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Vietnam Essential Tour - 7 Days

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Tour code: ASW-VN-C7a

Duration: 7 days

Destination: Hanoi / Halong Bay / Da Nang / Hoi An / Hue / Ho Chi Minh City / Cu Chi Tunnels

US$ 932 per person

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From charming Hanoi with French colonial architecture and national monuments, to the spellbinding scenery of Halong Bay. From citadel of Hue and Hoi An ancient town to the steamy city of Saigon & historical Cu Chi Tunnel. See the very essential Vietnam, in 7 captivating days!

trip highlight

  • Experience the local life of people living in Mekong Delta with a boat ride to Cai Be floating market
  • Enjoy sleepy, romantic atmosphere of Hue - the last Feudal Capital of Vietnam
  • Get to know more about Hoi An - a city once was the international trading port  
  • Explore the World's Heritage of both culture and nature in Ninh Binh 
  • Overnight cruise on World Heritage Halong Bay
  • Full Day City Tour in Hanoi


 

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Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi

Meals: No meal
Fly to Hanoi, VIETNAM
Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Hanoi 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 an electric tram tour or cyclo tour 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 performance, a uniquely North Vietnamese art form celebrating rural life and folklore for over 1,000 years, this evening.

Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City – Halong Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Half 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, 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 Temple of Literature, which dates back to 1070 and is dedicated to the cult of Confucius and visit the Museum of History Vietnam ( or Museum of Vietnamese women), where we'll learn about the fascinating cultural diversity of this ancient land.

Afternoon, drive to Halong city, settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Halong hotel

Day 3: Halong – Hanoi – Danang/ by afternoon flight

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Welcome aboard your boat (junk) and sail through the Halong Bay. Allow your eyes to swim through the azure waters of this magical place, where thousands of sculpted limestone and islands rise from the water like gigantic teeth of dragons. Pass through picturesque areas like the Fighting cock, Mat Quy and Am islets. Stopping for visit the most beautiful caves named Thien Cung caves. Continue to enjoy this relaxing cruise through the fairyland-like landscape & enjoy a sea food lunch on board. Arrive at the shore at around 12h00 and drive you back to Hanoi and transfer to airport for your short flight to Danang, Vietnam's most beautiful city, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the central coast of Vietnam.

Fly Hanoi to Danang on Vietnam Airlines VN 175, departing 18:10, arriving 19:25
Economy Class - Issued By Asianway Travel (Luggage allowance: 20kgs +7kg hand bag)

Welcome to Danang. Upon arrival at Danang 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. Settle in and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Danang

Day 4: Danang – Hoian - Hue

Meals: Breakfast
Morning tour of Hoi An: Today, 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 with your guide. 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. Hoi An, the cobblestone streets in the old French Quarter are a delight to roam with many cafes, art galleries and handicraft shops. Hoi An is especially well known for its local artists and tailor made clothing, with over sixty shops providing this service in town.

Afternoon road journey from Hoi An to Hue: You will be driven north along highway 1 to Hue, a journey of approximately 3 hours with a short visit at Cham architecture & art museum in Danang.

Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Hue

Day 5: Hue city tour - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) by afternoon flight

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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. Next visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City nearby. Modelled 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.

After lunch at local restaurant, you’ll continue to explore 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. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign. You can choose visiting one of three following tombs: Khai Dinh, Tu Duc or Minh Mang.

Later this afternoon, you'll be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)
Fly Hue to Saigon on Vietnam Airlines VN 1375, departing 17:25, arriving 18:45
Economy Class - Issued By Asianway Travel (Luggage allowance: 20kgs +7kg hand bag)

Welcome to HCMC. 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. Settle in and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in HCMC

Day 6: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels - Saigon

Meals: Breakfast
Morning tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels: This morning, 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.

Afternoon tour of Saigon: After lunch at a local restaurant (on own account) continue to discover Saigon's historic landmarks including the former Presidential Palace which was once headquarters for the Saigon Government during the "American War", and 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 1880's General Post Office and the late 19th century Notre Dame cathedral, located in a peaceful part of the city.

Day 7: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Today free at leisure until transfer to the HCMC airport in time for your flight to the next destination.

You have been read "Vietnam Essential Tour 7 Days". We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

Tour 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
What's included: 

  • 6 nights at hotels base in double/twin sharing rooms at centrally located & well selected Comfort hotels (3 star-hotel). 
  • Daily buffet or set breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges. 
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary. 
  • Travel by private, 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. 
  • Entrance fees according the above program
 
  • Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers 
  • VAT and all taxes and service charge. 
  • Complimentary Vietnam visa pre- approval letter

What's excluded:

  • International flight tickets and Visas stamp ( US$ 25 paid on arrival at airport) 
  • 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 
  • 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 Event 

Remarks

1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the Tailor this tripbutton and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant willcustomize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:

•   Boutique & character hotels : from $50-$80 USD  per room/ per night
•   Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night
•   Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night
•   Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night
•   High-end = Best of the best hotels from US$ 250++ per room/ per night.

3. Child policy: 

• Ages 0-2 years at 5 % of adult price
• Ages 2-5 years at 30% of adult price
• Ages 6-11 at 70% of adult price
• 12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult).

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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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  • by PlabonB3 from Austria

    What an awesome experience - extremely impressive

    I want to thanks Mai Phi Mrs. (Senior sales representative), Asian way Travels, for arranging such a wonderful tour plan for us. We were planning for a Honey Trip and Mai was extremely helpful in suggesting Vietnam Essential Tour 7 Days and guiding us through each and every detail. The Most remarkable thing about Asian Way Travel and especially Mai, in a couple of days Mai become simply our friend and philosopher for the whole tour. Regarding tour details, I bothered her just like anything, she was always there in her WhatsApp to reply without any delay. Her service is

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  • by joebui253 from United States (US)

    Excellent tour of Vietnam! Highly recommended!

    Our tour of Vietnam 7 days was filled with great historical information and culture about the people. Our tour guide Hung provided a lot of information along the tour and was most helpful in every way and made our experience with Asianway Travel a pleasant one. I would highly recommend Asianway Travel for this tour of Vietnam and will probably go again in the future since it was really good. There was another couple in our tour group who was on their 5th tour of Vietnam with Asianway Travel. That just goes to show you the level of service they

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