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Amazing Vietnam Tour - 17 Days

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Tour code: ASW-VN-C17

Duration: 17 days

Destination: Ho Chi Minh City / Cu Chi Tunnels / Mekong Delta / Nha Trang / Danang / Hoian / Hue / Hanoi / Mai Chau / Halong bay

US$ 1,698 per person

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See Amazing Vietnam in just seventeen days — a greatest-hits tour of this fascinating country. This Vietnam Tour will give you  insights into the life of Vietnamese people as much as the beautiful scenery and cultural discovery.

trip highlight

  • Explore part of the 151-mile underground network Cu Chi Tunnels and half-day Ho Chi Minh City Tour
  • Panorama cruise to explore Mekong Delta, visit Cai Be Floating Market to see the unique life on the waterway of delta dwellers 
  • Three days to relax on the pristine beaches of Nha Trang
  • Enjoy adventurous experiences like buffalo ride and basket boat tour in Hoi An
  • Bike tour to explore Mai Chau beautiful ethnic villages including Na Thia, Nhot, Pom Coong, Lac and Chieng Chau villages
  • Luxury overnight cruise on world's wonder Halong Bay

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival

ho chi minh city travel guideFly to Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM

Welcome to Vietnam.

Upon arrival at HCMC Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa (with pre-approval letter) , and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Asianway travel . He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Welcome dinner at local restaurant.

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in HCMC

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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu chi tunnel

ho chi minh city cu chi tunnelsMorning tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels: At 7.00, pick up at hotel & enjoy scenic drive through the countryside as people work on their rice paddies and thatched hut villages scattered along the way. Visit a local village making rice paper, a well-known product used to make the delicious spring rolls. Arriving at the Cu Chi Tunnels to explore part of the 151-mile underground network that zigzagged from the southern tip of the Ho Chi Minh Trail near Cambodia to the Saigon River. Cu Chi is a must for anyone interested in understanding a vital aspect of guerrilla warfare fought by the Vietnamese against both the French and the Americans. These criss-crossing tunnels were begun in the late 1940s by local resistance fighters looking for a place to hide their weapons from the French. Discover secret trapdoors, field hospitals, command posts, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms.

ho chi minh city ben thanh market
Afternoon tour of HCMC: we’ll discover Saigon's historic landmarks including the War Remnants Museum, established in September 1975 in Ho Chi Minh City, it contains countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting some of the less heroic activities carried out by the US army in Vietnam. Planes, tanks, bombs and helicopters are also on display. Next visit the FITO Museum, it is the first museum of Vietnamese medicine. On display are nearly 3,000 items dating back to the Stone Age. Exhibits include tools used to prepare medicine, knives, mortars and pestles, documents and objects from a traditional pharmacy. The museum regularly screens a documentary about the history of medicine. Continue visiting to the 1880's General Post Office and the late 19th century Notre Dame cathedral, located in a peaceful part of the city.

Ending at Ben Thanh Market or House of Saigon for shopping and café.

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Day 3: Mekong delta – Panorama River Cruise - Overnight cruise

mekong delta cai rang floating marketIn the morning, cruise’s bus will take you to Can Tho or Cai Be. You board your comfortable wooden river cruise vessel around noon. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cozy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.

In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.

Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong river. The cruise boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner.

You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.

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Day 4: Cai Rang/Cai Be floating market – HCMC

Wake up well rested to the sound of the river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.

After breakfast, you will board a sampan boat to Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skillfully handcrafted regional products. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.

On even dates, you will have lunch at the Mekong Rest Stop. On odd dates, lunch is served in Vinh Long City.

Drive back & arrive HCMC around 16:00 pm.

*Please note: The floating markets in the Mekong Delta are no tourist markets but wholesale markets where produce of the Mekong Delta like fruits and vegetables are traded. For this reason the number of boats on the market fluctuates depending on harvesting seasons and market demand. Furthermore, modern wholesale markets are becoming more popular in Vietnam. This can result in decreasing numbers of boats being present on the markets.

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Day 5: HCMC – fly to Nha Trang

At 11:00 am, you'll be picked up at hotel & private transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Nha Trang. Fly HCMC to Nha Trang on Vietnam Airlines VN 1350, departing 12:45, arriving 13:45.

Welcome to Nha Trang.

Upon arrival at Cam Ranh Airport, after collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside your driver. He will be holding a sign with your names on it. From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel/ resort . Settle in and enjoy rest of day at your leisure.

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in Nha Trang

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Day 6: Nha Trang beach relax

things to do in nha trangNha Trang’s postcard-perfect beaches offer good reasons to do very little aside from swimming and sunbathing! But for those who can be tempted away, some nearby islands are worthy sites to explore. Highlights include Hon Mun Island, where you can snorkel and see tropical fish and coral, and Hon Tam Island, wh ere you can relax on the beach.

Optional excursion: Please contact us if you interest.

1. Emperor cruises in Nhat Trang bay – day tour

2. Scuba diving – half day tour

3. Thap Ba hot spring & mineral mud bathing – half day & full day tour

4. Vinpearl Amusement Park – full day

5. City tour by bike & island tour by boat

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Day 7: Nha Trang beach relax

Day at leisure

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Day 8: Nha Trang – Hoian ancient town via Danang

things to do in hoi anAt 7:40 am, you'll be picked up at hotel & private transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Da Nang. Fly Nha Trang to Danang on Vietnam Airlines VN 1942, departing 09:20, arriving 10:20.

Welcome to Danang.

Upon arrival at Danang Airport, after collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside your guide. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel in Hoi An . Settle in and enjoy rest few hour at your leisure and have lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon tour of Hoi An: Today you’ll discover how the traditions of the past are treasured in the present in Hoi An on the Thu Bon River, a key international trading port between the 15th and 19th centuries – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved, centuries-old streets, dwellings, temples and pagodas, touring Hoi An's historic highlights. Explore its shop-lined streets, view the red-painted Japanese Covered Bridge - the three Chinese characters over the door mean "bridge for passers-by from afar" and tour the 200-year-old "Phung Hung" house, noted for its unique architecture. What you'll see there will reveal much about the lives of Hoi An merchants long ago. Visit the workshop of a traditional lantern maker for a demonstration of this time-honored craft; meet the artisans and try your skills as you create your own lantern to take home.

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in Hoian

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Day 9: Hoian - Adventure buffalo ride & basket boat tour

At 9:00 am, you will be pick up at hotel and transferred to a rice paddy farm where you can see local farmer and buffalo. After a short introduction about buffalo and rice farm, you are ready for a ride on the back of your buffalo that we name him or her as B.M.W of Vietnam (The word B.M.W that you can understand it as one of the best cars in the world produced by Germany. However, you can learn these three words such as: B (Buffalo), M (made) and W (way) - BUFFALO MADE WAY. Then your funny experience will continue going down to a local fishing village where you are able to learn something about local fishing industry and its locally cultural life. You will take a rest at a local home with a cup of tea offered by a local host. Our guide will give you a brief about basket boat adventure. You will be told about the safety instruction how to get balanced on the round basket boat, how to paddle in it a proper way. Of course, life jacket will be provided to you and our local people will help you how to navigate it. We will you be confident until you can row it by yourself. Your tour is ended after a light snack at a local family while enjoying a great round basket performance on the river which is awesome that you can see only one time in your lifetime.

You'll be returned to your hotel with the afternoon free to relax or explore independently.

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Day 10: Hoian – Hue city

Road journey from Hoi An to Hue: After breakfast, you’ll be driven north along highway 1 to Hue, a journey of approximately 3 hours with a short visit at Cham architecture & art museum in Da Nang city.

Afternoon tour of the Imperial Citadel & Thien Mu Pagoda: This afternoon visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City nearby. Modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing by the Nguyen emperors in the early 19th century, the city was badly damaged during the war but the imposing city walls surrounded by a large moat afford good views of Hué. The palace retains a feeling of its past scale and importance, with detailed stonework and pavilions and it is at the moment in the process of being restored to its former magnificence. Continue to Thien Mu Pagoda, sitting on the riverbank outside the city, this octagonal seven tier stupa has long been regarded as the symbol of Hué and was founded in 1601. It is still a site of Buddhist worship and its huge bell is said to be audible from the city.

Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Hue

 

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Day 11: Hue - Train to Hanoi ( SE2 train: 15:00 – 05:00 )

Morning visit to Dong Ba market and the Royal Mausoleums: This morning, stroll around the hectic Dong Ba market with your guide. The market is best explored in the morning when a sea of conical hats, colorful fabrics, produce of every description and an array of vendors offer delights for the senses await you.

Continue to visit Emperors Tombs: Hue’s environment is dotted with tombs of past emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Construction of the tombs was meticulous carried out starting whilst the king was still alive in order to ensure his comfort in the next life. Most of the tombs have courtyards, a temple for worship, statues of elephants and figures and a pond, but the layout of each is different reflecting differing each king’s personality and style. They have a lovely peaceful atmosphere. Khai Dinh and Tu Duc Royal Tombs, considered the most beautiful mausoleums around Hue. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign.

Later this afternoon, you'll be transferred to the Hue railway station in time for you’re a night train to Hanoi. Train Hue to Hanoi on SE2 express train, departing 15:30, arriving 5:00 next morning (approx 14hrs).

Overnight on train. Air-con cabin of 4 berths ( 4pax per cabin)

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Day 12: Hanoi – Morning flower market tour – Mai Chau valley

mai chau pa co marketWelcome to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi early this morning you will be met and transferred to a local restaurant where you will have “Real Hanoi Pho noodle” for breakfast and then enjoy one hour tour to explore Quang Ba flower market. Continue driving to Mai Chau, a scenic patchwork of villages and limestone cliffs less than 150 kilometers from Hanoi. This beautiful mountainous area with thick jungle, bamboo groves, tea plantations and waterfalls lends itself to fantastic walks and mini treks to ethnic minority villages, without the influx of tourists.

In the afternoon, cycle to explore Mai Chau beautiful ethnic villages including Na Thia, Nhot, Pom Coong, Lac and Chieng Chau villages. Be welcomed by the friendly local people, talk with them and discover their traditional culture. Total cycling time is around 2 – 3 hours on flat village paths. Take it all in: the spectacular scenery of Mai Chau and the relaxed rhythm of local life. For evening enjoyment, you may choose to take part in a traditional dance show with Ruou Can (a local wine), a cooking class, a weaving class or all.

Accommodation: Mai Chau (home-stay or hotel)

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Day 13: Mai Chau – Hanoi

After breakfast at the hotel, spend full morning to relax with the comfort of your room or unwind at our swimming pool & massage centre. Or you can also choose to explore the surroundings with bike or foot. Check out and drive back Hanoi in the afternoon. Settle in and enjoy the rest of day at your leisure.

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in Hanoi

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Day 14: Hanoi city tour

Full day tour of Hanoi: Morning, you'll head out with your guide and begins with a visit Ba Dinh Square to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the museum to his life and the simple cottage where he lived and worked, along with his "house on stilts" and his final resting place; and take in Hanoi's famous One-Pillar Pagoda, constructed in 1049 to resemble a lotus blossom.

Continue to the Museum of Ethnology, where we'll learn about the fascinating cultural diversity of this ancient land.
This afternoon, drive through Colonial Hanoi, seeing the Opera House and other local sights. Go inside infamous Hoa Lo Prison (“Hanoi Hilton”), where Senator John McCain and Douglas “Pete” Wilson were once imprisoned, and continue to the Temple of Literature, which dates back to 1070 and is dedicated to the cult of Confucius. Take a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as “The 36 Streets.” This is a wonderful place to watch the local life, and peruse items from fabrics to crafts to exotic medicines.

Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet & Cheo art performance, a uniquely North Vietnamese art form celebrating rural life and folklore for over 1,000 years, this evening.

Please note: The city tour program is flexible. Your guide will be more than happy to adjust the tour itinerary to suit you. You can skip one site or add another if you so wish.

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Day 15: Hanoi – Halong bay - Overnight on junk boat/cruise

After breakfast you will leave Hanoi for the 3.5 hour journey to Halong Bay, passing through a number of North Vietnamese towns and villages. Upon arrival you will be welcomed aboard your traditional junk; designed in the same style as those that have sailed the bay for 100’s of years. Begin a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone karsts and islets. A delicious fresh seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay, a UNESCO listed site.

After lunch you will explore some of Halong Bay's famous caves by bamboo boat or kayaking based on your preference.

vietnam in 2 weeksAnd then reach on the top of Soi Sim beach to have a panorama view of Halong Bay. All activities arranged by the cruise are on a shared basis

Return to your junk boat to watch a cooking class or fruits & vegetable carving on sundeck – How to make spring rolls. Then enjoy Sunset Party together and Happy Hour (buys two drinks, gets one free from 18.00 to 19.00). It is time for chit chat and relaxing before enjoy your dinner and evening activities around the bar.

*Please note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships. An extra night can be added to the program. If your time is flexible, we highly recommend it.

Accommodation: Stay 1 night on-board, in a private cabin with en-suite bathroom.

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Day 16: Halong bay – Hanoi

Wake to see the sunrise over the spectacular horizon, reflecting in the pristine waters of the bay, with a cup of tea or coffee. Then join a Tai Chi class on the sundeck if you wish before enjoying breakfast in the fresh air. Continue to sail around this natural wonder.

Visit to the Sung Sot Cave by walking up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat. Proper shoes are highly recommended. Return to the boat then check-out of the cabin. Start cruising towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served. The crew will bid you farewell and you disembark with our tender boat to the Tuan Chau Pier.

Return your Hanoi hotel by cruise’s shuttle bus.

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Day 17: Hanoi departure

Today is your final day. You are free to chill out and relax. Depending on your departure flight, your private driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to the next destination. They will ensure you are the correct gate. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

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Our prices shown are 'per person', based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room. If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by using the Share button above to invite your friends and family, traveller forum's members to book this tour with you.
The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price.
Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

Included

  • 13 nights base in double/twin sharing rooms at centrally located & well sel ected Comfort hotels (3 star-hotel).
  • 1 night on board cruise in Halong Bay
  • 1 night on board cruise in Mekong delta
  • 1 night on train from Hue to Hanoi
  • Daily buffet or set breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges.
  • All domestic flights (baggage allowance of 20kg checked and 7kg carry on)
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary.
  • Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.
  • Sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner.
  • Boat cruise as specified in the programmed.
  • Entrance fees according the above program

  • Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers
  • VAT and all taxes and service charge.

Excluded

  • International flight tickets and Visas stamp ( US$ 25 paid on arrival at airport if request visa on arrival)
  • Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls
  • Personal, travel and health insurance

  • Early check in and late check out
  • Single room supplement if request
  • Drinks during meals

  • Meals that are not specified

  • Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff

Surcharge for peak season & compulsory dinner on X’mas and New Year’s Eve

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

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  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

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Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.


  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

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Step 3: Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.

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