Vietnam Highlights Package 10 Days 9 Nights

  • 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 real Vietnamese food with top chef of Vietnam
  • Free Visa on arrival guaranted letter for some certain countries



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Full Itinerary

Brief and Route map

Brief

Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Day 2: Hanoi city tour

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong

Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Hue

Day 5: Hue City Tour

Day 6: Hue – Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An – Tra Que village

Day 8: Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh Departure

*Note: This itinerary can be reversed and started from Ho Chi Minh City

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Hanoi arrival

Welcome to Vietnam: after long time on airplane, you will reach Vietnam – the S-shaped land, where 54 different ethnic minorities inhabited.

You will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city center of Hanoi.

Free on your own afterward.

Meals included: __/__/__

Parameter: Driving: 30 km/45 minutes

Overnight in Hanoi

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DAY 2 – Hanoi city tour/The Past in the Present

In the morning

  • At 08:30, our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel then you start your day to discover Hanoi City
  • Firstly, you will pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, is a building to commemorate the merits of Ho Chi Minh Uncle – a great leader of Vietnam, and the surrounding sites of One Pillar Pagoda and his ancient house.
  • After 2 hours, you will go to the next site of the Temple of Literature, which is the first University of Vietnam and dedicated to Confucius (Khong Tu).

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In the afternoon

  • After saving energy with local lunch, you will leave for the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
  • It is estimated to be 2 hours at the museum then you will be transferred back to the old quarter and visit the Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Finally, you will sit in front of Cyclo to move around the Old Quarter and experience the local life in 45 minutes before coming back your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Today useful note(s):

  • Wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites
  • Museum of Ethnology will close on Monday so Hoa Lo prison will be the alternative attraction
  • The complex of Ho Chi Minh mausoleum will not open for worshiping on Monday or Monday so you just visit the surrounding parts on those days

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong/A night on peaceful bay

In the morning

  • At 08:00 after breakfast, our driver will pick you up and transfer you to Halong Baywhich takes you around 0 hours through small villages with beautiful fields of rice and vegetable.
  • Ariving in the habour, board the cruise and have lunch in the restaurant

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In the afternoon

  • 13:00 – 15:00: A sumptuous lunch is served while cruising into the magnificent Halong Bay with its thousands of extraordinarily shaped limestone islands, considered as the heaven on the Earth.
  • 15:30 – 17:00: Explore the Lờm Bò area and be charmed by this outstanding masterpiece of Mother Nature. Visit Mê Cung Cave – one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and climb up to see the panoramic view of the bay from above.
  • 17:00 – 19:00: Return to the LaFairy Sails for a Sunset party to admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set. Take pleasure in a fruit carving demonstration.

In the evening

  • 19:00: Savor a sparkling and dreamlike dinner on top deck under the light of a thousand stars in middle of the tranquil Bay with extremely delicious food and be awed by a fascinating fruit and vegetable carving show. Delight in traditional music performances. Afterwards, socialize with the artist, new friends and crew members, join squid fishing.

Meals includedBreakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Parameter: Driving: Hanoi – Halong: 180 km/4 hours/way

Overnight on cruise

Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Hue/The Flavors of the Bay

In the morning

  • 06:30 – 07:00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
  • 07:15 – 07:45: Enjoy breakfast in the fresh air and peaceful beauty of the Bay.
  • 08:00 – 09:15: Visit Titov Island for swimming in the emerald water. Then hike up to the top of the island to take the breathtaking panoramic view of the Bay.
  • 09:15 – 09:45: Relax and enjoy the marvellous sights from the top deck.
  • 09:45 – 10:15: Pack your luggage and check out of the cabin while cruising towards the harbor
  • 10:15: You have lunch in the restaurant of the cruise

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In the afternoon

  • 12:00 – 12:30: Disembark the cruise
  • 12:30: You will be transfer back to Hanoi airport for the flight to Hue city
  • Arrive in Hue, you will be picked up by our guide and driver then transferred to your hotel

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Flight information: VN 1547             Vietnam Airlines          19:00   20:10  

Parameter:  Hanoi – Hue/ Flight: 1.10 hour

Overnight in Hue

Day 5: Hue city tour/The City of History and Culture

In the morning

  • At 08:30 after breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel to start the exciting day tour by exploring Hue’s beauties
  • First, you will get the romantic experience by taking a leisure boat trip along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous Vietnamese landmarks.
  • After that you will pay a visit to Tu Duc tomb, which is considered as one of the most beautiful and picturesque and largest works of architecture of Nguyen Dynasty’s royal palaces and tombs
  • Then lunch will be served in a local restaurant at noon time

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In the afternoon

  • At 14:00, you will continue your day trip by visiting Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, created in the 19th century for the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty
  • The next experience is exploring the local life by visiting Dong Ba market to experience the local life and learn how the locals operate their market
  • At around 17:00, the tour will come to the end and you have free time on your own later

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Today useful notes:

  • Wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites

Overnight in Hue

Day 6: Hue – Hoi An/Incredible Costle Line

In the morning

  • At 08:30, our guide and driver will meet you up again and start your journey to Hoi An town
  • You will firstly pass the Hai Van Pass and Lang Co, over a spur of the Truong Son Mountain Range that juts into the South East Sea, with spectacular views along the way
  • At 10:30, you will reach Danang and visit the Cham Museum, which features a fine collection of open air sandstone carvings.
  • The next site will be Son Tra Peninsula, which is a typical Vietnam tourism magnet along the coastline: fantastic, untouched natural scene with transparent sea, white sand, and mysterious primitive jungle with a vast diversity of plants and animals.
  • At noon time, you will have time for lunch in a local restaurant

on the streets of old town Hoi An

In the afternoon

  • At 14:00, you will depart for Marble mountain, visit Non Nuoc stone carving village, one of the four ancient villages in Quang Nam – Da Nang
  • To be continued, you will climb up to mountain, visit Thuy Son – the biggest and the most beautiful mountain in Da Nang
  • At around 16:00, you will reach your hotel in Hoi an and have free time on your own

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Driving: Hue – Hoi An: 130 km/ 2.5 hours/way

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An – Tra Que village – Walking Tour

In the morning

  • At 08:30, after enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you start riding your bicycle to Tra Que village (private car will be used if you cannot ride a bike)
  • You firstly will be introduced about the history of the village, the cultivation of the vegetables as well as discovering about the use of vegetables in traditional Vietnamese medicine.
  • Then you will take a trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake.
  • Continue doing activities such as raking, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and many more gardening activities before spending the rest of the morning working the land in the time honoured way
  • After finishing all the activities, you will take a break and prepare lunch with a local family.
  • You will have lunch in local house with many local delicacies including Tam Huu spring roll, Banh xeo or the local pancake of the people from the middle region

Tra Que village

In the afternoon

  • At around 15:00, riding back to Hoi An town and you will start discovering this World Heritage site.
  • You will be introduced about many delights of Hoi An. From expert dressmakers and tailors, who will craft a complete outfit for you in a couple of days, to a dawn photo trip along the river or from a fun visit to Hoi An Local Market then following small alleys to see the Chinese Assembly Hall, the famous Japanese Covered Bridge and Tan Ky Ancient House and the China Town in the other side of the canal, you’ll find yourself miss that one-of-a-kind port town in every single road of your ahead travel.
  • At around 17:00, the tour will come to the end ad you have free time on your own later

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh

In the morning

  • On your arrival at Ho Chi Minh airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our local guide then transferred to the city center
  • Then you will have lunch at a local restaurant

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In the afternoon

  • Aftar lunch, you will start the tour of dynamic City, you will visit The Reunification Palace, whose architecture is a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, typical of the 60s’.
  • 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.
  • The next site is 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.
  • The last destination is Ben Thanh Local market (if time allows), which is a bustling market in the daytime and a social center after sunset

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Flight information: VN 113              Vietnam Airlines                  08:45         10:10

Parameter: Danang – Ho Chi Minh/ Flight: 1.15 hour

Tan Son Nhat airport – Ho Chi Minh city center: 10 km/Driving: 30 minutes

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho/Taste of Mekong river

In the morning

At 08:00, you will be met up by our guide and driver at your hotel and leave the hustle Saigon heading to My Tho, the closet delta town to Ho Chi Minh city. It will be a 90-minute driving through the small villages in the western region.

  • You will start your delta trip with a visit to Vinh Trang Pagoda, the most beautiful and ancient pagoda in Mekong Delta.
  • Then take a boat trip on the great Mekong River (Tien River) to visit fish farms where fish are bred in wooden cages suspended under floating houses on the river and see 4 islets: Long (Dragon) islet, Lan (Unicorn) islet, Quy (Turtle) Islet and Phung (Phoenix) islet.
  • Proceed to Thoi Son Islet, visit farmers’ houses and gardens. Enjoy fruits and honey tea served by local people while listening to Tai Tu music – Traditional music of the Mekong people. Discover small canals of Mekong delta by hand rowing boat
  • Leaving Thoi Son, move by boat to visit Coconut – candy workshop and taste a hot coconut candy, Coconut handicrafts as souvenir.
  • Then you can walk and enjoy riding a horse-drawn carriage on country lanes to see some activities of the local farmers.
  • You will have lunch in a local restaurant at noontime

In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you will get back to the mainland where your priavte car is waiting and go back to Ho Chi Minh city.
  • At around 17:00, you will reach your hotel in Ho Chi Minh and the tour will come to the end with your own free time afterwards.

Parameter: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho: 70 km/Driving: 1.5 hour

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh Departure

Depending on your flight time, our driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast/__/__

Parameter: Driving: 7 km/25 minutes

Today useful note(s):

Check all your luggage and belongs before checking out and make sure you miss nothing.

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What's Included & Excluded

Included:

  • The accommodation in twin/double basis with breakfast (central location, highly recommended on Trip Advisor)
  • Experienced English speaking local guide
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets as listed
  • Delicious meals with local food and tastes as listed (others are upon your request)
  • Air-conditioned transfer during the whole tour
  • Complimentary 1 bottle of water each day
  • Service charges and government tax
  • 2 Domestic flights: Hanoi – Hue and Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh

Excluded:

  • Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program
  • Any unclarified flight tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide ($3-5/person/day for both guide and driver)
  • Bank fee
  • Any surcharge for holiday

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 Gondola hotel Silk Queen Grand De L’Opera hotel
Halong Oriental Sails La Fairy Sails Dragon Legend
Hue Romance hotel 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.

Price

Price is different in different period of time so please contact us for the best price for your travel time

Children Policy:

Travel Sense Asia is applying a good discount policy for your children with the details as following:

AGE RANGE ROOM SHARING BED REQUEST CHARGE
Kid < 5 years old 2 adults Existing bed FOC
Kid < 5 years old 2 adults Extra bed 50% tour price
5 =< kid =< 12 years old 2 adults Existing bed 50% tour price
5 =< kid =< 12 years old 2 adults Extra bed 75 % tour price
Kid =< 12 years old 1 adult Existing bed 95% tour price
Kid >= 12 years old Any Existing bed 100% tour price
Policy for flight tickets will be issued by the Airlines

*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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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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