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Essence of Vietnam
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ATA-VN-EOV08 8 Days 7 Nights

In this journey, we capture the essence of Vietnam exploring the Northern & Southern parts. Visiting charming capital of Hanoi, World Heritage Sites of serene Trang An Complex and scenic Halong Bay, the hustle and bustle of Saigon as well as peaceful Mekong Delta. Vietnam’s best features will be shown little by little each day we travel. You will not only experience the beauties in nature or culture but Vietnamese people’s kindness and friendliness in each place we set foot in. This is a comprehensive trip for travelers who want to discover the best of Vietnam in a limited time.

Tour summary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong
Day 5: Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Saigon
Day 6: Saigon City Tour  – Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 7: Saigon – Mekong Delta Day Trip
Day 8:  Saigon Departure



Hanoi Arrival (-/-/-)

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, greeted by our driver. We bring you to your hotel in city center check in. Rest at own leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.


Hanoi City Tour (B/L/-)

Early birds may want to wake up early today to walk to central Hoan Kiem lake to witness how local people start their day. Hanoians often gather in Hoan Kiem lake to do morning exercises, jogging, yoga, Taichi… After breakfast at your hotel, our guide and driver meet up at lobby. Let’s start our full day tour today exploring the capital of Hanoi. Our first stop today is Ho Chi Minh Complex includes Ho Chi Minh Museum and his stilt house, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda (Note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closes on every Monday and Friday. Remember to wear clothes that’s over you knee and covers your shoulder when visiting Ho Chi Minh complex or the pagoda). You also have chance to visit historic University – The Temple of Literature, that dates back to the 11th century.  After lunch, continue to the Ethnology Museum (close every Monday) where you can learn about all ethnic groups in Vietnam. Head back to Hoan Kiem lake for a leisure walk around of which Ngoc Son Temple and The Huc Bridge will be the must not miss. Back to the Old Quarter, you can choose to walk or have cyclo ride through the narrow streets that were famous for its specialized craft making guilds. The guild streets were named for their product or location and still bear such names nowadays; and then join in a unique water puppet show that features the Viet folklore and culture. Overnight in Hanoi.


Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An (B/L/-)

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, we depart for Ninh Binh province (120km). We will stop at Hoa Lu – the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries then proceed to Tam Coc to cycle and visit the old temple Bich Dong. Have lunch in local restaurant with some local special dishes. After lunch, visit Trang An attraction – the new UNESCO World Heritage. You will get on a rowing boat while enjoying the scenery of cave complex. We will go through 09 caves in mystery and wildness. We arrive back Hanoi in late afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi - Ninh Binh

Hanoi – Drive to Halong (B/L/D)

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, depart for Halong Bay. There will be 4-hour drive into the Red River Delta with one stop on the way for refreshment. Arrive in Halong by mid-day. We get our welcome drinks while meeting with our Captain on board. Sail to Halong Bay while fresh seafood lunch is ready. Enjoy your drink on the top deck while viewing Halong’s unique scenery. Cruise today takes you around famous sites of Halong such as Fighting Chicken rocks, Lonely Islet, floating fishing villages… Anchor as the sun sets. Dinner and overnight on board.

*Note: Cruising program varies depending on the cruise you choose

Hanoi - Halong

Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Saigon (B/L/-)

Wake up by the sounds of the waves. After breakfast, we cruise to different part of Halong where the legend is still fresh around here about dragons and their children descending into the sea. Lunch is served on the boat before docking back at Halong pier and transfer back to Noi Bai Airport for flight to Saigon. Upon arrival Saigon airport, greeted by our driver, we bring you to your hotel in downtown check in. Rest at own leisure. Overnight in Saigon.

*Note: Cruising program varies depending on the cruise you choose

Halong - Hanoi - Saigon

Saigon City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L/-)

Breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast, we start our tour to all the hot spots including Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the provocative War Remnants Museum; browse for some souvenirs at the bustling Ben Thanh market or stroll along the ancient Rue Catinat (now Dong Khoi Street). Fascinating and extraordinary, this city’s life and lights seem not to stop until well past midnight. Drive to the outskirts of the city to Cu Chi to witness the tremendous work done by V.C and guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam war, the complicated network of tunnels that remains to these days. Back to Saigon in late afternoon. Rest at own leisure. Overnight in Saigon


Saigon – Mekong Delta Day Trip (B/L/-)

Breakfast at your hotel. Driver comes to pick you up by 8 am and head south to Ben Tre province, famous for its coconut production and quiet, peaceful waterways. Pass Rach Mieu bridge before reaching Huu Dinh hamlet. On arrival, meet up with your tour guide. Get on a tri-motor cycle (xe loi) ride to enjoy the lush surroundings of rice paddies and fruit farms alongside the narrow village roads. Arrive at the waterfront, board the charming Mango Cruise for a glimpse at the Delta scenery while enjoying coconut juice. Make a first stop at a small brick workshop where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Then you will head back to your boat to cross the An Hoa River, where you will start a Bicycle trip around Phong Nam village around 4km,On the way stop for a visit at the local house where they live on coconuts processing. Continue the bike ride through gardens and stop at a rice noodles factory “hu tieu”, one of most popular breakfast dishes in the region. Walk about 3 minutes to visit at Mrs. Huong’s home. Her family lives on fishing, shrimp and farming. Enjoy the tropical fruits and honey tea in her garden before taking the rowing sampan, be paddled by a personalized rower trip to discover the maze of small canals. Then rowing you back to your mango boat and head to Mango home restaurant, enjoy your 5 course lunch and freshen up before switch to a bicycle and ride 500m About 4 minutes( or 7-10 minutes walk) on village roads past green gardens and local houses, and stop at another local house of Mr Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper, which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and see how it is made. After the visit, the boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre city where your car will be ready to take you back to Saigon. Arrive Saigon in late afternoon. Overnight in Saigon.

Saigon - Ben Tre

Saigon Departure (B/-/-)

Breakfast at your hotel. You will have leisure time for your last day in Saigon. Check out time by mid-day. Depends on your departure flight, driver comes to bring you to airport. Tour ends at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, see you again in Vietnam!


Tour details


HanoiEssence D'OrientHanoi La Siesta Hotel – SuiteSofitel Plaza Hanoi Hotel
HalongDragon Pearl JunkHuong Hai SealifeParadise Luxury Cruise
SaigonSanouva HotelLiberty Central Saigon City Point HotelSofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel


Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs. Our travel consultant will help you find the best hotel deals & promotion air-fare available at your booking time.

Period: 01 Jan 2016 – 30 April 2016 & 01 Oct 2016 – 31 Dec 2016

Rate /Group2 pax3 – 4 pax5 – 6 pax7  – 8 pax9 pax and aboveSingle Sup.

Promotion deal: 01 May 2016 – 30 Sep 2016

Rate /Group2 pax3 – 4 pax5 – 6 pax7 – 8 pax9 pax and aboveSingle Sup.


  • Expert local English speaking tour guides
  • Accommodation in double or twin share
  • All private transfers and transport in modern van (A/C)
  • Entrance fees during guided time
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary: B – Breakfast; L – Lunch; D – Dinner
  • 02 days on Halong cruise as mentioned
  • Domestic flights route Hanoi – Saigon by Vietnam Airlines, Economy Class
  • Tissues and water on coach
  • Service charges and government tax


  • Visa and visa arrangement fee
  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Transfers & meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (tips, gratuities, …)
  • Beverage
  • Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24th December and 31st December if have
  • Surcharge for Tet Holiday or other peak periods if have


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