Discovery Vietnam Tour

Travel Highlight Vietnam Tours

Duration: 15 days

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Overviews

Explore Vietnam on an in-depth journey that takes you from North to South. Start with the colonial charm of Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, then travel to the natural wonderland of Halong Bay and trek through Sapa’s terraced rice paddies and hill tribe villages. Visit the ancient capital Hue and bask on the beaches of Hoian. Explore the lush landscape of the Mekong Delta and the bright lights and urban bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. This tour takes you deep into our beautiful country, immersing you in our rich culture and elegant landscapes.

 

Why you'll love this trip

  • Experience of  the land, the people, the culture, and the history, as a Vietnamese person would.
  • Travel through the country you will experience all forms of transport: car, train, airplane, boat, walking and hiking.
  • Trace the path of the founding of Vietnam.
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Tour Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

    Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your journey before a ‘Welcome’ dinner at a local  restaurant. In the evening, you’ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi

  2. Day 2: Hanoi City Tour ( B, L )

    Hanoi capital is one of the most visited of the Vietnam popular destinations, is the beautiful capital city of Vietnam, sprawling in the banks of the Red River with French colonial heritage. Throughout the thousand years of its eventful history, marked by destruction, wars and natural calamities, 

    The tour is split into a morning and afternoon schedule, with a tasty lunch in between! At 8a.m there will be a pick up from your hotel.

    Ho Chi Minh Complex: Completed in 1975, the complex includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, House-on-Stilts, and the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

    The Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070. Inside are the stone steles mounted on the backs of turtles, inscribed with names of Vietnam best scholars. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society place then and now on education. LunchMuseum of Ethnology: This museum is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples.

    Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan KiemLake, its history dating back to the 13th century.

    One hour 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.

  3. Day 3: Hoa Lu – Trang An – Overnight Train to Lao Cai( Sapa ) (B, L )

    Ninh Binh situated 100 km south of Hanoi. There are plenty of well-known landscapes like the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh & Le Dynasties between 968 and 1009 AD, The Ha Long inland Tam Coc, Phat Diem stone church, Cuc Phuong national Park, Van Long preserve area  and recently years we can explorers many caves in Trang An natural reservation complex and Bai Dinh pagoda.

    8:00 AM and depart for Ninh Binh province. Enjoy a pleasant 2  hour drive to Trang An natural reservation complex. Have short break before join a 2hours rowing boat to explore temple and caves of Ha Long inland. All temples were built in island and layback on mountain, all five caves were water cave where rowing boat going through under the mountain. Return to the bus after boat trip.

    Lunch will be served in a local restaurant with some local special dishes.

    In the afternoon, upon arrival at the Buddha prayer place in Bai Dinh pagoda, you will be explained why it has such an important place in Vietnamese Buddhism. It’s not only the new biggest pagoda in Viet Nam with 500 La Han statues, the biggest bronze Buddha statue with 10 meters in height, 100 tons in weight but also a new destination for pilgrims to come to pray and admire the religion successful.

    Return back to Hanoi to take night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

  4. Day 4: Lao Cai – Sapa – Catcat village ( B, L )

    Arrive early in Lao cai at 06 00 am, we get picked up by private car for our drive up the spectacular Sapa pass, which is 1300 m high, 33 km long. The car ride uphill takes a little over an hour giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces.

    After breakfast, we take a walk to Cat Cat Waterfall to visit Black H’Mong minority people. Picnic lunch at a waterfall and this is a chance to see the hydroelectric power station established by the French.

    Then, we continue trek to visit SinChai villages. Return to Sa Pa for a shower and a rest.

    Overnight in Sapa.

  5. Day 5: Sapa – Lao Chai – Tavan – Overnight Train to Hanoi ( B, L )

    Walk to Lao Chai village of Black Hmong people and Ta Van village of Day people. We have a picnic lunch along the way. Back to Sa Pa then take private car to Laocai for night train back to Ha Noi.

    Overnight on train (private wooden 4-berth sharing cabin with air conditioner)

  6. Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay Group tour (L/D)

    08:00 – 08:30: Pick-up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, check in Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall – The OS Lounge.

    12:30 – 13:00: Embark on cruise by transfer boat. Listen to cruise briefing and receive room key.

    13:00 – 15:30: Enjoy lunch on cruises further along the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, heading to Vung Vieng fishing village – one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishermen.

    2 choices for tourists:

    Option 1: Discovery local daily life: Take a bamboo rowing boat trip around Vung Vieng

    OR

    Option 2: Go kayaking by yourself at Ban Chan island.

    17:30 – 18:00: Return to cruise and have bath then relax as the sun starts to set.  Enjoy the Happy Hour at the bar and on the sun deck

    19:00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, night squid fishing or just laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 22h00. Overnight on board at Cong Do Area

  7. Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Da Nang (B/L)

    06:30 – 07:00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck.

    07:00 – 09:00:  Catch morning view of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast while cruising toward Thien Canh Son Cave. Visit Thien Canh Son Cave – the medium size and less visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay

    09:30: Check-out room. Luggage can be delivered to the reception area.09:30 – 11:00: Head back to the Harbor. Have early lunch on board. Disembark  at around 12h00.

  8. Day 8: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary ( B, L )

    Hoi An is a small town in Central Vietnam famous for its wooden houses,family chapels, Assembly Halls and for its silk shops. In the morning, take a private car from Hoi An Town to My Son Holy Land, a World Heritage, 50 km southwest of Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered to be in the same league as some of Southeast Asia’s greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries was built from the 7 to 13 centuries.

    Back to Hoi An for lunch. After the relax, it is light excursion to go around tiny town of Hoi An for city tour: 400 years old Japanese Bridge, 300 years old Chinese temple, 200 years old Vietnamese former merchants’ house. Tour end at about 16.30 pm

    Overnight in Hoi An

     

  9. Day 9: Truly Vietnam Life in Hoi An ( B, L )

    Visit Hoian you will see how craftsmans make a lantern and have a chance to enjoy making the lantern and keep it as a souvenir. You will have great time to discover the daily life of handicraft house – in Hoi An Town and Tra Que vegetable Village.

    Depart at your hotel at 9:00 am, biking to Tra Que Vegetable Village, experience a day of living and working with the local farmers in this village. A tour of the organic vegetable and herb gardens can include some time working in the field if you like, or merely observing and learning about the system and the fresh ingredients.

    Upon returning to the house, we were all treated to an herbal foot massage followed by a session of cooking various local dishes als such as: Tam Huu Spring Roll, Banh Xeo or the local pancake of the people from the middle region.

    Then you will ride by bicycle to the home of a craftsman in the old streets in Hoi An Town. Where you will discover the daily life of Hoi An people and see how they make a lantern. You will have a chance to enjoy making the lantern and keep it as a souvenir. Biking back to your hotel.

    Overnight in Hoi An

     

  10. Day 10 : Hoi An – Hue ( B , L )

    Our guide will come to meet you at hotel and depart to Hue city; on the way stop for seeing Non Nuoc stone carving village, where the local skillful sculptors create many marble products which are exported to many countries worldwide.  We drive across the spectacular Hai Van pass and the scenic fishing village of Lang Co. Have lunch at a local garden in Hue.

    We start with a visit the Imperial Citadel, which is a walled fortress and was intended to be a copy of Chinese Emperors’ Forbidden City in Beijing, China. After access the Ngo Mon Gate, we will take in the Purple Forbidden City. The Forbbiden City was reserved for the Nguyen royal family from the 18th century until the mid-1900s. Unfortunately, American bombing in 1968 in response to a communist takeover of Hue flattened most of the city. As we can see, only a few buildings are survived such as the Thai Hoa Temple, Can Thanh Temple, The Mieu, and Hieu Lam Cac, but all the remains make a well worth visit.
    Leave the Imperial Citadel we drive along the bank of Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Here we visit the 7-storey octagonal tower, a symbol of Hue. Afterwards, we transfer to your hotel in Hue.

    Overnight in Hue

     

     

  11. Day 11: Hue Fly to Ho Chi Minh( B )

    Free till transfer to airport for taking your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Upon Arrivel, pick up & transfer to hotel. The rest of time at leisure

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

     

  12. Day 12: Ho Chi Minh- Cu Chi tunnel( B, L )

    Leaving Saigon we drive through pleasant countryside before arriving at Cu Chi. Before entering the tunnels we watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. We then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.  We then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City arriving at approximately 1pm. After lunch, we start to visit Ho Chi Minh City:

    Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office: Built between 1877 and 1883 this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Remarkably every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam.

    The Reunification Palace: This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30th 1975 the ‘American War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.

    War Remnants Museum: Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the ‘Requiem’ exhibit is particularly touching, dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict.

    Ben Thanh Market: This bustling market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

     

     

     

  13. Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho – Cai Be – Can Tho( L )

    Start with our 2-hour drive to Cai Be, where we board our private boat for a cruise through the busy Cai Be floating market. We then make a stop to visit some local cottage industries such as the coconut candy workshop, learn how to make puffed-rice, puff-corn, or witnessing the process of making rice paper.

    Continue with our cruise through the maze of the criss-cross cannals of An Binh island, we land at Mr. Ba Kiet old house. Here we can enjoy devouring the fresh tropical fruits of the Delta, while having a short traditional music show performed by local artists. Lunch at a local garden restaurant. After lunch, we have a short walk around the island to see how the people here make their living and enjoying their life. We carry on to a Nursery garden, where you can see most of the Delta fruits seedlings. The final point of visit will be a Brick & pottery kiln.

    Docking in Vinh Long, we go for 1 hour drive to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho

     

     

  14. Day 14: Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating market Ho Chi Minh( B , L )

    7.30AM: We leave the hotel, board a motor boat along the Mighty Mekong River to Cai Rang floating market, the largest of its kind, where a colorful display of boats carrying juicy fruits and vegetables gather for daily exchanging.

    Then we continue the cruise & walk on a quiet country road to take in the magnificent scenery and get close to the locals as they go about their daily routine, visit a Noodle Factory.

    After lunch, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City

    Arrive back Ho Chi Minh in the afternoon.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

     

     

  15. Day 15: Ho Chi Minh Departure( B )

    Free at your leisure till  our private car will transfer you to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departure flight home.

    End of services.

     

     

Price & Inclusion

Price with accommodation

Group Size Hotel 3* Hotel 4* Hotel 5*
1 $2579 pp $3325 pp $4175 pp
2 $1518 pp $1942 pp $2540 pp
3-7 $1386 pp $1687 pp $1990 pp
>=8 $1189 pp $1425 pp $1680 pp
Single Supplement $400 pp $560 pp $970 pp

All prices are quoted per Person in US Dollars

Hotel listing

Location Hotel 3* Hotel 4* Hotel 5*
Hanoi May De Ville Old Quarter (Superior), Dal Vostro Hotel (Superior) Silk Path (Deluxe), Moevenpick Hotel (Superior) Apricot Hotel (Deluxe), Oriental Jade Hotel (Superior)
Sapa The View (Superior), Sunny Mountain Hotel (Supeior) Fresia Hotel (Superior), Pistachio Hotel (Superior) Silk Path Grand Hotel (Superior), Victoria Sapa Resort (Deluxe))
Halong Bay Oriental Sails Cruise (Deluxe), Sunlight Boutique Cruise (Deluxe Calyspo Cruise (Deluxe), La Paci Cruise (Deluxe) Starlight Cruise (Deluxe), Alisa Cruise (Superior)
Hoi An Atlas Hotel (Superior), Thuy Duong 3 Hotel (Superior) Rosemary Hotel (Superior), La Recidencia (Junior Suite) La Siesta Hoi An Hotel (Superior), Palm Garden Resort (Superior)
Hue Rosaleen Hotel (Superior), Midtown Hotel (Superior) Alba Spa Hotel (Superior), Moonlight (Superior) Imperial Hotel (Superior), Vinpearl Hue Hotel (Superior)
Can Tho Anh Dao Mekong Hotel (Superior), Ninh Kieu Riverside Hotel (Superior) TTC Can Tho hotel (Superior), Iris Hotel (Superior) Victoria Can Tho (Superior), Vinpearl Can Tho (Superior)
Ho Chi Minh City Sanouva Hotel (Deluxe), Lavender Hotel (Superior) Amena Residences & Suitesl (Superior), Rex Hotel (Superior) Liberty Central Saigon Riverside (Hotel Superior), Nikko Saigon Hotel (Superior)

In case the above-mentioned hotels are not available, hotels of similar standards shall be provided.

Price without accommodation

Group Size Price
1 $1959 pp
2 $1258 pp
3-7 $1085 pp
>=8 $879 pp

Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned transportation by private vehicle
  • Accommodation based on twin share at mentioned hotel category or similar
  • Sight-seeing & Entrance fees, Boatrip
  • Domestic Flights Indicated in Itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as specified (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

Exclusions

  • Any air tickets
  • Visa arrangement
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks  and Personal expenses

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I booked a 15 day tour through Vietnam from Australia with A Travel Mate. Even though they had had lots of good feedback I was still a bit nervous as they were based in Vietnam but all the feedback is true. They are an excellent company to deal with. I dealt with a girl called Angelina and she was very quick at responding to emails and when I arrived in Vietnam came to meet me in my hotel. She gave me her WhatsApp number before I arrived and texted back very quickly if I had any questions. Everything ran very… Read more »

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Vietnam is a fascinating country that you must have in your bucket list. Each City or village or rivers are different to one another. The ruins of Kingdoms and Cham Temples, Halong Bay, the caves, From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City plenty to see. 15 days was not enough. We plan to visit again using A travel mate. Angel Vu looked after from the day I wrote to her up until our departure. All guides are very friendly and could speak English. All hotel accommodation and travel arrangements were excellent. Thank you for your great effort in organising our… Read more »

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Angelina Ms organized us a 5 day trip around vietnam!
It was an amazing trip,.
Angel was available to help us during the all trip and adapt the program to our last minute requests – we could contact her by email, phone or whatsapp – so helpful.
We highly recommend to contact her if you are planing an organized tour to Vietnam.

Monica Harrsion
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I have used A Travel Mate to fully arrange a 15 days trip for me across Vietnam. I have contacted them only a few days prior to my departure and they’ve been able to get everything ready for me in time, including my visa approval letter. Even though I had to pay almost 50% more for traveling solo (requiring single accommodations and private airport transfers), I have no regret whatsoever for having chosen them. On the contrary, thanks to them, I ended up having a hassle-free trip and discovering Vietnam from North to South in -I believe- one of the… Read more »

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Our tour comprised Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Hue, Hoi-An, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Mekong Delta). Every day was extremely well organised. It was made clear what time we would be picked up from our Hotel and our guides had excellent knowledge of the attractions that we visited. We went for the four star option and were not disappointed. Angel Vu was our A Travel Mate contact. She was fabulous – always able to help. When we met her she linked us up with her on Messenger so if we were unsure of anything we could readily contact… Read more »

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Our 15 days trip to Vietnam in Nov was well organised by Ms. Angelina who was our first point of contact at a travel Mate. She was prompt in answering mails, and giving us all info that needed for our 15 days trip. Once finalised, a detailed itinerary was given to us with hotel names in each city, places that we would visit each day , our train timings, domestic flight details etc, so we had a clear idea of our daily activities. The individual tour guides in each place were very punctual and quite knowledgable. The personal drivers drove… Read more »

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Angel from A Travel Mate made sure our holiday was customized exactly the way we wanted. She was very friendly and helpful.
Our holiday was so much fun and all our accommodation, flights and transfers were well organized.
I would recommend this team to anyone planning a trip to Vietnam

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Your country, people, culture and food were nothing less than spectacular!
The tours were well booked, organised and communicated.Any changes were communicated and the tour guides were helpful and knowledgeable. We made so many friends along the way and could not fault the trip in any regard . We would definitely visit again in the future.
I have and will continue recommending you and your tour company to friends and family. Word of mouth is the best way of advertising and you have a fan in us.

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Just sitting at the airport and reviewing the great time i have had in Vietnam. Booked Discovery Vietnam Tour (15 days) My tour operator was Angelina Ms. Many many thanks to her and her team. It was a great experience! This was actually my first time in Vietnam and i will definitely come back! Love the food and many places i went to…
The ancient town of Vietnam of Hoi An was the highlight as well as the vibrating cities of Saigon and Hanoi….

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I have just returned from two weeks in Vietnam. It was a great experience, much thanks to the arrangements from a Travle Mate. When we planned the trip, we knew what we wanted to see. We contacted them and asked if they could make a tour for us. Angelina contacted us with a suggestion, and after some mailing we decided on a programe. After that, things went smootly. Having finished the trip, we are really impressed by how professional they had arranged everything for us. The pick-ups were on time, the quality of the cars and buses were very good,… Read more »

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