Vietnam Tours

Vietnam in Depth

access_time 21 Days / 20 Nights
bookmarks Private Tailor Made
location_on Hanoi – Sapa – Ninh Binh – Nam Dinh – Halong – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi – Cai Be – Can Tho – Mui Ne

Highlights

  • Explore Hanoi’s streets, revealing Vietnam’s captivating history through French influence and colonial architecture.
  • Sail peacefully through Lan Ha Bay’s limestone karst scenery for a tranquil escape from Halong Bay.
  • Ninh Binh: Experience the simplicity and charm of Vietnamese countryside living in Tam Coc.
  • Discovery the vibrant cultures of hill-tribes amid the colorful landscapes of Sapa, 1500m sea level in the North of Vietnam
  • 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.
  • Immerse in the lively atmospheres of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, delving into the dynamic energy of these urban landscapes.
  • 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 five-hour drive to Sapa, a tranquil valley surrounded by picturesque mountains and lush paddy fields, home to many of Vietnam’s 54 indigenous minority tribes. Established as a hill station by the French in 1922, Sapa today is a must-visit destination in the Northwest.

Upon arriving in Sapa, you’ll find yourself surrounded by stunning mountain vistas and a climate that invites relaxation and exploration. From here, a range of exciting activities and cultural encounters awaits, including trekking through the villages, connecting with ethnic minority tribes. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Check-in at your hotel and settle in for a restful night in Sapa.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Sapa.

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After breakfast, embark on an exhilarating journey through Sapa’s natural wonders, beginning with the iconic Fansipan. Known as the “Roof of Indochina,” Fansipan beckons with its towering presence. Ascend to its summit and revel in the rewarding panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscapes, making this trek a true adventure seeker’s delight.

Next, venture to the Silver Waterfall, a marvel of nature’s beauty. As the waters cascade gracefully down the mountainside, you’ll find yourself enchanted by the shimmering spectacle and the tranquil atmosphere.

Finally, the road leads to the majestic Heaven’s Gate, or “O Quy Ho Pass.” Here, you’ll be greeted by sweeping views of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain range, dominated by the mighty Fansipan. As you ascend, be sure to keep your camera ready to capture the mesmerizing scenery unfolding before your eyes. This route offers a remarkable blend of adventure, natural splendor, and breathtaking views, making it an unforgettable exploration of Sapa’s most iconic attractions.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Sapa.

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After breakfast, our tour guide will accompany you on a 3km trek through the breathtaking landscape to the village of Suoi Ho, which is home to the H’mong minority. Along the way, you’ll be treated to stunning views of endless rice terraces, providing ample opportunities for picturesque photographs. Continuing your hike to the picturesque Matra village, passing the ruins of an early 20th-century French Catholic church.

Your trek will lead you deeper into the heart of the region, eventually bringing you to Ta Phin Village, inhabited by the Red Dzao ethnic minority known for their distinctive traditions. Interact with a Red Dzao family over delighted lunch and tea, gain insights into their lifestyle and herbal medicine expertise.

In the afternoon, leaving behind the misty mountains and terraced rice fields, you’ll begin your descent to return to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, take this opportunity to relax at your chosen accommodation, reminiscing about your Sapa adventure, or venture out to explore Hanoi’s streets and markets.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Hanoi.

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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.

Your journey continues to Tam Coc, as you traverse through charming local villages and picturesque landscapes. Upon arriving in Tam Coc, prepare for a memorable adventure as you board a private sampan for a captivating excursion through what’s often referred to as ‘Halong Bay on Land.’ Marvel at the breathtaking sights of colossal limestone karsts emerging from the lush green rice fields, all while your boat glides smoothly on the serene waters.

For those seeking more adventure, consider climbing Ngu Nhac Mountain. 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, depart from Ninh Binh to Nam Dinh. Along the way, visit the ancient Co Le Pagoda, dating back to the 10th century. Next, explore Vi Khe village, one of Vietnam’s largest bonsai villages, featuring various bonsai creations like phoenixes, dragons, horses, unicorns.

Continue to Xuan Thuy National Park, recognized as a Ramsar site for wetland conservation and part of UNESCO’s Red River Biosphere Reserve. This biodiverse coastal wetland area hosts about 220 bird species, 110 aquatic plants, and 500 other aquatic organisms.

Around noon, reach Xuan Giao commune, board a boat for a wetland exploration. After an hour on the boat, arrive at a clam hut for a delicious seafood lunch. Relax before heading back to the mainland. On sunny days, visit salt fields and watch locals harvest salt. You can even try salt farming!

Visit the bird station (available from November to March) to spot various bird species from East Asia-Australia. In the evening, transfer to a local home in Xuan Giao Commune for a home-cooked dinner and a night with locals.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Overnight in Nam Dinh.

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Departure for Halong Bay, crossing the provinces of the Red River Delta. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly welcomed aboard your stylish junk boat, each with its unique route, to begin your cruise through the bay’s limestone islets and hidden caves. Nearly two thousand karst islands adorned with saxifrages create a stunning landscape that UNESCO has included on its list of heritage sites to be preserved.

After a delightful onboard lunch, soak up the sun on the sundeck and savor the bay’s tranquility.  Later, explore the Sung Sot Cave, known as the “Grotto of Surprises,” with its stunning limestone formations. Continue your cruise, discovering secluded bays, pristine beaches, and floating villages. Enjoy leisure activities onboard and take in the bay’s magical scenery. You can pamper yourself at the spa or swim in the emerald waters.

As the day winds down, sail to the overnight mooring area, where Halong Bay reveals its true beauty during the “blue hour.” Attend the chef’s cooking demo or watch the mesmerizing sunset from the top deck before a delicious dinner. For those who prefer nighttime activities, there is an option for night fishing. We will spend the night on board, enjoying the serenity of Halong Bay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Overnight in Halong Bay.

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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 Hue.

When you arrive at Hue airport, our representative will take you to the hotel. Relax after the flight and you will have the rest of day to explore evening Hue which offers a laid-back and authentic Vietnamese experience.

Meals included: Breakfast, Brunch.
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 favorite 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 breakfast, bid farewell to Hue as your journey unfolds southward towards Danang and Hoian, a picturesque coastal train that spans approximately three hours. The highlight of the trip is the mesmerizing Hai Van Pass, often referred to as the “Sea Cloudy Pass.” As you ascend to its summit, be prepared to be spellbound by the breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline and the city of Da Nang sprawled below.

Upon your arrival in Danang, your first pause will be at the Marble Mountain. The journey continues with a visit to the Cham Museum, offering insights into the region’s rich history, followed by a stop at the pristine My Khe Beach, known for its 20-mile stretch of white sandy shores, once home to American GIs during the war.

Continuing your journey by car, you’ll reach Hoian around midday. Here, you’ll check into your boutique resort, conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from the enchanting old town. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Explore the charming Old Town with its paper lantern-lined streets and riverside restaurants, or relax at the resort.

Meals included: Breakfast.
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 Hoi An, 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 Hoi An street food tour, led by our guide. Wander through narrow alleyways to sample local delicacies and gain insight into how Hoi An locals enjoy their vibrant street food scene.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Hoi An.

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Today is a leisure day, providing you with the perfect opportunity to explore the charming town of Hoian at your own pace. Wander through its ancient streets, soak in the unique atmosphere, and discover the hidden gems that make this UNESCO World Heritage site so enchanting.

Whether you choose to visit local markets, relax by the riverside, or explore the vibrant street food scene, this day is yours to tailor to your preferences. Enjoy the freedom of independent exploration in this historic town.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Hoian.

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After a delightful stay in Hoian, you’ll catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, the vibrant and bustling metropolis located in the South of Vietnam. Upon arrival, you’ll be transported to your hotel, where you can unwind and recharge after your journey. HCM City, formerly known as Saigon, is a dynamic hub of commerce, culture, and history. It offers a captivating blend of the old and the new, with colonial-era architecture juxtaposed against modern skyscrapers.

HCM City’s energetic atmosphere and rich history are sure to leave a lasting impression as you delve into its unique charm. Enjoy your well-deserved relaxation and get ready to immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant tapestry.

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

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Notre Dame cathedral, Saigon

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 Ho Chi Minh City.

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After breakfast at hotel, depart HCM City to embark on a captivating journey to Cai Be, nestled in the heart of the Mekong Delta. This journey is an invitation to explore the fascinating charm of this tranquil town, where the fertile land of the Mekong Delta welcomes visitors with warm smiles and serene gardens.

After two hours driving you will arrive in Cai Be. You will be met with a local guide who will take you on a guided tour to visit a unique Cao Dai Temple and explore a lively local market, savoring fresh tropical fruits and experiencing the town’s history at a 200-year-old French colonial house.

Next, take a local ferry to Tan Phong Isles, where you’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch at Mekong Rustic Home. Afterward, go on a scenic bicycle tour, visiting a local farmer’s house for tea and banana candies. Taste hand-picked fruits while enjoying traditional Don Ca Tai Tu music.

Before departing Tan Phong Isles, don’t miss the chance to visit a conical hat workshop to witness the intricate craftsmanship involved. Return to the pier via a local ferry for a short drive to Can Tho for an overnight stay, ensuring that your experience in the Mekong Delta is not only enriching but also deeply memorable. This journey offers a perfect blend of exploration, relaxation, and cultural immersion, making it an unforgettable part of your travel adventure in Vietnam.

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 noodle making shop. Back to the riverside for lunch before going to Mui Ne on private transfer.

Nestled along the southeastern coast of Vietnam, Mui Ne is a coastal gem renowned for its stunning white-sand beaches, warm tropical climate, and captivating coastal beauty. This idyllic destination is a heaven for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. Its azure waters and gentle breezes create the perfect setting for relaxation, while its impressive sand dunes offer a unique adventure. Later in the day, you will arrive at the resort in Mui Ne, unwind and immerse the tranquil coastal beauty on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Mui Ne.

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One of Mui Ne’s highlights is its iconic red and white sand dunes, where you can experience the thrill of sandboarding or simply enjoy the breathtaking sunset views. Additionally, the town is famous for its vibrant fishing village, where you can witness the daily lives of local fishermen and indulge in delicious seafood.

A leisure day in Mui Ne unfolds with the promise of relaxation and adventure in this coastal paradise. Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your chosen accommodation, whether it’s a beachfront resort or a cozy boutique hotel. Here are some of our suggestions;

  • Sand Dunes Adventure: Don’t miss the iconic red and white sand dunes of Mui Ne. You can visit these natural wonders in the morning or late afternoon when the temperatures are milder. Try sandboarding down the dunes for an exhilarating experience, or opt for a jeep tour to explore the striking landscape.
  • Fishing Village Exploration: Head over to the local fishing village to observe the bustling activities of the fishermen. It’s a glimpse into the traditional way of life in Mui Ne, and you can savor some of the freshest seafood in the area at one of the village’s seafood restaurants.
  • Water Sports: For those seeking adventure, Mui Ne offers excellent conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing. You can take a lesson or simply watch the skilled surfers in action. The bay’s constant winds make it a hotspot for these water sports.
  • Exploring Local Cuisine: Mui Ne is home to a variety of dining options. Savor Vietnamese dishes, fresh seafood, and international cuisine at the many restaurants and cafes in the area. Be sure to try the local specialty, “Mui Ne seafood hotpot.”

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Mui Ne.

Mui Ne, Vietnam
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Embrace the serene beauty of your leisure day in Mui Ne, a coastal haven waiting to be discovered. Begin your day with a leisurely breakfast, and then let the day unfold according to your desires. Mui Ne provides an ideal mix of relaxation and excitement, ensuring a memorable coastal escape.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Mui Ne.

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

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