First Time Vietnam

8 Days, from AU $1,599

Saigon

Danang

Danang

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Experience historical temples, visit Vietnam's spectacular views, enjoy the tasty street food and explore lively cities on your first time in Vietnam.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi

You will meet your guide on arrival Hanoi airport, be transferred and check-in to your chosen hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Hanoi, answer any questions you have. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the 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.

Day 2: Hanoi – City Tour

Accompanied by your guide, the day starts with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology, the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda and the Quan Thanh Temple. Enjoy a walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter before ending the day with a show at the water puppet theatre.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Your early morning departure from your hotel in Hanoi to Halong Bay takes you on a journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. Observe everyday life of Vietnamese Villages as you see the villagers work the local rice fields, take live pigs to market on bicycles and plough the fields with their large water buffaloes.

Arrive in Halong and board a traditional sailing junk. As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by the Crew Team who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard.

Defined to be one of the highlights of your stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages (with extra charge applied) for drink).

In the evening enjoy the entertainment activities as movie night, squid fishing or just enjoying a cocktail surrounded by limestone rocks majestically springing out from silent waters in the night.

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An

Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some delights with a light breakfast and follow by a colorful brunch. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Your cruise will come to an end at the pier in Halong late morning.

You have the option to visit a pottery workshop on the trip back to Hanoi before flying to Danang in the afternoon. Enjoy free time after arriving in Danang.

Day 5: Hoi An

After breakfast at hotel, experience the charm of Hoi An on a walking tour with your guide. Wander along the narrow lanes and gain an insight into Hoi An’s illustrious past as you explore this heritage listed town. Take in the old merchant houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture. See the 400 year old Japanese Bridge, a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, and the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to the side. Visit the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with its outstanding wood carvings and explore the colourful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk which can be turned into fashionable garments within one or two days.

Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.

Day 6: Hoi An – Danang – Saigon

Enjoy free time in Hoi An until your guide & driver pick you up from hotel and transfer to airport for short flight to Saigon. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first 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.

Day 7: Saigon

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.

Saigon is the country’s commercial centre and, with over nine million inhabitants and five million motorbikes, a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. A city tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks is a must. Visit the Presidential Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.

Day 8: Departure Saigon

Depart your hotel this morning for about 02 hours 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. Take short bicycle ride or Xe Loi (Moto cart) or Xe Lam along country roads through the villages, tropical gardens along the way; discovering how Vietnamese farmers work their rice fields and observe daily life of the villagers in the Mekong Delta. Lunch will be served at local house, taste some local delicacies.

Departure transfer for your onwards flight.

Travel Styles

All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.

Standard:from AU $1,599
Superior:from AU $1,870
Deluxe:from AU $2,375

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us.

Inclusions:
  • All accommodations as mentioned with daily breakfast
  • All meals as noted in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Airport transfers and ground transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with skillful & experienced Drivers
  • Bottled water on vehicle for included transfer & sightseeing
  • All entrance fees, boat rides, service charges, and taxes as mentioned in tour program
  • Services of English-speaking local Guide (one place – one guide)

Info Exclusions:

  • Visa Fees
  • International airfares to start & from finish locations.
  • Other domestic/ internal air transportation
  • Other meals not noted in the itinerary
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Items  of  a  personal  nature  such  as  liquor,  laundry and phone  calls
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Tips & gratuities (suggestion for local services as restaurants, boat ride, driver and tour guide)
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance. 
  • Travel insurance (***)
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of our tour companies
  • All other services which are not mentioned in INCLUSIONS
Price Dependent:

Availability of accommodation and season.

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"We had a great time and the tour guide we met in Hanoi (Dat) was really helpful and informative. We loved Vietnam and thanks for organisation Andrew." — Mrs Wells, Sydney, October 2019

"The organisation was excellent, every guide turned up on time and were excellent hosts with lots of information, very helpful and vert friendly. The tours, flights and itinerary were all great. We didn't have any issues. The Mon Cheri was amazing, we loved Halong Bay. I would recommend people doing the 2 nights as the day between the nights was filled with a full day of excursions which were interesting and fun. The food on the boat was excellent. Thank you for organizing the trip, it was all very well co ordinated and we will have no hesitating in recommending Getaboutasia to other people. " — Russel and Denise, Sunshine Coast, October 2019

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