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Start/Finish
Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
Duration
15 days / 14 nights
Deal price
US$1,385
Typically
US$1,660

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: Hanoi Arrival – Private airport transfer to hotel

You will be welcomed at the airport then taken directly to your hotel in downtown, in a private vehicle. Check in hotel (check-in time is from 14.00).

You can then relax at your Hotel or if energy permitting, stretch your legs by taking a walk-through busy Streets of Hanoi Old Quarter, a perfect way to explore the daily life of Hanoians. Dinner is on your own tonight (with the recommendation from your Travel Specialists if you wish).

Meals included: No

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi city tour – Street food Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, 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 our journey through Hanoi we drive 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 we head 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 restaurant. Afterward, you’ll visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi. We then take a short drive to visit the Museum of Ethnology, a museum of the 54 officially recognized Ethnic Groups in Vietnam (Ethnology Museum is closed every Monday).

From 16.30 – 17.00, return your hotel for some rest before starting the evening local food discovery. We start our 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 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, we 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.

Our next stop is 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.

Next one is 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 we 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!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Hanoi



Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Boat

After breakfast at your hotel, you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. The journey is through the rich farmlands where you can observe the everyday life of Vietnamese villagers. Arriving in Halong Bay in the late morning and you will board a traditional “junk” boat. You will begin a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone karsts and islets. A delicious fresh seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay, a UNESCO listed site.

Notes: The program may differ slightly based on the junk cruise’s itinerary.

Towards the end of the day, the boat sets anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay, dinner is served with fresh seafood, salad, and fruit. You will spend the night in your private cabin aboard the Junk in Halong Bay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on boat, private en-suite cabin


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

Early risers can enjoy an unforgettable sunrise over the bay. On a clear day, you will have the chance to see the sunrise over the spectacular horizon, reflecting in the pristine waters of the bay.

Enjoy breakfast while the boat cruises slowly back to the jetty. Disembark at around noon time and take your vehicle back Hanoi. Time is on your own for dinner and hanging around in Hanoi till meeting your driver and transfer to train station to take a night train to Hue.

Train Hanoi to Hue: 22.20 – 10.50+1

Meals included: Brunch on Cruise
Overnight on train (soft sleeper cabin with air-conditioner, 4 persons in a cabin)

Day 5: Hue Arrival – Hue City Tour

Arrive in Hue by late morning, you will be pick up by our driver and transfer to hotel for leaving luggage (check in hotel normally at 14.00, early check-in depends on availability and may cause surcharge).

You will spend the afternoon exploring Hue’s famous royal tombs, illustrious examples of the Grand Dynasty’s past, and garden houses. First, we will visit Minh Mang’s tomb that is located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds. Next point is the Emperor Khai Dinh Mausoleum, considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque works of architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. On the way back town, you will visit a local workshop where you can see how incense sticks and traditional conical hats are made.

Around 04.00pm you will be taken back your hotel. The rest of the day is free, with dinner on your own.

Meals included: No meals
Overnight in Hue



Day 6: Hue – Danang – Hoi An

After breakfast, we continue exploring Hue. Your day starts 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 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 Hue Royal Complex, former home to the Nguyen Dynasty, the last 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 visit Cat Tuong Quan Zen House. It’s a perfect combination of architecture, culture, and people. Here we had a chance to learn about Hue culture, experience Qigong and do meditation.

For lunch, it is open for your choice of one of below options:

Option 1: Taste Hue local food, special cake such as Banh Beo, Nam, Loc… (water fern cake, steamed rice pancake with shrimp and rice dumpling cake ) that made by rice flour.  And try Bun Bo Hue (Hue beef noodle soup) in Dong Ba Market, where you can see a lot of ingredients for food, and explore the local life.

Option 2: Feast on a vegetarian meal prepared by nuns at Dong Thuyen Pagoda, a temple located on the top of a hill with a fantastic view. Visit the kitchen to see how your meal is prepared in a wood burning stove, then dig into your food in the company of the nuns who made it. Take the opportunity to learn about Buddhism or just get to know your friendly hosts.

After Lunch, 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 stop to visit the Marble Mountain. The Marble Mountains are 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, where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views.

Then 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 in Hoi An by late afternoon, check in hotel and rest of the day is your free time.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An



Day 7: Hoi An – Free Day

A charming town, Hoi An is perfect for you to spend a day wandering around, exploring things by yourself. You can have clothes tailor-made and completed within 24hrs at reasonable prices, or have a relaxing bike ride through beautiful local villages, or relax on the Cua Dai beach or An Bang beach. You can also join one of the optional tours below (additional charge).

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Hoi An

Optional tour: Hoi An Biking to rural villages full day (private tour)

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 our bikes to Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village where a large variety of vegetable 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, we 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
Inclusions: English speaking guide, bikes, the transfer from/back hotel, entrance fee, Lunch


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

Morning is your free time in Hoi An. Check out hotel then you will be transferred to Danang airport for late morning flight to HCMC. Arrive in HCMC, greeted by local tour guide and transfer to hotel to leave luggage before having the HCMC city tour in the afternoon.

In the afternoon, our 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. Enjoy a visiting the War Remnants Museum where you can see countless artifacts, photographs, and pictures documenting the second Indochina war.

After this, we visit The Notre Dame Cathedral, which was built in 1880, and the Old Post Office, which was built sometime between 1886 and 1891. It is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Next is Jade Emperor Pagoda. This is an ancient temple, as the Chinese temple style with bright decorative motifs.

Our last stop will be at a local Market where you can practice your bargaining skills while shopping for souvenirs. Discover local life and culture. You’ll find some of the friendliest, liveliest, most convivial people in the city in here. Return your hotel around 18:00,

The evening and dinner are on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in HCMC



Day 9: HCMC– Cu Chi Tunnels – Free Afternoon

A charming town, Hoi An is perfect for you to spend a day wandering around, exploring things by yourself. You can have clothes tailor-made and completed within 24hrs at reasonable prices, or have a relaxing bike ride through beautiful local villages, or relax on the Cua Dai beach or An Bang beach. You can also join one of the optional tours below (additional charge)

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Hoi An

Optional tour: Explore “HCMC after Dark” on Vespa scooters where you are the passenger!  (Group tour)

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Time: 06.30pm – 10.30pm

A foodie night out on the town.

This HCMC night tour is part night excursion, part street food adventure. Experience HCMC nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.

To start off this HCMC 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 Ho Chi Minh City while in the bustling traffic. We’ll 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

Inclusion: Vespas, drivers, English speaking tour guide, dinners (2 stops), local music venues and café (3 stops),  one drink provided at each stop



Day 10: HCMC – Mekong Cruise 2 days/1night

Getting Picked up in Ho Chi Minh City, you will head to Cai Be where you will board your comfortable river cruiser. After a refreshing welcome drink, we show you our on-board facilities and 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.
In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or 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 deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong river. The cruise boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious onboard dinner. You stay overnight on board on your comfortable river cruiser.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on Board



Day 11: Mekong Delta – HCMC

Breakfast on board, then continue to cruise the Mekong Delta before you head back to the wharf where your vehicle is waiting to take you back HCMC. The rest of the day is on your own. A good time to visit the olden day Rue Cardinal.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in HCMC

Day 12: HCMC – Day Train to Mui Ne – Beach stay in Mui Ne

You will end your holiday with a relaxing stay on one of the beautiful tropical beaches in Mui Ne. To experience local life, you will take the day train about 4hrs from HCMC 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 of.
Check in at the resort of 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 enjoy the comfort of the resort.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Mui Ne


Day 13: Mui Ne Beach

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Mui Ne



Day 14: Mui Ne Beach

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Mui Ne

Day 15: Mui Ne Beach – HCMC - Departure

Time is on your own till check out hotel and you will be transferred back HCMC airport for flight departure.

Meals included: Breakfast.

End of tour!

Pricing

  • The quotation is per person in USD, based on twin-sharing
Hotel Type Group Tour Private Tour
Standard 3* Typical price 1,660 1,925
Special Deal 1,385 1,605
Superior 4* Typical price 1,940 2,210
Special Deal 1,615 1,840

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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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I was a female solo traveller and from my first email, I was made to feel important. I detailed the countries I wanted to go to and the time frame. You can also tell them all the things that you want to see and do. I had nothing specific so I left it to my consultant, Helen. She only had 1 month to organise for me to go to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia for 4 weeks.
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I went to the 3 countries listed in the title March of 2019 without any knowledge of the countries whatsoever. Asia Trip Deals was nice enough to send me information on all the countries I was visiting and also advise me on all the possible dangers. Also what was very relaxing and helpful was the person who helped me every single day of the tour, Helen Vuong. She kept in touch via WhatsApp every single day, gave suggestions on what was near my hotel, ensured all the tour guides treated me well, acted as a liaison in some cases, but most importantly became like an aunt to me and made sure I was safe and having fun. I truly got a family like experience from the company and I was doing this trip solo. It was unforgettable

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I found Asia Trip Deals online through Trip Advisor which had rated this company 5 stars. I will say, it did not let me down. I was concerned about sending deposit via wire to Vietnam, but the personnel went above and beyond to reassure me of its legitimacy.
Once we got down to the business of creating an itinerary, I soon realized that the sky was the limit. We NEVER would have experienced Vietnam in the manner that we did had we had booked with a traditional US based tour company.
With the assistance of Helen, our travel agent liaison, I was free to choose the type of hotel, city, the level of activity, the variety of activities, as well as the pace of the entire trip. As I was traveling with my 27-year-old daughter, and knew that we had to have a lot of variety built-in to the itinerary. And Helen went above and beyond to make sure that we saw the highlights of Vietnam and Laos. We hiked to the top of waterfalls, we bike rode through rice paddies, we kayaked through the historic Ha Long Bay, we boated down the Mekong River, and enjoyed the festivities of the New Year in Luang Prabang, Laos.
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Our trip would not have been the same without Helen. She was gracious, kind, and responsive at all times given the 12 hour time change. We even had a chance to meet Helen in Hanoi, and I am so glad that I had a chance to personally thank her for making such a memorable trip. Hats off to you, my dear. My hope is that our paths cross again.

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