This package Vietnam tour is all about sharing all of this fabulous country has to offer. We take you from the North to the South exploring all the important and exciting sites along the way! You will visit great and bustling cities, Hanoi and Saigon, get yourself immersed in tranquil and stunning countryside of Mai Chau and Ninh Binh, amazed by historic charms of Da Nang-Hoi An, and of course get on board to explore the Mekong Delta and wondrous Halong Bay.
After checking in to your hotel, feel free to catch some views of the Old Quarter and stroll around the Hoan Kiem Lake area on your own.
Set off your exploration day with many tourist attractions of Hanoi capital. You will discover Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his traditional stilt house and the One-Pillar Pagoda. Later on, you will visit Ethnology Museum. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant with fabulously authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam. After that, continue your day with a walk to the Old Quarter and around the Sword Lake.
In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional water puppet show, an art form which was invented a thousand years ago by the farmers of the Red River Delta area and then elevated to royal entertainment under the Ly and Tran dynasties.
In the morning, you will depart from Hanoi to Mai Chau, passing along charming little roads and the landscape of mountains set at a medium altitude. Upon arrival in Mai Chau, check-in the hotel and have lunch. After lunch, go trekking Buoc village, the minority village surrounded by bamboo forest, stream and see the inhabitant life of the local people (mostly Thai ethnic people). Return your hotel in Mai Chau and free the rest of day.
After breakfast, you will be driven from Mai Chau to Hoa Lu crossing picturesque landscapes. You will arrive at noon in Nho Quan village and have lunch with the locals there. In the afternoon, take a pleasant bike ride on the dam levee to Van Long Nature Reserve, then step aboard a small rowboat for a slow journey to view a stunning sunset here. Get to the hotel later on.
In the morning, leave Hanoi by private vehicle for Halong Bay, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site with 1,600 limestone monolithic islands dotting the bay and Gulf of Tonkin. After arriving at noon, you will board a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on Halong Bay with an excellent menu of fresh seafood. You will also have the chance to enjoy a night fishing session on the boat. Overnight on board in the open air of Halong Bay.
Early in the morning and depending on the season, you will wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the aquamarine waters of the bay. Then, the cruise will tour around the bay until you disembark at the end of the morning. Arrive at the pier and meet your local guide to travel ahead to Noi Bai airport for a short flight to Hue.
After breakfast, you will be picked up and pay a visit around Hue Citadel. The journey starts with Thanh Toan Bridge, some local markets nearby then continues to majestic Imperial Citadel of Hue. Have lunch at such a special restaurant in Hue called Inn Side Out in a traditional garden house at Perfume Riverbank.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to the countryside to visit the Tomb of Minh Mang, and Tu Hieu pagoda nearby which is nestled in a vast pine forest . After that, return to Hue and stay overnight at your hotel.
Enjoy your free time in the morning. In the afternoon, you will leave for Danang city, traveling via the spectacular "Hai Van" route, which offers a superb panoramic view of the bay below. You will make several stops along the way, including one at the paradise beach of Lang Co. You will then take the road to Hoi An and arrive there at the end of the day.
In the morning, you will be transferred to Tra Que village, known for its aromatic herbs. Join in with the local farmers and observe their daily work of planting and picking vegetables. At lunch, enjoy the village specialties: Tam Huu (small skewers of pork and prawns), various kinds of shrimps, pork and herbs, as well as six other dishes of the region at the herb village.
Return to your hotel in the afternoon and free the balance of the day to discover the old town.
The day is free at your leisure to enjoy the beautiful beach of Hoi An. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.
Free until the good time to travel by car to Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, the capital of the South. Check in the hotel in Saigon. The following day, the adventure continues.
In the morning, you will be driven to Cai Be, board on a local boat along Mekong river with visits to family-run companies which make rice pancakes, puffed corn cookies and coconut milk candy and a local drying longan farm for a Vietnamese-style lunch.
Get on the cruise for a garden center, sample fruits, wine, traditional music and crossing Co Chien River. In the late afternoon, come back to Saigon.
Today you have the chance to go exploring at the tunnels of Cu Chi. Take a boat to this historical site, instead of a car, and spend the morning exploring local life outside of Saigon. A traditional Vietnamese lunch of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served after your visit to the tunnels. Return back Saigon and free for the balance of the day
After checking out the hotel, you will meet your driver and travel to Tan Son Nhat airport with a guide for your outbound flight. Your room is only available until noon.
Tran Thuy (Judy), Exotic Voyages organized our 7-week tour of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia. She was so attentive to our every request. She followed our stated budget, made many changes to our itinerary (5 drafts) before issuing a detailed itinerary with all important details, ...
Tran Thuy (Judy), Exotic Voyages organized our 7-week tour of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia. She was so attentive to our every request. She followed our stated budget, made many changes to our itinerary (5 drafts) before issuing a detailed itinerary with all important details, contacts, times etc. etc. Even after we paid the full payment, she was quick to respond to any concerns we had. In addition, when we arrived at each destination, we received a letter indicating what times we would be picked up for various tours or to go to the airport. Evaluations were done throughout the journey and we were always met by someone at least 15 minutes prior to our pick-up time. It was so comforting to be met at the airport in-spite of numerous airplane delays. The guides all expressed how happy they were to work for Exotic Voyages. Special mention to some of the outstanding guides - Tukta in Thailand (did so many extra things for us - above and beyond her duties - very caring and made accommodations for us as needed); Mr. Thong in Lao, Mr. Buu, Hoi An, Sherry in Kaula Lumpur, Miss Pitsamai Lurthoo in Thailand. All the drivers were simply outstanding - always calm in-spite of difficult traffic conditions. We took 3 cooking sessions and they not only provided us with great food and how to prepare it but provided us with an opportunity to get to know the day to day experiences of the locals. To us this is what travel is all about - getting to know the locals. This was a journey of a lifetime. We would recommend Exotic Voyages highly and are very grateful to Thuy and the whole team for their efforts. We were provided with 24/7 emergency contacts for each country - we contact Mr. Mark in Thailand and he was so calm and reassuring in sorting out our problem.READ MORE
I recently returned from from my first solo vacation. Rose took my initial thoughts on what I was interested in doing in Vietnam and ran with it. I was very nervous about traveling by myself so far from home, but the team at EV was there with me every step of the way! EV made this trip so easy for ...
I recently returned from from my first solo vacation. Rose took my initial thoughts on what I was interested in doing in Vietnam and ran with it. I was very nervous about traveling by myself so far from home, but the team at EV was there with me every step of the way! EV made this trip so easy for me. From the moment Rose contacted me, every detail was taken care of. I didn't need to worry about anything. I felt very safe and taken care of. Their attention to detail is what made my trip so fantastic. If you have any interest in solo traveling, but are a little nervous about logistics, EV will put your mind at ease and give you a trip of a lifetime!READ MORE
Annie (Yen) Hong helped me plan a 10 day Vietnam trip with my son during August 2019. Annie was very professional, had great ideas and recommendations, and was extremely attentive to our needs both before and during out trip. While no trip goes off perfect, she was able to adjust to various issues ...
Annie (Yen) Hong helped me plan a 10 day Vietnam trip with my son during August 2019. Annie was very professional, had great ideas and recommendations, and was extremely attentive to our needs both before and during out trip. While no trip goes off perfect, she was able to adjust to various issues such as weather, and help make our trip great. I would definitely recommend using exotic voyages, and Annie in particular!READ MORE
This is the second time I've used EV and they did not disappoint! Back in 2012 they organised my whole trip - hotels/drivers/flights/visas/guides etc. This time I used Air bnb for some of my trip and Annie helped me connect the dots. Annie was so helpful and understanding of my needs, she's very ...
This is the second time I've used EV and they did not disappoint! Back in 2012 they organised my whole trip - hotels/drivers/flights/visas/guides etc. This time I used Air bnb for some of my trip and Annie helped me connect the dots. Annie was so helpful and understanding of my needs, she's very patient! She really will help you create the trip you really want, her inside knowledge is absolutely golden and she was always on hand if I had any problems. She provided a really efficient safe and trust worthy service. All the services Annie recommended were highly professional and we were shielded from a lot of stress and harassment that foreigners can sometimes experience. We had a great trip and plan to returning next year. Hopefully Annie can help us organise that!READ MORE
We normally don't use travel agencies and prefer to do our own planning, but we decided to use Exotic for this trip because of how unfamiliar we were with the country. It was a great decision. Tran Hoa helped us from the planning stage, to choosing individual activities, and modifying our itinerary ...
We normally don't use travel agencies and prefer to do our own planning, but we decided to use Exotic for this trip because of how unfamiliar we were with the country. It was a great decision. Tran Hoa helped us from the planning stage, to choosing individual activities, and modifying our itinerary several times. During the trip we were always met on time by excellent guides, everything was as expected, and the quality and standards were always up to par. I would use them again and recommend them wholeheartedly.READ MORE
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