Halong Bay

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TVN08: 9 Days Private Tour of Hanoi - Halong Bay - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour, with professional guide and driver
Accommodation: Carefully selected 5-star luxury & 4-star comfort hotels

  • Enjoy stunning view of Halong Bay by cruise and stay 1 night on board.
  • Step back in time to Hoi An and experience multi-country cultures.
  • Explore highlights of Ho Chi Minh City & learn its fascinating history.
  • Discover the unique way of river life in Mekong Delta area.
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Day 1 Arrival in Hanoi, Half Day City Tour
Airport pick-up. Take a cyclo tour around Old Quarter. Visit Ngoc Son Temple & enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will meet your private tour guide and driver just outside Customs of the Noi Bai Airport. After a warm greeting, you will be transferred to the hotel we carefully selected for you. Having a good rest in the hotel, we will then take the Cycle Rickshaw to tour the Old Quarter, which is the soul of Hanoi's history and culture. The buildings here are in a blend of Vietnamese and French styles, so walking through the streets is like traveling through time and space. In the center of the quarter locates the Hoan Kiem Lake, where you will walk into the Ngoc Son Temple to admire one of the Vietnamese national treasures.

In the evening, you will have dinner at a superb restaurant to taste delicious Vietnamese food. The grilled chicken with pandan leaves and fried spring rolls with chicken or pork are highly recommended for you. Spring Rolls are the must-taste food when you are in Vietnam. A rice paper is rolled up with julienne cucumbers, carrot, cooked chicken or pork, and fresh vegetable. Then the long burrito rolled up is fried in the oil till golden and crisp. Delicious Fried Spring Rolls are ready for you to enjoy. After the dinner, your guide will escort you back to the hotel.

Meals: Dinner
Cycle Rickshaw in Hanoi
Cycle Rickshaw in Hanoi
Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi Old Quarter
Day 2 Hanoi City Highlights
Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, Ethnology Museum, and enjoy Water Puppet Show. (B+L)
After breakfast, you will be guided to Ho Chi Minh Complex to admire Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his Stilt House in succession. Then we’ll visit the Presidential Palace – a splendid French style building built in 1868 where you can see how a regime rose and fell. Later, your guide will take you to visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a temple constructed on a stone pillar in the middle of a pond, looks like a blooming lotus growing in the lake. It is said the emperor got a baby from the blooming lotus after prayed at the temple in ancient times. From then on, more and more people come here and pray for getting a baby. Now, it is the most popular temple with endless local visitors who come to pray for good luck and health. Afterwards, let’s walk southwards for a few yards to the Temple of Literature & National University, a classical site in Hanoi full of Chinese cultural atmosphere.

In the afternoon, we will drive to the West Lake area to visit the nearby Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. You will then be led to the Ethnology Museum to learn more about Vietnamese culture and history. After finishing the visit, you can enjoy the Water Puppet Show, a traditional form of Vietnamese folk arts.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

► Travel Tip:
Most of the museums in Hanoi are closed on Monday, with exception of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which is closed on Friday. If your travel date meets Monday or Friday, we will adjust the itinerary for you based on your interests.
Temple of Literature, Hanoi
Temple of Literature, Hanoi
Ethnology Museum, Hanoi
Ethnology Museum, Hanoi
Day 3 Transfer to Halong Bay, Enjoy the Leisurely Cruise Tour
Drive 3 hours to Halong Bay to board the luxury cruise. Enjoy stunning views and exciting activities, stay one night on board. (B+L+D)
After breakfast, we will drive around 3 hours to the port to board the Halong Bay Cruise. Along the way, you will enjoy the idyllic landscape of Red River Delta on both sides. Approaching Ha Long Bay, you will be attracted by the bizarre rocks in various shapes, as well as many beautiful islands and sheer cliffs. With help of the cruise representative, you will board the luxury cruise. Enjoying the alluring natural landscape on board, you would feel completely relaxed from head to toe.

After a sumptuous lunch on board, you will pay a visit to one of the three limestone caves including Thien Cung, Dau Go, and Sung Sot. For the rest of the day, you can either appreciate gorgeous scenery with ease on sundeck, or participate in some recreational activities, such as kayaking, diving or swimming.

★ What Makes Us Different?
Instead of a day trip of shallow water cruise on a small boat arranged by other tour operators, we offer you a 2-day trip in the deep sea area and you could stay one night on the cruise. Thus, you can enjoy the fantastic scenery over Halong Bay. Our cruise will take you to the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay or Bai Tu Lang Bay, where you can visit the millennia-old karst caves, islands, and floating fishing villages to learn about the superb fishing skills of local fishermen. A variety of water activities are also available during the cruise, which allows you to fully relax while enjoying the view.

► Friendly Travel Tip:
Today, you will go up and down stairs to visit some underground caves. The temperature is relatively lower inside, so please wear your comfortable shoes and bring a coat. If you are a swimming lover, please take your swimming suit, your guide will find a nice place and leave some time for you to swim in the sea.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Halong Bay Cruise
Halong Bay Cruise
Halong Bay Water Activity
Halong Bay Water Activity
Day 4 Half day Cruise Tour, Fly 1.5h to Da Nang, Transfer to Hoi An
Enjoy cruise activities; Transfer to Hanoi airport, fly to Da Nang. Airport pick-up and drive 1 hour to Hoi An. (B)
In the morning, you could get up early to attend the Tai Chi Class on sundeck, and then enjoy morning tea or coffee. Later, we will take a dinghy to explore the close-by islets. After that, return to the cruise and feast your stomach with a hearty brunch. Around noon, we will disembark at the Halong Bay wharf, and then head to Hanoi Airport for a flight to Da Nang.

Upon arrival, you will be picked up at Da Nang Airport and transferred to the hotel in Hoi An for check-in. After putting away your luggage, you can get first impression of Hoi An ancient town by visiting its surroundings on your own.

Hoi An is the largest lantern making center in Vietnam. When night falls, exquisite and bright lanterns illuminate the streets, which makes Hoi An a colorful ocean of lanterns. Lantern Street near Bon River is the best place to admire the beautiful scene and experience local life. You may see local people wearing their traditional dress, playing bamboo flutes and dancing with drums. You will also meet with some elder townsfolks selling paper water lamps which can pray for health and peace on the riverbanks. If interested, you can buy one and make your own wishes, then release the lamp into river.

Meals: Brunch
Day 5 Hoi An Full Day Exploration
A guided day trip in Hoi An Ancient Town. Visit Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, Tam Ky Ancestral House, Japanese Bridge, and take a boat to a Handicraft Village. (B+L)
After breakfast, we will start a half-day walking tour in Hoi An Ancient Town. Your guide will take you to walk along the old alleys to discover some symbolic architecture. Our first stop will be Chua Ong Pagoda, built in the 17th century for consecrating a Chinese general Guan Yu. After that, we’ll visit the Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Cantonese Assembly Hall, where you will admire some Chinese calligraphy and painting artworks. Next, we will go to the Old House of Tan Ky, a Chinese-style building with some Japanese elements, and the Japanese Covered Bridge, a refined covered bridge.

► Get Your Lucky Coin in Japanese Covered Bridge!
Japanese Covered Bridge was chosen as the back picture of the 20,000 Vietnamese Dong for its unique architectural style and hopeful meaning. The Cau Temple on the bridge displays some stone carvings of mythical creatures revered by the locals. It is said that in the past, the east side of the bridge was a Japanese town, while the west side lay a Chinese town. Japanese merchants built this bridge to connect the two towns, so as to facilitate trading. Since then, their business has been prosperous, and they believe that the bridge bring good lucks to them. Now, many locals still worship here for wealth, healthy and good luck. You can also see some lucky coins engraved with 12 zodiac signs in the temple. You can tell the staff your year of birth and buy a lucky coin belonging to your own zodiac as a souvenir.

In the afternoon, your guide will accompany you to a Handicraft Village by boat. Located on a small island, this village is known for its delicate ceramics and porcelains. Afterwards, we will return to the town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Lanterns in Hoi An Old Town
Lanterns in Hoi An Old Town
Hoi An Boat Trip
Hoi An Boat Trip
Day 6 Transfer to Da Nang; Fly to 1.5h Ho Chi Minh City
Transfer to Da Nang Airport, then fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Airport pick-up and visit Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office & Ben Thanh Market. (B)
After checking out from hotel today, you will be transferred to Da Nang Airport to catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On landing, your local guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and then escort you to the hotel to check in. After a short break, your guide will take you to visit the landmarks of Saigon, the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office, the French-style buildings constructed in late 19th century. Next, your guide will accompany you to the bustling Ben Thanh Market to experience local life.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 Ho Chi Minh City Highlights
Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, War Remnants Museum, and Reunification Palace. (B+L)
Today's tour will begin with a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, which is like a full-featured underground village. With the length of 250 kilometers (155 miles), the tunnels were dug by Viet Cong during the war in order to house troops, transport supplies, save injuries and even lay booby traps. Now, you could walk into some of the tunnels to see the interior of the refuge. After around 1.5 hours' visit, you will be transferred back to Ho Chi Min City and enjoy your lunch on the way.

In the afternoon, we will visit the War Remnants Museum, where you will get more detailed information about the different war periods with lots of displayed papers files, pictures or even some weapons. You can also find many military equipment such as an A-37 Dragonfly attack bomber, an UH-1 “Huey” helicopter and a M48 Patton tank in the yard. Afterwards, we will continue to visit the Reunification Palace, a National Cultural and Historical Relic, where there are many rooms with different functions, like delegations attending room, state meetings room, and banquet hall. You will get more information about the colonial period of Saigon and the milestones of modern Vietnamese history. After, you will be escorted to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City
Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City
Day 8 Mekong Delta Full Day Trip to Ben Tre
A full-day guided trip to Mekong Delta: Ben Tre tour by boat & visit local villages. (B+L)
Mekong River is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, particularly for people living in Mekong Delta. Today you will journey to its fertile and charming area to learn about how locals rely on Mekong for their life.

After breakfast, we will head for Ben Tre. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong Pier, you will board a private wooden boat and begin your trip through the winding Mekong River branches. We will stop by a village to visit the orchards, coconut forests, and candy factories. Then, go to a local farmer’s home to learn the manufacturing method of sedge mat and have some tea as well as tropical fruits. Later, you will experience the local motorized rickshaw "Xe Loi" for 20 minutes or explore the scenic villages by bicycle on your own. Afterwards, we will have lunch at a riverside restaurant and enjoy the Vietnamese folk music "Don Ca Tai Tu".

After lunch, we will take a sampan for a relaxing trip along the narrow canals which are filled with water coconut palms. Finally, we’ll return to Ben Tre and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

★ What Makes Us Different?
Mekong River is the essence of Vietnamese tours. We have carefully selected off-beaten routes for your in-depth Mekong River tour, avoiding commercialized venues. Our tour will lead you to experience the diverse means of transport on Mekong Delta. You could take a long-tail wooden sampan to go through the lush nipa palm grooves and get to the clear green stream. You could ride the "Xe Loi" or cycle through the orchards on islets like locals. Diverse arrangements allow you to fully understand and touch the actual Mekong Delta.
Boat Trip on Mekong River
Boat Trip on Mekong River
Vietnamese Folk Music Show
Vietnamese Folk Music Show
Day 9 Departure from Ho Chi Minh City
Airport see-off. A nice journey home! (B)
Your 9 days private Vietnam tour will come to the end today. According to your flight schedule, you will be escorted to the airport for your leaving flight. Wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: Breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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This trip can be customized to meet your individual needs!
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
HanoiPan Pacific Hanoi Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
Halong BayIndochina Palace Signature Cruise
Hoi AnLa Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Hotel
Ho Chi Minh CityHotel Nikko Saigon Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel
Tour Prices
Christmas & 2024 Special: 12% off - Book before Dec 31, 2023
Travelers2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Tour Prices with Luxury HotelsUSD2279 USD2009USD1969 USD1729
Tour Prices with Standard HotelsUSD2019 USD1779USD1699 USD1499
  • Prices are per person on twin sharing basis.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Two domestic & regional flights (economy class seat): Hanoi - Danang; Danang - Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon).
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Services of private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Price Excludes
  • International flight into and out Vietnam.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Vietnam Visa fees.
Comparison with Other Sellers
Tailor-make Your Itinerary for Free
All our tours are private family tours, which means you will not join tours with other people and no strangers will join yours. Our guests enjoy the freedom to choose a different travel style and 99% of our guests enjoy tailor-making their travel itineraries. We will make a quick reply within 24 hours.
Surprisingly Low Price
If you spare a few minutes to compare our prices with those of our competitors, you will find our prices are at least 50% lower. Why? No secret! Our company works with low profit margins, as low as 6% rather than 50% like other operators. In most cases, our competitors' prices for group tours are higher than those for our private tours. So, you can imagine what they might charge for a private trip. We strongly recommend that you make a comparison with our competitors online or in your local community. Pay attention to our well-selected chain hotels and fully packed daily activities.
No Annoying Shopping Stops
Shopping tours will not only take your time from sightseeing, but also waste your money on overpriced items. Our no shopping promise will enable you to thoroughly enjoy the trip without facing aggressive selling. All our guides are well-paid so they will concentrate on delivering the holiday experience you expect.

Some companies claim they have "No Obligatory Shopping", please be cautious as they just give their shopping tours a happy gloss. Some do not mention any shopping in itineraries, which doesn't mean they are shopping-free tours. You are advised to ask the operators directly before booking.

When visiting Ha Long Bay, you will stay onboard for one night. In this case, you will sail to the Lan Ha Bay or Bai Tu Long Bay which are more tranquil and deeper in the sea with wonderful scenery. Some agencies may only arrange the cruise trip around Ha Long Bay, which is not far from the seaside, with many annoying commercial boats to sell goods.
People to People Connected
Travelling with us, you will have many chances to get close contact with locals to know more about their real life. This is also the way to make your trip more meaningful and unique.

• You will take a rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter in Hanoi, which is home to a mix of Vietnamese architecture, ancient shops and freshly made local foods. Immerse yourself deep into Vietnamese cultures. You can also talk freely with the rickshaw driver about his families, incomes, or even personal ideas on the Vietnam War.

• When visiting the Vung Vieng Fishing Village, you will get to know how local people make wine with wild fruits, insects and even snakes. You could also try all kinds of wines if you dare.

• During the Mekong River cruise, you will step into the local farmers' cottages to see how they make rice paper for spring rolls, how they wave the dried water hyacinth to make products like baskets, bags, hats, wallets, toys and shoes. You will be surprised by their incredibly supple and industrious.
Eat Like a Local Traveling with Us
You should not miss the famous Vietnamese cuisines like Beef Pho and spring rolls in Hanoi, White Rose and Fried Wonton in Hoi An, Fried Fish and Fried Bean Cakes on Mekong River. We will arrange all these traditional foods in local restaurants or a family home during your trip.
Optional Tours Are Tourist Traps
Optional tours mean you will spend much more than you originally booked. Some agencies advertise low-cost tours, but you then find you have to pay high prices for optional tours of the must-see sites. Our tours are all-inclusive with transparent itineraries.
No Change Fee
Should any changes made prior to the start of the tour or even during the trip, there will be no extra charge for our services. You only need to be responsible for the cost of variations incurred with airlines and hotels.