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Vietnam Essence - 11 days - From $USD

  • Code : VL02
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  • Tour style : private tour Private Tour
  • Duration : 11 days / 10 nites.
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Day 1: Arrive Saigon (D)
You will be met by your tour guide at Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport and transferred to the Hotel to check-in. After that there will be free time until the tour briefing. This will be followed by the Welcome Dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant.
Overnight in Saigon
Day 2: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
After breakfast we explore downtown Saigon (also widely known as Saigon) on cyclo (rickshaw) visiting the poignant War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, some classic French colonial architecture in the forms of Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office and the municipal Theatre as well as one of the city’s main drags Dong Khoi Street ending up down by the Saigon River. We have a light lunch at the renowned Pho 2000 Restaurant (previous visitors include former US president Bill Clinton). This is followed by an afternoon trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, created by the Viet Cong to counter first the French and then American forces. We return to the hotel where the evening is free to explore Saigon’s vibrant nightlife.
Overnight in Saigon
Day 3: Saigon – Cai Be (B, L)
After breakfast we drive the 3 hours out of Saigon to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta. Here we experience a lively floating market where local people buy and sell their produce, mainly fruit and vegetables. After lunch we visit some cottage industries and learn how rice paper, coconut candy, rice popcorn and fish sauce are produced. In the late afternoon we return to dry land and return to Saigon.
Overnight in Saigon
Day 4: Saigon – Fly to Da Nang - Hoian (B, L)
After a breakfast we transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for a short flight to Da Nang. From here we drive the short distance to our hotel in Hoian, stopping along the way at the Marble Mountains. After lunch we have a walking tour of Hoian’s ancient quarter including the Quan Cong Temple, a Chinese Assembly Hall, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Phung Hung ancestral house. The rest of the day is free to try your hand at shopping – Hoian is famed for its tailors where a whole new wardrobe can be purchased! The evening is free to wander the quiet streets and seek out one of the town’s many inviting restaurants.
Overnight in Hoian
Day 5: Hoian (B, D)
The morning in Hoian is free to shop, relax or explore further. In the late afternoon we will have a fun cooking class the famous Morning Glory restaurant and enjoy the food we have prepared for dinner.
Overnight in Hoian
Day6: Hoian – Hue (B, L)
After breakfast we depart for Hue. This four hour journey by road takes us through some truly breathtaking scenery as we stop at China Beach (where US GIs used to unwind) and Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass with its stunning panoramic views before descending in to Lang Co beach for a coffee break. Upon arrival in Hue we will visit the Citadel and Forbidden Purple City and take a stroll around Dong Ba market.
Day 7: Hue – Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast we have a half day city tour beginning with a morning cruise on the Perfume River. Our first stop is at the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda with its characteristic seven tiered tower, not to mention the Austin car which carried Monk Thich Quang Duc to Saigon where he famously set light to himself in 1963 as a dramatic protest against the unfair treatment of Buddhists by the Diem regime. We then drive a short distance to Emperor Tu Duc Mausoleum. This large mausoleum took only 3 years to construct and reflects a mix of Asian and European styles. A vegetarian lunch will be taken in a pagoda or a nunnery and then the remainder of the day is free. In the evening we transfer to the airport for the short flight to the nation’s capital Hanoi. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day8: Hanoi City tour (B, L)
Today we have a full day city tour. We commence at the Ho Chi Minh Complex and the former president’s mausoleum and his simple stilt house residence as well as the One Pillar Pagoda. We continue on to the Temple of Literature, site of Vietnam’s first university and now a temple dedicated to Confucius, followed by the fascinating Museum of Ethnology. Our lunch will be at KOTO (which stands for Know One Teach One) where the staff are former street children now being trained in cookery and hospitality. In the afternoon we weave through Hanoi’s Old Quarter on cyclos and in the evening watch a traditional water puppet show.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Enjoy a relaxing day trip to majestic Halong Bay. Our journey through the rice paddies of the Red River Delta takes around 3 ½ hours. En route we stops at a charity centre run by and for the handicapped - the Hong Ngoc Charity center. Upon arrival at the quay side we board our vessel, a luxury traditional junk and begin our cruise through Halong Bay with a delicious seafood lunch. The boat ventures deeper in to the vast bay with breath-taking limestone outcrops and emerald-green waters. We stop at one the bay’s most well known caves. Later there is a steep climb up Titop Mountain where we are rewarded with some stunning panoramic views of Halong Bay. We have dinner and spend the night on board.
Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Wake early for a memorable sunrise over the bay and take a simple breakfast on board. This is followed with the opportunity of kayaking on the bay’s placid waters to gain access to some of the sites not accessible by the larger boats including another cave. We return to our boat for a refreshing lunch before returning to the harbor and our awaiting bus which will return us to Hanoi. We make a stop at the village of Dong Trieu which specializes in ceramics.
Day 11: Depart Hanoi (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and it’s our free time until we transfer to Noi Bai Airport for our flight home.

                             Wishing you an Unforgetable Holiday with Indochina Pioneer!

The hotels listed below are just suggestive for this Vietnam Luxury Holiday Package 11 day trip, yet Indochina Pioneer also offers more options of our own hand-picked hotels with different levels or to customize your hotel requests to match your own taste. Please kindly Contact us for more favourable deals.

Name of Hotel Location Star Rating Room Type
Deluxe (5 Star)

Intercontinental Asiana Saigon 

Saigon 5 Star Deluxe

Amantara Resort 

Hoian 4 Star++ Superior Garden

Best Western Indochina Palace

Hue 5 Star Palace Deluxe

Paradise Cruise

Halong Luxury Deluxe Cabin

Hanoi Hilton Hotel

Hanoi 4 Star Hilton Deluxe
Ultra Luxury (5 Star ++)

Park Hyatt Hotel

Saion 5 Star++ Park Room

The Nam Hai Resort

Hoi An 5 Star++ One-bedroom Villa

La Residence Resort & Spa

Hue 5 Star Superior

Violet Cruise

Halong 5 Star++ Deluxe

Sofitel Legend Metropole

Hanoi 5 Star++ Premium

Contact Person: Mr. Quyen
Call Us: +84 43715 3627 | Fax: +84 43715 3626

Contact us | Hotline: +84 983 145 799

This is a PRIVATE TOUR and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. The prices quoted are in US dollars and are charged on a per person basis. The final price quoted will be based upon the total number of travelers in your private group, the dates chosen, the total days of  travel and the grade of hotel rooms chosen, together with any other detailed services.

Please click on the “Request” button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will  customize the best value vacation for your consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!
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Category Price per person in USD for private party of
1 2 - 3 4 - 5 6 - 7 8 - 9 10 - 12++ Sgl Sup
From Oct.01 - Apr.30, 2014 (High season)
Deluxe (5 Star) $3,595 $2,203 $1,972 $1,809 $1,808 $1,755 $876
Ultra Deluxe (5 Star ++) $5,845 $3,417 $3,185 $3,203 $3,022 $2,968 $2,048
Contact us for pricing from 01.May - 31.Dec 2014
Note: From May.01 - Sep.30, 2014 (summer promotion)
More discounts during this time. Please contact us for special price
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1. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina particularly, hotel price makes up most of the cost of your holiday in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. All of our prices are calculated upon twin-shared basis.

2. Price base in twin share basis accomodation.
3. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
4. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.



  • Centrally Located Hotels
        Check-in time at all hotels is 2.00PM and check-out time at all hotels is 12.00PM.        
       Early  check-in and late check-out is subject to availability with surcharge.    
  • Private vihicles and Drivers
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Private Guides English or Other languages, if available, upon request.
  • Flights & Transfers in Vietnam
  • Fuel charges if any
  • Signtseeing Fees permits during guided time.
  • Water and cold towels provided during tours.
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes
  • Luggage Transfers.



  • International Airfares
  • Vietnam Entry Visa Fees
  • Excess Baggage Charges
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Tips and gratuities.

Contact Person: Mr. Quyen
Call Us: +84 43715 3627 | Fax: +84 43715 3626

Contact us | Hotline: +84 983 145 799

SAIGON 3 nights
HOI AN 2 nights
HUE 1 night
HANOI 3 nights
HALONG BAY 1 night
We select spacious and luxurious 5 and 5 star++ hotels offering the highest degree of personal service; luxury appointments, superlative service and highest standards of comfort. However, if you prefer to choose your own hotels, we will be more than happy to accommodate you.  Basically the luxury hotels we choose feature:
Great location.
Beautiful building and façade.
Luxurious and extravagant décor, amenities and equipment.
A variety of restaurants that are trendy, but most importantly good value for money and resistant to changing trends.
An excellent, preferably Les Clefs d’Or, Concierge member or team.
Experienced, knowledgeable and regularly re-trained management and staff.
Breakfasts: Breakfasts are always included unless specified.  Breakfasts are usually served buffet style with a good mix of local and international food.
Lunch: There are 8 lunches included on this tour. Meals provided are in Vietnamese fine dining restaurants, allowing you to savor authentic local cuisine at best quality. However, if you are not keen on local food, our tour guides will be more than happy to offer you alternatives for a surcharge. Note: Please advise us if you have any special dietary requirements.
Dinner: There are 4 dinners included on this tour. Same format as for lunch. If you do not like the local food, we can recommend other restaurants such as Indian, Japanese and Italian where you can dine for a surcharge.
Note: Lunches and dinners provided are all set menus, with various dishes which are sure to please most.  However if you prefer a la carte this can be arranged for a small extra charge. The restaurants will be chosen by us using our knowledge and experience of them, to ensure quality and value, whether a set menu or a la carte.
Please let us know in advance if you require vegetarian or vegan meals so this can be arranged for you.  It will also help if you let us know if anyone in your group is allergic to any type of food.
Drinks are at your own expense with all meals.
We use modern air-conditioned cars for 1-2 people and small comfortable vans for 3 -7 people. Modern A/C buses are used for groups of 10 or more.  All vehicles used by us are well-maintained and meet national safety regulations.  All of our drivers have 5 or more years’ experience, and always ensure a safe and comfortable ride for their passengers.
All of our Tour Guides are University educated. They were born and raised in Vietnam, thereby having first-hand expert knowledge of their country. They are friendly, fun, and most of all they are flexible, allowing you to choose the pace of your tours.
They will meet you at the airport with your driver, deliver you to your hotel for check-in, and accompany you on all of your private tours. And, of course, speak your language!
It’s normally cold (7 – 16 Degree Celsius with around 90% of humidity) in the North Vietnam from November until April so bring a (delete peace) light warm jacket with you if you travel within this time.

For the southern part of Vietnam, the heat can be a challenge from May to August. For the rest of the time the temperature does not change much. The rainy season makes it favorably cool for your adventure.
Sunblock, swimsuits and a light raincoat is advised all year round.
International Flights: International flights are NOT included in our prices. You should buy return tickets from your home Country to Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos, according to your arrival/departure points, and your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival.
On Tour Domestic Flights: Domestic flights ARE included in the tour price, if internal flights are on your tour itinerary. We use Vietnam Airlines.
Vietnam: For any booking of 10 days or more we will apply for a Visitor’s Visa, on your behalf, at no charge to you. However, you will still be required to the pay the visa stamp fees (USD 45 per person at time of writing) when picking up your Visa at the Airport upon arrival. Your passport must be valid for 6 months at the time of arrival.
Please note: Vietnam Visa on Arrival applies to air travel only. Those who check in at land border immigration checking points are requested to have your visa ready.
If there is a Vietnam Embassy or Consulate near where you live you can apply for a visa there.  You can also apply to the Vietnam Embassy online. Please ensure you apply for your visa well in advance of your trip.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all of our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that your policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. Travel agents and Airlines usually offer travel insurance, or will advise you where to obtain it.
When your trip is confirmed, we will request detailed insurance information from you for our files, which will also allow us to complete the necessary paperwork here in Vietnam.
Whether you wish to book your trip with this pre-arranged Tour or you have other ideas, please contact us.
- By phone a hotlines: +84 982 116 630 (Mr. Lam) or +84 983 145 799 (Mr. Quyen)
- Or via email at
- If using the REQUEST or BUILD YOUR OWN TRIP forms on our website, a travel consultant will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your requirements.
2. Discuss your requirements
All of our trained travel consultants have the expertise required to make your dream vacation become a reality! They will answer all of your questions, offer suggestions and give knowledgeable advice, helping you to make the most of your time and budget while here in Vietnam.
3. Fine-tuning your tailor-made itinerary
Your request will be handled by ONE travel specialist from start to finish. After carefully designing your trip they will create a detailed itinerary for you. Please keep in mind this is YOUR PRIVATE TOUR so feel free to ask Indochina Pioneer’s travel specialist to make any changes you wish to make, at any time!
4. Confirmation
Once you are satisfied with the itinerary, we will secure the services and you will be required to pay a deposit of 20% of the total cost of your trip. The balance of payment can be paid either by CASH UPON ARRIVAL in Vietnam, or by credit card/ bank transfer/Western Union 45 days before arrival. Please discuss these payment options with your Indochina Pioneer travel specialist, for more detailed information.
5. Staying in touch
Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions, so please feel free to contact your Indochina Pioneer specialist at any time. We LOVE to hear from you!  YES….even while you are on your tour, we will be more than happy to make changes, or correct anything you are not completely happy with.

Contact Person: Mr. Quyen
Call Us: +84 43715 3627 | Fax: +84 43715 3626

Contact us | Hotline: +84 983 145 799

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