, a symbol of religious harmony and cultural diversity in Vietnam, with a blend of Gothic and Chinese architecture.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight in HCMC

Day 3: Mekong Delta - Village boat trip

Day 3: Mekong Delta - Village boat trip

Morning:

Journeying out of the city, we head to the Mekong Delta. Did you know that Mekong Delta is often called as ‘Vietnam’s rice bowl’ because its fertile lands yield much of the country’s rice? When we arrive at Vinh Long, we’ll hop onto a boat and cruise along Mekong River to An Binh Island. Our first stop is the local cottage industries where we can taste some freshly made rice paper, coconut candy, and pop-rice right from the source. Later, you’ll be welcome to visit a local homestay with a huge orchand, allowing you to pluck fruits straight from the trees. For lunch, savor a unique meal served right on your boat, with mouthwatering Mekong specialties, as we cruise back to shore.

Afternoon:

Once our bellies are full, it’s time to explore the village of hundred-year-old brick kilns. You’ll see the whole process of traditional brickmaking and pottery crafting up close. Then, get back to our boat and glide through the maze of small canals, fully immersing yourself into the simple yet heartwarming lifestyle of the Mekong people. As the day winds down, we’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City for your flight to Da Nang, followed by a transfer to Hoi An.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 4: Hoi An - Ancient town

Day 4: Hoi An - Ancient town

Today we’re heading out bright and early to Duy Hai Fishing Village. You’ll witness the bustling activity of hard-working fishermen unloading their whole night’s catch, while merchants hustle for the freshest picks of fish. Dive deeper into the village, it’s time to discover the secrets behind local fish specialties like dried fish and fish sauce. Head to our next stop, Bay Mau Coconut Forest, where we glide through the serene Hoi An riverside on a basket boat. You can try some thrilling boat dancing or shop for beautiful handicrafts made from coconut leaves. Take a rest at a local home for a soothing foot massage and lend a hand in preparing your own traditional lunch.

Afternoon:

After you finish up your meal, let’s return to Hoi An town and dive into exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site. As you wander through the charming alleys, you’ll discover the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, the Chinese Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Ancient House, and the bustling ChinaTown. End the day with a scenic sunset cruise on Thu Bon River – perfect for capturing stunning photos.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 5: Hoi An - Free & Easy

Day 5: Hoi An - Free & Easy

Explore Hoi An at your own rhythm. Do you need some inspiration?

These suggestions might be helpful for you:

– Let’s try some local cuisine in Hoi An, it’s 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.

– 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 a matter of days.

– 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 and be a part of this rich tradition.

– Grabbing a bicycle or motorbike and exploring the peaceful paths of Hoi An are must-try activities. You’ll pass by local markets, villages, and vast rice fields, experiencing the tranquil side of life in Hoi An.

– And don’t miss out on An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach for some sun-soaked fun. With white sand and crystal clear water, it’s the perfect spot to relax for any beach lovers. (Make sure to only swim at areas with lifeguards!)

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An - Free & Easy

Day 6: Hoi An - Free & Easy

Explore Hoi An at your own rhythm. Do you need some inspiration?

These suggestions might be helpful for you:

– Let’s try some local cuisine in Hoi An, it’s 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.

– 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 a matter of days.

– 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 and be a part of this rich tradition.

– Grabbing a bicycle or motorbike and exploring the peaceful paths of Hoi An are must-try activities. You’ll pass by local markets, villages, and vast rice fields, experiencing the tranquil side of life in Hoi An.

– And don’t miss out on An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach for some sun-soaked fun. With white sand and crystal clear water, it’s the perfect spot to relax for any beach lovers. (Make sure to only swim at areas with lifeguards!)

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 7: Da Nang

Day 7: Da Nang

Morning:

Lace up your shoes because today you’re going to Da Nang, Vietnam’s ‘best living city’. Our journey starts at Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village, a place with over 300 years of history. Be mesmerized by the stone masterpieces crafted by skilled artisans who pour their hearts and souls into their work day and night. From the village, your gaze will naturally be drawn to our next destination nearby, 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. Next up, we’ll make our way to the heart of Da Nang to explore the Museum of Cham Sculpture. Don’t let its size fool you; this small museum contains the world’s largest collection of Cham ethnic artifacts dating back from the 5th to 15th centuries.

Afternoon:

Our journey continues to 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 charming fishing villages and stunning beaches stretching into the distance. Afterwards, we’ll hit the road along the scenic Hai Van Pass, with jaw-dropping vistas of the boundless ocean, before arriving at Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight in Hue

Day 8: Hue - Imperial Citadel

Day 8: Hue - Imperial Citadel

Morning:

Your day begins with a romantic boat journey along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the seven-storey historic symbol of Hue. Then hop on a bike and pedal your way through the serene countryside to La Chu Village, passing rice fields, lotus ponds and vegetable farms. Your cycling ride ends at a local family’s house, where you’ll be greeted with open arms. It’s time to roll up your sleeves for a small cooking class, preparing some Hue specialties for your lunch. Especially, all the ingredients are sourced locally from La Chu, giving your meal that extra local flavor. After satisfying your taste buds, why not treat your tired feet to a traditional foot bath infused with local herbs?

Afternoon:

Your whole afternoon is to visit to the UNESCO Heritage Site of Imperial Citadel. Built back in the 19th century, this complex was once the royal palace of Vietnam’s last dynasty, the Nguyen. Inside those ancient walls, you’ll discover a treasure trove of significant public buildings, lavish residences, and sacred places of worship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight in Hue

Day 9: Quang Binh - Phong Nha Cave

Day 9: Quang Binh - Phong Nha Cave

Morning:

We’ll spend this morning for a 4-hour road trip from Hue to Quang Binh.

Afternoon:

Upon arrival you will have the rest of your day to visit Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2003, Phong Nha is truly a natural paradise for any adventurer. Over millions of years, floods have sculpted the world’s largest caves here, while meandering rivers weave through ancient karsts and jungle-clad mountains create an otherworldly scene. You’ll relish a 25-minute boat ride along the river through the majestic Phong Nha Cave, celebrating its towering stalagmites. You can also ask the boat rower for a small trek deeper into the cave to get up close and personal with the stunning rock formations.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight in Hue

Day 10: Quang Binh - Paradise Cave

Day 10: Quang Binh - Paradise Cave

Morning:

Let’s start your second day in Quang Binh with an exploration in Paradise Cave, the longest dry cave in Asia! Prepare to be amazed by a stunning forest that leads you to the entrance of this natural masterpiece. Once you step inside the cave, you’ll instantly feel a refreshing coolness, a welcome relief from the outside heat. Paradise Cave lives up to its name; it’s like stepping into a breathtaking haven sculpted by the hands of time and nature. Along a 1-kilometer-long wooden walkway, you’ll be greeted by hundreds of jaw-dropping ivory stalactites that sparkle like glass pillars.

Afternoon:

After a thrilling morning of exploration, it’s time to have lunch! With a full heart and a happy belly, head to the airport and catch your flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam! Once settling in your city centre hotel, you will have a chance to explore Hanoi at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 11: Hanoi - City tour

Day 11: 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. Our guide then takes you to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, unveiling the cultural diversity of 54 ethnic groups across Vietnam.

Afternoon:

After lunch, 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 12: Ha Long Bay - Luxury cruise trip

Day 12: Ha Long Bay - Luxury cruise trip

Morning:

Let’s swap city bustle for serene seas today! This morning, 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:

As the cruise approaches the heart of Ha Long, a variety of thrilling activities are waiting for your family. You can go kayaking for a closer look at the majestic limestone formations, or simply jump into the emerald waters for a refreshing swim. When the sun sets, you’ll 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. And for those craving even more fun, how about joining the cruise staff for midnight squid fishing? Who knows, we might just reel in some squid for a late-night party!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight in Ha Long Bay

Day 13: Ha Long Bay - Surprise Cave

Day 13: Ha Long Bay - Surprise Cave

Morning:

Waking up to the melody of waves lapping against the cruise, your day begins with a Tai-Chi session on deck and a warm breakfast later. 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. After the cave exploration, save this time to soak in the panoramic bay views as we cruise back to the shore.

Afternoon:

Now, it’s time for some free-spirited exploration! You can spend your afternoon visiting any sights you didn’t get a chance to previously, like the Temple of Literature or Hoa Lo Prison. We also recommend checking out the water puppet shows – a delight for both young and old.

Meals included: Brunch

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 14: Hanoi Departure

Day 14: Hanoi 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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