Vietnam Highlights Package 10 Days 9 Nights from Ho Chi Minh City

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh icon-16 My Tho icon-16 Hoi An icon-16 Da Nang icon-16 Hue icon-16 Hanoi icon-16 Ha Long 

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The best of Vietnam is right here – in this tour, for you to discover! This package offers an intensive holiday experience in Vietnam, highlighting the most signatures such as Ha Long Bay – the world’s wonder, Hue – The capital of history or the unique culture of Mekong Delta. If you have limited time exploring a whole country, this is the tour for you.

Highlights of Vietnam tour trip from Ho Chi Minh City:

Splendid natural beauty:

  • The spectacular sunset at Ha Long Bay
  • The tranquil scenery of endless paddy fields

Culturally diverse experience:

  • Accompanied by our tour guide whose knowledge about history and culture is profound.
  • Participation in religious activities at traditional temples.
  • History-rich city of Hue.

Sufficient time for self-exploration.

 

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The mark of Vietnam tourism map:

  • Vietnam is simply beautiful. It almost has every kind of natural landscape all within one country.” – Tripzilla
  • 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
  • Eating may be one of life’s necessities, but in Vietnam it’s one of its greatest pleasures, too. There are so many foods to try here, and like everything else, it’s all incredibly cheap.” – Thewanderblogger

Full Itinerary

Brief and Route map

Brief

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho – Ho Chi Minh

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Hoi An

Day 4: Hoi An – Tra Que Village

Day 5: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue

Day 6: Hue city tour – Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi city tour

Day 8: Hanoi – Ha Long

Day 9: Ha Long – Hanoi

Day 10: Hanoi departure

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

Itinerary

DAY 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL

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

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

Free on your own afterward.

Meals included: __/__/__

Parameter: Driving: 7.5 km/20 minutes

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

 

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DAY 2: HO CHI MINH – MY THO/ TASTE OF MEKONG RIVER

In the morning

At 08:00, you will be met up with 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 pagodas in the 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 the 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 souvenirs.
  • 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 noon time.

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In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you will get back to the mainland where your private 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 an 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 3: HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – HOI AN: TRAVELLING BACK IN TIME

In the morning 

  • At 08:00, you will be met up with 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 a local restaurant for lunch.

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In the afternoon

  • After saving with lunch of local foods, you will get back to Ho Chi Minh and visit the highlights of the city.
  • Firstly, you will visit The Reunification Palace, whose architecture is a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, typical of the 60s’.
  • Next, you will walk a short distance to The Central Post Office, which 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.
  • Then, the last attraction is Notre Dame Cathedral. The cathedral 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.
  • Late in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your connecting flight to Danang.

In the evening

  • On your arrival in Danang, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An for check in.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Flight information: VN136   Vietnam Airlines       18:00   19:20

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

Ho Chi Minh – Danang/Airplane: 1.15 hours

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 4: HOI AN WALKING TOUR – TRA QUE VILLAGE: TO BE A LOCAL FARMER

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 will 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.

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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 an end and you have free time on your own later.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 5: HOI AN – HUE: INCREDIBLE COASTAL LINES

In the morning

  • At 08:30 after breakfast, our guide and driver will meet you up again and start your journey to Hue.
  • On the way, you firstly make a stop at 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.
  • Keep moving to Danang city and you will visit the Cham Museum, which features a fine collection of open air sandstone carvings.
  • At noon time, you will have time for lunch in a local restaurant with special local food.

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In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you will depart for Son Tra Peninsula, named as Monkey Mountain – the screen of Da Nang City.
  • Here you will visit Linh Ung Pagoda, where exists the highest Goddess of Mercy Statue of Viet Nam. The pagoda offers stunning views of Danang beach and Cham Islands in the distance.
  • Continue your way, you will 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 around 16:00, you will reach your hotel in Hue, check in at your hotel and have free time on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Hoi An – Hue/Driving: 120km/2 hours

Overnight in Hue

Day 6: HUE CITY TOUR – FLY TO HANOI: 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 noontime.

Vietnam Highlights Package 10 Days 9 Nights from Ho Chi Minh City

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.

In the evening

  • At 19:00, you will be transferred to the airport for your connecting flight to Hanoi.
  • On your arrival in Hanoi at 21:25, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver then transferred to your hotel for check in.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Flight information: VN 1544        Vietnam Airlines          20:20   21:35

Parameter: Hue – Hanoi/Flight: 1 hour.

Today useful note(s): wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 7: 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 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 to 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 8: HANOI – HA LONG: A NIGHT ON A PEACEFUL BAY

In the morning

  • At 08:00 – 08:30, the shuttle bus 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.
  • Arriving in the harbour, 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 p.m: 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 the 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 included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

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

Overnight on cruise 

Day 9: HA LONG BAY – HANOI: FLAVOURS OF THE BAY

In the morning

  • 06:30: Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck.
  • 07:00: Have a light breakfast, tea, coffee and complimentary
  • 08:00: Mingling yourself in the stunning views of the Bay and it is dramatic limestone islets as we sail through the calm emerald water heading to Luon cave. Take your option either exploring the cave yourself on kayak or comfortably on bamboo boat rowed by the locals.
  • 09:00: Come back to the boat for freshening up and checking out cabin.
  • 10:00: You will join with the short class of cooking demonstration, how to make spring rolls before an early lunch is served.

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In the afternoon

  • 12:00 – 12:30: Disembark the Aclass cruise, take the bus to Hanoi
  • 16:30: Trip finishes at the hotel in Hanoi. Free time on your own afterward

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

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

Overnight in Hanoi 

Day 10: HANOI 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

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. Please check the list of countries which need visa to Vietnam 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). 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.

Currency Exchange

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.

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.

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.

What are train conditions like in Vietnam?
A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed, and contains four bunks, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. For route Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi, it also has VIP cabin with 2 soft sleeper beds, please make quest if you prefer a private cabin. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage. Fastest train is about 70kph. The railways is small here and it’s not as comfortable as train in developed countries.

Electric

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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. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency. 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.

 

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