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Explore Vietnam 8-day Tour From Ho Chi Minh City

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  • Cruise through the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay
  • Discover the northern and southern capitals of Vietnam
  • Learn the fascinating history of Vietnam
  • Explore the Surprise Cave and other attractions
The Explore Vietnam tour starts in Ho Chi Minh city and ends in Hanoi. This fabulous 8-day tour will take you to explore almost all the beautiful destinations in Vietnam.

First, discover Ho Chi Minh city and all its attractions. Several sites in this fascinating city have a variety of foreign influences and are interesting cultural icons. Sites include Ben Thanh market, the big market, the Opera house and Notre Dame Cathedral, the latter of which was influenced by both China and France, two countries that once ruled over Vietnam. Also explore the Cu Chi tunnels, which were used as a military base for resistance to the US forces during the war.

Next, head south to the countryside to the Mekong Delta. Jam-packed with memorable experiences, this is an adventure that will introduce you to the food, culture, attractions, and people of this fascinating region. Spend a night cruise on Halong Bay – likely to be the most memorable experience for anybody traveling to Vietnam. Finally, spend a day exploring Hanoi, the capital of the country, and learn more about Vietnamese culture and people.
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“The tour was wonderful. We visited some amazing places and with the help of our superb tour leader Charles we had the trip of a lifetime”
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“I enjoyed all activities. What really made the tour though was our tour guide Laura. She was passionate and enthusiastic professional and very friendly. Would recommend to others.”
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“Very good - the itinerary made it easy to see a large amount of the country in a short amount of time and the tour leader made sure everyone knew the best things to see in each new place.”
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“Although it was a budget tour the accomodation was surprisingly nice and centrally located. Our tour guide Gloria was awesome and so knowledgable. We saw so much in the little time we had and it was a great experience”
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Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, we will pick you up at the airport and head to downtown to check in to your hotel. Free time for leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
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At 7:30am our tour guide will transfer you to the City of My Tho by bus. Enjoy the nice scenery of green rice paddy fields during the 1.5-hour ride. We’ll stop for a visit to Vinh Trang pagoda – the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta. Continue to My Tho, where we take a boat trip along the Mekong River. Here you can see the fish cages and the floating houses on the river. The boat takes you to small canal, where you can totally escape from the busy town.

At a coconut island in Ben Tre, we’ll disembark and have a walk around the village. Stop at a local family home to enjoy tropical fruit and listen to Vietnamese traditional music performed by the villagers. Visit the coconut candy shop and learn how to make candy.

Then, we head to the local restaurant for special Vietnamese food. Enjoy lunch under a tree. After lunch, travel on the river to back the ferry, transit to the bus back Saigon, arriving in Saigon at around 4:30 pm. Overnight in Saigon
At 8:30am we depart from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnels, 60km from Ho Chi Minh City.
Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role in the anti-American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for its tunnel system of over 220 km and is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreigners.

The peacefull rural rice paddy scenery contains ducks and water buffaloes swimming in the rivers along the side of road. You will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage and defoliation all over the area, caused by bombing and mines, when Cu Chi was "A Free Target Zone ". However, Cu Chi still has evidence to prove the fierce battleground that took place there.

At 2:30pm we'll travel by bus back to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy free time until 9:00pm. Then we'll transfer to the train station for an overnight train to Hoi An.
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After breakfast, you are free until the airport transfer for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel in the tourist area of Hanoi Old Quarter.

Overnight in Hanoi.
Cruise Halong Bay
Our guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel by bus or car through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta - get your camera ready to take photos. The time from Hanoi to Halong bay is approximately 3 ½ hours.

Arriving Tuan Chau marina around 12. Welcome aboard the cruise. Refresh with our welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew in the cruise briefing. Check into your cabin. Time to refresh and unwind and we’ll set sail as lunch is served.

In the afternoon, arrive at Surprising Cave (Hang Sửng Sốt), explore the cave and find out how the cave was named. Head to Titop island area. Drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by beautiful islets. Visit Titop island for swimming and snorkeling or do the short trek to the top of island to have the overview of Halong bay from here.

Head back toward the sleeping area in the early evening. Relax on the sundeck watching the sunset and enjoy a sunset party. An authentic Vietnamese menu will be served. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at our bar, or take for you one of our onboard activities: book reading, games, movies, and squid fishing…

Overnight on Cruise Halong Bay
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For the early risers, join us for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck at 6.30am. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body, joining Tai Chi session to full charge your energy for the day. 07:00 – 08:00 Local breakfast is served.

Enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and it’s dramatic limestone islets as we sail through the calm emerald waters heading to Luon Cave (Hang Luồn). You can either explore the cave yourself on kayak or comfortably on bamboo boat rowed by the locals. At 9am, check out of the cabins, at your leisure while our cruise taking you pass by other beautiful highlights in the bay.

Next, join our short class of cooking demonstration, how to make spring rolls before an early lunch is served. Return to the shore and disembark from the cruise as our crew say farewell.

Transfer to minibus or private and return to Hanoi. Arrival back at your hotel approximately 16:30 - 17:00. Stay overnight in Ha Noi.
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At 8:00am we’ll pick you up from your hotel take you to visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the beloved national hero, Uncle Ho – and President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived off and on from 1958 to 1969.

Next, you’ll visit the One Pillar Pagoda, which is actually a group of structures that collectively make up a pagoda built over the water in the middle of a square lake. After that, you’ll have a chance to explore the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the shore of west lake. From there, it’s onto the Temple of literature, which was Vietnam’s first university and is dedicated to Confucius.

At 12:30pm you'll have lunch at the restaurant in the Old Quarter. Afterwards, you’ll visit Hoan Kiem Lake - the heart and soul of Hanoi. Stop in at the Museum of Ethnology. This superb museum showcases the depth of Vietnamese cultural diversity with an astounding collection of 15,000 artifacts gathered from throughout Vietnam. Maps, displays and dioramas are labelled in Vietnamese, French and English. There's also a centre for research and conservation where scientists from all over the world study traditional Vietnamese cultures.

By 4:00pm we'll return to your hotel. Tonight you may add on a Water Puppet Show at 3:30pm to 4:15pm or an Electric Car or Cyclo around Hanoi's Old Quarter (return to your hotel at 5:00pm).
Have breakfast at hotel and relax until it is time to transfer to the airport.
what’s included
  • SGN - HAN Airfare
  • Private airport transfer
  • Accommodation: 6 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night on cruise in Ha Long Bay
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Daily group tours, including transport, English speaking tour guide, entrance fees
what’s excluded
  • Personal costs: telephone fee, laundry, tip for tour guide
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Private Tour
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
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