Best Selling Vietnam Family Tour
Best Selling Vietnam Family Tour - 17 Days
Style: Vietnam Sightseeing Tours
Hightlights: Hanoi–Hoa Lu Tam Coc–Mai Chau – PuLuong - Halong –Hue –Danang Hoian - Ho Chi Minh -VinhLong – Can Tho – Thot Not – Chau Doc - Tra Su Cajuput Forest
Description: This Best Selling Vietnam Family Tour from Hanoi to Saigon via Halong Bay, Hue, Hoian, Cu Chi Tunnels takes you to visit landscape, heritages, people, culture.
Day 1: Arrival- Hanoi (B/-/-)
On arrival Hanoiyou are met our guide and then transferred to hotel in Hanoi for check in.Free time for relaxing in Hanoi.
O/N in Ha Noi.
Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing Tour (B/-/-)
Morning: A half day city tour includes Ho Chi Minh Mausoleumwith its house on stilts and One pillar pagoda. An orientation drive via colonial quarter to the West lake before taking a visit to Temple of Literature well known as Vietnam's first university.
Afternoon: Transfer to visit the Ethnology museum. Enjoy your time to learn about 54 ethics in Vietnam. Then continue visiting to the HoanKiem Lake with Ngoc Son temple.
The rest of time for 2 hours walking in Old Quarter for street walking food tour with an insight into traditional Vietnamese food at different eateries such: Pillow Cake, soup, Egg-Coffee, local beer (draught beer) with Potato....
Evening: Water Puppet Show, the traditional unique Vietnamese art.
O/N in Ha Noi.
Day3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B/-/D)
Breakfast at hotel. On the morning drive to Mai Chau, we'll leave the city behind and pass through craggy, mountainous landscape. We drive up a massive pass and end in the mountainous circus of Mai Chau around noon time. Lunch will be served in a local Thai house.
In the afternoon, we’ll have a small walk around Mai Chau valley before getting a quick transfer to a small remote village of Mai Hich. Weather permits there’s a chance for a small cycling around the green village. Afterwards, we return for hotel for check in. After dinner, you enjoy The Hmong and Thai ethnic groups who reside in the Mai Chau region have a rich tradition of dance, often performed at festivals and celebrations.
O/N in Mai Chau
Day4: Mai Chau – PuLuong (B/L/D)
We leave our hosts after breakfast and drive East for about 15 km before entering the PuLuong nature reserve. You’ll then get down the car for 2-hours trekking on single trail through Thai villages and rice terrace, with opportunity to take a break at local houses en-route.
Meet your car again for a quick transfer to our lunch stop at a small lodge. In the afternoon, we step into the wild with an awesome hike on trails across the second half of the reserve to reach its Western edge. The hike is not too hard and lasts 3 to 4 hours. It makes it an intermediate level trek. Plan to bring along good shoes and batteries for your camera.
After a demanding afternoon, we get to the homestay/ bungalow, check-in the private bungalows and go for a refreshing swim in the cascades and natural pools that surround the lodge. Homemade dinner before a well deserved time for rest.
O/N in PuLuong
Day5: PuLuong – Ninh Binh(B/-/-)
Easy morning, depending on the season and your preference, you can stay at the lodge and relax, go for a walk or a bicycle ride around. It is pretty easy, accessible to most of people and offers a unique experience in North Vietnam.We have lunch at the lodge and then walk for about an hour and half to the road where our car can access. Transfer to Ninh Binh, free time in Ninh Binh.
O/N in Ninh Binh.
Day 6: Hoa Lu – Tam Coc - Hanoi (B/-/-)
The country capital during the Dinh and early Le Dynasties is Hoa Lu, which however has left its legacy in the form of two small temples, each one nearly a thousand years old. The first one is dedicated to the Dinh Dynasty. The second one commemorates the Le Rulers. In front of these temples is the rugged Ma Yen mount; it involves a walk over 200 steps for a fantastic view over the surrounding areas and then cycling for an hour on picturesque quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops to Tam Coc (12km) for lunch. The following sight is Tam Coc which is surnamed Halong Bay on land. We board a sampan for a leisurely trip through the quiet and peaceful landscape of rice fields surrounded by towering limestone cliffs to the grottoes of Tam Coc. Drive back to Ha Noi.
O/N in Ninh Binh.
Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)– Guide on Boat, Joint Group
After breakfast, transfer to Halong Bay by shuttle bus around 08h15. On arrival at 12h30, we embark on a cruise to visit Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. This picturesque “Dragon descending to the sea” Bay has 1,969 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. A fantastic cruise in Ha Long bay, visit Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi island, Dog island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot cave. Paddle from Titov beach to LuonCave. Enjoy dinner on board
Optional night: Paddle. Fishing, drinking Vietnamese wine, and spending a night on board.
Overnight on board.
Day 8: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (Br/-)
Today we continue to explore other side of HalongBay. A brunch is served on board. 11h30: Our driver will pick you up and transfer to Hanoi with stopover at Dong Trieu Ceramic village on the way. On arrival Ha Noi, check in & free time for relax.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi - Hue Sightseeing (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to NoiBai airport for morning flight to Hue. Our guide& driver take you to boat landing for making a boat trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda. The landscapes along river give you a deep impression of a peaceful life. Visit the ancient pagoda in Hue and learn more of its history.
In the afternoon, the Imperial Citadel including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Purple Forbidden City . This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 TetOffensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. Close to this masterpiece is Hue Imperial Museum which displays an interesting collection of bronzes, Chinaware, court robes and various emperors’ personal belongings.
Later on, we come back to Hue center & stop by the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass many fantastic eating spots, all ideal for visitors to sample some local delicacies.
O/N in Hue.
Day 10: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/-/-)
Morning is the time for exploration of Royal Mausoleum of Nguyen’s Kings. You have chance to visit two of six tombs still remain as original architecture. KhaiDinh tomb give the view and architecture of combination Western and Oriental while Minh Mang tomb give you back oriental architecture by the harmony between natural landscapes and construction, a very quiet and beautiful site to see and relax.
Depart for Hue via Danang from Hoi An . The scenic 4-hour drive will be getting over Hai Van Pass known as one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes offering spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages (we can choose the shorter way by driving through the tunnel). However, on the way we will stop by one very famous Cham Museum in Da Nang city. This structure contains many exquisite limestone carvings from the vanquished Kingdom of Champa which has been the central coastal littoral prior to the march of the Vietnamese nation south. Late on, you will visit Marble Mountains with its beautiful grottoes and temples before arriving in Hoian. You are free for beach relaxing in Cua Dai beach
O/N in Hoi An.
Day 11: Hoi AnSightseeing – My Son – Hoi An (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel, we will make our way to Hoi Anwhich was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There are plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges , the Pottery Museum , the 200-year-old Tan Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. We include these sights in an enchanting walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past
After tour in Hoian, drive to My Son, 70 km from Hoian. My Son is the Holy Land of Champa Kingdom from 04th to 13th century. Now the ruins of My Son is well preserved by UNESCO as World Culture Heritage.
O/N in Hoi An.
Day 12: Hoi An Cooking Class – Danang - Ho Chi Minh (B/L/-)
Become more familiar with the art of Vietnamese cooking with a start to finish cooking course. This 4-hour tour combines a market tour, an overview of ingredients common in Vietnamese food, and a hands-on cooking class that ends with each participant making their own multi course meal. It is a great way to see all the nooks and crannies of a Vietnamese market and understand the secrets behind Vietnamese cooking. Perfect for beginners or intermediate levels with two options offered.
08h30 start, with a transfer from the hotel. It begins with a 1 hour tour of the Hoi An market. Learn how to select the freshest ingredients. Return to Morning Glory, where a lovely air-conditioned room with individual cooking stations will be used for the cooking class. Here each dish is made step by step as you follow along. Additional assistance is offered by staff, for beginners or those that might need some extra help. The class not only covers cooking techniques, but also herbal remedies, and tricks to using Vietnamese vegetable graters and knives. All efforts are rewarded with the lunch that you have made for yourself!
Note: Dishes vary based on the seasonal availability of fresh ingredients.
In afternoon, transfer to airport for late afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh. Pick up on arrival then transferring to hotel.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City Tour + Cu Chi Tunnels (B/-/-)
Morning: A half-day city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City , still called Saigon by many locals, includes the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old SaiGon Post Office, the Chinatown, the former Presidential Palace.
Afternoon: Transfer about 30km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi town. Cu Chi tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The Cu Chi tunnels consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels, the tunnels are between 0.5 to 1m wide, just enough for a person to crawl along.
Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 14: SaiGon - Vinh Long - Can Tho(B/L/-)
Our car will pick up at your hotel in morning. Upon arrival at Cai Be, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people being selling, buying, and exchanging goods from their boats. Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped producing process. After lunch taking a cruise along river to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire marvelous natural nature setting of Mekong Delta region. About 3 pm, the boats will arrival at Vinh Long Market, walking around to explore Vinh Long Market. Then transfer to Can Tho City.
Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 15: Can Tho - Chau Doc - Tra Su Cajuput Forest(B/-/-)
After breakfast, we now travel by land to Chau Doc; on the way we will pass Thot Not to visit Bang Lang Bird Sanctuary or Crocodile Farm, we have stop for lunch on the way.
On arrival Chau Doc, we are going on to Tra Su cajuput forest which is renowned for not only its almost-untouched natural beauty but also its sanctuary of flora and fauna. Taking a boat trip into the forest and harmonizing oneself with nature. The impressive pictures of cajuputs, the fragrance of flowers and the music-like noise of birds, insects and animals will definitely make travelers do not want to leave. From the observation post, the forest can be seen with an area of nearly 900 ha, home of many birds and animals, including some rare ones. Transfer back to Chau Doc.
O/N in Chau Doc.
Day 16: Chau Doc – Ho Chi Minh (B/-/-)
In the morning, have breakfast at the hotel. Afterward, visit a village of Cham ethnic people, local Islamic Mosque. and towel weaving. And then continue to visit Chua Xu Lady temple at Sam Mountain. The temple is among one of the holiest place in Vietnam and every year Vietnamese followers will make their pilgrimage to her place. According to old tales, She bring a lot of luck, health and happiness to those who pay respect at her temple.
Then, transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city, check in hotel on arrival. You are free exploring Ho Chi Minh city by night.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh
Day 17: Ho Chi Minh - Departure(B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel, you are free for relaxing or shopping until transfer to airport for your departure flight. End of service.
Here are some information for whole trip, might you like to book!
- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
- English or French speaking local guide
- All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary.
- Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
- All Domestic flight
- Cold water on car/ van/ bus
- Visa Arrival to Vietnam
- International air ticket:
- International airport tax:
- Travel insurance against any personal injury of illness and damage of the property incurred during the course of this trip.
- Visa stamp fee
- Other meal, Tip to guide and driver
- Personal expenses such as: drinks, phone calls, laundry, tip...etc
- Supplement for Spanish, Italian and German speaking guide
- Surcharged for New Year & Lunar New Year
Five common questions travellers ask us
1. How long and where to visit for first-timers?
For first-timers, one week can be enough to take in Vietnam at a glance. An ideal order should be going from north to south, with a changing view from ancient times to modernity. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City should make a great 8 days travel plan. If you have extra one or two days, stretch to the northern hillside Sapa or explore the Mekong Delta with the bustling floating markets.
Rushing your time for some so-called must-see attractions is not necessary for such an interesting country like Vietnam. Deciding what you are interested in, culture, nature, lifestyle, beaches or food before making a smartly-timed travel plan is a good way to go.
2. When is the best time to visit Vietnam?
October to next February is the best time as it is the cool and dry season of Vietnam. Temperature is about 20-26c nationwide, just comfortable for sightseeing. Besides, you might also have a chance to be a part of the local life during the festival seasons in December and February.
3. What is the best way to get to Vietnam?
First option is by air. Vietnam has three major international airports: Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Cam Ranh International Airport in Nha Trang and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi and Nha Trang only have international flights with most Asian countries; international flights can fly from Paris and Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City, it is also connected with other Asian big cities.
Bangkok and Hong Kong are the most-friendly transit hubs as they have better airfares and much easier to get around.
4. How do I book the trip?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on ”Book this trip” on the web page. Our booking form wizard will automatically call the trip name, and ask you to fill out some fields for information. Once completed filling the form, you just click Submit to send us your inquiry or Reset to cancel what you have filled up. After receiving your reservation request, we will immediately make all the necessary arrangements in accordance with your request. This will takes about 1-2 business days, and we will send to you our confirmation message by e-mail with all the details of hotels, flights, tours, the booking status and also payment term.
5. Do I Need a Visa for Visiting Vietnam?
Citizens of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy are exempt from visas for a stay of a maximum of 15 days for all purposes. Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and most western countries need a Vietnam visa.
We would suggest you get your Vietnam visa at least one month ahead of your travel. Applying for Visa-on-Arrival (VOA), for more information, check out Vietnam Visas and How to Apply for:
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