Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, Cu Chi, Can Tho
Here we feature the major highlights of Vietnam including its largest municipalities, historic cen-tres and natural wonders, this trip also enables close encounters with local cultures and people. Dining with a local families, chatting with the farmers or trying your hands at farming and crafts are just some of the great experiences that “Vietnam Encounters” offers.
Day 01: Depart Australia (-/-/-)
Board your overnight flight to Hanoi.
Day 02: Arrive Hanoi (-/-/D)
Xin Chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam. You are greeted by your guide and driver at Noi Bai International Airport for your transfer to the hotel. In the evening you are invited by a Hanoian family for a warm and hospitable meal. Your meal will include authentic local dishes which are popular among the locals. Here, you can eat, chat, and learn some basic Vietnamese phrases. Overnight at the Ann Hanoi hotel for 2 nights stay.
Day 03: Hanoi (B/L/-)
Head out to Ba Dinh Square, the political heart of modern Vietnam. This complex features the Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam. You can also see the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts in the park – like complex. Visit the nearby One Pillar Pagoda, The Temple of Literature was built in the 11th century and was the first university in Vietnam. Afternoon visit to The Ethnology Museum, The Old Quarter, the bustling heart of Hanoi, which has been a commercial centre since King Ly Thai, it’s also a place you must see to experience Hanoi, where you will find shopping and cultural / historical sites all wrapped into one. Located in the heart of the city, Hoan Kiem Lake is a historical site and one of the symbol of Hanoi.
Day 04: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel before heading out to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Ha Long Bay, you will board your luxury boat for an overnight cruise amongst the more than 3,000 limestone islands rising majestically out of the turquoise waters. You pass grand rock formations and quaint fishing towns, and sample a delicious lunch of freshly caught fish and seafood. Cruise itinerary is subject to change due to weather and local conditions. Overnight onboard Bhaya Classic Cruise.
Day 05: Halong Bay – Hue (B/L/-)
Start the day with calming Tai Chi, often accompanied by an amazing sunrise and the quiet breath – taking beauty of the bay’s landscape. Back at the dock, where you will be met and transferred to Hanoi for your flight to Hue, the Vietnam’s last feudal capital. Enroute stop at Yen Duc Village, a typical rural village of Northern Vietnam. Take a walk around the village surrounded by rice fields, visit a local house to chat with the friendly host, pray at the village’s ancient pagoda and enjoy an authentic water puppet show performed by villagers. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for your overnight. Stay at Eldora Hotel or similar.
Day 06: Hue (B/L/-)
This mornings visit to Hue Imperial Citadel and Khai Dinh Tomb is a great start to the day. Take a boat ride up the romantic Huong River, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the river. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda. At Thanh Tien Village you’ll have the chance to talk with the villagers who specialise in making paper flowers. Visit a small Museum of Farming Tools to learn more about local farming life. Overnight in Hue.
Day 07: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B/L/-)
Follow your drive to Hai Van Pass, the border of Hue and Da Nang. This is a great chance for photography. After checking into your hotel, we start a leisure walk into the Ancient Town – lined with Chinese traders’ homes and wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen and tailors. Explore the beautiful 16th century Japanese Bridge. Hoi An’s unique fusion of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture is well displayed here, in what is arguably Vietnam’s most tourist – friendly town. Enjoy a memorable time in an ancient house or a cafe with the view over Thu Bon River. Overnight at Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa Hoi An or similar.
Day 08: Hoi An (B/-/-)
You’ll walk through the vegetable gardens of Tra Que village, experience how the local farmers work the land and learn about the history of the village and the importance of herbs in Vietnamese medicine and cuisine. Join in a lantern making class to create your own Hoi An Lantern. Discover your inner skill and keep your handiwork as a souvenir of this beautiful Hoi An. The afternoon is free at leisure to go to the beach or enjoy the shopping in Hoi An – a paradise for silk & fashionable clothing and accessories.
Day 09: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/-)
The morning is free at leisure. Before your transfer to Da Nang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival pick up and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Muong Thanh Centre Ho Chi Minh City or similar.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi (B/L/D)
Drive to Cu Chi, stop en route to visit a rice paper making village. At Cu Chi Tunnels, see various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters, you will spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels to see how the Viet Cong survived in this underground network. Visit The War Remnants Museum. Back to Ho Chi Minh City and visit Notre Dame Cathedral – a major centre of Catholicism in modern Vietnam, the Ho Chi Minh City Central Post Office, a classic French colonial structure, is still a functioning post office today.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Can Tho (B/L/-)
Head south to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, set out on a boat trip up narrow channels winding through the coconut forest. Stop at processing workshops, then jump on your bike, cycle on village roads through local hamlets, rice fields and coconut groves. You’ll then arrive at Mr Sau Khanh’s house, whose collection varies from ancient & valuable ceramics, pottery pieces like bowls, dishes and vases, to ceiling lights, sculptures and Buddha statues. Return to the pier and drive to Can Tho for overnight stay.
Day 12: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/D)
Step onboard a boat to visit Cai Rang floating market. Take in the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. Binh Thuy Ancient House is a well – preserved, charismatic house with both French and Vietnamese design features. Take the drive back to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy your farewell dinner tonight.
Day 13: Depart Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/-)
The day is free at your leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departure flight. We wish you a pleasant flight!
Day 14: Arrive Australia
Arrive home in the morning.
Number of Days 14
Price From $
Return international economy class airfares
Tipping for guide and driver
Meals as indicated
4* deluxe hotel with buffet breakfast
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
Professional English speaking guides
Minimum 5 travellers.
Please contact our Reservations Team for further information.