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15-Day Vietnam Exploration with Beach Free Days

15-Day Vietnam Exploration with Beach Free Days

By Nora OuUpdated Oct. 18, 2022
A Vietnam Exploration in Your Way

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.

Highlights

  • 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

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Itinerary in Detail

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
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
Take a relaxing journey in Halong Bay
Day 4
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue
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 5
Hue | 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
Thien Mu Pagoda of Hue
Day 6
Hue - 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.

Day 7
Dong 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
A small boat takes you inside the cave of Phong Nha-Ke Bang
Day 8
Hue - 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 9
Hoi 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 Caf', 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.

Hoi An
A girl in Ao Dai dress walking into the Japanese Covered Bridge
Day 10
Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City
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 11
Ho 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.

Mekong Delta Boat Trip
Taking a sampan boat into the grove
Day 12
Ho Chi Minh City - Phu Quoc Island | Saigon's Charms
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
Relax on a beach of Phu Quoc Island
Day 13 - 15
Phu Quoc Island - Ho Chi Minh City Departure

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.

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Hue
Eldora Hotel
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Dong Hoi
Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel
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Hoi An
Essence Hoi An Hotel and Spa
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Ho Chi Minh City
Millennium Boutique Hotel
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Phu Quoc Island
Famiana Resort & Spa

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

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