Vietnam Highlights

  • 9 Days 8 Nights
  • From $2,290
  • 2024
  • International & Domestic Vietnam Airlines airfare
  • 3-4-5 ⭐️ Accommodation

Overview

Come and enjoy your 9 days in Vietnam from North to South, from bay to land in this amazing journey. Then you might long to come back for exotic landscapes, diverse culture, unique cuisine and inviting hospitality.

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Highlights

Uncover the extraordinary sights and vibrant culture of Vietnam on this comprehensive 09-days tour from the country’s traditional north to its cosmopolitan south. Across 09 unforgettable days, discover French flavours, ancient Chinese influences and the roaring spirit of Vietnam.

  • Explore the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city to uncover the vibrant mix of influences from the French to Asian traders, settlers and indigenous peoples.
  • You’ll also have the chance to take an overnight cruise through the unearthly emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, gliding majestically through jungle-clad limestone peaks.
  • Explore the charming old town of Hoi An, known for its quaint canals and historic architecture. Sit down to enjoy a famed egg coffee at a local cafe and relax from the hustle and bustle.
  • Discover Sun World Ba Na Hills is coined the “heaven on earth” owing to íts spectacular climate and otherworldly natural landscape.
  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, a former Viet Cong stronghold that provides an insight into the resourcefulness and tenacity of the Vietnamese people and underground life during the war.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Sydney / Melbourne – Hanoi – Arrival (International Flight)
Day 2: Hanoi – Free Day
Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Overnight on Cruise (By Bus & Cruise)
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (Domestic Flight)
Day 5: Hoi An – Ba Na Hill – Hoi An (By Bus)
Day 6: Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (Domestic Flight)
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City (By Bus)
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City – Free Day
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure – Back To Sydney / Melbourne (International Flight)

Itinerary

Day 1Sydney / Melbourne Hanoi Arrival (No Meal)

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, you will be greeted by our representative and be transferred to the hotel for check in.

Free at leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: None

Day 2Hanoi - Free Day (Breakfast)

Today you are free for your own exploration in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Optional tour to Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu – Trang An – Mua Cave

07:00 – 07:30 – Our guide will meet you at your hotel/stay and start a 110km modern Bus-journey through the verdant landscape of the countryside. Short-brake en route.

10:45 – Visiting Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel with Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple dating back to the 17th Century.

12:00 – Enjoying the lunch at our restaurant with the great local cuisines.

13:30 – Leaving for the Trang An Grottoes, an out-standing natural beauty of majestic limestone massif at 20 square kilometers rises dramatically out from rice paddy fields. Deep into the linked chains of towering mountains are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds, and jungle.

Embarking on a traditional sampan gently rowed down the exquisite river through numerous caves: Lam Cave, Vang Cave, Dai Cave, Thanh Truot Cave,…and Cao Sơn Temple, Suoi Tien Temple, Vu Lam Temple…

15:30 – Arriving at Mua Cave and starting an amazing trek up to the top of Ngoa Long mountain for watching the spectacular rice valley with a specious view of nature.

17:15 – Returning to our bus and then come back to Ha Noi

19:30 – Dropping you off at your hotel/stay.

Day 3Hanoi Ha Long Bay Overnight on Cruise (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

After breakfast, our tour guide and driver pick you up from the hotel to transfer to Halong Bay – the number one destination of Vietnam.

Itinerary for Garden Bay Cruise

08:15 Hotel pick-up in hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter.

12:15 Arriving at Sunworld International Harbor, Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City. Transfer to Tonkin Cruise Boat by tender (5 -10 minutes)

12:30 Enjoy welcome drink, safety briefing then check in to your cabin

13:00 Cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay & having lunch with Set Menu

15:30 Kayaking to explore some lagoons, Swimming, Relaxing at the Beach in Cap La

17:30 Relax and enjoy the sunset party with Happy Hour (from 5h30pm- 7h30pm) while the boat is cruising to Cong Dong-Cong Do area to anchor for overnight

19:00 Having BBQ dinner (on the sundeck if condition permit otherwise in the restaurant)

21:00 Free evening to join some activities of board games or squid fishing, play guitar, watch movies or karaoke (advance request) or taste the variety of drinks at our luxury sky bar (chargeable) with wines, cocktails, brandy, juices…

Itinerary for Calypso Cruise

12:15 – 13:00 From Tuan Chau wharf, Tuan Chau island of Ha Long city, we go to Calypso Cruise by small boat. A warmly welcome drinks will be served upon arrival the cruise then has a short time for check in proceeds: get a brief introduction and safety guidelines then check in
Have lunch while cruising in the magnificent Ha Long Bay, admiring the fascinating nature, then anchor at Lan Ha Bay area.

15:00 Join a guide to explore hidden parts of the bay, the area of Dark and Bright cave where to go through the cave, under the mountain to a lake which is formed by a Karst – well like a dragon eye inside the mountain. This is a very beautiful sight that visitors like the most. You share a sampan with other tourists with a local rower or take a kayak on your own.
Return to Calypso Cruises for changing swimming suits then join swimming time in the sea or at the swimming pool on sundeck.

17:30 Enjoy happy hours with various drinks on discounts, try swimming pool and charming the bay with our handsome bartenders. Sun set can be seen from the sundeck if it is a lucky day.

18:00 Take part in a cooking demonstration and food décor with our Chef.

19:00 Join dinner at Calypso Cruises restaurant.

20:30 – 22:00 Time for relaxation after a day on the sundeck, leisure in a room for watching films, singing karaoke in a restaurant or going to tender for squid fishing with cruise staff.

Overnight in Lan Ha Bay.

Itinerary La Regina Grand cruise

08:00 – 08:30 La Regina Grand Cruise luxury limousine picks you up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to start your journey to La Regina Private Lounge.

11:30 Arrive at La Regina private lounge – Lot 24, Tuan Chau Marina – Ha Long, enjoy a welcome drink and express check-in before boarding.

12:15 Transferred by speed boat to La Regina Grand Cruises. Welcome aboard the cruise, refresh with our welcome drink while Cruise Manager briefing cruise orientation, activities & on board safety. The boat starts cruising to Lan Ha bay.

13:00 Cruise leaves to explore Lan Ha Bay. You will be enjoying a meal that features the distinctive Vietnamese cuisine taste while relaxing and avoiding the crowds on well-traveled roads.

15:30 You will arrive at Light and Dark Cave – one of the best attractions on Lan Ha Bay which is best known for its pristine and tranquil beauty. Exploring the area by local boat or kayaking. After that, you can swim in the green emerald and cool water around the cruise.

17:30 Return to the cruise and enjoy the Bay sunset while enjoying the “Happy Hour” special. You may also join our chef in the kitchen to learn how to make traditional spring rolls.

19:00 If the weather permits, enjoy dinner on the sundeck or in HaLong Bar & Restaurant, which is on the second floor. You will have the chance to savor meals produced from premium, fresh ingredients in a distinctive fusion style that fuses the essence of traditional Vietnamese cuisine with the innovative influences of modern cuisine.

After dinner, it’s your choice for a fun squid fishing, spa (charge fees) or relaxing.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner on cruise

Day 4Halong Bay Hanoi Danang Hoi An (Breakfast / Brunch)

Suggestion flight time: 16:30 – 17:30

Itinerary for Garden Bay Cruise

06:30 Wake up early in the morning for Tai Chi exercise.

07:00 Have a light breakfast.

07:45 Visit Vung Vieng Fishing Village by bamboo boat to discover the daily life of the fisher communities

09:00 Back to the main boat, relaxing, packing up

09:30 Checking-out and relaxing on the sundeck

10:30 Enjoy the last scenery of the HaLong Bay over lunch when the boat cruises back to shore.

11:45 Disembark and relax in our cafe lounge

12:15 Transfer back to Hanoi.to Hanoi to take a flight to Danang. Upon arrival at Danang airport, you are met and transferred to Hoian ancient town. Then you are free. Overnight in Hoi An.

Itinerary for Calypso Cruise

06:00 Welcome a new day with amazing dawn on the Legendary Gulf of Tonkin. Refresh your body & soul by taking a Tai-chi lesson on the sundeck.

06:45 – 7:30 Have breakfast in the restaurant.

07:30 – 08:30 Join a guided tour and get your hands on some Kayaking to explore Tra Bau area. Those who do not fancy kayaking can swim at the swimming pool on the sundeck or swim in the sea.

08:30 – 9:30 Return to Calypso Cruises for a shower. Check out of your room.

09:30 – 10:30 An early lunch will be served.

10:45 – 11:00 After paying the bills, a small boat will take all of us to Tuan Chau wharf.

11:00 – 11:45: Disembark at the pier and return to Hanoi to take a flight to Danang. Upon arrival at Danang airport, you are met and transferred to Hoian ancient town. Then you are free. Overnight in Hoi An.

Itinerary for La Regina Grand cruise

06:00 Greet the new day on the sundeck with a tachi session. Enjoy the fresh air on the bay while you unwind with a cup of tea or coffee.

06:45 Enjoy a quick breakfast on board and get your day going with plenty of energy.

07:30 You will join the tour of Cat Ba World Biosphere. It will take you around 30 minutes to transfer from Gia Luan to Trung Trang – one of the most impressive caves in Cat Ba Island, Vietnam.

09:40 Lunch is served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor.

11:00 Disembark from the cruise with our crew as farewell, back to Tuan Chau Marina by our speed boat. Then we will return to Hanoi to take a flight to Danang. Upon arrival at Danang airport, you are met and transferred to Hoian ancient town. Then you are free. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch on cruise

* Details of the cruise program will be updated upon confirmation. Anyway it still can change prior to departure date without notification due the weather or quay policy.

Day 5Hoi An Ba Na Hill Hoi An (Breakfast / Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel

07:00 – 08:00: Pick up at your hotel and depart to Ba Na hills.

09:00: Arrive at the cable car station Hoi An. Sitting in the cabin, in mid-air, looking upon the endless tree line of the forest. Experiencing the pristine ecological system of the Ba Na Mountain will leave you with a sense of unforeseeable discovery.

09:30: Visit the Le Jardin, old wineries – remains of French Villas and Linh Ung pagoda with 27m high Buddha statue. Leave Le Jardin for Gare Debay, the second cable car station, to go to the top of Ba Na

10:30: Visit and play games at the Fantasy Park- Ba Na Hills Fantasy Park- the third largest indoor amusement park in the world (only some free games depending on Ba Na policy).

11h30: Have a lunch buffet at Restaurant.

12:30: Conquer the Peak of Chua Mountain at the height of 1,487m. Enjoy the panorama view of the Da Nang from the top of Ba Na Hills. And then visit Golden Bridge.

14:30: Return to cable car station and transfer to Da Nang

15:00 – 15:30: Return to your hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meal included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant.

Day 6Danang Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

Suggestion flight time from: 10:00 – 12:00

After breakfast you will be transferred to nearby Da Nang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City – a bustling metropolis located in the south of the country. Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 7Ho Chi Minh City Cu Chi Tunnels Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60 km from Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200 km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their day, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. Today, ducks and water buffaloes happily coexist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation of this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”. Start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Return to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Option 2: Mekong Delta

7h30 AM Our tour guide will welcome you at your hotel before heading to My Tho city by bus. Enjoy the scenery and green rice paddies during the one-and-a-half-hour bus ride. Along the way, we will visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta. Continue to My Tho, where we take a boat trip along the Mekong River, where you can see fish cages and floating houses on the river.

The boat takes you to a small canal, escaping the hustle and bustle of the town. We disembark at a coconut island in Ben Tre and enjoy a walk around the village. Stop at a local family home to enjoy tropical fruit, taste the honey tea and honey wine and listen to Vietnamese traditional music performed by the villagers. Check out the coconut candy shop and learn how to make candy, and see handicrafts made from the coconuts.

Take your time snapping photos and enjoy the natural scenery before we head to the local restaurant. Lunch is set with special Vietnamese food. Enjoy your lunch outside under the shade of the trees. After lunch, enjoy your time relaxing, walking around the village, or perhaps going for a short bike ride. Travel back to Saigon and arrive around 5.00 pm for the end of the tour.

Surcharge for changing from Cu Chi tunnel to Mekong Delta.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 8Ho Chi Minh City - Free Day (Breakfast)

Today you are free for your own exploration. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 9Ho Chi Minh City Departure Back To Sydney / Melbourne (Breakfast)

After breakfast free at leisure till transfer to airport for return flight back home. We hope you have brought home fond memories of Vietnam!

Meals: Breakfast at hotel.

Notes:
Check out time: 12:00. You can leave your luggage at the hotel and come back at 18:00 to transfer to the airport for your flight departure. During your free time you can visit some attractions in Saigon as below:

  • Central Post Office
  • The Independence Palace
  • Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre)
  • Bitexco Financial Tower
  • Ho Chi Minh Squares
  • Ben Thanh Market
  • Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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Tour Prices & Hotels

Tour Prices

Net Tour Cost Per Person in AUD Base on Double/Twin Sharing
Land + Airfare from Sydney & Melbourne & Perth
* Our Add-on Interstate Surcharges from Brisbane/ Adelaide & New Zealand to Sydney/ Melbourne will be the BEST to create through Airfares.
Group size (Min.2 person) Standard Class (3*) Superior Class (4*) Deluxe Class (5*)
Price per person from $ 2,290 $ 2,490 $ 2,790

List of Hotels (or Similar)

Category: Standard 3 star

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi Chalcedony ROH
Halong Bay Garden Bay Cruise Deluxe Cabin
Hoi An Lantana Riverside Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh City Acnos Deluxe

Category: Superior 4 star

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi The Q Deluxe
Halong Bay Calypso Cruise Deluxe Cabin
Hoi An Hadana Boutique Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh City Alagon D’antique Deluxe

Category: Deluxe 5 star

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi Pan Pacific Deluxe
Halong Bay La Regina Grand Bai Tu Long Suite
Hoi An Little Oasis ROH
Ho Chi Minh City Grand Saigon Premium Deluxe

Tour Inclusions

Departure Dates

Departure Dates from Sydney & Melbourne to Hanoi:

on Mondays and Wednesdays

Departure Dates from Perth to Hanoi:

on Fridays

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Flight

  • Return international Vietnam Airlines airfare from Sydney/ Melbourne
  • 02 domestic airfares: Hanoi to Da Nang, Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Consider before you fly (Click here)

Cruise

  • 1-night / 2 days on cruise in Halong Bay (share cruise/ shared cabin of twin or double)

Meal

  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in itinerary (Vietnamese local cuisine).
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel
    • 01 lunch + 01 dinner + 1 brunch on cruise in Halong Bay

Drink

  • 02 bottles of mineral water/ person/ day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing

Tour guide

  • English-speaking local guides
    • Hanoi: 01 guide. Trip to Halong use guide inhouse of cruise
    • Danang – Hoi An: 01 guide
    • Ho Chi Minh City: 01 guide

Transport

  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers

Tour Exclusions

Tour Exclusions

  • Visa to Vietnam (Clients can click here to apply E-visa online or contact VN Holidays team to help with service fee.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee to Hoi An town
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Meals, drinks, tips, and all not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, beverages,…)
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Peak season surcharges if any

Other Information

Changes

  • The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels, and operating conditions.
  • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.

Special requests

  • Your special requests (diet, vegetarian,…) should be sent before your departure date.

VN Holidays' Responsibility

  • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices.
  • VN Holidays is not responsible for any loss or theft, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers.
  • Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
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