10 Days Unforgettable Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh city up to Central and Hanoi
Vietnam – a lovely, friendly and beautiful country, might still be strange of you. Let us help you exploring it. During your vacation, you will understand much more the different culture, daily life style and food flavor between South and North, also you have the nice time in the best destinations in Vietnam. Visiting the floating life on Mekong Delta, understanding the difficulty of locals while war time in the past in Cu Chi war tunnel, tasting the sweet flavor of peaceful life in Hoi An, discovering the stunning landscape in Halong Bay…An unforgettable and memorable trip is waiting for you!
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city arrival – Hotel check in (Meal: No)
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city – the biggest city in Vietnam. Your driver will pick up and transfer you to the hotel in the center. Check in the hotel and exploring the city by your own.
Walking time is the best way to visit the center of the city. Tasting the local foods, finding out the local life, taking photo of nice corner of the city…
Overnight at hotel in HCM city.
Please note: Hotel check-in time: 13:00
Day 2: Cu Chi war tunnel half day (Meal: B, L)
Cu Chi tunnel system was built by the Communist guerrilla troop knows as Viet Cong during the Vietnam War to combat the American colonial and South Vietnamese force. The system is of over 220 km of tunnels became a legendary and special architecture lying deeply underground. The tunnels were a function, including a lot of trap doors, storage facilities, specially constructed living areas, hospitals, command centers & kitchens. Nowadays, Cu Chi tunnel became very popular for both of Vietnamese and foreign travellers.
08:00 – 08:30: Our tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and then start drive to Cu Chi which located 60km from HCM city, Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role in the anti-American war in Vietnam. The system is of over 220 km of tunnels became a legendary and special architecture lying deeply underground. The tunnels were a function, including a lot of trap doors, storage facilities, specially constructed living areas, hospitals, command centers & kitchens. It is legendary for Original tunnels system of over 220km and is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors.
The peacefully rural rice paddy scenery contains ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers alongside the road. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destructions, damage and defoliation all over the area, caused by bombing and mines, When Cu Chi was” A Free Target Zone “. The remnants visitors will see show Cu Chi still has her evidence to prove the fierce battleground that took place there and visitors will see the remnants.
On here you can try to Crawl through tunnels (do not apply for very fat people and very old people)
12:00 Have lunch in a local restaurant
13:00 Back to Ho Chi Minh City
14:00 Arrive in your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight at hotel in HCM city.
Day 3: HCM city – Flight to Da Nang – Hoi An check in ( Meal: B)
Today, you have your own time to visit HCM city, shopping the souvenir until the time driver pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to Tan Son Nhat airport for flight to Da Nang city.
Upon arrival, driver will transfer you from Da Nang airport to the hotel in Hoi An.
Check in the hotel and feeling the peace in Hoi An town by your own.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 4: Hoi An – My Son sanctuary 1 day tour (Meal: B,L)
07:50-08:30: Driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel in Da Nang and transfer to My Son – World Cultural Heritage.
09:00, Coming to My Son, you can visit the ancient Holy Land of the Champa Kingdom with mysterious mossy towers built thousands of years ago but still retain the unique and mysterious character. You will enjoy the traditional Cham dance program performed by professional dancers.
11:00, Leaving My Son, you will experience making rice paper, one of the traditional occupations of Hoi An – Quang Nam at a local house. Then, enjoy your own hand-making product.
11:30: Back to Hoi An, have lunch and relax at the restaurant.
12:30: Before returning to the hotel, you will take a boat to enjoy the beauty of the Thu Bon river – the biggest river of the Central of Vietnam.
13:30: Tour guide and driver take you back to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An free time – Overnight train to Hanoi (Meal: B)
Hoi An old town is built in the past with the combination of Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese architecture. Walking time is the best way to visit Hoi An town with old pagodas, temples, local houses and also you can see the local people’s style life, local food what locals is eating,.. you also can go to the silk shop where you can make a costume tailor – best place to make a costume tailor in Vietnam
Driver will pick you up and transfer you to Da Nang train station for train to Hanoi.
Train takes about 16 hours, along the train trip, you have the chance to see how beautiful is Vietnam with countryside scenery, local farmer’s life, simple and warmly villages…
Overnight at on the train.
Day 6: Hanoi arrival – Train station pick up – Hotel check in (Meal: No)
Welcome to the capital of Vietnam. Your driver is ready to pick you up and drive to the hotel in Hanoi old quarter. Check in the hotel and exploring Hanoi old quarter by your own.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Halong Cruise (Meal: B,L,D)
Please check out the room and you can leave your luggage at the hotel. You can only bring hand bag with something for the trip: passport, clothes, camera, walking shoes, sandals, and any thing you need for trip.
8:00 – 8:30: Tour guide and bus pick you up at the hotel. Heading to Halong bay after 4 hours in bus with short break time on the haft way.
12:45: Arrive Halong harbor. Crews welcome you on board with Welcome drink. Check in the cabin and enjoy the traditional Vietnamese Lunch.
After lunch time, free time to sunbathing on the sundeck, photo hunting while cruising among the hundreds of mountains.
15:00: Cruise anchors in the center of Halong Bay. Visiting the Amazing cave – one of the biggest and most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
16:00: Heading to Ti Tov Island where you can hike up to the top to view whole bay, sunbathing on the sandy beach, swimming in the pure water.
17:15: Back to the boat. Enjoy the Sunset time with fruit and Wine.
Our chef on board will share with you how to make Vietnamese spring roll during the Cooking Demonstration, and you can experience to practice by yourself.
19:00: Dinner will be served with a lot of delicious Vietnamese foods.
After dinner, free time to watch movie, playing the card, or attend the Squid fishing game
Overnight on cruise
Day 8: Halong Bay – Kayaking – Hanoi ( Meals: B, L )
You should wake up a little early to enjoy the Sunrise in Halong Bay – the nice moment during the trip.
7:00: Enjoy the breakfast
8:15: Going to do Kayaking among mountains, explore the beauty of Halong Bay by your own.
9:30: Get back to cruise, check out the cabin.
Then, take the leisurely time to rest on sundeck to view the bay.
11:00: Brunch will be served. Enjoy the meal while cruising back to Halong harbor
12:30: Get on the bus back to Hanoi with short break time on half way.
16:30 – 17:00: Arrive your hotel in Hanoi city.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 9: Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc 1 day tour (Meal: B,L)
8:00 – 8:30: Driver and tour guide will meet you at your hotel and depart the Hoa Lu – Tam Coc tour.
Bus will stop on the half way to get the break time after 1 hour and half in the bus. At this moment, you can stretch your legs and take some photos of countryside.
Keep heading to Hoa Lu – the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th century under 2 Dynasties: Dinh and Le Empire. You will understand much more about Vietnam with King Dinh and King Le’s temple. Through this trip, you have the chance to find out about the history, culture, architecture, and development of Vietnam what is still maybe strange of you.
Then, bus will transfer you to the local restaurant where you have the buffet Lunch with a lot of local food. And one of most special and famous in Ninh Binh is goat meat.
After Lunch time, tour guide will help you understanding about Tam Coc before enjoy the rowing boat time on Ngo Dong River. Ngo Dong river meanders among the mountains and you will have the feeling that we are living in the most peaceful and beautiful place in the world. Boat takes you through the 3 caves ( Hang Ca, Hang Hai, Hang Ba ). You see not only the “Halong Bay on land”, but also you have the chance to meet the local farmers who is working in the rice field. Lovely time to understand more the local countryside’s life in Vietnam.
After rowing boat time in Tam Coc, you are riding bicycle to the paddy field and through the local villages to discover the simple daily life of local people, you will have the awesome experience in the country.
16:00: Get back the bus and heading back to Hanoi. Saying goodbye the lovely point.
18:30: Arrive the hotel in Hanoi old quarter.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi Departure (Meal: B)
Today, you are free to discover Hanoi old quarter by your own until the transferred time to Noi Bai airport for your flight out. Trip ends.
If you don’t want to leave, please let us know to help you extending your vacation.
9 night’ s accommodation is included:
– 4 nights at 3 star hotel in Hanoi old quarter
– 1 night on 3 star cruise in Halong Bay
– 1 night on the train
– 1 nights at 3 star hotel in Hoi An
– 2 nights at 3 star hotel in Ho Chi Minh city
This is group tour joining, there is a different group each tour
Flight ticket from HCM city – Da Nang with 7kg hand bag and 20kg check baggage
Train ticket Da Nang – Hanoi with soft sleeper berth in Air-conditioned cabin for 4 people sharing
Meals as mentioned: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Private Airport pick-up and transfer in Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang – Hoi An, Hanoi
Train station transfer by private car in Da Nang
Train station pick up by private car in Hanoi
All the entrance fees in itinerary
Cu Chi tunnel fee
Kayaking in Halong Bay
Cooking class in Halong Bay
English speaking tour guide in Cu Chi war tunnel, My Son sanctuary and Halong Bay tour
International flight into and from Vietnam
All meals & beverages not specifically mentioned.
Tips, Personal Expenses & those not clearly mentioned above
Visa application (where applicable) and personal travel documents are the sole responsibility of travelers.
Child under 5 year old: free charge
Child from 5 to 9 year old: 75% of adult
Child above 9 year old: full charge
If you want to travel with opposite route, please advise!
If you want to upgrade into 4 or 5 star package, please advise!
If you want to travel as Private tour, please advise!
You want to extend your trip, please advise !
Itinerary can be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions
What to bring:
Please bring the lightweight, quick-dry clothing on summer, sun-cream, sun-glasses, long clothes covering the knees while visiting the temple and pagoda.
Bring the flashlight, alarm clock, Insect repellent, Sun block, sport shoes, cash for personal expenses, and hat or umbrella.
Prepare footwear: Sandals, hiking shoes, walking shoes, etc.
Double check your camera and photography equipment.
Warmer comfy clothes from October to March!