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13-Day Vietnam, Singapore Highlights Tour

A Trip to Discover Rich History and Culutre of Vietnam and Singapore

Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture of Vietnam as you explore Hanoi's ancient streets, cruise through the stunning Halong Bay, and visit the historic town of Hoi An. Then, experience the modernity and diversity of Singapore with its iconic landmarks and delicious cuisine. Wander through Gardens by the Bay, explore Chinatown, and take in the breathtaking views from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. This well-balanced itinerary offers a perfect blend of Southeast Asian charm and sophistication.

We can customize this trip by adding anything you're interested in and scheduling days to fit your pace. We would happily organize a unique theme or activities for birthdays, young children, anniversaries, etc.

  • Days:13±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$3250p/p, (2 per room)*
  • Flights: SE Asia's included (international on request)

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Tour Highlights

Here are the fantastic attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Stay on a luxury cruise to sail and explore the enchanting Halong Bay.

orchid cruise

Unveil the UNESCO-listed site: the Awe-inspiring Imperial Citadel in Hue.

Imperial Citadel

Discover architectural wonders in Hoi An Old Town.

Hoi An Old Town

Explore the rural beauty of the Mekong Delta.

Mekong Delta

Unleash Your Inner Child at Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

The itinerary serves as a mere example of a personalized tour, designed exclusively for you.
Your preferences will shape the authentic journey. We are fully prepared to craft an tailor-made tour that fulfills your desires.

Day 1
Hanoi Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Hanoi. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Day 2
Hanoi Discovery | Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Explore Hanoi, known as the 'Paris of the East,' with its colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards, and serene lakes. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, and Ho Chi Minh's House. Discover the Temple of Literature and the Museum of Ethnology.

Enjoy a one-hour cyclo tour through the Old Quarter's maze of narrow streets. Conclude your day with a water puppet performance, a unique Vietnamese art form depicting rural life and history with wooden puppets set to music.

Day 3
Hanoi to Halong Bay | Orchid Cruises - HaLong Bay Itinerary

Arrival and Boarding: Upon your arrival at Tuan Chau Marina, you'll complete the check-in procedures at the waiting lounge. At 12:15, you'll be transferred to Orchid Cruises by tender boat. As you step aboard, our team will welcome you with refreshing drinks. We'll gather at the restaurant for a cruise briefing, where you'll receive important safety instructions.

Cruising and Exploration: At 13:00, Orchid Cruises will set sail, taking you on an enchanting journey through HaLong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, both recognized as part of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. As you soak in the breathtaking scenery, you'll enjoy a delicious lunch onboard. The cruise will then take you to Dark Cave and Bright Cave, allowing you to explore the bay up close. You can choose to navigate these fascinating formations by bamboo boat or kayak.

orchid cruiseorchid cruise

Evening Delights: In the late afternoon, we'll reach the tranquil waters of Tra Bau in Lan Ha Bay, a secluded and less crowded area. Here, you'll have the opportunity for a leisurely swim in the pristine emerald waters. As the day winds down, join a cooking demonstration or unwind during our Happy Hour at the bar, featuring a buy one get one offer. While the sun sets over the bay, you can enjoy the view and, if you wish, book a relaxing massage with our Cruise Manager. Later, savor a deluxe dinner crafted from the freshest ingredients in an elegant setting blending French neoclassical style with traditional oriental touches. The night holds its own charms, whether you prefer to try your hand at squid fishing, catch a movie in the restaurant, or engage in friendly games of chess and cards. Your overnight stay onboard promises a peaceful and enchanting experience.

Day 4
Hanoi to Danang by flight| Halong and Lan Ha Bay

Morning Serenity: Begin your day with serenity as you rise to the gentle tranquility of Halong Bay. At 6:30, the sundeck offers the perfect setting for a tai chi session, allowing you to refresh your senses and embrace the serene beauty that surrounds you. If you're an early bird eager to witness the dawn, consider waking up between 5:30 and 6:00, depending on the season, and feel free to consult our experienced sailors for guidance.

Breakfast on the Bay: At 7:00, our culinary delights continue as we serve a delectable breakfast in the restaurant. As you savor your morning meal, the cruise will gracefully glide through the picturesque waters, allowing you to soak in the captivating scenery.

Kayaking Adventure: Set your course for adventure at 7:45 with kayaking activities in the Ao Ech area, revealing the hidden charms of Halong and Lan Ha Bay. Paddle through pristine waters and discover the secrets these tranquil bays hold.

Homeward Bound: At 8:30, Orchid Cruises welcomes you back onboard, and it's time to prepare for check-out. Enjoy your final moments on the cruise as we journey back to Tuan Chau Marina. Our delightful brunch, served in the restaurant at 10:00, will keep your taste buds delighted as we cruise homeward.

Farewell to Paradise: As the clock strikes 11:30, it's time to disembark from Orchid Premium at Tuan Chau Marina. Bid farewell to the enchanting waters of Halong Bay, taking with you cherished memories of this unforgettable journey. We hope you enjoyed your cruise with us.

Day 5
Danang to Hue to Danang | The Imperial Citadel

Morning Departure: Our adventure begins around 8:00 as we depart from vibrant Danang. A scenic 2.5-hour drive through the Hai Van Tunnel leads us to historic Hue, the former imperial capital of the Nguyen Lords during the 17th to the 19th century.

the Imperial Citadelthe Imperial Citadel

Unveiling the Imperial Citadel: Our first stop is the awe-inspiring Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO-listed site. As we enter through the towering main gate, you'll be captivated by the grandeur of its architecture and meticulously designed gardens. Your knowledgeable guide will unravel the tales of royal events and intrigue that once unfolded within these hallowed walls. Despite enduring heavy bombing during war years, remarkable sections remain intact, while others are lovingly undergoing restoration.

Exploring Minh Mang's Legacy and Khai Dinh Royal Tomb: Next, we journey to the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, the second Nguyen Emperor. Known for his immense power and suspicion of Western religions, Emperor Minh Mang left a profound mark on the Imperial City. His reign witnessed significant construction projects, creating a sprawling garden adorned with lakes and pavilions, all meticulously designed in traditional Chinese style.

Our final destination is the captivating Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, where architectural influences from both the East and West harmoniously blend. This masterpiece showcases a unique fusion of design elements. As we explore this elaborate tomb, you'll witness the creative interplay between two distinct worlds.

Day 6
Danang to Hoi An to Danang | Discover Architectural Wonders

Discover Architectural Wonders: Marvel at the architectural wonders that grace the old merchant houses, bearing influences from Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese traditions. These elegant structures narrate tales of Hoi An's rich cultural tapestry and its pivotal role as a global trading hub.

The Japanese Covered Bridge: Behold the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, an emblem of Hoi An's enduring charm. This exquisite bridge is steeped in legends and secrets, inviting you to uncover its mysteries as you cross its weathered planks.

Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation: Explore the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, a captivating testament to the diverse cultural influences that have shaped Hoi An over the centuries. Immerse yourself in the artistry and history displayed within its hallowed halls.

Colorful Market Adventures: Complete your journey at the vibrant local market, where bustling stalls overflow with tantalizing specialties unique to Hoi An. Immerse your senses in the sights, sounds, and flavors of this dynamic marketplace, making for a perfect finale to your exploration.

Day 7
Fly from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City | Venture into the Cu Chi Tunnels

Embark on an eye-opening excursion from Saigon, taking a scenic 2-hour drive northwest to the world-renowned Cu Chi Tunnels. This sprawling network of interconnected underground tunnels, initiated in 1948, served as a strategic stronghold for Viet Cong guerrillas during the French conflict.

Cu Chi TunnelsCu Chi Tunnels

Unveiling a Hidden World: Delve into the heart of this subterranean labyrinth, where you'll gain profound insights into the historical significance of the tunnels. Discover how these tunnels were not merely a sanctuary but also multifunctional spaces, serving as living quarters, communication hubs, and supply routes. Marvel at their ingenious design, which included hospitals and concealed caches for food and weaponry.

A Testament to Resilience: As you traverse the tunnels, you'll gain a deep appreciation for the resilience of the Vietnamese people during times of intense conflict. The experience provides a poignant window into the harsh realities faced by those who called these tunnels home.

Return to Saigon: After this enlightening journey through history, we'll make our way back to Saigon, leaving you with a profound understanding of the tunnels' historical significance and the enduring spirit of the Vietnamese people. This excursion promises to be a thought-provoking highlight of your trip to Vietnam.

Day 8
Ho Chi Minh City | The Mekong Delta

Journey Through Rural Beauty: Leave the urban landscape behind and immerse yourself in the picturesque scenery of endless rice paddies and lush fruit farms that define the Mekong Delta.

A Boat Ride Through Local Life: Upon reaching the pier, hop aboard a motorboat for a captivating journey that will take you past charming stilt houses, bustling fish farms, and scenes of idyllic countryside living. Our destination is Turtle Island, where you'll have the chance to savor freshly picked fruit and refreshing coconut milk while engaging with a warm and welcoming farming family.

Mekong DeltaMekong Delta

Craftsmanship and Culture: Venture further into the heart of Ben Tre's culture with a visit to a family-run coconut candy workshop, where you'll witness the creation of this beloved local delicacy using the region's famed coconuts.

Canal Exploration by Rowing Sampan: Embark on a serene adventure as you navigate the intricate network of small canals in a traditional rowing sampan. This tranquil journey provides an intimate view of life along the waterways.

Day 9
Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore | S.E.A. Aquarium

An Evening of Aquatic Wonders at S.E.A. Aquarium: As the sun sets, embark on a mesmerizing journey to the S.E.A. Aquarium, home to one of the world's most extensive collections of marine life. Prepare to be awestruck as you encounter an astonishing array of underwater creatures in stunning, immersive displays.

Sentosa Island is your gateway to a world of excitement, from the thrills of Universal Studios to the enchanting depths of the S.E.A. Aquarium. It's the perfect destination for family-friendly fun and unforgettable memories.

Day 10
Singapore | Sentosa Island

Explore Sentosa Island - Fun for the Whole Family: Set your sights on Sentosa Island, a tropical paradise bursting with family-friendly attractions that promise unforgettable adventures.

Unleash Your Inner Child at Universal Studios Singapore: Dive headfirst into the magic of Universal Studios Singapore, a renowned theme park where your favorite movies come to life. Get your adrenaline pumping on thrilling rides, be captivated by spectacular shows, and mingle with beloved characters in a world of cinematic wonder.

Day 11
Singapore | Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo: Begin your adventure at the renowned Singapore Zoo, consistently ranked among the world's best. Immerse yourself in a diverse array of wildlife, and don't miss the chance to savor breakfast with the playful orangutans. River Safari: Next, venture to the nearby River Safari, where you'll embark on a global river expedition. Explore fascinating river ecosystems from around the world and get up close to aquatic wonders.

Day 12
Singapore | Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens: Start your day with tranquility at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meander through lush gardens, and be sure to visit the National Orchid Garden, a true horticultural masterpiece.

National Museum of Singapore: Dive into the rich history and vibrant culture of Singapore at the National Museum. Engage with interactive exhibits that offer captivating insights into the country's captivating journey.

Day 13
Singapore Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Singapore Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

Ideas for Making This Trip Uniquely Yours

Exceptional experiences can be added to brighten a honeymoon trip, a family vacation, a birthday, or satisfy personal interests.

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See the Amazing Halong Bay Seascape.

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Ho Chi Minh City Vepsa Tour
Discover Ho Chi Ming City On a Vespa.

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Phu Quoc beach relaxation
Enjoy the Sunshine on Phu Quoc Beach.

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Beng Mealea Ruin
Beng Mealea Ruins Explore.

For discovery-seekers

Our Service Includes:

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Private tour for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies based on program, travel date, number of people, chosen hotel. We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hand-picked star-rating accommodation for each destination
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

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