From the bustling waterways of the Mekong Delta to the deeper waters of Halong Bay with its spectacular array of limestone islands and caves, this journey combines the very best of Vietnam, including “Dry Halong Bay”.
Day 1 FRI: ARRIVE HANOI
On arrival you will be transferred to The Ann Hotel for two nights.Day 2 SAT: HANOI
Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his wooden cottage and the One Pillar Pagoda. Enjoy a walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter and continue to Hao Lo Prison, formerly known as the ‘Hanoi Hilton’, the Temple of Literature, Quan Thanh Temple and the Museum of Ethnology. This evening enjoy the Water Puppet show.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 3 SUN: HANOI/HALONG BAY
Travel to Halong Bay via the rich farmlands and villages to join your overnight cruise on board the “Indochina Sails” junk. Observe the natural beauty of the unique grottoes that rise towards the sky as you leisurely sail the emerald green waters of the bay.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 4 MON: HALONG BAY/NINH BINH
Watch the sun rise over the bay before you return to the pier and transfer to Ninh Binh, considered one of the most beautiful regions of Vietnam and nicknamed ‘Dry Halong Bay’. Enjoy an afternoon cruise through the Thung Nang Valley and pass through spectacular caves to reach a quaint pagoda before stopping at the local markets. Stay one night at Ninh Binh Legend Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | DinnerDay 5 TUE: NINH BINH/MAI CHAU
Take a scenic drive to Mai Chau and stay one night at the Mai Chau Lodge. Pass by fields of tapioca, sugar cane and rice paddies and see villagers in the fields logging or herding buffalo. Visit Mo Luong Cave after a lunch in a traditional stilt house of the Thai people. This evening enjoy a traditional Thai performance of music and dance.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 6 WED: MAI CHAU/HANOI
Return to Hanoi for one night and enjoy lunch at KOTO Restaurant, an ongoing project to help street children gain work and independence in the hospitality industry. This afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature and the History Museum. This evening enjoy dinner at the Ly Club.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 7 THU: HANOI/HOI AN
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. On arrival, travel to the charming ancient town of Hoi An. Along the way stop at Non Nuoc Beach and Cham Mountain. Stay two nights at the Hoi An Historic Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 8 FRI: HOI AN
Described as a ‘living museum’ with narrow winding streets and rows of carefully-preserved ancient houses, Hoi An has unique charm and atmosphere. Enjoy a cyclo tour, visit the Japanese covered bridge, a Chinese communal house, take a boat ride on the Thu Bon River and visit Thanh Ha where skilled locals produce beautiful pottery.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 9 SAT: HOI AN/SAIGON
Transfer back to Danang and fly to Saigon. Stay one night at the Grand Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 10 SUN: SAIGON/CAN THO (MEKONG)
Spend a day exploring the colourful floating markets, emerald rice fields and lush back waterways of the Mekong Delta. Journey to Cai Be and Vinh Long and cruise through the many tributaries of the Mekong. Walk to the villages and wander amongst vibrant tropical fruit gardens. Continue to Can Tho and stay one night at the Victoria Can Tho Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 11 MON: CAN THO/SAIGON
Early this morning visit the bustling floating markets of Cai Rang where countless boats, loaded with local produce are moored alongside the riverbank ready for trading. Sail through the markets and watch the locals haggle and trade their wares to interested buyers. Explore the rural city of Can Tho, passing the local market and Khmer Pagoda. Return to Saigon and stay two nights at the Grand Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 12 TUE: SAIGON
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnel. Constructed by Viet Cong fighters during the Vietnam War, these tunnels ran directly under military bases and were used both as shelters and to stage surprise attacks. Continue to the Reunification Palace, History Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Dong Khoi Street and Ben Thanh Market. This evening, enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 13 WED: DEPART SAIGON
Farewell Vietnam as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
- Vietnam domestic economy class air travel
- 11 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
- 1 night on board the “Indochina Sails” junk
- 12 buffet breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners
- 2 evening cultural shows with transfers
- Sightseeing and entrance fees
- Vietnam visa for Australian passport holders
- Travel kit and backpack