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Vietnam Tours > Discovery Trips >  Essential Vietnam ( 14 days/13 nights )

15 days/ 14 nights
Trip code: VNDN15

This is our most preferred programs featuring a balance of culture and adventure. The trip covers most wonderful highlights of the country including Hanoi Mai Chau Ha Long Bay - Hue Hoi An Danang Nha Trang Saigon - Mekong Delta within 15 days


Easy to Moderate

Day 1 : Arrival Hano
Meet and greet upon arrival to airport.
Transfer to our hotel in town. This evening,
your guide will take you out to sample some
of Hanois superb cuisine.
(Dinner included)

Day 2 : Hanoi City tour

This morning we drive to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh. The complex also contains the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the founding of the city in the 11th century. We follow this with a walking tour of Hanoi's vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, the focal point of the city. The Old Quarter with its bustling streets are home to hundreds of small thriving businesses, each street denoting its trade, such as Tin Street or Fish Street. In the afternoon, we will visit the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam's oldest university, dating back to the 11th century. The temple is dedicated to one of the world's most famous scholars, Confucius. From here we visit the impressive Museum of Ethnology, the finest museum in Vietnam. This museum is dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minorities, several of which we will see on our forthcoming trek.
(Breakfast included)

Day 3 : Hanoi - Hoabinh
This morning we leave Hanoi head west into the Hoa Binh Province. It is a four-hour drive to Mai Chau where we will have lunch, but we will make stops along the way. Following lunch we drive to the H'mong village of Sa Linh 1 hour away. From here we will start our trek to the village of Hang Kia, a 1.5-hour walk. Our hosts for the evening will be the Hmong minority people. In sampling these peoples hospitality, we find out a little more about their lives and culture. Tonights accommodation will probably be a little more basic than you would be used to.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 4 : Maichau Villages
Leaving Hang Kia we continue our trek to the White Thai village of Van. It is a seven-hour trek, and in places is quite steep, but the stunning verdant scenery will be more than adequate compensation for any hardships! Tonight we are guests of the White Thai in a traditional stilt house.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 5 : Maichau - Hanoi
Following breakfast we trek for around two hours to the village of Khoe where we are met by our vehicle that will take us to Poomcoong village where we are treated to a local lunch. In the afternoon we drive back to Hanoi, stopping en route to visit Ho Chi Minh trails Museum. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
(Breakfast and Lunch included)

Day 6 : Hanoi-Halong bay
This morning we head out for a 4 hour drive through verdant Red River Delta to Halong bay where we board our own private boat for a five-hour cruise around the secluded and majestic Ha Long Bay giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. Whilst on board a sumptuous fresh local seafood lunch will be served. There will be opportunities for a swim and time to explore some of the limestone caves in the area. Tonight we stay overnight on the board.
(Breakfast ,Lunch and Diner included)

Day 7 : Halong - Hanoi
After breakfast we head out for a wonderful exploration
 of Bai Tu Long area. We have time to explore prime
beaches and floating villages. We are treated to
fresh seafood lunch on board before our drive back to
Hanoi. Tonight we  board the Reunification Express for
our overnight train to Hue.
(Breakfast and Lunch included)

Day 8 : Hanoi - Hue
Arriving to Hue, there will be a transfer to our hotel for a freshen up and breakfast. We then set out for the exploration of Hue's famous highlights, including the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. In the surrounding countryside there is the picturesque Thiem Mu, or Heavenly Lady Pagoda. One of the most poignant displays here is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. Also worth visiting are the tombs of the former Emperors, in particular that of Emperor TuDuc.
(Breakfast & Lunch included)

Day 9 : Hue - Hoian

As we bid Hue farewell this morning we continue our south bound journey, this time in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Today's destination is the old trading town of Hoi An. Along the way though we will stop at Lang Co beach for coffee and refreshments. From here we head up to the Hai Van pass, stopping at the top to take in the stunning views north over Lang Co beach and south over Danang city. Continuing on our way down the other side and into Da nang, where we will stop at the Cham Museum, the famed Non NuocBeach, and the Marble Mountains. Arriving in Hoi An we spend the rest of the afternoon exploring and relaxing.
(Breakfast and Lunch included)

Day 10 : Hoian
Today there is plenty of time to discover what Hoi An  has to offer. You can spend your time walking around  exploring the many Chinese assembly halls and  fascinating ancestral homes, some of which have  been occupied by the same family for fifteen genera- ions. The town is also famous for it's shops in particular  it's large number of tailors. If you wanted, you could  have a whole new wardrobe made for you here! You might like to take a boat ride with one of the local women across the Thu Bon River. Perhaps you would like to hire a bicycle and head off on a scenic ride to Cua Dai beach, about 4 km away. There's even the chance to improve your culinary skills with a Vietnamese cooking lesson! One thing is for sure - there is no shortage of things to do in this town! This evening we transfer to Danang for the overnight train to Nha Trang.
(Breakfast included)

Day 11 : Hoian - Nhatrang
We arrive in Nha Trang in the early morning. Our time in Nha Trang is free for relaxing and soaking up the sun on the beautiful white sandy beaches and swimming in the crystal clear warm waters. Optional scuba diving or taking a mineral mud baths..

Day 12 : Nhatrang
Following breakfast we embark on an boat trip to nearby islands. Seafood lunch will be served on boat or at fishing villages. We continue our cruise for more swim or snorkeling at prime beaches. Tonight we board overnight train to Saigon (optional flight to Saigon the following day )
(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 13 : Nhatrang - Saigon
Arriving to Saigon we transfer to our hotel.  A free morning in HCMC for exploring some of the major sights, including the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum and Cholon, Saigons Chinatown. In the afternoon we embark on a 1 hour and 45 minute drive to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. This amazing network of tunnels which stretched for over 250 kilometers, and was three levels deep, gives the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the American war must have been like.
(Breakfast included)

Day 14 : Mekong Delta
We set off this morning for a drive through the Mekong Delta to Cai Be floating market. Here we will board our private boat for a cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. We will stop at the home of a Bonsai gardener for a sumptuous Delta lunch, before continuing our exploration of the tributaries and canals of the delta. Following these visits we will once again board our vehicle for the drive to Ho Chi Minh City.
(Breakfast and Lunch included)

Day 15 : Departure
Balance of the day at leisure until the departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.
(Breakfast included)

Trip includes

   English speaking guide
  All accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfast
  Meals as indicated
  All transfers/ transport
  Entrance fees and permits during guided time
  Soft sleeper train Hanoi - Hue; Saigon -Nhatrang
  Boat ride in Halong bay and in Mekong river

Trip excludes

   International airfares & airport taxes
  Pre/post trip arrangement
  Visa and visa arrangement
  Travel insurance
  Meals not indicated
  Other personal expenses
  Tips and gratuities

Trip cost

In USD and per person, from 2 people onward. Please contact us for further information.


We will be accommodating at local hotels, clean, friendly staffs hotel with good location. Easy access to city central, dining area, and favorite hangouts. While our emphasis is not on luxury accommodation, we can upgrade or downgrade the lodging pending to your request.

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