Showcasing the best of what Vietnam has to offer, From Ho Chi Minh city to Hanoi travel with award winning Sens Asia as you uncover the essence of Vietnam and it’s people. Discover the breathtaking beauty of Vietnam, Whether it's Halong Bay one of the most picturesque natural wonders, unique history ...
Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city, formerly Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of Vietnam. It is the bustling economic capital and cultural trendsetter of the country, yet holds the timeless traditions of an ancient culture. You are greeted by your guide and driver at international airport for your transfer to the hotel.
Meals Included: Dinner
Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh
This morning, visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Explore this underground village, legendary for its role in the Vietnam/American War, which was part of an underground network stretching from the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the Sai Gon River. Following by the afternoon, Visit Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam. You can visit the “War Room” from where the South Vietnamese forces were controlled, and the room where the North Vietnamese army finally took control in the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. Built between 1877 and 1883, Saigon's Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral is a major Centre of Catholicism in modern Vietnam, and one of the city’s major landmarks. The Saigon Post Office, a classic French colonial structure, is still a functioning post office today and features huge ceilings, a giant portrait of Uncle Ho, and many other beautiful details.The War Remnants Museum, contains countless artefacts and photographs documenting said crimes.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh
At 8.00am, depart for a 1.5 hour drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, one of the country's southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Take in the highway as you leave behind the busy city. Pass Rach Mieu bridge before reaching Huu Dinh hamlet. Get on a tri-motor cycle (xe loi) ride to enjoy the lush surroundings of rice paddies and fruit farms alongside the narrow village roads.
Arrive at the waterfront, board the charming Cruise for a glimpse at the Delta scenery while enjoying coconut juice. First stop for a visit at the coconut processing, then back to your cruise and the cruise will stop at a brick making shop, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand where you will start a Bicycle trip around Phong Nam village around 4km, through gardens and stop at the a rice noodles factory “hu tieu”, one of most popular breakfast dishes in the region .Walk about 3 minutes to visit at Mrs. Huong’s home. Her family live on fishing, shrimp and farming. Enjoy the tropical fruits and honey tea in her garden before taking the rowing sampan , be paddled by a personalized rower trip to discover the maze of small canals.
Then rowing you back to your mango boat and head to Mango home restaurant, enjoy your 5 course lunch and freshen up before switch to a bicycle and ride 500m About 4 minutes( or 7-10 minutes walk) on village roads past green gardens and local houses, and stop at another local house of Mr Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and see how it is made. After the visit, the boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre city where your car will be ready to take you back to Saigon.
Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - Hue
After a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue, you are met at Hue Airport and taken you to your hotel in Hue. You with then start the Hue city tour by Visit Thien Mu Pagoda. This 7-storey octagonal tower is a symbol of Hue. Behind the pagoda are peaceful gardens and, somewhat incongruously, the old Austin car which transported the bonze Thich Quang Duc to Saigon in 1963 for his self-immolation. King Tu Duc's Tomb is a sprawling compound centred around a lake and including numerous separate memorials connected by pleasant walkways. The major portions of the tomb complex were completed from 1864-67, along with future temple buildings that served as a retreat for Tu Duc and his many wives during his lifetime. Next, you will visit the only-in-Vietnam Royal arena names Ho Quyen. This is the only Royal Arena in Asia where fights between tigers and elephants were organized during the Nguyen Dynasty. A visit to the Elephant Shrine will tell you about the legends of the honored Elephants.
The Imperial City at Hue is the remnant of a vast citadel. Here you can see the ravages of time and war on what was the carefully designed capital of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Hue
Commence your drive early this morning to visit the DMZ zone; the 10km wide strip across the narrowest part of the country (there is only 100km between the Vietnamese coast and Laos). The DMZ zone separated North and South Vietnam prior to reunification in 1975 and has a significant military history. The Vinh Moc tunnels were constructed by residents of Vinh Moc and served as an underground village during the Vietnam War. The underground network consists of three levels and served all the community's needs, with a school, hospital, etc. Hien Luong Bridge crosses the Ben Hai River at the middle of the DMZ, marking the former border between North and South Vietnam. From 1954 to 1972, when the North Vietnamese Army pushed the border farther south, the bridge was painted with the two different colours. While peaceful and bucolic today, this historical sight is, for many, profoundly evocative. A simple monument stands on the north side of the bridge.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 - Hoi An
Head out to Hoi An. The route south from Hue hugs the coast before climbing Hai Van Pass. Stop to admire stunning views over Lang Co Beach and Da Nang City and continue along the beach to Hoi An. Walk Hoi An's ancient streets lined with old wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés and outlets. Hoi An's unique architecture is well displayed in what is arguably Vietnam's most tourist-friendly town. Not only the architecture, Hoi An is also famous for its delicious street foods. Along the ancient road will you have chance to taste some of the best traditional street foods in town.
Meals Include: Breakfast, light Dinner
Day 7 - Hoi An
The day is free at leisure to enjoy the shopping in Hoi An – a paradise for custom made silk and fashionable clothing and accessories.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 8 - Hanoi
This morning, you will take the transfer from Hoi an to Danang airport and then take your flight to Hanoi. Hanoi is one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to your hotel. You will then visit Hanoi with some war memorial historical sites with Hoa Lo Museum, Ngoc Ha Lake and Tran Quoc Pagoda. Referred to ironically as the 'Hanoi Hilton' by American POWs, Hoa Lo Prison was built by the French in 1896 and used to house Vietnamese political prisoners. The prison was just one in a series of northern incarceration centers. By 1954 there were over 2000 inmates within the cold, damp walls of Hoa Lo and the jail had become, in the eyes of the Vietnamese, an emblem of colonialist abuse and betrayal. Chilling displays include nasty instruments of torture and restored prison cells. Continue toward to Huu Tiep Lake or B52 Lake to meet an elderly resident who tells stories of the past in a 400-year-old temple, and walk through a tiny local market street to see the lake, which is the crash site of a B52 shot down in 1972. A stroll around Ngoc Ha Market provides the vibrant atmosphere that typifies Hanoi.
Another stop can be made at Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas of Hanoi located on an islet connected to the eastern shore of West Lake.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Hanoi Sens and the city
Wake up early and do a walking tour around Hoan Kiem lake to feel the true atmosphere of Hanoi. Hanoi once known as the most peaceful city of the country before the invasion of those noisy motorbikes and autos. Now a day, only in the early morning can you live again the once-upon-a-time Hanoi with old people practicing Tai – Chi and the young doing exercises around the lake, added by some vehicle brings goods from outskirts to local retail markets in the city. Time seems to be standing still that moment.
We will join an open-air Laughing Yoga club next to the lake, take some morning physical exercises and laugh out loud with everybody. Not only SEE and HEAR people laughing, you will also feel like being home with your best neighbours while HOLDING hands of the friendly Hanoian. Then you might think you already know this city for your whole life time.
After starting your day in the most happy way, it's time to active your SCENT and TASTE with one of the most yummy breakfast in the world - Phở! Hop in a local Phở restaurant in the Old Quarter and take a big bowl with beaf or chicken, herbs and lemon.Explore the Old Quarter, a place you must see to experience Hanoi, where you will find shopping/ economical/commercial and cultural/historical sites all wrapped into one. End up the morning tour in an ancient house hidden in the middle of the Old Quater. Hardly anybody can find it, except the one who understands Hanoi as his lover. Talking about the people, the culture, the life style, the ancient houses that remain, taking an Egg Coffee – the unique drink that you can only taste in Hanoi and watching this strange city get into rush-hour. You can never expert such a morning like that in any other way.
Mid-morning, take your free time to visit around the lake and Old Quarter if you still want to, or come back to hotel and reload your energy before heading to another site of the city.Later, we will take you to a local house located right in the heart of the city; the host will introduce you about their cozy house along with chatting and enjoying local tea.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Free for the rest time in the afternoon.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 - Ninh Binh
Take the drive to Ninh Binh. You first visit Hoa Lu, which was the capital under the Dinh and Early Le dynasties in Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century. Its palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions, built by different dynasties, still carry the features of an ancient imperial capital. Board a sampan for an extended journey along the winding river lined with trees and Trang An’s limestone mountains. You will stop at several small, historic temples which are the pride of the area’s inhabitants. The lush forests, clear river water, fresh air, magical caves and dramatic mountains will charm you from first glance. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11- Halong Bay
After breakfast, depart for Halong Bay, one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world, a picturesque blend of harmonious transition between the mountains and the sea. On arrival, board a traditional junk and head out into the Gulf of Tonkin amongst the huge limestone outcrops and emerald waters. You spend the rest of the day cruising the myriad of tiny islands and many grottoes created by wind and the waves over the centuries.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 - Hanoi
Start the day with a calming Tai Chi session, accompanied by an amazing sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of the bay’s landscape. The cruise passes beautiful locations such as Trong, Trinh Nu and the Me Cung Caves, and you get the chance to explore Surprise Cave before having buffet brunch on board. Back at the dock, you will be met and transferred to Hanoi. Free time for rest of the day.
Meals Included: Brunch
Day 13 - Hanoi departure
The morning is free at leisure in Hanoi City for some last minute shopping before transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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