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Vietnam Explorer

  • 9 Days 8 Nights
  • $1,899 (Valued up to $2,499, -25%)
  • 2024
  • International & domestic Vietnam Airlines airfare
  • Accommodation 3 ⭐️ Hotels4 - 5 ⭐️ Hotels Option Available

Overview

Traveling from Perth to Danang, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City is an exciting journey that takes you from the shores of Western Australia to the vibrant landscapes of Vietnam.

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Highlights

  • Special promotion with low price & good quality services in high season.
  • Discovering Vietnamese cultures & experiencing local rural life with complimentary tours (Coconut Village) and other amazing optional tours.
  • Fun with friends or family on one of the most beautiful beaches in the World, Danang beach.
  • Visiting both history architectures such as “Chua Cau” bridge in Hoi An, Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh city and modern architectures such as golden bridge, dragon bridge and love lock bridge in Danang.
  • Taste traditional Vietnamese cuisine in a Michelin restaurant.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Perth – Ho Chi Minh City – Danang – Arrival (International Flight)
Day 2: Danang – Free Day
Day 3: Danang – Free Day
Day 4: Danang – Coconut Village – Hoi An (By Bus)
Day 5: Hoi An – Free Day
Day 6: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (Domestic Flight)
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – Free Day
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City – Free Day
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure – Back to Perth (International Flight)

Itinerary

Day 1Perth Ho Chi Minh City Danang Arrival (No Meal)

Flight suggests: HCM City – DA NANG: VN116 @08:40/10:05 or VN124 @ 09:50/11:20

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International airport and transit for the Domestic flight to Danang International airport, arriving around noon time and our local guide will meet at the airport. Welcome to Danang, a commercial and educational center of Central Vietnam and is the largest city in the region. The city offers many interesting and exciting things in Da Nang for tourists to discover.

Transferred to hotel for check in. Our first place to visit is The museum of Cham Sculpture, the world ‘s best collection of Cham Sculpture. Its first building opened in 1919 and had been collected many Cham Sculptures date from the 7th to the 13th century. Continue to Marble Mountain which is named after the five elements metal, water, wood, fire, and earth, all of the mountains have entrances to peaks, caves, tunnels and temples, located between Da Nang and Hoi An. You will be amazed in front of the unique architecture of the pagoda and temple. Besides from these amazing landmarks, we will conquer 108 steps from foot to top of the mountain.

Explore Marble Mountain don’t forget to stop at Xa Loi tower, Tam Thai pagoda, Tang Chon cave, Hoa Nghiem cave, Huyen Khong cave. Then proceed to visit Love lock bridge and Dragon bridge where the dragon breath fire and water at 21:00 every Saturday. Free evening for your own discovering Danang city’s nightlife.

Overnight in Danang.

Meal included: None

Day 2Danang - Free Day (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel. Free day for leisure and own activities. Overnight in Danang.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Optional Tour: Bana Hills (Seat in coach)

Included: Hotel pick-up & drop-off. English speaking guide. Return cable car. Buffet lunch in Bana. Entrance fee to Fantasy park and all places in Bana except wax museum.

Duration: Full day tour

Itinerary: At around 07:30 am car and guide will pick you up at hotel and depart for Sun World Bana hills. A 20-minute cable-cart-ride bring us past the vast forest tree line and offers spectacular views of the lush jungle and Fairy waterfall along the way. Time to experience the pristine ecological system of Ba Na. Enjoy the fresh mountain air, visit Le Jardin, old wineries – remains of French Villas and Linh Ung Pagoda with its 27m height Buddha Statue. Leave Le Jardin for Gare Debay, the second cable car station, to go to the top of Ba Na. Enjoy the panorama view of Da Nang from the top of Ba Na Hills. Visit the golden hand bridge which is listed on the list of must-go places while travelling in Da Nang. Wandering around to explore every corner of the beautiful architecture complex “French Village” with many festival activities. Lunch in a local restaurant at Bana hill. You might be interest in spending time in Fantasy Park-the third largest indoor amusement park in the world. Return to cable car station and transfer back to your hotel.

Day 3Danang - Free Day (Breakfast)

Free day for leisure and own activities. Overnight in Danang.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Optional tour: My Son Holly Land (Seat in coach – Minimum 2 pax)

Included: Pick-up & drop-off at hotel in Danang. English speaking guide. Boat trip. Entrance fee. Lunch in a local restaurant.

Duration: Half day tour

Itinerary: At about 07:30 morning our our guide pick you up at your hotel and depart to My Son Sanctuary – The World Cultural Heritage, located 45 km from Hoi An. My Son is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from from the 4th to 15th centuries. We will spend 2 hours to discover the site by walking throughout the landscape, learning histories with our local English-speaking guide, enjoying the Champa’s traditional performances. Get back to van and move to a local house to learn how to make ricepaper, you will enjoy your own hand-making product later then have lunch in another local house and relax with cold herbal tea while feeling the cool wind & fresh air of the countryside. Take a boat trip on Hoai River for the way back to Hoi An. From the boat you will enjoy the beauty of typical peaceful countryside in Vietnam. Arrive at Hoi An ancient town and finish tour at hotel around 14:00.

Day 4Danang Coconut Village Hoi An (Breakfast)

After breakfast, guide will pick you up at hotel lobby for a tour to Cam Thanh coconut village, a favourite spot for visitors thanks to its vast and beautiful water coconut palm forest. Experience basket boat ride around the coconut forest, learn about the daily life of Vietnamese fishermen, their families, and their community. During the trip, you will have a chance to experience catching crabs, try padding basket boat like locals, watch basket boat performance spin around, enjoy random folk singing performance by locals in a short time.

You will also experience the feeling of floating on the waves and take part in a fun basket boat race between the baskets together or try out the exhilarating experience of the boat that twists and turns and the boatman will take coconut leaves to make funny natural ornaments such as hats, rings, glasses, or an insect….

Transfer to Hoi An to check in hotel. Free afternoon for relax and discover Hoi An ancient town by yourself. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 5Hoi An - Free Day (Breakfast)

Free whole day for your leisure or take part in our optional tours in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Optional tour: Hoi An Countryside Vespa Tour (Seat in coach)

Included: Pick up and drop off IN & AROUND Hoi An Ancient Town. Vintage Army style motorbike/scooter/Vespa – driver – petrol for entire journey. Experienced & licensed driver. Tickets & Entrance Fees. Taxes & permits. Helmet & rain poncho. English speaking guide. Home-cooked meal at local family. Local travel insurance

Duration: 4,5 hours (Morning tour: 07:30 – 12:00 Lunch end tour/ Afternoon tour: 14:00 – 18:00 Dinner end tour)

Itinerary: Morning tour: 7:30-12:30 depart by motorbike and return Hoi An Town Centre (at our meeting point) by shuttled transfer.

Afternoon tour: 14:00-18:30 by motorbike and return Hoi An Town Centre (at our meeting point) by shuttled transfer.

Meet at the designated location and begin your Hoi An Countryside Vespa Tour.
Visit a local farm, learn about rice, vegetable, and cereal crop cultivation, and experience the daily life of local farmers.

Discover traditional occupations in the countryside, such as weaving, rice-wine making, and woodcarving. Learn about newer industries like bird’s nest farming and aquaculture.

Lunch/Dinner: Head to a local family’s home for a delicious home-cooked meal, providing you with a unique insight into the lives of middle-class Vietnamese people. Reflect on your experiences and the new friendships formed during your day in the countryside.

Say goodbye to your local hosts and return to the designated drop-off location by shuttle transfer, bringing with you the memories of an unforgettable journey through rural Hoi An.

Optional tour: Hoi An Cooking Class (Seat in coach – Minimum 2 pax)

Included: English speaking guide. Guided walking to Hoi An central market. Cooking demonstration. Lunch. Recipe booklet.

Duration: Half day tour

Itinerary: Be ready for an interesting activity of the day – cooking demonstration. Our day starts at 9.30 am. You will be taken to the Central Market to experience buying Vietnamese ingredients and the fresh seafood as local inhabitants, here you will study about some different kind of vegetables and how to choose best food as well as being introduced habits and “market cultures” of Vietnamese people. After choosing enough items, we will Walk back to Tam Tam café in the city center of Hoi An, where you will be shown the way to cook. The special Vietnamese ingredients is carefully selected to let you easily find in your country. Finally, it’s time to enjoy what you have done. Before coming back to hotel, you will receive the recipe with your picture at the class printed on the cover page as a souvenir.

Menu at class:
1./ Crispy fried shrimps
2./ Spring rolls
3./ Green Papaya salad / or Beef wrapped in “Lot” leaves
4./ Main courses: Grilled Fish in banana leaves or Grilled pork with lemon grass in leaves
5./ Garnish the plate

Day 6Hoi An Danang Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast / Dinner)

Flight suggests: VN123 @12:40/14:25

Free morning till time to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city, the largest and most chaotic city in Vietnam. Local guide will welcome you at Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer to city center to admire the French colonial architectures including Saigon Central Post Office, one of the oldest and most attractive buildings in the city with all kinds of traditional postal services like mailing, selling postcards or stamps… Notre Dame Cathedral is the largest church ever built in the French Period. It was constructed between 1863 and 1880 and all building materials were imported from France.

The outside wall of the cathedral was built with bricks from Marseille. Although the contractor did not use coated concrete, these bricks have retained their bright red color until today. The City Hall of Saigon is one of the famous ancient buildings of Ho Chi Minh City, built in 1902 – 1908 in a French colonial style. It was renamed after 1975 as People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City. Before checking in hotel, we’d like you to taste the famous Vietnamese traditional noodle in a Michelin restaurant name “Pho Vietnam” in district 1.

Check in hotel and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel and 01 dinner in Michelin restaurant.

Day 7Ho Chi Minh City - Free Day (Breakfast)

Free day for your own activities in Ho Chi Minh city. The city has a lot to offer: beautiful shops, fantastic nightlife, good museums and delicious food. Today, you can explore this most busiest city of Vietnam which is always crowded with motorbike on streets by yourself or join our special optional tours. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Optional tour: Saigon Sightseeing and Food Tour by Scooter (Private tour – Flexible time)

Included: Hotel pick-up & drop-off. Traditional Vietnam Street food & drinks during tour. Motorbike & high-quality open-faced helmet. Friendly English-speaking guide (driver). Rain poncho. Pictures from your tour sent to E-mail.

Duration: 3,5 – 4 hours

Itinerary: Starting time is on your choice but recommended is from 17:00 to 19:00 to avoid heat & tropical hard sunlight. Our guide with the motorbike picks you up at your hotel for the 4hour motorbike tour. After a short riding instruction and program introduction, we hop on the motorbike. First stop is at tourist attractions in District 1 including Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office where you admire the beauty of old French architectural works, learn more about history and culture, take the most beautiful photos in the city. A lovely book street next to the post office is worth wandering. we will visit Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument. We will tell you some less-known history and story about the monk and his unburned heart. Head to District 3 and a Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment building which were built in the 1960s and have been home to lots of Saigon people. There you can see the real Saigon local life. Before reaching the coffee shop, we stop at one of Saigon’s Top 3 Banh mi shops, see how they make a great Vietnamese sandwich with crispy crust and amazing fillings.

Drive to a small street food stall which is over 20 years old to learn how they wrap and grill one of top Saigon Street foods – Grilled banana & sticky rice in banana leaves. It is a big chance to stop at Cheo Leo Cafe – an 80-year coffee shop hidden in an alley and famous for its distinct “Vot” coffee. There you sit around a table, take a rest, enjoy the drink, eat Vietnamese bread, Grilled banana in sticky rice, and chat leisurely with the guide as a friend like locals. You also learn how to make a cup of “Vot” coffee and interact with the nice owner of the coffee shop. Then we head to District 10 and stop at Ho Thi Ky flower market – a huge wholesale flower market where you have a chance to see thousands of colorful flowers, fresh vegetables, live animals, and many strange things. After that, we drive around hidden parts including fashion street, painting street, medicine street, electronic market, fabric market, lantern market, fruit market, bird market gives you an insider view of the hidden city which is missed on normal city tours by car/bus.

Escaping from the noisy and busy streets, we head to Thien Hau Temple to listen to mysterious stories, learn more about the unique architecture and religious life. On the way to District 1, we stop to eat again at an over 20-year-old restaurant known as Top 5 Places to eat Vietnamese pancake in Saigon. The guide shows you how the cook makes thin, large, and crispy pancakes skillfully, how to wrap the cake in vegetables and eat. There we also enjoy Rice noodles with grilled pork/fried roll – a specialty food of the city. Guide drive back to your hotel after passing by Ben Thanh Market. It is time to say goodbye, the Private Saigon Sightseeing & Food Tour by Motorbike ends but memories last forever.

Optional tour: Water Puppetry & Dinner on Saigon Princess Cruise (Private tour)

Included: Pick-up hotel to water puppet theatre by cyclo. Water puppet show entrance ticket. Transportation: Water puppet theater to Saigon port & Saigon port to hotel. English speaking guide. The most luxury dinner cruise in Saigon with 5 dishes menu of choice (Asian seafood/ Fusion/ European)

Duration: 3 hours

Itinerary: Early in the evening, at around 18:00pm, our guide will pick you up at hotel for the tour begins with a cyclo trip from your hotel to the water-puppet theatre. Water-puppetry is an ancient puppet tradition and an important part of Vietnamese culture. In water-puppetry, puppets are played on the surface of a pool of water, while a Vietnamese orchestra of professional musicians accompanied by an array of talented singers provide background music for the performance. Enjoy watching the puppet show and learning more about Vietnamese rural life and folklore. Many of the programs, especially those involving the tales of day-to-day living, often have a humorous twist. After the show, we’ll take you to Saigon River to board a junk for a cruise. Take the time here to admire the lights of Saigon city from the river. Dinner will be served on the cruise, which you can enjoy while cruising along Saigon River. The tour ends around 9.30pm, when we’ll return you to your hotel.

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

Free whole day for your leisure or take part in our optional tours. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Optional tour: VIP Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Tour. (Seat in coach tour maximum 9 pax/ group)

Included: Pick-up and drop-off at hotel lobby. Transportation by Limousine D’car. Entrance fees. Experienced English-speaking guide. Vietnamese set menu lunch. Local beer, coke, fruits, cold tissues, and mineral water during car ride.

Duration: half day tour

Itinerary: 08:30 our guide will pick you up at hotel lobby. Start to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km 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 buffalos happily co-exist 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 over 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). Lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Ho Chi Minh city. Tour ends at around 15:30.

Optional tour: VIP Mekong Delta Day Tour. (Seat in coach tour maximum 9 pax/ group)

Included: Pick-up and drop-off at hotel lobby. Transportation by Limousine D’car. Entrance fees. Experienced English-speaking guide. Vietnamese set menu lunch. Local beer, coke, fruits, cold tissues, and mineral water during car ride. Motorboat trip. Small rowboat. Fresh fruit, honey tea. Vietnamese traditional folk music.

Duration: Full day tour

Itinerary: 8am Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel, then transfer to the City of My Tho by bus (1.5 hours). On the way, we will visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta. Upon arrival in My Tho, we will 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, where you can totally escape from the busy town. The boat cruise in the coconut trees canal takes you to a coconut island in Ben Tre. We disembark and have a walk around the village. Stop at a local family home to enjoy tropical fruit, taste the honey tea, honey wine, and listen to Vietnamese traditional music, performed by the villagers.

Stop by the village coconut candy shop, learn how to make candy, and see some handicraft made out of coconut trees. Take a walk through the village and admire the fruits, flowers, trees, local houses, children and people. Then, we head to the local restaurant. Lunch is set with special Vietnamese food at here. After lunch, relax, go for a walk or bicycle around the area. We’ll then travel back to the river ferry and head back to Saigon by bus, arriving at around 4:30 pm.

Day 9Ho Chi Minh City Departure Back to Perth (Breakfast)

Flight VN791 @ 15:50/23:05

Breakfast at hotel. Free morning until time to check out and transfer to the airport for you flight back home.

Tour Prices & Hotels

Tour Prices

Net Tour Cost Per Person in AUD Base on Double/Twin Sharing
Land + Airfare from Perth
Group size (Min.2 person) Standard Class (3*) Superior Class (4*) Deluxe Class (5*)
Price per person from $ 1,899 $ 2,099 $ 2,399
Single Supplement $ 400 $ 600 $ 900

List of Hotels (or Similar)

Standard Class (3*)

City Hotel Room Type
Danang Adaline Deluxe Seaview
Hoi An Garden Palace ROH
Ho Chi Minh City Acnos ROH

Superior Class (4*)

City Hotel Room Type
Danang The Sail Deluxe
Hoi An Rosemary Deluxe Balcony
Ho Chi Minh City Liberty Central Deluxe

Deluxe Class (5*)

City Hotel Room Type
Danang Sel De Mer Superior City View
Hoi An Little Oasis Balcony ROH
Ho Chi Minh City Grand Saigon Deluxe

Tour Inclusions

Departure Dates

Departure Dates from Perth:

2024: 21 Jun (Surcharge $250), 19 Jul (Surcharge $250), 9 Aug, 23 Aug, 6 Sep, 11 Oct, 25 Oct.

Traveling on a date outside of the listed departure date may incur an additional surcharge.

The price is quoted per person based on twin share.

We tailor-made holidays to your schedule with the best prices for small private groups.

Please email us your departure date & departure city => [email protected] or hotlines 1300 309 117

Flight

  • Return international Vietnam Airlines airfare from Perth
  • 02 domestic airfares: HCM City to Da Nang, Da Nang to HCMC
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Meal

  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • 01 special dinner in a Michelin restaurant (day 6)

Drink

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

Tour guide

  • Local ENGLISH speaking guides
  • All entrance fees as program

Transport

  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax):
    • 1 – 2 pax: 07 car seats
    • 3 – 7 pax: van of 16 seats
    • 8 – 12 pax: coach of 29 seats
    • 13 – 15 pax: coach of 35 seats

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.) or contact VNH team to help with service fee
  • Tips (AUD 08/ pax/ day)
  • Early check in or late check out.
  • Insurances.
  • Entrance fee to Hoi An town
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation.
  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • Peak season surcharges if any.
  • All not mentioned above.

Other Information

Passport

Please kindly noted that, Australian passport holders need to apply for a visa to visit Vietnam.
The visa-free stay period is counted from THE DATE OF ENTRY. Please apply E-Visa to Vietnam at least 15 days before the date of entry. Vietnam e-Visa validity is 90 days, multiple entries.
For Vietnam visa it can be easily obtained online via this link: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn

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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