15 Day This is Vietnam was designed by a quick brain storming when she (Mrs Thu Ha – Viet Vision Travel Director of Sales) was at Berlin, Germany. A 15 days' delightful tour will awake all your senses by exploring the real Vietnam. This trip allows you to see Vietnam as Vietnamese see it. You are not only a spectator but you also participate in the daily life of the people here by doing easy cycling in the villages' lanes, have two nights at home-stay and learning to cook the wonderful Vietnamese cuisines. This 15 day trip covers most of the highlight of Vietnam such as Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta. This thrill-a-minute journey will surely stir our imagination.
 

Code: VTP 10
Tour route: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh city, Mekong Delta
Duration: 15 days
Date: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Start/End: Hanoi/Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Tour type: Landscape and Nature, Culture and History
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Active level: Soft cycling, walking, boating, farming, fishing, home-stay…
Tour Type: Vietnam Classic Tours

BRIEF ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi (D)
Day 2: Hanoi – City tour (B, L)
Day 3: Ky Son outskirt village – soft cycling to Duong Lam Ancient village (B, L, D)
Day 4: Ky Son village – Hanoi (B, L)
Day 5: Hanoi – Trip to Halong Bay (overnight on deluxe junk cruise) (B, L, D)
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Hue (B, L)
Day 7: Hue city tour & boat trip (B, L)
Day 8: Hue – Transfer to Hoi An via Danang (B)
Day 9: Hoi An – Walking tour & Cooking class (B, L or D)
Day 10: Hoi An – Farming & Fishing life eco tour (B, L)
Day 11: Hoi An – Danang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City tour – Cu Chi Tunnel (B, L)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Tour to Mekong Delta (home-stay) (B, L, D)
Day 14: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 15: Departure Ho Chi Minh City (B)

 
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Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi (D)
Welcome upon arrival by Viet Vision Travel’s tour guide and driver, we then transfer to hotel. Relax in the rest of the day before we enjoy our welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant in town.
Remarks: If your flight to Hanoi in the morning and you are not very tired, please advise so we will add a half day tour around Hanoi.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Day 2: Hanoi – City tour (B, L)
This morning, we visit Ho Chi Minh Complex to see Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilt, the Presidential Palace, and the One Pillar Pagoda. Followings we visit the Temple of Literature which originally built as a temple to Confucius. This is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. The Temple now is a destination of Vietnamese students for their educational good luck praise. After lunch, we keep on visiting the Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. Then we are back to the center city to take one-hour cyclo around the Old Quarter, known as the 36 streets. This bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. The last activity today is to enjoy the unique Water Puppet show.
Remarks:
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is not opened on every Monday & Friday.
– Museum of Ethnology is closed on every Monday.
– The Museum can be moved to your favorite museum in Hanoi.

The courty yard of the temple dedicate to Confucious inside the temple of Literature in Hanoi

The court yard of the temple dedicate to Confucious inside the temple of Literature in Hanoi

Day 3: Ky Son outskirt village of Hanoi – soft cycling to Duong Lam Ancient village (B, L, D)
The Moon Garden home-stay is located in the outskirt of Hanoi where is not touristic. It offers a unique opportunity to experience rural life in Vietnam. The property was originally a summer home for a family of a Hanoi-based architect and gradually expanded with the addition of two new houses.
We have our breakfast at hotel then meet tour guide and driver again for Ky Son outskirt village of Hanoi trip. Welcome drink by green tea and exploring the Moon Garden home-stay, local market, kindergarten… Before lunch, join the cooking class; then relax.
Afternoon, we are relaxing with hand spa, chatting with the host family then take a bicycle to discover some villages around. We’ll stop at any home for a tea break, kinder garden (if open), try to experience local farmers’ activities…. Before having dinner, we enjoy happy hour with the drink or local products such as maize, sweet potato, cassava, peanuts… ; End of the day, we enjoy our foot bath in warm water with ginger, salt & mugwort medicinal herbs before bedtime which brings us a deeper sleep.
Overnight at Moon Garden Home-stay.

Ky Son village

Ky Son village

Day 4: Ky Son village – Hanoi (B, L)
Before breakfast today, we join the Yijinjing traditional exercises; after that, the bike ride along the village to visit Duong Lam Ancient village and Mia Pagoda. After that, we head back to Hanoi and spend our time at the biggest shopping mall in South East Asia at Royal City. Here we can swim at the in-house Water Park, Vinpearl Games, Vinpearl Ice Rink Royal city or shopping at Vincom Mega Mall… Overnight in Hanoi

Going to work on the field in Duog Lam village

Going to work on the field in Duong Lam village

Day 5: Hanoi – Trip to 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 take the tender to the cruise. Welcome on board by crew team then we check in the room before enjoying 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 stop at the floating village that is free from busy traffic, electric lights, houses, shops, and buildings…
Our activities this afternoon are kayaking, cooking demonstration on the cruise, swimming at the beach or climbing up to the top of the island to catch the panorama of the Bay. Enjoy dinner and relax in the evening on the cruise.

Panoramic view of Halong Bay

Panoramic view of Halong Bay

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Hue (B, L)
Getting up early morning to join Tai Chi lesson today makes you feel stronger for a long day trip. After that, we have a light breakfast then take the small boat to Sung Sot cave (Amazing cave). Back to the cruise then we have our brunch (breakfast/lunch) or A la carte menu is served while cruising back to the pier. We travel back to Noi Bai International airport for our short domestic flight to Hue where we are welcome by local tour guide & driver. Overnight in Hue.

In the morning in Noon Gate, Hue

In the morning at Noon Gate, Hue

Day 7: Hue city tour & boat trip (B, L)
This morning, we transfer to the pier for our boat trip along the romantic Perfume River heading out for the countryside. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded by ancient tombs of emperors past, and a visit to the most beautiful tombs will be on the itinerary for today. Our first stop is at Thien Mu Pagoda (The God Lady Pagoda). From here, we enjoy a great view of the Perfume River and surrounding areas. Thien Mu Pagoda is considered the symbol of Hue, and of Buddhism in Vietnam. Followings, we travel to Khai Dinh’s Tomb, which was famous for Europe design and construction. We also visit another tomb of King Tu Duc which was built decades before its occupant’s death. The tomb was used as a palace retreat before the Emperor’s final resting place.
The afternoon we visit the Citadel and Dong Ba market.

The entrance of Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue

The entrance of Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue

Day 8: Hue – Transfer to Hoi An via Danang (B)
After breakfast, we depart Hue for Hoi An travel through the high pass of Hai Van with its spectacular views of the East Sea en route to Da Nang. We will visit Cham Museum that has collected and exhibited the finest collection of Cham statues and works of art, the Marble Mountain, My Khe beach and then going to our hotel in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

The fish man in Da Nang beach

The fish man in Da Nang beach

Day 9: Hoi An – Walking tour & Cooking class (B, L or D)
Today, we have a morning 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.
In the afternoon, we join the fantastic Cooking class at Red Bridge restaurant with first activity to visit Hoi An colorful market to experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market; and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.
Then, we board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School; explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration).
After the lesson, we sit down and eat exactly what we have cooked.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Cooking Class Red Bridge

Cooking Class Red Bridge

Day 10: Hoi An – Farming & Fishing life eco-tour (B, L)
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.
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 visiting a local water coconut palm village, we take a walk around the village and have some tea and snack with local talks…
Back on-board our Hoi An Eco-tour boat, enjoy our lunch and cold beer or soft drink on b the at, then back to resort. Afternoon at leisure.

Hoi An Eco tour

Hoi An Eco-tour

Day 11: Hoi An – Danang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (B)
This afternoon, we fly to Ho Chi Minh city where our local tour guide and driver welcome and transfer us to the hotel. Rest of the day, relax. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city

Nguyen Hue road, Ho Chi Minh city

Nguyen Hue road, Ho Chi Minh city

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City tour – Cu Chi Tunnel (B, L)
Depending on the weather today, we can visit Cu Chi tunnel in the morning or afternoon. If our traveling time in the raining season, we will visit Cu Chi Tunnel in the morning then city tour in the afternoon. The tour guide will plan for us on tour.
Cu Chi Tunnel, otherwise known as the “Iron Triangle” or “Iron Land” is around 70km far from Ho Chi Minh city. It takes us more than 1-hour driving through the pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. From here, we will have a short time to enjoy the introductory video of how the tunnels constructed; and then explore the maze of the tunnels where are widened for visiting. We also see various mantraps and the remains of a US tank, as well as various bomb craters made by 500lb bombs, dropped by B52 bombers. Relaxing time, we may try to use the real guns and bullets (your own paid – US$1/bullet).
After Cu Chi tunnel tour, we travel back to Ho Chi Minh city for our half day city tour. The highlights of this afternoon are the Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Place of the South Vietnam President in the past); the War Remnant Museum where we can see countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting about the second Indochina war; the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office. Before going back to our hotel, we have a short time to visit the Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Try out to get in the tunnel

Try out to get in the tunnel

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (home-stay) (B, L, D)
This morning we travel south to the Mekong Delta to visit Cai Be Floating Market. We board our riverboat for a cruise along the endless waterways of the mighty Mekong Delta. We stop to visit brick pottery kilns and a floating fish farm. Afterwards, we board a small restaurant serving the local delicacies of the river. Later, we will arrive at the lush orchards of the house in which we will spend the night in a homestay with a local family. Overnight in Vinh Long.

A boat carry full of rice hush in the Mekong Delta

A boat carry full of rice hush in the Mekong Delta

Day 14: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Joining with local people to buy special fruits or other souvenirs, afterward, we will continue our boat trip along the maze of waterways and canals through An Binh Island. We stop at an old southern house with a bonsai garden and visit some local cottage industries which produce candy as well as rice cakes. Following our cruise, we return to the Pier and transfer to our awaiting vehicle to return to Ho Chi Minh City.

Learning how to make rice paper in the local work shop in Mekong Delta

Learning how to make rice paper in the local workshop in Mekong Delta

Day 15: Departure Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Today our awaiting vehicle will take us back to the airport to take a flight to home. Trip ends.

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.

Note: Price per person in USD based on private tour

What is included?

  • Private ground transfers and transportations
  • English speaking guide (other languages up on request)
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast, rooms based on 2 people per room, extra bed up on request
  • Home-stay in the outskirt of Hanoi
  • Home-stay in Mekong Delta
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (authentic Vietnamese food)
  • Cooking demonstration in the Moon Garden home-stay
  • Traditional hand-spa in the Moon Garden home-stay
  • Junk cruise in Halong Bay
  • Kayaking
  • Bicycle tour in outskirt of Hanoi
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Water puppet show in Hanoi
  • Cyclo ride in Hanoi
  • Private boat in Hue
  • Boat trip in Hoi An
  • Private boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • Domestic flight ticket Hanoi – Hue; Danang – Ho Chi Minh city
  • Airport tax
  • Bottle during the trip
  • Government tax and service charge

What’s excluded?

  • International flight tickets
  • Airport tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not indicated
  • Visa and visa fee – http://www.itvietnamvisa.com/
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers and others

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City 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars
Hanoi Authentic hotel Lan Vien hotel Apricot hotel
Hanoi outskirt Moon Garden home-stay Moon Garden home-stay Moon Garden home-stay
Halong Bay V’spirit cruise Paloma cruise Paradise Cruise
Hue Emm hotel Eldora Hue hotel La Residence hotel & Spa
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
Mekong Delta Phuong Thao Homestay Phuong Thao Homestay Phuong Thao Homestay