This 15-day tour offers you an itinerary mainly focused on highlights of Vietnam from the North to the South that is very suitable for a family holiday. Softly venture mountainous areas to relax on the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam; learn about age-old history and unique culture to experience as a truly Vietnamese farmer will be unforgettable memories with your family members.
 

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Tour route: Hanoi – Halong – Sapa – Hoi An – Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
Duration: 15 days
Date: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish
Start/End: Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Type: Landscape, Culture, Outdoor soft adventure, beach vacation
Tour Categories: Vietnam tours
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Active level: Easy & Regular itinerary

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Dong Ngac Cultural Village with bike – Half day city tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (overnight on junk)
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi, overnight train to Sapa
Day 5: Sapa trekking – Home-stay
Day 6: Sapa – Express bus to Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi – fly to Danang –Hoi An – Walking tour
Day 8: Farming and Fishing Eco Tour (half day)
Day 9: Hoi An –Danang – fly to Nha Trang
Day 10: Islands and Snorkeling Tour
Day 11: Nha Trang (All day free)
Day 12: Nha Trang – fly to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 13: City tour & Cu Chi Tunnel
Day 14: Mekong Delta (full day tour)
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City departure

 
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Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D)
Welcomed by our tour guide and driver, we quickly transfer to our hotel in the city center. Here, spend the rest of the day recovering ourselves after a long-haul flight before visiting a local family which is can be family of our sales or guides to have an informal dinner with them and experience the hospitality of Vietnamese people. We can cook with the host to learn how to cook some simple Vietnamese traditional dishes if we are interested. Experience daily activities of Vietnamese like watching TV while enjoying the meal together or anything we would like to do. Have a rest before our driver comes to pick us up at our hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Vegetable biker in Hanoi Old Quarter

Vegetable biker in Hanoi Old Quarter

Day 2: Dong Ngac Cultural Village with bike – Half day city tour (B, L)
Drive about 15 km to the northwest from Hanoi center, we attend in Dong Ngac Cultural Village – an old village and a Cultural Heritage Site where to worship educated and heroic people recognized by the Kings of Vietnam. Then, we get the experience as a truly local people by taking a market tour in hustling and bustling atmosphere, choosing fresh ingredients and making lunch today by ourselves with the introduction of tour guide. Afterward, take a short walk to Ms.Nham’s or Ms.Quy’s house to enjoy a warmly welcome drink and leave all those things we have just brought to prepare for a bike tour. Pedal around the village and interact with friendly villagers with tour guide’s help. Return to the traditional house where we will be taught to cook with all those ingredients we had bought by a vivid cooking demonstration of host and enjoy dishes after finishing.

The old well and gate in Dong Ngac

The old well and gate in Dong Ngac

The rest of the day, back to Hanoi and get more insights into history and culture of this city. First to Museum of Ethnology where exhibits valuable objects and documents of 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam. Then, set foot on Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 where still has remained quintessences in culture and education from Ly Dynasty. Ends the trip today by enjoying water puppet show – one of the most famous Vietnamese traditional performance after back to our hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
If today falls on a weekend, we will visit extra sites like the Old Quarter and night market which is only available on Saturday and Sunday night.

Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (overnight on junk) (B, L, D)
Head to the Northwest within 3 hours, spend a full day exploring Halong Bay – one of the most worth- visiting destination of Vietnam owning over 1600 mighty limestones and islets emerging from the blue sea. Being recognized by UNESCO in 1994, Halong Bay is also well-known for its bio-diversity, historical and cultural values.
Embark a junk which is designed as a floating hotel including sufficient facilities with private rooms, toilets, spa, restaurants, sundecks, and Jacuzzi. Leave Hanoi in the morning, intent in Haling Bay and check in our junk in the noon. Enjoy our delicious lunch on the junk and have a rest before taking part in many interesting activities in the rest of the day. However, depending on weather and seasons, we can visit some beautiful caves in the Bay, go fishing, kayaking or just relaxing on the sundeck. Have dinner and overnight on boat.

Majestic Halong Bay

Majestic Halong Bay

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi, overnight train to Sapa (B, L)
It’s up to us to wake up early to enjoy sunrise on the sundeck with a cup of tea or coffee and join in Tai Chi exercises. Afterward, have breakfast with other tourists at restaurant then take part in some interesting activities together with the guideline of our guide on boat. Then, we check out earlier than usual (at around 10 am) and put our luggage outside the room. At lunchtime, enjoy our meal before disembarking to the mainland where our driver is waiting for us to return to Hanoi.
Head to the Northwest to Sapa by a night train. The cabin is clean with four berths that can ensure your private and comfortableness.

Drinking cocktail and enjoy the bay from the sundeck

Drinking cocktail and enjoy the bay from the sundeck

Day 5: Sapa trekking – Home-stay (B, L, D)
Itinerary today starts with a local guide takes us to Muong Hoa Valley where we will have a trekking tour to explore the rustic beauty of nature and unique cultural identity of ethnic minorities. We first take a short ride to the village’ gate then we start trekking along buffalo paths, village lanes, streams and rice paddies, etc. and interacting with Black H’mong, Dao and Day people to get more insights into their daily life with tour guide’s help. After a long day of hiking, we will rest in a home-stay located in a hill tribe village where we are warmly welcomed by an ethnic host with a common saying: “You will arrive as a guest but leave as a friend”. Overnight in home-stay.

Trekking through the rice terrace of hill tribe to see the local identity and culture

Trekking through the rice terrace of hill tribe to see the local identity and culture

Day 6: Sapa – Express bus to Hanoi (B, L)
Say goodbye to our host, we continue trekking and enjoying tranquil landscapes of the mountainous area on the way to visit Red Dao people in a valley. Here, listen to our guide tell us many interesting stories about people and their unaffected life. The trip continues by passing a bamboo forest and catching up with a spectacular waterfall where we stop for our lunch. Have a short rest and back to the town for departure drive to Hanoi lasting 5.5 – 6 hours in Express bus. Arrive at Hanoi then check in our hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.

Red Dao ethnic women in Sapa

Red Dao ethnic women in Sapa

Day 7: Hanoi – fly to Danang – Hoi An – Walking tour (B)
Spend this morning resting until the early afternoon, we take a departure flight to Danang. After welcomed by our guide and driver at Danang Airport, we transfer to Hoi An – one of the most must-visiting destinations of Vietnam. Located right next to Thu Bon River, Hoi An was a well-known town named Faifo where used to be a trading area of numerous businessman from Japan, China, Spain, and Italy, etc. in 16th, 17th century. This ancient town was recognized as a World Culture Heritage where is very appropriate for family tour with many splendid sites like shopping area, rice paddies, beach, restaurant, cooking classes, etc.

Ancient Town of Hoi An

Ancient Town of Hoi An

Afternoon sightseeing with local guide introduces us highlights of Hoi An including Japanese Covered Bridge, Pottery Museum, Tan Ky Old House, Cantonese Congregation, silk streets, temples and pagodas in Chinese style. It is free for us to stop any sites we want to visit. Ends the walking tour and back to our hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.
Note: It is a chance for family to experience the sparkling and fanciful scenery of Lantern Festival if today falls on the middle day of the month according to Lunar Calendar.

Day 8: Farming and Fishing Eco Tour (half day) (B, L)
Start the trip today with our Farming and Fishing Life Eco Tour to get experiences as a truly Vietnamese farmer. Before departing, listen our guide give us the itinerary then we choose a bike for each member of family. Head to Tra Que Village in the Northeast about 3km far from Hoi An, we will pedal through beautiful rice paddies before joining in some interesting agricultural activities with local farmers such as preparing land for sowing, fertilizing the garden by using seaweed from the river, watering it with big tin cans and picking vegetable, etc. After that, transfer to the boat pier by bike or bus if someone does not want to pedal anymore. Here, meet a couple of fishermen and see how they catch fish in traditional way with their net in the middle of the river. Say goodbye to them, we continue exploring other fishermen making basket boats skillfully. Ends this tour by relaxing on the beach and enjoy lunch with dishes made from vegetable we have picked before. Back to hotel. The rest of the day is at our leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

The local watering the vegetable and herb

The local is watering the vegetable and herb

Day 9: Hoi An – Danang – fly to Nha Trang (B)
We must take a morning flight from Danang to Nha Trang because there are not many choices of flight time for this route.
Known as a “Gem of the Far East”, Nha Trang is a coastal city located in the South Central Coast of Vietnam and a center for marine science based at the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute.  Not only famous for beautiful beaches, Nha Trang also attracts tourists by its diverse activities like mud baths, golfs, surfing and scuba diving, etc. that are available around the year. Historically, Nha Trang has an old name under the Champa which was Kauthara. Nowadays, it is still home of Cham ethnic minority with remaining famous historical vestiges especially Po Nagar Temple Complex.
Warmly welcomed by our tour guide and driver when arrival. Please feel free to ask the guide about our holiday in Nha Trang. After that, check in a hotel then transfer to a beach for relaxing. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Cham Ponagar Towers in Nha Trang

Cham Ponagar Towers in Nha Trang

Day 10: Islands and Snorkeling Tour (B, L)
Itinerary today mainly focuses on Nha Trang’s highlights that is very appropriate for everyone in our tour. First to Tri Nguyen Aquarium where we will visit an amazing reduced ocean world with many species of fishes, corals, etc. Then, embark on wooden boats that will take the family to the Mun Island for snorkeling and Mot Island or Tranh Beach Island for swimming or water activities, etc. On the boat, our guide will introduce us about a typical kind of bird in Nha Trang – skylarks and its living habits. At lunchtime, a delicious meal is ready to be served for us at a local restaurant. Around 4 pm, back to the pier. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Family swimming and snorkeling experience in Nha Trang

Family swimming and snorkeling experience in Nha Trang

Day 11: Nha Trang (All day free) (B)
Today is at leisure. There are many choices for us which can be relaxing on the beach or swimming in the pool; exploring Vinpearl Theme Park or simply enjoying a mud spa at Thap Ba; gaining more historical insights at Thap Ba Temple or strolling around local market to experience a hustling and bustling atmosphere, etc. It is totally up to us. Do not worry about transportation because taxi services are always available in Nha Trang. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Visit Thap Ba Hot Spring for mud and mineral bathing

Visit Thap Ba Hot Spring for mud and mineral bathing

Day 12: Nha Trang – fly to Ho Chi Minh City (B, D)
This morning is free for us until the mid-afternoon, we will take a 1-hour departure flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Welcomed by tour guide and driver when arrival, then transfer to a hotel for checking in.
Spend the first night in Saigon experiencing an eventful atmosphere of this city from a boat on Saigon River Cruise while having dinner. Overnight in Saigon.

Dining on cruise and see the best of Saigon at night

Dining on cruise and see the best of Saigon at night

Day 13: City tour & Cu Chi Tunnel (B, L)
Full day sightseeing with our guide takes us around the city center and introduce us about one of the most famous historical monuments of Vietnam – Cu Chi Tunnel. First to Saigon’s highlights with Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, Old Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. The museum is an option if we are interested in or not. Next, we will have a glance at Chinatown and Giac Lam Pagoda. Afterward, we quickly transfer to Cu Chi Tunnel which is 50 km far from Saigon.

War Remnant Museum

War Remnant Museum

Cu Chi Tunnel is a secret underground system built in Vietnam War and Indochina War including innumerable trap doors, living areas, storage facilities, hospitals, kitchens, weapon factories and command centers with the length of over 250m in the total. Here, we can also witness other remaining historical vestiges of a magnanimous period of time like a US tank or many bomb holes made by 500lb bombs.
Note: Cu Chi Tunnel will be recommended to visit in the morning from May to October every year (raining season).
At night, intent in Saigon and continue exploring it by visiting night market in Ben Thanh market area where the family can go shopping and have dinner.

Discover the tunnel of Cu Chi with kid

Discover the tunnel of Cu Chi with kid

Day 14: Mekong Delta (full day tour) (B, L)
Full day explore a highlight of Mekong Delta – Cai Be Floating Market. Head to the Southwest about 120km, we will visit Cai Be at its busiest time (6 am- 9 am) to experience hustling and bustling atmosphere of this colorful floating market. Here, we can find various kinds of agricultural products. Interestingly, boat owners will hang their products on a stick in the boat to show buyers what they want to sell that creates a unique feature for this kind of market. After that, on sampans, a boatman will take us to go farther to villages to visit workshops, brick kilns, taste some seasonal fruits and enjoy lunch at a local house. After that, join in a bike tour to discover the rustic beauty of countryside in villages before getting back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.

Cai Be Floating Market

Cai Be Floating Market

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City departure (B)
Say goodbye to Saigon and take a departure flight to home. Our trip ends.

What’s Included?

  • Private ground transfers and transportation
  • English speaking guide (other languages upon request)
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast, rooms based on 2 people per room, extra bed upon request
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (authentic Vietnamese food)
  • Junk cruise in Halong Bay
  • Kayaking
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Water puppet show in Hanoi
  • Cyclo ride in Hanoi
  • Boat excursions
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Domestic flight ticket Hanoi – Danang – Nha Trang – Saigon
  • Airport tax
  • Bottle during the trip
  • Government tax and service charge
  • Many opportunities for photos

What’s Excluded?

  • International flight tickets
  • Airport tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not indicated
  • Visa and visa fee
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers, and others

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