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Essence Of Vietnam 12D11N

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Highlights: Hanoi - Halong - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta
  • 12-day Essential Vietnam is a wonderful trip designed for those who want to experience the very best of Vietnam, but only have limited time. Brings you the charm of Hanoi, the scenic impressive sights of Halong Bay, the ancient capital of Hue, the charming Hoi An, Nha Trang, the hill station of Da Lat, the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and the mighty Mekong Delta.

    aThe tour is run for you exclusively 
    aAccommodated tour: Mid-range tour
    aThis tour can depart any day
    aThis tour can be customized
    aSolo travelers can book this tour

    Start from Hanoi and finish in Saigon or vice versa

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Brief itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi (D)
Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Day 3: Halong - Hanoi (Brunch)
Day 4: Hanoi - Fly to Hue (B)
Day 5: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - drive through magnificent Hai Van pass (B)
Day 6: Hoi An (B)
Day 7: Hoi An - Nha Trang (B)
Day 8: Nha Trang - Da Lat (B)
Day 9: Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh city (B/L)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh city tour - Cu Chi tunnels (B/L)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong delta (B/L)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh city departure (B)

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi (D)

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant, one of the finest restaurants in Hanoi. Relax and stay overnight at the hotel.

: Hanoi Hotel
3-star : Adamas hotel (sup), Maison D Hanoi hotel(Premium)
4-star: The Light Hotel
5-star: Apricot Hotel
: Dinner



Day 2: Hanoi - Halong (B/L/D)

8:00 Pick up at hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.
12:00 – 12:30 Embark on the cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13:00 – 15:30 Savor a delectable lunch as cruises among the limestone islands.
15:30 – 16:30 Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Bo Nau Cave area. Back to the boat
16:30 – 17:30 Cruising to Soi Sim island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
17:30 Cruise back to the main boat for a shower. Relax or snap photos as the sun starts to set.
19:00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or just laze around.
Accommodation: Halong Bay Cruise
3-star : Swan Cruise
4-star: Syrena cruise
5-star: Aphrodite Cruise
Breakfast. Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Halong - Hanoi (B/L)

06:30 - 07:00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07:30 - 08:30 Have breakfast at sunrise.
08:30 - 09:30 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave - the nicest cave in Halong Bay.
09:30 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
09:30 - 10:30 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
10:30 – 11:30 While heading back to the habor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12:00 – 12:30 Disembark the cruise
Rejoin the car drvie back to Hanoi
Overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation: Hanoi Hotel
 3-star : Adamas hotel (sup), Maison D Hanoi hotel(Premium)
 4-star: The Light Hotel
 5-star: Apricot Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch


Day 4: Hanoi - Hue (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure until time to transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue. Our tour guide in Hue will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check in. As Vietnam’s last feudal capital, the small and quiet city of Hue is widely known for magnificent architectures, pagodas and royal tombs in the many small villages and surrounding hills. We spend the afternoon to sightsee Hue with the massive citadel, which contains the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was all destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. After an impressive boat trip, we return to the town and enjoy a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market which sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass by many great eating spots, ideal places for visitors to sample some local delicacies. The beautiful riverside pagoda of Thien Mu which now becomes the symbol of Hue, and the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc are not to be missed.
Accommodation: Hue Hotel
3-star : City River hotel  
4-star: Serene Palace hotel 
5-star: Imperial hotel 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B)

Upon leaving Hue we drive south to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. We stop en route to visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang City, the My Khe Beach and the Marble Mountain whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe.
Accommodation: hotel in Hoi An.
3-star : Kim An Hotel
4-star: Thanh Binh Riverside 
5-star: Victoria Resort 

Day 6: Hoi An (B)

The ancient architecture of Hoi An is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There is plenty to see in this delightful town, like the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market.
Today, we include these on a walking tour passing many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past. A perfect way to round off the day is a boat trip on the Thu Bon River, which also gives us a chance to admire the spectacular countryside and explore a handicraft ceramic village and boat building yards.
Overnight Hotel in Hoi An.
3-star : Kim An Hotel
4-star: Thanh Binh Riverside 
5-star: Victoria Resort 

Day 7: Hoi An - Nha Trang (B)

An early morning transfer to Da Nang Airport for a short flight to Nha Trang. The fabulous sunny weather, turquoise water surrounding a string of offshore islands, and white sandy beach stretching the whole length of the city make Nha Trang an ideal place for anyone seeking an enjoyable escape.
After checking into the hotel we visit Nha Trang's major sights, including the Oceanographic Institute, the Long Son Pagoda with its famous giant Buddha image, the Hon Chong Rock formation and the impressive Ponagar Cham Towers, which are overlooking the colourful fishing port. The remainder of the day will be free for a well earned rest on a beach. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 8: Nha Trang - Da Lat (B)

Upon leaving Nha Trang, we head south towards Da Lat, sometimes known as the "City of Eternal Spring". The journey will pass by the famous Cam Ranh Bay before arriving at the Po Klong Jarai Towers which represent an interesting culture and a colorful history of the Cham people.
At an elevation of over 1, 000 meters, the hill station of Da Lat was founded in the early year of the last century for the colonials to escape the heat and chaos of Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival in Da Lat, we start our tour taking us through plenty of the French colonial architecture to the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. Other sights are the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and Hang Nga Guesthouse, known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture. Overnight in Da Lat.

Day 9: Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

The following destination of our trip is Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals. This bustling metropolis is a contradiction of its northern counterpart and is crowded with motobikes and cars. It is full of numerous shopping areas and sidewalk cafés.
After an enjoyable visit to the busy Hoa Binh Market, we make our way down hill to Ho Chi Minh City, traveling through the many tea and coffee plantations. The drive is long, but views are fantastic. Along the way we can make stops to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs. Check into hotel and stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

3-star : Liberty Saigon Hotel
4-star: Golden Central hotel Saigon
5-star: Majestic hotel 

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels (B)

The sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City begins with a visit to the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum before continuing to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where everything and anything is for sale
We then transfer the Cu Chi Tunnels. An incredible underground network of approximately 200 km constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong in the American war. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Option: You can take a canoe tour to visit Cu Chi tunnels by boat and enjoy a different experience on Saigon river.
3-star : Liberty Saigon Hotel
4-star: Golden Central hotel Saigon
5-star: Majestic hotel 

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Mighty Mekong Delta (B/L)

Heading out of town, we travel by road to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat to navigate around the intricate small canals in the delta region. This is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view of the many islands. The exciting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunity to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy the wonderful traditional music.
The next stop of our trip is Ben Tre province to visit some fascinating local industries. After feasting on a large lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping off along the way to see the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda and the Cho Lon, Saigon’s China town, which is crammed with sacred temples and mysterious, narrow lanes.
3-star : Liberty Saigon Hotel
4-star: Golden Central hotel Saigon
5-star: Majestic hotel 

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)

Free at leisure until time transfer to airport for flight back home.


  • Accommodation based on twin sharing room at locals
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner)
  • Boat trip in Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Mekong Delta
  • All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Air tickets: Hanoi - Hue ; Da Nang - Nha Trang
  • Private car transfer as program with A/C
  • Approval of letter for Vietnam Visa on arrival
  • Visa stamping fee to Vietnam
  • Personal expenses
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Early check in & late check out for accommodation at the places
  • Airport tax and departure tax
  • Insurance
  • Tip for tour guide & driver 

An excellent 12 day trip to Vietnam !

We are back from our trip with lovely memories of this beautiful country.
The history behind the places we visited, the natural beauty, the delicious cuisine and above all the warmth of the people made our trip memorable.
We went through Vietnam Tours on the recommendation of a friend who had used their services last year and believe me we have no regrets !
We opted to take the Visa on arrival. Since we had printed the online form, filled it and kept it ready with the necessary fees and photos, we were done and out in less than 15 mins.
The transport was good and punctual. The hotels were not fancy 4 & 5 star ones, but they were comfortable, clean and well located and the tour guides were helpful all times.
The tour coordinator made it a point to check with us about our food preferences, allergies etc and these were adhered to strictly. We opted for the local cuisine. The meals served were good in most places with set menus except Ho Chi Min where we had problems.....the first day the lunch was served very late, around 4.30 pm after having visited the Cu chi tunnels and the next day, though it was Vietnamese, it was definitely not upto the mark. 
All in all it was a wonderful trip.

Thank you Vietnam Tour Company for makes out visit so seamless !

Mr Lewis (Thursday, March 21, 2019 3:36 PM)

The service was excellent.

 Hi Hai Yen,

We used this company to book our 13 day Vietnam holiday for 2 adults and 4 children via the internet from Australia. The service was excellent. All emails and requests promptly answered. Multiple changes made to suit our needs and requests to get the perfect package. They arranged everything except our international flight but worked around this. The tour ran so smoothly. All tour guides were friendly, spoke English, were on time and very accommodating to our needs. Nothing was too much trouble. We received several upgrades along the way which was icing on the cake. The tour was great value for money and much cheap then packages we looked at with Australian Travel agents. We definitely would recommend them and use them again!

Best regards,

Ms Amanda and family (Thursday, November 08, 2018 10:14 AM)

You have given excellent services & very good planning of a trip.

Hi Ms Hai Yen,

We reached yesterday at 12 noon. It was a wonderful trip. We enjoyed all the places. Now we will recommend to our friends/relatives. You have given excellent services & very good planning of a trip.
Everything was perfectly planned & organised.


Mr. Mehta Anand Kishor (Monday, November 06, 2017 9:14 AM)

I like to thank you as well for organizing a wonderful and memorable trip

Hi Yen,
 I like to thank you as well for organizing a wonderful and memorable trip so we could make most out of it.
 I will share feedback in brief points;
 What went well/ we like
 - Communication ( from Day 1 posting interest on website till we left Vietnam) and accessibility with you whenever we approached for anything gave us enough confidence
 - Halong Bay tour and all Ho chi min day tour were interesting and organised well
 - Stay at  Hoi An resort super recommendation,
 Overall  it was well organised, balanced and personalized tour for us, again thanks for being very supportive, I surely recommend you and your organisation to my friends who are keep to plan trip. 
 Once again thanks
 Misha & Prasun 
Ms Misha Beri (Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:42 PM)

Thanks letter for great services

Dear Madam,

Today we have returned back to our country. Complete tour was good.
Ha Long Bay by cruise is very good.
All the way, Your pick up & drop from Hotels/Airport was good.
You were in touch & responding our requests very nicely.
Over all we are satisfied over your services.
Surely we will recommend our friends about your service.

Thanks & Best Regards

Mr Vijayasekaran Chinnasamy ( Saturday, June 3, 2017 1:03 PM)

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