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Landscapes & Capitals Viet Nam

In a Nutshell

This 11-day/ 10-night journey features Viet Nam’s most popular cities and small towns. The trip explores Viet Nam's cultural diversity and fascinating history through its varying geographical landscapes: from the modern, fast-paced South with its waterways  via the ancient kingdom and past-imperial capital of the Centre, to the cultural capital of the North of Viet Nam. From either Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi you may want to extend your trip into Cambodia, Laos or Thailand. 
Trip highlights

- Experience the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City

- Be mesmerised by the Mekong Delta countryside

- Stroll around the Ancient Town of Hoi An (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

- Discover the Imperial City of Hue (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

- Explore the Old Quarter in Ha Noi

- Cruise the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay

- and more...

  • Start/Finish

    Ho Chi Minh City / Hanoi

  • Duration

    11 days - 10 nights

  • Price from

    US$3,139

  • Places visited

    Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, Ha Noi, Ha Long Bay (Viet Nam)

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Day by day

DAY
01
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam'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
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.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY
03
Ho Chi Minh City/Mekong Delta/Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, we set out on an excursion toward Vinh Long province (2 hour drive). We head for Cai Be in the Mekong Delta, the country’s ‘rice-basket’. The landscapes reveal a diversity of life and scenery from the sprawling Saigon city to the peaceful delta. On arrival in Cai Be, board a private wooden motorized boat to explore the river life and agriculture along her banks and waterways. We pass the bustling Cai Be floating market, where hundreds of boats filled with fruits, vegetables, and other products anchor alongside the riverbank for miles. Local traders live on the river and have done so for generations, living and trading out of their boat homes. Continue the cruise across large tributaries of the Mekong River then boat through narrow cannels (depending on water level) offering snapshots of local life. We disembark to walk through villages, past fruit gardens and typical homes. Stop at a local restaurant in a garden setting for lunch serving typical Mekong Delta specialties. After lunch, you might want to rest with a short power nap on a hammock, stroll around the orchards or try rowing a small sampan… Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY
04
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. After the Classical interlude, we continue past the striking Marble Mountains for photo opportunities and on to Non Nuoc Beach, immortalized for many by the US television show (China Beach) 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
05
Old Town 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. 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
06
Hoi An/Hue

Say good-bye to Hoi An as we drive northwards - direction Hue. Between 1802 and 1945, Hue was Viet Nam’s Imperial City and thus the seat of 13 Nguyen Emperors. Today, the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the Imperial city of Hue, originally modeled after the Forbidden City of Beijing. Followed by a visit of the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) pagoda – the most beautiful pagoda located atop a hill with magnificent views across the river. Then sit back for a scenic cruise along the Perfume River.

Overnight in Hue
DAY
07
Hue/Ha Noi

Our explorations of the Imperial capital continue as we tour around Hue through shady, scenic landscapes to arrive at the majestic, serene tomb of Nguyen Emperor Tu Duc, set amidst fragrant frangipani trees. We also pass by the mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh before heading to the airport for the flight to the modern day capital of Ha Noi. Upon arrival, transfer with your guide to your hotel downtown.

Overnight in Ha Noi
DAY
08
Ha Noi/Ha Long Bay

This morning we have a 3.5-hour drive to reach one of the newly declared 7 New Wonders of the World - Ha Long Bay. Journey through the impressive countryside of the North, by now you’ll have a sense of how distinctly different each region of Viet Nam is. Arrive at the pier by noon; board your luxury junk (flat-bottomed sailing vessel), your accommodation for the night. Cruise through the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the water. Lunch is served on board. Drop anchor in a bay, disembark to visit spectacular limestone caves or trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the evocative bay. Choose to swim near a secluded beach, or simply lounge on deck soaking up the atmosphere. Visit a floating fishing village and meet third-generation fishermen to learn about their traditional way of life at sea. The day rounds off at sunset with sundowners before feasting on fresh seafood for dinner.

Overnight on board
DAY
09
Ha Long Bay/Ha Noi

Catch an early sunrise this morning from the deck with a traditional Viet Namese coffee in hand. Breakfast will be served on board. Continue cruising through the Bay with its limestone formations and small islands. Small, uninhabited beaches and grottoes carved out by wind and water action provide an ever-changing backdrop for photography. Not to mention the images of distant junks, or round basket boats floating on shimmering waters. Drop off at the pier at around mid-day and transfer back to your hotel in Ha Noi. In the late afternoon, you may wish to attend a performance of water puppetry, an art form that developed in the rice paddies of northern Viet Nam.

Overnight in Ha Noi
DAY
10
Ha Noi by foot and cyclo

(All museums in Ha Noi are closed on Monday & Friday) This morning, we travel by rickshaw cyclo and by foot along tree-lined boulevards and through the 1,000-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.

Overnight in Ha Noi
DAY
11
Ha Noi Departure

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

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Lantern Making Hoi An

One of our favourite activities in Hoi An is to introduce people to the craft of bamboo lantern making. Mr Ba, a legend in Hoi An, is a uniquely specialised artisan who has been recognised by the government for his contribution to VietNamese culture through local craft. On request we arrange visits to his family workshop at the back of a Confucian temple that also doubles as a school. Mr Ba, now in his eighties, revolutionised the design of bamboo lanterns by creating a folding or collapsible bamboo lantern, which today allows for the famed Hoi An lanterns to be transported all over the world. Originating from China over 1,000 years ago, Hoi An's silk covered lanterns are a symbol synonymous with the Old Town. Learning to craft a bamboo lantern is a great activity for kids and young families, from carving and bending the bamboo 'ribs' to decorating your own lantern with silk or cloth. Returning home with a personal, hand made souvenir is far more memorable than haggling for one in the market place.

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Take an Art Tour in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

 Join a passionate art specialist on a journey that takes a closer look at the major shifts in 20th and 21st century Vietnam 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 Vietnam. This themed tour is not just for art lovers but for all those who want to gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s modern and contemporary history.

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...
Indochina Sails
Sit back and relax in one of the cruise's 14 guestrooms, all designed with guests' comfort in mind. Featured in each room, among other amenities, are bathtub, desk, television LCD/plasma screen. Guests will enjoy the cruise's excellent facilities and services including restaurant, 24hr room service, bar/pub. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find jacuzzi, spa, private beach, massage. Guests will find this...
La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue
Celebrate the charms of art deco’s golden age. This former residence of the French Colonial governor has been painstakingly restored and refashioned into an exceptional design hotel. The hotel’s distinctive bowed façade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the 1930’s Streamline Modern School of art deco architecture.
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.
Halong Violet Junk
One of the latest additions to the collection of the Halong cruises, Heritage Line - Halong Violet Junk began its journey in the stunning bay since November 2009. Experience the first class expedition in the World Heritage Site aboard the luxurious ship exquisitely appointed in an early 19th century Indochinese theme.
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...
La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue
Celebrate the charms of art deco’s golden age. This former residence of the French Colonial governor has been painstakingly restored and refashioned into an exceptional design hotel. The hotel’s distinctive bowed façade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the 1930’s Streamline Modern School of art deco architecture.

Luxury travel to fit your pocket? Send through your tailor-made request.


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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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