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21 Days

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This is an example of one of our tailor-made holidays in Vietnam - we'll be pleased to design similar vacations with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences. For example, you may wish to spend more or less time at any destination, or deviate from this itinerary, just contact us at our Enquiry Form page or send an email to

vietnam vacations hanoi featureAttractions:
Culture, World Heritage, ethnic minorities, natural scenery, boat cruises, ancient town, Cham relics, floating market, new religion.

Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoian, My Son, Ho Chi Minh City,Tay Ninh, Mekong Delta.

Day 1: Ha Noi arrival (Dinner (D))
Enter Vietnam at Ha Noi airport. Welcome dinner and evening water puppet performance.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Ha Noi (Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Guide (G))
All day city tour of Hanoi including the main sights and the Old Quarter
Overnight in Ha Noi.
Alternative for Day 2

Day 3: Biking through villages surrounding Ha Noi (B, L, G)
Cycling to villages surrounding Hanoi. Traditional Quan Ho music performance.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

vietnam vacations: Ha Long BayDay 4: Ha Noi to Ha Long (B, L, D, G)
Arrive at Ha Long Bay - twenty-four hours cruising on one of the world's most impressive natural phenomena.
Overnight on traditional-style boat with full board accommodation

Day 5: Ha Long to Ha Noi to Sa Pa (B, L, D, G)
Morning: cruising. Disembark at noon after lunch
Afternoon: return to Ha Noi for overnight sleeper train to Sa Pa.

Day 6: Ethnic market tour - Sa Pa (B, L, G)
Arrival at Lao Cai station and drive to a remote ethnic market. Return to Lao Cai and drive to Sapa.
Overnight in Sapa.

Days 7, 8 and 9 (B, L, D, G / B, L, D, G / B, L, G)
Three-day trek (or Jeep journey) - villages of the H'mong, Giay, Dzao and Tay ethnic people. 'Al fresco' picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight in ethnic stilt house.
Third day: trek (or Jeep journey) to Thanh Phu village. Drive to Sa Pa.
Overnight in Sapa.

Day 10: Free day in Ha Noi
Free day in Hanoi.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

vietnam vacation Hue gardenDay 11: Ha Noi to Hue (B, G)
Morning: free time
Afternoon: fly to Hue. Visit the Imperial Citdel.
Overnight in Hue.

Day 12: Hue (B, L, G)
Morning: visit to Thien Mu Pagoda and cruise along the Perfume River to King Minh Mang's tomb. Afternoon: visit to King Tu Duc and a sculpture garden.
Evening: Hue's 'garden houses' and dinner hosted by the owner.
Overnight in Hue.

Day 13: Hue to Hoi an (B, L, G)
Morning drive to Da Nang - Cham Museum en-route. Afternoon visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.
Overnight in Hoi An.

vietnma vacations Hoi An silkDay 14: Hoi an to My Son to Hoi An (B, G)
Morning: My Son Sanctuary. Free time in the afternoon.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 15: Hoi an to Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)
Afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)
All-day city tour of Ho Chi Minh City's main sights - Museum of War Remnants, Ben Thanh market, Jade Emperor Temple, etc.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City to Vinh Long to Can Tho (B, L, G)
Morning: drive to Vinh Long. Cruise the Mekong River including Cai Be floating market
Afternoon: travel to Can Tho
Overnight in Can Tho.

vietnam vacation: mekong marketDay 18: Can Tho (B, L, G)
Drive to Cai Rang, boat cruise on the Mekong Delta. Drive to Soc Trang
Overnight in Can Tho

Day 19: Can Tho To Ho Chi Minh (B, L, G)
Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Free time p.m.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 20: Ho Chi Minh to Tay Ninh and Cu Chi (B, L, D, G)
Morning: visit the Cao Dai Holy See (mid-day ceremony)
Afternoon: visit the Cu Chi tunnels
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 21: Departure flight (B, G)
Departure from Ho Chi Minh City airport.

The prices for this sample tour are per person in US dollars:
These prices are valid until October 31, 2015. Please note: bank transfer fees are not included.
Number in group
3 - 4
5 - 8
9 - 12
13 - 16
Supplement for single hotel room occupancy*
First Class

Please note that all our tours are priced in United States Dollars, in accordance with the established trading practices for tourism products within Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Equivalent quotations in £, Euro, Australian AUD are obtainable on request calculated at our prevailing exchange rate.

At the time of quotation, Haivenu reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

* 'Single room occupancy' refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.

Our prices include:

  • Breakfast and accommodation in twin or double rooms. Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi - Hue and Danang - Ho Chi Minh City, including domestic airport taxes.
  • Return train tickets: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi, good local standard four-berth cabin in 'Ratraco/Tulico' carriage (air-conditioned soft four-berth cabin)
  • Boat cruise as programme. Cruise on Ha Long Bay in a high quality wooden boat with comfortable accommodation, good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
  • Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, safe drivers.
  • The services of an experienced English-speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
  • VAT and other taxes
  • Our prices do not include:

    • International flight tickets and airport tax. Visas Dinners except as specified above. Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
    • Insurance.

    Hotel list for First Class standard:

    • Hanoi: Sofitel Metropole Hotel (*****historic colonial building in a city centre location - Luxury Room Historic Wing)
    • Ha Long Bay: Valentine Junk (Traditional Junk [Unique] (Deluxe quality wooden junks modelled on Imperial Court vessels - Suite cabin)
    • Sapa: Victoria Sapa Resort (**** the best hotel in Sapa, indoor swimming pool/fitness centre in separate building - Suite)
    • Hue: La Residence Hotel & Spa (****deluxe boutique hotel, on the bank of the Perfume River - Colonial Suite)
    • Hoi An: Palm Garden Resort (***** interesting new villa and bungalow style resort on a 5ha site on the northern section of Cua Dai Beach – Bungalow Beach Front)
    • Ho Chi Minh City: Caravelle Hotel (*****large high-rise building famous as the chosen hotel of international correspondents during the war, good city and river views, well-located in the heart of the city overlooking the Opera House - Signature Deluxe room)
    • Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho Resort (**** best hotel in Can Tho, colonial-style architecture on the bank of Hau river - Suite)

    Hotel list for Deluxe standard:

    • Hanoi: Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi (****Conveniently located in the city centre, just a step away from Hanoi's OperaHouse, the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake - L'Opera Grand Deluxe)
    • Ha Long Bay: Paradise Cruise [Traditional Junk Cruise] (Deluxe quality wooden junks modelled on Imperial Court vessels - Deluxe Balcony cabin)
    • Sapa: Victoria Sapa Resort (**** the best hotel in Sapa, indoor swimming pool/fitness centre in separate building - Deluxe room)
    • Hue: Best Western Premier Indochine Palace Hotel [former Celadon Palace hotel](***** high-rise building hotel in the heart of Hue - Palace Studio)
    • Hoi An: Palm Garden Resort (***** interesting new villa and bungalow style resort on a 5ha site on the northern section of Cua Dai Beach – Deluxe Seaview)
    • Ho Chi Minh City: Legend Hotel (***** high-rise building facing the Saigon River, a short walk from Dong Khoi Street - Deluxe room)
    • Can Tho: Victoria Cantho Resort & Spa (**** beside the Mekong river, good garden setting - Deluxe River View room)

    Hotel list for Superior standard:

    • Hanoi: Silk Path Hotel (**** conveniently located in Hanoi’s ‘Old Quarter’, about a ten-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake - Silk Deluxe room)
    • Ha Long Bay: Indochine Sails (Traditional Junk [Unique] (Deluxe quality wooden junks modelled on Imperial Court vessels - Superior cabin)
    • Sapa: Victoria Sapa Resort (**** the best hotel in Sapa, indoor swimming pool/fitness centre in separate building - Superior room)
    • Hue: Saigon Morin Hotel (**** colonial building overlooking the Perfume River - Colonial Deluxe room)
    • Hoi An: RBoutique Resort Hoi An (**** beach front boutique styled resort - ideally located on Hoi An beach, only 5 minute drive from Hoi An Ancient town - Superior room)
    • Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Central Hotel (**** city centre - Premier Deluxe room)
    • Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho Resort (**** best hotel in Can Tho, colonial architecture on the bank of Hau River - Superior Room)

    Hotel list for Mid-range standard:

    • Hanoi: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel (*** boutique hotel in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, stylish furnishings and decoration art – Lotus Deluxe room)
    • Ha Long Bay: Huong Hai or Bai Tho traditional junk [Unique] (Superior quality wooden junks modelled on Imperial Court vessels)
    • Sapa: Bamboo Hotel (***local standard hotel standing on the side of the mountain - good views - Superior room)
    • Hue: Moonlight Hotel (*** central location, contemporary décor, swimming pool – Deluxe River View room)
    • Hoi An: Ancient House Resort [Featured Hotel] (*** special resort - hotel with traditional architecture and authentic ancient house inside the complex, Superior Garden View room)
    • Ho Chi Minh City: Nhat Ha 3 hotel (*** central location, short walk to Opera House and famous Dong Khoi Street, nice rooftop bar – Superior room)
    • Can Tho: Kim Tho Hotel (***comfortable local hotel, conveniently located - Superior room)

    If, at the time of booking, any hotels or rooms in the list above are fully booked, we will endeavour to find accommodation of a similar standard elsewhere. If the only available accommodation is of a lower standard, we will revise the price accordingly and consult you immediately.

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