Vietnam Exploration 14 days / Tour Details

Starting from Ho Chi Minh city, within two weeks in Vietnam, you can enjoy and experience everything from city life in places like Ho Chi Minh city or Hanoi to rural life in smaller villages in Mekong Delta, learn more about the Vietnam minority groups in the beautiful Mai Chau, discover the historical Hue Citadel or slow down in the Hoi An Ancient town. The Natural world Heritage Halong Bay offer you a wonderful night on the very luxurious traditional junk is really a life-time experience.   

  • Private airport pick-up & drop off
  • English speaking guide
  • Private boat trip as per tour program
  • Hotel accommodation – Shared in double room
  • Meals as stated in the program
  • Water and tissues on coach
  • All entrance fees
  • All in-tour flights
  • 24/7 hotline support

  • International flights & tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
  • Compulsory Gala dinner on Christmas or New Year if any
  • Visa fee
  • Other services not mentioned above

Deposit & Bank Fee

Deposit Amount US$ 100 per person is Non-Refundable.
In the peak/high seasons/ public holidays, clients may be requested for extra deposit to secure and guarantee the services reservation provided by the local suppliers such as hotels, airlines company, boat company….according to their policies.      
Clients are requested to pay for the bank fee at their end for the wire transfer payment

Cancellation Policies
Cancellations should be made in writing to Insight Asia Travel. Cancellations beyond your control subject to Force Majeure can be covered under travel insurance. to Insight Asia Travel recommends you buy Travel insurance before you complete payment of your travel and review its relevant product disclosure statement.

Cancellation Fee

·         60 days prior to arrival: No cancellation fee applied. 100% refund.

·         59 – 30 days prior to arrival: 10% of the total price of the booking will be charged.

·         29 – 15 days prior to arrival: 20% of the total price of the booking will be charged.

·         14 – 8 days prior to arrival: 50% of the total price of the booking will be charged.

·         7 days prior to arrival: 100% of the total price of the booking will be charged.

 

No show: 100% of the total price of the booking will be charged.

Unused Services: No refund will be given for any unused service after the trip has commenced.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city | Meal: D | Overnight: HCMC
Warm welcome upon your arrival in HCMC. Your guide will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the downtown. After check in you will have free time to relax, then your guide see you again for a welcome dinner at the river cruises on the Saigon river.

Day 2: HCMC Free Choice | Overnight: HCMC
HCMC is a city full of surprises. The city’s core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings and offers plenty of reasons to visit, from its blend of historic, attractions to vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife.

You have a whole day to explore the HCMC and its Surroundings. Please select two of the below options ( one choice if you select “Full-day Cao Dai Holysee temple & Cu Chi tunnels” ) to spend your day in the most dynamic city in
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Free Choice Sightseeings
Half-day HCMC | Maximum 4 places
1. Reunification Palace
2. Municipal Theatre – City Post Office – Notre-Dame Cathedral
3. War Remnants Museum
4. Vinh Nghiem pagoda
5. Hoang De pagoda
6. Ben Thanh market

Half-day Cu Chi tunnels
Around 70 kilometers northwest of HCMC, Cu Chi Tunnel is right near the so-called “Iron Triangle” of Southern Vietnam. This underground complex is a must-see when you are in HCMC. You are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system or try a shooting range where you can fire a number of assault rifles, such as the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60.

Half-day China town & Thien Hau pagoda
The western part of the city is dominated by Cholon (Chinatown), a thickly settled district rife with teahouses and pagodas and the famous Binh Tay Market. Visit the Thien Hau pagoda which features interesting Chinese-Buddhist style architecture and interiors with pagodas, courtyards, altars and paintings. Chinatown is also home to the Cholon Mosque and Cha Tam, a small Catholic cathedral.

Full-day Cao Dai Holysee temple & Cu Chi tunnels
In the morning you drive to visit Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh and observe the midday service. This temple is the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion and home of the Divine Eye, the official symbol of this unique religion. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha. On the way back you stop to visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Very famous in the wartime with its smart and complicated system including underground meeting room, kitchen, food, weapon caches, hospital. This underground complex is a must-see when you are in HCMC. You are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system or try a shooting range where you can fire a number of assault rifles, such as the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60. Back to HCMC. Rest of the

Free Choice Street Food – Authentic experiences
1. “ Banh mi” “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink
2. “ Hu tieu Saigon “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/
1. “ Banh canh ” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink
3. “ Banh xeo ” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink
4. “ Com tam” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink

HCMC Free Choice Dining :
1. Vegetarian set-menu at local restaurant
2. Vietnamese set-menu at French building restaurant
3. South Vietnamese buffet at local restaurant

Day 3: Mekong Delta Excursion | Meal: B-L | Overnight: HCMC
Today you have am excursion to the Mekong Delta. Surrounded by thousands of crisscrossed canals, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, most of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road. Upon arrival you take a motor-boat to explore the Thoi Son islet, one of the four famous islets ( Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise, Phoenix). Following a village path passing local houses to visit some family-run coconut candy mills then you take a horse-cart from read more... village to village. Enjoy lunch with local special dishes followed by the “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, a very common art activity in the Mekong Delta performed by local people. Back to HCMC. At leisure.

Day 4: Danang – Hoi An Walking Tour | Meal: B-D | Overnight: Hoi An
Enjoy your free time until transfer to airport for flight to Danang. Your guide and driver will meet you at the Danang airport for a transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. Hoi An used to be an international trade center by sea on the east area in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was the busiest trading port during the reign of Nguyen as merchants from Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, Holland stopped over to exchange and purchase commodities. In the morning you have a walking tour to explore the Hoi An read more... Ancient town with old houses, narrow streets, moss-grown walls, lantern makers and visit Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, Handicraft workshop and enjoy traditional arts performance. Enjoy dinner with some famous dishes of the town.

Day 5: Hoi An Cooking Class | Meal: B-L | Overnight: Hoi An
This morning the cooking class begins with a with a drink at Hai Scout Café followed by a visit the Hoi An colorful market. It is time to get in touch with local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients for your own cooking lesson. Take the Red Bridge boat cruising along the Hoi An river to the cooking school. On arrival, you explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden and learn about some of Hoi An and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The 2-hour cooking lesson includes a brief read more... introduction to Vietnamese food carving . You also have a chance to try some dishes yourselves. Lunch is served included what you have cooked. Relax and back to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 6: Hoi An – Hue | Meal: B - D | Overnight: Hue
In the morning you leave Hoi An for Hue. Located in central Vietnam, the World Cultural Heritage Site Hue used to be the Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945. Stop to visit the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, the world’s largest collection of Cham sculpture by Ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century. Journey to Hue is travelling over the Hai Van pass where you have a stop for a panoramic view over the Lang Co beach. Free. At read more... leisure. Evening meeting with your guide again for a Hue Royal style dinner, taste some Royal cuisines at local restaurant.

Day 7: Hue full-day tour | Meal: B-L | Overnight: Hue
In the morning you have a Dragon boat cruising on the Perfume river to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in the country. From there you rejoin your car to visit the king Minh Mang’s tomb and king Tu Duc’s tomb. Lunch at local restaurant then you continue to explore Hue Imperial City including Citadel, Imperial City and Purple Forbidden City . End of the day you visit the local Dong Ba market located on a bank of the Perfume river – a paradise for read more... snapshots of daily activities. At leisure.

Day 8: Fly to Hanoi | Meal: D | Overnight: Hanoi
Today you take an one-hour flight to Hanoi, the one-thousand-year old city and the capital of Vietnam. Your guide will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the downtown. Free time to relax, then your guide see you again for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Your first day in Hanoi is completed by a water puppet show – a unique art performance in Vietnam.

Day 9: Hanoi Free Choice | Overnight: Hanoi
Widely acknowledged as one of the loveliest cities in Asia, this one-thousand-year old city offer you its unique images that totally different from other Asian cities. Hanoi still retains a small-town provincial charm and unique intermingle with a French legacy wide, tree-lined boulevards, parks, grand villas and an artistic, café society.

Different people, different interests and tastes. Hanoi Free Choice Sightseeing – Street Food – Dinning offers you the best things that Hanoi has to offer
read more... and satisfy you with a personalize discovery and authentic experience. Please select one of the Hanoi city options and one of the Hanoi Surroundings to enjoy the day in Hanoi.

Free Choice Sightseeing of Hanoi city & Surroundings

Full-day city tour ( Maximum 7 places)
1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
2. One Pillar Pagoda
3. Quan Thanh Temple
4. Temple of Literature
5. Bach Ma Temple
6. Hanoi Ancient House
7. Tran Quoc pagoda
8. Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple
9. Vietnam Military History Museum
10. Vietnam National Museum of History
11. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
12Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Half-day city tour ( Maximum 4 places & One of Free Choice Hanoi Surroundings

Free Choice Hanoi Surroundings
1. Bat Trang pottery villages
About 13 kilometers south east of Hanoi center, Bat Trang village, established in 14th or 15th century, is famous for ceramic and pottery products of high quality such as vases, bowls, dishes, and many other kinds of ceramic products which have been exported worldwide.

2. Van Phuc silk village:
About 8 km southwest of Ha Noi, Van Phuc silk village is well known for its traditional sericulture, weaving, and silk products for a long-lasting history of more than two thousand years. The village makes more than 2 million meters of silk per year and is an ideal place for silk products & souvenirs

3. Duong Lam Ancient village.
Duong Lam ancient village, some 60km to the west of Hanoi, has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area. The village also has its prestige as two of Vietnam’s kings, Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (896-944) were born in here.

4. Dong Ho painting village
Dong Ho painting village, 30 km to the East of Hanoi, or Vietnamese woodblock prints is a distinct Vietnamese folk art. Dong Ho paintings reflect people’s innermost feelings. Dong Ho paintings is made of of bark of a tree called “Dzo. Colors of the painting are refined from various kinds of tree leaves that people can easily find in Vietnam. Dong Ho paintings have about 300 years of history in the north of Vietnam. It is always considered a symbol of traditional culture and aesthetic value of Vietnam.

Free Choice Street Food – Authentic experiences
1. “ Pho Hanoi “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink
2. “ Banh Cuon “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink
3. “ Bun Cha Hanoi “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink
4. “ Bo kho – Beef Stew ” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink

Free Choice Dining :
1. “ Cha Ca Hanoi “ in Hanoi Old Quarter area at local restaurant.
2. Vegetarian set-menu at local restaurant
3. Vietnamese set-menu at French building restaurant
4. Vietnamese cuisine a-la-carte at Ngon restaurant
5. KOTO restaurant. Know One Teach One unique restaurant.

Day 10: Hanoi – Mai Chau | Meal: B - D | Overnight: Mai Chau
Depart for Mai Chau valley, an idyllic valley and a world away from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. Enjoy the mountainous scenery along the way and the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Afternoon you will have a walk wandering from village to village, learning and get in touch with about local people and try some of the local handicraft.

Day 11: Mai Chau cycling – Hanoi | Meal: B – L | Overnight: Hanoi
In the morning you discover Mai Chau valley by bicycle riding deeper to the remote area on the path and passing paddy fields. Once again there are many perfect chance for photos shot and a warmest welcome by local people. Stop and join in the local market with people from different minorities is worth. After lunch it is time to say good bye and drive back to Hanoi.

Day 12: Hanoi – Halong Bay | Meal: B – L - D | Overnight : Cruise

In the morning you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay via the Red River Delta. Enjoy welcome drink onboard then start cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay while lunch is served. Stop to visit and explore Vung Vieng fishing village by bamboo boat or you can have a kayak around Vung Vieng area. Time to relax, sunbath or swimming at Ban Chan Beach. Back to the junk to enjoy the sunset cocktail while the boat is cruising to Cong Do area docking for overnight. BBQ dinner followed by some activities of board
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Day 13: Ceramic village - Hanoi | Meal: B-L | Overnight: Hanoi
Early bird with exercises with Tai chi on the sundeck then enjoy a light breakfast while cruising to Hon Co area. Stop to exploring Thien Canh Son Cave, located at the centre of the World Heritage Area- Halong Bay. Return to the boat for check out and relaxing on sundeck or watching fruits carving demonstration or enjoy the last of the Ha Long Bay scenery over lunch as the boat is cruising back to shore. On the journey back to Hanoi you will have a stop at the Phu Lang ceramic village – one of read more... the most famous ceramic brand dated from 17th – 19th century in the North of Vietnam. At leisure.

Day 14: Departure Hanoi | Meal : B
Today is the last day of your trip. Enjoy your free time at your hotel or you can do last minute souvenir shopping before meeting your guide for transfer to airport for your flight home. Have a nice journey. Thanks for joining us.
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