Essential Vietnam 9 Days / 8 Nights

Single (Superior)from AUD $2739.00

Single (Deluxe) from AUD $3260.00

Twin (Superior)from AUD $1479.00

Twin (Deluxe) from AUD $1710.00

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Tour Description

Day 1 – Arrival into Ho Chi Minh City – Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 – Ho Chi Minh City – Depart your hotel for a full day Ho Chi Minh City tour. Head to Cholon, the Chinatown district,  and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda plus visit Vietnam’s first traditional medicine museum. Head back to the city centre to visit Ben Thanh Market. This afternoon visit the War Remnants or History Museum (choose which one you would most like to see) and the former Presidential Palace, Stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. At the end of the afternoon head back to your hotel. (B)  Note: History Museum is closed on Mondays.  

Day 3 – Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta return Ho Chi Minh City –  This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh City for the 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be. On arrival board your boat for a cruise of Cai Be floating market.  After visiting the market continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island.  Following your cruise drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. (B, L)

Day 4 – Ho Chi Minh City fly to Danang and arrive in Hoi An – After breakfast transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the short flight to the central port city of Danang and continue to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market. (B)

Day 5 – Hoi An to Hue – Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. In Hue visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument depart for Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River. On the pagoda grounds is the famous Austin car a resident monk drove to Saigon in 1963 to protest against the southern regime. The photo of his self-immortalization is one of the most well-known images of the war. (B)

Day 6 – Hue to Hanoi -Start your day with a visit to the city’s vibrant Dong Ba Market to see it’s abundance of fresh produce.  After exploring the market take a cyclo through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to relax. Continue to former emperor Minh Mang’s tomb located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds. Journey on to Khai Dinh’s Tomb designed in traditional Vietnamese style with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. From here transfer 30-minutes to Hue Airport for the 1-hour flight to Hanoi. On arrival transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 7 – Hanoi to Halong Bay -After breakfast leave Hanoi for an overnight boat trip on Halong Bay. Arrive in Halong City late morning and board your traditional wooden junk or a classic colonial era replica steamship, The Emeraude, for the overnight journey into the Bay. Lunch will be served en-route. Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay dinner is served on board with fresh seafood, salads, and fruits. (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Halong Bay to Hanoi –On your return to Halong City enjoy brunch as your boat weaves through strangely shaped limestone rock formations. Upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi. In Hanoi, in the afternoon, visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed Mondays), or as an alternative to the Ethnology Museum, visit the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum (closed on Mondays).  Next, visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake and finish the day with a Water Puppet show. (B)

Day 9 – Hanoi –This morning depart your hotel for the Temple of Literature. Visit The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049, next. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. Continue to picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism. At leisure for shopping until your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for onward flight. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation in a twin share / double room.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers & Touring by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 8 Breakfasts / 2 Lunches / 1 Dinner.
  • Boat trip as described in the itinerary.

Please note domestic flights are not included in the price. Please contact your local travel agent for a price.