This tour takes us from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) within 9 days. The trip covers most of the main attractions in Vietnam including three world heritage sites in Vietnam. It covers from the stately Hanoi, the magnificent Halong Bay, the former capital city of Hue, the charming Hoi An ancient town, the bustle & hustle Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the water way of Mekong Delta and the legendary Cu Chi Tunnel.

Code: VTP 11

9-Day Vietnam at a Glance - Map

9-Day Vietnam at a Glance – Map

Tour route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An Town – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon
Duration: 9 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, Halong Bay Cruise Holidays, and Folk Arts
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell you your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Active level: Regular itinerary, moderate walking

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – City tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 4: Hanoi – Fly to Hue – Half day city Hue
Day 5: Hue – Boat trip & Transfer to Hoi An via Danang
Day 6: Hoi An – Farming Fishing Eco Tour & Walking Tour
Day 7: Hoi An – Danang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh city – Half day Cu Chi Tunnel tour
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be Floating market
Day 9: Departure Ho Chi Minh City

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Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (D)
Arrival airport: Noi Bai International airport
Welcome up on arrival by local tour guide & driver, you will transfer to hotel in the center city. Relax in the rest of the day and enjoy welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant in town.

Hanoi old quarter

Day 2: Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast, we visit Ho Chi Minh Complex with Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh museum and one pillar pagoda. Keep going to see the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education. Then stop for lunch.

Entrance gate of Literature Temple

Afternoon, we visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam – 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. After that we will 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. Originally, each of the 36 streets names’ was related to the products being sold there.

Many items and objects of Vietnamese ethnic are on exhibition, Museum of Ethnology

Before going back to hotel, we enjoy the unique Water Puppet show. Hear the Vietnamese traditional instruments and singing from the live musicians who play throughout the show. The trip will be finished after the show at the hotel.

Water puppet show in Hanoi

– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is not opened on every Monday & Friday.
– Museum of Ethnology is closed on every Monday.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L)
Today we depart for Ha Long Bay where we will take a private junk for a 4 hours boat journey around the majestic, secluded bay, now designated a World Heritage site. We will pass Dog islet, Cock fighting islet, Turtle islet and many more, stopping en route to visit the Thien Cung cave. A delicious, fresh seafood lunch is served on board. Upon disembarking, we will return to our Hanoi hotel for overnight stay.

Cruise along majestic Halong Bay

Day 4: Hanoi fly to Hue (B)
This morning, our driver and tour guide will pick us up at hotel then transfer to Noi Bai airport for our short domestic flight to Hue. Welcome up on arrival in Hue, we transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon, we start visit the Hue Citadel ,the Forbidden Purple City – home of Vietnam’s last royal Dynasty,and the bustling Dong Ba market to see it’s abundance of fresh produce. Overnight in Hue.

Forbidden Purple City of Hue

Day 5: Hue –Boat trip – Transfer to Hoi An via Danang (B, L)
We will take a dragon boat to cruise along the Perfume River. Stop to visit Thien Mu pagoda, then we continue by our van to visit to the majestic and scenic Emperor Tu Duc tomb.

Emperor Tu Duc Tomb

In the afternoon we depart Hue for Hoi An, travel through the high pass of Hai Van with its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean en route to Da Nang. We will visit Cham Museum, Marble Mountain and then going to Hoi An for our night stay. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6: Hoi An – Farming Fishing Eco Tour & Walking Tour (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.

Boat trip in Thu Bon River, Hoi An

We also learn and 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…Back on-board our Hoi An Eco-tour boat, enjoy our lunch and cold beer or soft drink on boat, then back to hotel.

In the 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.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Day 7: Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
After breakfast, we transfer to Danang and fly to Ho Chi Minh city where our local tour guide and driver welcome and transfer us to hotel.
In the afternoon, we leave Ho Chi Minh City for the Cu Chi tunnels, otherwise known as the “Iron Triangle” or “Iron Land”. 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 mantraps 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 Ho Chi Minh City.

American battle tank in the tunnel of Cu Chi

Day 8: (Saigon) Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta (B, L)
This morning we have an early start as we head to the Mekong Delta. Often dubbed the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, this 39,000-square-kilometre labyrinth of waterways remains one of the most densely populated parts of the country. Our group will start at the Cai Be pier for the Cai Be floating market, a colourful wholesale market which sits on the waters of the Mekong. Following this we stop at workshops to watch century old techniques as the locals produce rice paper, coconut candy and fish sauce.

Cai Be floating market

After lunch we continue to explore the Mekong on the back of a bicycle. As we cycle along village paths we will be able to chat to the local farmers and witness them at work. Later this afternoon we transfer back to Saigon to freshen up. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Biking in Mekong Delta

Day 9: Departure Ho Chi Minh City (B)
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 is included?

  • Private transfer and transportation
  • English speaking guide (other languages up on request)
  • 8 night accommodation based on twin/double share, daily breakfast
  • Private boat trip in Halong Bay
  • Private boat trip in Perfume River
  • Private boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • Boat trip on Eco Tour in Hoi An
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • Airport tax
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Water during the trip
  • Many photo opportunities

What is excluded?

  • Visa to Vietnam
  • International airfare to/ from Vietnam.
  • Single supplement
  • Own expenses

Recommended Hotel List:

City 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars
Hanoi Authentic hotel Lan Vien hotel Apricot hotel
Hue Êmm 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


  • Mui Ne trip in November?
    Is it the best time to visit Mui Ne-Phan Thiet in January. We plan to visit Vietnam in early January but worry about bad weather?

    • January is the time of winter in northern Vietnam, but in the south, weather is cooler, light winds and calm sea. It is not the best time but a good time to visit Mui Ne.

  • I do like to visit too many temples or pagodas on Vietnam tours, what else you think are suitable for me?

    • In many of our programs there are temples and pagodas in those, however, if you do not like to visit too many temples and we can build many other interesting programs for you such as: visit village, country lanes, home stay, easy cycling tour, cottage industry villages, markets, farms, hill tribe villages. There are many places and activities for you to choose. Please send us your traveling time and tell us what you need and we will do the rest. I am sure you will have a trip of a life time in Vietnam.

  • Is 21 Day Classic Vietnam Vista tour available?

  • I have only 7 days in Vietnam and would love to go from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, where should I go?

    • It is very rush to go from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh for you trip in Vietnam. However, the itinerary for you would be as follow:
      Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
      Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
      Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi fly to Danang transfer to Hoi An
      Day 4: Hoi An
      Day 5 Morning Hoi An – Danang fly to Ho Chi Minh- afternoon Ho Chi Minh City Tour
      Day 6 Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta one day (or Cu Chi and Cao Dai temple one day trip could be the option)
      Day 7: Departure Ho Chi Minh

  • Do you have French speaking guide?
    Can we have French speaking guide instead? We come from France and it is hard for us to understand Vietnam culture with an English speaking guide.

  • Can we just book day tours with you?

    • Yes sure you can, a part from organizing tours in Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia. We also offer a lot of interesting day tours and excursions in different interesting place in Vietnam. Please view this page for Vietnam day tours & excursions

  • Can you tailor a tour for us to go from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi in 9 days?

    • Yes we can, 9 day trip from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi is a bit short but enough for you to the highlights of the country from South to North such as: Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay
      The tour program will be suggested as follow:
      Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh
      Day 2: Mekong Delta one day
      Day 3 Ho Chi Minh city tour in the morning – after noon fly to Danang then transfer to Hoi An
      Day 4: Hoi An
      Day 5: Hoi An transfer to Danang to fly to Hanoi
      Day 6 Hanoi City tour
      Day 7 Hanoi – Halong Bay overnight on cruise
      Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi
      Day 9 Departure

  • Can we pay by AUD for Vietnam tours?
    Will you accept AUD for payment? We would like to book some tours for our vacation in Vietnam but concerning about the payments.

  • Will you offer us private boat in our trip in Hue or Halong Bay?

  • Are some activities as cycling, kayaking or boating around available in our Vietnam tours?

  • I don’t like shopping, can you cut off those shopping place from my trip?

    • Yes sure, all of our Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia trips are no forced shopping tours. So you do not have to waste your time then. Some time the on trip we also have a break at some shopping places mainly just for going to bathroom and relax then go. If you do not like that and we can cut off that place from your itinerary too.

  • Tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 12 days?
    Can you tailor a tour for us to go from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi in 12 days? We like nature sightseeing and explore culture of Vietnam.

    • Yes, of course. We are available tour 12 days friendly; arrive from Ho Chi Minh and departure from Hanoi. I am pleased to suggest you visit Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnel – Home stay in Mekong Delta – paddy fields in Sapa and overnight on cruise in Ha Long Bay. I believe it will be a fantastic experience for you.

  • Facebook access in Vietnam trip?
    Is Facebook blocked in Vietnam? Some of my friends come back from Vietnam and said that they couldn’t log in to post photos of their trip in Vietnam.

  • I finish my Vietnam trip from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi for 15 days. What can I do if I have 3 more days in Hanoi? Can I go to Sapa?

    • You have some option such as going to Mai Chau (2 days or 3 days). You can also go to Sapa, you need to catch an overnight train to Sapa from Hanoi and back and spend at least 2 days 1 night there. So if you want to go to Sapa and you need to have 2 nights on the train and one night in the hotel (or in the home stay in the village)

  • What do you mean by classic tour?

    • Classic Vietnam tours are the ones that chose a lot by our clients. The trips cover most highlight of the Vietnam from North to South. It could be some choice for classic tours just for the North. Center or the South of Vietnam

  • What highlights will you provide for Vietnam classic tours with 9 days?

    • Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An Town – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon is the best itinerary for you 9 days classic trip in Vietnam. You can find out more in formation at 9 Day Vietnam at a Glance tour.

  • How many days for Vietnam tours?
    Can you advise how many days I should spend in Vietnam tour for visiting highlights from North to South of Vietnam? I do not have much time, so need cover the main highlights.

    • Due to your limited time, I am please to advise you some available tour such as: Vietnam Super Quick 7 days or Vietnam at a glance 9 days or more Vietnam highlight 10 days.

  • Where can I find some paintings in Vietnam?

    • You can get the galleries in Hanoi to have the most authentic paintings. Nguyen Art gallery is one of the best galleries in Hanoi, please check at 31 A Van Mieu street near literature temple.

  • Cigarettes and wines for Vietnam trip?
    Can I bring cigarettes and wines to Vietnam? We are looking for a wonderful vacation in Vietnam in mid November but concerning about some personal items.

    • Yes, you can bring cigarettes and wines to Vietnam. 1.5 liters of wine and alcohol is allowed per person. Cigarette is under 400 and cigar is less than 500 gram per person.

  • How about the accommodation or hotel in Vietnam? Will you pay for our stay if we take Vietnam tours?

    • All accommodation and hotels are included in tour packages. Most hotels and accommodation in your Vietnam trip is based on the standard of quality as well as central location in tourist site.

  • I travel by myself; can I book a private tour with you?

    • Yes sure, you can. Booking a private tour for one person is always more expensive than travel from 2 people up. However, we can tailor the trip for you to suite your travel budget.

  • I have a group of 12 people intend to go to Vietnam. Do I get any discount?

    • Yes you do. The more people to join the trip the cheaper it will be. You surely will get the great discount from us. Please send us a request for what you need any we will get back to you shortly with proposal as well as a great price for you.

  • Will I have homestay when traveling with you in Vietnam classic tours?

  • Customized tours for Vietnam vacation?
    Do you have customized tours in Vietnam? I mean classic tours but can I make some changes in the time and itinerary?

  • I see that you have many interesting tour itinerary, can I join with other people?

    • What a pity, up to now we not yet run joining Vietnam tours. However, we can make the private trip from one people up. Traveling on a private tour would give you more chance to do what you like at your own pace and timing. Please send us your intended travel date, tell us what you need for your Vietnam trip and we will give you the best quotation for you.

  • Classic tours for 15-days vacation in VIetnam?
    What about 15 day classic tours in Vietnam? We are looking for tours for 15 day trip in Vietnam, what will you recommend us?

  • How many days will you recommend for classic tours in Vietnam?

    • It depends on the time you spend for Vietnam, generally, 9 or 10 days is a shortest time to enjoy the best highlights of Vietnam. More time will bring more experiences and memorable trips in Vietnam.

  • What is the popular itinerary for 15 days Vietnam trip from North to South?

    • The Good itinerary from South of Vietnam up to North for 15 day would be:
      Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City
      Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour & Cu Chi Tunnel
      Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong Delta (Home-stay)
      Day 4: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh city
      Day 5: Ho Chi Minh city – Fly to Nha Trang
      Day 6: Nha Trang
      Day 7: Nha Trang – Fly to Danang – transfer to Hoi An
      Day 8: Hoi An
      Day 9: Hoi An – Transfer to Hue
      Day 10: Hue City tour
      Day 11: Hue – Fly to Hanoi
      Day 12: Hanoi – City tour
      Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Overnight on junk cruise)
      Day 14: Halong Bay – Hanoi
      Day 15: Departure Hanoi


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