Essential Vietnam Southbound

In this trip you will visit the 1000 year old Hanoi capital, the mystical Halong Bay, the charming and historical imperial citadel Hue, the ancient town Hoi An, and the modern Saigon, largest city of Vietnam. This tour can be customized to meet your specific needs.


Hanoi | Halong | Hue | Hoi An | Saigon | Mekong Delta

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Day 01

Hanoi Arrival

Welcome to Hanoi!

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Not included

Upon arriving in Hanoi, our guide & driver will personally meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is time at leisure.
Day 02

Hanoi City Tour

Guided tour of Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

08:00am: Our guide & driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby.
Today, we will visit Ho Chi Minh Complex that includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, House-on-Stilts, and One Pillar pagoda. After that we will visit the Temple of Literature that was originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society place then and now on education. Have lunch at a nice restaurant.

After lunch, we continue our trip to visit Museum of Ethnology: This museum is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. As well as the comprehensive array of exhibits inside, there are also traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the ground.

Then, we back to the center of Hanoi to visit Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century. The temple is reached by crossing the The Huc Bridge which literally means the ‘Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams’. Hoan Kiem Lake is the local point of the city and the source of many legends.

45 minutes Cyclo through the Old Quarter: Also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the 36 s names’ was related to the products being sold there. It’s a great place to explore on foot with numerous photo opportunities.

Enjoy a water puppet show at Thang Long Theater. Transfer back to your hotel at about 5:00pm

Notes:  Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays;  the Museum of Ethnology is closed on Mondays. Other places will be replaced (Ho Chi Minh museum will be replaced for Ho Chi Minh mausoleum; Vietnam National Museum of History will be replaced for Museum of Ethnology)

Day 03

Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay (Sample Itinerary)

Enjoy a cruise in the magnificient Halong Bay

Accommodation: Halong bay cruise

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

09.00: Our guide and driver will pick up at your hotel by private car/van and transfer to Halong Bay on the highway.
11.45–12.15: Embark at Hon Gai International harbor.
12.30–13.00: Embark on the boat. Enjoy welcome drink as Cruise Manager gives you a brief overview of the itinerary and important safety guideline. Check in your cabin.
13.30–14.30: Have lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay; Start sailing among famous Islets (Indochina studio, Am Islet…) of Bai Tu Long Bay, the wildest beauty with the panoramic natural views.
15.00–16.30: Visit and explore the well-hidden Co Cave (known as  Thien Canh Son Cave) where you can  hiking to the middle of the mountain to see the wild and mysterious beautiful cave, contemplate numerous  sparkling  stalactites  appear  like 'hanging  lamps’  inside  the  Cave.  (No swimming). 
Return to the boat and enjoy Happy hour. You will have 30% discount off from the special menu drinks including of cocktail, mock-tail and mixed drinks (from 16.30 pm to 19.00 pm.).  
16.30–17.30: Enjoy kayaking and relaxing on the cruise in Cong Do Area.
17.30: Take part in carving flowers on the sundeck.
18.00–19.00: Attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking (spring roll).
19.00-21.00: Dinner is served in the restaurant. You can enjoy the charm of Bai Tu Long Bay at night.
21.00-22.00: Enjoy evening activities (Squid Fishing, Movie Night, Board Games, Massage & Spa services) or relax at the leisure then overnight at private cabin at Cong Do area.
Day 04

Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi - Hue (Sample Itinerary)

Enjoy Halong Bay cruise tour activities and transfer to the airport for a flight to Hue

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

06.30-07.00: Welcome a new day with an amazing dawn on Bai Tu Long Bay. Refresh your body and soul with a Tai-chi session on the sundeck.
07.00-07.30: Catch the morning view of seascape while enjoying the breakfast with cookies and tea, café in the restaurant.
07.30-08.30: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village - the famous fishing farm by bamboo boat and discover life of local people living on the surface of Halong Bay. (No swimming).
08.30-9.30: Pack up the luggage and check out of the cabin.
09.30-10.40: Enjoy the brunch in the restaurant while cruising back to Vinashin tourist harbor.
11.00: Disembark from boat.
12.00: Your driver takes you back to Hanoi for the afternoon flight to Hue.
Arrive in Hue city, meet your tour guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in and relax.
Dinner is on your own arrangement.
 Cruise itinerary is subject to change due to a cruise you choose
Day 05

Hue City Tour

Visit Hue highlights

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

8:30am, Asia Top Travel tour expert will pick you up and depart from your hotel in Hue.
This morning, we take a boat trip along poetic Perfume River to reach the ancient Thien Mu pagoda, a special cultural - historical site where still preserves a legendary tale about the Heaven Fairy Lady since Nguyen Dynasty. 
Then, we visit  Hue Citadel. Here you will walk around and take a look into the special feudal relics of immense architectural and cultural values. Then we visit the major sites including the Imperial Citadel with Forbidden Royal City like in Beijing. 
Have lunch at a local restaurant. 
In the afternoon, we visit the tomb and monument of King Tu Duc which is located in a very beautiful area. This is an opportunity to learn more about Nguyen Kings and to enjoy the spectacular landscape. 
Optional: If you are not tired and the weather is good
Then we visit Conical hat village: To see and learn how the locals make the conical hat ( non la). ( Non la- traditional indispensable accessory expressing the hidden charm and simplicity of women).
Conclude your day at Incense stick making village: Observe how locals make sandalwood and cinnamon incense. 
Day 06

Hue - Hoi An - Half Day Hoi An Ancient Town tour

Drive from Hue to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass & Danang city

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

In the morning, leave Hue for Hoi An through the Hai Van Pass for a magnificent view of the East Sea. Stop at Lang Co to have a break. 
Lunch at a local restaurant in Hoian.
In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An ancient town, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of its unusually well-preserved ancient streets and homes. Set out to explore the quaint cobblestone streets of the town with more than two-century-old Chinese houses. Visit Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the Japanese Bridge.
Day 07

Hoi An - Cam Thanh Coconut Village - Tra Que Herb Village

Bike to Cam Thanh coconut village and have a cooking class in Tra Que herb village

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

After being collected from your hotel, a short bicycle competency test will be given. For those uncomfortable with a pushbike, then other methods of transport can be arranged. The tour starts by cycling along level ground to the 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 your way through palm forests, across bridges, fields of water buffalo.

Biking along country lanes at a peaceful pace viewing local life and pause to see farmers

9:00 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.

10:30 Continue to drive 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.

11:30 Visit a local family and after a short, informative and fun cooking lesson, we sit down for a delicious lunch. Return to your hotel, the rest of day is your leisure time.

Estimated duration for biking: Biking from the town to Cam Thanh village (about 5 km). From Cam Thanh to Tra Que village (about 7 km). We will arrange a vehicle in case you are tired and do not want to ride a bike from Cam Thanh to Tra Que village.

Day 08

Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City - half day city tour

Take a flight to Ho Chi Minh and visit the biggest city of Vietnam

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Breakfast is served at your hotel. In the morning, you will be transferred to Da Nang airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival, your tour guide and your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. 
Have lunch at a local restaurant

Start your half day city tour in the afternoon by looking at the Notre Dame Cathedral built between 1877 and 1883. This is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Nearby is the Old Post Office that is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office. Move on to see the Reunification Palace. This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30th 1975 the ‘American War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Continue with a visit of War Remnants Museum - Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of war. 

Depending on the timing, have a look on a wide selection of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

Day 09

Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh

Leave Ho Chi Minh city to Ben Tre Coconut Land

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

08:00am: Meet your tour guide in your hotel lobby and transfer through the Mekong Delta to Ben Tre - the capital of coconut 

On arrival in Hung vương Pier. Boating on Ben Tre river – one of tributaries of Mekong river- is along mangrove tree from town to country. Witness lively activities in morning as fishing, coconut cargo boats carrying on river. Stop at traditional brickwork to see how to make bricks by hand. Turn on Cai Son canal winding through coconut jungle, visit coconut workshop, have a look stages of coconut processing from husk off, prize out to peel out by hand. Go on small waterway and stop at a local house to see feeding bee, enjoy honey tea. Walking along canal to coconut candy workshop, have a look them making candy by hand, try some sweet, enjoy some fruits and listen to local music as well. Go on by boat, and walk to farmer house who making sleep mats.
Cycle rural tracks or drive tuktuk through coconut grove, vegetable plains (cucumber, bitter melon, etc.,).Keep going by rowing boat on shady palm tree canal and stop for lunch at riverside restaurant. Boating back Hùng vương pier by motorboat.
Drive back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Tour finishes at about 05:00pm
Day 10

Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

Say goodbye to our team in Ho Chi Minh City!

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After a breakfast at the hotel, free time at your own leisure until the transfer to the airport for your departure flight .


Start price per person based on central located good quality hotels. The price is subject to change depending upon availability and high or low season. We would like to give you a rough quote as below for your preference. Price is also negotiable. Feel free to send us an enquiry. We commit to give you the best price yet top-notch service. 

Private Tour/Price Per Person In USD:
(High season: January - March & October - December 2020)

Category 2 People 4 People 6 People Others
3 Star $906 $719 $638 On Request
4 Star $1067 $880 $799 On Request
5 Star $1334 $1147 $1066 On Request

We can tailor-make this program to meet your specific needs of activities as well as prices. Click yellow button "Send Enquiry This Tour" to give us your specific request now!


For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to
give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
Trip Inclusions
  • Full transportation by private vehicle 
  • Accommodation base on Twin/Double sharing room with daily breakfast (8 nights at hotel & 1 night cruise)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Overnight on cruise in the Bay as indicated in the itinerary
  • Private boat trip in Hue, Hoi An and Mekong Delta
Trip Exclusions
  • International flight tickets and airport taxes
  • Domestic flight tickets (Estimated airfare: Hanoi - Hue: US $76/person & US $76/person. Airfares are subject to change at the time of booking and issuing the ticket)
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend you arrange it before your arrival)
  • Tips, all beverages and personal expenses
  • Surcharge for Peak Season, Holiday, Special Occasion
  • Other services not mentioned

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