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14 Days Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon, Cantho

Amazing Vietnam offers a twist on the classic Vietnam adventure tour and provides the perfect overview of the country from Hanoi to Saigon and beyond. This adventure holiday offers a comprehensive insight into the history, people, cultures and environments that make Vietnam such an incredible country to visit. Art galleries, markets, museums and culinary enchantment all are all part of the journey through this fascinating land, with enough tradition to entice and enough modernity to provide a stylish contemporary experience. Experience Vietnam with its mesmerising juxtaposition of sophisticated modernity alongside traditional and natural allure.

What’s included:

  • Activities & transport as in full itinerary
  • Your choice of accommodation styles
  • Services of private vehicle & driver
  • Professional local staff with fair salaries
  • All activity entrance fees
  • Local English speaking guide

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Your Holiday at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive into Hanoi

Day 2

Hanoi city tour

Day 3

Hanoi to Halong Bay

Day 4

Halong Bay cruise

Day 5

Yen Duc village to Hanoi

Day 6

Hanoi to Hue

Day 7

Explore Hue

Day 8

Hue to Hoi An

Day 9

Walking tour of Hoi An

Day 10

Delve deeper inside Hoi An

Day 11

Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City

Day 12

Ho Chi Minh city tour

Day 13

Travel to Mekong Delta

Day 14

Depart Ho Chi Min city

Trip Itinerary

Days 1-2: Hanoi

Day 1 - Arrive into Hanoi
Day 1 - Arrive into Hanoi Listing Image

We will meet you on arrival at Hanoi (HAN) airport, where you will be greeted with a Wayfairer welcome sign, and then transfer together to your hotel for the night on a B&B basis. Depending on your arrival time your local guide can meet you at your hotel and will be happy to suggest an array of dining options from local to international cuisine.

Day 2 - Hanoi city tour

This morning your local guide will take you on a tour of the city. You begin at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of 'Uncle Ho' resides. Visitors are permitted pay their respects to this revered man himself. A short walk from the mausoleum is the lotus shaped, One Pillar Pagoda, resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. We then wind our way to the Temple of Literature, the first University in Vietnam. Created for the sons of mandarins, it is the ideal place for an overview of Hanoi history and culture. In the afternoon, you visit the excellent Museum of Ethnology; this well designed museum offers a fascinating insight into Vietnam’s natural and cultural history, as well as its 54 ethnic minority groups. The evening is left free you to enjoy some of Hanoi’s wonderful nightspots.

Days 3-4: Halong Bay Cruise

Day 3 - Hanoi to Halong Bay
Day 3 - Hanoi to Halong Bay Listing Image

Today we leave the frenetic city of Hanoi behind and head east to UNESCO listed Halong Bay. Upon arrival you are met by your crew and board the traditional style junk that will be home for the next 2 nights. Aboard this stylish, authentic boat you will be well looked after, the cozy cabins have en suite facilities, sumptuous fresh seafood meals will be prepared and there is a well stocked bar. You set out into the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin to explore the hundreds of limestone islands and islets. You’ll also stop to visit some of the floating communities in the bay and you can take a short tour while the crew picks up some fresh fish for tonight’s dinner. As the day draws to an end a sundowner on the top deck is the perfect way to watch the sunset fade into a night under the stars.

Day 4 - Halong Bay cruise

Rise early to catch a stunning sunrise among the limestone islands, which rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. Then your cruise continues. Staying 2 nights in the bay allows you to explore deeper and escape the majority of the tourists, allowing you to enjoy a more unique cruise experience. You may like to take the option for some sea kayaking and/or swimming from the beach on one of the islands. A last night dinner is served and then there is time for a final reflection on the wonders of the bay beneath the stars.

Day 5: Yen Duc village

Day 5 - Yen Duc village to Hanoi

After breakfast, there is a last opportunity for a swim or simply relax on deck and soak up the final views of this magical bay. Upon your return to the port you can say your farewells to the crew. Your next short journey takes us to the charming and village of Yen Duc. Limestone mountains, palm tree, rice fields and the Kinh Thay River form the backdrop for Yen Duc village.

Here it really is as though life has stood still for locals who follow and agricultural way of life little changed since the time of their ancestors. You’ll have some time to get to know your hosts, share some tea, or, you may like to try your hand at fishing or help with the gardening. Your coming to this village helps to promote and preserve local tradition and culture in Yen Duc village, an ideal model for a community based project. When your time here is finished we make our way back to Hanoi.

Days 6-7: Hue

Day 6 - Hanoi to Hue
Day 6 - Hanoi to Hue Listing Image

After breakfast you take the short flight down to Hue. Hue was the capital of a unified Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) and is now a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. The pace of life is decidedly slower than most other Vietnamese cities, the people are laid back, the architecture is atmospheric and the historical monuments are abundant. Hue also has its own Royal cuisine, which is popular all over Vietnam. This afternoon you take a Dragon Boat trip on the Perfume River to visit the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda. You then visit the majestic Tomb of Emperor Ming Mang. This is a truly tranquil place, the manicured gardens are dotted with water features, the tomb is protected by stone guardians. 

Day 7 - Explore Hue

Your exploration of Hue continue today with a visit to the Forbidden Purple City. You’ll also take some time to look around the Citadel, a wonderful residential area of historical buildings, gardens and rice fields. The people are very friendly and the area receives surprisingly few tourists. On the way back we’ll make a stop at Dong Ba market. This is a great example of a local Vietnamese market, Hue conical hats are said to be the best in all of Vietnam. In the evening you pay a visit to a private home in the citadel, where we sample some of the dishes from the Emperor's Court whilst listening to musicians playing music from a bygone era.

Days 8-10: Hoi An

Day 8 - Hue to Hoi An
Day 8 - Hue to Hoi An Listing Image

This morning you make an early start and drive on the most scenic stretch of Highway 1. You will climb up to the Hai Van Pass, the 'Pass of the Ocean Clouds'. The scenery on the way up is stunning as are the views from the top. We continue on our way to Da Nang and stop at the Cham Museum. Housed in a beautiful colonial villa this is the best collection of sculpture from the Cham Empire anywhere in the world. Later we stop just outside of Da Nang at Marble Mountain: a very auspicious place for the Vietnamese. The 5 limestone peaks are said to represent the 5 elements. There are many caves with to explore, an ancient pagoda and numerous Buddha statues and carvings. You then journey on to Hoi An and arrive in the late afternoon.

Day 9 - Walking tour of Hoi An

Between the 17th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was a prosperous trading port. Today, this World Heritage listed ancient town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianized streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. The narrow lanes are lined with the historic buildings, pagodas, and merchant’s houses and are ideal for personal exploration. This morning your local guide will take you on a walking tour of the Old Quarter taking in all the highlights and character of this bustling little town. The afternoon free for relaxation and Hoi An is a shoppers paradise with all kinds of wonderful items on offer. There is also Cua Dai Beach just a few miles away, this can be pleasant cycle ride or your local guide can help you make other arrangements.

Day 10 - Delve deeper inside Hoi An

Today there are a number of options; it is possible to visit the ruins of My Son the ancient Cham Kingdom. These brick built temples were built between the 4th and 13th centuries during the time that the Champa Empire ruled all of Southern and Central Vietnam. Or you may like to try your hand at Vietnamese cooking. This world famous cuisine is surprisingly simple to re-create. Your teacher will take you to the market where various ingredients and produce are explained and purchased for the lesson itself. Expert tuition is offered and you get to test the fruits of your labour for lunch or dinner. Alternatively, you may like to take a lifestyle tour around the surrounds of Hoi An, visiting the fish market early on and then investigating some of the many cottage industries in the area. A fascinating insight into daily life in the countryside.

Days 11-12: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 11 - Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 11 - Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City Listing Image

After breakfast we leave delightful Hoi An behind and fly to the bustling metropolis that is Saigon. Now officially named Ho Chi Minh City, it has a very different feel to Hanoi. Although still obviously Vietnamese the atmosphere is entirely different. It’s a city of contrasts, skyscrapers sore into the clouds dwarfing the colonial buildings on the ground. Old ladies chew beetle nut and sell coconut juice to sophisticated young couples riding on modern Japanese motorbikes. This afternoon we take a walking tour of the major sites, including the sobering War Remnants Museum, the Presidential Palace, and some of the colonial-era landmarks such as Notre Dam Cathedral, the Post Office and the Continental Hotel.

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh city tour

This morning we leave the bustling streets of the city behind and make our way to Tay Ninh, the Headquarters for the Cao Dai religion. We visit the main Cathedral, which looks like something out of a fantasy film, in time for the 12 o’clock service. It’s an enchanting and unique experience. After a local lunch, we continue to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network used by the Vietnamese Communists to escape American bombing. Entire villages were forced underground for their very survival. There were around 250 km of tunnels housing to up to 16,000 people at any one time. The tunnels were also used for strategic military purposes, the Viet Cong were able to launch attacks on American bases overhead and then disappear underground. It’s a fascinating insight into the remarkable war effort of the Vietnamese. It is possible, for the daring, to go down into the tunnels yourselves.

Day 13: Cantho

Day 13 - Travel to Mekong Delta
Day 13 - Travel to Mekong Delta Listing Image

Today you make an early start and head south to the Mekong Delta. This is a incredible part of the country, so different to anywhere else visited on this adventure tour. Lusciously green and fertile this is the 'Land of the Nine Dragons', a name that refers to the 9 rivers that form the delta. It’s the rice bowl of the country and produces enough rice annually to feed the entire nation. Fruits, vegetable and fish are all major produce here as well. On your way to Cantho, the economic capital of the Delta, you’ll stop at vibrant floating markets, visit the local cottage industries and take a trip on a local sampan through some of the narrower canals, stopping for a local speciality lunch of Elephant Ear fish, springs rolls and fresh fruits. 

Day 14: Fly home

Day 14 - Depart Ho Chi Min city

You rise early this morning and board a boat, which takes you on the river to the region's largest floating market. Hundreds of vessels advertise their wares by attaching them to long poles that everyone can see. People come here to buy in bulk and we can observe not only the hustle and bustle of typical market barter and exchange but also entire boatloads of fresh produce are transferred from one boat to another. It’s a blur of boats, conical hats and human activity. We then return to Saigon where we can take you to the airport (SGN) in time for your departure.

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Amazing Vietnam offers a twist on the classic Vietnam adventure tour and provides the perfect overview of the country from Hanoi to Saigon and beyond. This adventure holiday offers a comprehensive insight into the history, people, cultures and environments that make Vietnam such an incredible country to visit. Art galleries, markets, museums and culinary enchantment all are all part of the journey through this fascinating land, with enough tradition to entice and enough modernity to provide a stylish contemporary experience. Experience Vietnam with its mesmerising juxtaposition of sophisticated modernity alongside traditional and natural allure.

 

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