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Discover Vietnam's Beauty & Culture

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CV09

Discover Vietnam's Beauty & Culture

Duration: 14 Days

From: US$ pp

Discover the wonders of Vietnam with our carefully crafted 14-day tour program, specially designed to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Our travel experts have meticulously planned every detail to ensure a journey of a lifetime. However, we understand that your preferences may vary, and that's why we offer the option to personalize the program according to your desires. Our dedicated team will work closely with you to create a tailor-made solution that perfectly aligns with your needs. If you find this tour intriguing, please reach out to us with a request. Additionally, feel free to share any additional information or specific requirements you have, enabling us to further customize the program to your satisfaction.

Overview

Day 1: Arrival, 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 - Halong Bay - Overnight in Halong Bay

Day 5: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Dong Hoi - Overnight in Dong Hoi

Day 6: Dong Hoi Sightseeing - Overnight in Dong Hoi

Day 7: Dong Hoi - Hue - Overnight in Hue

Day 8: Imperial Heritage of Hue - Overnight in Hue

Day 9: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Overnight in Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An - Overnight in Hoi An

Day 11: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City - Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels & Ho Chi Minh City Highlights - Overnight Ho Chi Minh City

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre (Mekong Delta) - Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City, Departure - Good bye Vietnam

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Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, a private driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in the center of Hanoi. After checking in, you can relax and get familiar with the city. Take a stroll around the neighborhood or enjoy the hotel's facilities. In the evening, explore Hanoi's culinary scene, walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, or simply unwind at the hotel. Get a good night's rest to prepare for your adventures the next day.

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DAY 2: HIGHLIGHTS OF HANOI

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

After breakfast, you will start your day 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 a quick lunch break, you will head to the Hoa Lo Prison, known as the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War, to gain insight into the country's history of struggle and resistance.
Next, you will visit the Women's Museum, which showcases the important role of women in Vietnam's history and culture. You will then 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
Ben Thanh Market

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.
Afterward, you will visit the magnificent Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest pagoda complex in Vietnam. You can marvel at the stunning architecture and immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of this sacred 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 - HALONG BAY

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival at the harbor, you will board your luxurious boat and begin your 2-day, 1-night cruise of the bay. As you sail through the emerald waters, you will be amazed by the thousands of towering limestone islands that surround you. After a delicious lunch on board, you will have the opportunity to visit a beautiful cave and go kayaking, or simply relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. In the evening, enjoy a sunset cocktail on the deck before a sumptuous dinner on board.

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DAY 5: HALONG BAY - HANOI - DONG HOI

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

In the morning, wake up on your luxury cruise on Halong Bay and enjoy a tai chi session followed by breakfast as you witness the beautiful sunrise. Spend the morning further exploring and cruising through the stunning scenery of the bay. After an early lunch on board, disembark the cruise around 10:30 am. Your guide and driver will meet you at the pier and transfer you to the airport in Hanoi for your short flight to Dong Hoi. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and escorted to your hotel for check-in.

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DAY 6: DONG HOI SIGHTSEEING

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Embark on an adventure today as you transfer to Phong Nha National Park, home to some of the world's most magnificent caves. Board a private boat for a 1.5km cruise down the Son River to the stunning Phong Nha Caves. Admire the mystical tunnels filled with towering stalactites and stalagmites that create a breathtaking natural spectacle. You'll be awestruck by the sheer size and beauty of the Paradise Cave, an otherworldly subterranean wonder. Take your time to explore the wonders of the caves before returning to Dong Hoi. This will be a day to remember, full of natural wonders that will leave you with lifelong memories.

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DAY 7: DONG HOI - HUE

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Embark on a historical journey today as you depart from Dong Hoi and head to Quang Tri Province. The first stop is at the Vinh Moc Tunnels, where you will learn about the ingenious underground system used by the locals during the Vietnam War. Afterward, explore the old DMZ, a demilitarized zone which was once the border between North and South Vietnam, and visit the Hien Luong Bridge over the Ben Hai River. The bridge serves as a powerful reminder of the country's turbulent past. In the afternoon, continue the journey to Hue, where you can relax and unwind after a day of historical exploration.

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DAY 8: IMPERIAL HERITAGE OF HUE

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Hue. You are picked up by your private guide and driver and begin your day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel, which was the seat of power for the Nguyen dynasty. The complex includes the Forbidden Purple City, the Royal Palace, and other important structures. Take a leisurely 2-hour walking tour to explore the history and architecture of this fascinating site.
Head to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest and most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam. Admire the seven-story tower, a symbol of Hue, and enjoy the stunning views of the Perfume River.
Enjoy a traditional royal lunch at Ancient Hue Restaurant, which serves dishes that were once reserved for the imperial court during the Nguyen dynasty.
Visit the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, a beautiful and peaceful complex located in a valley. The tomb features stunning architecture and a tranquil lake, as well as pavilions and temples.
Next, visit the tomb of King Khai Dinh, which blends Eastern and Western architecture in a unique way. Explore the grand staircase, intricate mosaics, and beautiful murals.
End your day with a visit to Truc Chi Garden, an art space that uses bamboo to create stunning works of art. Relax and unwind in the garden's tea house, where you can enjoy a cup of tea.
Return to your hotel or explore more of Hue's nightlife and dining scene on your own for the evening.

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DAY 9: HUE - DA NANG - HOI AN

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Start your day with breakfast at your hotel as usual, and check out of the hotel.
Embark on a scenic three-hour drive via the Hai Van Pass, which offers stunning views of the coastline and the surrounding mountains.
Stop at Marble Mountain, a cluster of five limestone and marble hills that are home to numerous caves, pagodas, and shrines. Take a guided tour of the mountain to explore the beautiful scenery and learn about the history and culture of the area.
Next, visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Danang, which houses the world's largest collection of Cham artifacts. The museum showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Cham people, who once ruled much of central Vietnam.
After the museum visit, continue the journey to Hoi An and check into your hotel.
The remainder of the day is free at leisure, so you can relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel, explore Hoi An on your own, or take a stroll around the town to get a feel for its charming atmosphere.

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DAY 10: HOI AN - MY SON - HOI AN

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

After your breakfast in the hotel, depart for My Son Holy Land in the morning. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located about an hour away from Hoi An and was once the center of the Kingdom of Champa. Explore the ruins of this ancient Hindu temple complex, which dates back to the 4th century AD and is surrounded by beautiful scenery.
After the My Son visit, return to Hoi An for lunch.
In the afternoon, take a walking tour of Hoi An's historic district, starting with the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, which dates back to the 16th century and is a symbol of the town. Continue to the Fujian Assembly Hall, which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and is an example of Chinese architecture.
Next, visit one of the former Vietnamese merchant's houses, which have been beautifully preserved and showcase the local architecture and way of life in the past.
After the tour, enjoy some leisure time or shopping in the ancient town. Hoi An is known for its beautiful lanterns, silk products, and tailor-made clothes, so be sure to explore the local markets and shops.

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DAY 11: HOI AN - DA NANG - HO CHI MINH CITY

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

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 12: CU CHI TUNNELS & HO CHI MINH CITY HIGHLIGHTS

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

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 13: HO CHI MINH CITY - BEN TRE (MEKONG DELTA)

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

After a day of exploring the city, it's time to experience the natural beauty and tranquil lifestyle of the Mekong Delta. Take a 2-hour drive to Ben Tre, a province renowned for its coconut groves and traditional cottage industries. Embark on a motorboat ride along narrow canals and observe locals making bricks and coconut candies, sleeping mates. 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 day with a short ride on a sampan boat, drifting along a small canal lined with nipa palm trees.
After that, get back to the dock and take the return drive to Ho Chi Minh City for the last night of the 14-day journey!

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DAY 14: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and check out of your room.
Depending on your flight time, you may have some free time to explore the city or do some last-minute shopping.
At the designated time, meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your transfer to the airport.
Upon arrival at the airport, proceed to check-in for your flight home or to your next destination.

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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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