In only 10 days, you will be discovering and learning the quintessences Vietnam, bringing a one-of-a-lifetime experience in your journey. You will start your tour by spending the nights in Hanoi - the charming capital of the country, where you will stroll through the streets and savour some of the best traditional dishes. After the ancient city, you will be exploring the spectacurlar Ha Long Bay, which earns its UNESCO World Heritage status in 1994. While relaxing on a luxurious cruise, tourists will discover the amazing caves and marine landscape, leaving a breathtaking feeling in your heart. Your journey will continue from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City. Each destination will include all the most captivating and important sites to help you appreciate the best out of this beautiful country, making a premise experience that you store in your memory for a long time.
Arrival and welcome at Hanoi Airport by local guide. Transfer by private vehicle with guide to check in at the hotel. From here, many attractions of Hanoi are within a walking distance.
In the morning, your guide will pick you up at the hotel to start the scooter tour through mural Phung Hung Street, then reach Ngoc Ha Market to have a stroll through the bustling local sites. Spend the rest of the morning to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in West Lake and Tran Quoc Pagoda.
In the afternoon, go for a street food tour that allows you to explore the captivating the Old Quarter. Here, you will be able to try many Vietnamese specialties such as Banh Cuon (steamed rolled rice pancake) and Banh Mi (the famous Vietnamese sandwich that even appears in the Oxford Dictionary). Then stop at a Bia Hoi restaurant (beer club) on Ta Hien Street and taste the popular fresh Vietnamese beer. After that, you'll try Pho and a tasty Vietnamese ice cream in Hoan Kiem Lake.
In the morning, you will meet your driver and guide then travel to Got Ferry and arrive Lan Ha Bay around noon. There, you will embark on a cruise in the must-see Halong Bay. This world-famous bay is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam, with its giant rock islets covered in luxuriant vegetation overlooking the waters. This scene creates a spectacular marine landscape, which was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. You will be served lunch and dinner abroad with excellent and freshly caught seafood from the bay. Enjoy a night fishing session on the boat at the end of the day.
Today, you can wake up early in the morning to admire the sunset over the stunning limestones on the bay, or you can stay on your comfy bed, looking to the aquamarine waters . The cruise then will tour around the bay until you disembark at the end of the morning. Travel ahead to the airport for your flight to Hue.
Today, you will visit the tile-roofed Thanh Toan Bridge and the adjacent village. This village is one of the most beautiful villages in Hue with peaceful rural landscape. Spend some time winding around the local market nearby before we head to the majestic Imperial Citadel of Hue, built in 1804 and located along the Perfume River.
Explore the ancient Citadel, a garden hour, royal tombs, a beautiful pagoda and a tranquil hill to enjoy a spectacular view of pine forest and the picturesque Perfume River. In the evening, you'll enjoy a royal dinner in the royal city of Hue.
This morning, you'll be transferred to the irport for your flight to Can Tho. Upon arrival, a private guide and driver will drive you to the luxury Azerai Can Tho to check-in.
Today, we'll drive to Ninh Kieu Pier to embark the a 2D1N cruise and experience the Mekong rive life on board. We'll downstream of the Hau river toward Mang Thit and Co Chien rivers where we'll rest to enjoy the scenery of rice fields, sugar cane, woods on the near banks. The cruise will stop by mid-afternoon to explore the delta's countryside and local life.
Early in the morning, we'll cruise toward Cai Be. We'll crosses Co Chien River to get into Cho Lach canal through the traffic of ships carrying sand and rice. Embark onto a rowing boat to visit a quiet canal in Cai Be and experience the lively local life on the river. Disembark the cruise later to travel to Saigon as our next destination.
In the morning, you will attend a cooking class and delve into the Vietnamese culinary culture with an experienced local chef. After a quick trip from the market to the cooking class, the chef will show you how to prepare your dish, sharing expert cooking techniques, and explaining thoroughly. Try your own food with complimentary beer before returning to your hotel for a short rest.
In the afternoon, you will meet your guide and driver to discover Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown - the memory keeper of the Saigonese. Explore one of the traditional pharmarcies, an ancient pagoda - sitting majestically in the city and one of the biggest markets in the city.
Enjoy your sumptuous breakfast then relax until the right time. You'll be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight back home.
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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