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This is a journey designed especially for travelers with a keen sense for exploration! Exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, hunting for local snacks in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, attend a private cooking class open just for you in Hoi An and take a small boat into the mangrove swamps of Mekong Delta. Ignite every sense of your body and soul and explore Vietnam in your own way.
  • The Old Quarter by rickshaw, try out oddly-looking local eats in Hanoi
  • 2 days trekking in Phong Nha National Park with a brave heart
  • Private session of authentic Vietnamese cooking in Hoi An
  • Row in a small boat along narrow canels covered by dense trees in the Mekong Delta
  • Kick back on a pristine private beach in Phu Quoc Island

Journey route

What's included

  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

Itinerary in detail

This sample itinerary is designed based on our field research and customer feedback. Pitch in your ideas to make it more suitable for your own interests.

Day 1 Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi Pearl Hotel / Apricot Hotel Hanoi

Fly into Hanoi and grant youself a little time to get used to the heat and clock.

Day 2 Hanoi | Hanoi Exploration of Cultures, History and...Food

Your exploration of Hanoi comes from many ascpets: firstly with a peek into fascinating lifestyles of the ethnic minority groups at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and then get to Temple of Literature to learn about cultures.
After lunch, walk into the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh to see the final resting place for Uncle Ho. Later, embark a food adventure in the Old Quarter. The deeper you get into the Old Quarter, the more hidden gems you will find. A local insider will be your compass. You will pick up some practical skills in this streat eat hunt: how to spot a hit shop for egg coffee, how to pick fresh mangos, how to choose the fillings of your Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) and of course, how to take a perfect photo of Pho for your Instagram.

A flower vendor waiting for business in the Old Quarter

Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay | Beautiful Days in Halong Bay

Jasmine Cruise / Bhaya Classic Cruise

Take a shuttle transfer to Halong Bay and board your cruise.
Your Halong Bay cruise will take you to Cua Van Fishing Village, Vung Vieng Fishing Village, Me Cung Caves, Virgin Cave, and Surprise Cave, as well as some small islets, such as Flight Cock Islet, Human Head Islet, and Toad Islet etc (subject to different itineraries of different boats).
In the evening, the junk will harbor anchor in a less-crowded area for your sweet dreams under the stars.

Take a relaxing journey in Halong Bay

Day 4Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue

Domestic flight Eldora Hotel / Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa

The cruise will end at about noon after a fresh brunch. Meet your tour guide and driver again at the pier and transfer to Hanoi Airport for the flight to Hue.
Check in and have the rest of today free at leisure.

Day 5Hue | Citadel, Palace and Lagoon Fishing Ride

Soak in elegent atmosphere of the ancient city, today you will learn more about its history with a city tour.
Start with a visit to Dong Ba Market and then step into the Imperial City and Royal Palace. Hop on a motorbike and adventure off to the beautiful Tam Giang Lagoon. Get back to Hue after a gorgeous sunset.

Thien Mu Pagoda of Hue

Day 6Hue - Dong Hoi | Caving in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel

After breakfast, your private tour guide and driver will take you to Quang Binh, a place blessed by God with forests, seas, rivers and a stunning coastline. On the way, you will visit many important sights that have great influence during the American Wars such as the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), Ben Hai River and Hien Luong Bridge. Then head to Dong Hoi to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, take a boat on the Son River to visit Phong Nha ("Wet Cave"), a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003 and Tien Son ("Dry Cave"). Trekking in the national park itself can be an ideal way to free your mind.

Overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Day 7Dong Hoi - Hue | Kayaking and Caving

Eldora Hotel / Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa

You will start your tour in the morning by a kayaking trip on the Chay River.
Continue your trip to visit the longest dry cave in Asia - Thien Duong ("Paradise Cave"). After that, you will be transferred back to Quang Binh and have lunch on the way back to Hue.

A small boat takes you inside the cave of Phong Nha-Ke Bang

Day 8Hue - Hoi An

Essence Hoi An Hotel & Spa / Almanity Hoi An Resort and Spa

After breakfast, hit the road to Hoi An. We will stop for some nice photos at Hai Van Pass and have lunch.
Arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon and free time at leisure.

Day 9Hoi An | Cooking Fun

Immerse yourself in the cultural ancient town of Hoi An, your tour guide will lead you to some key sites including Japanese Covered Bridge, Fujian Assembly Hall and Old House of Tan Ky.
Have some simple lunch at a local restaurant and then stop by Chen Family Chapel.
Later, your private tour guide will take you to Hai Scout Café, where a staff from Red Bridge Restaurant waits for you and he/she will take you for an interesting cooking session outside of the ancient town.

A girl in Ao Dai dress walking into the Japanese Covered Bridge

Day 10Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City

Domestic flight Millennium Boutique Hotel / Hotel Majestic Saigon

Free time in Hoi An and fly to Ho Chi Minh City via Danang. Free at leisure after check-in.

Day 11Ho Chi Minh City | Mekong Unveiled

My Tho, the bustling twon of the Mekong Delta, is 2 hours away from Ho Chi Minh City. On the way, your tour guide will brief about the life of this region. Upon arrival, hop on a sampan boat that is controled by an experienced local fisherman (or woman) who knows how to dodge away from stretching branches along the canals.
Visit some local workshops where you will learn fascinating manufactory of coconut candy, rice wine and rice papers (which you used to make spring rolls a couple of days ago). Sample some seasonal fruits that are picked right from an orchard. Talk with the garden host and learn about his philosophy of life.

Taking a sampan boat into the grove

Day 12Ho Chi Minh City - Phu Quoc Island | Saigon's Charms

Domestic flight Famiana Resort & Spa / Veranda Resort Phu Quoc - MGallery Collection

Enjoy a half-day exploration to hit the city highlights: the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Old Central Post Office. After lunch, you will take an afternoon flight to Phu Quoc Island.
Spend the following days on the pristine beach.

Relax on a beach of Phu Quoc Island

Day 13 - 15Phu Quoc Island - Ho Chi Minh City Departure

Domestic flight

Put a perfect ending to your exotic vacation and fly back home.
The earliest flight from Phu Quoc Island to Ho Chi Minh City lands in at 0830am, so we suggest you book your departure flight no early than 1200pm.

Asia Highlights handpicked hotels

Asia Highlights chooses hotels with a balanced mixture of traditional style and modern comfort, easy access to everything yet quiet enough for a good night's sleep.

standard room at hanoi pearl hotel
Hanoi Hanoi Pearl Hotel
  • 4.5/5 points by over 600 travelers on TripAdvisor.
  • 10 minutes to walk to the Old Quarter, great service and breakfast.
  • Deluxe City View Room, 35sqm, extra bed available and city view.
deluxe cabin on jasmine cruise
Halong Bay Jasmine Cruise
  • Winner of Certificate of Excellence, #11/146 on TripAdvisor.
  • Cruising in less-crowded water, experienced crew and elegant deco.
  • Deluxe Cabin, upper deck, totally 20sqm with private balcony.
deluxe room of eldora hotel in hue
HueEldora Hotel
  • Winner of Certificate of Excellence of TripAdvisor, ranked 14/121.
  • Centrally located, bright deco, skybar with good cocktails.
  • Deluxe Room with River View, 37sqm and new deco.
deluxe room with river view at muong thanh luxury nhat le hotel
Dong Hoi Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel
  • 4/5 points by reviewers on TripAdvisor, ranked 8/45.
  • Nice faclity, skybar and friendly staff for a small town stay.
  • Deluxe Room, 45sqm, balcony and allows family of 3.
deluxe room of essence hoi an hotel and spa
Hoi AnEssence Hoi An Hotel and Spa
  • Winner of Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor, ranked 6/119.
  • 10 minutes to walk to ancient town, spa, pool and quiet rooms.
  • Deluxe Room Balcony, 30sqm with balcony, extra bed allowed.
premium deluxe room in millennium boutique hotel
Ho Chi Minh City Millennium Boutique Hotel
  • Winner of Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor, ranked 40/457.
  • Near the Saigon River, pool and connecting rooms available.
  • Premium Deluxe, 30sqm, allows family of 3, higher floor.
deluxe garden room at famiana resort and spa in phu quoc island
Phu Quoc IslandFamiana Resort & Spa
  • Winner of Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor and ranked 11/71.
  • Cua Lap Hamlet, quiet and perfect for a peaceful holiday.
  • Deluxe Room with Garden View, 55sqm, quiet and private balcony.

Journey information

  • Seasonal information: Designed for all year round, however, this tour still has its favorite traveling time. Traveling during late September to early December, as well as late March to early May, gets you to less-touched places where you see more landscape than tourist crowds. Weather is lovely, too.
    Biggest rush-in of tourists comes from mid Decemeber till the end of January, followed by national break of the Tet Festival, when streets will be deserted.
    However, consider yourself brilliant if you decide to make the trip in other time spans, as you will great great deals of hotels, flights and cruises. Occasional rainfalls and possiblity of typhoon will be in your consideration.
    Not matter when your honeymoon falls, we will suggest a 4-month window for planning and reservation.
  • Vietnam visa: Most nationalities are required to obtain tourist visa for Vietnam ahead of the travel time. Holders of British, German, French, Spanish and Italian passports are exempt from visas for a stay of a maximum of 15 days for all purposes. Instead of applying for Visa-on-Arrival (VOA), we would suggest you get your Vietnam visa at least one month ahead of your travel, which can be done either by application at your nearest embassy or online. For more information, please refer to How to Get a Vietnam Visa.
  • Meals:Daily breakfast at hotels and a lunch for days with sightseeing are included, so are some dinners as mentioned in the itinerary. For meals that are not included, your tour guides will be happy to offer suggestions.
    If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when making your inquiry. We will do our best to accommodation and we appreciate your understanding at some places that are not within our control.
  • Transportation: You will have a private car in each destination; our cars are within 5 years of usage and your private drivers will be polite and drive with strong regard for safety.
    Internal flights that are detailed in this very tour are operated by Vietnam Airlines, a national-run and trustworthy company runs on good punctuality and safety.
    During your visit to Phong Nha Ke-Bang and the Mekong Delta, you will use local boats. We will have life jacket for every traveler and the boatmen will proceed with caution.
  • Tour arrangements: Sightseeing, activities and accommodations that are mentioned in this tour you are looking at are just for your inspiration.
    If you would like walking to find street food in Hanoi, instead of cyclo, change it; if you would like a junior suite in Ho Chi Minh City, change it; if you want to spend more time in Hoi An, change it; it is always up to you to make the trip just the right way you want. If you are looking for experiences that are not done by others, Discovery your way, Asia Highlights' motto suites you the best.
    Also, as for an exploration tour, it is designed with some mildly intense physical activities such as trekking. However, we encourage you to talk with our travel advisor and set your own pace.
  • Responsible travel: Travel avails you with special experiences. Somehow its impact on the local community can be more beyond imagination and what Asia Highlights wishes to do is lead the impact onto a good path, a path that helps the local people (not only your tour guides) boarden their outlook and the local communities develop.
    During your trip, you will eat at a training restaurant where underprivileged youngsters get trained as a chef, ride on local cyclo to reduce your carbon footprints and most commonly learn about the country's cultures with respect. Taking baby steps one at a time, we highly appreciate you would like to be part of it.
    With that being said, detours to so-called factories or specialty workshops are strictly prohibited. We make sure your tour guides earn enough to support their families without squeezing commissions out of you.
15 Days from $2,888p/p (Based on a 2-people private group)

Local guide

Asia Highlights chooses tour guides in Vietnam based on their knowledgeable and experiences. Comparatively, they don't speak English as well as tour guides do in China, yet they serve with full heart and always eager to help.

Mini van

All of vehicles are in good maintanence and with A/C. Experienced, polit and professional drivers take the wheel, they will ensure you have a safe and smooth ride. We have bottled water, wet tissues, first-aid kit and baby car seat equipped with our vehicles.

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