Highlights of Vietnam

2N Hanoi , 1N Halong Bay and 2N Ho Chi Minh City
6 days

From

US$ 677

per person

About the tour

Vietnam, located at the eastern edge of Southeast Asia, is one that is shrouded in mysteries and the unknown simply because not many have tried exploring this beautiful nation. It borders with China to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, and has one of the most rapid-growing economy in Southeast Asia. It has survived a gruesome history of war and today, a beautiful nation with many things to show. You’ll land in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam and the largest city of the country. The tour begins with the Temple of Literature, Quoc Tu Giam, the first Imperial Academy of Vietnam that has stood since 1070, dedicated to Confucius and other scholars. Then to One Pillar Pagoda which is a landmark that was originally a Buddhist temple built in the shape of a lotus flower. The nearby Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the final resting place for the former president of Vietnam that fought for the nation’s independence and united the country. Learn about the 54 recognized ethnic groups of Vietnamese at the Museum of Ethnology, and their traditional art form by watching the Water Puppet Show at Old Quarter. Then we head to the beautiful Halong Bay, the beach where dragon descended. This famous Southeast Asian beach remains as a popular tourist destination for reasons that are obvious when you see it. There are grottos to explore, beach to play at, and rivers to cruise in kayaks. We’ll explore the islets here before moving on to Saigon where we’ll visit the longest river of Southeast Asia, Mekong River, and head to My Tho which is the economy hub of the region. They’re famous for their local products and we’ll hop on a cruise through the Mekong River that’ll slowly bring us to the local factories where delicacies such as coconut candies and rice paper are made. We’ll also visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda as the final destination of the trip, a temple that’s designed in a unique mix of Asian styles with hints of French, reconnaissance era. This is going to be a beautiful trip with memories to remember.

Highlights

  • Accommodation based on Twin Sharing Basis
  • 6 Breakfast, 6 Indian Lunch & 6 Indian Dinner
  • Guaranteed Early Check-in on Day 1
  • All Entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program
  • Transportation by vehicle with A/C as per program
  • Domestic Flight from Hanoi to Saigon
  • Visa Processing & Stamping Fee
  • Hanoi City Tour - (Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Museum of Ethnology and Water Puppet Show
  • Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu & Tam Coc
  • Halong Bay Overnight Cruise
  • The Gulf of Tonkin - Natural World Heritage by UNESCO
  • The Mekong Delta River cruise - Experience The Countryside Life Of Vietnam
  • Vinh Trang Pagoda
  • Compulsory Tips for Tour Guide and Driver
  • Surcharge of Guide Fees
  • Surcharge for Transportation
  • Local English speaking guides in Vietnam.
  • Bottles of mineral water on tour day

Meals

6 Breakfast, 5 Indian Lunch & 5 Indian Dinner

Accommodation

Hanoi Brilliant Hotel and Spa or Similar

2 night(s) in Hanoi

Room Type: Deluxe Room
Meals Included: All Meals

Le Journey Ha Long Cruise or Similar

1 night(s) in Halong bay

Room Type: Deluxe Room
Meals Included: All Meals

Prague Hotel or Similar

2 night(s) in Ho Chi Minh City

Room Type: Superior Room
Meals Included: All Meals

Included in the price

Hanoi

  • Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature)
  • One Pillar Pagoda
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Museum of Ethnology
  • Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu & Tam Coc and
  • Water Puppet Show
  • Single Entry Vietnam E-Visa

Halong bay

  • Cruise Transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay
  • The Gulf of Tonkin - Natural World Heritage by UNESCO

Ho Chi Minh City

  • Domestic Flight transfer from Hanoi to Saigon
  • The Mekong Delta River cruise - Experience The Countryside Life Of Vietnam
  • Vinh Trang Pagoda

Day-wise Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Hanoi And Transfer To Hotel With Full Day City Tour

  • We welcome you to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam and home to over 3.5 million people. It is the center of tourism where centuries-old buildings still stand to tell stories of old times. You’ll land at the international airport and be greeted by your tour guide, an expert in knowing the local secrets and way to navigate through the alleyways.
  • You’ll be transferred to your hotel in downtown and helped with check-in (standard check-in time is 14.00-15.00 so we will be providing you early check-in). Breakfast at hotel (till 9:30 am) and start your full day Hanoi City Tour.
  • We will pick you up from Old Quarter and head out for a city tour in Hanoi, starting from the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam). It is the location of Vietnam’s first national university’s Imperial Academy and was built in 1070. This thousand-year-old heritage marks the beginning of advanced education in Hanoi and was dedicate to major figures in education, particularly Confucius. It’s a tranquil place that just soothes the soul and calms the mind.
  • Only 15 minutes by foot from the temple is the One Pillar Pagoda, a landmark with deep meaning for the people of Hanoi. It is a Buddhist temple with significant historical value. The One Pillar Pagoda is actually a complex that was constructed in the shape of a lotus flower by Emperor Ly Thai Thong who dreamed of a Buddhist goddess. The current pagoda is a rebuilt on top of the original pillar after the pagoda was destroyed in 1954 during the French colonization.
  • Within the vicinity of the pagoda is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the final resting place for the revolutionary leader and President Ho Chi Minh, who earned the country its independence. Visitors can also view his modest residence on stilts from the outside. Once we’re done with viewing, we’ll have a lunch break before continuing the tour.
  • The Museum of Ethnology is next on the list, a special Vietnamese museum devoted to the documentation and preservation of 54 recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Here, people are educated on the culture of the indigenous people that reside within this land and their history.
  • From the museum, we drive back to the Old Quarter because we don’t want to miss the Water Puppet Show, a beautiful show which roots stem from centuries-old art form in Hanoi. Water puppet show was the entertainment of farmers in the 11th century when their fields are flooded, leaving them with little entertainment, but puppets to play with. Today, the show is synonymous to an art that preserves time and often sings about harvest times and myths related to water.
  • NOTE: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museums is closed on Monday and Friday so there will be other alternative options if you depart on Monday and Friday.
  • We head back to the hotel after the show for overnight stay in Hanoi.
  • (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 2: Full Day Excursion To Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu & Tam Coc (B/l/d) – Sic Tour

  • Have breakfast at hotel. A 90km driving south of Hanoi will lead you to Ninh Binh, the site of the one capital city of ancient Vietnam before Hanoi took its leading role in 11th century. The area is featured by lots of well-known sceneries, which include Tam Coc Caves and Hoa Lu ancient capital with the old temples dedicated to King Dinh & King Le reigned in 10th century. The visit in Ninh Binh starts by a boat trip in Tam Coc where spectacular limestone karsts jut out from the green paddy fields reminding about Guilin (China) and Halong Bay of Vietnam, which gives this scenery the name “Halong-bay-on-land”. Lunch at local restaurant.
  • Further discovery in Ninh Binh will be continued by visiting Bich Dong Pagoda. Afternoon drive back Hanoi, on the way, stop to visit Hoa Lu, the site that used to be the kings’ palace in 10th century and now famous for the wooden relieves of the shady Dinh and Le temples. Late afternoon back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
  • (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 3: Transfer From Hanoi To Halong Bay – Overnight On Cruise (B/l/d) – By Shuttle Bus

  • Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before we set off. Your car will be waiting at 9AM and get ready for a 3-hour drive to what has to be one of the most famous beaches in Southeast Asia, Halong Bay.
  • Overlooking the Gulf of Tonkin, the bay became a designated Natural World Heritage by UNESCO in 1994 and 2006. Enjoy an authentic sight of Vietnam on your scenic ride as we pass by the Red River delta and green paddy fields on which farmers are working. Rural villages are signs of barely touched wilderness with the occasional buffaloes employed to plough the fields.
  • We’ll board the cruise for check-in before enjoy our lunch after a long ride here. Take a break, drop your luggage and refresh before we take you to look around this gorgeous place.
  • Halong Bay name means “The Descending Dragon Bay,” which comes from the legend that the Mother Dragon was sent by the Jade Emperor to defend Vietnamese against invaders from the sea. As you walk along the shore, you’ll spot limestone rocks that appear to be oddly sculpted by mother nature and several caves with magnificent karsts. These are grottos, or artificial caves, which can be entered by visitors. With the beach so beautiful, you probably can’t help yourself but go for a quick dip into the water. Kayaking is also available for those interested, allowing you to take the river route where floating houses can be seen and reach the islets near Halong Bay.
  • We’ll return to the cruise by evening for dinner onboard and you’ll have leisure time to look around the boat, attend evening activities, or just relax.
  • (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4: Transfer From Halong Bay To Hanoi By Shuttle Bus And Fly To Saigon (B/l/d)

  • Our day starts early today at Halong Bay because you don’t want to see the view of the sunrise from the horizon. Dawn breaks and bring out colors of the “East Sea” that’ll certainly put you in awe at the beauty of this country, as sunlight slowly falls onto the islets around you. After the sun is up, we head to the dining room for your breakfast before the cruise begins its journey.
  • Many of islets were named after their shape, like the Fisherman’s head rock, Turtle Islet, Sail Island, etc. As the cruise continues, you’ll be able to understand the meaning behind those names. Check-out process is available before we reach the pier and brunch will be prepared on board afterward.
  • Once we reach the port, you’ll be met with your driver again to be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) city. At the capital city, we head to downtown with your local tour guide to check-in for overnight stay.
  • (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 5: Mekong Delta Tour – Experience The Countryside Life Of Vietnam (B/l/d) – Sic Tour

  • Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and get ready for an exciting day down the longest river in Southeast Asia. Your driver will be waiting at the lobby to take you to My Tho first, a city in the Mekong Delta famous for their local products made from local produce such as coconut candy and rice paper. It was a commercial hub of the region during the 17th century and still the centre of business and education.
  • Hop on a cruise, which is a perfect way to explore the city while riding down the mighty Mekong River. You’ll be able to observe the local way of living, one that often revolves around the river. We’ll stop by one of the islands where fresh tropical fruits can be harvested and enjoy the performance of traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. We’ll switch vessel to smaller boats, manpowered by locals to enter small cannels and visit the factories where local delicacies are made, many still through traditional methods. Taste the honey tea and coconut candy milk, then take walk through the gardens where the honeybees feed.
  • After lunch break, we’ll continue to Vinh Trang Pagoda, which is a unique pagoda that features the combination of Chinese, Cambodia, and French architecture and culture. This Buddhist temple is the most famous across the province and remains well-preserved to this day since it was built in 1849, a fascinating example of mixed style of Asian interference with a bit of French.
  • We’ll head back to Saigon before as the sun begins to set, in time for dinner. We’ll stay overnight in Saigon.
  • (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 6: Departure From Saigon - Bid Adieu With A Bag Of Memories (B)

  • After breakfast at the hotel, we check-out. You’ll have leisure time before check-out (normal check-out time is 12.00) or your flight back home. We’ll transfer you to the airport for your departure flight back home.
  • (Breakfast)

Exclusions

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  • RT-PCT / antigen test cost
  • Covid insurance
  • Single Supplement. Early check-in and late check-out. Hotel/Room upgrade
  • Tip (servers, porters…), drinks, personal expenses and any services not clearly mentioned in the program.

Terms and Conditions

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  • Guide and vehicle will follow the exact confirmed program. Their maximum working time for sightseeing is from 08:00am - 17:00pm or 08:30am to 17:30pm. and Dinner time is in 2 hours from 07:00 – 09:00pm including pick up/drop off from/to your hotel. If anyone delays the confirmed program an over time charges is application on direct payment basis at the spot.
  • If you need more time for sightseeing or dinner, please inform us in advance to include the cost from beginning.
  • For lunch and dinner are not included in the program, clients will have to manage themselves and no guide and vehicle/driver escort for meals.
  • Your understanding and punctuality is really appreciated because our tour guide and driver also need to refresh and recharge their health to work well on the next days.
  • Normal check-out time at hotel is 12:00.
  • 1. Cancelling 45 days or more before departure: the customer is charged a service fee of US$25.
  • 2. Cancelling between 44 and 21 days before departure: the customer is charged a service fee of US$50.
  • 3. Cancelling between 20 and 11 days before departure: the customer is charged a service fee of 50% of the total order value.
  • 4. Cancelling between 10 and 8 days before departure: the customer is charged a service fee of 75% of the total order value.
  • 5. Cancelling less than 7 days before departure: the customer is charged a service fee of 100% of the total order value.

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US$ 677

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