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Our Express itineraries cover the must-see attractions with a priority on enjoyment and convenience. All itineraries can be customised to suit your personal tastes. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.
You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Hanoi, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.
Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital city and home to seven million people. Traditional and refined, with French colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards, scenic lakes and a bustling Old Quarter, Hanoi has a sophisticated charm. Observe elderly people practicing Tai Chi by the lake, with barbers and food vendors plying their sidewalk trade.
Hanoi has many great restaurants with French, Vietnamese and international cuisines available. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.
Itinerary Option: If you’re arriving to Hanoi in the morning, discuss additional day 1 activities with our staff.
Accompanied by your guide, the day starts with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. See the lotus shaped One Pillar Pagoda which rests on a single stone pillar emerging from the water, and then explore the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, to gain an overview of Hanoi culture and ancient Vietnamese architecture.
In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology offering a fascinating insight into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Enjoy a walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter before ending the day with a show at the water puppet theatre – a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes of rural life and episodes of national history.
Itinerary Option: Your guided tour can include alternate attractions like the Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton), the Fine Arts Museum or the KOTO restaurant - a organisation that is supporting street kids with a career in the hospitality industry. Our staff can provide advice based upon your interests.
Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay and board your deluxe junk for your overnight cruise. Marvel at the dramatic vista and relax onboard, as you sail amongst the thousands of limestone islands that rise from the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Rock sculptures jut dramatically from the sea and the numerous caves and grottoes have created an enchanting, timeless world.
Set sail through Bai Tu Long Bay whilst a seafood lunch is served, then sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you cruise past various islands en route to Cua Van fishing village. Explore the floating village by bamboo rowing boat. Visit Tien Ong Cave before returning to the junk for sunset cocktails and canapés, followed by dinner served on the deck or in the restaurant.
Why not begin the day with a Tai Chi class on the top deck? Or just admire the beautiful scenery as the sun rises over the azure waters. Choose between an excursion to a secluded island with a sandy beach for a morning swim, or join the chef for a cooking demonstration to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy a buffet brunch as your junk cruises Halong Bay, passing islets and caves as you make your way back to the dock.
You have the option to visit a pottery workshop on the trip back to Hanoi before flying to Saigon in the afternoon. Meet your guide on arrival in Saigon and transfer to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Saigon, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in southern Vietnam is a sprawling metropolis of ten million people. Formally renamed Ho Chi Minh City in 1975 at the end of the Vietnam-American war, locals still refer to Saigon. With thousands of motorbikes zipping past luxury cars, French colonial buildings dwarfed by modern skyscrapers and traditionally dressed school girls riding bicycles past trendy city workers, Saigon is an exciting city of contrasts.
Saigon is a city that never sleeps and offers a plethora of great restaurants and bars catering to all tastes, from street food vendors to the rooftop bar at the Rex Hotel, where international correspondents covered the Vietnam War and where the U.S. military attaché’s press briefing was held daily and dubbed the “Five O’clock Follies”. Whatever your interests, be sure to ask your guide for personal recommendations.
The Cu Chi Tunnels are an immense network of interconnected tunnels near Saigon that are part of a much larger network lying below much of the country. A guided visit to these tunnels provides a better understanding of their history, the hardship of life underground and the resilience of the Vietnamese during combat.
The tunnels were built and used initially by the Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots to protect them from the French air and ground sweeps. They later served as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for the guerrilla fighters throughout the Vietnam-American war.
You're invited to enter a section of the tunnels to witness the secrets of the tunnels firsthand. Your guide will also show you various mantraps employed from this period, the remains of an American tank and numerous B52 bomb craters. There is also the opportunity to fire an M60, M16 or AK47 rifle at the range next to the tunnel complex.
After returning to Saigon, learn about the city’s historic landmarks as you tour the city with your guide. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick building with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris, then head across the square to the Central Post Office designed by the French architect Gustav Eiffel. Next stop is the former Presidential Palace, headquarters to the Saigon Government during the Vietnam-American war. You may also like to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight into the Vietnam-American war from a Vietnamese perspective.
Depart your hotel this morning for a 1.5 hour drive heading south Ben Tre where referred locally as one of the biggest coconut tree orchards in Vietnam. Take in the lush surroundings of rice paddies and fruit farms alongside the highway as you leave behind the busy city.
Arrive at the waterfront pier and embark on an enjoyable motor boat excursion, take a glimpse at the Delta scenery, houses built on stilts and local fish farms along the way. Cruising among the islands named Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix Islands. You will stop along the way to discover how Vietnamese farmers work their rice fields and observe daily life of the villagers in the Mekong Delta. You will have the chance to see a family run-business where they make coconut candy directly in front of the pier.
Take short horse cart (or bicycle or Xe Loi – Moto cart) ride along country roads to a tropical orchard garden of a farmer for a tasting session of honey and some exotic fruits and a traditional folk song performance. Engage in a casual chat with your host and stroll through the garden to get an insight into daily farming life. Take some time to enjoy a leisurely walk through the village observing tropical gardens along the way. Continue discovering the Mekong by cruising the small canals and arroyos lined with palm and coconut trees.
Continue driving and stop en route at either Vinh Trang pagoda, which was built in 1849 and is one of the first pagodas to incorporate a mixture of Asian and European architectural features or a small, colorful Cao Dai temple which represents a synthesis of world religions. Lunch will be served at My Tho, taste some local delicacies before returning to Saigon mid afternoon.
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Note that the schedule above refers to the Image Legend Cruise, Victory Cruise & Paradise Luxury Cruise. All our GetAboutAsia cruise itineraries adhere to the highest standards of safety whilst providing our guests with an outstanding level of comfort and quality.
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All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!
Hotels or Halong Bay Junk each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.
Visa for Vietnam
When obtaining your visa you should allow 2-3 weeks for processing, the cost is approximately US$60 to US$100. Check with your embassy or consulate for further details. The Vietnamese Embassy in Edgecliff, Sydney has been known to issue a visa in 4 working days if all the correct documents are submitted at the time of application.
Availability of accommodation and season.
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"We had a very enjoyable trip. Everything went very smoothly. We had exceptional guides. Very friendly and knowledgeable young men, with very comfortable cars to pick us up and great drivers to manoeuvre us through all that crazy traffic. We thoroughly enjoyed our cooking day in Hoi An with Van. The shopping for our ingredients at the market was an eye opener and such a great experience. The Highlight of our trip was Halong Bay. The natural beauty of it was breath taking. All in all we had a wonderful 2 weeks in Vietnam. While we found the history very sad for the Vietnamese people, they seemly show no resentment for their plight of those terrible years of war and unrest. They appear to be such beautiful, peace loving folk. " — Mr and Mrs Wallace, Sydney, March 2019
"We had a super time in Vietnam and took tons of photos. Chandra has wonderful memories - thank you for all your effort in making this trip a success for him. Thank you for arranging the wheelchair!" — Chandra & George, Atherton, September 2018
"It was a good trip, well organized, the accommodation excellent and the guides personable and helpful. The guide in Saigon was exceptional and we enjoyed her company. We did not all the tourist things and the guides were adaptable. It was a good experience and I shall certainly look to going again with you. " — Rosemary and Shelley, Perth and Sydney, May 2018
"Thanks so much for all the detailed organization GetAboutAsia. Loved the people in Vietnam and Cambodia. Halong bay cruise was wonderful. Beautiful ship. Loved it. Metropole in Hanoi was fantastic. Beautiful French restaurant. Flights all worked well. Had Dreamliner SA Sydney to Singapore. Saigon was also great , guide was good fun, tunnels amazing as well as Mekong . Hotel was great as well as final 8 course dinner,. The standard of your tour was very high.. Thank you so much, You are very good at your job. " — Mr and Mrs Helm, Picton, November 2017
"Firstly, thank you so much for helping to organise our trip to Vietnam. It has been perfect and we will be recommending GetAboutAsia to everyone we know! The guides that have been arranged for us are fantastic and the additional knowledge that we have learned about Vietnam is invaluable. " — Mr and Mrs Butcher, Melton VIC , October 2016
"We had such a wonderful time. Everything from booking the trip, through to the transportation and the guides was all exceptional. The sites were amazing, we learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed learning so much about Vietnam. This trip had been on our bucket list for a long time and we are so glad that we were able to full fill this dream and with so much ease. Thank you so much for making the trip so enjoyable." — Mr and Mrs Buswell, South Bunbury WA, March 2016
"I found Getaboutasia a pleasure to deal with, and have already recommended them to fellow travellers. My favourite was waking up at Halong bay on my birthday. My favourite experience was the food. " — Mr and Mrs Sciban, Edmonton, QLD, October 2015