Essence of Vietnam Tour 14 Days 13 Nights

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Price from: $1,133 USD

Destinations: Hanoi icon-16 Sapa icon-16 Halong Bay icon-16 Danang icon-16 Hoi An icon-16 Hue icon-16 Ho Chi Minh City icon-16 Mekong Delta

It is possible to discover Vietnam from the past until now if you enjoy our Essence of Vietnam tour for 2 weeks right now. Going to Hanoi, Sapa, Hue, Ho Chi Minh city,… will make you love not only the beautiful landscapes but also different local lifestyles. In addition, you also experience a lot of special activities of each destination from the North to the South, such as: hiking in Sapa, relaxing with cruise in Ha Long Bay, farming in Tra Que and local foods of whole Vietnam. When being at Cu Chi tunnels system, you can learn more about the attracted stories of Vietnamese war. And visiting some kind of cultural markets, it is very awesome that you spend time to fall in line with. So exciting, right? Why don’t you wonder to enjoy it?

Highlights of Essence of Vietnam tour trip:

Spectacular Nature:

  • Picturesque waterfall and graceful streams from mountain view
  • Sunset Party where Sky meets Water – on the edge of Ha Long Bay.
  • Cruise overnight among the limestone islands.
  • Spectacular Marble Mountain to go sightseeing.

Culture-rich experience:

  • Accompanied by our tour guide whose knowledge about history and culture is profound.
  • Participation in religious activities at traditional temples.
  • North West mountainous culture experience.
  • Signature floating market of Mekong Delta.

Dynamic activities:

  • Hiking and kayaking at the heart of the world’s wonder.
  • Bonding party.

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The mark of Vietnam on worldwide tourism map:

  • “Sapa (Vietnam) – where to see the world’s most beautiful terraces.” – Telegraph UK
  • Graceful, historic Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befits its heritage, and the 21st-century curses of traffic and pollution are almost entirely absent.” – Lonelyplanet
  • Ha Long Bay sits off Vietnam’s northeastern coast, and has incredibly serene emerald waters that are home to multiple small limestone islands covered by rain forests. It’s a popular spot for boat tours and cave explorers, and no trip to Vietnam would be complete without seeing it.”  – Businessinsider
Brief and Route map

Brief

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival 

Day 2: Hanoi city tour – Night train to Sapa

Day 3: Sapa sightseeing

Day 4: Sapa – Luxurious bus to Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long

Day 6: Ha Long – Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoi An

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

Day 8: Hoi An – Hue

Day 9: Hue city tour – Fly to Ho Chi Minh

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh city tour

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta

Day 13: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh Departure

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Itinerary

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Welcome to Vietnam: after a long time on the 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 – NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI: A THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD CITY

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 transit hotel which is near Hanoi train station to freshen up and relax.

In the evening

  • At 20:30, our guide will pick you up at the hotel then you will walk with our guide to the station for a night train leading to Sapa. The train leaves at 22:00 from Hanoi railway station.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: On train: Hanoi – Lao Cai: 8 hours

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 on train (sharing a 4-berth cabin) 

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DAY 3: LAO CAI – SAPA – MONG SEN – TA PHIN: THE VOICE OF THE MOUNTAINS

In the morning

  • At 06:00, the train will reach the station in Lao Cai and you will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver. Then you will have breakfast in a local restaurant and short time for relaxing.
  • At 08:00, you will reach your hotel in Sapa town. If the room is already available, you can check in and take a short rest or else you will go downhill to Mong Sen where you start a dirt trail through rice fields and villages. Along the way, it is a wonderful scenery full of green.
  • At 12:00, you will have lunch in a local house or local restaurant.

In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you continue your trek downhill towards Taphin village inhabited by Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities. These are two largest ethnic groups living in Sapa area.
  • Then you make a stop by some houses to meet local people and talk with them to understand their culture, customs and traditions. Late afternoon, you will trek back to the main road to get on our vehicle for the journey back to Sapa.
  • At around 15:00, you will get out to the main road and our private car will take you back to your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Driving: 2 hours/Walking: 4 hours/Lunch: 1 hour

Overnight in Sapa 

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DAY 4: LAO CHAI – TA VAN – LUXURY BUS TO HANOI: NORTH-WEST CULTURE EXPLORATION

In the morning

  • At 09:00, you will be met up at your hotel by local guide and driver then transferred to Lao Chai village.  
  • Firstly, you will visit Lao Chai Village – a Black Hmong ethnic minority village.
  • Then, you will then be able to walk from Lao Chai to Tavan village where the Giay ethnic minority hill tribe lives.
  • Coming back to the town for lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you will come back to Hanoi by luxury bus, which departs at around 15:00 – 15:30.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Hanoi  

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DAY 5: HANOI – HA LONG BAY: A NIGHT ON A PEACEFUL BAY

In the morning

  • At 08:00, our driver with private car will pick you up and transfer you to Halong bay, which takes you around 4.0 hours through small villages with beautiful fields of rice and vegetables.
  • Reaching Halong bay at around 12:00 and you will check in your cabin and have lunch in the restaurant on cruise while cruising into the magnificent Halong Bay.

In the afternoon

  • 13:30 – 15:00: Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands.
  • 15:00 – 16:00: Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
  • 16:00 – 17:00: Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
  • 17:00 – 17:30: Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoying beautiful seascape on the way.
  • 17:30 – 19:00: Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.

In the evening

  • 19:00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

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

Overnight on cruise 

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DAY 6: HA LONG BAY – HANOI – FLY TO DA NANG – HOI AN: FLAVOURS OF THE BAY

In the morning

  • 06:30 – 07:15: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
  • 07:30 – 08:30: Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
  • 09:00 – 10:00: Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Bo Nau area.
  • 10:15: Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
  • 10:15 – 11:00: Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
  • 11:00 – 11:45: Join a cooking demonstration before enjoying an exceptional Buffet lunch.

In the afternoon

  • 12:00 – 12:30: Disembark cruise and get on the car to to Hanoi airport for the flight to Danang city (2.5 hours)
  • Arrive in Danang, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An. It takes 30 mins on the way.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Flight information: VN259  Vietnam Airlines  17:00  19:15

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

Overnight in Hoi An

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DAY 7: HOI AN – TRA QUE VILLAGE – WALKING TOUR: FARMING AS THE LOCALS

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 a 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 with 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

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DAY 8: HOI AN – DA NANG – HUE: INCREDIBLE COASTAL LINES

In the morning

  • At 08:00, after having breakfast, you will meet up with our guide and driver to start your journey.
  • The first destination today is Marble mountain. This 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.
  • Then, you will transfer to visit Linh Ung pagoda, which is the famous pagoda with the highest Lady Buddha statue in Vietnam/
  • After that, it’s time to enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon

  • After saving energy with the lunch, you will be transferred to Hue – the old capital of Vietnam where is far from Danang 105 km.
  • On the way, you will reach Hai Van pass and it is recommended to make a stop to enjoy the fantastic view to the sea .
  • At around 17:00, you will reach your hotel in Hue, check in then you have free time on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Hoi An – Hue: 130 km/Driving: 3.5 hours

Overnight in Hue

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Hai Van Pass

 

DAY 9: HUE CITY TOUR – HO CHI MINH: THE IMPRESSION OF THE ROYALS

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.

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.
  • Then you will be transferred to the airport for your connecting flight to Ho Chi Minh.

Flight information: Vietnam Airlines VN1375       17:15  18:45

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh 

Tomb of Khai Dinh emperor in Hue

 

DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR: THE DEPTHS OF THE CITY

In the morning 

  • At 08:00, after having breakfast at your hotel, you will start your city tour today by departing for War Remnants Museum, which is a unit under the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ho Chi Minh City. This is museum of thematic research, collection, and display of the material on the evidence of the crime and the consequences of the war that the invasion force has caused to Vietnam.
  • After saving the energy with lunch, you will leave for Reunification Palace, which was the residence of the President Ngo Dinh Diem of the former South Vietnam.
  • Then you just do a short walk to reach 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 attraction today should be the General Post Office. Designed by Gustav Eiffel, the Post Office is a testament to the French presence in the late 1800s. The look and feel of this grand building is like an elegant railway station.

In the afternoon

  • You continue your route to Thien Hau Temple, which is is dedicated to Thien Hau, the Goddess of the Sea and patron of sailors.
  • Depending on your interests you may pay a visit to China town and Binh Tay market before having lunch in a local restaurant.
  • If time allows and depends on your interests, you may pay a visit to Ben Thanh market – one of the largest wholesale markets in this area.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

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DAY 11: HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNELS: THE CITY’S REMAINS

 

In the morning 

  • At 08:00, you will be met up by our guide at the lobby of the hotel after you have breakfast, then transferred to Cu Chi tunnels.
  • Cu Chi tunnels are famed for its 200-kilometre-long tunnels, an incredible underground network built by Vietcong during the Vietnam war. By visiting this site, you will have a chance to look back to the War time of Vietnam and see how we fight the invaders.
  • After spending time visiting these long tunnels, you will go to the local restaurant for lunch.

In the afternoon

  • After saving with lunch of local foods, you will get back to Ho Chi Minh for your own free time.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi: 90km/Driving: 1.5 hour

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
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DAY 12: HO CHI MINH – BEN TRE – CAN THO: TASTE OF MEKONG RIVER

In the morning 

  • At 08:00, our guide and driver will meet you up at your hotel and departs to Phong Nam that belongs to Ben Tre province.
  • Reaching Phong Nam Bridge at around 10:00, you will straightly cruise along the Chet Say River to see the view of transferring goods by boat, the coconut organ along the river…
  • You will stop to visit the brick kilns with the way to do brickwork of local people, see coconut shells charcoal, this is the material to make activated charcoal, coconut preliminary processing such as skinning coconut, smashing coconut, prizing coconut, smoothing coconut, …
  • Afterwards, you will have time to enjoy the fresh coconut water on the cruise and move to Cai Son canal to see the pudding scene along the river.
  • You will also visit coconut candy oven – enjoy hot coconut candy at the oven, seasonal fruit, honey tea.
  • After that, you will visit the village of weaving mats in Nhon Thanh. On the way, you will see the peaceful village road by a xe-lôi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) or by bike.
  • Having lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon

  • After lunch time, getting on the sampan boat to enjoy the view along coconut canal.
  • Getting on motorboat come back to to Hung Vuong Dock, where our driver is waiting to take you to Can Tho.
  • On the way, you make a stop at Vinh Trang pagoda, which is one of the best-known temples in the region.
  • At around 16:30, you will reach your hotel in Can Tho and you have your own free time later.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Can Tho 

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DAY 13: CAI RANG MARKET – HO CHI MINH: FLOATING MARKET EXPERIENCE

In the morning

  • At 07:00 in the early morning, you will start from Ninh Kieu boat quay, where you cruise along the small and picturesque canals and stop to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats).
  • You then make a stop to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals.
  • After that, you check out hotel and depart for local restaurant for lunch.

In the afternoon

  • After having lunch, you will have some free time before leaving back to Ho Chi Minh at 15:00.
  • At around 18:00, you will reach your hotel in Ho Chi Minh and have your own free time afterwards.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh: 170 km/Driving: 3.5 hours

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

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DAY 14: 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/__/__

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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
  • Sharing 4-berth cabin on night train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (private cabin is upon your request)
  • Private boat in Mekong Delta
  • 2 domestic flights:
    – Hanoi – Danang
    – Hue – 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, $1 for boat rower, cyclo rider)
  • Bank fee
  • Any surcharge for holiday

Note:

  • Prepare 2 passport size photos for Stamping visa at the 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.
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