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10 Days Sightseeing, Temple Visit, and Cruise Tour in Vietnam

Hanoi Sky Hotel, 27 Tong Duy Tan, Vietnam

Historical Tour Vietnam

Pack your bags and depart to a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience to Vietnam's greatest tourist attractions! Discover Hanoi, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City, and then have an overnight cruise along the Halong Bay. In this tour, you will also have a chance to explore the Cu Chi tunnels, the My Son Holy Land, and many more.

Key information

  • Guided tour
  • Type of transportation: Bus, plane, train, and cruise transport
  • Starts in: Hanoi
  • Ends in: Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights

  • Cruising in Halong Bay
  • Exploration of the Hồ Chí Minh City
  • Plenty of leisure time in Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Excursion to the Cu Chi tunnel system
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • English-speaking guide
  • Delicious meals daily

7 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will be provided nine nights of accommodation on this tour. On the first night, you will stay in Hanoi, and on the second night, you will stay on-board the V’Spirit Cruises in Halong. The third night will be spent in Hanoi, and the fourth night will be spent on the train to Da Nang. The fifth and sixth nights will be spent in Hoi An, and the seventh night up to the ninth night will be spent in Ho Chi Minh City.

3-star accommodation options

Hanoi Sky Hotel

  • Room type: Deluxe
  • Location: Hanoi

V’Spirit Cruise

  • Room type: Deluxe cabin
  • Location: Halong Bay

Kiman Hotel

  • Room type: Superior
  • Location: Hoi An

Signature Saigon Hotel

  • Room type: Superior
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City

4-star accommodation options

Flower Garden Hotel

  • Room type: Superior room
  • Location: Hanoi

Syrena Cruise or Grayline Cruise

  • Room type: Deluxe cabin or superior cabin
  • Location: Halong Bay

TTC Premium Hotel Hoi An

  • Room type: Deluxe room
  • Location: Hoi An

Harmony Sai Gon hotel

  • Room type: Premium deluxe room
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

You will be picked up from the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel in Hanoi center, the most exciting place for a tourist. After that, you will be free to visit Hanoi City by yourself. Hotel check in time is 01:00 p.m. Overnight stay will be in a hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi to Halong Bay

  • 08:00 to 08:30 Pick-up at hotel and start the scenic, three-and-a-half-hour drive to Halong Bay
  • 12:30 to 13:00 Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing
  • 13:30 to 14:30 Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands
  • 15:00 to 16:00 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave, the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay
  • 16:00 to 17:00 Cruising to Titov island, then go swimming and relax at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay
  • 17:00 to 17:30 Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoying beautiful seascape on the way
  • 17:30 to 19:00 Enjoy the sunset party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set
  • 19:00 Dinner is served, followed by time to socialize with other guests, taking part in board games, fishing for squid, or just lazing around.

Overnight stay will be on the V’Spirit Cruises in Halong. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included on this day.

Day 3: Halong Bay to Hanoi

  • 06:30 to 07:15 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt
  • 07:30 to 08:30 Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay
  • 09:00 to 10:00 Kayak around the Drum Cave
  • 10:15 Return to the boat, and then freshen up and check out of your cabin.
  • 10:15 to 11:00 Continue your cruise exploring the bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more
  • 11:00 to 12:15 While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the cooking class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch
  • 12:15 to 12:30 Disembark V’Spirit Classic
  • 12:30 to 13:00 Transfer back to Hanoi
  • 17:00 The trip ends

Overnight stay will be in Hanoi. Breakfast and lunch are included on this day.

Day 4: Hanoi to Da Nang

On this day, you will be free to visit Hanoi Old Quarter and do some shopping until you get transferred to Hanoi Train Station. You will sleep on the train on the way to Da Nang. Please notice that all hotels have check-out time at 12:00 p.m. You will need to spend on the train around 16 hours so it is better to have dinner before going and buy some snacks to bring with you onto the train.

On the train you can view, the beautiful country along the coastal line. You will also stay overnight on the train and reach Da Nang train station at around 11:30 a.m. You can take an upgrade for a flight and extra night in Hoian. Please contact to Halong Tours Booking for more information. Overnight stay will be on the train. Breakfast is included on this day.

Day 5: Da Nang to Hoi An town

The train will arrive at around 11:30 a.m. You will be picked up and get transferred to Hoi An Ancient town. You will be checking in at the hotel in the ancient town and have some time for relaxing. Overnight stay will be in a hotel in Hoi An.

Day 6: Hoi An to My Son

  • 08:00 to 08:30 The bus and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel
  • 08:30 Leaving Hoi An for My Son Holy Land
  • 09:30 Arriving in My Son Holy Land surrounded by the marvelous mountains, 48 kilometers west of Hoi An. My Son was chosen as a religious center, built in the late 4th century under the Cham’s King Bhadravaman. It is a huge religious complex with over 70 towers and temples of different architectures.

You will wander through the elaborate carvings and sculptures of the Cham people where tourists are welcomed at the Old Tower of the Cham. You will spend two hours to enjoy and discover the beauty of the ancient buildings at of the Champa Kingdom with the tour guide

  • 12:00 Leaving My Son for boat station and taking a boat trip on Thu Bon river. You could visit the living of the local people and feeling the fresh air. You will have soft lunch (My Quang traditional noodle), and then you will get a boat trip to visit Thu Bon river, stopping for a visit at the Kim Bong Carpentry Village, the traditional work village.
  • 14:30 The boat trip will finish at the boat station

Overnight stay will be in Hoi An. Breakfast and light lunch are included.

Day 7: Hoi An to Hồ Chí Minh City

After breakfast at your hotel, you will have some free time until your airport transfer. On this day, you will have a flight to Ho Chi Minh City and then you will stay overnight at the most touristic area of Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight stay will be in Ho Chi Minh. Breakfast is included on this day.

Day 8: Hồ Chí Minh to Mekong Delta

The trip starts at 07:30 a.m. and then ends at 05:00 p.m. You will enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. Upon arrival at My Tho, you will visit Vinh Trang pagoda, and then you will take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations, and fishing villages along the river bank.

You will proceed to Tortoise islet and then have lunch in the orchard garden. You will take a boat ride to An Khanh, a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, and then enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals. You will then enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea to the sound of Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by locals.

You will visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy, and observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. You will be picked up by the bus and then return to Hồ Chí Minh.

This trip provides a fascinating insight into the daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories. Overnight stay will be in a hotel in Hồ Chí Minh City. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 9: Hồ Chí Minh City to Cu Chi tunnel tour

At 07:30 a.m. to 07:50 a.m, the tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and then you will start driving to Cu Chi which is located 60 kilometers from Hồ Chí Minh City. Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role in the anti-American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for the original tunnels system of over 220 kilometers and is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors.

The peacefully rural rice paddy scenery contains ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers alongside the road. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destructions, damage and defoliation all over the area, caused by bombing and mines, when Cu Chi was "A Free Target Zone".

The remnants’ visitors will see how Cu Chi still has her evidence to prove the fierce battleground that took place there and visitors will see the remnants.

  • 13:00 Back to Ho Chi Minh City
  • 14:30 Have lunch in a local restaurant
  • 15:30 Arrival in your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Overnight stay will be in a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Breakfast and lunch are included on this day.

Day 10: Departure day

This day, you will be free to visit Ho Chi Minh City and then you will be shopping for souvenirs until you get transferred to Tan Son Nhat airport for your flight back home. Breakfast is included.

Location

This tour will be held in Vietnam. It will cover places including Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hanoi Old Quarter, Da Nang, Hoi An, My Son Holy Land, Hồ Chí Minh City, Mekong Delta, An Khanh, Ben Tre, and the Cu Chi tunnel system.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port, is an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time in an international maritime commercial center. The town is a special example of a traditional trading port in Southeast Asia which has been completely and assiduously preserved: it is the only town in Vietnam that has survived intact in this way.

Most of the buildings are in the traditional architectural style of the 19th and 20th centuries. They are aligned along narrow lanes of traditional type. They include many religious buildings, such as pagodas, temples, meeting houses, and more which relate to the development of a port community.

The traditional lifestyle, religion, customs, and cooking have been preserved and many festivals still take place annually. The architecture of Hoi An, which is almost entirely of wood, is of considerable interest.

It combines traditional Vietnamese designs and techniques with those from other countries, above all China and Japan, whose citizens settled there to trade and built houses and community centers to their own designs. The typical house conforms to a corridor plan, the following elements occurring in sequence: house, yard, and house.

The buildings are: family cult houses, dedicated to the worship of ancestors; the community houses, used for worship of ancient sages, founders of settlements, or the legendary founders of crafts; and the pagodas which are almost all from the 19th century, although inscriptions show them to have been founded in the 17th and 18th centuries.

They conform to a square layout and decoration is largely confined to the elaborate roofs. In the case of the larger examples, they constituted nuclei of associated buildings with religious and secular functions. Some of the larger pagodas also served as meeting halls.

My Son Holy Land

My Son Holly Land dates from the 4th to the 13th centuries CE. The property is located in the mountainous border Duy Xuyen District of Quang Nam Province, in central Vietnam. It is situated within an elevated geological basin surrounded by a ring of mountains, which provides the watershed for the sacred Thu Bon river.

The source of the Thu Bon river is here and it flows past the monuments, out of the basin, and through the historic heartland of the Champa Kingdom, draining into the South China Sea at its mouth near the ancient port city of Hoi An. The location gives the sites its strategic significance as it is also easily defensible.

The tower temples were constructed over ten centuries of continuous development in what was the heart of the ancestral homeland of the ruling Dua Clan which unified the Cham clans and established the kingdom of Champapura (Sanskrit for City of the Cham people) in 192 CE. During the 4th to 13th centuries CE, this unique culture, on the coast of contemporary Vietnam, owed its spiritual origins to the Hinduism of the Indian sub-continent.

Under this influence, many temples were built to the Hindu divinities such as Krishna and Vishnu, but above all Shiva. Although Mahayan Buddhist penetrated the Cham culture, probably from the fourth century CE, and became strongly established in the north of the kingdom, Shivite Hinduism remained the established state religion.

The monuments of the My Son sanctuary are the most important constructions of the My Son civilization. The tower temples have a variety of architectural designs symbolizing the greatness and purity of Mount Meru, the mythical sacred mountain home of Hindu gods at the center of the universe, now symbolically reproduced on Earth in the mountainous homeland of the Cham people.

They are constructed in fired brick with stone pillars and decorated with sandstone bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. Their technological sophistication is evidence of Cham engineering skills while the elaborate iconography and symbolism of the tower-temples give insight into the content and evolution of Cham religious and political thought.

The My Son Sanctuary is a remarkable architectural ensemble that developed over a period of ten centuries. It presents a vivid picture of spiritual and political life in an important phase of the history of South-East Asia. The monuments are unique and without equal in Southeast Asia.

The understanding of the authenticity of the My Son Sanctuary is underpinned by the work of Henry Parmentier in the early 20th century. Historically, investigations by archaeologists, historians, and other scholars in the 19th and early 20th century has recorded the significance of the site through its monuments, which are masterpieces of brick construction of the period, both in terms of the technology of their construction and because of their intricate carved-brick decorations.

The location and the sacred nature of the site ensured that the monuments have remained intact within their original natural setting, although many have suffered some damage over the years. Conservation interventions under French and Polish expert guidance have been relatively minor and do not affect the overall level of authenticity of the site.

The authenticity of My Son in terms of design, materials, workmanship, and setting continues to support it Outstanding Universal Value. The Champa Kingdom was an important phenomenon in the political and cultural history of Southeast Asia, vividly illustrated by the ruins of My Son.

The sanctuary is an exceptional example of cultural interchange, with the introduction of the Hindu architecture of the Indian subcontinent into South-East Asia. My Son, a valley surrounded by mountains, was chosen as the site for a religious center for the capital of the Champa Kingdom. The sanctuary area is one of the most famous Champa architectural and sculptural monuments in Viet Nam.

The Champa Kingdom began in AD 192. The Cham economy was based on farming (wet-rice agriculture), fishing, and seaborne trade. When the Cham came under the influence of the Hindu religion many temples were built to the Hindu divinities, such as Krishna and Vishnu, but above all Shiva.

Mahayana Buddhism must have penetrated the Cham culture later, probably in the 4th century, and became strongly established in the north of the Champa Kingdom. While the religious significance of My Son was important, its location in a small valley surrounded by high mountains gave it strategic significance as an easily defensible stronghold.

Successive kings in the 6th to 8th centuries favored My Son and endowed it with fine temples. In the later 10th century, most of the finest surviving architectural monuments were built there.

Most of the 11th century was a period of continuous warfare and My Son, along with other sacred sites in the Champa Kingdom, suffered grievously. Harivarman IV had moved his capital to Do Ban towards the end of the century and he undertook the restoration of My Son. From 1190 to 1220 the Champa Kingdom was occupied by the Khmers. From the 13th century the Champa Kingdom slowly declined and was absorbed by the growing power of Vietnam. It ceased to exist as an entity in the later 15th century, when worship ceased at My Son.

The site represents the ancient settlement and sanctuary area, and eight groups of tower temples have been singled out. In date, they cover the period from the 10th to the 13th centuries, and this long date range is reflected in different architectural styles. All are constructed in fired brick with stone pillars and decorated with sandstone bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu mythology.

The main tower (kalan) symbolizes the sacred mountain (meru) at the center of the universe. The square or rectangular base (bhurloka), representing the human world, is built from brick or stone blocks and decorated with reliefs. Above this rises the main tower (bhuvakola), constructed entirely in brick, with applied columns and a false door facing east.

The interiors are plain, with small niches for lamps, and the Shivalingam was situated on a plinth in the center. It symbolized the spirit world. The towers were separated from their roofs (suarloka) by a decorated frieze. Many of these roofs were originally covered with gold or silver leaf.

The predominant style of the architecture and sculptural decoration of the My Son temples derives directly from India.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (other name called Sai Gon), to give it its full Vietnamese title, is Vietnam’s center of commerce and the country’s biggest city. Though not its administrative capital, it is an honor that rests with Hanoi.

As a result of the sweeping economic changes wrought by Doi Moi in 1986, this effervescent city, perched on the banks of the Saigon River and still known as Saigon to its eight million or so inhabitants, has changed its image from that of a war-torn city to one of a thriving metropolis, challenging Singapore, Bangkok, and the other traditional Southeast Asian powerhouses.

All the accoutrements of economic success, fine restaurants, flash hotels, glitzy bars and clubs, and shops selling imported luxury goods are here, adding a glossy veneer to the city’s hotchpotch landscape of French stones of empire, venerable pagodas, and austere, Soviet-style housing blocks.

The most popular trip out of the city is to the Cu Chi tunnels, where villagers dug themselves out of the range of American shelling. The tunnels are often twinned with a tour around the fanciful Great Temple of the indigenous Cao Dai religion at Tay Ninh. A brief taster of the Mekong Delta at My Tho or a dip in the East Sea at Ho Coc is also eminently possible in a long day’s excursion

The best time to visit tropical Ho Chi Minh City is in the dry season, which runs from December through to April. During the wet season, May to November, there are frequent tropical storms, though these will not disrupt your travels too much. Average temperatures, year-round, hover between 26 degrees Celsius and 29 degrees Celsius. March, April, and May are the hottest months.

Halong Bay

Ha Long Bay, situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and relatively unaffected by human influence.

Halong Bay translates as “where the dragon descends into the sea”, and legend claims the islands of Halong Bay were created by a great dragon from the mountains. As it charged towards the coast, its flailing tail gouged out valleys and crevasses. When it finally plunged into the sea, the area filled with water, leaving only the pinnacles visible.

Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, this mystical landscape of limestone islets is often compared to Guilin in China or Krabi in southern Thailand. In reality, Halong Bay is more spectacular. The bay’s immense number of islands are dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes, and their sparsely forested slopes ring with birdsong.

Sprawling Halong City is the bay’s main gateway, but the raffish collection of highrise hotels and karaoke bars is not a great introduction to this incredible site. Beyond a boat cruise, visitors to Halong also come to explore the caves. There are few real beaches in Halong Bay, but Lan Ha Bay has sandy coves a short boat hop from Cat Ba Town.

Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter marked its appearance in the 11th century, when King Ly Thai To decided to build his palace. That means by 2010, Hanoi as well as the 36 old streets turned 1,000 years old.

Originally a group of workshop villages surrounding the royal palace, the Old Quarter has gradually transformed into craft cooperatives, or guilds and soon gained its reputation as the business trading areas of the Red River delta. Skilled craftsmen migrated to the quarter to live and work together in the same guilds, which were made specialized for artisans performing similar services.

The new allocation of production and service helped to create a cooperative system for merchandise transportation to designated streets. Soon under French colony, Hanoi Old Quarter increasingly became a marketplace for trade between the local and businessmen from China, India, and France.

Despite the damages that Vietnam War left in Hanoi, the Old Quarter still retained much of the original traits that interests tourists, especially those with architectural passion. These houses are neither tall buildings as people normally see in cities nor stilt houses on lines of poles, which were popular in Vietnams' mountainous regions these days.

They are also called "tubular houses" which are short and narrow but have great length. The house is sometimes too narrow that only one person can pass by at a time. Standing close together, these tubular houses make up the ward along the soil streets, and some streets were paved with stone or brick. Only until the later time, they were asphalted.

Hanoi Old Quarter is the most attractive sign seeing for all the Guest who visit Hanoi. It is an area well-known for the history, the architecture, the enormous amount and diversity of products and even the everyday life of its residents.

Mekong Delta

The “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta, is a landscape carpeted in a dizzying variety of greens and slashed with mighty waterways. It is a water world where boats, houses, restaurants and even markets float upon the innumerable rivers, canals and streams that flow through the region like arteries. At times, you can quite simply lose sight of land.

The area is both riparian and deeply rural, but it is also one of Vietnam's most densely populated regions, with nearly every hectare intensively farmed. Visitors can dwell on southern charm in little-visited riverside cities, sample fruits traded in the colorful floating markets, or feast on home-cooked delicacies before overnighting as a homestay guest.

Mangrove forests, sacred Khmer pagodas, and off-the-beaten-track attractions round out the picture.

Food

You will be provided delicious meals daily as specified in the itinerary.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Guided tour to Halong Bay on the VSpirit Cruises
  • Guided tour to My Son Holy Land
  • Group guided tour to Mekong delta
  • Group guided tour to Cu Chi tunnel
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Flight ticket Danang to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam airlines as the first priority with 20-kilogram check and 7-kilogram hand carry)
  • Train ticket from Hanoi to Da Nang (4-berth air-conditioned cabin sharing and soft sleeper)
  • Airport transfers in private car in Hanoi, Danang airport, and Ho Chi Minh City airport
  • Train station transfer in Hanoi and Da Nang
  • Meal as mentioned
  • Tax and service charge

What's not included

  • Return airfares from your country to Vietnam
  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
  • Other things not mentioned clearly in the packages
  • Visa to Vietnam

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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