Vietnam Highlight Tour 10 days

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  • Duration: 10 days

Like many others neighbor countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has a precious treasure; its people. Everywhere you go, you will be welcomed by smiles and kind helps from the locals whether they know Vietnamese or not. People from Hue, from example, are famous all over the country for their royal-like attitude; elegant and sweet. Those from Hoi An, on the other hand, are known for being honest. If you have time to spend in the Mekong delta of Vietnam, you will even be more surprised and inspired by the way you are received by the local farmers. Get impressed!
Vietnam has all of the off-the-beaten-path experience and that you are all looking for. From staying with an ethnic family in the Northern mountain area of Sa Pa to talking photos over the sunrise in Hoi An to sand-surfing with the local kids in Mui Ne- you name then all. A unique travel experience is all about yourself – and the best part about Vietnam is that there are so much to discover after all.

  • Day 1: Saigon arrives
  • Day 2: Saigon city tour and Cu chi tunnels
  • Day 3: Saigon Mekong Delta
  • Day 4: Saigon – Danang – Hoian
  • Day 5: Hoian boat trip – Craft village – Hanoi
  • Day 6: Hanoi city tour-O/N on train to Sapa
  • Day 7: Laocai – Bac Ha hilltribe market – Sapa
  • Day 8: Hilltribes villages-O/N on train
  • Day 9: Hanoi – Halong Bay cruise – Hanoi
  • Day 10: Hanoi departs


Detail Itinerary :


Day 01
Saigon arrives

Aiport pick up and transfer to your hotel. If time permit, enjoy pleasant walk around the neibouring areas of your hotel for a glimpse of the city. Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.

Day 02
Saigon city tour and Cu chi tunnels(B)
  • Morning start with city tour of Saigon. During a city tour you will visit Former Presidential Palace, Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, War Museum, Ben Thanh’s market and enjoy walking around Lam Son square area where much much Frech colonial buildings still remains.
  • Keep on to visit Giac Lam pagoda – one of the most beautiful and sacred pagoda in Saigon
  • Afternoon drive to Cu Chi tunnels in the west of Saigon to visit this amazing tunnels networks used during the war and get to know incredible history of the areas.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 03
Saigon Mekong Delta(B)
  • Take 2 hour drive southwest of Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta which is known as the rice bowl of Vietnam.
  • Upon arrival, take a boat cruise around islets and tropical orchards through thecanal of Vam Xep to reach a small islet, followed by a relaxing walk along shady and palm fringed trails passing by local villages where you can see their peaceful daily life. Stop en route to visit a bee farm, sip tea with honey and sample fruits with a local family and share their stories of life in the Mekong Delta. Visit a smallcoconut workshop, just to get a glimpse of typical family run business in this area.
  • Enjoy the lunch at local restaurant on the islet.
  • Walk to a lane where a horse-drawn cart awaits you to transfer to visit handicraft village, a coconut candy factory, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music and then relaxation with rowing boat through the narrow under shade palm, tree-lined canals of Mekong River before returning to My Tho.
  • Drive back to Ho Chi minh City with stop to visitBinh Tay market( Big Market) and Thien Hau Pagoda in China town area
  • Overnight at your hotel in Saigon
Day 04
Saigon – Danang – Hoian (B)
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang
  • Airport pickup and transfer to Hoian with stopover to visit Marble Moutains in Danang for great view down to China beach and its surrounding areas as well as it pagoda carved in to the cave. Visit marble carving village at the mountain foot.
  • Enjoy walking tour in Hoian including visits to: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, museum, private family’s ancient house and lantern-making & wooden carving family .
  • Walk along the narrow lanes lined, we walk through houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures
  • Overnight at your hotel in Hoian
Day 05
Hoian boat trip – Craft village – Hanoi(B)
  • Embark our boat and start cruise along Thu Bon river to indulge yourself into the riverside atmosphere with stop at Thanh Ha Pottery village and get involves in to make this crafts with local people.
  • Transfer back to Hoian and then to the airport for your short flight to Hanoi
  • Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi
Day 06
Hanoi city tour-O/N on train to Sapa(B)
  • Today we start with a cyclo(rickshaw) ride around the old quarter and French quarter of Hanoi and stop at Hochiminh complex and queue with local to walk solemnly to visit his mausoleum, Presidential Palace & his former residence.
  • Keep on to Ngo Si Lien market for authentic local street food market before a visit to Temple of Literature – the first Emperial college of Vietnam and symbol of Vietnamese education traditions.
  • After lunch in a authentic local restaurant called Quan An Ngon for best traditional Vietnamese dishes, you can have visit one of the Museum of choice among Museum of Ethnology, Army Museum or Museum of history
  • Drive to old quarter of Hanoi and enjoy walk in this very Hanoi area to see get to know local life before keep on to Dong Xuan central market – the biggest wholesale market of Hanoi
  • Overnight on train to Sapa
Day 07
Laocai – Bac Ha hilltribe market – Sapa(B)
  • Train arrives early. We will take scenic drive for 2.5 hours to Bac Ha where we will attend weekly Sunday market with hundreds of colourful hilltribes local in their best dress going to the market for socialising and trading their exotic produces. Great opportunity for authentic local watching, taking photos and understand about local life.
  • Short walk from the market to visit the former palace of HMong King with its special architecture which is a combination of Chinese and French
  • Stopver on the way back at Trung Do village of Tay ethnic group and enjoy boat ride along Chay River for magnificient view of the area before drive to Sapa
  • Overnight at your hotel in Sapa
Day 08
Hilltribes villages-O/N on train back to Hanoi(B)
  • Enjoy walking tour around Sapa with its central market
  • Take a scenic drive out of the town, following the only road built on the side of a mountain range, looking down the valley, over viewing magnificent landscapes composed of high mountains, deep valleys, and stream of water winding, waterfalls and terraced rice paddies and drop us at on the roadside in order to start our trek down to the river and Y Linh Ho village and keep on to Lao Chai village and Tavan villages of different ethnic group with beautiful views of rice terraces, moutains and also interesting local life.
  • Walking through the village of Y Linh Ho( home of Red Dzao), Lao Chai( home of Black HMong) and Tavan( home of Dzay) with many encounter with locals and home visits
  • Drive back to Sapa from Tavan in late afternoon and transfer to the train station for overnight train back to Hanoi
Day 09
Hanoi – Halong Bay cruise – Hanoi(B,L)
  • Train arrives Hanoi at 5.00, we go to Hoan Kiem lake to see hundreds of local people doing Taichi on its side. Walk around the old streets and visit local market before coming back to the hotel for a shower to fresh up and buffet breakfast there.
  • Ater breakfast, we start driving to Halong Bay for 3.5 hours with stop at rice paddy on the way to see farmers working.
  • Embark your private junk and start cruise for 5 hours in between hundreds of towering limestone karsts around the bay with customized itinerary to maximize your experience to the remote areas of this magnificient bay passing floating villages and encounter many local fishermen.
  • Disembark and drive back to Hanoi
  • Overnight at our hotel in Hanoi
Day 10
Hanoi departs(B)

Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for your outgoing flight

Tour Inclusions
  • All transfer and transportations on new modal, air-conditioned vehicle
  • All accommodations based on double or twin occupancy in hotels mentioned
  • Return train tickets to Hanoi-Sapa-Hanoi on 4 berth A/C cabin of Orient Express
  • Private deluxe junk for day cruise in Halong Bay
  • Private boat rides in Sapa, Hoian, Mekong Delta
  • 02 Internal flight ticket Saigon-Danang/ Danang-Hanoi
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary with admission fees and permits
  • Meals as mentioned: ( B=Breakfasts, L= lunches & D=Dinners)
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day and cold tissues during the tour
Tour Exclusion

flight, bank fees, visa stamping fee, travel insurance, meals not mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Tour Note
  • Time for check-in from 12.00 to 14.00 and check-out from 11.00 to 12.00 depending on the hotels. Late check-out or early check-in are often subject to surcharges
  • Please inform us in advance for any special food request
  • All traveler are required to have passport valid for more than 6 months from arrival date for Vietnam
  • The tour involves plenty of walking, over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs, in varying weather conditions.
  • Visa requirements: All persons entering Vietnam require a visa. Travellers need a tourist visa which cannot be issued on arrival unless prior arrangements have been made. Please note normal tourist visas are valid for single entry only. For more information about visa to Vietnam, please contact It is your responsibility to make sure that visa requirements are fulfilled.
  • Health issues: Good medical advice usually recommends vaccinations/ prophylactics in advance of travel to Vietnam. We suggest that you consult with your doctor to discuss health care needs specific to your holiday.
  • Insurance: You must be comprehensively insured as a condition of travelling with Travel Authentic. Insurance should include cover for personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of your holiday.
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*** Hotel

City 3 stars Hotel / Resort 4 stars Hotel / Resort 5 stars Hotel / Resort
Saigon Ruby River Hotel - Deluxe Liberty Central Hotel – Deluxe Majestic Hotel – Colonial Superior
Hoian Vinh Hung Emerald Resort - Deluxe Pool View Vinh Hung Riverside Resort – Superior Pool View Sunrise beach Resort – Duluxe
Hanoi LaDolce vita - Superior Chalcedony Hotel – Deluxe Hotel de L’Opera – Deluxe
Sapa Sunny Mountain - Deluxe Chaulong II – Superior Victoria Sapa – Superior