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Start/Finish
Hanoi / Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Duration
15 days / 14 nights
Private
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Classic doesn’t have to be boring, especially with this ‘Classic Vietnam and beach break’ tour! In Hanoi, discover its important sights, from Ho Chi Minh Complex to Hoan Kiem Lake. Discover the true meaning of ‘pristine’ in Ninh Binh when admiring the tranquil river, green rice paddies, and giant karst mountains. Relax on a cruise in Halong Bay and see the otherworldly sight of towering limestone mountains emerging from the water. Fall in love with Hoi An’s charming streets and wander into the Forbidden City in Hue. Experience the amazing Cu Chi tunnels and visit attractive landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City, where life runs at a speedy pace and seems to never sleep. End the tour with 3 days relaxing in the beach heaven Mui Ne – a paradise of sparkling turquoise water, golden sands, and exciting water sports!

Full Itinerary

- This itinerary is designed for your kind reference, and it can totally be personalized to match your time, budget and interests. Feel free to let us know your expectations for the trip and we take care of them for you.

- Trips are personally tailor-made, with basic standards of daily JOIN-GROUP TOURS where-ever possible, while accommodations and your time of leisure are at your own choice. If your budget allows, we recommend you upgrade to PRIVATE TOURS, when you are personally taken care of and be able to enjoy more private time on your own. Certainly, your trip can be a good mix of PRIVATE DAY TOURS and JOIN-GROUP DAY TOURS as you wish, just simply let us know!

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

On arrival at Hanoi International Airport, you will be greeted by your private driver and guide, and transferred in a private vehicle to your hotel for check-in. You will have some time free to rest and relax after your flight.

Overnight in Hanoi



Day 2: Hanoi – Fullday City Tour

After breakfast, dive into the sights, sounds, and aromas of Hanoi. Start with Ho Chi Minh Complex including his Mausoleum (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all afternoon, every Monday & Friday, and from late September until December), the Presidential Palace, the historic Stilt house, and the One Pillar Pagoda.

Continuing on your journey through Hanoi, you head to Tran Quoc Pagoda (which means “Stabilizing the Nation”), the oldest pagoda constructed in the sixth century in the Westlake and also a famous attraction for pilgrims.

From there, you will proceed to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honor of Confucius by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or “mandarins”.

Around 12.30: you will have lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch is aa short drive to the Museum of Ethnology, a museum of the 54 officially recognized Ethnic Groups in Vietnam (Ethnology Museum is closed every Monday).

Return to the City center to visit Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi.

End up your day with a fun cyclo/ rickshaw ride through the French Quarter and then enjoy a Water Puppet show, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

Around 18.00 – 18.30, return to your hotel where the rest of the day will be free at your leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Optional Experience: Hanoi Street food tour  

Start your walking tour of Hanoi’s largest covered market, Dong Xuan. Along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes.

Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we’ll tempt our taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, you will wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.

Your next stop will be a food stall for you to try our Bread, a little food stall with a few typical tiny Vietnamese chairs on the sidewalk where we enjoy the delicious and fresh baguettes while observing the neighborhood.

The next one will be another famous dish – Bun Cha. Bun Cha consisting of vermicelli, herbs and grilled pork. At this Hanoi’s best-kept secrets, a hidden café we will watch the demonstration and then try some egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy.

Continue to other food stalls near Hoan Kiem lake where we try some dishes such as Che “Vietnamese style pudding” and Nom “papaya salad with beef”.

It’s then time for dessert as you will venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced – this specialty is one not to be missed!

Price: Upon request



Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay

After breakfast you will leave the busy streets of Hanoi behind, bound for the serenity of Halong Bay where you will discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed landscapes. The limestone karsts and tropical islets rising up from the emerald waters provide an ethereal backdrop for your leisurely cruise.

Once there, you’ll be welcomed aboard your traditional-style Vietnamese Junk boat, each with its own individual route, to begin your cruise around the bay’s rocky islands and hidden caves.

After lunch on board, you will take a small boat transfer to the Tien Ong Cave and Cua Van Fishing Village, whose residents still live in traditional floating houses.

Return to your Junk boat for a cooking demonstration with the chef or enjoy a mesmerising sunset on the top deck before enjoying a scrumptious dinner and a peaceful overnight stay in this UNESCO-listed natural wonder.

Note: If your time permits, we would highly recommend an additional night on board which gives you a lot more time to relax and take in the amazing landscape. You’ll get to cruise deeper into the Bay where it’s more beautiful and less crowded. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on board in Halong Bay



Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Night Train to Hue

The graceful practice of Tai Chi eases you into your day as is the local custom. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on the deck of the Junk boat for a morning class in exquisite natural surrounds. You’ll have time for an early morning swim at one of Halong Bay’s quiet beaches and, if you’re feeling energetic, a brisk walk to catch one last view of scenic Halong Bay before your drive to Hanoi

Time will be on your own for dinner and hanging around in Hanoi till meeting your driver and transfer to the train station to catch the overnight train to Hue.

Train Hanoi to Hue: 22.20 – 10.50+1

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight on train (soft sleeper cabin with AC)



Day 5: Hue Arrival – City Tour

Arrive in Hue by late morning, you will be picked up by your driver and transferred for check-in. You will be free to rest after the train ride.

Around midday, your guide and driver will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to a local Buddhist Monastery where you will get the chance to grab a delicious vegetarian lunch with humble monks.

You will spend the rest of the day exploring Hue’s famous royal tombs, illustrious examples of the Grand Dynasty’s past, and garden houses. First, you head out of town to visit Emperor Minh Mang’s tomb, one of the most beautiful and majestic tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty. The next stop will be the Emperor Khai Dinh’s Tomb, an impressive monument situated in an imposing site nestled high on the mountainside.

Pause at a local workshop where you can see how incense sticks and traditional conical hats are made. Interact with the local people and try your hand at making some incense sticks.

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon where the balance of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Hue



Day 6: Hue – Danang – Hoi An

After breakfast, you will continue exploring Hue. Your day will start with a short visit to Thanh Toan Village where we can see the lively morning market. This is where the locals come to by their daily food. The nearby area is the 300-year-old Thanh Toan bridge and a Cultural Museum where you can visit and talk to the locals.

Take a traditional dragon boat trip on poetic Perfume River, stop to visit Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda. This iconic seven-story pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the city, overlooking the River. You will also see the Austin car which took Monk Thich Quang Duc to HCMC where he famously set himself on fire in 1963 as a dramatic protest against the unfair treatment of Buddhists by the Diem regime. The photo of his self-immolation is one of the most well-known images of the war.

Continue on to the Royal Complex, former home to the Nguyen Dynasty, the last Monarchy of Vietnam from 1802 – 1945. You will explore the ancient and atmospheric walled Citadel which contains the former Imperial Palace and the Forbidden Purple City. Wind your way to Cat Tuong Quan Zen House. It’s a perfect combination of architecture, culture, and people. Here you will have a chance to learn about Hue culture, experience Qigong and do meditation.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will drive south to Da Nang and Hoi An. During the trip, you will enjoy one of the most scenic drives over Hai Van Pass, where you can stop to enjoy the spectacle of the coastline, Lang Co Beach and Da Nang city. Reaching Da Nang, you will climb up the Marble Mountain, a cluster of five hills made from limestone and marble in Da Nang. It’s also a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels, and temples all just waiting to be discovered. Reaching the summit, you will enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Da Nang city below.

Continue to drive to the nearby town of Hoi An. From the 16th to the 18th century, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port. Today it is a quaint riverside town popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and cafes.

Arrive and check into your hotel. Then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An



Day 7: Hoi An – Day at leisure

A charming town, Hoi An is perfect for you to spend a day wandering around, exploring things by yourself. You can visit the tailor shops and have clothes made to measure within 24hrs at reasonable prices. Enjoy swimming and relaxing at An Bang beach, 5km away from Hoi An Old town. You can also join our recommended optional experience below.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Hoi An

Optional Experience: Hoi An Biking to the rural villages  

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to visit a local fishing village by cycling on level ground to the Thu Bon River. For safety purposes, you will be given a short bicycle competency test. For those uncomfortable with riding a bicycle, a private car can be arranged.

Ride along country lanes at a peaceful pace viewing local life and pause to see farmers toiling in their rice paddies using centuries of farming practices. Peddle your way through palm forests, across bridges, fields of water buffalos, etc.

Take a short break with a local family at Cam Thanh Village before enjoying 1.5 hours ride on Traditional Basket Boat (round boat) in the Water Coconut Palm Forest. Learn how to sail the basket boat and catch fish and “purple crabs” in the Canal.

Continue to ride your bikes to Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village where a large variety of vegetables is produced for the local community. At the village, you will be shown the environmentally sustainable practices which the local villagers have used for centuries and is still being used extensively today.

After some farming practices, you will head a local family to enjoy a foot massage and the traditional herbal foot dip. You will then ride back to the hotel to rest during the day.

Price: Upon request



Day 8: Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City)

After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to Danang Airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon). You’ll meet your guide on arrival and drive straight to your hotel for check-in.

In the afternoon, your guide will show you the most interesting sights that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer. Depart from your hotel to the Reunification Palace; this beautifully preserved palace was the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. On April 30th, 1975 the American War officially came to an end here. Proceed to the War Remnants Museum, where you can see countless artifacts, photographs, and pictures documenting the second Indochina war.

Continue to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office, dating back from the late 19th century. Those are the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Next will be Jade Emperor Pagoda, nestled in a quiet enclave in downtown HCM City, the Pagoda offers a calming sanctuary from the bustle of the busy streets outside

The final stop will be Ben Thanh Market where you can practice your bargaining skills while shopping for souvenirs. You’ll find some of the friendliest, liveliest, most convivial people in the city here.

Finish the tour and return to your hotel where the evening will be on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in HCM City



Day 9: HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels

After breakfast, we will travel over 70 kilometers to the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, which was built by the Viet Cong in the war battles for the South of Vietnam. The tunnels are a sobering insight into the dedication of the Viet Cong who lived almost entirely underground in the narrow and claustrophobic tunnels, for up to 10 years!

Upon arrival, you will have a chance to watch a brief video that will introduce you to the Cu Chi tunnels, followed by a walk through the reserve. In this walk, you can see the Secret Entrance to the tunnels, workshops for the handmade weapons, the clinic bunker, the commander bunker, the meeting bunker and the kitchen bunkers, which are all open and above ground. Nearby is a chilling exhibition of the traps and weapons used during the war.  You can experience the Cu Chi tunnels by crawling inside to see how difficult life must have been, and discover the 3 levels underground.

For those who do not like the claustrophobic atmosphere, you will not have to crawl into these tunnels! The small replica displayed outside will give you a perfect example of what the interior looked like.

Finish the tour and return to HCM City around noon. The rest of the day will be free at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in HCM City

Optional Experience: Explore “HCMC after Dark” on Vespa scooters  

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Time: 06.30pm – 10.30pm

A foodie night out on the town.

Experience HCM City nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.

To start off this HCM City night tour, enjoy drinks at our Vespa-themed café, Café Zoom, to watch “as the world goes by” (as said in the Lonely Planet guidebook). Throughout the night, try a variety of food and drinks at 2 local restaurants and samplings of HCMC’s best authentic local food. Zoom past the famous must-see sights of HCM City while in the bustling traffic. You will also go to a Vietnamese-style coffee shop with special live music, and then wrap up the evening at an exciting music bar where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique styles.

Guests ride pillion behind our drivers to enjoy and experience the Vietnamese nightlife with friends. This tour includes free-flowing drinks and all you can eat, so come with an appetite!

Price: Upon Request



Day 10: HCM City – Mekong Delta - On-board ship

After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to Cai Be town where you will embark on a cruise trip discovering the tributaries of the Mekong River.

Upon arrival, you will be met and greeted and check into your cozy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong Delta people.

During the boat trip, you will disembark for a guided leisurely walk through the local villages and the surrounding fruit orchards and rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.

Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on the sundeck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong River. Finally, the boat will anchor for the night. The day will end with a delicious onboard dinner. You’ll stay overnight on board in your comfortable cabin.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on board in Mekong River



Day 11: Mekong Delta – HCM City

After breakfast on board, you will continue to cruise the Mekong River before you head back to the wharf where your vehicle will be waiting to take you back to HCM City.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in HCM City



Day 12: HCM City – Day Train to Mui Ne

You will end your holiday with a relaxing stay on one of the beautiful tropical beach resorts in Mui Ne. To experience local life, you will take the day train about 4hrs from HCM City to Phan Thiet, then you will be transferred about 20km more to Mui Ne.

With a first-class ticket, you’ll get a comfortable reclining seat with air-con and use of the train’s food cart. The train offers many great views and time away from the noisy horns and traffic.

Arrive and check in to your resort in Mui Ne, regarded as a paradise of dazzling blue water, golden sands, and red dunes. You will spend three fantastic nights here to relax and chill out.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Mui Ne



Day 13: Mui Ne Beach

Enjoy your free day at the beach resort.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Mui Ne



Day 14: Mui Ne Beach

Another free day in Mui Ne.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Mui Ne

Day 15: Mui Ne Beach – HCM City - Departure

Your private transfer greets you at the hotel after breakfast and escorts you to Ho Chi Minh International Airport where you board your flight home or travel on to more adventures, we will help you with the planning.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

The price of this trip varies according to selected airlines, the number of people in your party, dates of departure, hotel standard, and availability of ground services. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we would be more than happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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What’s Included?

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City with highlights
  • Halong Bay Cruise 2 days/1night
  • Experience local street food (Hanoi & Hue)
  • Mekong Delta Crusie 2 days/1 night

  • Ninh Binh and Tam Coc “Halong Bay on land”
  • Spectacular maze of Cu Chi tunnels
  • Mekong Delta discovery
  • Experience local train ride
  • Beach Relax

Travel Services

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All Excursions
  • Transportation in AC vehicles
  • English speaking guide(s)

  • Domestic flights
  • Local boats
  • Local train ride
  • Admission fee
  • Meals as stated in the program

Travel Highlights

  • Complimentary Vietnam Visa Approval Letter
  • An open choice for join-group tour or private tour with maximum flexibility
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
  • Transfer in good and high qualified transportation vehicles

  • Hand-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Accompanied by Experienced and friendly local guides
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour

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A perfect month in Asia

I started my trip with Helen in September 2019, as my daughters’ honeymoon was organized by Asia Trip Deals and they were very happy with it. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand were the target and 31 days. I gave the company some ideas about what I would like to see. Over the course of 3 months we organized it almost daily and refined the 4 week trip with Helen. Thanks for her speed and helpful advice. Special thanks for suggesting that I stay in Vietnam until the Lunar New Year. It was wonderful!

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The hotels were perfect, the transports to the programs, the programs themselves and the guides were perfect. In addition to the “must-see” sightseeing tours, I am pleased to have learned about the lives of ethnicities, markets, and rural people. In particular, I would like to point out that not only the Vietnamese programs succeeded well, but the other 3 countries were also well organized by the trusted companies, especially A&Ftour, Nongnoot, who has always been a fan of my programs in Thailand. I have put these 4 countries in my heart, the cheerful people, the wonderful flowers and the delicious food! Thanks for the organization! It was perfect from the first minute to the last!
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February 19, 2020
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Okinawa, Japan

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I recently completed my 2nd trip to Vietnam using Asia Trip Deals and I was very happy and quite impressed once again. I was referred to Indochina Pioneer a year ago by a friend when planning for my first visit to Vietnam and their subsidiary Asia Trip Deals contacted me right away and immediately set to work constructing a tailor-made trip for me. The execution of the 2-week trip was even better and actually flawless. Every driver was waiting exactly on time. The many tours within the trip were fantastic with well-chosen guides of sub-tour operators. All lodging choices were excellent. Throughout the trip ‘Helen’ checked in to see how things were going. As a result of this excellent service it was an easy choice to go with Asia Trip Deals for my most recent trip to Vietnam last month.

Working at first with ‘Helen’ again, she set to work building another itinerary for me based on the ideas and suggestions I had. Unfortunately, ‘Helen’ had to leave the company and Lam picked right up to complete the planning where ‘Helen’ left off. It was a clean transition and the communication with me was clear. Another 2-week trip itinerary was soon finalized after much patient back and forth and fine-tuning and I was set to go. Once again, the execution was flawless and I never once had a problem while traveling.

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February 10, 2020
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