The essence of captivating Vietnam – 10 days
Routes: Hanoi – Halong – Hue –Hoian – HCM City– Cu Chi – Mekong
Duration: 10 Days / 09 Nights
Features: Explore the essence of captivating Vietnam with Prime Travel Vietnam on this ten-day tour. Trace the east coast on this past-paced adventure to discover our country through bustling cities, take in world heritage listed lanadscapes and towns, guide you to fertile Mekong delta and give you the inside scoop on the best tailors in Hoian. This is an exploration full of life, colors and flavour that introduces you to the hightlights of this fascinating nation.
Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh
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Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi
Welcome to Hanoi, our driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check-in if time permits. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure time to explore Hanoi – The thousand year capital city.
Overnight at your hotel.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, hotel
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong, Lan Ha bay welcome on boat
Leave Hanoi after breakfast for a 2.5-hour transfer to Halong City with a 15-minutes stop on the way. Arrive at Tuan Chau towards noon then proceed with check-in formalities. Welcome aboard, followed by lunch while cruising towards the bay. Spend the afternoon enjoying some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or relaxing onboard with panoramic views of the karst limestone formation. Complete the evening with dinner served onboard.
Overnight on Lan Ha Bay.
*Notes: The itinerary may be different between the cruises.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide on boat, entrance fee, kayak, boat / junk, all meals, permits.
Day 3: Explore Lan Ha bay, back to Hanoi - Night train to Hue
Wake up to the fresh morning amidst the bay and have breakfast (brunch on some boats) while leisurely immersing in the serene setting of the spectacular rock formations. Proceed to checkout as the cruise arrives towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel around 15:30 PM.
Hotel then pick up around 6:30 PM for the night train to Hue. Boarding is at 7:30 PM. You are in a shared AC soft sleeper cabin.
Please note: This tour may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Inclusion: Transfers, guide on boat, entrance fee, boat/junk, breakfast, lunch, train ticket.
Day 4: See Hue heritage on boat & bike to rural villages
Arrival in Hue at around 09:00 AM. Station pick up then transfer to a prearranged hotel. Shower, short rest and breakfast.
Departure from your hotel for our morning explorations to visit the Imperial city to learn all about the royal kingdom here in the past. We then visit Thien Mu pagoda.
Our afternoon start with biking to visit the flower village of Tien Non, it’s just lovely to be among different types of flowers, then cycle a bit more to visit Thanh Tien paper flower making village, you can try to make one by yourself. After that, we will visit village where they make traditional folk painting, more ride through the beautiful and peaceful countryside of Hue before hitting the road back to your hotel for about 5:00 PM.
Cycling Distance: 14 km
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, morning shower, breakfast, lunch, bike & helmet, hotel.
Day 5: Hue – visit Royal tombs, Vietnam cyclo & market visit - transfer to Hoian
After breakfast at your hotel around 8:30 AM, we go on a relaxing 1 hour Vietnam cyclo ride to visit Dong Ba market then explore the Royal Tombs, choosing only to visit the best ones, as we have lots to do today. Visit Ming Mang and Khai Dinh Royal Tombs.
After it is time to begin our transfer to Hoian (about 4 hours). There is fabulous sightseeing en route and we may make stops at: Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass, Cham Museum, and the Marble Mountains depending on time. Hoian in the evening. Overnight here.
Tip: This is a very good chance for you to get great tailor-made clothes at reasonable prices. Hoian is well known for its tailoring.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, Vietnam cyclo, hotel.
Day 6: Countryside tour & visit ancient town of Hoian
At 8.00 AM, we meet at your hotel for a very short transfer to the boat docks, we boat to a fishing village where you see & experience the life of a fisherman here, activities from preparing the fishing tools to go fishing. Followed by a short basket boat row along the village of water coconut before our lunch.
We then cycle along the country road through the paddy fields of rice, coconut or corn heading to the main town of Hoian.
Our afternoon is continued with sightseeing to the famous cultural sites around Hoian, we end our trip at around 5:00 PM at your hotel.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, local bike, local boat & basket, breakfast, lunch, water & snack, hotel.
Day 7: Hoian – HCM City, City tour
Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport in Da Nang for an early morning flight to HCM City. Touchdown then transfer and check-in to your hotel before our city tour of bustling HCM City. Visit the Binh Tay Market in Cho Lon; stopover at Thien Hau, a 150-year-old Chinese Temple; then visit a Lacquer-wares workshop as well as the Jade Emperor Pagoda. In the afternoon visit the War Remnants Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Central Post Office. We drop you off at your hotel around 5:30 PM.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, domestic flight ticket, hotel.
Day 8: Tay Ninh and Cu Chi tunnels
Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08:00 in the morning for the drive to Tay Ninh. Observe the scenery as it changes from a city view to rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical of southern Vietnam. Visit the Cao Dai great temple at Tay Ninh, with its flamboyant architecture, where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious mosaic.
After lunch in a local restaurant visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel.
Here, imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47’s on display. In the late afternoon journey back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Driving distance: 100km ~ 2hrs
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fees, breakfast, hotel.
Day 9: HCM City – Visit the fertile Mekong delta
Getting started at 8:00 AM from your hotel, then a drive about 70 km out of HCM City to see Mekong Delta life around My Tho. Upon arrival Ben Tre, drift down the busy branches of the Mekong and into its peaceful canals. We visit a brick kiln and a coconut shell husking workshop. See the daily life of farmers and try the hard work taking shell of the coconut that is unique to the region.
More boat cruise inner the natural waterways, we visit a coconut-candy workshop, a main product that made Ben Tre famous then visit a local market and farmer workshop making sleeping mats, an old tradition hand weaving sedge mat or rush mat.
And now, the Mekong adventure is on, see what life is really like for locals by explore this quiet island by bicycle or more relaxing way by hop on a Lambretta triporteur an old 1960 traditional tricycle in south Vietnam which is winding around the coconut palms, bitter melon or cucumber farms to a farmer house that we break for lunch and relax.
In the afternoon, we walk a bit more of coconut farms and fruit orchards of this village then enjoy the local hand – rowing sampan slowly cruise under the canopy of water coconut palms along the canals. Our boat picks us again and cruises back to the boat landing in Ben Tre town. Head back to HCM City. Tour ends around 5:00 PM.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, local boat trip, breakfast, lunch, hotel.
Day 10: Hochiminh departure, goodbye Vietnam
Breakfast is at your hotel then depending on your flight you may have some more time for shopping. Then our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Goodbye, and hope to see you again soon!
Inclusion: Airport drop off and breakfast
1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement exclude Day 2 (Overnight boat) and Day 3 (Sleeper Train) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. Rooms booked only for day use are also excluded. 2. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for train and flight tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets. 3. This trip includes a domestic flight. Checked luggage allowance is a maximum of 20 kilograms, plus up to 7 kilograms carry on luggage. Any excess luggage charges will need to be paid directly to the airline at check-in.
4. This itinerary and supplementary information has been complied in good faith and was accurate at the time of writing.