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Insight into Vietnam

Insight into Vietnam

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Duration: 18 Days  |  Pricing from $2,250 USD per person (based on 2 persons)  |  Private Tour

Our thoughtfully curated 18-day tour program is an ideal choice for your two-week adventure in Vietnam. Meticulously designed by our experienced travel experts, this itinerary promises a truly remarkable journey. However, we understand that everyone has unique preferences, so we offer the option to customize the program to meet your specific requirements. Our dedicated team of experts will collaborate with you personally, ensuring a tailor-made solution that exceeds your expectations. If this tour captures your interest, please don't hesitate to send us a request. We also invite you to share any additional details or specific needs you may have, so we can further refine the program to create the perfect experience for you.

Overview

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Highlights of Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Overnight in Ninh Binh

Day 4: Ninh Binh - Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi - Cao Bang - Overnight in Cao Bang

Day 6: Exploring Cao Bang - Overnight in Cao Bang

Day 7: Cao Bang - Ba Be - Overnight in Ba Be

Day 8: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 9: Hanoi Easy Day - Overnight in in Hanoi

Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on boat in Halong Bay

Day 11: Halong Bay - Fly to Central Vietnam - Overnight in Hoi An

Day 12: Hoi An Highlights - Overnight in Hoi An

Day 13: My Son Hollyland - Overnight in Hoi An

Day 14: Hoi An - Fly to Southern Vietnam - Overnight in HCMC

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels - Overnight in HCMC

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Overnight in Can Tho

Day 17: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City - Overnight in HCMC

Day 18: Departure from HCMC - Goodbye Vietnam!


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Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO HANOI

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you will be greeted by your guide and a private driver who will transfer you to your hotel in the city center. Take the rest of the day to relax and settle in, get familiar with the neighborhood, and rest up for the exciting days ahead.
If you feel up for it, take a stroll around the nearby streets and soak up the local atmosphere. Alternatively, you could unwind at the hotel and make use of its amenities. In the evening, you could explore Hanoi's bustling culinary scene and try out some of the city's famous street food. Take a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart of the city, and witness the lively night scene before retiring to your hotel for a good night's sleep.

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DAY 2: HIGHLIGHTS OF HANOI

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After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:00 am to start your day of exploring the highlights of Hanoi. You will begin by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Uncle Ho's house on stilts to learn about the life and legacy of Vietnam's beloved leader. Next, you will visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a unique temple built on a single stone pillar, and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university.
After the lunch break, you will head to the Museum of Ethnology to gain insight into the diverse cultures and traditions of Vietnam's many ethnic groups. Next, you will take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter to soak up the atmosphere and experience local life.
Your last stop of the day will be at Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son Temple, where you can learn about the legend of the lake and its significance to the people of Hanoi. To wrap up the day, you will attend a traditional water puppet show, a unique and entertaining art form that has been a part of Vietnam's cultural heritage for centuries.

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DAY 3: HANOI - NINH BINH

City of Saigon
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In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi and take you on a scenic drive to Ninh Binh. First, you will visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital city of the Dinh Dynasty. Here, you can explore the fascinating history and architecture of this historical site.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will embark on an amazing boat trip to visit Trang An Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its stunning natural beauty and breathtaking views. As you float along the river, you will pass through a series of caves and marvel at the towering limestone cliffs.
In the late afternoon, you will check-in to your hotel in Ninh Binh and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

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DAY 4: NINH BINH - HANOI

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After breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and set off for the day.This morning visits include Bai Dinh Pagoda and Van Long Nature Reserve.
Bai Dinh pagoda is one of the largest pagodas in Southeast Asia. Marvel at its grandeur and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of this sacred place.
Continue your exploration with a boat ride in the enchanting Van Long Nature Reserve. As you glide along the serene waters, keep your eyes peeled for a chance to witness the mesmerizing beauty of the white-shorts langurs, a rare primate species that calls this reserve home.
After indulging in the natural splendor of Van Long, recharge with a delicious lunch before driving back to Hanoi. On arrival, check back into your hotel.

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DAY 5: HANOI - CAO BANG

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Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a scenic journey with your personal tour guide and driver to Cao Bang, a picturesque province nestled in the Northeast of Vietnam. As you traverse the roads, soak in the breathtaking countryside, mountain vistas, and lush forest scenery unfolding outside your car window. Pause midday for a delightful lunch at a local eatery. By late afternoon, reach your accommodation, where you can check in and unwind, savoring the tranquility for the remainder of the day.

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DAY 6: EXPLORING CAO BANG

City of Saigon
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Following breakfast, you'll be chauffeured to the Chinese border to witness the splendor of Ban Gioc Waterfall, a breathtaking natural wonder nestled between Vietnam and China. Prepare to be awestruck by its beauty. Next, make your way to a nearby attraction to explore the captivating Nguom Ngao Cave, adorned with exquisite stalactites and stalagmites, offering a glimpse into the marvels of nature. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local eatery before embarking on an afternoon journey along scenic back roads to the trekking point within the Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark area. Traverse a trail winding through majestic limestone mountains cloaked in ancient forests and verdant valleys. Conclude your day with a 90-minute trip to Cao Bang city, where you'll spend the night at a centrally located hotel, immersing yourself in the charm of this mountainous city.

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DAY 7: CAO BANG - BA BE LAKE

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Start your day with breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a journey through Bac Kan province towards Ba Be National Park, home to Vietnam's largest natural freshwater lake. Following lunch at a local restaurant, head to the boat wharf by the Nang River, where you'll cruise downstream to explore Ba Be Lake. Sail through Puong Cave, marveling at its limestone formations, and take in the serene landscape of forests, fields, and villages. Weather permitting, enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake at a designated spot. Finally, check in for the night, unwind, and recharge after a day of adventure and discovery.

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DAY 8: BA BE LAKE - HANOI

City of Saigon
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Following breakfast, check out of your accommodation and hop into your private car. Journey along the lakeshore and through a picturesque rural valley to explore Hua Ma Cave, renowned as one of the stunning limestone caves in northern Vietnam. Marvel at its depth and breadth adorned with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. In the afternoon, relax on the return trip to Hanoi, where you'll check in at the hotel and spend the night.

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DAY 9: HANOI EASY DAY

City of Saigon
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Today, after over a week of adventure and discovery, you return to the vibrant capital of Vietnam. Treat yourself to a well-deserved day of relaxation in this fascinating city. Whether it's unwinding at the hotel's amenities, strolling through the charming old town for shopping and savoring traditional street cuisine, or indulging in a rejuvenating spa and massage experience, the choice is yours.

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DAY 10: HANOI - HALONG BAY

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In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi and driven to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the pier in Halong City, you will board the cruise ship. As you cruise through the mesmerizing limestone karsts and crystal-clear waters, a delicious lunch will be served on board. Take in the stunning scenery as you glide along the bay. You will have the opportunity to visit a fascinating cave, where a guided tour will unveil its impressive formations. In the afternoon, you can choose to swim, kayak, or simply relax on the sun deck. As the sun sets, enjoy a delectable dinner on the boat, surrounded by the breathtaking views of Halong Bay. You will spend the night on the cruise ship, immersed in the serene ambiance of the bay.

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DAY 11: HALONG BAY - FLY TO CENTRAL VIETNAM

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Wake up early to witness the captivating sunrise over the bay. Participate in a Tai Chi session on the sundeck to rejuvenate your body and mind. After a hearty breakfast, the cruise will continue to explore different areas of Halong Bay, allowing you to discover more hidden treasures and awe-inspiring landscapes. A delicious brunch will be served on board as the boat gradually returns to the pier. After disembarking from the cruise, you will be transferred back to Hanoi and then onward to the airport for a short flight to central Vietnam. Upon arrival at Danang airport, our team will be there to pick you up and transfer you to the beautiful city of Hoi An. Check into your hotel and enjoy a comfortable stay for the night, immersing yourself in the charm and atmosphere of this historic town.
Please note that the exact itinerary may vary depending on the chosen cruise company and weather conditions.

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DAY 12: HIGHLIGHTS OF HOI AN

City of Saigon
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Hoi An is a charming city, a beautifully preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port, dating back from the 15th to the 19th century, and its unique heritage is reflected in its buildings and street plan, influenced by both indigenous and foreign cultures.
On this day, you will get picked up and head to the boat dock after breakfast for a unique experience in a fishing village. You'll have the opportunity to see and learn about the life of the fishing community, and take a short ride in a basket boat, cycle through the countryside along quiet country roads lined with fields of rice, coconut, and corn.
Return to Hoi An town and spend the afternoon with your local guide for a delightful excursion to Hoi An!

Discover the charm of this well-preserved trading port as we explore its historic buildings, cultural exchanges, and local lifestyle. Marvel at the ancient Cam Pho communal house and iconic Japanese Covered Bridge. Immerse yourself in the authentic Quan Thang ancient house and vibrant Fujian Assembly Hall. Visit the bustling central market, where you'll witness the daily life of locals and find an array of delicious food.
But that's not all! As a special highlight, you'll also have the unique opportunity to learn the art of making traditional lanterns. Under the guidance of enthusiastic craftsmen, you'll experience each stage of lantern-making, from bending the frame to completing your very own lantern.
After this unforgettable experience, return to your hotel to end the busy day!

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DAY 13: MY SON HOLLYLAND

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, embark on a captivating journey to the My Son Holy Land in the morning. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, just an hour away from Hoi An, was once the heart of the Champa Kingdom. Explore the ancient Hindu temple ruins, dating back to the 4th century AD, amidst stunning surroundings.
The afternoon is yours to indulge in the charms of Hoi An. Whether you prefer relaxing on the beautiful beach, immersing yourself in the enchanting lantern-lit streets, shopping for tailor-made clothing and shoes, taking a boat trip, joining a cooking class, or exploring the town on a cycling tour, Hoi An offers a plethora of options. Don't miss the chance to savor the local cuisine, known for its delectable flavors and affordable prices. Enjoy this leisure time to discover Hoi An at your own pace and create lasting memories.

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DAY 14: HOI AN - FLY TO SOUTHERN VIETNAM

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This morning, enjoy some leisure time in Hoi An to further explore the town or do some last-minute shopping before your departure.
In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel in Hoi An and transferred to the airport in Da Nang for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be met by a driver and transferred to your hotel.
The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own, relax at your hotel, or take an optional motorbike tour in the evening.

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DAY 15: SAIGON TOUR & CU CHI TUNNELS

City of Saigon
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Depart early in the morning to beat the crowds and head to Cu Chi Tunnels, located about 70 km from Ho Chi Minh City. These tunnels were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War and are a testament to the resilience and resourcefulness of the Vietnamese people. Explore the tunnels and learn about the history of the war and the role of the tunnels in the conflict.
After the Cu Chi Tunnels visit, return to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch.
In the afternoon, visit Ho Chi Minh City's top attractions including Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, War Remnants Museum, and the Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace of South Vietnam.
End your day with a memorable experience by admiring the spectacular sunset view from the top of the Bitexco Tower, the tallest building in Vietnam.

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DAY 16: HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA

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On this day, you will leave Ho Chi Minh City and head to the Mekong Delta, a region famous for its scenic beauty and traditional way of life. Your first stop is Ben Tre, a province known for its coconut groves and cottage industries. Enjoy a 2-hour drive through the countryside and soak in the stunning scenery of rural Vietnam. Upon arrival in Ben Tre, you will embark on a motorboat ride along narrow canals, where you will have the chance to observe locals making traditional handicrafts like bricks and coconut candies. Take a ride on a motor cart or join a cycling tour to explore the coconut forests, rice fields, and vegetable gardens. After lunch, continue your journey with a relaxing sampan boat ride, drifting along a small canal lined with nipa palm trees. You will arrive in Can Tho city, the Mekong Delta's capital city, late in the afternoon. Spend the night here and enjoy the city's unique blend of modern amenities and traditional culture.

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DAY 17: MEKONG DELTA - HO CHI MINH CITY

City of Saigon
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Start your day early at 6:30 AM with a boat trip to the Cai Rang floating market. While the market may not be as busy as it once was, it still offers a unique and interesting experience. After exploring the market, we'll take a long cruise to Phong Dien, followed by a walk on a quiet country road to get a closer look at local life in the area. Next, we'll hop in our van and head to Vinh Long to visit the ancient Phu Ly Pagoda. Built in 1672, this Khmer pagoda is a stunning blend of Indian, Thai, and Cambodian architecture. After our visit, we'll continue our journey through the picturesque rice fields of Ben Luc before returning to Ho Chi Minh City late in the afternoon. The remainder of the day is on your own.

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DAY 18: DEPARTURE FROM HCMC

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As your adventure in Vietnam draws to a close, take some time to relax and reflect on your journey. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps some last-minute shopping before we pick you up for your private transfer to the airport. Whether you're returning home or continuing on to your next destination, we hope you leave Vietnam with unforgettable memories and a newfound appreciation for this beautiful country. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon!

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Jay M

Date of Experience: Mar 2023

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We highly recommend Custom Asia Travel for your trip to Southeast Asia! They provided a great combination of visiting historical and religious sites, temples, and also cultural connections in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia that we could have never made on our own. Our local guides were informative, and shared personal experiences that made our journey meaningful. We asked for an active trip, and Custom Asia Travel tailored our request with biking, kayaking and hiking. We enjoyed local cuisine in Laos, and were amazed by the history and significance of the temples in Cambodia, experienced via a beautiful bike tour.

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Date of Experience: Mar 2023

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We did a day trip in a Jeep in Ninh Binh with Thu, which included Trang An, Hang Mua, Bich Dong and Tam Coc. Thu was an amazing tour guide and was extremely helpful throughout the whole day, organising everything from start to finish and giving us insightful information about the things we saw, as well as life in Vietnam and it’s history more generally! The lunch was also great and the day turned out to be one of the best days of our trip! Couldn’t recommend Thu enough 😊

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Nadine

Date of Experience: Mar 2023

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We had an amazing time! Me and my friends visited the Halong/Lan Ha Bay and the Dry Halong Bay. Everything was perfectly organized & all the pick-ups were punctual. The guide and driver were very nice. The cruise ship and the eco lodge, in which we stayed, were great. The staff was very friendly and everything was clean. We can definitely recommend booking a trip with Custom Asia Travel! The organisation and contact with the company was great before, during and after the trip.

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Whitney B

Date of Experience: Dec 2022

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I cannot say enough positives about Custom Asia Travel! We visited Vietnam in December/January 2023 and had an amazing trip with our 3 teens. The itinerary exceeded our expectations! We travelled to Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, and Nha Trang. We had no issues with any of our transportation around the country - our drivers and guides were always there on time (early, actually), friendly and helpful. The accommodations were excellent and our guides were fantastic (Tanh, Tanh, and Viet - they were awesome!). Every place we stayed put our rooms right next to each other, often adjoining, and the kids’ room always had two twin beds and a cot, while my husband and I had a king bed. This was perfect as our teenagers did not want to share beds, lol! The activities were super fun and appealed to all of us. So many highlights - the kids loved the rice farm tour (riding the water Buffalo elicited the biggest smile we’ve ever seen from our 16 year old!), seeing the caves in Ninh Binh, the cooking class in Hoi An, and Ha Long Bay. I really appreciated that some of our itinerary was focused on less crowded activities - a couple of the temples we saw were practically empty, allowing us to enjoy and experience these beautiful sites on our own. We did a couple of bike rides which were also highlights, such a great way to explore and see the area! Minh was available and responsive while planning the trip and while we were there. I agree with others reviews about whether she ever sleeps! She was able to coordinate our luggage getting dropped off as it did not arrive with us, and contacted one of the hotels about a ring that had been left, and arranged for us to pick it up. She was warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and so helpful. We truly had a relaxing and stress free trip because of the excellent customer service from Minh and our guides. With only having 12 days to visit we were so grateful to be able to enjoy the travel and know that Minh and her team were there if and when needed. I highly recommend using this company, you will not regret it! Now I am dreaming of how quickly we can make it back!! Thank you thank you to Minh and the team, our trip was unforgettable!

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Date of Experience: Feb 2022

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We are over 60 yers old and for eficiency we decided to organise our trips in Vietnam with a local agency. Custom Asia Travel is the wright agency. We decided to visit Hanoi, Tam Coc, Ha Long, Da Nang, Hoi An, My son Sanctuary and Ho Chi Minh City with help of this agency. The organisation and planing of the tours, the selection of the places to visit, hotels, restaurants,cars ( clean and comfortable), drivers and guides was perfect. The drivers and guides where friendly and polite. The guides ( Cường Xi,in Hanoi and Tam Coc, Tran Thanh Binh in Ho Chi Minh as also the guide in Da Nang area) where perfect. They gave us many interesting information about the visited places, organized perfect the details of the trips. The boat arrangement done by Custom Asia Travel in Ha Long Bay - Peony 1 was perfect. The prices for the offered services are fair. We kindly recommend this agency for tailor made trips.

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