Vietnam Tours

Colors of Vietnam

access_time 18 Days / 17 Nights
bookmarks Private Tailor Made
location_on Hanoi – Mai Chau – Ninh Binh – Halong – Hoian – Hue – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi – Can Tho – Phu Quoc

Highlights

  • Immerse in the lively atmospheres of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, delving into the dynamic energy of these urban landscapes.
  • Sail peacefully through Lan Ha Bay’s limestone karst scenery for a tranquil alternative to Halong Bay.
  • Drive through the winding roads of Mai Chau to experience its unparalleled beauty.
  • Discover the simplicity and charm of Vietnamese countryside living in Tam Coc.
  • Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s modern and ancient history in the imperial city of Hue, where echoes of the past mingle with the vibrant present.
  • Experience traditional farming in the idyllic setting of Hoi An and wander through its charming old port town with historic architecture
  • Gain wartime insight at the Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Cruise through the picturesque Mekong Delta, witnessing the essence of Vietnamese life and culture unfold.
  • Escape to the tranquil shores of Phu Quoc, a secluded island with a beautiful beach, offering a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle.

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s captivating capital, where the charm of its French colonial history mingles seamlessly with the energetic buzz of modern Asia. In this city, you’ll discover a blend of traditional architecture, serene lakes, and the constant movement of countless motorbikes, alongside a thriving cosmopolitan scene with trendy restaurants and boutiques.

You will be met on arrival at Hanoi International Airport with a welcome signboard with your names on it and a private transfer to your selected hotel, allowing you to settle in and start exploring the city at your own pace, either by enjoying the hotel amenities or venturing out for your initial taste of Hanoi’s unique atmosphere.

Overnight in Hanoi.

 

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Today, your private guide and driver will take you on a tour of Hanoi’s top attractions, followed by an exploration of authentic local cuisine away from the usual tourist spots. Begin your day at the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, exploring the Mausoleum and his House on Stilts. Then, stroll through quaint lanes to Huu Tiep Lake and visit a centuries-old temple and the B52 crash site, a historical relic. Explore the Museum of Ethnology before enjoying a traditional Pho noodle soup for lunch and learn about local meal traditions.

In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo prison, enjoy a captivating cyclo ride through the French colonial precinct, passing historic landmarks. Pause at Pho Co Café for Egg coffee with stunning views. Conclude the day with a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, immersing yourself in the vibrant street food scene. Sample delights like green papaya salad, Banh Mi Pa Te, and the iconic Bun Cha, all while seated on tiny plastic stools in charming back alleys.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi.

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After breakfast, meet our private guide and driver at your hotel for a scenic four-hour drive to Mai Chau, a tranquil valley surrounded by picturesque mountains and lush paddy fields, home to many of Vietnam’s 54 indigenous minority tribes. Check-in at the charming Mai Chau Ecolodge, an ideal place to rejuvenate.

In the afternoon, explore Pom Coong and Lac villages on foot or by bike (if you wish), encountering welcoming locals and gaining insight into their way of life. Continue your day to discover the ancient Mo Luong and Chieu caves, known for their breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites. Don’t miss a visit to the Thai ethnographic museum, housing a rich collection of historical artifacts that showcase centuries of Thai culture. Enjoy a delightful home-hosted dinner with a local family, tasting traditional dishes and village-made rice wine.

End your day with a mesmerizing traditional dance performance by the White Thai at Mai Chau Ecolodge—a captivating cultural experience.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Overnight in Mai Chau.

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After breakfast, let’s experience the invigorating mountain air during a 2-hour trek along picturesque mountain paths, offering insights into local customs and the mesmerizing natural landscape. Depending on the day, you can explore the lively Pa Co Market (available only on Sundays). Afterward, return to Mai Chau Ecolodge for some downtime before leaving the lush fields behind and head to Ninh Binh.

You will arrive Ninh Binh and transfer to the lovely Tam Coc Garden Resort. Surrounded by stunning rice paddies and limestone formations this place is an oasis that lets you escape from the hustle and bustle of city life in the middle of the most incredible landscapes.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ninh Binh.

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Begin your day with a fulfilling breakfast, followed by a 2.5-hour drive to explore the enchanting Ninh Binh region. Your first stop is the historic Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel, where you’ll visit the Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple, immersing yourself in Vietnamese history and culture. Afterward, savor a delectable lunch at a local restaurant with the exquisite flavors of the region’s cuisine.

After lunch, continue to explore Trang An eco-tourism complex (a Unesco World Heritage site), and its staggering karst landscapes, replete with secret grottoes, towering peaks, and tranquil streams. Board a sampan for a journey through Trang An’s spectacular network of caves, archways, and grottoes, including Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, and Sinh Cave.

For those seeking more adventure, consider climbing Ngu Nhac Mountain & Mua Caves. The trail leads to three cave pagodas dating back to 1428 and rewards you with even more breathtaking panoramic views of the picturesque countryside. This day promises an immersive exploration of Ninh Binh’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Ninh Binh.

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After breakfast at your hotel, you leave Ninh Binh for Halong Bay. The journey is through the rich farmlands where you can observe 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.

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.

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Overnight on cruise.

Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Begin your day with the serene practice of Tai Chi, a local custom that eases you into the morning. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on the deck of the Junk boat amidst the exquisite natural surroundings. There’s time for an early morning swim at one of Halong Bay’s peaceful beaches, and for the more adventurous, take a kayak and paddle through the Dark and Bright Caves, admiring the glistening stone walls.

Return to the junk boat, check out of your cabin, and savor a sumptuous brunch buffet as you cruise back to port. Disembark around midday for your return journey to Hanoi, then our driver will transfer you from inner Hanoi city to the airport for your flight to Danang, then transfer to Hoian.

Once you arrive in Hoian, settle into your accommodations and immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of this ancient town. Explore its lantern-lit streets, savor local delicacies, and discover the unique blend of culture and heritage that makes Hoian an unforgettable destination for travelers.

Meals included: Breakfast, Brunch.
Overnight in Hoian.

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Enjoy a leisurely morning with a late breakfast and relaxation at your hotel. In the afternoon, our tour guide will lead you through the Ancient Quarter of Hoian, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore notable attractions like Chua Ong Pagoda, Tan Ky Ancient House, Fujian Assembly Hall, and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Next, visit the Precious Heritage Museum, housing Rehahn’s Precious Heritage Collection, which offers a captivating glimpse into Vietnam’s diverse ethnic tribes

The highlight of the day is the visit to the Reaching Out Tea House, run by mute and deaf individuals. Savor delightful cakes and Eastern-style tea. Discover the art of lantern-making at a craftsman’s house, where you’ll create your own lantern with expert guidance.

Wrap up your day with a Hoian street food tour, led by our guide. Wander through narrow alleyways to sample local delicacies and gain insight into how Hoian locals enjoy their vibrant street food scene.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Hoian.

 

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After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to the charming town of Hoi An as your journey leads you northward towards Hue. You will embark on a scenic car ride from Hoi An to Da Nang, witnessing the captivating landscapes of central Vietnam unfold before you.

Upon reaching Da Nang, you’ll board a train for a unique rail journey to Hue. This leisurely train ride will take you through the stunning Hai Van Pass, renowned for its breathtaking scenery. As you traverse this picturesque route, the “Sea Cloudy Pass” will reveal its mesmerizing vistas of the coastline and the city of Da Nang nestled below. The train journey provides ample opportunities to soak in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the region, making it an unforgettable part of your journey.

Upon your arrival in Hue, you’ll find yourself in a city steeped in history and culture. After checking in at your hotel, you’ll have the option to either relax and unwind in the comfort of your hotel, or venture out to explore the city by night. Whether you decide to take it easy and enjoy the comforts of your accommodation or dive into Hue’s vibrant nightlife, your time in this historically rich city promises to be a memorable part of your journey through Vietnam.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Hue.

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After breakfast, the day begins with a visit to the Imperial City, a UNESCO heritage site. The tours start at the “South Gate” and continue with the Palace of the Five Phoenixes, the Palace of Supreme Harmony, the Nine Dynastic Urns dating back to 1835, the Thai Mieu Temple, the Queen Mother’s Palace, and more. The visit continues to the famous Thien Mu Pagoda, known for its octagonal tower.

After visiting Thien Mu Pagoda, take a cruise on the Perfume River towards Thuy Bieu village, renowned for its ancestral garden-houses with a unique style, passing by numerous temples belonging to ancestors, a cultural specificity of Hue. Stroll around the village through orchards, vegetable gardens, local craftsmanship, garden-houses, and more. Lunch at a family restaurant by the Perfume River, and treat yourself to a brief foot massage.

In the afternoon, visit the mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc, the fourth emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. The mausoleum is one of the most impressive royal tombs in Hue. With an area of 12 hectares and over 50 structures in total, this complex is considered the secondary Imperial City.

Afterwards, explore the Dong Ba Market. At the market, you will have a chance to discover a favourite Noddle soup by Anthony Bourdain – the World Famous Chef and TV Producer. Here you will sample the best Bun Bo Hue “Hue Noddle soup”. Conclude your day of exploration and return to your hotel, where you’ll spend the night in the charming city of Hue.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Hue.

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After a delightful stay in Hue, your journey continues as you board a morning flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the bustling metropolis in the south of Vietnam. Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Saigon, you’ll step into a city that embodies modernity and energy.

Saigon, a city with a dynamic spirit, is where contemporary skyscrapers and historic landmarks coexist seamlessly. Take your time to explore the city at your leisure, whether it’s strolling along the lively streets, discovering local markets, or savoring the diverse culinary offerings. Saigon is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be uncovered, and your leisure time here offers the perfect opportunity to do just that. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, savor the flavors, and immerse yourself in the essence of this captivating city.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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After breakfast, your guide and driver will take you to the outskirts of Saigon to visit the iconic Cu Chi Tunnels.

Originally constructed in 1948 as a refuge from French forces, these tunnels evolved into a complex network of underground hideouts used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Explore these tunnels, which served as living quarters, communication routes, hospitals, and storage for food and weapons.

During the tour you will have a chance to meet a Viet Cong veteran who once lived in these tunnels, gaining valuable insights into their history and the incredible resilience of the Vietnamese during wartime. With your translator-guide’s assistance, listen to the veteran’s firsthand experiences, painting a vivid picture of life in these subterranean hamlets during challenging times. Finish the tunnel tour and return to the city enjoying lunch at a local restaurant en route.

In the afternoon, explore the Notre Dame Cathedral and the adjacent Central Post Office, both rich in architectural beauty and history. Admire the red brick cathedral with twin spires and the 1891 Post Office.

Continue visit the former Presidential Palace, once the Saigon Government headquarters during the American War. Nearby, explore the War Remnants Museum, offering a poignant perspective on the war. (Note: Some exhibits are graphic.)

Experience Saigon’s famous street coffee culture with your guide, who will provide language insights and share the daily life of Saigonese residents.

Return to the hotel where the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in HCM City.

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After breakfast, embark on a two-hour drive to Ben Tre Town, the “rice bowl” of Vietnam in the Mekong Delta, famous for its rice fields, orchards, coconut trees, and waterways. Arriving in Ben Tre, take a motorized boat ride along the scenic Ben Tre River, visiting local factories making bricks and sleeping mats.

Explore the village, sampling dried fruits, honey tea, and enjoying local Tai Tu music. Visit a coconut mill where coconut candy is made. Hop on a small sampan boat to cruise palm-fringed canals, a peaceful escape from the city.

Experience local life on a Motor Cart (xe lôi) and enjoy a simple lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch you can relax for 30 minutes, before travelling back on the river to the ferry to Can Tho city, the heart of Mekong delta. You have free time after check in the hotel to unwind or visit bustling Can Tho night market.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Can Tho.

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After breakfast at the hotel, taking a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to visit Cai Rang floating market, which is the liveliest in the whole religion. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals and roam through the village, seeing many fruit gardens. Visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop.  Back to the riverside for lunch before transferring to Can Tho Airport for a short flight to Phu Quoc Island.

Nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is renowned for its stunning white-sand beaches, lush tropical landscapes, and vibrant coral reefs. It’s a paradise for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Phu Quoc.

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Embrace the tranquility of your free day in Phu Quoc, an island paradise awaiting your exploration. Start your day with a leisurely breakfast, and then let the day unfold at your own pace. Here are some delightful options to consider:

  • Beach Bliss: Spend your morning basking in the sun on the island’s pristine beaches. Whether you choose Long Beach for its sweeping coastline or Bai Sao for its powdery white sands, you’re bound to find your own slice of paradise.
  • Island Adventures: If you’re feeling adventurous, consider exploring the island’s natural wonders. Visit the Phu Quoc National Park, home to lush rainforests and diverse wildlife, and take a hike to uncover hidden waterfalls and trekking trails.
  • Watersports Galore: Dive into the crystal-clear waters and partake in a variety of water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, or even paddleboarding. Phu Quoc is teeming with marine life and vibrant coral reefs waiting to be discovered.
  • Explore Local Culture: Visit local markets like the Phu Quoc Night Market or the Dinh Cau Night Market to sample delicious seafood dishes, shop for souvenirs, and immerse yourself in the island’s vibrant culture.
  • Vinpearl Safari: If you’re traveling with family, a visit to Vinpearl Safari is a great option. It’s a wildlife park that provides an opportunity to get up close with a variety of animals.
  • Relax and Unwind: Alternatively, simply unwind at your resort or indulge in a spa treatment to rejuvenate your senses.

No matter how you choose to spend your free day in Phu Quoc, you’re sure to create unforgettable memories on this tropical gem in this pearl island.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Phu Quoc.

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Enjoy an additional day of relaxation and leisure on Phu Quoc Island, with no scheduled activities.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Phu Quoc.

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Make the most of your final day in Phuket, savoring your remaining moments of leisure before your return journey home.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Phu Quoc.

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As your stay in Phu Quoc comes to an end, it’s time to bid farewell to this island paradise and head to the airport for your flight back to Tan Son Nhat International airport, then transfer via your outbound flight or travel on to more adventures, we will help you with the planning.

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