Build Your Own Trip

Overview

  • Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
  • Day 2: Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau
  • Day 4: Mai Chau – Hanoi
  • Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
  • Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Train to Hue
  • Day 7: Hue – Full-Day City Tour
  • Day 8: Hue – Hoi An
  • Day 9: Hoi An – Half-Day Biking Excursion
  • Day 10: Hoi An – Free Day
  • Day 11: Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Nha Trang
  • Day 12: Nha Trang – Boat trip
  • Day 13: Nha Trang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City)
  • Day 14: HCM City – Binh Tien Farmstay
  • Day 15: Binh Tien Farmstay – Cu Chi Tunnels – HCM City
  • Day 16: HCM City– Departure

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.

Hanoi – Arrival

Your private tour guide will meet you at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Hanoi. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way about your Vietnam Cambodia tour package, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.

After checking in, if you are interested, your guide will take you on a walking tour through the alleys of the bustling Hanoi Old Quarter or the “36 Streets”. This is a great way to watch the local daily life.

For your dinner, your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying Hanoi cuisine for a true immersion experience.

Note: For the Vietnamese Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 2 passport sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $25 for the stamping fee.

Overnight in HanoI



Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your 02 week holiday starts when your private tour guide picks you up for a full-day city tour of Hanoi. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.

Visits:
– The Ho Chi Minh complex which includes the Mausoleum, where you can see the remain of Ho Chi Minh- the founding father of the unified Vietnam
– Temple of Literature (a Confucius temple considered the first National University of Vietnam)
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, giving you a chance to sample some of Hanoi’s cuisines. Vietnamese food is one of the world’s most delightful cuisines.

Afternoon
After lunch, your tour continues.

Visits:
– Hanoi Zoological Garden where you will be able to see different animals.
– A stroll around the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake
– A cycle rickshaw ride through Hanoi’s French Quarter, characterized by wide tree-lined streets, majestic French buildings and side-walk cafes

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hanoi – Mai Chau

Morning (pick up at 8:00 AM)
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you for a 04 hour drive to Mai Chau through a spectacular mountain range. This is an authentic hill tribe region and a fantastic base for treks and home stay adventures. Most houses you see here are elevated 10–12 feet off the ground in order to avoid water damage and shelter animals from the elements.
Upon arrival you will check into local homestay or resorts, rest and relax afterwards.

Afternoon
The afternoon is yours to explore the surrounding villages on foot, meet the local people and learn about their lives raising crops and livestock. Enjoy a home-hosted dinner and perhaps afterwards you will join in a traditional dance performed by the local artists.

Overnight in Mai Chau
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)


Mai Chau – Hanoi

Morning 
After breakfast and checkout, you will enjoy a bicycle tour to explore the local market and nearby villages. You will also visit the Quan Y (Soldiers) cave before returning to your hotel/ homestay for check out.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, you will depart Mai Chau for a 04 hour trip back to Hanoi. You will stop en route to visit the picturesque Giang Mo Village where the Muong minorities live and enjoy lunch with a local family.

You will return Hanoi in the late evening.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat

Morning 
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to the legendary Halong Bay, one of the highlights of your vacation package in Indochina (travel time approximately 4 hours).

You will arrive at the docks around midday, and you will board a traditional wooden junk boat for a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone mountain islands. A sumptuous local seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay.

Afternoon
As you cruise among hundreds of islets and discover unspoiled pockets of the bay, you will also visit a limestone cave to see its many unique rock formations. You may choose to swim in the emerald waters of the bay, or take a kayak to explore the bay.

You will return to your junk boat to watch the sunset, with cocktails available for purchase from the bar, followed by a sumptuous dinner. You will spend the night onboard the junk, in a cabin with an ensuite bathroom.

(Note: Program may differ slightly based on your selected junk boat’s itinerary. An extra night can be added to the program. If your time is flexible, we highly recommend it!)

Overnight on board
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)


Halong Bay – Hanoi – Train to Hue

Morning
You could rise early this morning to see the fabulous sunrise on deck before breakfast, followed by taking a small bamboo boat to visit Luon Cave.  Once you return to your boat, you will continue your cruise around and through the limestone karts formations. Lunch will be served on board before you bid a farewell to Halong and leave for Hanoi around midday.

Afternoon
Upon returning to Hanoi, the remainder of the day may be spent at leisure, before you depart by train for an overnight trip to Hue.

Overnight on A/C train
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hue – Full-Day City Tour

Morning
Upon arrival at Hue station, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel where you may enjoy breakfast and relax at hotel’s swimming pool. At mid-morning, your private tour guide will pick you up for a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River. During the cruise, you will visit the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda, the centre of Buddhism in central Vietnam since the early 1600s. Following the cruise, you will visit the Imperial City, a listed UNESCO site – Hue was the ancient capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, under the reign of the Nguyen dynasty. The city is considered a living museum with many historical monuments, imperial tombs, pagodas and temples that educate us on the history of the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam.

A vegetarian lunch will be served by the nuns at a Buddhist monastery. Here, you will have the opportunity to interact with them and learn more about Buddhism.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, you will visit the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, both extravagant complexes of pavilions, temples, courtyards and lakes. You can also walk through the heavily bombed remains of the Imperial Citadel, built along the lines of Beijing’s Forbidden City and from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 before returning to your hotel.

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight on in Hue
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hue – Hoi An

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up for the drive to Hoi An (travel time approximately 4 hours). During this scenic drive, you will get to see the stunning Hai Van (Ocean Clouds) Pass which offers spectacular scenery and views of the coastline below. There will be ample stops en route to take photos and there will be a visit to the Marble Mountains.
You will arrive in Hoi An around midday and check in to your hotel. Lunch will be on your own.

Afternoon
After lunch, you we will take a short walking tour through Hoi An’s Old Quarter. From the 16th to 18th century, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port. Today it is a quaint riverside town popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and cafes.
Visits:
– The Museum of History and Culture
– Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
– The 200-year-old Phung Hung house
– The Japanese Covered Bridge
Do not miss the chance to visit the tailor shops where you can get a new custom-made wardrobe for yourself. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight on in Hoi An
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)


Hoi An – Half-Day Biking Excursion

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up for a leisurely bike ride to Thu Bon River to visit a local fishing village. Ride along country lanes at a peaceful pace viewing local life and pause to see farmers toiling in their rice fields using centuries of farming practices. Peddle our way through palm forests, across bridges, fields of water buffalo….

Take a short break in a local family at Cam Thanh Village before enjoying 1.5 hours ride on Traditional Basket Boat (round boat) in the Water Coconut Palm Forest. Learn how to sail the basket boat and spend your time to catch fishes and “purple crabs” in the Canal.

Continue to ride your bike to Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village where a large variety of vegetable are produced for the local community. At the village, you will be shown the environmentally sustainable practices which the local villagers have used for centuries and is still being used extensively today.

Visit a local family and after a short, informative and fun cooking lesson, we sit down for a delicious lunch. After lunch, you will ride back to our hotel.

Returning to Hoi An, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Note: In case you prefer to skip the bike ride, you can always request a replacement mode of transportation by motorbike or private car.

Overnight on in Hoi An
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)



Hoi An – Free Day

Spend the day however you wish in Hoi An. Sunbathe on the beach, go shopping, take a cooking class or become familiar with the quaint streets of Hoi An. There’s something for everyone in the family to do on vacation in Hoi An!

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)



Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Nha Trang

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Da Nang airport for a short flight to Nha Trang. This flight will take approximately 45 minutes to arrive at Cam Ranh domestic terminal. Upon arrival, you will take your private transfer to Nha Trang City – a local festival town as well where many Vietnamese local go for a beach break.

Afternoon
Once you check into your hotel, a private bus will take us to Thap Ba Hot Spring Center in the afternoon. This is where you can enjoy a relaxing and therapeutic mud bath and massage.

Overnight in Nha Trang
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)


Nha Trang – Boat trip

Morning
This morning you will leave to the docks to embark on a boat cruise around Nha Trang Bay, with the opportunity to snorkel and swim. During this trip you will also stop at a local fishing village. From here you will go for a walk, meet the locals and learn about the local life. You will also stop at the Aquarium to see the tropical sea creatures, followed by a lunch on Tre Island before your boat brings you back to the docks.

Afternoon
Upon returning to your hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Nha Trang
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)



Nha Trang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City)

Morning
After breakfast transfer to Nha Trang airport for an early flight to Ho Chi Minh City (also called Saigon). When you will arrive, you will check into our hotel before taking a cyclo tour through this dynamic city – the sprawling metropolis that once was the capital of South Vietnam and remains the country’s commercial center as it accounts for approximately 40% GDP

Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
Visits:
– The General Post Office
– War Remnants Museum, highlighting the suffering of the Vietnamese people during recent conflicts – not entirely unbiased
– Notre Dame Cathedral considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Vietnam. It was built in the period 1877 – 1880 by the French architect Bourad.
– General Post Office (GPO), noted for its neoclassical architecture, designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.

Overnight in HCM City
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)


HCM City – Binh Tien Farmstay

Morning
After breakfast and check-out your private guide and driver will collect you from the hotel and transfer to Long An, a lovely town neighboring to Ho Chi Minh City.

After one hour drive you’ll reach the meeting point where you will be gret by your local guide (Mai Ba Huong Street, Le Minh Xuan Commune). Then commence your 7 km ride on quiet back roads passing by peaceful villages, small canals, big river, sugar cane field and rice paddies. Drop by to visit a family who make incense sticks. Continue to cycle across the Vam Co Tay River, the largest and most important river system of Long An Province. You also make another stop in a local pagoda and try some fruits.

Enjoy a motorboat ride through a canal to a wide lotus field grown by local farmers for living. Chill out, enjoy fresh coconut water picked up on spot by the boat rower. You can even try to collect lotus flower, seeds and roots yourself. The roots you pick up will be used to prepare for a delicious Vietnamese salad.

Back on land, you will take a challenge to cycle over a high bridge, followed by a stop to visit a local primary school (we suggest to view from outside only to avoid distracting the kids from their lesson in class). From here you are transferred straight to Binh Tien Farmstay. Arrive to the farm at around 11:30 where the Host Family greets you with hospitality, lovely smiles and a homemade herbal drink! You are the only guests of honor today.

(Note 1: Cycling option can be replaced with safe motor-biking option through quiet and peaceful village lanes)
(Note 2: For cycling lovers, 25km cycling route straight to Binh Tien can be arranged)

Take our rest by the pond, watch the ducks swinging and surfing over the water lilies or to discover the luxuriant garden with many types of tropical fruit trees, vegetable and flowers before lunch. Your hostess will treat you with special dishes made of local fresh ingredients grown at the farm (you can even join the family preparing the food if you like.) After meal, simply relax or take a nap on one of the hammocks that scattered around the farm or go fishing in peaceful atmosphere.

Afternoon
Continue to discover the surrounding villages by bicycle. On the way, you’ll visit some vegetable farms to buy some fresh ingredients for dinner and visit a fish pole making workshop. Return to the farm, yoy’ll join the hostess prepare for dinner. She will also show you how to cook the local dishes. Dinner is one of the best opportunity you’ll have to sit down with local people and talk about their lives over cups of rice wine.

Overnight at the local Home stay
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)


Binh Tien Farmstay – Cu Chi Tunnels – HCM City

Morning
After breakfast bid a farewell to the local family, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a short drive to Cu Chi Tunnels, where thousands of Vietnamese lived underground during the wars. It was constructed in 1948 during the French resistance war and more was added by the Viet Cong during the American War.

Afternoon
You will return back to HCM City in the late afternoon, giving opportunity to rest and do some final shopping at the Ben Thanh Market. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in HCM City
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



HCM City – Departure

After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight home.

Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

Useful Information

This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements.

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private Vehicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your International Flights to and from Vietnam
  • Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end

  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers