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Essential Vietnam – 10 Days

10 Days

Hanoi (2N) → Halong Bay (1N) → Hoi An (3N) → Ho Chi Minh City (3N)

Trip Facts

Overview

 

10D | Private Departure | From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

Begin your journey from the North, where you will be greeted with a warm and friendly attitude by the locals in the Hanoi countryside. Prepare to be awestruck by the magnificent Halong Bay – one of the seven natural wonders. Afterwards, head towards Hoi An; an ancient town with lanterns, situated peacefully near the Thu Bon River. The tranquillity of the place will certainly provide you with the much-needed leisure time. Further south, explore the mighty Mekong Delta, also known as the ‘rice bowl of Vietnam,’ and the enigmatic underground system in Cu Chi Tunnels.

Highlights

  • Explore Hanoi and its Charming Old Quarter
  • Enjoy a cruise on Halong Bay and swim in karst grottoes
  • Immerse yourself the overflowing lantern town, Hoi An
  • Take the Ba Na Hills cable car ride, one of the longest in the world
  • Be amazed by the never-ending energy of Ho Chi Minh
  • Discover life of locals alongside the mighty Mekong
  • Go back in time and explore the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels

Itinerary

Your Vietnam adventure begins with your arrival in Hanoi. Your private driver will meet you at the airport, holding a signboard with your name. He will escort you to your accommodation right in the heart of the city, with the fascinating Old Quarter at your fingertips. You can easily explore the city at your own pace or relax at the hotel after the flight.

Included Activity
None

Start your day with a delicious breakfast and get ready to explore Quang Phu Cau Village with a friendly guide. This village is well-known for its ancient incense-making tradition, making it the perfect place for a unique Hanoi picture tour. Immerse yourself in the visually stunning surroundings of northern Vietnam's most fascinating craft village. During the tour, you will also discover the one-of-a-kind Hanoi train street, where you can take breathtaking photos and witness the energy and vibrancy of the locals.

Included Activity
Incense Village & Hanoi's Train Street

Once you check out of the hotel in the morning, the Cruise team will pick you up and take you on a picturesque route to Halong Bay. The journey will take you through the Red River Delta, where you'll see endless emerald green rice paddies.

Upon arrival at the pier, you'll board the cruise and be amazed by the stunning views of limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After exploring the bay, you'll be treated to a mouth-watering seafood lunch. Then, you'll visit the famous limestone cave in Ha Long bay and have the opportunity to kayak or swim to get closer to the floating villages and shops. In the evening, you'll return to the boat for an early dinner and some leisure time. You can choose to participate in the boat's activities or simply relax for the rest of the day.

Included Activity
2D1N Halong Bay Cruise (pick up - 8:30 am)

Start your day by waking up early to witness the breathtaking sunrise at a magnificent natural wonder. Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the dining room before embarking on a visit to a limestone cave adorned with stunning stalagmites and stalactites. After your exploration, return to the boat and savour a delightful brunch as you cruise back to the harbour.

Once back on land, you will be transferred to Hanoi for your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, your personal driver will be waiting to greet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in Hoi An.

Included Activity
Halong Bay Cruise (Drop - 4:00 pm)

After a scrumptious breakfast, meet our guide at your hotel lobby around 9:00 am. Get ready for an exciting cycling adventure through the countryside and rivers surrounding Hoi An.

As you pedal along, you'll be greeted by friendly locals and treated to stunning views of the neighborhood.

Next, we'll take you to the Eco-Village Cam Thanh, a place with a rich history of resistance against the French and Americans. Here, you'll have the chance to hop on a unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat and navigate the waterways of a coconut palm paradise.

You'll also have the opportunity to meet local fishermen, try your hand at traditional net fishing, and discover the fascinating world of "Purple Crabs" in the canal. Don't forget to grab some adorable handmade gifts made from nipa palm leaves, such as hats, watches, and rings.

After the boat trip, we'll treat you to a delicious lunch at our restaurant before cycling back to your hotel. Get ready for a day filled with adventure, culture, and delicious food!

Included Activity
Coconut Forest & Basket Boat Ride

This morning after breakfast, visit Ba Na Hills on a full-day tour. Ride cable cars and admire panoramic views. Marvel at the Golden Bridge, discover a range of fantasy attractions and savour a buffet lunch.

8:00 am: Our Minivan and a tour guide pick you up at the hotel lobby. Reach Ba Na Hills via Cable Car

Check in at the Suoi Mo Cable Car Station and transfer to Marseille Station. Explore Golden Bridge (The Hands of The Gods). Drop by Le Jardin D’Amour (the Flower Garden of Love)

At the station, you'll get to see the Linh Ung Pagoda, Loc Uyen Garden, and Quan Am Pavilion.

The next stop is Debay Station where you can head into Fantasy Park for a fun-filled morning of games and exploration.

Lunch at the Restaurant (Buffet).

Next, your guide will bring you to the Monkey Garden and finally to God Mountain, the highest peak in central Vietnam, before returning to Hoi An.

Included Activity
Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge Day Tour

Please Note the following are not included:
- Admission to Wax Statue Museum (VND100,000)
- Admission to Debay Wine Cellar

Say goodbye to Hoi An and take a domestic flight (not included) to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s capital of commerce and culture. When you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, our driver will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Once checked in and settled, the rest of the day is yours to relax.

Included Activity
None

After you've had your breakfast, it's time to head out to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Step inside the tunnels and see the former war bunkers, ammunition stores, and field hospitals. Then pose for photos peeking out of a camouflaged trapdoor, climb aboard an old American army tank, or visit the shooting range (optional: own expense).Your tour ends with a drop-off to your hotel.

Included Activity
Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

Kick start your day with a hearty breakfast, and head out on a trip to Mekong Delta. Once you arrive, you will board a sampan and cruise down the river to explore the four beautiful islands - Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise.

Make a stop at Unicorn Island to walk around the country lanes and see the orchards. You can also visit fruit plantations and enjoy some tropical fruits while listening to folk song music performed by the locals.

Next, take a hand-rowed sampan through Thoi Son canal and immerse yourself in the beauty of the countryside. Visit family workshops and a honey-bee farm, and taste some honey tea and coconut candies.

After all the exploring, refuel yourself with a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Later, you can choose to cycle around the Tan Thach village and meet the local villagers to experience their daily life in the Mekong Delta. If cycling isn't your thing, you can relax in a hammock and enjoy the cool breeze.

Finally, you will head back to your accommodation.

Included Activity
Full-Day Trip to Mekong Delta (pick up - 7:30 am | Drop - 5:00 pm)

Begin your last day in Vietnam with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter, depending on flight time we will transfer you to Hanoi International Airport for your flight to India with bags full of souvenirs and happy memories.

Included Activity
None

Accommodation Options

Accommodations are based on twin/double/triple sharing with a daily buffet breakfast. All taxes and service charges are included.

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3-Star Hotels:

Hanoi: Bonne Nuit Hotel And Spa Or Similar

Halong Bay: Oriental Cruise Or Similar

Hoi An:  Sunshine Hotel or similar

Ho Chi Minh:  Asian Ruby Center Point Hotel or similar

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4-Star Hotels:

Hanoi:  Rex Hanoi Hotel or similar

Halong Bay: Oriental Cruise Or Similar

Hoi An: Emerald Hoi An Riverside Resort Or Similar

Ho Chi Minh: Alagon Sai Gon Hotel Or Similar

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5-Star Hotels:

Hanoi:  The Oriental Jade or similar

Halong Bay: Paradise Sails or similar

Hoi An:  Bel Marina Hoi An Resort Or Similar

Ho Chi Minh:  Hotel Grand Saigon Or Similar

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Please be aware that all accommodations are subject to change until 4-6 weeks before departure. The final accommodation details will be provided with your finalized travel documents.

“Subject to change” means that we may use an alternative hotel if the hotel listed in the tour package is fully booked or not available during your stay period. The alternative hotel will be of the same quality as the indicated hotel or better than the one in the package.

Meals Included

Meals mentioned in the program include Vietnamese cuisine, Asian cuisine, and Western cuisine. The meals are categorized as B (breakfast), L (lunch), or D (dinner). The program includes 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 dinner.

This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let TourList know the food option that you prefer.

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • TOUR GUIDE: Operated with English speaking local guides during tours
  • ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights' stay at the hotels & 1 night's stay at the cruise indicated below
  • MEALS: as indicated in the itinerary
  • All Arrival & departure airport transfers on a PVT basis
  • Sharing transfers during tours
  • ENTRANCE FEES & ACTIVITIES: All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary on sharing basis (SIC)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Full-Day Mekong Delta Day Tour with Lunch
  • Hoi An: Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge with lunch
  • Hoi An: Coconut Forest Basket Boat Ride
  • Hanoi: Incense Village & Hanoi's Train Street
  • Hanoi: Halong Bay Overnight Cruise with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Meet & Greet on Day 1, 4, 7
  • GST

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Domestic Flight: Ho Chi Minh - Da Nang ($US97/ticket/pax)
  • Domestic Flight: Da Nang - Hanoi ($US97/ticket/pax)
  • E-Visa Fees (add-on INR 3000 / person)
  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Meals & drinks that are not mentioned specifically in the itinerary
  • Optional tours (if any)
  • Any visit not mentioned in the program
  • Porterage, tips and gratuities
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program
  • Travel or Medical Insurance

Things to know

Do I need to share an original passport to get Vietnam visa?

No, an original passport is not required for processing. Upload only soft copies of the documents and get your visa done.

How long does it take to get a visa?

Usually visa is approved by the embassy in 3-5 working days.

What all documents are required at Immigration?

  • Original passport.
  • Print out of your e-visa.
  • Onward and return air tickets.
  • Accommodation proof (hotel vouchers or residential proof).

What is the Currency in Vietnam?

The currency used throughout Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong. Mastercard and Visa are accepted in many hotels, restaurants and attractions in tourist areas. ATMs are readily available in most major centres.

What's the Weather like?

  • Warm & humid with tropical rains, unexpected showers during the day
  • For detailed information about the weather kindly visit www.accuweather.com

What language is spoken in Vietnam?

The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese. Basic English is widely understood.

Is WiFi readily available?

Internet access and Wifi are easily accessible in city centres but connections may be spotty or limited in remote areas.

Is it safe to drink tap water?

It is strongly advised NOT to drink tap water in Vietnam. It’s best to stick to boiled, treated or bottled water.

Is Vietnam a family-friendly destination?

There are many activities and places to visit in Vietnam that the whole family can enjoy! Some of these are exploring Ho Chi Minh City, venturing through the Cu Chi Tunnels or cruising along the floating markets of Cai Rang and Cai Be in the Mekong Delta.

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Essential Vietnam – 10 Days
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