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Essential Vietnam 9 Days

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9 days

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Daily Tour

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40 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Travel from South to North on a 9-day tour, exploring Vietnam’s geography and culture. Start in Vietnam’s modern metropolis, Saigon then travels north to the ancient town Hoi An before immersing yourself in Hanoi’s colonial charm and conclude your tour with an overnight boat cruise among the green limestone islands of Halong Bay.

  • DAY 1 – HO CHI MINH CITY ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2 – HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA DAY TRIP
  • DAY 3 – HO CHI MINH CITY HALF DAY – FLY TO DA NANG – HOI AN
  • DAY 4 – HOI AN: MARBLE MOUNTAIN – MY SON SANCTUARY – BOATING TRIP ON THU BON RIVER
  • DAY 5 – HOI AN FREE & EASY- FLY TO HANOI
  • DAY 6 – HANOI CITY TOUR WITH OUR VOLUNTEER GUIDE
  • DAY 7 – HANOI – HALONG BAY
  • DAY 8 – HALONG BAY – HANOI
  • DAY 9 – HANOI DEPARTURE
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  • Your trip is a perfect combination of a relaxing vacation on the cruise, a journey to a peaceful land of Hoi An and a visit to the big and modern cities in Vietnam, where you can experience the high-qualified services from hotels, transportation to shopping.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh Arrival
Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh Arrival

Our driver will pick you up at the terminal upon your arrival and drop you off at your hotel for doing a check-in. Take a rest and free on your own today.

Night
( the expenses will be covered by yourself)
Shopping Mall: Vincom Dong Khoi, Takashimaya…
Night market - Ben Thanh night market
Accommodation
Hotel in the District 1 in HCMC

Transportation
Private airport transfer ( new car - AC)

Meals
There is no meal serving today. Flexibly

Day 2: HCMC - Mekong Delta: My Tho - Ben Tre
Day 2: HCMC - Mekong Delta: My Tho - Ben Tre

Morning & Afternoon
Start from Ho Chi Minh City and depart for My Tho. After visiting Vinh Trang Pagoda, take a boat ride along the river viewing the stilt houses and the fruit plantations along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise island and have lunch in the local restaurant. Enjoy a boat ride under the shadow of the water coconut trees to visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle. Then enjoy the seasonal delicious fruits & honey tea while listening to the traditional music. Take a rowboat ride along the creeks. After taking a delightful walk through the fruit plantation and village.

Night
( the expenses will be covered by yourself)
Enjoy your night time in HCMC with Bui Vien street when you can deeply join in a noisy and funny atmosphere or drink a cup of beer there .
After a long day trip , you can relax yourself with massage service ( from 18 $ /pax )
Watch the Teh Dar show - the No.1 show in HCMC to see the original ways of tribal life on South West Highland of Vietnam vividly recreated on the stage ( Price from 30$/ pax)
Accommodation
Hotel in District 1 in HCMC

Transportation
Shared shuttle bus

Meals
Breakfast , Lunch

Attractions & Activities
Vinh Trang Pagoda
Tortoise island
Can Tho

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city a half day - Flight to Da Nang - Hoi An
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city a half day - Flight to Da Nang - Hoi An

Morning
We start the trip by visiting Reunification Palace, whose former name was Norodom Palace. Ngo Viet Thu is exactly the architect who designed this stunning palace. Later, other next destinations consist of Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, and especially War Remnants Museum, where exhibits on Vietnam War and Indochina Wars are displayed.
Afternoon & Night
You will take a flight by afternoon to Da Nang, then our driver will drop you off at the hotel in Hoi An.
You will have free time in Hanoi, you can refer some below
Riding bicycle around the town , you can rent bikes at your hotel ( Price from 3$/bike/day)
Join the cooking class Hoi An Spring Roll, Green Papaya Salad with chicken and shrimp, Hoi An Pancake ( Banh Xeo) with pork and prawns, Chicken curry, Grill clam,Stir Morning glory with garlic. (Price from 30$/pax)
Join the street food tour by walking around the town ( Price from 29$/pax)
Night market in the old town
Boating trip on Thu Bon river ( 5$/15 minutes/pax)
Accommodation
Hotel in Hoi An

Transportation
Shared shuttle bus
Private airport transfers ( in HCMC & Hoi An)

Meals
Breakfast ( Hotel)

Attractions & Activities
Reunification Palace
Notre Dame Cathedral
Central Post Office
War Remnants Museum

Day 4: Hoi An - Marble Mountain - My Son sanctuary - Thu Bon River Cruise back Hoi An
Day 4: Hoi An - Marble Mountain - My Son sanctuary - Thu Bon River Cruise back Hoi An

Morning
Wake up and have a breakfast at your hotel. You will be collected by a shared shuttle bus with tour guide and depart for Marble Mountain. You will visit five marble and limestone mountains, named after the five elements of the ancient oriental philosophy: metal, wood, water, fire and earth, Huyen Khong Caves and Paradise Cave (including 2-way lift). After that, you will visit the Stone Carving Village.
Afternoon
Continue to My Son, known as the Valley of Kings, and once the capital of the Chăm Pa Kingdom. See a traditional dance performance before taking a walking tour to the Cham ruins.
Enjoy a 2-hour boat trip on the Thu Bon River, passing Duy Hai fishing village, Tra Nhieu, Kim Bong carpentry village and Cam Thanh coconut village. The boat trip ends in the old town.
Night
You will have free time in Hanoi, you can refer some below
Have a dinner at a good restaurant in Hoian( pay by yourself ) that we can help you book a table in advance. Some good ones are Tra Que garden, Ngon Villa Hoian, Temple restaurant... ( from 15 -20 USD/pax)
Hoi An memories show - Hoi An impression Theme Park ( from 27$/pax)
Accommodation
Hotel in Hoi An

Transportation
Shared shuttle bus

Meals
Breakfast ( Hotel)
Lunch ( Tour)

Attractions & Activities
Marble Mountain : Huyen Khong cave and Paradise cave
Stone Carving village
My Son sanctuary
Watching Champa dance
Boat Trip on Thu Bon river.

Day 5: Hoi An Free and Easy - Fly to Hanoi
Day 5: Hoi An Free and Easy - Fly to Hanoi

Morning & Afternoon
You can stay in relaxing or join some additional trips as:
( the expense is not included in the plan , contact with us to book in advance)
Ba Na hill ( Ticket 35$/pax) ( Tour ( included Lunch) ~ from 48USD/pax )
Hoi An sunrise photo tour ( price from 39$/pax)
Night
You will have free time in Hanoi, you can refer some below
Have a dinner at a good restaurant in Hanoi ( pay by yourself ) that we can help you book a table in advance. Some good ones are Madame Hien; Madam Yen, Red Bean,... ( from 15 USD/pax)
Relaxing after transfer on a long way from Halong with the massage service. Some highly recommended spa as MF Spa, Oriental Spa or Serene Spa ( Price from 7 USD/pax)
Accommodation
Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter

Transportation
Shared minibus
Private airport transfers ( in Hoi An & Hanoi)

Meals
Breakfast
Light Lunch

Day 6: Hanoi Free Walking Tour
Day 6: Hanoi Free Walking Tour

Morning
Wake up and have a breakfast at your hotel. Our volunteer guide will meet you up at your hotel and start for a exploring tour by the real local ways.
Visit some important part of the city Ba Dinh district , French Quarter, Old quarter.
You will have a chance to know the legendary of Hoan Kiem lake then head to visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum where keeping Ho Chi Minh president’s body, Temple of literature - the first university in Vietnam .
Afternoon
Hoa Lo prison is a historical attraction that still keep the evidence from the war until now.
Your last stop will be in the Old Quarter where you can visit the Dong Xuan market - the biggest wholesale market in Hanoi and some famous temples and pagodas.
Night
You will be free in your first night in Hanoi or join some famous shows in Hanoi ( Chi phi tự túc)
Watch a Water Puppet Show - a one-of-a-kind performance happens to be on the water which are accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra playing traditional music using drums, wooden bells, horns, bamboo flutes and cymbals. you cannot see anywhere else. ( every hours has one show within 1 hours) -
Price : from 4,3 $ /pax
Watch My Village Show - an hour-long of traditional show at the historic Hanoi Opera House. Watch acrobats, dancers, and jugglers bring a rural Vietnamese village to life on the stage as you hear live music on classic Vietnamese instruments. (Price: from 30,3 $ )
Street food tour within 2,5 hours ( Price from 20USD/pax)
Cooking class within 3 hours by cooking the Vietnamese cuisine : 5 meals ( Price from 35 USD/pax)
Accommodation
Hotel in Old Quarter

Transportation
On foot

Meals
Breakfast

Attractions & Activities
Hanoi Old Quarter
Hoa Lo prison
Ho Chi Minh mausoleum
Temple of literature
Foodie
Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 7: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 7: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Morning
The next day, we will travel to Ha Long, the impressive World’s heritage site. However, be prepared to spend more than the average budget. The reason is tourism service will mainly be cruise-based. It’s luxury but it’s proved to be worthy.
It takes about 4 hours to get to Halong from Hanoi .Halong Bay consists of nearly 2000 islands and islets as well as magnificent cave systems. Therefore, tourists can relax and immerse into picturesque view and the breathtaking beauty of mountainous and sea scenery.
Afternoon
You will go inside Sung Sot cave – one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Then, the boat keeps cruising and the fishing village appears with its unique way of life.
Ti Top island is located about 14 kilometers to the east of Bai Chay tourist harbor. It has a beach that is shaped like a crescent moon and known for its tranquillity and beautiful still blue waters. The sands of the beach have been dyed white by the ocean’s surf creating a perfect picture of paradise. You will have a chance to get a great panoramic view from the top of the island and swim here.
Appreciating a delicious Vietnamese cuisine in a dinner under the the light of a thousand of stars and be charmed with the fabulous 360-degree panoramic view of the bay
Night
Appreciating a delicious Vietnamese cuisine in a dinner under the the light of a thousand of stars and be charmed with the fabulous 360-degree panoramic view of the bay
Enjoy some sport games on boat or go squid fishing with others.

Accommodation
Private Cruise’s cabin ( Shared cabin will be available )

Transportation
Shared Shuttle bus or D-car Limousine
Cruise

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch, Dinner

Attractions:
Sung Sot Cave
Ti Top island
Islets
Fishing village
Swim
Cooking class
Sport games on cruise
Squid Fishing

Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Morning & Afternoon
Wake up and enjoy the sunset on Halong Bay - a peaceful and amazing view from your cruise.
Kayaking is very easy for everyone at all levels and ages. Our expert and experienced guide dedicatedly instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to discover magnificent beauty of Halong Bay.
After an hour exploration, we will return to the cruise for relaxation for a while. You will do check out the cruise then, you will know how to make simple Vietnamese dishes in Cooking class. Enjoy your lunch time then back to Hanoi.
Night
You will have free time in Hanoi, you can refer some below
Have a dinner at a good restaurant in Hanoi ( pay by yourself ) that we can help you book a table in advance. Some good ones are Madame Hien; Madam Yen, Red Bean,... ( from 15 USD/pax)
Relaxing after transfer on a long way from Halong with the massage service. Some highly recommended spa as MF Spa, Oriental Spa or Serene Spa ( Price from 7 USD/pax)
Accommodation
Hotel in the old quarter

Transportation
Cruise
Shared Shuttle bus

Meals
Breakfast & Lunch

Attractions & Activities
Surprising Cave
Tai Chi

Day 9: Hanoi departure
Day 9: Hanoi departure

Wake up and have breakfast at your hotel. You will be relaxing on your last day in Hanoi with shopping or taking a deep sleep after 9 days visiting Northern Vietnam.
Our driver will collect you at the airport. ( With international flight, need to be at the airport 2 hours in advance and an hour with the domestic flight).

Transportation
Private car from the hotel to the airport

Meals
Breakfast ( Hotel)

Included/Exclude

  • 2 nights at the hotel 3 stars in the Hanoi Old Quarter, 1 night on cruise in Halong Bay, 1 night at the hotel 3* in Hue city and 3 nights at the hotel 3* in Hoi An
  • Shared transportations as indicated in the itinerary
  • Private Airport transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Shared cabin AC from Hanoi to Hue
  • Breakfast, Lunches, Dinners as indicated in the itinerary ( Vegetarian need to be requested)
  • Professional tour guide speaking English
  • All entrance fees, tickets
  • 1 mineral bottle water/pax/day
  • All activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Pick up and drop off only in the Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoi An ancient town
  • Beverages
  • Pick up and Drop off outside Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Check-in earlier 14 p.m and Check out later 12 p.m
  • Visa stamp
  • Personal expenses and those not clearly mentioned as included
  • Air- tickets

Tour's Location

FAQs

Excluded other service
Watch a Water Puppet Show - a one-of-a-kind performance happens to be on the water which is accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra playing traditional music using drums, wooden bells, horns, bamboo flutes and cymbals.
Watch My Village Show - an hour-long of the traditional show at the historic Hanoi Opera House.
Cooking class with local chef instructs you to cook some Vietnamese cuisines within 2-3 hours
Street food tour - trying 5 tasted meals by walking around the old quarter
Vincom Centre Ba Trieu or Trang Tien Plaza or Lotte Department
Massage services
Cyclo tour within an hour
Have dinner at a good restaurant in Hoian( pay by yourself ) that we can help you book a table in advance. Some good ones are Tra Que garden, Ngon Villa Hoian, Temple restaurant... ( from 15 -20 USD/pax)
Hoi An memories show - Hoi An impression Theme Park ( from 27$/pax)
Riding bicycle around the town, you can rent bikes at your hotel ( Price from 3$/bike/day)
Join the cooking class Hoi An Spring Roll, Green Papaya Salad with chicken and shrimp, Hoi An Pancake ( Banh Xeo) with pork and prawns, Chicken curry, Grill clam, Stir Morning glory with garlic. (Price from 30$/pax)
Join the street food tour by walking around the town ( Price from 29$/pax)
Night market in the old town
Boating trip on Thu Bon river ( 5$/15 minutes/pax)
Visiting surrounding the city by cyclo - Cyclo runs slowly across roads, citadels, streets, rivers ( 7usd/pax/hour)
Walking street - Nguyen Chieu ( Free)- you can have your own dinner here ( from 3$/pax)
Admire artwork at XQ Co Do ( Free) - at No.27 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Release Lanterns on Perfume River ( 1$/hour/boat trip/pax + 0,3$/single lantern)
Explore Hue citadel at night
Join a foodie tour in Hue city by scooter ( from 48$/pax)
Enjoy your night time in HCMC with Bui Vien street when you can deeply join in a noisy and funny atmosphere or drink a cup of beer there.
After a long day trip, you can relax with massage service ( from 18 $ /pax )
Watch the Teh Dar show - the No.1 show in HCMC to see the original ways of tribal life on South West Highland of Vietnam vividly recreated on the stage ( Price from 30$/ pax)


Note: You can contact with us directly before or when you join the tour to arrange the service you wanna join. The additional fee will be settled before using the service.
Children Policies
Children under 4 years old: Free of charge
Children from 4 - 10 years old: 75%
2 adults can bring maximum of 2 children under 11 years old, the 3rd child will be charged 100% of the fee
In the case that a child is accompanied by only one adult, that child will be charged as an adult
Cancellation
Cancellation received before 30 days: Free of charge with hotel/accommodations, tours of day trip or overnight trip, train/bus tickets, rental car.
Cancellation received from 20 days – 29 days: 10% of the total rate of hotel/accommodation. Free of charge with tours of day trip or overnight trip, train/bus tickets, rental car.
Cancellation received from 16 days – 19 days: 50% of the total rate of hotel/accommodation and train tickets. Free of charge with tours of day trip or overnight trip, bus tickets, rental car.
Cancellation received from 4-15 days: 100% of the total rate of hotel/accommodation, train tickets, overnight trips. Free of charge with tours of day trip, bus tickets, rental car.
Cancellation received less than 4 days prior arrival date: 100% of the total rate of hotel/accommodation, train tickets, overnight trips, day trips, bus tickets, rental car.

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