Vietnam in Depth - 16 Days

Visit Vietnam from the Northwest in the North to the Southwest in the South and finish your holiday with a relaxation on Con Dao Beach in our new-designed 16 day tour of Vietnam in Depth. Whether found the spectacular mountainous area or at a floating market or along the sandy shores, you will discover the fine details that define Vietnam.

Vietnam in Depth - 16 Days - Vietnam Tours

Start city: Hanoi (Vietnam)

Finish city: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

Duration: 16 Days & 15 Nights

Departure: Private Tour. Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Can Tho - Soc Trang - Con Dao - Ho Chi Minh City

- Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi (Vietnam) and from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

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Tour Highlights
  • Learn history in Vietnam's capital city - Hanoi
  • Discover Sapa mountainous town with its minority people
  • Cruise on Halong Bay
  • Walking tour in Hoian Old City
  • Witness the busy Mekong's Largest Floating Market
  • Getaway on Con Dao Island with beach holiday
  • Visit Vietnam's biggest city - Saigon.

  • BRIEF & PRICE
  • ITINERARY
  • TOUR MAP
  • FAQs

BRIEF & PRICE


PRIVATE TOUR COST: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
Group Size
2 persons
4 persons
6 persons
> 8 persons
Landtour
1,413
1,104
982
Flights
340
340
340
Total
1,753
1,444
1,322

ITINERARY


Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Welcome to Hanoi, the charming capital of Vietnam. Your guide and driver will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai International Airport to welcome and take you to the hotel at city center. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure to recover from jet lag.
Meals: N/A.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour Overnight train to Lao Cai
Today you spend a full day exploring the charming Hanoi City. Start with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. You follow it with a visit to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam. The sightseeing also includes the outlying Ethnology Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. Afterwards you drive back to the town center and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the Old Quarter where people still trade in old ways. Conclude your day at the famous water puppet theatre for a fantastic performance of the art form unique to Vietnam.
Transfer to Hanoi railway station to catch the overnight train to Lao Cai.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Overnight train to Lao Cai.

Day 3: Lao Cai Sapa Trekking – Homestay
Upon arrival in Lao Cai railway station, you will be picked up by our guide and driver for 01 hour drive up to Sapa where your breakfast is served.
Today is an intensive day. Begin with a transfer from Sapa Centre toward Sa Seng, a less visited ethnic Hmong minority village where you will trek around to explore the local daily life. Continue trekking uphill along the side of Den Thang Mountain for about an hour before arriving at Hang Da Village. This Hmong community is located at the elevation of 1.800m, therefore you will find the breath taking view of the Muong Hoa Valley. Enjoy your picnic lunch followed by the next 30 minute walking down to Hau Chu Ngai, another Hmong village. Challenge yourself by descending into Hong Den Hamlet, consisting of only a few homes scattered on a rocky point. Take a moment to enjoy some of the best scenery in the area before following the trail down to Hau Thao village. Conclude your day at Ta Van Bridge for some awesome photos then head toward your homestay. Take part in the cooking demonstration and enjoy dinner with the host family before spending your night here.
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Homestay.

Day 4: Sapa Trekking Back to Sapa Town
Enjoy breakfast at homestay, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. Take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. You have three trekking options to choose from: Soft trek (3 km), medium trek (6km) and long trek (~12km). Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region.
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

Day 5: Sapa free day  Overnight train to Hanoi
Today, you are free to relax or explore Sapa on your own.
In the evening, transfer to Lao Cai station where you will catch the overnight train to Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

Day 6: Hanoi Halong Bay, overnight on cruise
On arrival in Hanoi early this morning, transfer to the day- used hotel near the station for your breakfast and refreshment. Then, heading out of town you drive towards Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam‘s most scenic impressive sights. On arrival you are welcomed onboard a traditional junk. Settle into a private comfortable cabin and unpack for a two day cruise around Halong Bay. Along the way you enjoy a huge lunch served on board and admire the picturesque scenery of islands. These limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. You will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to Sung Sot cave, one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. The remainder of day is for your own pleasure; observing the bay, lazing around the deck or simply soaking up the sunshine.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: On Cruise.

Day 7: Halong Bay Hanoi  Fly to Da Nang, transfer to Hoi An
The sailing junks navigating past over 3,000 limestone islands and outcrops jutting out of the clear and emerald water of the bay make for a marvelous scene. You have an option to get up early to observe the splendid landscape and see the fishermen on a morning catch. The huge breakfast is a perfect way to start our relaxing day. You weave our way past Man Head and Tortoise rocks. These imposing islets are aptly named by their distinctive shapes. You cruise through Bai Tu Long and arrange your luggage to disembark at noon. Drive back to Hanoi, straight to the airport for the domestic flight to Da Nang. On arrival, you will be transferred to the sleepy riverside town of Hoi An. After check in the hotel, spend your time at leisure.
Meals: Brunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An Walking Tour – Cooking Class
In the morning, join the fantastic cooking class with us. First, go visiting Hoi An colorful market to experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market; and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.
Then, board the river boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School; explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the chef, before you prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration).
After the lesson, you sit down and enjoy the fantastic food you’ve cooked.
Spend this afternoon exploring Hoian town, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of its historic role in international trade, unusually well-preserved ancient streets and homes. Sites include the Japanese Bridge, a Sino-Vietnamese merchant house, a Chinese Temple, Hoian Central Market, and the Culture Museum.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoian Free at leisure
Today is a free day for you to relax. However, if you wish, please feel free to contact with our travel consultant to get their advice and choose one of the following optional tours to take part in:
1. Sunrise fish market
2. Farming and Fishing life
3. My Son day trip
4. Hoian Biking tour
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoian Danang Fly to Can Tho
After breakfast, transfer to Danang Airport to catch the domestic flight to Can Tho, the center of Mekong delta. On arrival, your local tour guide and driver welcome and transfer you to the hotel. After check in, spend the rest of afternoon at your leisure.
In the evening, meet your guide and stroll along Ninh Kieu Pier, or take a boat on Hau River while enjoying traditional folksongs named “Don Ca Tai Tu”. After that, you will be taken to the night market and explore the exciting night activities of the locals.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho.

Day 11: Cai Rang Floating Market Soc Trang sightseeing
Wake early and leave the hotel to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market by motorized boat. Continue the boat ride to visit the Mekong Delta’s famous fruit orchards and sample the fresh, exotic fruit. Then venture deeper into the country-side, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves as you observe the activities of the local people. Later, you come back to hotel for your breakfast and check-out.
Scenic drive while passing many rice paddy fields, we reach Soc Trang province, the center for the Khmer people. Visit Kh’leang Pagoda which was originally built from bamboo in 1533 and rebuilt in 1905 by bricks and roof was covered with tiles. The pagoda consists of a central chamber and a range of wooden stilt-house, used as places for holding traditional ceremonies. Next, visit Dat Let pagoda or Clay pagoda (called Buu Son Tu by Vietnamese people). You will be impressed with hundreds of statues and sculptures that adorn the interior were hand-sculpted by the monk named Ngo Kim Tong. The pagoda is also well-known for almost all the clay objects in the pagoda are fragile, especially the four pairs of giant candles that weigh 200kg each.
At the end of day, transfer to hotel and have refreshment.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Soc Trang.

Day 12: Soc Trang – Speedboat to Con Dao – Beach time
This morning you leave Soc Trang for Con Dao by the new route speedboat.
Upon arrival, transfer by hotel shuttle bus to “your home away from home”. Rest of the day is your own leisure
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Con Dao.

Day 13: Con Dao Free at leisure
Today is your free time at the beach
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Con Dao.

Day 14: Con Dao Free at leisure
Today is your free time at the beach
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Con Dao.

Day 15: Con Dao Fly to HCMC Visit the City
This morning, connect with the Con Dao Airport by the hotel shuttle bus to catch your domestic flight to Saigon.
Welcome to Saigon, Vietnam’s modern metropolis. Arrive in the late morning, you will be transferred to the city center through Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling streets.
Your sightseeing tour includes the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Post Office and Ben Thanh Market.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Day 16: HCMC Departure
Have breakfast at hotel then enjoy a free morning before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

TOUR MAP

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FAQs

1. Are tour dates of "Vietnam in Depth" flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Above Price Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Internal flights: Hanoi - Danang, Danang - Saigon , Con Dao - Saigon
  • Round trip train Hanoi – Sapa
  • Overnight cruise in Halong Bay
  • Speedboat Soc Trang – Con Dao
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Above Price Excluded
  • International flights
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa stamp fees

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