Discover highlighted places of Vietnam in a week: Vibrant cities and tranquil villages, historical spots and charming natures – this departure has it all. A 7 days journey will introduce to you very first but enough impression on Vietnam.
List of Accommodation
Hanoi Boutique hotel
The Lapis Hotel
Melia Ha Noi Hotel
Sanouva Saigon Hotel
Central Palace Hotel
Park View or City View Room
Majestic Sai Gon
Colonial Deluxe Room
Upon you arrival, warmly greeted by the tour guide and transfer from airport to hotel in Hanoi (taking 30 – 40 minutes). You will check-in room and chill-out at hotel till rest of the day.
Meals included: None | Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi | Remark: Hotel standard check-in time is 02:00pm. Early check-in is based on room availability.
Optional Activity: Are you a food lover? We strong believe that most of us are. Don’t hesitate to book: Hanoi Street Food Tour.
Hanoi City Full Day Trip!
After breakfast at hotel, you will delve into the marvelous city tour discovering Hanoi. You will begin with the Tran Quoc Pagoda sited at the peninsula on West Lake – the biggest lake in Hanoi (around 5.3sqkm). Apart from its remarkable location, Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest pagoda in Vietnam. You will find the solemn ambience and peaceful feeling when staying here, especially in the morning with fresh air.
Moving on to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum sited right at the Ba Dinh Square where preserves Ho Chi Minh President’s embalmed body by technique of Soviet Union. Nearby the mausoleum, you also have chance to visit Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts where he stayed at the last eleven years of his life; and the President Palace where still is functioned for politic receives and working place of the incumbent leader.Thereupon, let’s stop at a local restaurant and have delicious lunch of authentic dishes of Vietnam and Hanoi.
After the lunch, you then will discover Hanoi Old Quarter by strolling around the matrix of small but crowded alleys and streets. The place used to the busiest commercial hub between Vietnamese and Chinese traders which made every single street’s names unique and typical by one meaning. The tour guide will help you break the mysteries here. During the walking tour, you will stop at a local café for a cup of traditional Vietnamese coffee (Nau Da – Iced coffee/ Ca Phe Trung – Egg Coffee or Tra da – Vietnamese iced tea, etc.)
When you are refilled after the walk, let’s carry on exploring the last one: Temple of Literature built since 1070 well-known as the first university of Vietnam. Finish the trip; you will travel back to hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Remarks: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday and Friday (exterior visit only).
Optional Activity: Below cultural shows are recommended for your further understand of Vietnamese cultures:
– Water Puppet Show (with private round trip transfer & tour guide)
– My Village Show (with private round trip transfer; no tour guide)
Halong Bay Overnight Cruise
After breakfast at hotel, you will check-out the rooms and travel to Ha Long Bay passing the Red River Delta of villages and towns. En route, you will have chance to contemplate further scenes of Vietnam beside the hustle and bustle city Hanoi such as factories, rivers, plantations, rice fields, buffalos, etc.
After around 3.5 hours, you will reach the marina harbor and embark the cruise and set the sails toward captivating Ha Long Bay with thousands karst islands merging up from the ocean. The sails will takes a couple of hours till you reach the center for activities like kayaking in the lagoon and visiting the cave.
In the evening, the boat will anchor down for overnight. You are free on board at night. Recommendation: relaxing on the sundeck, going fishing for squid by local fishing rods, playing games available on board.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Overnight on the junk
Remarks: Driving distance – 170km (2.5 hours)/ way via new express way
Tai Chi and Swimming on Halong Bay
For morning risers, you are encouraged to wake up early at around 6:00am to practice the Tai Chi exercise on the top deck with the master on board.
After your breakfast, you will have time to go swimming on the Titop Island and walking up to the peak for Ha Long Panorama view. Then, you will get back to the main land. Spend your last time to enjoy the fantastic scenes of Ha Long Bay. You will check out, and have lunch/ or brunch then. At noon, disembark the boat and travel back to Hanoi. You will reach your hotel at around 4pm.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch/ or brunch | Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Note: The schedule order might change slightly depending on chosen cruise (as hereinafter)
After breakfast at hotel, you will travel to Cu Chi Tunnels which most of lie deep down to the ground for very interesting and detail information about Vietnam War. Finishing the exploration, you will get back to the city center for lunch. After lunch, you will visit main symbolic sites of the Ho Chi Minh City including War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, Reunification Palace and Nguyen Hue Street. This evening is at your leisure.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City | Driving distance: 75km from Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels (1.5 – 2 hours)
Mekong Delta One Day Trip
After breakfast at hotel, you will depart to the south of city reaching Mekong delta regions. The amazing trip will bring to you most authentic experiences of the countryside, fruity orchids and local floating inhabitants. You will travel to Ben Tre – famous and hometown of coconuts, and reach the Phong Nam Pier to board a boat along An Hoa River for further exploration with stops to visit the brick kiln, handicrafts and coconut candies making workshop. Next have a Vietnamese tuk tuk ride passing coconut and fruit plantations. You then will stop for lunch at a local house sited nearby the river. After lunch, you will have time relaxing on the hammock or walk around and see the fruit orchids. Thereupon, get on the sampan row and then motor-boat to return to mainland where your driver is awaited. Travel back to Ho Chi Minh City; and you will reach the hotel this late afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City | Driving distance: 90km – 2 hours/way
Leaving Ho Chi Minh City – Transfer to Airport!
You will have breakfast at hotel and have leisure time at your own for shopping or getting around the town. After check-out, your tour guide and driver will greet you at hotel lobby and travel to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your outbound departure.
Meals included: Breakfast | Accommodation: None | Remark: Hotel standard check-out time is 12:00pm.