Vietnam highlights 10 days

  • Duration: 10 days
  • Price from: $831 USD

Destinations: Hanoi icon-16  Halong icon-16 Hue city icon-16 Hoi An  icon-16  Ho Chi Minh city icon-16 Mekong delta icon-16 Ho chi Minh city 

The most popular destinations in Vietnam with all the highlights — all in Vietnam itinerary 10 days. Discover Hanoi with many foods, structure architecture and the stunningly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Moving to culturally-rich Hue then spend time in incomparable and lovely Hoi An – one of the world’s most charming towns. Finish the comprehensive Vietnam highlights tours in the South after Floating through the lush Mekong Delta, seeing vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. With same destinations in itinerary but you can start this trip from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city.

Highlights of Vietnam Itinerary 10 Days trip:

  • Visiting historical and cultural sites in all three parts of Vietnam.
  • Enjoying local life and see the differences the culture of each place.
  • Enjoying peaceful atmosphere in Halong bay and Mekong delta.
  • Admire the different culinary culture in three parts of Vietnam
  • Warmly home hosted dinner in three generation family
  • Free Visa on arrival guaranted letter

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Full Itinerary

ItineraryRoute map

DAY 1 – Hanoi arrival

Welcome to Hanoi: On your arrival in Noi Bai international airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide with pick-up sign board then immediately transferred to your hotel for check in. It is estimated to be 45-minute driving through beautiful rice filed to reach Hanoi center.
Hanoi – the antique and dynamic capital: lying strategically at the center of the triangular basin of the Red River, Hanoi is famous for numerous rivers, lakes, and mountains alongside and in the surroundings. Additionally, this antique capital is also attractive thanks to the appearance of large number of historical sites, cultural sites which witness its history of 1000-year formation and development.
Free time ideas: if you arrive in Hanoi early in the day, you are recommended to walk around Hanoi old quarter to have the first sight on this friendly city before discovering it in detail in the next day with the guidance of your private tour guide with full day city tour.

Meals: __/__/__

Overnight in Hanoi 

Vietnam tours

DAY 2 – Hanoi City Tour

Hotel pick up: After one night relaxing and saving energy, you will be welcomed by our guide at the lobby of your hotel to start your full day city tour.
City tour: by visiting all the most outstanding sites including historical, cultural sites and art exhibition, you will have a chance to discover some highlight periods of Vietnam history and learn about the unique feature of Vietnamese culture:

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – an important historical attraction of Hanoi, known for honoring the national hero: President Ho Chi Minh – is where visitors can express their admiration and gratitude towards the common father/uncle of Vietnamese who has led the country to independence and reunification.
  • Temple of Literature, which is first to honor Confucius before the establishment of Quoc Tu Giam as the first University of Vietnam, nowadays is to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam.
  • Hoa Lo prison, more popularly known as the “Hanoi Hilton”, was built by Vietnam’s French colonizers as a central prison (Maison Centrale) for Vietnamese criminals.
  • The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a museum which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
  • Late in the day, you spend your time taking cyclo – a traditional type of vehicle to go around the old quarter, experiencing a bustling corner of Hanoi and your guide will be glad to share interesting information about Vietnamese culture and funny daily local life.
  • After one tiring day with full of activities, you have time in a theater to relax with a traditional show of water puppet before coming back to your hotel.

Ho Chi MInh Mausoleum

Free-time Idea(s): You have a free night for dinner so if you are interested in discovering local food, it is ideal to note down the address of No.1 Hang Manh str. with “Bun Cha”, No. 10 Ly Quoc Su str. with “Pho”, No. 31 Duong Thanh str. with “Cha Ca” etc. After dinner time, do not forget to take a walk to the bustling corner of Ta Hien street, Dao Duy Tu street where you can join dynamic nightlife with a lot of local citizens and foreigners.
Useful note(s): on this day, you visit some historical and spiritual sites so you are required to dress up formally.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong

Halong welcome: Today’s morning, you will leave Hanoi for Halong bay which is about 3.5 hours driving to the North East. On the way, you will pass through different towns, villages with thousand miles of rice fields, vegetable gardens…
Amazing Halong:

  • On your arrival at Halong harbor, you will be welcomed and lead to your cruise to enjoy a welcome drink and lunch.
  • While your board is cruising to the central of Halong for embarking, you may have a chance to see thousands of islands in various shapes which are lying randomly close to each other like a big wall.
  • The beauty of Halong is not only made by its wonderful nature but also its mysterious legend for its name which is literally translated as “Descending Dragond”.

The legend says that long time ago Mother Dragon and her Child Dragons were sent to descend on Earth to help Viet people fight against fierce invaders coming from the North through the sea. All current 1969 like-a-citadel standing islands were changed from thousands of pearls which were spat out by dragons to check the enemies’ advance. After that battle, Ha Long was named for the place where Mother Dragon landed; meanwhile, Bai Tu Long was named for the lading spot of Child Dragons.

  • The afternoon of today, you may visit one of the most natural and beautiful caves and ride kayaking to venture into hidden grottos.
  • Your dinner will be served with various delicious dishes in cruise’ restaurant.

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Free time idea(s): At night, do not forget to try squid fishing while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere that you cannot find in any other places.

Today useful note(s):

  • You should check your luggage and belongs carefully before leaving your hotel and make sure that nothing is missed because you will not come back to Hanoi.
  • You may get wet while riding kayaking or swimming, it is better to have some swimsuits along with you.

Other note(s): 

  • Shuttle bus is used on this day to save your money but if you prefer a private van for more convenience and comfortable please feel free to request.
  • Each cruise may have different specific itinerary so the detail will be discussed after you decide your interested cruise.

Meals: Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Overnight on cruise in Halong bay

Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Hue

Good morning Halong: Waking up in the morning and doing exercise with Tai Chi while the sun starts shining, birds are singing somewhere will be a great start of the day and awesome moments.
Ha Long Discovery:

  • This morning, you may visit another cave to discover and learn about the formation of karst caves besides some interesting stories relating.
  • While your board is cruising back to harbor, you have time to take a shower, pack your all luggage and check out your cabin.

Ha Long

Hue arrival:

  • You will be transferred directly from Halong bay to Noi Bai international airport by 4 hour driving private van to take your flight to Hue.
  • It is estimated an 1-hour flight reach Hue city.

Free time idea(s): let try “bun bo Hue” in your dinner as the greeting to this city
Today useful note(s): Please make sure that you do not leave anything on cruise.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__
Overnight in Hue

Day 5: Hue city tour

Hue Welcome: Hue is located in central Vietnam on the banks of Perfume River, just a few miles inland from the East Sea. For approximately 400 years, Hue was the political and cultural center of the Feudal State of Viet Nam. This explains why there are hundreds of historical and cultural remains located in the area.
Hue city tour: you will have your breakfast at your hotel before heading to the attractions of your city tour, which will help you to learn and look back Vietnam long-life history including:

  • Tu Duc’s tomb which is located in an incredible narrow valley around 8 km from Hue, is one of the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen dynasty.
  • The Imperial Citadel located in the North bank of Perfume river was built along the line of Peking’s Forbidden City, enclosed by 10-metre thick walls and surrounded by a moat.
  • Thien Mu Pagoda (namely Heaven Fairy Lady Pagoda), also known as Linh Mu Pagoda, is one of the most fascinating and ancient pagoda in Hue city.
  • Minh Mang is on the west bank of the Perfume River.

Late in the day, you will come back your hotel and have your own free time at night to discover Hue night life – a beautifully peaceful city.

Free time idea(s): Gastronomy in Hue is famous for diversity and cheap price. The best idea for this first night is to enjoy some of the best dishes such as “Bun Bo Hue”, “Bánh Bèo”, “Chè Huế” etc. After saving your energy with full of tasty local food, it is highly recommended to take cyclo to go around the city center and enjoy its peaceful atmosphere, fresh air, night life of local people.
Today useful note(s): this city tour will also take you to some historical sites so you are required to dress up formally
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__
Overnight in Hue

Day 6: Hue – Hoi An

Hue Departure: today, you will leave Hue for Hoi An but firstly spend your day with wonderful scenery on the way of Lang Co beach, Hai Van pass, Marble mountain etc.
Incredible Coastal Line:

  • Lang Co beach: the beautiful beach that you can see on the way.
  • Hai Van pass: is called the road “a deserted ribbon of perfection—one of the best coast roads in the world.”
  • Cham Museum: This fine museum has the world’s largest collection of Cham artefacts, housed in buildings marrying French-colonial architecture with Cham element.
  • Marble mountain: is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son ward, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam. The five ‘mountains’ are named after the five elements: metal, water, wood, fire and earth.

Hoi An welcome: Reaching Hoi An at noon, you will have lunch with tasty food in a local restaurant before starting your city tour.
Hoi An is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

  • The Japanese Covered Bridge is an invaluable property and has officially been established as the symbol of Hoi An. No trip to Hoi An would be completely without visiting Japanese Covered bridge.
  • The Fukian Assembly Hall, which is a great example of the Chinese architecture, is believed to be built by Chinese merchants of the Fukian Province.

Peaceful Center in Vietnam-04

Free time idea(s): 

  • Walking around Hoi An town to feel peaceful local life.
  • Enjoying local food on street or tasting local coffee.
  • If it is the first day or the 14th day of month, you will have a chance to see and join colored lantern festival
  • Suites and dresses are very famous and cheap in Hoi An. The tailors can make them in one day for you.

Today useful note(s): Taking some steps up marble mountain so you should take sport shoes
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An cooking class

Cooking class welcome: you will go to meeting point of Red Bridge Cooking School on foot and get ready for your exciting class today.
Exciting cooking class:

  • You board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.
  • You explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes.
  • The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves.
  • At the end of cooking class, you sit down and enjoy what you have cooked.

Free time idea(s): 

  • Walking around Hoi An town to feel peaceful local life.
  • There are some traditional handicraft villages in Hoi An like: Kim Bong capentry , Thanh Ha ceramic, Thanh Nam fishing village which you can visit for a half of day.
  • My Son holyland is other suggestion for a half day free in Hoi An. Contact to our advisor to have more detail if you like to have any extention.

Today useful note(s): Taking some steps up marble mountain so you should take sport shoes
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh 

Ho Chi Minh welcome: you will be transferred to Da Nang to take your flight to Ho Chi Minh city. On your arrival in Tan Son Nhat airport, our guide and driver will welcome you and drive you back to your hotel in the city center.
Once dearly called Diamond of the Far-east with the luxury level overriding that of Hongkong or Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City is now the most populated city in Vietnam. Modern office skyscrapers, amidst Oriental style pagodas and food stalls along the street, create a dynamic urban area in very special sense. It is not oddly tidy like in Singapore, nor is urban slumps omnipresent like in India
Dynamic Ho Chi Minh city:
After having lunch in a local restaurant with tasty cuisines, you will spend you afternoon discovering the most attractive sites in Ho Chi Minh, which will help you to learn about the history and also culture of this land

  • The Reunification Palace, whose architecture is a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, typical of the 60s’. However, the design of the complex is not as appealing to tourists as all the historical events related to this building.
  • The central Post Office is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh. Being a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and French influences, this building fascinates tourists by its typical colonial French features, from exterior to interior decorations.
  • Notre Dame Cathedral, which is considered the symbol of this dynamic city, is located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh and reaches a height of up to 60 meters.
  • Ben Thanh Local market: Being a bustling market in the daytime and a social center after sunset, Ben Thanh Market is absolutely a must-see attraction of the most dynamic city of Vietnam.

Your tour will come to the end in the late afternoon and you will have your free time at night.

Free time idea(s):

  • Enjoying local food at Pham Ngu Lao street and surrounding.
  • Visiting night market.
  • Enjoying A O show – an interesting traditional show.

Today useful notes: Pick pocket is not so strange in any bustle city. So be careful with your wallet or pocket when walking down the street.
Meal: Breakfast/ lunch/__

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh 

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong – Ho Chi Minh

Cai Lay welcome: leaving Ho Chi Minh city, you will travel to Cai Lay – a new destination of Mekong Delta, which takes you around 2.5 hours driving by private car.
Mekong Delta is called as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the delta is carpeted in a dizzying variety of greens. This tour offers you the lively picture of the rhythms of the mighty Mekong, where boats, houses and markets float upon the innumerable rivers, canals and streams that criss-cross the landscape like arteries
Local experiences:

  • You will see how look our Southern channels and the processing of turning from canal water to fresh water and taking sampan to see an endless field both sides.
  • You come back to local house to enjoy these cakes that you make by yourself while enjoying our traditional music.
  • You will be introduced about “Von’’, “Vo” and “Cau Khi” that are very popular there.
  • Have delicious lunch with home-made food.
  • Finally, you will watch pounding rice, rice husk and rice floor fan or walk around in a temple on a small islet will give you glimpse back at our past scene.

Free time idea(s): let enjoy your last night in Vietnam with delicious food and local lifestyle by walking down the street and wander at night market
Today useful note(s): you should dress up comfortably because you will do a lot of outdoor activities in Mekong
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh departure

Ho Chi Minh goodbye: your 10 days in Vietnam itinerary is coming to the end. You have free time on your own to walk down the street and pick up any great images to bring back to your country before being transferred to the airport.
Today useful note(s): please check your luggage carefully and all your personal items of passports, visa etc. before leaving your hotel.


Goodbye and hope to see you again!
Meals: Breakfast/__/__

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Vietnam highlights 10 days

What's Included & ExcludedPrice

Included:

  • Hotel/cruise in twin/ double sharing basis with daily breakfast.
  • All private transfer and transportation.
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Domestic Flight Hanoi / Hue & Danang / Saigon on Vietnam Airlines
  • Boat trip in Hue.
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee and Sightseeing tickets
  • Services charges and Government taxes.
  • 1 small bottle of water per person on day trip.
  • One by one care service 24/7 during the trip.

Excluded:

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any International flights
  • Bank fee
  • Stamping fee visa on arrival to Vietnam (at current 45 USD/ single entry)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuity

Note:

  • Prepare 2 passport size photos for Stamping visa at airport on arrival
  • Itinerary can be run in reserve
  • Check in time is normally at 14.00, check out time is normally at 12.00. Early check in or check out is upon on availability of the hotels.
  • The detailed itinerary of Halong Cruises might be different depends on your junk choice.

List Of Accommodation Recommended

Superior Deluxe Luxury
Hanoi La Dolce Vita Sky Lark De L’Opera hotel
Halong Oriental Sails La Fairy Sails Dragon Legend
Hue Romance Eldora Indochine Palace
Hoi An Vinh Hung library Hoi An ancient house Palm Garden
Ho Chi Minh Silverland central Grand Silverland Pullman

* We suggest central location hotels and highly recommended on Tripadvisor in our list. If at the time of booking, any hotels or rooms in the list above are fully booked, we will endeavor to find accommodation of a similar standard elsewhere. If the only available accommodation is of a higher or lower standard, we will revise the price accordingly and consult you immediately.

Group Size 1 2 3-4 5-8 9-14 >= 15 S.R.S
Superior 1,699 1,058 978 918 839 Contact 308
Deluxe 2,088 1,259 1,178 1,128 1,048 Contact 489
Luxury 2,906 1,679 1,596 1,548 1,468 Contact 899

Kid 5-10 years old: 50% AdultKid < 5 years old: Free of charge (share services with Adult)
Children Policy:
Price quote in USD per person & valid until 31 Dec, 2017

Kid >10 years old: 100% Adult price

*S.R.S: Single Room Supplement. If you want to have your own room, you will pay extra amount for this.
*At the time of quotation, Travel Sense Asia reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

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Julie from Travel Sense Asia helped me plan our trip through Vietnam and she was fantastic! The hotels, the sites, the guides and the drivers were phenomenal! We visited Saoa, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta. Everything was perfect! She was with me every step of the way from the initial planning stages throughout! I highly recommend Julie and Travel Sense Asia!!!…  Read more


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Useful information for travel in Vietnam and Cambodia

What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?

We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New York, but very close. Four-star hotels have quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice. We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Vietnamese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor. Usually, hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.

 

Passport & Visa Requirements

You may be required for visa to Vietnam and Cambodia. Please check the list of countries which need visa to Vietnam and Cambodia in this links: Who need visa to Vietnam? Vietnam Visa is issued by Vietnam Embassy in your country or “Visa on arrival”. Travel Sense Asia will offer free visa to Vietnam for you (except some difficult countries). Cambodia visa can be issued upon arrival at the airport or border gate. You will need one clear page (per visa) in a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam or Cambodia.

Currency Exchange

Vietnam – The Vietnamese Dong is the local currency.

As currency exchange rates in Vietnam fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com or www.vietcombank.com In 2015 the USD & VND has been around 22.500VND per USD. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2–4% transaction fee.

Cambodia – The Cambodian Riel is the local currency.

In tourist areas U.S. currency in widely accepted in cities. It is best to carry both Cambodian and U.S. currency in small denominations. Credit cards can generally be used at hotels, but smaller business may not accept them or may charge a service fee for their use. It is recommended to carry cash in small denominations in local currency or in US $1 bills to make tipping and minor expenses easier. It is recommended to carry new or like new banknotes as older, torn or poor condition notes may not be accepted locally.

Tipping

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service. In additionally, you will sometimes use rolling boat, cyclo riding, porter which you should give a small tip to these local people.

Food

Eating is an important part of your Vietnam experience. Generally, breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. Travel Sense Asia recommend local Vietnam restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities. If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.

While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

Vehicle

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles. Our car and van are always available space for a comfortable trip. Luggage – All clients are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg. It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage may be confiscated.

Electric

In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / C / G. In Cambodia – The voltage used is 230 volts. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency.

 

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Climate – You will find a complete packing list and a helpful climate chart in the ‘Suggested Packing List’, which is included in the pre-departure information link sent within your deposit documentation. Seasonal weather patterns can be quite unpredictable. Up to the minute information on worldwide weather can be found on www.weather.com.

  •  Vietnam – Southern Vietnam has two seasons, the wet season from May to November and the dry season from December to April. Northern regions also have two seasons with cool and damp conditions from November to April and generally hot, dry conditions from May through October. Bring appropriate clothing depending on the season during which you are traveling. Comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket are recommended. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).
  • Cambodia – Cambodia has three seasons. The dry season is from November to March. The hot season is from March to June. The wet season is from July to October. Comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket are recommended. A hat and sunscreen lotion are especially recommended during the hot season. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).
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