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Vietnam Trip – An Authentic Vietnam Experience in 19 days

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  • Duration: 19 days

Vietnam Trip: is the ultimate option based on our knowledge and experience to ensure you will have an authentic experience on your vacation in Vietnam

Destinations: Hanoi Capital – Sapa mountain town – World Heritage Site of Halong Bay – Ninh Binh stunning landscape – Hoi An Ancient Town – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong River Delta

Day 1
Hanoi Arrival

Welcome to Authentic Vietnam Trip. We will pick you up at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Have a break before taking a guided walking tour through the French and Old Quarter (if you prefer, the walking tour can be delayed until the following day).

Day 2
Hanoi Historical Sites (B)

Visit some of Hanoi attractions including Tran Quoc Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his house on stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, and National Museum of Vietnam History or you can choose other historical sites instead.

Day 3
Immerse in Local Culture (B)

Experience local life near railways and take a short train ride across the historic Long Bien bridge. Explore the market on Hoang Hoa Tham street where bonsai, flower and birds are sold. Discover Air Bazaar market selling tools, bike components and other types of electrical supplies, each of which is displayed in a specific alley.

Day 4
Hanoi – Sapa (B, L)

Take a 5-hour drive to Sapa mountain town. Check in and take a rest before traveling to explore the spectacular valley of Muong Hoa. Here your guide will escort you for an easy hiking tour to explore culture of tribal groups including H’mong and Day ethnic groups.

Day 5
Further Explore Sapa (B, D)

Travel to a wonderful place – “off the beaten path”. After an hour drive, we will start hiking to visit 2 villages here: Ban Khoang (inhabited by Red Dao ethnic people) and Ta Giang Phinh (inhabited by Black H’mong ethnic people).

Day 6
Sapa – Hanoi (B, L)

Morning is at your leisure before taking a 5-hour drive to Hanoi. Optional Tour: visiting Cat Cat village which is home to H’mong or Fansipan considered “the roof of Indochina” – the highest mountain in Indochina.

Day 7
Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L,D)

Take a 2-hour drive to the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay for a 2-day cruise trip. On arrival, the crew members will welcome you with a complimentary drink before you cruise through the amazing limestone islands. Enjoy a wonderful time in the bay with many interesting activities such as swimming, kayaking, exploring cave and cooking demonstrations.

Day 8
Halong Bay – Ninh Binh (B, L, D)

Enjoy further exploration in the bay before disembarking around noon. Take 3 hours to drive to Ninh Binh which consists of stunning landscape and historical sites. On arrival, spend a couple of hours on rowboat to explore Trang An landscape, a World Heritage Site. Afterward, head to the hotel for overnight.

Day 9
Ninh Binh Experience (B, L)

Morning: visit Bai Dinh, the largest Buddhist Temple Complex which holds lots of records, including the largest gilded Buddha statue in Asia, biggest bronze bell in Vietnam and the longest corridor of Arhats.
Afternoon: take a cycling tour through scenic routes and explore Thung Nham Bird Sanctuary.

Day 10
Ninh Binh – Hue (B, L)

Drive to Hang Mua where you can enjoy a fantastic view from the mountaintop after climbing 486 stone steps. Afterward, head to visit Hoa Lu which was the capital from 968 to 1010. Have lunch and transfer to the airport for one-hour flight to Hue city. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Hue center.

Day 11
Tour of Hue (B, L)

Explore Hue’s popular historical sites including the Former Imperial City, Thien Mu pagoda and Khai Dinh Mausoleum.
Optional Tour: take a rickshaw around city and enjoy royal dinner with music show.

Day 12
Hue – Hoi An (B)

Travel over the Hai Van Pass for a wonderful panoramic view of Lang Co beach and Danang city towards the Old Town of Hoi An. On arrival, take a guided walking tour to explore this beautiful town.

Day 13
My Son Sanctuary (B)

Morning, your guide and driver will pick you up for a one-hour drive to My Son. Here we will visit My Son museum,  enjoy Apsara dance (traditional Cham dance) and stroll around to explore the sanctuary, one of the 1st Hindu Temple Complexes in Southeast Asia.  Afterwards, take a boat back to Hoi An town.

Day 14
Hoi An (B)

Day of leisure. However, if you wish to have more activities on your vacation, we would like to recommend optional tours as follows:
Hoi An Cooking Tour – experience local culture with interesting activities such as cycling through countryside, exploring Tra Que vegetable village and cooking demonstration.
Tour of Bana Hills – one of the most fascinating places in Danang.

Day 15
Hoi An – Saigon (B)

Morning, our driver will take you to Danang airport for a one-hour flight to Saigon. Afternoon, your guide will escort you to explore the most  popular sights in Saigon including Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and War Remnant Museum.

Day 16
Cu Chi Tunnels (B)

Drive to Cu Chi Tunnels called Iron Triangle Zone which was constructed during Vietnam war. On arrival, you will have the opportunity to visit part of tunnel system, traps, reserves of weapon and ammunition, dispensary facilities for surgery, shelters for meeting, and smoke-tight Hoang-Cam kitchen.

Day 17
Saigon – Mekong (B, L, D)

Take an over 2-hour drive to Cai Be where you start to explore Mekong. Stop by a local workshop to see how to make coconut candy, pop rice. Visit a fruit garden and enjoy local fruit with local show. Take a sampan to discover local life along small canals.

Day 18
Mekong – Saigon(B)

Early morning, your guide will take you on a cycling tour through villages to explore local life on the island. Afterwards, have breakfast, check out, and then return to your boat. Visit the floating market and brick factory along the river. Cruise to Vinh Long wharf where our bus is waiting for your transfer to Saigon.

Day 19
Saigon – Journey Home (B)

Stroll around to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City or just relax and recall fantastic experiences while taking Authentic Vietnam Trip. It is time to say farewell to Vietnam with a private transfer to the airport for your journey home.

Authentic Vietnam Trip highlights

Explore classic and modern sides of Hanoi, which is the capital for a thousand year.
Experience diverse cultures of ethnic groups and spectacular scenery in Sapa.
Cruise through legendary islands in Ha Long Bay – the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Spend time on a rowboat and admire natural beauty and history in Ninh Binh.
Discover the former capital of Hue, a peaceful city hosting lots of historic monuments.
Discover Hoi An, a beautiful ancient town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore and get engaged with local life in Mekong, the biggest river delta in Vietnam.

What is included and excluded at the tour cost

Inclusions Exclusions
Air-conditioned transport
English speaking guide
Accommodation
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Relevant permits and entrance fees
One bottle of water/person per day
International flights
Visa
Travel insurance
Personal expenses, drinks, tip and gratitude.

 

Destinations on the Authentic Vietnam Trip

→ Hanoi became the capital in 1010 and remained its position most of the time until 1802. It was then the capital of Indochina from 1902 to 1954 during the French domination. Today, the capital has still retained many interesting cultural and historic monuments.

→ Sapa is a mountain town in North West region. Having an average elevation 1600 m, the town feature gorgeous terraced fields, waterfalls and a diversity of ethnic groups.

→ Ha Long Bay is a fantastic place in north Vietnam. It covers an area of around 1553 sq km with over 1900 islands and islets. These have undergone about 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environment.

→ Ninh Binh, 100 km South of Hanoi, is favored by nature creating many beautiful landscapes such as Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve and Thung Nham Bird Sanctuary. Ninh Binh is also famous for historical sites such as Phat Diem stone Cathedral and Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.

→ Hue is a peaceful place in Central region. This city with full of historic monuments was once the capital of Vietnam under the last dynasty from 1802 to 1945. In 1993, Hue became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

→ Hoi An is a coastal place in Central Vietnam. This ancient town reflects the influence of local and oversea cultures. In 1999, Hoi An was recognized as a World Heritage Site.

→ Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the largest center of economy and population in Vietnam. The city has a tropical climate with high humidity. There are two seasons: rainy and dry seasons.

→ Mekong is the 12th longest river in the world. This river starts from China flowing through several countries in South East Asia. Vietnam Mekong is the substantial portion creating the largest delta in Vietnam.

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Vietnam Trip with An Authentic Experience

Trip can be tailored for your Vietnam vacation

All tours shown on our website are standard. However, Indochina Focus is more than happy to customize tours to suit your needs.

Beside Authentic Vietnam Trip, there are other amazing tours which allow you to explore spectacular scenery and local culture throughout Vietnam. Here are the references:

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Our expectation for the Authentic Vietnam Trip

Indochina Focus creates the best Vietnam Trip which offers the most popular destinations with the most interesting activities. We hope that this tour will give you an outstanding vacation with an authentic experience.