Day 1: HANOI – ARRIVAL
Welcome to Vietnam! Our guides will warmly welcome you at airport and escort you to a luxury hotel in the city center for relax after long flight. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: HANOI (B)
Spend the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. First, visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his modest stilt house where he chose to live and work and also the museum dedicated to his memory. We continue visit to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century.
In the afternoon, discover the famed Old Quarter on foot. Walk through the hidden alleys, amaze at the old style tube houses, and visit the lively local market and lovely peaceful temple Bach Ma. Next, hop on a traditional bicycle rickshaws move at leisure pace that’s perfect for photos and slow-moving sightseeing. Seat back and relax while your driver weaves through the busy streets, dodging speeding motorbikes and rolling past French colonial houses.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel you’ll head out to Ha Long Bay. The trip takes 3.5 hours so it will be a stop halfway for coffee and a little break. Continue last stretch past rice fields and small villages and arrive at Tuan Chau Island for a check on the boat. A fantastic cruise is next in line. A varied and eventful program waits during cruise with a visit to a fishing village, opportunities for swimming / kayaking, as well as a short lesson on making the Vietnamese spring rolls.
Overnight in cozy comfortable cabin on board.
Note: The cruise itinerary is subject to change without due to weather condition.
Day 4: HALONG – HANOI – DANANG (B)
For early risers there is Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck of the boat. For those not wanting to be part of this is just to sleep on. A light breakfast is served after the session and the boat starts up again and heading to Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto) and you take a trip into this huge cave consisting of 3 parts.
Come back to the boat and a lovely brunch served by the crew. During brunch boat has started its journey towards the port and you make up and check out of the cabins.
Back in the harbor at 11:00 and drive back to Hanoi’s airport. Take a short flight to Danang City.
Upon arrival, driver meets and transfers you to your luxury beach resort.
Overnight in Danang.
Day 5: DANANG (B)
Leisure time on the beach or optional activities or explore Hoi An Ancient Town.
Overnight in Danang.
Day 6: DANANG (B)
Leisure time on the beach
Day 7: DANANG – HO CHI MINH CITY – CITY NIGHT LIFE ON VESPA SCOOTER (B)
After breakfast, drive to Danang airport for a short flight to Hoi Chi Minh city. On arrival, transfers to hotel and enjoy free time at leisure.
Late afternoon, experience Ho Chi Minh nightlife the way local do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Enjoy drinks at Vespa Themed café to watch “as the world goes by”. Throughout the night, try a variety of food and drinks at local restaurants and samplings of Saigon’s best authentic street food. Then go to a Vietnamese-style coffee shop with special live music, and then wrap up the evening at an exciting bar where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique styles.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 8: HO CHI MINH CITY –MEKONG DELTA (B/L)
Depart from Ho Chi Minh around 8 am and head south to Ben Tre province, famous for its coconut production and quiet, peaceful waterways.
On arrival, take a Xe loi ride through the local village of Huu Dinh to enjoy the green fields and gardens. Continue with a short walk to Huu Phuoc Bridge, where you will start your boat trip through small canals with beautiful tropical scenery. On board the boat, enjoy a welcome drink and tropical fruits while cruising.
The cruise will first stop at a Coconut processing family owned business. Here you will learn what Ben Tre is known for and the hundreds of uses of each single coconut. Return to your boat and cruise across the water to a brick making factory, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Enjoy a casual cycling trip that will take you to visit a local rice noodle factory which produces Hu Tieu noodles, one of the most popular dishes in the region. After your visit take a short walk to one of our friends, Mrs. Huong, who lives with her 3 children and grandson – they live on fishing, shrimp and fruit orchards. Enjoy fresh fruits and tea and then board a rowing sampan taking you through a lush narrow canal, displaying the tranquil nature of the region.
After our team rows you through the quiet canal, reconnect with your Day Cruiser and enjoy a cruise to a private riverside restaurant. It is time for you to relax and enjoy a 5-course lunch of local specialties. Relax and have a walk around the lush garden setting.
Then continue your cycling trip to My Long to visit Mr Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and see how it is made.
Then visit the nearby house of Mr Hung, who is a famous sticky rice maker in the village. You can also feed his stock of catfish and walk through his fruit garden.
After the visit, the boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre city where your car will be ready to take you back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9: HO CHI MINH – PHU QUOC ISLAND (B)
Leave to airport after breakfast. Take a short flight to Phu Quoc Island. Meet and transfer to a hideaway luxury beach resort. Relax by the beach
Day 10: PHU QUOC BEACH (B)
Free for beach relax.
Day 11: PHU QUOC BEACH (B)
Free for beach relax.
Day 12: PHU QUOC – HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE (B)
Enjoy the last moment by the beach. Then driver transfers you back to airport to take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City and connect your international flight onward.
Wish you a safe flight home!