Experience the cultural essence of “the Land of the Ascending Dragon”. If you are visiting Vietnam for the first time, “Essential Vietnam” will give you a great taste of the country. Many of our past travellers have started with a journey like this and are enticed to return to explore this captivating land more deeply. This 10-day journey introduces you to the vibrancy of South Vietnam, the historic charm of Central Vietnam and the beauty and majesty of the north.
DAY 1: HANOI - ARRIVAL
Welcome to Vietnam , transfer of 45 min to your hotel in town, transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI – HALONG - HANOI(B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. “Dragon descending to the sea“ as it is known in Vietnamese, picturesque Halong Bay has more than 1,000 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. Enjoy a relaxing 5-hour boat trip through Halong Bay, fresh Seafood lunch is prepared and served on board . Back Hanoi in the late afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 3: HANOI - NOON FLIGHT TO HUE(B)
Breakfast at hotel. Early check our from your hotel. Visit Temple of Literature, 01 hour cyclo tour through the old quarter of Hanoi. Around 10.00 hours in the morning, we will depart Hanoi driving straight to the airport for boarding on noon flight to Hue, royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties. Meet at Hue airport and transfer to visit the Imperial Citadel. Hotel check in, overnight in Hue
DAY 4: HUE – DANANG - HOIAN (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda then take a drive to visit the royal tomb Tu Duc & Khai Dinh Tombs, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue, then have lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, depart Hue for Hoi An, passing by Hai Van pass, Lang Cobeach, Marble Mountain or Cham Museum.Heading to Hoi An and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in Hoian
DAY 5: HOIAN (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. Take a walking tour to discover the Hoi An, the Ancient town, Known to early Western merchants, Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets is still virtually intact. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs Ancient town, we will visit Tan Ky and Phuc Kien houses, Japanese Covered Bridge in side the Hoi An town and also visit Hoi An market Take a boat trip along Thu Bon River to see the local life along the both sides of the river before enjoying lunch at hotel in Hoi An .At leisure for the rest time. Overnight in Hoian
DAY 6: HOIAN – DANANG – SAIGON(B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure till transfer to Danang airport for the flight Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival, transfer to downtown Ho Chi Minh for walking tour along the famous Dong Khoi street (formerly Rue Catinat), passing by the Opera House, Town Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral & central Post Office.
After lunch at local restaurant, transfer to hotel for check in. In the afternoon, visit Cholon (China town) and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Saigon
DAY 7: SAIGON – CU CHI (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, driving to Cu Chi district, en route you will have the opportunity to visit local homes producing rice paper and rice wine. Visit the amazing complex of underground tunnels at Cu Chi. There are more than 200 km of underground tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. Drive back and have lunch in Ho Chi Minh.
In the afternoon, visit President Place and War Museum, do shopping activities. Overnight in Saigon
DAY 8: SAIGON – TIEN GIANG – BEN TRE – CAN THO(B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. Our guide will meet you in the lobby of hotel and drive to My Tho, the heart of the Mekong delta, famous for its vast rice fields and most beautiful landscapes. Visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda en route and stop by the bank of Tien Giang River. Take a boat trip on Mekong River to Phoenix Island where local handicrafts and sweets from coconut are being produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits and traditional life music and songs. performance. A short ride on a horse carriage to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea. Proceed by small sampan boats through the small canals and side arms of the river to observe the daily life along the river banks with a stop and short leisurely walk at the Turtle Island. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before driving to Cantho .Overnight in CanTho
DAY 9: CAN THO – SAIGON (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. Boat trip to visit Cai Rang Floating market, you also have the opportunity to watch local villagers producing visit we can see local people producing instant rice noodles , making boats and rice-husking. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh with lunch en route. Drop off at your hotel in Saigon.
DAY 10: SAIGON – DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Time at leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat for your onward flight