tonkin show banner Explore the well-known sites of Vietnam and Thailand on this wonderful 17-day journey! In Vietnam, travel along this S-shaped country to marvel at epic historical relics, ancient streets, and interesting outdoor activities. Head to Thailand, explore its colorful and vibrant capital, Bangkok before relaxing in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
 

Tour Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Bangkok – Phu Ket (or Krabi)
Duration: 17 Days/ 16 Nights
Date: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Start/ End: Hanoi/ Bangkok
Tour Type: Explore and Experience, Beach Relaxation
Tour Category: Indochina Tour Packages
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Brief Itinerary

12-day Vietnam Tour
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Hue
Day 5: Hue City Tour
Day 6: Hue – Hoi An
Day 7: Hoi An Walking Tour – Tailor Shop
Day 8: Hoi An Leisure
Day 9: Hoi An Farming & Fishing Tour
Day 10:
 Hoi An – Danang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Bangkok
5-day Thailand Tour
Day 13: Bangkok City Tour
Day 14: Bangkok – Fly to Phu Ket or Krabi
Day 15 & 16: Beach Leisure
Day 17:
 Departure

 
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12-day Vietnam Tour

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival, your guide and driver will be waiting to warmly greet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be yours, relax at leisure. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be served at a fine local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

ta hien beer street in vietnam

Night Activities Recommended: Get into local beer at Ta Hien Streets, discover the atmosphere of sleepless street with life music, young blood… There will be a variety of bars and pubs to enjoy or you just simply spend your evening strolling around and shopping.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L, D)

Today, we will enjoy a city tour in Hanoi, exploring all highlights here. We will visit Ho Chi Minh complex and spend time at Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and also, One Pillar Pagoda. The next place we pay a visit this morning is the Temple of Literature built as a temple of Confucius. Lunch will be served at KOTO restaurant which is the non-profit restaurant established by Vietnamese – Australian citizen in helping the street children have a job.

vietnam temple of literature

In the afternoon, we transfer to the Museum of Ethnology, known as the best in the country. It has an extensive display dedicated to 54 Ethnic minority peoples in Vietnam. Also, head to Hoa Lo Prison Museum which is well-known as the “Hanoi Hilton”. This place was the place that the former US presidential candidate – John McCain was incarcerated for more than 5 years.

the hoa lo prison museum

You can choose to pass by Long Bien bridge which is the oldest bridge in Hanoi to feel the steady daily life of the locals here. It would be much different from the bustle streets nearby. Later, get into an hour of cyclo tour through the Old Quarter to get an insight into the Old Hanoi. After that, let sit down and enjoy the famous Water Puppets Show.

Optional Shows: Along with enjoying Water Puppets Show, you can choose the Tonkin Show or My Village show.

My Village Show: – Lang Toi at Tuong Theatre. Through Vietnamese music, dancing, acrobatics, juggling and bamboo, the show will tell you the cultural story of North Vietnam.

the tonkin show in hanoi

Tonkin Show: Normally, the show is opened on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The Quintessence of Tonkin Show is considered one of the most exhilarating show in Hanoi. It lasts an hour (7:30 pm – 8:30 pm) and draws inspiration from the spiritual history of Thay Pagoda nearby. The show tells you the story of Thay Pagoda which was found by venerable monk Tu Dao Hanh and explains the old-aged union between religion and the monarchy. This live spectacle is an unmissable highlight of any trip to Hanoi with years in the making and with hundreds of performers, an interactive stage, state-of-the-art technology, and a stunning setting.

You can find a local cuisine market here and take some for dinner. After enjoying the meal, go to the Tonkin show and you will go to the out-door stage of the show.

Remarks:

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum will be closed on every Monday & Friday. However, we can still visit outside and other sites in the complex.
  • The Museum of Ethnology is not opened on every Monday.
  • The Museum can be moved to another museum in Hanoi as your interest.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay, Overnight on Cruise (B, L, D)

Today, we will enjoy our trip to one of the most magnificent scenic environments in the world, Halong Bay. Live, swim & sleep upon emerald wave aboard an exquisite Vietnamese boat atop the Halong Bay’s calm waters, dining in style with special comfort of the evening breeze that gently brushes through your hair. Be served a lavish meal consisting of the very finest of Vietnamese and oriental cuisine. Expand your palette as well as acquire the taste for something different!

kayaking exploration in halong bay

And for those loving the water, you can feel it around your body as you take an invigorating swim under a glowing afternoon sun in the quiet, peaceful bay, the tranquil, crashing waves and picturesque view accenting your indulgence perfectly… Spend the night in your own private cabin, complete with air conditioning and a very comfortable bed to get your head down after a day of joy. Overnight on cruise.

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Hue (B, L)

Wake up with your head just atop the lapping waters, we’ll enjoy a full breakfast atop the top deck of your ship before discovering the legendary Sung Sot cave as well as the natural beauty around it. Then, go back to the glorious city of Hanoi once more to connect with your trip to Hue City…Overnight in Hue.

Day 5: Hue Full-day City Tour (B, L)

Today, the day tour in Hue takes you through the heart of the old Imperial Citadel as well as inducts you into the times of old. It is a pure breath of knowledge for the soul as you are walked through the ages of Vietnam & exposed to the stunning, yet pleasantly turbulent history of the great country. Witness the mausoleums of the powerful former Emperors, well-preserved, their history carved into humanity eternally, and listen to the stories of all that they achieved. Seek what shaped the beauty of the country you marvel at before you today. And even venture to the oldest, the first site of the fabled Hue City, the Thien Mu Pagoda, and know where it all began… Coming back in time really is possible with these amazing visits! Overnight in Hue.

entrance gate in hue imperial citadel

Day 6: Hue – Hoi An (via Danang) (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel and we take a pretty drive to Hoi An along the highway A1. En route, make a stop to contemplate the beautiful vista of North to Lang Co Beach, and South to Danang City,

the cham museum in danang city

Upon arrival in Danang, visit Cham Museum which is home to the most complete collection of Cham Artifacts. Also, China Beach where the American named and used to enjoy relaxation. Go to the Marble Mountain or the 5 Elements of the Universe (air, wood, water, fire, earth). In the afternoon arrive in Hoi An. The rest of the day will be yours. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An Walking tour – Tailor shop (B, L)

Today, enjoy a walking tour in the morning. Begin our walking tour around the old-aged town to head to the Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky old house, the Pottery Museum, the silk street of Hoi An, the Cantonese congregation, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance.

tailor shop in hoi an

Later, go to the renowned tailored shops which will be waiting for you. If you want, the guide will take you to visit some of them. For the Ao Dai or suit, it takes around 5 hours to complete this. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An – Leisure at An Bang Beach (B)

Today, relax at leisure.

Day 9: Hoi An Farming & Fishing Life Eco Day Tour (B, L)

Early start in the morning as we head off to our Farming & Fishing Life Eco Tour. Starting at Tra Que Village, we will get an insight into the local farming communities. Here, we enjoy with the farmers in preparing their land for sowing, helping to fertilize the garden using seaweed from the local river as well as watering it in using huge tin cans strapped to our backs.

experience hoi an farming tour

Following this, we start our leisurely cycling tour through the countryside marveling at the local Vietnamese rural life first hand. Later, board our Hoi An Eco-tour boat for enjoying a river cruise. Meet and witness local fishermen working their craft, before getting into a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. We then go to a Vietnamese bamboo basket boat for a quick race along with ride down a coconut palm-lined waterway. Lunch will be served on boat, which is prepared using vegetables picked earlier at Tra Que Village. In the afternoon, we have some free time to stroll around Hoi An town center before returning to the hotel. The rest of the day will be yours. Relax at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (fly) (B, L)

Today, after breakfast, relax at leisure until getting escorted to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, our guide and driver will be waiting to warmly greet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be yours, relax at leisure.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Cai Be Floating Market (B, L)

Today, we depart for Cai Be, stopping to take photos of Tan An town overlooking the gorgeous flat rice fields. On arrival in Cai Be, we will take a motorboat heading to the Cai Be floating market & watch the locals trading fruit along with many other commodities on board their vessels. Then, we wander into the small villages to head to the orchard and fruit plantation. We keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to discover the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Head to a small family business to marvel at how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Reach Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where you can get into nature.

making popcorn in mekong delta

Have lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the garden and enjoy traditional music. Take a delightful walk through the bonsai garden. Meet the guide & driver again in Vinh Long and return to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City – Flight to Bangkok (B, L)

Today, we will have an interesting trip to Cu Chi tunnels in the morning and a city tour in the afternoon. We will watch a short introductory video before we enter the tunnels, which will show how they were built, followed by an exploration of the tunnels’ maze, some of which have been widened in order to allow tourists access. Also, on display, there are various mantraps as well as the remains of an American tank, numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers during the war. We have lunch at a restaurant before head to Ho Chi Minh City.

shooting in cu chi tunnels

In the afternoon, visit the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam. Then, head to War Remnant Museum, where we can observe countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting about the second Indochina war. Stop at Notre Dame Cathedral & Old Post office to get good shots for our memory of the big & modern city of Vietnam. For the rest of the day, visit Ben Thanh market.

see old tank at reunification palace

Take a flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, our guide and driver will be waiting to warmly greet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be yours, relax at leisure. Overnight in Bangkok.

5-day Thailand Tour

Day 13: Bangkok City Tour (B, L)

Today we will explore Bangkok – City of Angel. Our tour begins with Phaya Thai Plaza. Go to Wat Traimet and explore the biggest pure Gold Statue of Buddha which is an elegant multilevel white & gold temple. It is located at the very beginning of Yaowarat Road that makes it a perfect starting point for a Chinatown Exploration. Next, we discover the Photo Point which is going to be China Town Icon. Take a stop for picture & selfie there.

Bangkok Golden Buddha Temple in WatTraimit

We then visit the iconic “India Town” – Phahurat and will take a break with the renowned Sikh Temple & Samosa shop. Head to the biggest flower market of Asia which will be our next photo point. Later, head to the legend of our tour – Wat Benja or Marble built in 1900 By King Rama V. Finally, pay a visit to the world-class gems factory and see how the purest gems look like. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 14: Bangkok – Fly to Phu Ket or Krabi – Beach Leisure (B)

After breakfast, relax at leisure until getting escorted to the airport for a flight to Phuket/Krabi. Upon arrival, our guide and driver will be waiting to warmly greet you and escort you to the resort for check-in. Overnight at resort in Phuket/Krabi.

phu ket beach in thailand

Day 15 & 16: Beach Leisure (B)

Beach and Relaxation

Day 17: Phu Ket/Krabi – Fly back your home (B)

Beach and Relaxation until getting escorted to the airport for a flight coming home. The trip ends. Hope you enjoyed it and wish that we could have an opportunity to go with Viet Vision Travel again.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
  • English-speaking station guides (Other languages upon request)
  • Activities as listed in the itineraries
  • All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Porter fees at airports
  • Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinking water while touring
  • Flights as mentioned in the Itinerary

Exclusions

  • International ticket to/from Vietnam & Thailand
  • Visa for both countries
  • Meals other than mentioned
  • Visits not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Any other items not mentioned