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The medium long trip, which is based on the length of the country, brings you to beautiful places in different geographical regions and gives you opportunities to be in touch with locals, experience attractive activities, and enjoy delicious food. Starting your tour from the historic capital city of Hanoi, you will trek through villages, blend yourself in the colorful kermis of the hill tribes in Sapa, kayak through rocks and islets in the magical Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage – admire the unique architecture of Hue citadel, tombs, and the old streets of Hoi An, row a sampan through peaceful tropical orchards in Mekong Delta, and go shopping in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam is in your memory forever!
1 hour before departure
You are arriving in our one-thousand-year-old capital of Hanoi. Your guide will welcome you at Noi Bai International Airport and escort you to your hotel in the heart of the city. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
Let’s start your morning by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (viewed from outside on Mondays, Fridays and every afternoon only), his Residential Are with House on Stilt, One-Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda.
In the afternoon, it is your choice to visit one of the following spots including Hanoi Hilton Prison orFine Art museum or Ethnology Museum. Continue your afternoon to Temple of Literature – the firstVietnam National University, then stroll around the Ha Noi Old Quarters for sightseeing and shopping. Your today visit ends with a Water Puppet Performance – a unique art form with puppets from Northern Vietnam depicting rural life scenes, national history episodes or country legends. In the evening, transfer to the central Railway Station for a night train to Lao Cai. Overnight aboard the train.
Arrive at Lao Cai railways station early morning and take a drive uphill to the mountainous town of Sapa where the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the color of its hill tribes. Take a short break and breakfast at a local restaurant after a long journey on train before taking your four kilometre transfer out of Sapa to Ma Tra. This valley is close to the town but uniquely quiet with its inhabitants here are still living their own well preserved traditional way. Trek through several hamlets of the Hmong minority scattering on hill sides for two hours. Continue downhill gradually for one hour to Ta Phin village – home to Red Yao people. Car pick up and transfer you back to Sa Pa in the afternoon. Overnight in Sapa.
Arrive in Hanoi early in the morning, you will check in a mini hotel for breakfast and shower. After breakfast, you will visit the typical countryside of Northern Vietnam – Ninh Binh Province. Upon arrival in Trang An Eco Tourism complex, you’ll take row boat from long dark caves to green picturesque cannels, cruising along a stream to 5 main grottos of extraordinary stalactites (from 70 to 320 meters long). Lunch at Tam Coc Center, then take a short bike ride to Bich Dong Cave which is some 4km from Tam Coc. Overnight stay at hotel in Tam Coc/Ninh Binh.
After breakfast, depart from your hotel for a three hour and a half transfer to Ha Long Bay – UNESCO World Natural Heritage – where thousands of spectacular limestone islets and grottoes rising from the clear emerald Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, welcome drink on board prior to your check-in. Lunch with fresh sea food will be served while boat is cruising through many stone islets, floating villages, small beaches. Visit a floating fishing village, talk and meet with local villagers prior to your swimming or free time at your own on the sundeck. Dinner would be ready at the time the boat anchors off at a quiet designated overnight area. Overnight on board in Halong Bay.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions or local administration regulations.
Tai Chi class is available on the sundeck for early risers, then your breakfast served while boat continues cruising around Ha Long Bay. She would lead you through many islets named by its shapes such as Dog, Incense Urn, Fighting Cock, Finger … and so on. Follow your boat staff to explore one of the most magnificent caves – Surprise Cave, then return to your boat to cruise towards wharf. Your vehicle is ready awaiting your disembarkation at approximately 1030 for direct transfer from Ha Long to Airport in Hanoi for a domestic flight to Da Nang. On Danang arrival, you will be met and greeted by your tour guide, and transferred to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Enjoy your breakfast at Hotel before departing to My Son, built from 7 to 13 centuries, located in a lush valley at 40 km southwest of Hoi An. My Son – recognized as UNESCO World Heritage in 1999 – was a capital and religious center of Cham people, with red brick towers and sanctuaries. The vegetation has now largely been cleared away, yet the tangible sense of faded majesty still hangs over the molding ruins.
In the afternoon, take a light excursion to go around the small town of Hoi An: 400 years old Japanese Bridge, 300 years old Chinese temple, 200 years old Vietnamese former merchants’ house. Overnight in Hoi An.
After breakfast, leave Hoi An Town for Hue Imperial City which is about 130km.
On your way to Hue, take a break from the top of the cloudy Hai Van Pass to grab your own Vietnam central coast panoramic view, or another stop at Lang Co beach for visiting fishing village. Check in your hotel upon arrival. In the mid-afternoon, you will board a cruise upstream Perfume River for visiting Thien Mu Pagoda,and Minh Mang King’s Tomb. Overnight in Hue.
In the morning, take a guided visit to the Hue Imperial Citadel with exploration of Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, Forbidden City.
Take flight to Ho Chi City. Met by your local guide and go to the city for check-in your hotel room. In the evening, have dinner at a fine dining restaurant in the city.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Welcomed by your tour guide and depart for Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese used to dig themselves up to 12 metres down deeper to the hard ground out of harm’s way, using only rudimentary tools in the late 1940s. The tunnel was used as a base from which they could launch strategic attacks on the French and American in Saigon which is 70 km away from their location to the northeast. Today visitors can drop to their hands, and knees and squeeze underground for an insight into life as a tunnel dwelling resistance fighter once did.
Return to the city for visiting Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Old Post Office in colonial architecture. From there, you could visit Ben Thanh Market for your shopping if you wish. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Depart from your hotel at 08:00, it takes only 2 hours pleasant drive to Ben Tre. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong river while sight-seeing lively activities along river as fishing, water transferring. Our first stop is brick kiln to see how to make bricks traditionally by printing and baking. Continue to visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Return to the boat and go through naturalscissors creeks to a village and see some local houses making sleeping mats and enjoying some fruits. Take a motorized cart (tuk tuk) or bicycle on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from peasants. Have lunch at local a riverside restaurant. After lunch, we take a rowing-boat along beautiful water palm creek before meeting up the motorized boat and transfer you back to the pier for your transfer to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.
Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by a rowing boat, we will see the Cai Rangfloating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). See the beautiful scenery and daily activities of the locals. Walk around a village, visit a rice husking mill. Disembark at Ninh Kieu quay, visit an Ancient house(in Binh Thuy, 10km from Can Tho). Return to Ho Chi Minh City via My Tho town. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Free time for shopping before departing to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for international flight.
I cannot recommend the Vietnam Impressive tour enough. Every aspect of the tour was meticulously planned, from the bustling city of Hanoi to the tranquil countryside of Sapa. Our tour guide was exceptional, providing us with valuable insights and making our journey unforgettable. This tour truly exceeded my expectations and left me with memories that will last a lifetime.
My experience with the Vietnam Impressive tour was absolutely outstanding. Our tour guide was incredibly personable and well-versed in the history of the destinations we visited. The itinerary was thoughtfully designed and the highlights, such as Ha Long Bay and Hoi An, were simply breathtaking. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for an exceptional travel experience in Vietnam.