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11 Days Feeling an Authentic Vietnam

11 Days Feeling an Authentic Vietnam

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta
From USD
$586 /pp
$672

Have you ever traveled to Vietnam before? It doesn't matter. Whatever you decide to visit this country the first time or come back to see again, take few minutes to see what this trip can brings to you.

Highlights

  • Explore the 1000-year-old Hanoi, capital city of Vietnam with many historical and legendary stories.
  • Discover Halong Bay, the dream place appearing in the famous Kong film.
  • Feeling the romantic and simple land of Hoi An
  • Immerse in the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh
  • Experience the boat trips in the unique land of Mekong Delta

Brief itinerary

DAY 1
HANOI ARRIVAL

DAY 2
HANOI CITY TOUR (B/L)

DAY 3
HANOI - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)

DAY 4
HALONG BAY - HANOI (B/L)

DAY 5
HANOI - FLY TO DANANG - HOIAN (B)

DAY 6
HOIAN (B)

DAY 7
HOIAN (B)

DAY 8
HOIAN - DANANG - FLY TO HO CHI MINH (B)

DAY 9
HO CHI MINH SIGHTSEEING (B)

DAY 10
HO CHI MINH - MEKONG DELTA FULL DAY BOAT TRIP - HO CHI MINH (B/L)

DAY 11
HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B)

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Arrival and welcome at Hanoi Airport. Transfer to check in at your hotel. Room is at your disposal from 13.30. After that, free at your leisure to explore the Hanoi Old Quarter or Hoan Kiem Lake vicinity. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B/L)
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B/L)
After breakfast, our local guide will meet you at your hotel and then start a city tour. You will visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday, outside visit will be arranged), his traditional stilt house, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature also known as the First University of Vietnam.
 
Back to Hanoi Old Quarter to enjoy the street foods. You will have a chance to taste one of the best local PHO, bread and a cup of egg coffee. 
 
Free at your leisure in the rest of the day. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
The shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel and depart for Halong Bay for your tour through the scenic countryside. Embark on a boat for an exploration of the wondrous Ha Long Bay (translated as “where the dragon descends into the sea”) and enjoy one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights.
 
This exciting cruise will provide a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way, anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs.
DAY 4: HALONG BAY - HANOI (B/L)
DAY 4: HALONG BAY - HANOI (B/L)
You are recommended to wake up early in the morning on this day because that is the most wonderful time for you to contemplate aquamarine water of the bay at its best. Once satisfied with the tea break, you will continue the onboard excursion through impressive limestone surrounding the bay. Don’t forget to take some nice photos of this unique land.
 
Returning to the Harbour and be transferred back to your hotel in Hanoi. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 5: HANOI - FLY TO DANANG - HOIAN (B)
DAY 5: HANOI - FLY TO DANANG - HOIAN (B)

At good time, be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Danang. On arrival Danang Airport, meet your local guide and be transferred to your hotel in Hoian for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6: HOIAN (B)
DAY 6: HOIAN (B)
In the morning, we will start a walking trip with our tour-guide around the attractive Hoian port town. In 16th century, Hoian used to be the national trading center for East-West commercial itinerary. It seems to be the assembly point for diversity of ancient streets and homes. Particularly, the quaint cobblestone streets with more than two-century-old Chinese houses are indispensable subjects to visit and explore.
 
Deliberately walking here, you will see the ancient houses built following the Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures along the narrow lanes. The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge built by Japanese merchants in 16th century, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, and the local fish market are some indispensable places that you should visit in Hoian. Let’s stop off at a tailor-made shop to get yourself a favourite clothes/suits/dresses done in just few hours.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 7: HOIAN (B)
DAY 7: HOIAN (B)
Free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 8: HOIAN - DANANG - FLY TO HO CHI MINH (B)
DAY 8: HOIAN - DANANG - FLY TO HO CHI MINH (B)

At good time, be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Ho Chi Minh. On arrival Ho Chi Minh Airport, meet your local guide and be transferred to your hotel in city center for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 9: HO CHI MINH SIGHTSEEING (B)
DAY 9: HO CHI MINH SIGHTSEEING (B)
In the morning, start your exploration of the city. Start with a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. Continue your journey along Dong Khoi Street. Make a stop at the Peoples’ Committee building and the Opera House which is served as the home of the Lower House Assembly. Move onto the Reunification Palace, also known as the Independent Palace which is a historical work with its own charm.
 
After that, visit China Town and Thien Hau pagoda then be transferred back to your hotel. Free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10: HO CHI MINH - MEKONG DELTA FULL DAY BOAT TRIP - HO CHI MINH (B/L)
DAY 10: HO CHI MINH - MEKONG DELTA FULL DAY BOAT TRIP - HO CHI MINH (B/L)
A 1.5 hour minivan trip to the Mekong Delta offers a glimpse into the unique and distinct agrarian life of the vibrant Southern Delta region. Cruise across the Mekong River to one of the Islands (located in the town of My Tho) where you can gain insight into the local cottage industry of making coconut candies and enjoy some tea sweetened with bee’s honey.
 
Then take a paddle-boat cruise through the narrow canals of the Mekong and enjoy a lunch of ‘Elephant Ear’ fish combined with other delicious Vietnamese dishes – a local specialty. Return to your hotel in the afternoon. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 11: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B)
DAY 11: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B)

Free at your leisure until be transferred to Ho Chi Minh Airport for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noon time only. Meals on your own. End of services!

Thank you so much for companion with us and we are looking forward to welcoming you very soon in Indochina.

Hotel Class
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Inclusion

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned 
  • All internal and regional flights as mentioned in the itinerary:
    Hanoi – Danang
    Danang – Ho Chi Minh City
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees
  • Vietnam Visa letter

Exclusion

  • International flight tickets
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
Important notes:
 
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Vietnam. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses.
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however, we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.
 
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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
DAILY PROGRAM
Your change
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B/L)
DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
DAY 4: HALONG BAY - HANOI (B/L)
DAY 5: HANOI - FLY TO DANANG - HOIAN (B)
DAY 6: HOIAN (B)
DAY 7: HOIAN (B)
DAY 8: HOIAN - DANANG - FLY TO HO CHI MINH (B)
DAY 9: HO CHI MINH SIGHTSEEING (B)
DAY 10: HO CHI MINH - MEKONG DELTA FULL DAY BOAT TRIP - HO CHI MINH (B/L)
DAY 11: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B)

2. PARTICIPANTS AND DATE OF TRAVEL

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
Adult(s)
Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

3. YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND CONTACT DETAILS

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