Vietnam River and Beach 12 days 11 nights
Tour code: CLC101 | Tour Style: Classic Tours
Along big rivers in Vietnam, through villages and lands in the South, Central and North, cultural and historical values will gradually appear with the most unique characters. Departing from Ho Chi Minh City, you will visit the green pastures of the Mekong Delta, then head to the North, passing ancient Hoi An city, tranquil Hue city, splendor Tam Coc, charming Halong Bay and finally stop in Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. From South to North, this amazing Vietnam tour package is sure to reward you with unmatched perspectives into Vietnam’s true essence.Destination: Activities: Cruising, Kayaking, Sightseeing
- Discovering the culture and history of Vietnam as well as Vietnamese people by going along the major rivers
- Exploring the Vietnamese’s unique daily life form South to North
- Taking a visit to traditional handicraft villages, lush paddy fields, sacred lands and enjoy fresh fruits in the orchards
- Relaxing in the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam and Asia
Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, Mekong Delta Floating Market, Hoi An Ancient Town, Tra Nhieu Fishing Village, Kim Bong Carpentry Village, My Khe Beach, Cham Museum, Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach, Dong Ba Market, Thien Mu Pagoda, Complex of Hue Monuments, Hanoi Old Quarter, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Tam Coc - Bich Dong, Halong Bay, Phu Lang Pottery Village
Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, our guide will welcome you at Tan Son Nhat Airport and transfer you to your hotel in the city center. After a short break, you will discover the historical and cultural values hidden in famous destinations such as Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral.
In the evening, you will be picked up again at your hotel. After that, we will take part in a mini-trip to Saigon downtown. A welcome dinner will be served in the floating restaurant on Saigon River. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be (B/L/D/Local guide on boat)
On the second day, our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at 8.00 and depart for Tien Giang Province. Reaching Cai Be at around noon, you will board on a comfortable wooden boat for short rest, welcome drink and check-in your cabin. You are then free to relax in your own cabin. Lunch will be served with traditional Vietnamese dishes.
In the afternoon, you will be guided to visit the luxuriant orchards and the rice fields as well as to observe the local people’s life. You will have chances to visit local’s houses and talk to local people and then come back to the boat for relaxation, witnessing the charming sunset, enjoying soft drinks on the deck, and take some nice photos. The boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner.
Your first day tour will stop with traditional delicious dinner.
Overnight on board.
Day 3: Cai Be - Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh (Brunch/Local guide on boat)
The typical sounds of the river will wake you up in the early morning and bring you a chance to catch the spectacular sunrise in Mekong Delta. Another exciting day of sightseeing is waiting for your exploration.
After breakfast, we will take a sampan to Cai Rang Floating Market. The colorful floating market, vast emerald rice fields and lush back waterways make Cai Rang become such a desired destination. A lot of exotic fruits, vegetables and skillfully handcrafted regional products will make you marveled. Next, we will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
The boat trip ends at around 11:00 - 11:30 on the pier. After brunch, we will take you back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang - Hoi An (B)
Leaving your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City after breakfast; you will take flight around noon to Da Nang. Upon arrival at Da Nang airport, you will be greeted by our local guide and drive to Hoi An – an ancient town which is about 35km away.
After check in and lunch, you will start the afternoon tour by walking around this coastal ancient town, the town with mixed architectures of Vietnam/Chinese/Japanese with Chinese tiled houses, Chinese temples, the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Fujian (Phuc Kien) Assembly Halls, the local fish market…
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 5: Hoi An - Tra Nhieu Village - Kim Bong Carpentry Village (B/L)
At around 8:00, our guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Thu Bon pier and start a boat trip along Thu Bon River.
During your boat trip, you will have chance to enjoy the fresh air and pass the peaceful villages on the two banks as well as experience daily life of hard-working locals. Stopping at Tra Nhieu Fishing Village, you will take a soft walk to visit traditional handicraft such as farming, fishing, poultry and livestock breeding, mattress making,…
After lunch, you’ll continue the boat trip along Thu Bon River to visit Kim Bong Carpentry Village where you will learn more about one of the Vietnam traditional products. Moreover, you will meet local people who are keeping traditional craftsmanship alive and can buy some handmade products as beautiful gifts.
Goodbye these peaceful villages, we return to Hoian downtown by boat and end this day trip at your hotel at around 16:30.
Sleep in Hoian.
Day 6: Hoi An - Hue (B)
This day, you’ll visit the Ex-capital of Vietnam – Hue City. On the way from Hoi An to Hue passing through the My Khe Beach, you will stop to visit Cham museum, the spectacular Hai Van Pass and Lang Co beach panorama view, by noon you will arrive in Hue city in where everything seems to be gentle thanks to this ancient and tranquil city.
Upon arrival in Hue, you will visit Dong Ba market for lunch (not included) with variety of local foods.
In the afternoon, you'll visit the uniqueImperial Citadel, Royal Arena where Tiger and Elephant fights were held by the Kings of the Nguyen Dynasty. Then, you will take glimpses along the green banks of Huong River (Perfume River), on a floating boat head to visit Thien Mu Pagoda where you will listen to its interesting historical stories and enjoy the photo time.
On the way back to Hue city, don’t forget your camera to catch the sunset moment on Huong River and enjoy the fresh air on this romantic river.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 7: Hue City - Hanoi (B, L)
Today, our guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hue city at around 8:30 and then we head to Phuoc Tich Pottery Village. Arriving at Phuoc Tich, we will first take a walk along the village to visit the old houses and some historical sites of the village. After that, we will enjoy the boat trip on O Lau River before having lunch and a short rest at an ancient house.After lunch break, we will continue the visit to portery exhibition house and experience the local way of making ceramic products. Don't forget to bring your camera for nice photo shots during this trip!
Back to hotel for checking out then we will take you to the Hue airport to fly to Hanoi.
In Noi Bai international airport, our guide and driver will wait you at the airport for taking you to the hotel in Old Quater for relaxing.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi (B)
In the morning, our guide will pickup you at the hotel for exploring the Old Quarter. You will join our Hanoi city tour to visit some popular attractions such as the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple & Old quarter streets and enjoy our traditional cultural Water Puppet show.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Hanoi (B)
On the next destinationa of this Vietnam River and Beach tour, you will have chance to visit the Vietnam’s former capital Hoa Lu (Ninh Binh Province) wherethe Ngo Dong river is running through. The day starts from Hanoi at around 8:00 at your hotel in Hanoi and you will reach Ninh Binh after a two-hour drive.
After the former capital Hoa Lu, you will go to Tam Coc tourist center for lunch then have a short break.
In the afternoon, you will get on a small rowing boat to travel along the Ngo Dong River throughgreen fields and natural beauty with limestone peaks. to visit Tam Coc (Three Caves). You will then disembark and take a short bike to Bich Dong Cave – the Vietnam second most beautiful cave. Don’t miss climbing up the Ngu Hanh Son Mountain (Buddha palm), enjoy the free feeling when behold the marvelous scenery offered by the mountains, rivers and pagodas.
In the late afternoon, you will return to Ha Noi at around 17:30pm.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi - Ha Long (B/L/D)
To experience the tranquil Hanoi, you are suggested to wake up early for enjoying Hanoi morning sounds, walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and doing Tai Chi exercise with locals. Your Halong trip will be started after you come back to hotel for freshen up and breakfast.
After breakfast, you’ll take a 3.5-hour-drive to Halong Bay, one of the great natural of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival, the boat crew will welcome you and transfer you to the junk for check-in and enjoy a cruise around Halong Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. At the same time, you can behold thousands of limestone islands and grottoes rising from the clear, emerald water.
After lunch you’ll join some activities on boat to discover the beauty of the bay such as visit a cave, doing kayaking or enjoy swimming in the sea before getting back to the junk for relaxing and dinner. In the evening, you can join night fishing with locals. Overnight on board.
Day 11: Halong - Hanoi (Brunch)
In the morning, your breakfast will be served while floating on the sea to explore the beauty of Halong Bay before disembarking time. Joining some more activities on boat and then you’ll check out and get back to the harbor.
On the way returning to Hanoi, we will stop in Bac Ninh for visiting Phu Lang Pottery Village located by the bank of Cau River. The visit will bring you chance to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of ancient village and learn more about local activities at a handmade pottery. Buy something there for gifts if you want.
Drive back to Hanoi and overnight in Hotel.
Day 12: Hanoi - Departure (B)
Before leaving for departure home, you are totally free for shopping, relax with your own activities. Our Vietnam River and Beach ends here.
A/C Cabin in 3 star Cruise at Ha Long bay
3 star Hotels (Accomodation)
Meals as mentioned in the program
All transfers and land transportation in private vehicles
You will go to Mekong Delta (sleep on boat) and Halong bay tour (sleep on boat) by shuttle bus
Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
All entrance fees
Daily mineral waters
Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
Meals, drinks and personal expenses and other meals not mentioned on the program.
Children from 5 to 10: 75% of adult's rate
Children over 10: Full rate
This is a private trip
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner. Meals that not mentioned will be served up on request.
Please DO NOT wear shorts or mini-skirts when visiting temples, pagodas and historical sites.
Tour program is subject to be changed due to weather and operating conditions
135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Built by the French in 1869, the Reunification Palace is one of the must-see attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. It is an important site of political and cultural significance and marks the newly established colony of Indochina.
War Remnants Museum
28 Vo Van tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Opened in September 1975, the War Remnants Museum focuses on exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. It has been recently listed among the top 25 most attractive museums in Asia.
Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral
Ben Nghe Ward, Disctrict 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Situated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City is the most-visited tourist site of Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, which is a famous age-long cathedral in Southern Vietnam. It is a magnificient building attracting not only Catholics but most tourists for its neo-Romanesque style architecture and a sacred atmosphere as well.
Mekong Delta Floating Market
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Floating markets are the most prominent attractions in Mekong Delta. Visiting the floating markets, you will take chance to experience the locals' daily life by watching people exchanging goods, fruit and many other local products on their vessels. Some typical floating markets in Mekong Delta are Cai Be, Cai Rang, Phung Hiep, etc.
Hoi An Ancient Town
Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
The charming Hoi An - used to be a prosperous trading port in 15th century - still have many of its original streets and houses preserved intact. Peaceful lifestyle along with the harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese architecture, Hoi An captures the heart of all visitors to this land.
Tra Nhieu Fishing Village
Duy Vinh Commune, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Tra Nhieu Fishing Village is located about 3km to the southeast of Hoi An Ancient Town. It is a peaceful, romantic and poetic village where typical rural features of Vietnamese countryside are still remained.
Kim Bong Carpentry Village
Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Thanks to the prosperous Hoi An trading port, Kim Bong Carpentry Village began flourishing in 18th century. Kim Bong carpentry is classified in to three distinct groups including carpentry construction of urban architecture, carpentry and civil ship-building wood boat.
My Khe Beach
Phuoc My Ward, Son Tra District, Danang
Being one of the most attractive beaches in Danang stretching over 9-km, My Khe Beach has long become a favorite destination for beach lovers seeking for relaxing moments playing with sand, gentle waves and tranquil water.
02, 2 Thang 9 Street, Danang
Located in the intersection of Trung Nu Vuong and Bach Dang streets in Danang, the Cham Museum is well-known for its extensive collection of sculptures from the Cham civilization dating from the seventh to the fifteenth century. Whenever visiting the museum, you still perceive an individual atmosphere particular to this place, the reverie of reminiscences.
Hai Van Pass
Da Nang City, Vietnam
Stretching 21 kilometers in length, Hai Van Pass is the most beautiful pass in Vietnam with one side is mountain and other is sea. Reaching the pass, you will have a chance to explore the spectacular nature and challenge yourself in conquering the high peak.
Lang Co Beach
Lang Co Town, Phu Loc District, Thua Thien Hue
Located on the foot of Hai Van Mountain, Lang Co Beach which stretches over 8 kilometers is among the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Endowed with pristine water and smooth sand layer, the beach is a an ideal place for relaxing and diving for many years.
Dong Ba Market
Chuong Duong, Phu Hoa District, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
Located near the eastern corner of Hue Royal Citadel, Dong Ba Market can be regarded as a symbol of Hue's culture. It is a largest market in Hue, providing Hue traditional craft products (including conical hats, scissors, pottery, rattan and bamboo products, etc) as well as Vietnamese cuisine and Hue specialties.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
Owning its name derived from a legend, Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Hue. The pagoda lies on the banks of the Perfume River and is surrounded by flowers and ornamental plants. It is much well-maintained and very welcoming to all visitors.
Complex of Hue Monuments
Hue City, Vietnam
The Complex of Hue Monuments is an unique construction of a planned and fully defended feudal capital city in Southeast Asia. The complex comprises residences, palaces, gates, and the Forbidden Purple City can be regarded as its heart.
Hanoi Old Quarter
Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi Old Quarter is one of important reasons that make Hanoi allure many tourists over the years. It is famous for the history, the architecture, the enormous amount along with the diversity of products and even the daily life of Hanoians.
Temple of Literature
Van Mieu Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Whenever one travels to Hanoi, Temple of Literature is on the top of the historical attractions of the beautiful Vietnam's capital. Built under Ly's Dynasty, Temple of Literature is a place to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam. Quoc Tu Giam is well-known as the first university of Vietnam.
Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hoan Kiem Lake (also known as Hồ Gươm - Sword Lake) represented the spiritual heart of Hanoi capital. Despite the time’s ashes and dust, the popular historical and legendary beauty-spot of Hoan Kiem Lake is eternal for good as an evidence of a heroic Hanoi during the Vietnam Wars, as well as a romantic and charming Hanoi at present.
Ngoc Son Temple
Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Built on an islet in Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple is one of Hanoi’s most picturesque temples. To get into the temple, the visitor will walk across the Three-Passage Gate (Tam Quan) and passing the Morning Sunlight Bridge (The Huc).
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam
An ancient capital of Hoa Lu will bring you to a few imperial capitals of the country in the ancient and medieval eras. A visit to Hoa Lu will offer you chance to not only have a fun and exciting time, but to learn more about Vietnamese culture and history as well.
Tam Coc - Bich Dong
Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam
Located about 100km to the south from Hanoi capital, Tam Coc – Bich Dong is popular to every visitor as a an ideal place for eco-tourism, culture tour, history tour or spiritual tour. The nature here still keeps original with natural and simple beauty and many caves.
Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam
A Natural World Heritage of Vietnam, Halong Bay is regraded as the paradise of sea and islands with thousand of lime-stone mountains and islets in various sizes and shapes. Lying entirely on the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is an ideal destination for cruising, kayaking and enjoying tropical charming beaches.
Phu Lang Pottery Village
Phu Lang Commune, Que Vo District, Bac Ninh
About 60km northeast of Hanoi is Phu Lang Pottery Village which impresses visitors with its simplicity, pristine scenery and traditional art of making pottery. Visiting here, you will have chance to enjoy the typical beauty of a Vietnam’s countryside in the past and observe the pottery making process of the locals.