Best Highlights of Vietnam - 16 Days 15 Nights

16 days
15 nights
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Tour highlights


( 2 nights on overnight train and 13 nights at hotels)

DAY 1: HANOI - ARRIVAL : Hanoi (Capital)

Arrive at Hanoi Airport. You will meet the guide and driver at airport, and then be taken to the hotel for check in, 

(The airport is 37Km from Hanoi Center / takes 30 minutes to drive). Check in Hotel. Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 2: HANOI - CITY TOUR (B/L/-): Hanoi (Capital)

Start at 9.00 AM . After your breakfast, the guide will pick up for your great touring day.

This a busy day as we still have a full day tour of Hanoi and seeing such remarkable sites as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum for his mummy body, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House where he lived in the war and the one Pillar Pagoda,  the Temple of Literature which was the first university of Vietnam to train the Confuncian Scholars, built in 11th Century

In the afternoon, you have a tour to former Hoa Lo Prison where the V.C kept the American Pilots from 1964 -1973 and so called " Hanoi Hilton" and then you have a walking tour in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and visit Ngoc Son Temple. Enjoy one hour Water Puppet Show at the indoor theater in the lakeside.  Overnight on train/ soft berth with air-con

You will have dinner by yourself while waiting for the pick up for the night train: The train is supposed to leave at 22.00 PM


Arrival in Lao Cai at 6.00 Am. 

Get up early & check out of the train station for breakfast at a local restaurant before hotel check in. Sapa is 37km away from Lao Cai City, you need one hour by car to get there.

Start at 9:00 AM. Today, the guide will pick you up for a short hike to the villages, where you will see H’mong & Dao People live almost. You will have a short trek about 2 hours (7 Km ) through the villages and then enjoy the lunch at a local restaurant:

Sapa is a small Town, built by the French People in 1903 at the hight of 1650m above the sea level. You can see the highest Mountain View of Fasipan and the terraced rice field in Muong Hoa Valley. Overnight in Sapa


After breakfast, you will start a tour visiting the best waterfalls, Silver Waterfalls in Sapa and Tram Ton Pass at 2000m above the sea level. 

And after that, you will be transfer to the cable car station for your cable car trip to Fansipan Mountain Peak (3134m), this is the longest non-stop cable car in Vietnam, You can see stunning mountainous view from the car.

After lunch at Sapa town, you keep trekking through rice terraces and track to Matra village where the home of Red DZao people & Black H’mong, and then to Taphin village 

Return to the town by car back to hotel.  Stay in Sapa


Today if you still like to have more discovery in Sapa or the surroundings of this mountain area. You should have a plan.

Option 1: Free time to explore Sapa Town. At 16.00 PM , the guide will pick up for train station , and get back to Hanoi

Option 2 (if it is Sunday): Get up early for breakfast, check out of the hotel, and then drive to Bac Ha market (106 km) via the beautiful mountain range. You will see Bac Ha Sunday market. The biggest ethnic market in the Lao Cai province, where you will find buffaloes, horses, blacksmiths, saddlers, but also traditional medicine doctors, with their thousands of mountain herbs and plants, and lots of traditional clothes and local artifacts.

Several groups of deep-colored Hmong are found there, as well as Dao, Tay, Nung, and Phu La. Make sure to arrive before 9 a.m as the market ends at about 12:30. You can have lunch at one of the market stalls inside the market for more of a traditional taste.

In the afternoon, walking around villages of Flower H’mong and tasting corn wine. Then we transfer to Lao Cai town.

You come back to China Vietnam Border Gate in Lao Cai for a quick stop. After photos here, you will have dinner to wait for the night train. Sleep on Train


The train arrives at 5.00 Am. We book early check in for you at the hotel & breakfast

Driving from the hotel to Hoa Lu as the first capital of Vietnam date back from 8th century for the distance of 110Km / 2,5 hours.  Visit the temples for 2 famous Kings of Vietnam in 10th Century and climb some hundred steps to the top of a mountain for a great view over the “DRY Halong Bay” if you can do it:

After visiting Hoa Lu Temple, you will go to Trang An ( 5 km) for a Sampan Boat through the caves ( 6- 8 grottos) in the limestone cliffs, this rowing boat trip takes about 2 hours in the river.

Tràng An is a scenic area near Ninh Binh City renowned for its boat cave tours. , On 23 June 2014, at the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha,  the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  After your lunch in Ninh Binh,  After the trip, you will have 1 night in Ninh Binh as a stop over for Halong Bay on the next day. Ninh Binh is 140Km away from Halong Bay. Overnight in Ninh Binh


Tour Starts at 8.00 AM. Today travel 140 km from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay (3.5hr drive with rest stop). Upon arrival we board a famous Halong Junk for a seafood lunch. Spend the afternoon cruising in Halong Bay to see thousands of limestone rock formations. Visit spectacular caves and stop at a beautiful beach for a swim. Our accommodation for the night is on board the junk where it will be anchored in a quiet bay.

11.30 - 12.15: Arrival at Hon Gai international harbour.

12.30 - 13.00: Transfer by tender to boat, enjoy Welcome Drink – cruise briefing,
safety instructions, check-in cabins - Depart to Bai Tu long Bay.

13.00 - 14.30: Enjoy lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay,
admire the fascinating formations on the way.

15.30 - 15.45: Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son Cave.

15.45 - 17.30: Enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island.

17.30 - Return to boat - Continue cruising through the bay.

18.30 - Anchor for overnight at Cong Do area.

18.30 -  Cooking demonstration in restaurant.

19.30 - 21.00 Savor a delicious Set-dinner in dining room.

21.00 - 22.30:  Activities: Relax on deck, Beauty Spa services, drink service available or night time fishing.

23.00 - Relax, enjoy fresh air & overnight on board

DAY 8: HALONG BAY - HANOI (B/Brunch/-): Halong Bay

Spend this morning cruising Halong Bay. Visit Bai Tu Long Bay and have brunch on board before disembarking at 11.30am. Drive back to Hanoi and arrive mid-afternoon where the remainder of the afternoon is yours to relax or explore as you wish.

06.30 - Enjoy sunrise over the Bay or take part in our morning Tai Chi session.

06.45 - 07.45:  Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in dining room.

07.45 - 08.45:  Transfer from boat to rowing boat to visit Vung Vieng fishing village. Rowers are local
people wearing traditional costume. It’s the opportunity to see the fisher’s daily life with the primary features in the charming nature.

09.30:  Check-out cabins and settle bills – Luggage collection.

09.30 - 10.30:  Having international buffet brunch served in dining room.

10.30 - 11.00:  Arrival at the pier. Farewell.

16.00 : You arrive in Hanoi. Stay one more night in Hanoi

DAY 9: HANOI - FLY TO HUE - CITY TOUR (B/L/-): Hue (former Imperial City)

After your breakfast, you will take a quick flight to Hue , take one hour flight to Hue

After lunch, Start tour to the Citadel of Hue, you visit Forbidden City of the royal Nguyen Dynasty, which was built from 1802 to 1945. And drive to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, which is considered as the first Buddhist Pagoda in Hue, built in 1601 and after the Pagoda, you enjoy a boat trip for 40 minutes along Perfume River. Disembark & go to check in hotel. Overnight in Hue


After breakfast, you check out hotel at 8.30 AM

You will have 3 hours by car to Hoian , the driver will take you through Hai Van Pass , which is about 500m above the sea level, and where you see the cloudy mountain view, and drive overland to My Khe Beach in Danang City ( Used to be called as China Beach)

It is 150 Km from Hue to Hoian , very nice view by bus en route. and on the way to Hoian, we will make a stop to visit Marble Mountain & Buddha Shrine in a cave. Overnight in Hoian


After breakfast, Tour starts at 9.00 Am: Hoian is an ancient town built in the 16th Century by Chinese and Japanese merchants as a biggest port in South East Asia at that time.

You will start a walking City tour to the best highlights in Hoian Town, Ancient houses,  Japanese Bridge, Chinese Halls, Temples, and a local market. We arrange a boat trip in the riverside where you can enjoy the scenery of fishing life or villages along Thu Bon River.  Later after lunch, Shopping for those who have fittings and you can wander around the town or walk to the beach.  Overnight in Hoian


Today you have a whole free day, you can go shopping, go swimming at the pool and relax, or rent a bikecyle to explore further Hoian, or swimming at the beach.

Hoian is a great place where you have a cooking class

DAY 13: HOIAN - FLY TO SAIGON - SHORT CITY TOUR (B/L/-): Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

We will arrange an early flight for your tour such as : VN107 @ 9.35 Am – Arrival @: 10:55 AM

Drive back to Danang airport for the Flight to Saigon (30 Km from Hoian). Transfer to your hotel in Saigon

In the afternoon, you have ½ day City tour visiting Independence Palace and War Crime Museum, after that you keep visiting Notre Dame Cathedral & the Central Post Office. Overnight in Saigon

DAY 14: SAIGON - 1/2 DAY CU CHI TUNNEL TOUR (B/L/-): Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Today, you will go to Cuchi Tunnels which is about 50Km from Saigon , where you can visit the tunnel network built by the South Vietnamese Communists in 1946, and repaired  a bigger 250 km underground system against the American & the South Vietnam Government. You will watch a real nice documentary film made at the time, which remind you of Vietnam in the Wartime, and see how the Vietnamese Communists ( Viet Cong ) survived in the tunnels. Overnight in Saigon

DAY 15: SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA TOUR (B/L/-): Mekong Delta

This morning, you will go to Ben Tre, a southern province in Mekong Delta. On the way, you will see the rice fields, fruit farms..

When arrive in Ben Tre, you will take a short stroll through a shaded area of coconut farm, enjoy the tropical fruits which are grown in here, and a folk music singing.

After that you will move to the river bank for a short journey by sampan to the workshop of making coconut candy, enjoy the candy and sip the honey tea.

After that, you will enjoy a short horse cart ride in the village to the restaurant..

After lunch in the garden, you will go to visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, which was built in 1849, and is the mixture of art decoration between Asian and European. Finish the tour in Saigon at 16.30 PM.  Overnight in Saigon

DAY 16: SAIGON - DEPARTURE (B): Hanoi (Capital)

Have your breakfast at hotel, and enjoy your time in Saigon before picked up for the airport

PRICE in USD$ per Person

GROUP SIZE 2-3 people 4-5 people 6-8 people 9-10 people Single Supp
3 star hotels 1,600$ 1,500$ 1,400$ 1,300$ 450$
4 star hotels 1,800$ 1,700$ 1,600$ 1,500$ 650$

Hotels are used

HANOI May De Ville Hotel - Old Quarter Deluxe Lan Vien Hotel Deluxe
SAPA HOTEL Sunny Mountain Hotel Deluxe View Victoria Hotel Superior
TRAIN TO SAPA Orient Express Train Deluxe Victoria Express Superior
NINH BINH Legend Hotel Deluxe Hidden Charm Hotel Deluxe
HALONG BAY Panoma Cruise Superior Victory Cruise Deluxe
HUE Moon light Hotel Superior Saigon Morin Hue Colonial Deluxe
HOIAN Green Heaven Resort Superior Window Vinh Hung Riverside Resort Superior
HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) Aquari Hotel Superior Grand Silverland Hotel Premier Deluxe Window

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  • Hotel accommodation ( 3,4 star hotels & Resorts)
  • Bus transportation on tour
  • Domestic flights:Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Saigon
  • Meals are indicated in itinerary
  • Boat cruise : Halong Bay - Private cabin
  • Overnight Train: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees on tour


  • Personal drinks
  • Tips to driver & guide
  • International flight to/from Vietnam
  • Visa to Vietnam (25$)
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16 days
15 nights
At Customer’s request

Tour map


  • Hotel accommodation ( 3,4 star hotels & Resorts)
  • Bus transportation on tour
  • Domestic flights:Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Saigon
  • Meals are indicated in itinerary
  • Boat cruise : Halong Bay - Private cabin
  • Overnight Train: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees on tour


  • Personal drinks
  • Tips to driver & guide
  • International flight to/from Vietnam
  • Visa to Vietnam (25$)
  • Personal Travel Insurance

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