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14-Day Vietnam Discovery Tour

Biking, Walking, Kayaking, Cooking, Fishing, AND Exclusive Cruising

This itinerary is specially designed for active travelers who want maximum variety in their Vietnam experience. From the natural beauty and ethnic customs of northern Vietnam to fishing life in the central region to a unique private boat trip deep into the Mekong Delta in the south, you will experience Vietnam in many ways.

  • Days:14±
  • Best for: first-timers, adventurers
  • Departure date: up to you
  • Sample price:US$2,999 each (2 per room)*
  • Flights:Vietnam domestic's included (international on request)

*The price is based on a private tour. The cost for a customized private SE Asia tour from US$200/person/day

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Vietnam Discovery Tour Map (Suggested Route)

Classic Vietnam Tour

Tour Highlights

Walk through the unexplored lanes of Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Old Quarter

Cycle through the idyllic countryside of tranquil Mai Chau Valley.

Cycling through Mai Chau Valley

Kayak and cruise overnight aboard the Mon Cheri in Ha Long Bay's hidden gem.

Mon Cheri Cruise

Ascend to unique Golden Bridge vistas and take great pictures.

the Golden Bridge in bana hill

Cook authentic Vietnamese dishes in a local herb village.

hoi an cooking

Cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta on an exclusive charter boat(Song Xanh Sampan).

victoria song xanh sampan

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

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Day 1
Hanoi Arrival | Airport Transfer

Your private tour guide will meet you upon arrival at Hanoi International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. There you will have free time to adjust to jetlag. You could just relax in your hotel, but your guide would give you expert advice if you wanted to start exploring Hanoi.

Day 2
Hanoi | Walking Tour and Cyclo Ride in the Old Quarter
  • Embark on a walking tour that ventures beyond the typical tourist itinerary in the Old Quarter.
  • Then, take a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter to see the city from a different perspective. And head towards Long Bien Station and hop on a train ride to observe locals during their everyday commute.
  • Head towards Long Bien Station and hop on a ten-minute train ride to observe locals during their everyday commute.
  • In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Experience a private water puppet show at a local's house, and try your hand at controlling the puppets.
the Old Quarter cyclo ride
A Cyclo Ride in the Old Quarter
the Old Quarter cyclo ride
The Water Puppet Show
Day 3
Hanoi to Mai Chau | Cycle through Tranquil Mai Chau Valley
  • Embark on a scenic 4-hour drive southwest from Hanoi to reach the picturesque destination of Mai Chau.
  • Mai Chau is renowned for its breathtaking vistas of mountains and valleys, enveloped by lush landscapes and stilt of the White Thai ethnic group.
  • Take a leisurely walk or cycle to Lac Hamlet. Immerse yourself in the enchanting surroundings as you continue on a cycling 2-hour tour through the stunning valley.
  • During the cycling tour, your guide will facilitate conversations with local hill tribe people, offering insights into their daily lives.
  • Learn about their practices such as rice planting, buffalo herding, and traditional house construction.
Relax in the wonderful beach of phuket
The Mai Chau Valley
Day 4
Trek through Ethnic Hmong Village | Mai Chau to Hanoi
  • After breakfast, embark on a 45-minute drive to Xa Linh village, inhabited by the Hmong hill tribe.
  • Enjoy the refreshing mountain breeze as you embark on a 2-hour walk along scenic mountain trails, providing ample opportunities to observe local traditions and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings.
  • If in Mai Chau on a Sunday, visit the weekly market in the village of Xa Linh.
  • Return to Mai Chau Ecolodge for lunch before being driven back to Hanoi.
the Hmong hill tribe
Traditional Clothes of Hmong Hill Tribe
Day 5
Hanoi to Ha Long Bay | Overnight Cruise
  • After breakfast, you will be transferred from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay.
  • Board your Mon Cheri Cruise boat at noon. This smaller craft is both more intimate and authentic than the usual group-tour boats.
  • Visiting the Tra Bau area, known for its unspoiled, poetic natural beauty and the captivating seascape of Lan Ha Bay, offers the perfect opportunity for kayaking and discovering the true beauty of the limestone islands.
  • Join in interesting activities on board, such as cooking demonstrations and squid fishing.
  • Taste exquisite drinks and savor delicious food on board while enjoying the spectacular views.
halong bay high-end cruise
The Mon Cheri Cruise
Day 6
Ha Long Bay to Hanoi | Fly to Da Nang
  • Begin the day full of energy with a tai chi session, as you enjoy the sun rising up beyond the horizon.
  • Explore impressive Trung Trang cave on Cat Ba Island. The limestone cave has thousands of stalactites in various shapes and the full range of geological features.
  • After brunch, your cruise will come to an end, and you will take a transfer to the airport in Hanoi for your onward flight.
  • Upon arrival in Da Nang, your private tour guide and driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Hoi An.
halong bay high-end cruise
Explore Trung Trang Cave on Cat Ba Island
Day 7
Hoi An | Experience Vietnamese Cooking and Fishing Life at Local Villages
  • Escape Hoi An's bustle for a morning at a Tra Que herb village farm. Engage in farm work alongside the local farmers, lending a hand according to the season. Treat yourself to an invigorating herbal foot massage that will rejuvenate your tired muscles.
  • Join a local family to prepare a delectable lunch. Uncover the secrets behind Hoi An's famous traditional dishes, using fresh vegetables and herbs straight from the garden.
  • In the late afternoon, depart by car for a boat trip to the Thu Bon estuary mouth.
  • Meet local fishermen preparing for their fishing trip. Under the guidance of a local fisherman, try your hand at fishing.
  • Learn the art of paddling Vietnamese round basket boats in the serene waterways, flanked by picturesque coconut palms.
  • Afterward, return to the river boat and enjoy the mesmerizing sight of the sun setting over the peaceful river.
paddle a unique Vietnamese round-basket boat
Paddling a Vietnamese round basket boat
paddle a unique Vietnamese round-basket boat
Try your hand at fishing
Day 8
Hoi An | Discover Ba Na Hill and Golden Bridge
  • Embark on a 45-minute drive from Hoi An to reach Ba Na Hill, a mesmerizing destination overlooking undulating old-growth forest.
  • Upon arrival at Ba Na Hill, ride on a modern cable car system. As you ascend, see breathtaking bird's-eye views of the sweeping hill country.
  • Once you reach the summit, explore various attractions, including old French villas, a suspension bridge called Nui Chua, and the Mountain Peak.
  • Walk on the Golden Bridge, an arcing viewing platform with a great outlook supported by giant hands at an altitude of over 1,400 meters (4,600 feet).
  • Enjoy panoramic vistas from Vong Nguyet Villa, and visit tranquil Linh Ung Pagoda.
  • After a refreshing day of colonial hill station culture, we'll transfer you back to your hotel in Hoi An.
halong bay high-end cruise
Walk on the Golden Bridge
Day 9
Hoi An | Your Choice of Unaccompanied Activities

Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a wealth of experiences for visitors. History buffs can explore the My Son Sanctuary, while handicraft enthusiasts can delve into the culture of the pottery village. Hikers can discover the charm of an ancient town or venture into the surrounding countryside. And for those who love seascapes, Cu Lao Can island awaits!

Day10
Ho Chi Minh Arrival and City Discovery
  • After breakfast, head to Da Nang for your onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Both the private transfers in Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh are included.
  • In the afternoon, discover Ho Chi Minh's iconic sights and undiscovered lanes on a vantage Vespa.
  • Begin your tour with a visit to the famous Bird Lovers Club. Immerse yourself in local life while enjoying a cup of delicious Vietnamese coffee.
  • Next, make a stop at the monument of Thich Quang Duc. Continue your journey with a quick visit to the colorful Ho Thi Ky flower market.
  • Roll through Chinatown to reach to Nhi Phu Temple and visit two landmarks — the Post Office and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
  • Lastly, enjoy a short history lesson outside the striking Independence Palace, before concluding the tour and heading back to your hotel.
halong bay high-end cruise
Ho Chi Minh City Tour by Vantage Vaspa
Day11
Ho Chi Minh City | Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • In the morning, embark on a speedboat journey to the renowned Cu Chi Tunnels. Within just 15 minutes of cruising, you'll witness the transition from city buildings to lush jungle along the river banks.
  • Once you arrive, explore the intricate network of underground passages, chambers, rooms, and booby traps, used by the Vietminh and Viet Cong.
  • The afternoon is yours to do with as you please. You can go shopping or simply relax and unwind before your Mekong Delta cruise.
the Cu Chi Tunnels
Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels
Day12
Ho Chi Minh - Can Tho| Mekong Overnight Private Sampan Cruise
  • Our guide and driver will meet you in the hotel and transfer you to Cai Be to board your private Song Xanh Sampan.
  • Observe life on shore — people going about their daily activities against picturesque landscapes — while your attentive crew serve tea and seasonal fruit.
  • Explore Tan Phong islet by local rowboat along the way. Cruise down the river, stopping to see traditional brick-making and villages. Explore Sa Dec's vibrant outdoor market.
  • Cruise towards Can Tho along a narrow canal teeming with life.
  • Your Song Xanh Sampan cruise would continue towards the Hau River as you take lunch, dinner, and a night's sleep on board.
Song Xanh Sampan
Song Xanh Sampan
Day13
Cai Rang Floating Market| Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh
  • Wake up early at 6 am. for a visit to the famous Cai Rang Floating Market which operates daily from 5 a.m.
  • Breakfast would be served on board while the Song Xanh navigates towards the market among local barges loaded down with fruits and vegetables from the Delta, making for some stunning photos.
  • Continue cruising towards Victoria Can Tho Resort, and disembark at the hotel's private jetty.
  • Then, take our private transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Cai Rang Floating Market
Explore Cai Rang Floating Market
Day 14
Ho Chi Minh City Departure

Your private tour guide will pick you up with a private vehicle and take you to the airport. Have a safe flight home, and we hope to see you again soon!

Ideas for Making This Trip Uniquely Yours

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

the float house river kwai
Extend your tour to Dong Hoi for caving

For adventurers

food
Tailor-make a Vietnamese ao dai

For birthday/anniversary celebration

Lantern-making in Hoi An
Lantern-making in Hoi An

For those who like hands-on activities

sukhothai historical park
See A O Show in Ho Chi Minh City

For culture fans

Hand-Picked Hotels

We select hotels with style and local features. Let us know your preferences and we'll find your ideal hotel.

Mai Chau Ecolodge Resort
Mai Chau Ecolodge Resort
Liberty Central Saigon City Point
Liberty Central Saigon City Point
little oasis Hoi An Eco Friendly Hotel
Little Oasis Hoi An Eco Friendly Hotel
Silk Path Boutique Hanoi
Silk Path Boutique Hanoi

Tour Price:

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US$2,999 p/p(based on a private tour for 2 people)
  • The price is based on a private tour during the low season with 4-star hotel options.
  • The price varies based on program, travel date, number of people.
  • We could also price a tour including both 4-star and 5-star hotels for you.
  • The price for a child younger than 8 is approximately 80% of the adult's price.
  • We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).

Price Includes:

  • Privately-driven air-conditioned vehicle with ample space (except where stated)
  • English-speaking local guide for the sightseeing
  • Attraction tickets and itinerary activities
  • Accommodation for all nights
  • Flights/trains between itinerary cities
  • Hotel breakfasts and itinerary lunches/dinners
  • 24/7 helpline while touring
  • Governmental taxes

Price Excludes:

  • International flights not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Overweight luggage more than 20 kg per person
  • Visa fee, if applicable
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses

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