10 Days Vietnam Authentic Experience
Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh
Tour Type: Private Tour
Price from: US$1328 Free Inquiry
- Discover Hanoi’s hidden gems attractions and enjoy a ride on Vietnamese traditional rickshaws.
- Explore stunning Halong Bay with a full-day cruise itinerary, with exciting activities.
- Learn how to make beautiful silk lanterns, one of the most iconic and colorful sights of Hoi An
- From pagodas out of touristic itineraries to secret cafés only known by locals, we will bring in a really intimate discovery of Saigon.
- Travel down the narrow canals by rowing boats and get the chance to sample fresh fruits and the local coconut candy and rice paper family. Enjoy a day at Mekong Rural Area.
Day 1 Arrival Hanoi
Transfer service to hotel
Meals: No meal
Overnight: In Hanoi
Upon arriving at Hanoi Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel in Hanoi. The rest of your day is at leisure for independent exploration – just catch sight of Hoan Kiem Lake or explore the maze of streets in the city's fascinating Old Quarter where you are certain to find something unique to buy.
Day 2 Hanoi
Morning City Walking + Street Eats Evening Discovery
Meals: Breakfast, Snack Dinner
Overnight: In Hanoi
Start the 1st morning in Vietnam with a walk to the Northern Gate of the ancient citadel, a gargantuan fortress in the heart of the city. Learn the history of the imposing structure and visit Cua Bac Church, a beautiful example of French and Catholic influence in the city. Stroll along leafy Phan Dinh Phung Road, in the shade of the ancient dracontomelums trees lining one of Hanoi’s most romantic boulevards. Admire the magnificent French-colonial villas along the way before heading to Quan Thanh Temple. The 11th-century Taoist temple is one of the oldest and most culturally significant in the city. Next, stroll toward West Lake and walk along the shore of the lake to Chau Long Market for a closer look at Hanoian culture in the flurry of a local market. After exploring the street stalls, set off along a quieter alley and take a short break at a local restaurant, sampling Pho Cuon, a delicious snack similar to fresh spring rolls. Continue toward Hang Than Street, the epicenter of Hanoi’s thriving wedding cake stores. Learn a bit about Vietnam’s unique wedding culture and continue walking to the historic Long Bien Railway Station, located on the bridgehead of the impressive Long Bien Bridge. Wrap up this captivating tour of Hanoi with a cyclo ride. Equal parts transportation and travel experience, these traditional bicycle rickshaws move at a leisurely pace that’s perfect for photos and slow-moving sightseeing. Sit back and relax whilst weaving through some of the Old Quarter’s busiest streets. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
In the late afternoon, go on a culinary wirlwind this evening, sinking your teeth into the flavours of the North on a street food tour through the alleys of the Old Quarter. Meet your guide at your hotel, before strolling along to the local night market. Watch the bustle and array of goods on display, before setting off into the maze of alleys. Here, stop at a famous pho stall to slurp up this world renowed beef noodle soup, before grabbing a stool at the neibouring Bia Hoi Corner. Watch the commotion of this spot as it comes to life in the dark, while sipping a tall glass of cold local draft beer. Continue wandering and take in the sights of various curb side buisnesses that only open at night. Try some delicacies such as savoury steamed rice rolls with woodear mushroom and pork, a classic Vietnamese sandwich, freshly grilled chicken wings or other snacks that make your stomach rumble! See firsthand the city's obsession with barbecues before finishing things off with some dessert. Take a bite of fresh tropical fruits over shaved ice, drizzled with condensed milk as a perfect way to finish off this street food tour.
Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
Halong Bay Cruise: Sung Sot Cave, Luon Cave, Titop Island Hiking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Hanoi
07:30 Depart to Halong Bay. After 3-hour drive boarding on our day cruise and enjoy some light refreshments while the boat is heading towards some incredible landscapes in the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Savor your lunch aboard and adore the stunning scenery of the famous Fighting Cocks Islet, Thien Cung and Dau Go caves along the way.
Your first excursion is the magnificent Sung Sot Cave where you will be surprised by the breathtaking panoramic view across the Bay once you exit the cave. This is the largest cave in Halong Bay, and the stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years have taken on fascinating shapes. Don’t miss the fun at Luon Cave – one of the best places for kayaking*. If you wish to just enjoy the view, a bamboo boat will bring you inside. Your next stop is Titop island to hike to the top for stunning panoramic views of the Bay. After your hike, go for a refreshing swim in Halong Bay’s emerald waters or sip from a coconut in the shade you can hike to the top for stunning panoramic views of the Bay or enjoy a refreshing swim in Halong Bay's emerald waters. Indulge yourself in a 30 to 60-minute of foot reflexology with our specialists from Le Parfum Spa* or savor a drink* on board whilst the cruise is getting back to Tuan Chau Marina. 17:30 Return to Hanoi from the harbor.
1. Itinerary is subject to change without notice. Kayak at Luon / Le Parfum Spa or drinks are optional with additional charges.
2. Do not forget bring your swimming suits, should you plan to enjoy a refreshing swim at Halong Bay.
Day 4 Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An
Hotel-Airport Transfer, Fly to Danang, Airport Pick-up and Transfer to Hoi An
Overnight: In Hoi An
Free at leisure in the morning. You may walk around and explore the city of Hanoi by yourself.
Check out at noontime and take the afternoon flight to Danang. You will be picked up at Danang Airport and transferred to Hoi An overnight.
Day 5 Hoi An
Lantern Making, Local Family Visit, Bamboo Basket Boat Tour
Overnight: In Hoi An
The beautiful silk lanterns of Hoi An are one of the most iconic and colorful sights of Vietnam. Today drive out of town and visit a small workshop to discover how they are produced. During this one-hour experience, you can learn the tricks of the trade and see the way silk and bamboo are expertly combined, then try your hand at the process. Choose from a range of patterns and silks to create a unique reminder of your time in Hoi An. Afterward, head out toward Cam Thanh Village, a small community located in the outskirts of central Hoi An. Take a short walk to a small village home to meet a local family, and take the opportunity to interact with them and learn about their home. On the nearby river, hop in a bamboo basket boat to visit a water coconut forest and then board a larger boat bound for central Hoi An.
The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 6 Hoi An
Free at leisure
Overnight: In Hoi An
Free at leisure for a whole. You could explore this historical, cultural and scenery town by yourself.
A full day optional eco-tour is recommended for you,
Enjoy a great day out in a local community farming project just outside of Hoi An to learn about Hoi An's green lifestyle. We will visit a zero-waste garden, a model of local farmers and businesses joined hands to build up a zero-waste community and non-plastic tourism chains in rural areas of Hội An. This 2.600 m2 garden built itself a source of organic waste from vendor juice pavilions in Hội An and kitchen waste to fertilize dozens of vegetables, roots, and herbs, saving much from greengrocer’s and reducing organic waste each day. You will be introduced their recycling method and how they turn waste into useful composting fertilizer. Next, visit the central garden and medicinal garden by garden bicycle before enjoying tea cake, experiencing the folk games, foot bath, and learning to cook lunch in family style featuring the delicious vegetables straight from the farm to the plate! We continue our discovery by heading back to the town to visit a soap workshop owned by a Japanese aromatherapist who has a big passion for nature and healthy skin products. With the aim to bring nature back into our daily lives using traditional homemade recipes and methods, all products from the soap are made from natural ingredients. You will learn about the cold-press method that infuses a special oil, known to provide high moisture to skin with organic Vietnamese herbs you can see in the organic garden. Next, settle down and try to make your own kitchen soap that uses recycled oil. It would be a fantastic experience and make your trip unforgettable.
Day 7 Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh
Fly to Ho Chi Minh, Transfer to Hotel, Saigon City Tour:the tomb of Le Van Duyet, Ba Chieu market, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Le Van Tam Park
Overnight: In Ho Chi Munh
Morning transfer to Danang airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer to hotel.
Head from the hotel straight to the tomb of Le Van Duyet, a beloved high-ranking general of the Nguyễn Dynasty with a complex legacy. The ornate tomb is an oasis in the chaos of the city, sitting in a quiet park, complete with a temple and some benches where locals worship and relax. Explore the sacred structure to see the many fascinating relics on display, like a portrait of Le Van Duyet himself as well as mosaics of dragons, life-size horse statues and a stuffed and mounted tiger. After such a peaceful start, accelerate to Ba Chieu market for a taste of local life. Walkthrough the bustling stalls of the wet market, busy with people shopping and bargaining for their daily needs. Few tourists visit Ba Chieu, so it has retained its authenticity, catering instead to friendly Vietnamese families picking through stalls overflowing with fresh meat, seafood, and produce. Transition back into tranquility at Jade Emperor Pagoda, built to honor Ngoc Hoang, the supreme Taoist god considered to be King of Heaven. Its architecture is quite special, having been built by a community of Cantonese migrants, and it is today considered one of the most important temples in Saigon. Hundreds of spectacular artworks are scattered throughout the pagoda, including paintings, tile work, wood panels, statues, and elaborate altars carved from wood, ceramic, and paper-maché. Tortoises swimming in a pond outside, some bearing shells marked with auspicious inscriptions. The next stop is Le Van Tam Park. Once used as a cemetery for French soldiers and leaders of the South Vietnam government, Le Van Tam was eventually transformed into the public green paradise it is today, populated by shady trees and well-maintained grassy lawns. Unsuperstitious Saigonese locals come here to exercise and study in the fresh air, away from urban pandemonium. Even locals don’t know about this tour’s final secret. An ordinary apartment building, perhaps a little run-down, contains a whole world inside. Open the door into a universe of cool cafes, hipster bars, fashion boutiques, and eateries. There are new surprises on every floor, and it’s a delight to explore the myriad of options behind every door. Get lost here before returning back to the hotel, a new expert in Saigon’s best-kept secrets.
Day 8 Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Rural Life - Ho Chi Minh
Cai Be Floating Communities, Rowing Sampan Trip
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Ho Chi Minh
Set off from Ho Chi Minh City today for the charming delta town of Cai Be, famous for its rustic floating communities. In Cai Be, by boat, float past a mass of rickety river vessels where water-bound locals spend much of their time between fishing and selling their wares on land. Though the floating market here is not nearly as busy as day's past, you might still spot locals tossing watermelons or pineapples between their boats! Visit cottage workshops making pop rice and coconut candy. Stop at an old house and admire its beautiful architecture and well-preserved interiors. Continue onward to visit a family who weaves intricate hyacinth products. Then take a rowing sampan to enjoy the charming Mekong scenery through a maze of narrow canals before enjoying a late lunch in a local house. For a special twist, watch a demonstration of how to make a favorite Vietnamese specialty - Banh xeo, or a Vietnamese savory pancake before sitting down for a delicious lunch with local delicacies. Your tour ends with a gentle ride aboard the boat back to Cai Be and your onward drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9 Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh
Cu Chi Tunnels
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
Escape the congestion of Ho Chi Minh City and head out into the countryside, a far cry from the frenetic urban sprawl of downtown Saigon. You will eventually find yourself at the Cu Chi tunnels, the infamous underground city for Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. Central to the Viet Cong’s strategic war operations, including the famous 1968 Tet Offensive, it is still complete with a hospital, kitchen, and schools. Remember to look out for “mantraps” - large camouflaged holes dug deep into the ground, that ensnared enemy soldiers with bamboo spikes. The Cu Chi experience can be emotionally draining for some visitors, but it does offer a fascinating look into the hardship and trauma of the war. Embark on a scenic journey through the countryside and stop at an organic farm to learn what the concept ‘farm-to-table’ really means. Learn about organic farming, get to know the many different kinds of local herbs, spices and vegetables and gain insight into the process of growing mushrooms. After the visit, sit down and enjoy a delicious and healthy lunch, made mostly with fresh ingredients produced on the farm before making your way back to your hotel, arriving mid- afternoon.
Day 10 Departure Ho Chi Minh
Transfer to airport
Free day on your own until our driver transfers you to the airport for your departure flight back home or to your next destination.
- Internal flight or train as specified
- Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
- Private licensed English speaking guide and driver service
- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
- All attraction entrance fees as specified
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary
- International air tickets or train tickets for arrival and departure
- Gratuities to your tour guide and driver at your own discretion
- Visa Fees
- Personal expenses
- Optional tours, meals, activities, and services
- Comprehensive travel insurance
-The reference prices are based on a group of 6 persons, with local 4- start superior accommodation
-The prices are not valid during the national holidays. Please feel free to contact us to ask the detailed prices based on your traveling dates and group size.