Specially designed for travelers who are seeking to travel in luxury and comfort; our Best of Vietnam tour is a perfect combination of experience and retreat.
Start with the vibrant Saigon, then head northward to the charming town of Hoian, then Hue - the last imperial city, Hanoi the capital city and finally, the emerald Halong Bay. In every destination, helloVietnam has carefully selected the best accommodations for you, so that you can enjoy every moment of your stay. Join us as you will soon discover: To travel is to not only see the land but also to feel it. This trip can also be double as Vietnam tour for family due to its richness of exciting sites and educational value.
This morning we will travel for about 70km to the northwest of Saigon for a half-day tour of Cu Chi Tunnels - a vast underground defending system of Viet Cong during Vietnam War, which housed up to 10,000 people. The tunnels were constructed with hospitals, living rooms, kitchens, storage and working areas also in an approximate length of 250km. The remaining tunnels are a must-see destination for tourists who come to Vietnam to get a view of the underground life during the war time. You can also join a shooting trial using an AK47 or MK16 with separate fees.
In the afternoon, get on a guided tour visiting some city key sites such as the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Post Office and Ben Thanh market. The rest of the day is for your leisure. The educational values of these sites make this trip an ideal option for a Vietnam tour for family.
Optional: Foodie tour on foot/ Foodie tour on Vespa.
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Saigon.
After breakfast at your hotel, our driver and guide will meet you at the hotel lobby to take you on a 2-hour drive to Ben Tre Province, our second destination on this Vietnam culture tour. Along the route, we will stop in Tien Giang for a short visit to the Vinh Trang Pagoda - an ancient southern architectural gem.
After we arrive in Hung Vuong Pier in Ben Tre, we will take a boat trip on the Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong River, and observe lively activities such as fishing and water transferring. First stop will be local brickwork where bricks are made manually in the traditional way. Then we will visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along the canal. Then we disembark via boat; enjoy a leisure walk or bike ride to a local family for lunch.
In the afternoon, continue walking in a village that makes sleeping mats and then take a relaxing rowboat along the palm creek and row back to Hung Vuong Pier. Our driver will be waiting there to take you back to your hotel in Saigon.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Saigon.
Around 8:00 am, our guide will come to pick you up at your hotel for a wonderful day trip exploring both the local farming and fishing communities (group tour). Start the trip with a cycling journey along country roads and see local Vietnamese rural life first hand (car or motor taxi are available upon request and with a surcharge if you do not want to ride a bike). Your first stop is a beautiful organic vegetable village where you will have a chance to join some farming activities like watering and planting vegetables, hoeing soil with a local farmer, riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field, seeing ducks swimming along the rice farm and farmers tending to their crops. The photo opportunities are endless. As well, you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Later on, embark a local boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat through the waterways of coconut palm paradise.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: The Nam Hai.
With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French-colonial buildings, peaceful lakes, old pagodas, and warm-hearted local people, Hanoi offers a timeless charm that travelers will definitely fall in love with.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before setting out on a full day guided tour to discover the cultural and natural beauty of Hanoi. The tour includes visits to main sites such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex (you just pass by), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, Temple of Literature, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple and finally, one of the city museums. Conclude the day with an interesting Water Puppet Show - a traditional folk dance which stems from the Southeast Asian's wet rice culture.
In the evening, join our wonderful Foodie tour where you will have a chance to discover the delicious foods from local vendors. As you follow our expert guide, you will sample from the delicious "Banh Cuon" to barbecued meat, veggies and finally seasonal fruits and tasty egg coffee.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before setting out on a 3-4 hour journey to Halong Bay – a natural wonder of the world. Spend 1 night onboard an elegant junk, cruising on the emerald water to the far and less touched areas of Halong; it is a lifetime experience that you will never forget!
Arrive at the dock around noon, and then you will embark on the cruise, followed by a delicious lunch while the cruise sails further into the secluded, island-dotted bay. You will join the cruise's activities such as visiting a cave and sandstone islands, and kayaking. At night, relax on the sun deck or go squid fishing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Hera Cruise.