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In Essence: Viet Nam

In a Nutshell

This week-long trip touches on Viet Nam's highlights, including her dynamic cities and the more scenic, rural Central region. A perfect itinerary for those with limited time yet who want to experience the essence of the region.
Trip highlights

- Explore Ho Chi Minh City 

- Old Town Hoi An & the market

- Hands-on cooking class 

- Explore the Old Quarter in Hanoi

- Art galleries and boutiques of Hanoi

- and more...

  • Start/Finish

    Ho Chi Minh City / Ha Noi (Viet Nam)

  • Duration

    7 days - 6 nights

  • Price from

    US$2,006

  • Places visited

    Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hoi An, Ha Noi (Viet Nam)

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Day by day

DAY
01
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh is Viet Nam's largest city. Upon arrive you'll be met by your local guide and transferred downtown. The first thing you'll become aware of is the sheer number of motorcyclists in seemingly constant motion around town. About 92% of commuters travel by shared motorbike, sometimes carrying three of more people. Always keep your camera on hand as the traffic mayhem tends to offer fantastic photo opportunities!

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
DAY
02
Ho Chi Minh City

This morning your guide will present the historic overview of the city as you take in the main points of interest. It's an energetic city and the architectural disorder gives you some idea of the rapid growth over the past decade. The past and present may be found on the same block; French colonial heritage buildings flanked by a flashy Louis Vuitton boutique. Architectural highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883. The stone used to create it was exported in its entirety from France. Next to the cathedral stands the Central Post Office, finished in 1891. It is another fine example of French architecture and is Viet Nam's largest post office. Continue to the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Viet Nam until April 30, 1975. We end the architectural highlights with a stroll through the bustling Ben Thanh Market. OR ~ take an Art Tour Join a passionate art specialist on a journey that takes a closer look at the major shifts in 20th and 21st century Viet Nam through the eyes of artists. From the grand halls of the HCMC Fine Art Museum to the fresh white spaces of leading contemporary art galleries. The tour is based on the personal experiences of artists who studied, fought, witnessed and documented major changes in twentieth century Viet Nam. This themed tour is not just for art lovers but for all those who want to gain a deeper understanding of Viet Nam’s modern and contemporary history.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY
03
Ho Chi Minh City/Da Nang/Hoi An

We transfer back to the Saigon airport for your flight north to Da Nang. Upon arrival it’s a short drive to the Cham Museum of Da Nang city for an introduction to the Classical Era of South East Asian art and history. The time span roughly corresponds to the medieval period in Europe. The Champa Kingdom was a maritime powerhouse, trading in spices and ivory. The culture was highly developed, leaving a legacy of refined artworks and architecture. The museum houses the largest and most impressive collection of Cham sculpture and artifacts, dating from the 4th to the 14th centuries. We continue past the striking Marble Mountains for photo opportunities and on to Non Nuoc Beach, immortalized for many by the US television show and still one of the most spectacular beaches in Asia. Our end destination is Hoi An. In a country ravaged by war, Hoi An managed to remain untouched, and as you wander the relatively traffic-free streets of this ancient seaport it is not hard to imagine yourself amidst the sailors and merchants of the 18th Century, when Hoi An was one of the busiest trading ports in Asia. And don’t forget that this is the town famed for its great tailors; so if you brought anything with you to be replicated—or want to have traditional Viet Namese dresses tailored —this is the spot.

Overnight in Hoi An
DAY
04
Hoi An

Today your guide will lead you through Hoi An’s historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The picturesque riverside town was a major trading port between the 15th to 19th centuries. Mansions built by prosperous Japanese, Chinese, and European merchants characterize the enchanting Old Quarter. Appreciate the vivid sense of history as you walk the narrow streets visiting temples, houses, artisan workshops and the bustling fish market along the quay. Late morning, get involved in a hands-on cooking class with a local chef. The chef offers us an introductory cooking class that leads into lunch together (not to worry, you won’t be obliged to cook your own lunch). After your market visit this morning, you will have gained a good understanding of local ingredients and the basic techniques of Viet Namese cuisine. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own or spend a few hours with the tailors of Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An
DAY
05
Hoi An/Da Nang/Ha Noi

You will be collected from your hotel for a private transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Ha Noi. Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel downtown. The afternoon is free for you to explore at leisure, or consider booking a Spa treatment in your hotel.

Overnight in Ha Noi
DAY
06
Ha Noi by foot and cyclo

(All museums in Ha Noi are closed on Monday & Friday) This morning, we travel by rickshaw cyclo (traditional bike-propelled cart) and by foot along tree-lined boulevards and through the 1000-year-old “Old Quarter”. Other stops on your visit include Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and the One Pillar Pagoda, the hallowed “Temple of Literature”- Van Mieu as it is known in Viet Namese - the country’s most renowned temple complex. A Confucian sanctuary and academy, the centre once housed the country’s first university, founded in 1076. Take time to wander through the stone tablets and soak up a thousand years of learning with your local guide. After lunch at another of our favorite local spots, we leave you to enjoy the afternoon as you see fit. Depending on your interests, your tour guide will be happy to lead you to some of the city’s more interesting art galleries, or take you on a shopping tour for silks and linens (this is perhaps the best place in Viet Nam to pick up gifts for people back home). There are numerous historic sites to recommend or even a visit to the Museum of Ethnology to enhance your understanding of Viet Nam's diverse culture. In the late afternoon, we’ll enjoy a performance of water puppetry, an art form that developed in the rice paddies of northern Viet Nam.

Overnight in Ha Noi
DAY
07
Ha Noi Departure

A private transfer with your guide to the airport for your flight home takes us to the end of your stay with us. Safe onward travels.

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I do apologize that this letter is so belated but I must thank you for arranging a most memorable and affordable trip for us to Vietnam through your contact... Many thanks again for giving us the opportunity to take away a very precious memory of your beautiful country.

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Hotel & Price Guide

Our selection of Deluxe hotels offer a more competitive price point,
without compromising on comfort or amenities.

Anantara Hoi An Resort
Idyllically situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort is a boutique retreat steps away from the Old Town of Hoi An. Designed with French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influences that reveal Hoi An’s fascinating cultural diversity, split level rooms and suites open onto porches with comfortable daybeds, overlooking the river or a garden courtyard. Watch the fishing boats glide...
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel is exudes heritage and elegance. The 1901 hotel has hosted guests for over a century. The wood panelling and green shutters evoke the opulence of Old Indochine and the age of colonial grandeur. Our favourite rooms grace the Historic Metropole Wing. Need some downtime? Sit back to the sultry jazz sounds of Le Club bar or absorb the street life...
InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel
The newest InterContinental in the city, in the heart of the city's commercial center is also close to several points of interest. Nearby attractions include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace and General Post Office.

Our suggested hotels go beyond the expected amenities of deluxe hotels. They are inspirational properties defined by exceptional service, stunning design and offer an experience that sets them apart.

The Nam Hai Resort
The Nam Hai makes the bold claim of “reinventing luxury” in Viet Nam. They have certainly succeeded in redesigning luxury on the edge of the East Sea. The abundant elements of wind and water inspire the stunning architectural design. The resort is a destination in itself as the countless awards and accolades attest to.
Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel
This hotel experience is encapsulated through service excellence. The property stands majestically on Lam Son Square, a superb central location. Classic colonial style meets with elegant modern decor throughout the hotel. Dinner at Square One is a must, consistently ranked as one of Vietnam’s top restaurants.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel is exudes heritage and elegance. The 1901 hotel has hosted guests for over a century. The wood panelling and green shutters evoke the opulence of Old Indochine and the age of colonial grandeur. Our favourite rooms grace the Historic Metropole Wing. Need some downtime? Sit back to the sultry jazz sounds of Le Club bar or absorb the street life...

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Pricing Notes

Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. 

At Ansova Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.

 

Prices include the following:

. All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast 

. Internal economy flights with airport taxes

. All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle

. Private services of local guides

. All special events & private tours, guest experts

. All entrance fees into historical sights & museums 

. Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring

. 24/7 support from the Ansova Team

 

*Notes: 

Peak Season supplements may be applied at some hotels (typically over the Christmas and New Year period).

There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

A single supplement may appply

 

This tour was carefully designed by our Trip-Planner.  However, a designated Trip Planner can assist you with identifying your travel needs so as to match and hopefully exceed your expectations. Our Trip Planner will review your inquiry and respond via email within 24 business hours, with an itinerary proposal aligned to your requirements and budget.

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Tailor made travel to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indochina

This tour was carefully designed by our Trip-Planner.  However, a designated Trip Planner can assist you with identifying your travel needs so as to match and hopefully exceed your expectations. 

Our Trip Planner will review your inquiry and respond via email within 24 business hours, with an itinerary proposal aligned to your requirements and budget.

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