VIETNAM ESSENTIALS 10 DAYS
Explore different tastes of Vietnam on your 10 days trip thru some most stunning sights of the country.
DAY 1: HA NOI ARRIVAL (-/-/D)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi), you are met and greeted by our tour guide and transferred to the hotel in the centre of Hanoi.
Being the capital, Hanoi is the cultural, political and economic centre of the country. With its vibrant Old Quarter dotted with ancient temples in a maze of little streets lined with colorful shops and stalls, French colonial buildings and tree lined boulevards, tranquil lakes and graceful pagodas, elegant cafes and hustle street life, Hanoi is one of the liveliest and most charming cities in Asia.
After a rest, this afternoon you will take a cyclo ride through the bustling Old Quarter where you will catch up local senses with full of sights, sounds, smells before checking out local authentic cuisine at welcome dinner. Overnight in Hanoi, arranged by Luco Travel Vietnam Tours & Services
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR - HALONG CITY (B/L/-)
Start your day with visit to Ba Dinh Square and the Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum, an impressive marble building where the father of modern Vietnam is at rest. Nearby, within the memorial complex is the yellow painted presidential palace and his humble house on stilts that surrounded by hibiscus fence and mirrors into still surface of a large fish pond. Next is the little One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples built in 1049 by King Ly Thai Tong. This pagoda has been standing as the witness for the vicissitudes of Hanoi thousand years. Continue to the Temple of Literature, the first University of the country that built from 1076, where you can see nearly hundred of huge stone steles standing on turtle backs and bear names of the country’s men who received Doctor Laureate through royal examinations. After lunch, visit to the Hoa Lo Prison, known widely by the nickname ‘Hanoi Hilton’; given to it by the Americans pilots during the Second Indochina War.
This afternoon you will get transfer through Red River delta land to Ha Long city. Check in hotel and the remainder of the day is to explore the town as well as to enjoy the sand sea breeze from on the beach. Overnight in hotel in Halong city, arranged by Luco Travel Vietnam Tours & Services
Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum
DAY 3: HA LONG CRUISE - FLY TO HUE (B/L/-)
Explore the incredible scenery of Halong Bay on a day boat cruise.
Twice recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage for its exceptional natural and cultural values and recently voted as one of 7 new wonders of the World, Halong Bay is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is a huge body of emerald water that covers a space of more than 1500 square kilometers dotted with stunning limestone islands of different shapes that carved by waves and winds through millions of year. The name of the bay means “descending dragon” and according to legend, the thousands of its isle were created by dragons with their pearls.
During the cruise, you will visit floating villages, enjoy swimming in the crystal water, discover huge lime stone cave and sharpen your shooting skill with thousands of chance for photos.
A sumptuous seafood lunch will be served as you wind your way through the dramatic limestone islands.
In the afternoon you will get transfer to Noi Bai airport near Hanoi for a flight to Hue. Get transferred downtown Hue to check in hotel an enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, arranged by Luco Travel Vietnam Tours & Services
DAY 4: TOUR OF HUE (B/L/-)
Became part of Viet Kingdom from 1306, Hue was a part of a larger betrothal gift given to Viet people by a Champa King. The land officially became capital of Vietnam from 1802 untill 1945 under the rule of Nguyen Dynasty. For now, Hue is former Imperial capital and the treasure of the country’s royal past. Hue is known for its historical values and beautiful natural landscapes.
This morning you will board a ‘dragon boat’ and float on silk strap like Perfume River to visit to Thien Mu Pagoda. Adopted as the city’s symbol, this is the oldest and most charming pagoda in Hue with its 7 storeys Phuoc Duyen tower mirrors into water surface. Some prominent objects in the pagoda include a huge ancient bell whose sound can be heard miles away and an Austin car that belong to venerable monk Thich Quang Duc who burn himself to death to protest the South Vietnam government’s policy against Buddhism in 1963.
Continue by bus for your visit to Minh Mang Emperor Tomb, a distinguished model of Hue royal architecture with symmetrical majesty, intricate decor and great combination with natural landscape.
Savor a vegetarian feast in a pagoda and this afternoon you will have a visit to the Hue Imperial Citadel. This fortress-like citadel encompasses three courts covering 6 km that surrounded by massive brick walls and deep moat . There were hundreds of buildings that built in a perfect harmony and strict concept of Fengshui. Less than a third of the structures inside the citadel remain due to successive wars especially in 1947 and 1968.
Spend some time to wander around the Dong Ba market where you'll find a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Try some local specialty ‘banh khoai’ that Hue is famous for, arranged by Luco Travel Vietnam Tours & Services
Thien Mu Pagoda
DAY 5: HUE - HAI VAN PASS - HOI AN (B/L/-)
Take scenic drive to Hoi An Town with stops at spectacular beach of Lang Co, the Hai Van mountain peak for a great panorama view and visits to Danang’s Cham Museum and Marble Mountains.
Hoi An, a little ancient town nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River is one of the World Heritages in the country. Before the river silted up, Hoi An was one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia. Over the years, merchant ships from both the East and the West docked in Hoi An, making it hustle commercial centre. For now, Hoi An’s architecture, lifestyle and atmosphere is well preserved and combined to produce this unique heritage site. It's also a shopping paradise - with much to browse and buy.
In the afternoon you will enjoy a walking tour through the Hoi An ancient quarter. Visit Hoi An Centre market, temples, assembly halls, museum, ancient houses and take a stroll along the waterfront area where local activities take place.
The rest of the day is free to enjoy your own pace and perhaps indulge with some fantastic shopping.
Overnight in hotel, arranged by Luco Travel Vietnam Tours & Services
DAY 6: HOI AN (B/-/-)
his morning is free for you to relax or enjoy your own things. Hoi An beach, 4 km away from town and very easy to access by bicycle or taxi is good place for sun, sand and sea.
Another way to enjoy Hoi An is just to take a sit in one of elegant cafés for a cold drink and contemplate the time passing on mossy roofs and shuttered windows.
This afternoon you will have an eco tour to visit Hoi An country surroundings. Cycle along little paths through quaint villages and rice paddies, meet locals, enjoy interaction and perhaps join with local on their farm work. Later, take a boat cruise on the Thu Bon River where you will see and learn about local water life, how they fish with traditional fishing tools and methods employed for centuries. Enjoy stunning scenery of sunset on the backdrop of mountain afar when the last sun’s rays linger to the peaceful scenery and catch up the infinite hue of colors and reflections of Hoi An town at dusk, arranged by Luco Travel Vietnam Tours & Services
DAY 7: HOI AN - DA NANG - HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L/-)
Transfer to Da Nang airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City, the metropolis of the South.
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the country’s largest commercial hub that characterized by a vast array of sights and sounds with currents of people rushing about their life from early morning until midnight. The city contains in it a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West with new skyscrapers rising from amongst colonial vestiges and very hustle, dynamic street life.
An afternoon tour will take you through city’s some of the most interesting landmarks including War Remnant Museum, the Reunification Palace (formerly President Palace of South Vietnam), the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post office, Dong Khoi street – formerly Rue Catinat, made famous by Graham Greene and his best selling “The quiet American”. Finish at the Ben Thanh central market for a wander through heaps of local products and souvenirs.
Overnight in hotel, arranged by Luco Travel Vietnam Tours & Services
DAY 8: CU CHI TUNNELS - HO CHI MINH CITY ( B/L/ )
Depart Ho Chi Minh City for a drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a Viet Cong stronghold during the war and is one of the most famous war relics in Vietnam. This underground city stretches over 2 hundreds kilometers in the soil of Cu Chi district, about 75 km northwest of Saigon. Divided into three levels within a complicated system of rat-hole-like tunnels, there were living rooms, fighting bunkers, hospital, military workshops and cinemas and so on… with air filters, airtight covers, booby traps and sentries were all part of the system.
It is the chance for you to creep into a tunnel to experience how the Vietcong lived and fought during war time and learn how strong people’s determination can be.
Leave Cu Chi and continue by bus to the "rice basket" of Vietnam - the Mekong Delta. This afternoon, from Vinh Long you will take a boat trip for a cruise on the Mekong and explore the villages, farms and intricate waterways that form the delta. Visit to some local cottage industries and fruit garden, sample some tropical fruit that freshly picked from tree.
Retreat to a local home stay or eco lodge in Cai Be, arranged by Luco Travel Vietnam Tours & Services
DAY 9: MEKONG FLOATING MARKET - HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L/-)
This morning you will enjoy a stunning boat trip to visit to the Cai Be floating market. There, at the confluence of the Mekong and its branch, hundreds of boat laden with fresh products gathered within an open atmosphere. Each of seller boats has a high pole on which hanging their product sample so from afar you can recognize what the sell. There are pumpkin, watermelon, pineapple, longan, orange, flowers, yam, and vegetable and so on.
Smaller buyers hanging around for their purchases and you can hear there sounds of a very hustle business. There are also little mobile café and food supplier moving back and forth making things livelier.
Disembark the boat and get transfer back to Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of the day is free for you to explore further the city at your own pace.
DAY 10: HOCHIMINH CITY DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Today is departure day. Enjoy some free time for last purchases or simply relax before your transfer to airport for onward flight or continuing with more wonderful destinations.
***Rates are in
- Children under 5 years old are FOC.
- Children from 5 - 11 years old are charged at 75% based on adult rates.
- Children above 12 years old are charged at 100% based on adult rates.