COMPREHENSIVE VIETNAM

Trip Facts

Starts FromSaigon
Ends inSaigon
Country Visited Vietnam
Best Time
Price (per person) $2,095
Single supplement $520
Internal airfare (per person) Included

Tour Overview

In less than two weeks you get to see pretty much everything this country has to offer…

Based on double occupancy.

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

Meet and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi

Sightseeing in Hanoi:
Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, HANOI still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shophouses invite an exciting exploration by walking, while its many beautiful public spaces lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals. Begin your day visiting the HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM, where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. The Mausoleum is closed on every Mondays and Fridays and closes annually in October and November for restoration. Continue through the park to HO CHI MINH’S STILT HOUSE,the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days (1969). Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows. Continue to the miniature ONE PILLAR PAGODA. Also dating from the 11th century, this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. Today it stands near the vast HO CHI MINH MEMORIAL COMPLEX, a lovely park setting which is home to Ho Chi Minh’s final resting place, as well as a museum and other memorials. The TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and one of the best serving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university. Afterwards head to visit one of Hanoi’s famous museums, the MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY (Closed on Mondays and Vietnam New Year), which brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam, with art and artifacts from the 54 different ethnic groups that inhabit the country. Inside the museum are detailed descriptions of minority groups, with examples of their traditional clothing and way of life. Outside are faithful reconstructions of traditional longhouses, cemeteries and other distinctive ethnic buildings. In the afternoon, visit HOAN KIEM LAKE and NGOC SON TEMPLE, located in heart of Hanoi, which contains an islet with the tiny TORTOISE PAGODA. Enroute, pass other colonial landmarks such as the magnificent OPERA HOUSE (may be seen from the outside only) and ST JOSEPH’S CATHEDRAL.
Visit a Water Puppet Show:
WATER PUPPET SHOW: a fantastic art form originating in the northern Vietnam, best seen in Hanoi.
Transfer to/from train station.
By train from Hanoi to Lao Cai.
Overnight in Train.

Day 3: Lao Cai – Sa Pa

Transfer to Sa Pa.
Excursion to Matra with soft trek:
You will be met up at your hotel at 9AM by local guide then start a short walk downhill through beautiful orchids gardens and pine forests. You will then reach a small village of SUOI HO is inhabited by Hmong ethnic minority. Their house normally built of land has no windows because of the cold in the winter. You will then continue your walk through rice paddy fields and spectacular scenery to MA TRA. It is possible to stop by a primary school for a quick visit. Then our vehicle will be waiting for us for our drive back to Sapa.
Visit Ham Rong Mountain and San May (Cloud Yard).
Overnight in Sa Pa.

Day 4: Sa Pa

Excursion to Lao Chai, Ta Van, and Giang Ta Chai with trek:
From Sa Pa, travel by jeep to the village of LAO CHAI, where the trek begins. Visit the HMong, Dzay and Dzao people, while enjoying spectacular scenery of terraced rice paddies, waterfalls and the small bamboo forests that are unique to the northern region. From Ta Van, continue to GIANG TA CHAI, another minority village populated by Hmong and Dzay, after which visitors transfer by jeep back to Sa Pa.
Overnight in Sa Pa.

Day 5: Sa Pa – Hanoi

By vehicle from Sa Pa to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An

Transfer to airport for your flight from Hanoi to Danang.
Transfer from Danang airport to Hoi An.

Sightseeing in Hoi An:

Hoi An is a picturesque riverside town south of Danang. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South East Asia’s major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Now, this beautifully preserved historic city is best seen on foot. The walking tour includes: JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE PAGODA: the first bridge on this site was constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. The bridge was provided with a roof so it could be used as a shelter from rain and sun.
SA HUYNH MUSEUM: located near the Japanese Covered Bridge, it contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An’s history. TRAN FAMILY CHAPEL: this house for worshipping ancestors was built about 200 years ago with donations from family members. The Tran family traces its origins to China and moved to Vietnam around 1700. The architecture of the building reflects the influence of Chinese and Japanese styles.
PHUOC KIEN ASSEMBLY HALL: Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and then restored and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of the Chinese clans that were established in the Hoi An area. The temple is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau (Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen).
LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP: Visit one of the lantern workshop in Hoi An. The framework of lantern will be made by the industry itself and clients can observe locals making silk cloth on the lantern.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An – Hue

By vehicle from Hoi An to Hue:
Journey from Hoi An over scenic mountainous roads with spectacular views over the coastline. Halfway between Danang and Hue lies the dramatic HAI VAN PASS, the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and south Vietnam. Continue southwards passing LANG CO, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the East Vietnam Sea, and the large coastal city of DANANG before arriving in Hue.
Excursion by bicycle around Thuy Bieu village:
Excursion by bicycle to Thuy Bieu village which is peaceful and nice country road through gardens, farms and romantic view from Huong river. Even clients can pass through local market.
Overnight in Hue.

Day 8: Hue

Excursion to Thien Mu Pagoda and Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang with boat trip:
Enjoy a leisurely boat ride down the PERFUME RIVER, stopping first at the iconic THIEN MU PAGODA, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue’s most widely recognizable monument. Continue cruising into the countryside to the IMPERIAL TOMB OF MINH MANG, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions and temples in a beautiful natural setting.
Sightseeing in Hue
Hue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices. It was established in the 17th century.
Visit the Old Imperial City
Located in the heart of Hue is the IMPERIAL CITADEL, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking FLAG TOWER, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing NGO MON GATE, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit DIEN THO Residence (Dien Tho palace) is where the Queen mother lived, visit THAI HOA PALACE, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the HALLS OF THE MANDARINS, and the original NINE DYNASTIC URNS, among other sites, including visit HUE ROYAL ANTIQUITIES MUSEUM.
Visit Dong Ba Market
DONG BA MARKET: a local market near the Imperial City
Overnight in Hue.

Day 9: Hue – Saigon

Transfer for your flight from Hue to Saigon.

Sightseeing in Saigon
A vibrant metropolis, SAIGON teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorbikes, chatting on cellphones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense.
Begin your tour into modern history with a tour of the REUNIFICATION PALACE. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.
Afterwards driving to the historic center to visit EMPEROR OF JADE PAGODA, one of Saigon’s most interesting pagoda. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and the CENTRAL POST OFFICE. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate CITY HALL (HOTEL DE VILLE), the old OPERA HOUSE (both may only be viewed from the outside). Finally, end up at the central BEN THANH MARKET, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
Overnight in Saigon.

Day 10: Saigon

Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Tay Ninh:
From Saigon, drive to the CU CHI TUNNELS. Never discovered by American forces, these tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Today, you can walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the VC, see the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists. Afterward, go to TAY NINH, the birthplace of the unique CAO DAI religion, a fusion of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam and native Vietnamese spiritual beliefs. Every day at noon, worshipers garbed in colorful robes flock to the CAO DAI GREAT TEMPLE to participate in the daily prayer sessions, which visitors may respectfully observe from the upper balconies. (Note: shortly before and during the annual TET festival (Vietnamese New Year) the daily ceremony of the priests in Tay Ninh may be canceled without prior notice). Return to Saigon.
Overnight in Saigon.

Day 11: Saigon – Can Tho

By vehicle from Saigon (city) to Can Tho with sightseeing in My Tho and a boat ride to Mekong River islands
From Saigon, transfer to My Tho, a bustling town in the rich agricultural region of the Mekong Delta and visit the VINH TRANG Pagoda which is splendid with the harmonious fusion of Asian and European architectural styles. Afterwards board a local boat to explore the islands of the Mekong, stopping at a fruit orchard to enjoy fruit and tea while listening to local music. The trip also includes a brief sampan ride through the tiny waterways that thread the island. From My Tho, continue by vehicle onwards to Can Tho.
Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 12: Can Tho – Saigon

Excursion by boat to Cai Rang Floating Market:

In the early morning, set out by boat to explore CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET, the biggest and most bustling of the Mekong Delta markets, which attracts fruit and vegetable vendors from all over the region. Buyers on smaller boats weave between the large barges selling wholesale produce. Each vendor advertises fresh samples of their wares on long poles that tower overhead above the colorful boats. Sail through the market, watching people haggle and trade, and possibly sample some of the fruit yourself. By 9 am, the activity has died down and it is time to return to the pier, after exploring some of the backwaters and canals.
By vehicle from Can Tho to Saigon (city).
Overnight in Saigon.

Day 13: Departure

Transfer to airport for your homeward bound flights.

DayCityHotels
1HanoiRoyal Gate Hotel or
Hotel Le Carnot or
La Dolce Vita Hotel
2On train King Express or
(Deluxe Cabin with 4 beds)
Fanxipan Express Train or
(Superior Cabin with 4 beds)
3-4Sa PaCha Pa Garden Boutique Hotel and Spa or
Chau Long Sapa Hotel
5HanoiRoyal Gate Hotel or
Hotel Le Carnot or
La Dolce Vita Hotel
6Hoi AnAncient House Resort or
Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa
7-8HueMondial Hue Hotel or
Romance Hotel or
Camellia Hue Hotel
9-10SaigonLiberty 4 Hotel or
Ramana Saigon Hotel or
Vien Dong Hotel
11Can ThoGolf Can Tho Hotel
12SaigonLiberty 4 Hotel or
Ramana Saigon Hotel or
Vien Dong Hotel
  • – Accommodation in hotels as described or similar category
    – Daily breakfast
    – All transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport
    – Economy class internal flights
    – All entrance fees
    – English speaking guide

  • – International airfare (we will be glad to arrange your internaationl flight)
    – Visa fees
    – Any Airport taxes
    – Other personal expenses