Basic highlights of Vietnam

Basic highlights of Vietnam
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Experience the best of Vietnam in just 2 weeks. Enjoy the plain, though unrecognizable, beauty of Vietnam’s many landmarks, from quaint Hoi An and fascinating Hanoi to charming Hue and peaceful Can Tho.

Trip highlights

  • A unique tour of a little-known part of Hanoi
  • Glimpse of Vietnam’s weirdest places in just 14 days
  • Peace in South Vietnam

Trip summary

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

You will be warmly welcomed upon arrival at Hanoi airport and dropped off at your hotel. Free for the rest of the day. Meals are your own. Overnight in Hanoi.

, Basic highlights of VietnamHanoi Old Quarter is the center of culinary discovery and discovery tourism – Photo by Elena Ermakova /

Day 2: Sightseeing in Hanoi

Morning pick up and enjoy a day sightseeing Hanoi city including Ho Chi Minh complex (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Presidential Palace, Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda). Continue to visit the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university. Lunch at local restaurant. Then, visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Return to Hanoi Old Quarter to join a walking tour to discover daily life. Return to the hotel. Dinner is your own. Overnight in Hanoi.

, Basic highlights of VietnamVietnam Museum of Ethnology

Day 3: Hanoi> Ha Long Bay

After breakfast, pick up and drop off from your hotel to Halong Bay. Arrive in Ha Long at noon and board our traditional wooden boat/excursion. Enjoy your time for relaxing, sightseeing and swimming. Visit the Floating Fishing Village and swim if the weather permits. Meals are included. Overnight on board.

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, Basic highlights of Vietnam Cruise on Ha Long Bay

Day 4: Kayaking on Ha Long Bay

Morning enjoy the sunrise with Tai Chi session on the deck. We offer kayaking trip to visit nearby caves, coves and floating villages. Lunch on the support boat. Return to mother boat for dinner and overnight.

, Basic highlights of VietnamKayaking in Ha Long Bay

Day 5: Ha Long> Hanoi

Wake up on the bay to the sound of waves and birds to welcome the new day. Watch the sunrise over the bay and, after breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone cave. Walk back to the boat for a final view of Halong Bay while heading back to the pier. The car takes the group back to Hanoi and overnight. Dinner is your own. Overnight in Hanoi.

, Basic highlights of Vietnam night in Ha Noi

Day 6: Hanoi> Hue

In the morning, transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival at Phu Bai airport, you will be taken directly to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will start to visit the city, including the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City, the Ancient Capital Museum and Dong Ba market. Dinner and overnight in Hue.

, Basic highlights of VietnamHue Ancient Capital Museum

Day 7: Visit Hue City> Hoi An

In the morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before exploring the Ancient Capital. Cruise the Perfume River by boat. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the ornate Minh Mang Tomb. Lunch at local restaurant. The car takes the group back to Hoi An in the afternoon after crossing Hai Van pass and visiting the Cham Museum with handicraft villages at the foot of Ngu Hanh Son mountain. Check in hotel in Hoi An and have free time to explore the town. Dinner is your own. Overnight in Hoi An.

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, Basic highlights of VietnamPerfume River in Hue

Day 8: Hoi An> My Son> Hoi An

Morning pick up at your hotel for transfer to My Son, a World Heritage Site, 50 km southwest of Hoi An. My Son is the capital and religious center of the Cham people, built between the 7th and 13th centuries and is considered the same class as some of the largest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar and Ayutthaya in Thailand. Take your time to explore this area and head back to Hoi An city at noon. Free time for the rest of the day to shop or explore the old town. Meals are your own. Overnight in Hoi An.

, Basic highlights of VietnamAncient Hindu temples of Cham culture in My Son

Day 9: Day off in Hoi An

Free day in Hoi An for you to relax – swim or explore the old town. Meals are your own. Overnight in Hoi An.

, Basic highlights of Vietnam Hoi An – Vietnam

Day 10: Hoi An> Ho Chi Minh City

In the morning, transfer you to the airport for a flight to Saigon. Upon arrival in Saigon, enjoy a day tour to visit the most beautiful sites in the area including Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace and the site The highlight is the War Remnants Museum. Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner is your own. Overnight in Saigon.

, Basic highlights of VietnamHo Chi Minh City Central Post Office

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City> My Tho> Ben Tre> Can Tho

In the morning, the car will pick you up at the hotel, then leave Saigon, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway. Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho, leisurely boat ride along the river, see stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages. Continue to Cu Lao Rua, have lunch in the orchard. Take a boat to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction than in Ben Tre, enjoy a cruise on a rowing sampan boat. Enjoy seasonal fruits & honey tea in the local sound of “Southern Don ca tai tu”. Visiting a family business epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle. Taste delicious coconut candies and observe the pastoral life of local villagers. Go to Can Tho. Dinner is your own. Overnight in Can Tho.

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, Basic highlights of Vietnam Can Tho Floating Market

Day 12: Floating Village> Ho Chi Minh City

Morning leisurely boat ride to the picturesque tributaries of the lower Mekong (Basac River). Continue to visit Cai Rang floating market, said to be the most vibrant in the whole region. Learn how to make Vietnamese noodle soup. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly locals. Experience how to cross the “Monkey Bridge” with just one bamboo stem. Visit the orchard. Lunch at local restaurant. Overnight in Saigon. Dinner is not included.

, Basic highlights of VietnamVietnam money bridge

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City> Cu Chi Tunnels> Ho Chi Minh City

In the morning, you take a half-day visit to the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels 200 km long, which was heavily damaged by landmines but still played an important role in the War. In its heyday, Cu Chi was specifically designed as a multi-purpose tunnel that served as a living area, storage, and command center. However, the violent past has been erased by the peaceful countryside rice fields with happy ducks and buffaloes and the present scene. Morning tour of the tunnel and watch a short introductory video of how the tunnel was built. Spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. After that, enjoy tea, cassava (guest food during the war). Return to Saigon. Free for the rest of the day. Meals are your own. Overnight in Saigon.

, Basic highlights of VietnamCu Chi Tunnels

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City

Free until you drop off at the airport for your flight home. The trip is over.

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