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Experience The Real Vietnam

A Glimpse of Vietnam in 07 Days

Price from
450 USD
Duration
07 Days
Distance
Leisure Holiday
Difficulty
Leisure Holiday
Tour Code
Trip Start in
Ho Chi Minh City
Trip Finish in
Hanoi City
Trip style: Private
Leisure trip
Small group size
From:02-10

OVERVIEW

A perfect way for a taste of Vietnam’s best in a short amount of time. From the north to the south, this tour covers the most mesmerizing destinations with unrivaled activities that make this tour standing out.

The trip departure in Ho Chi Minh dynamic city and ending in Hanoi Capital. You will have a chance to visit the two biggest cities including the Mekong Delta and the world heritage of Halong Bay.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Saigon Arrival

Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels - Foodie Tour

Day 3: Mekong Delta - A O Show

Day 4: Flight to Hanoi - Halong Bay

Day 5:Halong Bay - Puppet Show

Day 6: Hanoi City Tour

Day 7: Departure

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Feel the metropolitan pulse of Saigon and experiencing its highlights in a special way by Vespa tour
  • Enjoy Dinner on the cruise along the Saigon river accompanied by Folk music and dancing performance
  • Boat trip through the narrow and dense water lanes and canals of Mekong river
  • Dig into the diverse culture of both North and South of Vietnam via culture shows: AO show, Quintessence of Tonkin Show
  • Take a leisure cruise in Ha Long Bay, where 1,600 rock islets form a spectacular limestone landscape
  • A Glimpse of Vietnam in 07 Days
  • A Glimpse of Vietnam in 07 Days
  • A Glimpse of Vietnam in 07 Days
  • A Glimpse of Vietnam in 07 Days
  • A Glimpse of Vietnam in 07 Days
  • A Glimpse of Vietnam in 07 Days
  • A Glimpse of Vietnam in 07 Days
  • A Glimpse of Vietnam in 07 Days
  • A Glimpse of Vietnam in 07 Days
  • A Glimpse of Vietnam in 07 Days

Day 01 : SAIGON ARRIVAL – DINNER AT LOCAL FINE DINING RESTAURANT (D)

Airport picks up and transfers to check-in hotel. Free at your leisure to explore the city on your own.
Evening transfer to Local fine dining  restaurant for dinner,


 Day 02: CU CHI TUNNEL BY SPEED BOAT – FOODIE TOUR BY VESPA (B/L/D)

Morning, proceed to Cu Chi Tunnels – one of the important sites during the Vietnam War – for sightseeing by luxury speed boat on Saigon River. Enjoy the landscape and waterway during the trip. Drink and snacks are served on board.
Afternoon, visit the highlights of Saigon city inclusive of the War Museum, the French quarter. Drive back to your hotel for refreshment.
Evening, take a Foodie tour by Vintage Vespa. This is one of the best ways to experience Saigon city nightlife.


Day 03: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA – AO SHOW (B/L/D)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Afterward, transfer to Mekong Delta where is typical by a dense net of canals and rivers. Embark on the boat to visit the vast areas, experience the daily life of the local people, their culture, and family run business.
Evening, enjoy AO Show at Opera House, a culture show that provides lifelike insights of Vietnam from the peaceful countryside to frantic city life. The show has conquered successfully millions of its audiences not only at Vietnam’s stages but also worldwide’s on the abroad tours.
Enjoy Dinner at a fine dining restaurant, taste the local cuisine.


 Day 04: SAIGON – FLIGHT TO HANOI/HAI PHONG – HALONG BAY CRUISE – OVERNIGHT ONBOARD (B/L/D)

Taking a 2-hour flight to Hanoi or Hai Phong City and land transfer to Halong Bay, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO since 1994 and 2006. Check in the luxurious overnight cruise, start the bon voyage 2 days 1 night.
Enjoy the sumptuous lunch while the boat cruising in the majestic Bay. Afternoon visit the Grottos, stop for swimming or kayaking, passing floating houses, and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. Back to the cruise, enjoy a sunset cocktail (upon request) and cooking demonstration before having a buffet dinner. Evening attends activities on the boat or relaxes at your own leisure. Overnight on the cruise.


 Day 05: HALONG BAY – HANOI – WATER PUPPET SHOW (B/BR/D)

You should wake up early to enjoy the dawn on the sea in the early morning. The Vietnamese call the “East Sea” by a point-oriented name “Eastern Sea”, so you may guess how miraculous seeing the sunrise over the islets of the Bay. You can join a Taichi-Quan practice guided by the crew
Having brunch whilst your boat continues to cruise in marvelous areas, where almost every islet has its own name, adopting its shape or reminiscent like Sail Island, Fisherman’s head rock, Butterfly rock or Turtle islet, etc.
Disembark from the cruise, transfer overland to Hanoi then heading to a local restaurant for dinner and enjoy the Water Puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.


 Day 06: HANOI  CITY TOUR  (B/L/D)

Today, we will start our city tour from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his simple house-on-stilts, and the One-Pillar pagoda near Ba Dinh Square, where the most solemn ceremonies of Hanoi take place.
Go on to the Temple of Literature, the very first high school of Vietnam Scholars and a temple dedicated to Confucius. Have lunch at a local fine dining restaurant.
The afternoon has an overall view of the capital by a “cyclo” visit, which will go through the fascinating network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as ‘The 36 Streets’ – each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts and from medicines to tombstones. Drop by at the Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple with the Red Bridge, the soul of the Hanoi people.
Enjoy dinner at the fine dining restaurant and overnight in Hanoi.


Day 07: FREE AT LEISURE – DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. You will have a free day for shopping and own sightseeing until transferred to the airport for the onward flight.
Please note that the normal check out time: 12:0pm.


Countryside Adventures Team

Inclusions
Ground transportation
Accommodation in Saigon
Local Guide
Experienced local guide
Meals: B.L.D
Vespa Foodie Tour
Entrance fees
Drinks: Water.Coffee
Accommodation in Saigon
Mekong Boat trip
Experienced Guide
Ground Transportation
Meals: B.L.D
Drinks/Snacks
Accommodation in Saigon
A O Show
Domestic FLight to Hanoi
Halong Boat trip
Ground transportation
Local Guide
Meals: B.L.D
Accommodation in Hanoi
Meals:B.L.D
Experience Guide
Ground transportation
Water Show
Experienced Guide
Meals:B.L
Entrance fees
Ground Transportation
Cycle Tour
Ground Transportation
Local Guide

Day 01 : SAIGON ARRIVAL – DINNER AT LOCAL FINE DINING RESTAURANT (D)

Airport picks up and transfers to check-in hotel. Free at your leisure to explore the city on your own.
Evening transfer to Local fine dining  restaurant for dinner,


 Day 02: CU CHI TUNNEL BY SPEED BOAT – FOODIE TOUR BY VESPA (B/L/D)

Morning, proceed to Cu Chi Tunnels – one of the important sites during the Vietnam War – for sightseeing by luxury speed boat on Saigon River. Enjoy the landscape and waterway during the trip. Drink and snacks are served on board.
Afternoon, visit the highlights of Saigon city inclusive of the War Museum, the French quarter. Drive back to your hotel for refreshment.
Evening, take a Foodie tour by Vintage Vespa. This is one of the best ways to experience Saigon city nightlife.


Day 03: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA – AO SHOW (B/L/D)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Afterward, transfer to Mekong Delta where is typical by a dense net of canals and rivers. Embark on the boat to visit the vast areas, experience the daily life of the local people, their culture, and family run business.
Evening, enjoy AO Show at Opera House, a culture show that provides lifelike insights of Vietnam from the peaceful countryside to frantic city life. The show has conquered successfully millions of its audiences not only at Vietnam’s stages but also worldwide’s on the abroad tours.
Enjoy Dinner at a fine dining restaurant, taste the local cuisine.


 Day 04: SAIGON – FLIGHT TO HANOI/HAI PHONG – HALONG BAY CRUISE – OVERNIGHT ONBOARD (B/L/D)

Taking a 2-hour flight to Hanoi or Hai Phong City and land transfer to Halong Bay, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO since 1994 and 2006. Check in the luxurious overnight cruise, start the bon voyage 2 days 1 night.
Enjoy the sumptuous lunch while the boat cruising in the majestic Bay. Afternoon visit the Grottos, stop for swimming or kayaking, passing floating houses, and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. Back to the cruise, enjoy a sunset cocktail (upon request) and cooking demonstration before having a buffet dinner. Evening attends activities on the boat or relaxes at your own leisure. Overnight on the cruise.


 Day 05: HALONG BAY – HANOI – WATER PUPPET SHOW (B/BR/D)

You should wake up early to enjoy the dawn on the sea in the early morning. The Vietnamese call the “East Sea” by a point-oriented name “Eastern Sea”, so you may guess how miraculous seeing the sunrise over the islets of the Bay. You can join a Taichi-Quan practice guided by the crew
Having brunch whilst your boat continues to cruise in marvelous areas, where almost every islet has its own name, adopting its shape or reminiscent like Sail Island, Fisherman’s head rock, Butterfly rock or Turtle islet, etc.
Disembark from the cruise, transfer overland to Hanoi then heading to a local restaurant for dinner and enjoy the Water Puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.


 Day 06: HANOI  CITY TOUR  (B/L/D)

Today, we will start our city tour from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his simple house-on-stilts, and the One-Pillar pagoda near Ba Dinh Square, where the most solemn ceremonies of Hanoi take place.
Go on to the Temple of Literature, the very first high school of Vietnam Scholars and a temple dedicated to Confucius. Have lunch at a local fine dining restaurant.
The afternoon has an overall view of the capital by a “cyclo” visit, which will go through the fascinating network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as ‘The 36 Streets’ – each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts and from medicines to tombstones. Drop by at the Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple with the Red Bridge, the soul of the Hanoi people.
Enjoy dinner at the fine dining restaurant and overnight in Hanoi.


Day 07: FREE AT LEISURE – DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. You will have a free day for shopping and own sightseeing until transferred to the airport for the onward flight.
Please note that the normal check out time: 12:0pm.


Countryside Adventures Team

Inclusions
Ground transportation
Accommodation in Saigon
Local Guide
Experienced local guide
Meals: B.L.D
Vespa Foodie Tour
Entrance fees
Drinks: Water.Coffee
Accommodation in Saigon
Mekong Boat trip
Experienced Guide
Ground Transportation
Meals: B.L.D
Drinks/Snacks
Accommodation in Saigon
A O Show
Domestic FLight to Hanoi
Halong Boat trip
Ground transportation
Local Guide
Meals: B.L.D
Accommodation in Hanoi
Meals:B.L.D
Experience Guide
Ground transportation
Water Show
Experienced Guide
Meals:B.L
Entrance fees
Ground Transportation
Cycle Tour
Ground Transportation
Local Guide

Included:

5 nights hotel accommodation on a twin-share basic with daily breakfast
01 night stay overnight on Board in Halong Bay in twin-share cabin.
Kayaking in Halong Bay
Internal flight tickets: Ho Chi Minh – Hanoi(economy class) Vietnam Airlines including fuel charge & Airport taxes.
Meals as mentioned in the itineraries: Vietnamese food, Asian Food basic.
All landed transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle, including pick-up and drop-off at airports on arrival and departure days
English Speaking Tour guide. Other languages on request
Boat trips in the Mekong Delta.
All entrance and sightseeing fees
A O Show, Water Puppet Show & Cyclo Tour in Hanoi Old Quarter.
Approval letter for landing visa to Vietnam: single entry, one month valid
All taxes & services charge.


Tour Cost Non-Included:

International airfare and airport tax in Vietnam
Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program
Visa fees to Vietnam
Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels
Massage onboard
Travel insurance
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping…)
Tipping/ Gratuities
Single supplement
Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods),
flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes, etc.

Package cost per person quoted in U.S Dollar:

Group size: 02 persons: 840 USD per person.

Group size: 03-05 persons: 740 USD per person.

Group size: 06 -10 persons: 640 USD per person.


 

Best time to travel to Vietnam

Vietnam is long and slender, with different regions subject to different weather conditions at any one time, which makes figuring out the best time to visit Vietnam somewhat tricky.

The country has a tropical monsoon climate. If you’re visiting the south of the country the driest months tend to be between December and April, while the north of the country is typically driest in spring and autumn.

Within this broad weather, the picture is regional variations, with differences in altitude also key to varying temperatures. Whereas the south tends to have a year-round tropical climate, the north is considerably cooler in winter.


Climate of Vietnam

The weather in Vietnam is defined by the monsoon season. The southern summer monsoon brings rain to the two deltas and west-facing slopes. At the same time, the cold winter monsoon picks up moisture over the Gulf of Tonkin and dumps it along the central coast and the eastern edge of the central highlands.

There are marked differences according to altitude and latitude; temperatures in the south of Vietnam remain calm all year round, while the north experiences distinct seasonal variations.


When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

If you intend to see a bit of everything, you need to work around the regional weather differences. Overall, autumn/winter (September – December) and spring (March and April) are probably the most favorable seasons if you’re planning to cover the whole country.

Most of Vietnam enjoys dry conditions and basks in the sunshine by December. Central Vietnam is the exception, which is gradually emerging from its rainy season. So it’s a good time to head to the southern coast if you want to soak up some rays and rack up some time on Vietnam’s gorgeous beaches. Beaches such as Mui Ne, or on the island of Phu Quoc are great in this month.

It’s also a good time to visit Ho Chi Minh City, with temperatures averaging a comfortable 26ºC.

If you’re planning a Christmas getaway be aware that things get booked up way in advance, so plan ahead.

Outdoor activities in the north are good in December. It is somewhat chilly, however, especially in the mountains – so pack extra layers.


Vietnamese food

The staple of Vietnamese meals is rice, with noodles a popular alternative at breakfast or as a snack. Typically, rice will be accompanied by a fish or meat dish, a vegetable dish and soup, followed by a green tea digestive. Seafood and fish – from rivers, lakes, canals and paddy fields as well as the sea – are favoured throughout the country, either fresh or dried. The most commonly used flavourings are shallots, coriander and lemon grass. Ginger, saffron, mint, anise and a basil-type herb also feature strongly, and coconut milk gives some southern dishes a distinctive richness.

Even in the south, Vietnamese food tends not to be over-spicy; instead chilli sauces or fresh chillies are served separately. Vietnam’s most famous seasoning is the ubiquitous nuoc mam, a nutrient-packed sauce which either is added during cooking or forms the base for various dipping sauces. Nuoc mam is made by fermenting huge quantities of fish in vats of salt for between six months and a year, after which the dark brown liquid is strained and graded according to its age and flavour. Foreigners usually find the smell of the sauce pretty rank, but most soon acquire a taste for its distinctive salty-sweetness.

The use of monosodium glutamate (MSG) can be excessive, especially in northern cooking, and some people are known to react badly to the seasoning. A few restaurants in the main cities have cottoned on to the foibles of foreigners and advertise MSG-free food; elsewhere, try saying khong co my chinh (without MSG), and keep your fingers crossed. Note that what looks like salt on the table is sometimes MSG, so taste it first.

The most famous Vietnamese dish has to be spring rolls, variously known as cha gio, cha nem, nem ran or just plain nem. Various combinations of minced pork, shrimp or crab, rice vermicelli, onions, bean sprouts and an edible fungus are rolled in rice-paper wrappers, and then eaten fresh or deep-fried. In some places they’re served with a bowl of lettuce and/or mint. In addition, a southern variation has barbecued strips of pork wrapped in semi-transparent rice wrappers, along with raw ingredients such as green banana and star fruit, and then dunked in a rich peanut sauce – every bit as tasty as it sounds.


Drinks

Giai khat means “quench your thirst” and you’ll see the signs everywhere, on stands selling fresh juices, bottled cold drinks or outside cafés and bia hoi (draught beer) outlets. Many drinks are served with ice: tempting though it may be, the only really safe policy is to avoid ice altogether – dung bo da, cam on (“no ice, thanks”) should do the trick. That said, ice in the top hotels, bars and restaurants is generally reliable, and some people take the risk in less salubrious establishments with apparent impunity.


Tea and coffee

Tea drinking is part of the social ritual in Vietnam. Small cups of refreshing, strong, green tea are presented to all guests or visitors: water is well boiled and safe to drink, as long as the cup itself is clean, and it’s considered rude not to take at least a sip. Although your cup will be continually replenished to show hospitality, you don’t have to carry on drinking; the polite way to decline a refill is to place your hand over the cup when your host is about to replenish it. Green tea is also served at the end of every restaurant meal, particularly in the south, and usually provided free.

Coffee production has boomed in recent years, largely for export, with serious environmental and social consequences. The Vietnamese drink coffee very strong and in small quantities, with a large dollop of condensed milk at the bottom of the cup. Traditionally, coffee is filtered at the table by means of a small dripper balanced over the cup or glass, which sometimes sits in a bowl of hot water to keep it warm. However, places accustomed to tourists increasingly run to fresh (pasteurized) milk, while in the main cities you’ll now find fancy Western-style cafés turning out decent lattes and cappuccinos. Highland Coffee has become Vietnam’s very own Starbucks-style chain, while out in the sticks you’re best off going for cafés with a Trung Nguyen sign.


Money

Vietnam’s unit of currency is the dong, which you’ll see abbreviated as “đ”, “d” or “VND” after an amount. Notes come in denominations of 500đ, 1000đ, 2000đ, 5000đ, 10,000đ, 20,000đ, 50,000đ, 100,000đ, 200,000đ and 500,000đ, coins in 200đ, 500đ, 1000đ, 2000đ and 5000đ (though coins are rarely seen). In addition to the dong, the American dollar operates as a parallel, unofficial currency and it’s a good idea to carry some dollars as a back-up to pay large bills. On the whole, though, it’s more convenient to operate in dong, and you’ll often find dong prices are slightly lower than the equivalent in dollars. For the latest exchange rates go to xe.com.

Dong are not available outside Vietnam at present, so take in some small-denomination American dollars to use until you reach a bank or ATM. Most banks and exchange bureaux don’t charge for changing foreign currency into dong; banks in major cities will accept euros and other major currencies, but elsewhere may only accept dollars. Some tour agents and hotels will also change money, and most jewellery shops in Vietnam will exchange dollars at a slightly better rate than the banks, but watch out for scams. Wherever you change money, ask for a mix of denominations (in remote places, bigger bills can be hard to split), and refuse really tatty banknotes, as you’ll have difficulty getting anyone else to accept them.

There’s also a comprehensive network of ATMs, many open 24 hours: most accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards issued abroad. The maximum withdrawal is two million dong at a time, with a charge per transaction (in addition to whatever surcharges your own bank levies). In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City you’ll also find ATMs operated by ANZ and HSBC. These accept a wider range of cards, including those in the Cirrus and Plus networks.


Health

We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus, and hepatitis A. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required when arriving from an infected area within six days.


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