If this is your first time to visit Vietnam within only more than a week, the 10 day Vietnam Highlight tour of Viet Vision Travel is your best choice. This tour is a combination between culture, nature, culinary as well as the experience of Vietnam regions. Starting from Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) and ending in the Capital city of Hanoi, 10 day Vietnam Highlight tour is a perfect package for the first trip to the S-shape country.
 

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10-Day Vietnam Highlight Tour - map

10-Day Vietnam Highlight Tour – map

Tour route: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel – Mekong Delta – Hoi An – Hanoi – Halong Bay
Duration: 10 days
Date: Your own plan
Start/End: Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi
Tour type: Private tour
Tour Customizable: Available
Active level: Walking, boating, kayaking….

BRIEF ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City – Dinner cruise on Saigon River
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Danang, transfer to Hoi An – Walking tour
Day 5: Hoi An – Cooking class
Day 6: Farming and Fishing Eco tour – Danang – Fly to Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi food tasting & city tour
Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay (overnight on deluxe junk cruise)
Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 10: Departure Hanoi

 
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Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (D)
Welcome up on arrival by Viet Vision Travel’s tour guide and driver, we then transfer to hotel. We refresh after a long journey before enjoying unforgettable dinner on Saigon River cruise. Overnight in Saigon.

Dinner on cruise along the Saigon River

Dinner on cruise along the Saigon River

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel (B)
This morning, we visit the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam. After that, we will visit War Remnant Museum, where we can see countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting about the second Indochina war. Before our lunch, we stop at Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office.

Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office

Later afternoon, we will leave Saigon for the Cu Chi tunnels. On our way there we will drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. Before entering the tunnels, we will see a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various man traps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. After that, we transfer back to Saigon. Relax and overnight in Saigon.

Discover the tunnel of Cu Chi

Discover the tunnel of Cu Chi

Remarks: Up on the seasonal weather so we can decide to visit Cu Chi Tunnel first or later after half day Saigon city tour. Raining season, visitors will be recommended to visit Cu Chi Tunnel in the morning and city tour in the afternoon, and via verse.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B, L)
We start our tour little bit early today to have explore full of Cai Be floating market in Mekong Delta where is about 2,5 hour driving from Saigon. The boat will take us among the local barges full of fruits and farmers’ products. There are many opportunities of photo shoots in the one of the most beautiful floating markets in Mekong Delta. We then stop at local workshops to see the rice paste, coconut candy and pop rice, pop-corn are made. Later we take the rowing boat entering deeper into the countryside on the smaller canals where we can see the traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves, the local daily life…. After lunch at a local house, we take bikes along the village paths to see the farms, houses and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta. Mid afternoon, we cruise back to the city and our awaiting vehicle will take us to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.

Boats full of fruit and vegetable in Cai Be floating market

Boats full of fruit and vegetable in Cai Be floating market

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Danang, transfer to Hoi An – Walking tour (B)
We take morning flight to Danang from Saigon today after breakfast at hotel. The local tour guide and driver welcome us at Danang airport then drive you along the coast highway to Hoi An ancient town. Later afternoon, we have a walking tour in Hoi An town – one of the World Culture Heritages of Vietnam. This quaint riverside town still boasts a wealth of century’s old traditional architecture. The influences of several Asian cultures can be seen in the old houses and waterside buildings. It is also famous as a place to be instantly created inexpensive tailored outfits. Overnight in Hoi An.

Walking through the Ancient Town of Hoi An

Walking through the Ancient Town of Hoi An

Day 5: Hoi An – Cooking Class (B, L or D)
This morning, we join the special cooking class with local market shopping all ingredients for our lesson. We then boat to Vy’s Market restaurant where we can see, smell, hear, taste, touch and interact with many different food making processes. We can try samples from over 10 different food counters including banh my, dumplings, pickles, weird….Then we start our 2,5 hour cooking lesson with the chef and enjoy all the food that we cooked before. The gift after the lesson is a copy of the recipes and a Vietnamese cooking utensil to take home.

Cooking class in Hoi An

Cooking class in Hoi An

Free for shopping in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.
Remarks: The cooking class can be in morning or afternoon time (up on availability)

Day 6: Farming and Fishing Eco tour – Danang – Fly to Hanoi (B)
This morning, we can choose bus or bike to cycle to a local farming village to join daily work life of local farmers – hoeing and a soil, watering veggie at an organic herb garden, riding water buffalo in the field and enjoy the freshest air of the countryside beauty. After that, board the Hoi An Eco-tour boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea.

Try to cast fishing net in Hoi An

Try to cast fishing net in Hoi An

We also learn and try our hand at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets, learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats. Explore the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides. Have a relaxed fun with catching beautiful purple crabs on bamboo basket boat. After visit a local water coconut palm village, we take a walk around the village and have some tea and snack with local talks…

Enjoying a basket boat ride on the Thu Bon River

Enjoying a basket boat ride on the Thu Bon River

Back on-board our Hoi An Eco-tour boat, enjoy our lunch and cold beer or soft drink on boat, then back to hotel for our luggage packing. We take an afternoon flight to Hanoi. Welcome up on arrival and transfer to hotel. On the way, we may stop at the West Lake area to get nice sunset view on the largest lake of Hanoi, and enjoy Vietnamese coffee in the coffee shop on the lake bank. After checking in, we have our dinner at fine restaurant in town. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 7: Hanoi food tasting & city tour (B, L)
Today we will venture out to explore Hanoi and enjoy the local food, no breakfast at hotel taken. Firstly, we meet up at the hotel at 08:00 then walk down to Pho restaurant for our light breakfast. Walking down to the Hang Be street for visiting the local market, we are guided all the ingredients as well as inhabit of local people here. After the street market, we continue our trip along different streets, try to taste many kinds of local food such as oil-fried pastry, tofu, egg coffee, Rice pancake, pillow cake, sweet soup, stuff pancake with pork, draught beer… and one of our best surprised is a stop at Dong Xuan whole sales market where we know many kinds of ingredients being sold. Last but not least is our happy ending at the Rue Lamblot restaurant. From here, we enjoy our light lunch with Spring rolls, grilled pork with noodle, fried rice cake, banana flower salad.

Hanoi food tasting tour

Hanoi food tasting tour

In the afternoon, we explore Hanoi city with the first destination of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Ba Dinh square, Ho Chi Minh Museum, One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace and the Temple of Literature. End of the day, we take one-hour cyclo around the Old Quarter, known as the 36 streets. The last activity today is to enjoy the unique Water Puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.

Water puppet show in Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

Water puppet show in Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay (overnight on deluxe junk cruise) (B, L,D)
After breakfast today, we travel northeast Quang Ninh province to enjoy our time in the tranquil of Halong Bay. Arriving at Tuan Chau pier at midday, we are welcome by crew team then check in tender which transfers us to the cruise. Checking in room before we enjoy the first delicious seafood lunch. The cruise takes us deeper into the Bay passing thousands of islands and islets with various shapes of Fighting Cocks, Dogs islets….The cruise also passes and stops at the floating village that is free from busy traffic, electric lights, houses, shops and buildings…

Cruise along the World Heritage - Halong Bay

Cruise along the World Heritage – Halong Bay

Our activities this afternoon are kayak, cooking demonstration, relax or swim at beach or climb up to the top of the island to catch the panorama of the Bay…. Enjoying dinner and relax in the evening on cruise.


Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)

Sunrise moment is the best time ever in Halong Bay that should not be missed. Getting up little early this morning we enjoy the morning view with a cup of tea or coffee then have breakfast.

After that we continue cruising around this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore some more of the intricate cave systems (Sung Sot cave) that make Halong truly unique. After a delicious lunch, we head back to Hanoi.

Sung Sot Cave, Halong Bay complex

Sung Sot Cave, Halong Bay complex

If it’s weekend tonight (Saturday or Sunday night) we will have chance to walk to the night market for visiting and shopping. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 10: Departure Hanoi (B)
Departure airport: Noi Bai International airport
Free at leisure for last minute shopping before transferring back to the airport for our flight to home. Trip ends.

Price: Please contact us for your special price.

What’s included?

  • English-speaking guide (other languages up on request)
  • Ground transportations
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast, twin/double/triple sharing
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary with (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner); authentic
  • Vietnamese food; special food up on request
  • Boat excursions
  • Cooking class
  • Soft biking with helmets, hat….
  • Food tasting tour, kayaking….
  • Domestic flight tickets (Saigon – Danang – Hanoi)
  • Airport tax
  • Water during the trip

What’s excluded?

  • Vietnam Entry Visa Fees;
  • Personal expenses;
  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave Vietnam;
  • Tips to your tour guide and driver
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Single Room Supplement

Recommended Hotel List:

City 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars
Hanoi Authentic hotel Lan Vien hotel Apricot hotel
Halong Bay V’spirit cruise Paloma cruise Paradise Cruise
Hoi An Vinh Hung 2 hotel Thanh Binh Riverside hotel Royal Hoi An hotel
Ho Chi Minh City Saigon hotel Central Palace hotel Grand Saigon hotel
 
 

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