Jet off to Vietnam on our wonderful 'Insights of Vietnam' package, which includes your international & internal flights, all touring, select meals and 8 nights accommodation as well as an overnight Halong Bay experience. Travel Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) across 9 days.
Along the way, you will experience three world heritage sites, visit stately Hanoi, see the magnificent Halong Bay, wander the former capital city of Hue and the charming, ancient town of Hoi An. Arrive in the bustling and hustling Ho Chi Minh City before taking to the waterways of the Mekong Delta, known as the 'kingdom of tropical fruits', and explore the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels in the Vietnam War.
Depart Australia Hanoi
On arrival at Noi Bai International airport, you will be greeted by your representative and transferred to your hotel for check in.
Overnight in Hanoi
Meals included: In flight
Hanoi Overnight Halong Bay Cruise
This morning you will be met by your representative and transferred to your cruise for check-in. Upon departure, enjoy guided shore excursions such as the Secret Cave, cooking class, Kayaking, fishing and much much more.
Overnight on cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Halong Bay Hanoi
Start your morning with some simple meditation and relaxation on the upper sundeck with hosted Tai Chi followed by breakfast. Enjoy some sighting such as Ti Top Island for swimming or hiking before returning to your boat. Return to your boat, freshen up and continue cruising North again towards Tuan Chau Island where lunch is served at a local Restaurant. Cruise back through Halong Bay and its stunning islets before disembarkation where a driver is waiting to return you to Hanoi.
We arrive in Hanoi in the right time to enjoy with History Museum, Hoa Lo Prison which is known as “Hanoi Hilton”. Enjoy a refreshment at Hoan Kiem Lake, visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Restored Sword Lake) with Ngoc Son Temple before taking a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities. Enjoy a Water Puppet Show in the front of Hoan Kiem lake.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch on cruise
*Details of the cruise program will be provided upon confirmation. Changes to departure date may incur without notification due the weather or quay policy.
Optional Activity (Additional Charge): Hanoi Evening Street Food Tour This tour into the Old Quarter will begin from your hotel in the early evening. Your English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture, including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Walk through the maze of bustling streets that is Hanoi’s Old Quarter and tempt your tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch as the skilled chefs demonstrate to you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing onwards, wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can discover how the local’s live in the old quarter. Afterwards you will stop at the barbeque stalls. Settle down with the locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. The search for dessert will bring you down to a small alley, here you will find fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed! Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi include Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee along with many other specialties. Follow these delicious meals with an ice-cold local beer. Your trip ends in the middle of the old quarter, and you will continue onwards to discover Hanoi by night at your own leisure, or the tour guide can arrange a taxi for you to go back to your hotel (taxi not included). Inclusions: English speaking tour guide, all food and drink as mentioned above.
Hanoi Hue Thanh Toan Village
After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer to the airport for your fight to Hue. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to Thanh Toan village in the countryside. Arrive at our Thanh Toan Eco Home – take a short rest and enjoy our welcome drink. Walk or bike along the canal and stop at the local market filled with happy smiley farmers and fascinating local produce. Cross Thanh Toan Tile roof Bridge – a truly unique ancient bridge in Vietnam, and visit Thanh Toan Museum with a wide variety of agricultural tools exhibited to explain the details of Vietnamese life and culture.
Included touring option 1: Row the boat with the villager on Nhu Y River to enjoy spectacular sceneries and explore how they catch the fish by using some old tools such as fishing trap, casting net, etc. After observing, you can join hand with them to catch your own fish. Get back to our “Eco Home” where you can learn how farmer grow the vegetables such as morning glory, Malabar spinach, gourd, fiber melon, so on and experience some farming activities together with them.
Included touring option 2: Take a walk to the rice field near "Eco home" where farmers are working on their own land. They will be eager to share with you about the rice cultivation and show you how to do a few steps out of the whole process if you want to try. After that, you will have more fun to catch fish with some simple tools such as fishing basket, net, bamboo traps, etc. Take all fish that you have just caught back to our place to cook and enjoy your lunch. That must be your most delicious meal of your trip in Vietnam. Join cooking class to learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Hue specialties (3 dishes). After the lesson, enjoy what you have just cooked and some other dishes. Then back to Hue in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Hue
Meal included: Breakfast at hotel
Hue Da Nang
Enjoy today at your leisure in Hoi An or Da Nang.
Overnight in Danang
Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Optional tour: Explore Danang city and Hoian ancient town. In the morning you will be collected from the hotel in Da Nang city centre and transfer to visit Linh Ung pagoda of Son Tra peninsula. Linh Ung pagoda of Son Tra peninsula is the largest pagoda in Central Vietnam. On arrival, we can feel the cool sea wind, see Da Nang panoramic, the Arhat statues and Lady Buddha statues which are the tallest in Viet Nam. Leaving Linh Ung pagoda, we will visit My Khe beach, of the nicest beaches in Central Vietnam with white sand and pure water. Visit Marble Mountain. Marble Mountain is located between Da Nang and Hoi An, is a fairyland with a dreamlike scenery, pagodas, and grottoes. You will be amazed in front of the unique architecture of the pagoda and temple. Besides from these amazing landmarks, we will conquer 108 steps from foot to top of the mountain. Explore Marble Mountain don’t forget to stop at Xa Loi tower, Tam Thai pagoda, Tang Chon cave, Hoa Nghiem cave, Huyen Khong cave. In the afternoon enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Hoi An. You explore Hoi An Ancient Town with Phuc Kien assembly hall, Tan Ki house, Phung Hung ancient house and Japanese covered bridge. We will pick you up again in Hoi an ancient town and come back Da Nang. Drop you off at your hotel in Da Nang . Tour ends.
Da Nang Hoi An
Enjoy today at your leisure in Hoi An.
Optional tour (Additional charge): This moring you will be collected by your driver and transferred to Ba Na hills. Arrive at the cable car station for your cable car experience over the forest. Experiencing the pristine ecological system of the BaNa Mountain will leave you with a sense of unforeseeable discovery. Visit the Le Jardin, old wineries - remains of French Villas and Linh Ung pagoda with 27m high Buddha statue. Leave Le Jardin for Gare Debay, the second cable car station, and journey to the top of Ba Na. Visit and play game at the Fantasy Park- Ba Na Hills Fantasy Park- the third largest indoor amusement park in the world. Enjoy a lunch buffet at a local Restaurant before conquering the Peak of Chua Mountain at the height of 1,487m. Enjoy the panorama view of the Da Nang from the top of Ba Na Hills before visiting the Golden Bridge. Return to cable car station and transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Hoi An Ho Chi Mihn
Enjoy some time at leisure in Hoi An until you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival Tan Sơn Nhat airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakast at hotel
Ho Chi Mihn
After breakfast at hotel, we will visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their day, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone". Start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Return to Ho Chi Minh.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Depart Ho Chi Minh Arrive Australia
Enjoy your morning at leisure before being transferred to airport for your return flight home.
Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Inclusions & Exclusions
- International & Domestic Economy airfares
- 7 nights 3 star accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast
- 1 night/2 days on cruise in Halong Bay (cruise cabin - twin/double)
- All transfers and transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
- Local English speaking guides in each destination
- All entrance fees as program
- Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch Dinner) as indicated in the program (Vietnamese Local food)
- Daily breakfast at the hotel
- 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only
Flights based on Economy Airfares
Upgrades available at check-out as follows:
- Airfare upgrade to Premium Economy Class surcharge international only $900 per person.
- Airfare upgrade to Business Class surcharge for the whole itinerary $2500 per person.
(Flight with Vietnam Airlines the new Dreamliner 787)
- Optional tours
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc
- Meals and services other than mentioned in the programmed
- Drinks with meals
- Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
- Visa application and visa stamp fees at Vietnamese embassies overseas and/ or upon arrival (Please note that a visa is compulsory for most nationalities.)
- Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program
Upgrades - Available at check-out
4 star Hotel Upgrade - $250 per person
5 star Hotel Upgrade - $550 per person
Single Supplement - Available at check-out
3 star Hotel - $430
4 star Hotel upgrade - $630
5 star Hotel upgrade - $830
Flight date changes: will incur a $200pp fee