Discover Vietnam

Discover Vietnam

This ten-day private tour in Vietnam combines the county’s most exciting cities, beautiful scenery and charming towns for an excellent balance of cultural exploration and luxurious relaxation.

 

Begin in Hanoi, Vietnam’s fascinating capital and cultural center. Visit the city’s most famous historical attractions, such as the Hoa Lo Prison, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Explore the leafy backstreets lined with stunning French colonial buildings, many of which are now upscale restaurants. Discover Hanoi’s incredible Old Quarter, where each street was historically named after the product it sells such as silk, bamboo and fish. Enjoy a street food tour and sample the best Vietnamese food with your own personal tour guide. While touring the narrow streets with your guide, learn about the history of the Old Quarter and its unique architecture.

 

Continue to the scenic Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a luxurious, traditional Vietnamese wooden boat. Cruise among fabulous limestone islands, explore a surprising cave, visit a floating village or go sea kayaking, dine on fresh seafood, and enjoy on-board activities such as squid fishing and tai chi at sunrise.

 

Next, fly to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient port town. Follow your private guide to the vibrant morning market, where fishermen are busy with baskets of fish. Take in the best of this centuries-old town while exploring colorful streets and visiting well-preserved historic temples, the Japanese Covered Bridge, the nearby Museum of Cham Sculpture and walk through the narrow streets boasting the traditional architect that Hoi An is famous for.

 

Finally, fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the most dynamic city of Vietnam. Private touring with your guide and driver to learn about the city’s history while visiting the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Explore interesting neighborhoods in Cholon (Saigon’s Chinatown), visit the famous Jade Pagoda and Ben Thanh market. Drive to the famous the Cu Chi Tunnels to better understand the hideaway of Vietcong leaders during their resistance war against the American. After all, enjoy a ride on a Vespa scooter to experience the night life in Saigon and sample some delicious street food on the way.

 

    Places visited:

  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Hoi An
  • Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Itinerary Idea in Detail:
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  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

    Upon your arrival at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, our fast-track service officers will greet you with a signboard with your name(s) on it, and quickly assist you through the immigration to the baggage claim. Meet your own personal guide and driver for a private transfer to your hotel for three nights.

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  • Day 2: Hanoi City Tour with Water Puppet Show (B)

    The capital of Vietnam since 1010AD, Hanoi is home of an amazing blend of Indo-Chinese and French colonial influences.  The modern-day Hanoi is a mix of ancient temples and pagodas, parks and lakes, broad tree-lined boulevards and narrow food alleyways. Today you will tour the city with your own tour guide and driver. Begin with the Ho Chi Minh complex, where the first president of Vietnam lived and his embalmed body is kept in the mausoleum, and the colonial Presidential Palace surrounded the green garden. Drive to the Temple of Literature, a Confucius temple and Vietnam’s first university. Then continue to Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) to learn about the recent history of the country, as well as the use of the site by both the French and North Vietnam during the two Indochina Wars. Participate in the Water Puppet Performance in a local theatre before heading back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

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  • Day 3: Half-Day Street Food and Local Market Tour (B, Street Food)

    Hanoi is one of the best foodie destination in the region, eating on the street has been a typical and fun activity in the city. And because the Old Quarter is home of well-known Vietnamese food such as the famous Nom Bo Kho (Dried Beef with Green Papaya Salad), Banh Khuc (Steamed Cake made of glutinous rice mixed with Cudweed, filled with green bean paste, pork, black peppers, and sprinkled with grains of cooked sticky rice), and Bun Cha (Grilled Pork Noodle Soup). Leave your hotel for a leisure walk to the Old Quarter and its local markets with your tour guide, sample the best local dishes along the way.

     

    If you are a coffee person, don’t miss out the Hanoi egg coffee, a local created coffee well-whisked with egg yolk and condensed milk. Other famous dishes include Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich), Pho (Beef Noodle Soup), or Hanoi’s ice cream.

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  • Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

    Halong Bay is Vietnam’s prime tourist attraction, this UNESCO World Heritage listed bay is home to thousands of limestone islands rising out of emerald waters of Tonkin Gulf. The best way to explore the stunning rock formations and the calm waters of Halong is to aboard a luxury Vietnamese junk (traditional wooden boat). Leave your hotel for 3.5-hour drive on private car to Halong Bay, where you will board a traditional Vietnamese junk for an overnight cruise. On arrival in Halong Bay, settle into your cabin and prepare your appetite for an enjoyable lunch on deck. Take in the magnificent views of the UNESCO Heritage Site of Halong Bay during the afternoon cruise. Visit the mysterious Tien Ong cave where human bones dating back to 8.000BC were found, also visit Cua Van floating village and learn about the living and fishing in the bay. In the late afternoon, participate in a cooking demonstration with the chef or view the sunset on the top deck before dinner.

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  • Day 5: Halong Bay – Hoi An (B)

    Early risers can greet the new day with a refreshing tai chi on the upper deck. Enjoy your morning coffee while the boat is heading to Titop Island, where you can swim on a natural white sandy beach and climb up the top for a panoramic view of the surrounding. Back to the boat where a brunch is served before we arrive at the jetty at noon, where your guide is waiting for you to drive back to the airport in Hanoi for your flight to Hoi An.

     

    Upon on your arrival in Danang Airport, meet your guide for a private arrival transfer to your resort in Hoi An where you will stay for two nights.

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  • Day 6: Hoi An Half Day Private Tour (B)

    Known as “Faifo” during the 17th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was a prosperous trading port and attracting many Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish boats. Today this ancient town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, home of well-preserved homes and historic temples. Follow your private guide to the vibrant morning market, where fishermen are busy with baskets of fishes. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the nearby Museum of Cham Sculpture and walk through the narrow streets boasting local specialties including silk, which can be tailored into fashionable suites within few hours.

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  • Day 7: Hoi An – Saigon/ Ho Chi Minh City (B)

    This morning, you will be free to relax at the resort or explore the town at your own. Get picked up in time for a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon. On arrival in Saigon, meet your guide then transfer to hotel for three nights.

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  • Day 8: Saigon City Tour (B)

    Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City since 1976, is the most well-known city in Vietnam due to the pivotal role it played during the Vietnam War, it’s also the country’s largest city by population. Ever since the war ended, Saigon is always a whirlwind of historical attractions. Follow your guide for a full day city tour, get to know about Saigon by visiting its historic landmark including the former Presidential Palace. The Palace was the head quarter of Saigon government during the Resistance War Against the American, revealing the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Perhaps stop for a refreshing Vietnamese iced coffee, or snack on a typical Vietnamese banh mi (baguette sandwich). Visit the War Remnant Museum for a vivid insight of the war through the eyes of the local people, the Notre Dame Cathedral (it is only possible to visit inside when there is no service being performed), and head to the Centre Post Office, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the French architect who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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  • Day 9: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Vespa Scooter Tour (B)

    Cu Chi Tunnels is a complex of immense underground network of connecting tunnels, dug by the local villagers of Cu Chi from 1948 to protect their guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. Those tunnels then served as a hideaway for Vietcong leaders, villagers during their resistance war against the American between 1954 and 1975. Touring the underground compound will provide a better understanding of the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during combat.

     

    From Saigon, head to northwest on a two-hour drive to see the famous Cu Chi tunnels, where you will learn how the people in Cu Chi dug and organized their life underground during the war. You can follow the steps of the former Viet Cong to explore the secret place during the Vietnam war, and watch the original film footage from the war and see first-hand what life was like for the VC soldiers. In the evening sit on the back of a Vespa scooter and experience the real life in Saigon city, sample some delicious street food on the way.

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  • Day 10: Saigon Departure (B)

    Today you will leave Saigon and end your trip. Your guide and driver will pick you up and drive to Tan Son Nhat international airport to take your onward flight.


TRIP COST:  6,130 USD Per Person (double occupancy)

All Incense Travel tours are private and depart daily.

 

Trip cost includes:

  • Private airport transfers
  • Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
  • English speaking guide during the tour
  • All meals mentioned in the detailed itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Domestic flights: Hanoi - Danang, Danang - Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Private cabin on a joined boat in Halong Bay
  • Sightseeing as mentioned with permission fee and entrance tickets
  • Double occupancy at deluxe hotels and cruise as suggested in the detailed itinerary

 

Trip cost DOSE NOT include:

  • International airfares
  • Any meals not specified after each itinerary day, beverages at meals
  • Tips or gratuities to tour guide or staffs
  • Hotel accommodation pre and post the trip
  • Pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any)
  • Travel insurance, visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Details at-a-Glance

  • Length: 10 Days - Departs daily on a private basis
  • Price: 6,130 USD per person (double occupancy)
  • Arrival: Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital
  • Departure: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Travel Style: Leisure Travel

Highlights

  • Experience the highlights of Vietnam including Hanoi and Saigon.
  • Stay at the most luxurious accommodation that Vietnam has to offer.
  • Sample the country’s most well-known street food.
  • Cruise among limestone formations of Halong Bay on a traditional Vietnam junk.
  • Immerge into the charms of Hoi An ancient town.
  • Explore the amazing underground tunnels of Cu Chi and bustling city of Saigon.

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