An essential Vietnam tour where you will find almost all the must see sights of the lovely country...
Discover both the beautiful nature and cultural richness of our country within 10 days, we promise you will not miss a site! From the charming city of Hanoi, the stunning, island-dotted Halong Bay to Hue and Hoian ancient town, you will enjoy various exciting activities. The last spots will be the vibrant Saigon and the peaceful Mekong Delta with lush fruit orchards, local workshops and floating markets, etc., where you will embark on a floating market tour.
This morning you travel out of Hanoi city center to the suburban areas for a half-day eco tour discovering the local life. You will get picked up from your hotel lobby around 7:30 am then set out on a 45-min drive to Tien Le Vegetable village, about 18km to the west of Hanoi.
Arrive in the peaceful village, our local host and guide will take you on a wonderful visit of a market in the countryside. Wandering around the stalls selling food, meat, veggie, etc…you can try bargaining for some ingredients used in the coming cooking session. All of them are newly harvested and fresh!
When you get back from the market, you will put on farming clothes and bring farming tools to the field, where many local people are working since early morning. Prepare to get dirty as you will be doing some farming activities like plowing, growing vegetables, watering and fertilizing…Come back to your host family for a cooking session and lunch.
In the afternoon, take a guided tour visiting some main sites of Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex (you just pass by), the One Pillar Pagoda and the Women’s Museum. In the evening, enjoy the Water Puppet Show - a traditional art form having its roots from wet rice culture.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in 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 to the secluded, island-dotted bay. You will join the cruise's activities such as visiting cave and sandstone islands, kayaking...At night, relax on the sun deck or go squid fishing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: On cruise.
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, nowadays, 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 at your leisure.
Optional: Foodie tour on foot/ Foodie tour on Vespa.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
After breakfast at your hotel, our driver and guide will meet you at the hotel lobby then take you on a 2-hour drive to Ben Tre Province. Along the route, we stop in Tien Giang for a short visit of the Vinh Trang Pagoda - an ancient southern architectural gem. Arrive in Hung Vuong pier in Ben Tre, we will take a floating market tour on Ben Tre river – one of tributaries of Mekong river, observing lively activities along the river such as fishing and water transferring…First stop will be a local brickwork where bricks are made manually in the traditional way, then we 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 the local family for lunch..
In the afternoon, continue walking in a village which makes sleeping mats and then take a relaxing row boat along the palm creek and boat back to Hung Vuong Pier. Our driver will be waiting there and transfers you back to your hotel in Saigon.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.