Mighty Mekong and Gorgeous Bai Tu Long Bay | Vietnam Authentic Tour - 09 Days

Mighty Mekong and Gorgeous Bai Tu Long Bay | Vietnam Authentic Tour
  • Start/End: Ho Chi Minh city/Hanoi
  • Visit: Ho Chi Minh city - Ben Tre - Tay Ninh - Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Bai Tu Long bay
  • Duration: 09 Days
  • Travel style: Authentic
  • Tour schedule: Daily Departure

A unique path, less accessible by tourists. This tour brings you to the most authentic and exciting destinations. Start from the dynamic city of Ho Chi Minh, explore the vicinity and take an excursion to the famous Cu Chi tunnels and Mekong Delta. Also explore the most authentic aspects of the capital of Hanoi. Learn about its thousand year history and live a day in the life of a Red River Delta local in the Ninh Binh countryside. Finish the trip with a leisurely cruise on Bai Tu Long Bay - a hidden part of Ha Long Bay.

  • Bustling Hanoi Capital, dynamic Ho Chi Minh City
  • Excursion to Mekong Delta
  • Halong World Heritage site
  • History, culture, local life and stunning landscapes
  • Boating, biking, kayaking, cooking class
  • Less touristic
  • Authentic experience
  • Bring your shoes, hat, sunglasses, sun cream
  • Do not wear short inside temples and pagodas
Itinerary Expand All
  • Day 1,Ho Chi Minh cityThu, May 28, 2020
    Ho Chi Minh City arrival, welcome and transfer to hotel

    Landing at the Tan Son Nhat airport, you are welcomed by professional tour guide and driver at the pickup lobby. On the 30-minute driving from the airport to the city center, your tour guide will introduce you about the highlights of the city, and share the experiences of eating and drinking, traffic, culture....

    Arrive at your hotel, check in.

    English speaking guide
    Private transportation
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Elios Hotel(Senior Superior Room)
    233 Pham Ngu Lao street, district 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Day 2,Ho Chi Minh cityFri, May 29, 2020
    Discovering Saigon city with the best highlights: Independence palace, Binh Tay market, China town, Quan Am pagoda and Fito Museum of traditional medicine

    9:00 AM: Pick up from your hotel to the Independence Palace, once used as the home - office of the Presidents of South Vietnam. Our visit includes the North Vietnamese tank which effectively attacked the palace in 1975 to bring the controversial Vietnam War to an end and the five-story palace with its rooms have been preserved in their late 1960s, 1970s style and a bunker basement.

    Continue by a leisurely waking tour. Head to the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, originally built between 1863 and 1880, evidently reflects the French colonist influences. It’s a picturesque spot in the city.

    Toward to Nguyen Hue walking street, walk to the unmissable city's famous landmark. The Saigon Central Post Office is a stunning building, designed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel. It is an actually working post office with beautiful indoor decorations.

    Pick up by car then short drive to have a visit to Binh Tay Market, located in Saigon’s Chinatown area with hundreds of stalls, the biggest market in city actually contributes a hub for many of Saigon’s demands including clothing, souvenir and food items. There is also a food court where visitors can sample local delicacies and street food.

    Continue visit Quan Am Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in city and dedicated to Guan Yin, elements of Taoism, and the folk worship of the "Queen of Heaven".

    Finally, visit the Traditional Medicine Museum (FITO) where the medicinal herb recipes, magic potions and special antique tools are preserved.

    At the end of the day, driver drops you off at your hotel

    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Elios Hotel(Senior Superior Room)
    233 Pham Ngu Lao street, district 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Day 3,Ho Chi Minh city - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh city110km - 2.5hSat, May 30, 2020
    From Saigon to Mekong discovery: Boat trip & biking in Ben Tre, visiting typical craft village, interact local people, garden tour. Back to Saigon in the afternoon.

    8:00 AM: Tour guide and driver welcome you at your hotel for your transfer to Ben Tre, a beautiful region in the Mekong Delta River, famous for making coconut candy. Arrive at Hung Vuong pier, take a boat trip on Ben Tre River to discover the daily local life. Stop to visit the brick kiln of Mr Tu Lo and discover the craft methods of making bricks. Continue your boat trip on a canal to Nhon Thanh Village. This will be an opportunity to taste the fresh fruits.

    Take a bike ride (or Tuk tuk) on a small path through the villages and enjoy views of the coconut ranges, rice fields and vegetable gardens. A lunch of elephant ear fish is served in the village. A short walk will help you to discover the local life in depth. This is followed by a boat ride on the small canal shaded by the wild palm trees. For those who wish to ride a bike, you can go to Mr Sau Khanh’s house to admire his collection of ancient objects. Then, continue riding through the rice fields and meet the locals.

    Transfer back to Saigon in the late afternoon.

    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
    Boat: Ben Tre
    Private transportation
    Bike: Ben Tre
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Elios Hotel(Senior Superior Room)
    233 Pham Ngu Lao street, district 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Day 4,Ho Chi Minh city - Tay Ninh - HanoiSun, May 31, 2020
    Special excursion to Cu Chi tunnels and then visiting Cao Dai temple, flying to Hanoi

    8:00 AM: Leave from your hotel to visit the most striking place in the history of the Vietnam War, the Cu Chi Tunnels.

    Cu Chi is a real underground city made up of a large network of tunnels covering an area of over 250km long where the Viet Cong conducted the war of resistance against American troops. All of the tunnels were dug over a period of twenty years using only pickaxes and shovels. The tour includes special entering some part of tunnels. You will also have a chance to visit Ben Duoc memorial temple nearby but far less touristic built in 1993 in memory of the Vietnamese killed at Cu Chi.

    Continue to visit one of the most sacred attractions in Vietnam - the Cao Dai Temple. Caodaism is a uniquely Vietnamese religion that is influenced by elements of Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and even Roman Catholicism. On a visit, you can attend the midday mass.

    Have lunch at local restaurant then transfer back to city center. Take flight to Hanoi.

    Landing at the Noi Bai airport, you are welcomed by professional tour guide and driver at the pickup lobby. Enjoy 45-minute driving to the city center (Hanoi Old Quarter) with city's briefing information about the most visited spots, culture, traffic and cuisine....Arrive in your hotel, check in and have a rest. 

    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Gondola Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    31 Hang Hanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
    Flight:VN258 (SGN - HAN)/ 16:30 - 18:40 - Vietnam Airlines Economy / 06 tickets
  • Day 5,HanoiMon, Jun 1, 2020
    Visiting the city's highlights, travelling to French Quarter, Ho Chi Minh complex. Discovering the old quarter

    9:00 AM: Get Pick up by tour guide to the Temple of Literature which was built under the Ly dynasty in 11th century for worshipping Confucius and teaching Royal children. Enjoy a walk in the garden to the city’s symbol Khue Van Cac. You will then visit the World Heritage "stone steles” which shows the name of outstanding students. Continue to explore the Quoc Tu Giam which is considered as the first national university of Vietnam.

    Next stop at the Ethnology Museum (closed every Monday) which offers a deep insight into Vietnamese culture through traditional costumes, tools, musical instruments and traditional houses of many ethnic groups. To fully explore this interesting museum, it takes you around two hours. 

    In the afternoon you visit the French Quarter – it is a “little Paris” in Hanoi with tree-lined boulevards, government head offices and a big square. Visit (outside) Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum before having a leisurely walk in the botanical gardens to visit the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live and work. Towards the unique One – pillar pagoda which is one of the city’s symbols. It takes us from 1 to 2 hours to explore this complex, depending on the number of traveler.

    Start with a small pagoda named Ba Da quietly located in a small alley - only few steps from the Hanoi Great Cathedral, built by French colonialism since the 19th century. Your tour guide also takes you to typical streets of Hanoi such as Lan Ong Street selling traditional medicine, Lo Ren Street where metal items are produced ... Stop to visit the Dong Xuan central market - the largest in Hanoi. Continue walking to the famous area for night activities and street food - Ta Hien street, where you can see the vibrant streets with a lot of the amazing local foods and drinks. Trying to taste some for an unforgettable experience.

    Finally enjoying the water puppet shows that is the unique performances, first appeared in the 11th century. In these shows, the daily life, culture and belief of Vietnamese people are described by puppets on water. The show usually integrates a traditional music performance as well.

    Come back to hotel. End of the day

    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Entertainment / Show: Water puppet
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Gondola Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    31 Hang Hanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 6,Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Hanoi100km - 2hTue, Jun 2, 2020
    From Hanoi to Ninh Binh, biking to Thung La temple and then a boat trip in Van Long Nature Reserve, embroidering experience

    8:00 AM: Transfer from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, driving through the picturesque countryside of the Red River Delta, painted by rice and vegetable fields. After a 1.5 hour drive, you will arrive in Van Long where you will meet a typical 3-generation rural family. Be welcomed to their home with a cup of tea and learn about their idyllic local lifestyles through intimate conversation.

    Take a 15km bike ride (optional) or walk through the villages. A journey along the dyke will offer you gorgeous landscapes of rice fields, a river and limestone mountains. There are several stops for you to take beautiful photos or encounter the locals then walk to discover Thung La temple, dating back to the 11th century. Meet Mr Tuong, the temple guardian, and enjoy an authentic conversation as well as a 20 minute drum show.

    Later, take a sampan boat trip along the stream and among the limestone mountains to discover the beauty of Van Long nature reserve. If lucky, you might get to see white monkeys and egrets on the cliffs. After the boat trip, visit an embroidery village and take part in an embroidery course under the instruction of local craftswoman, Mrs Lam. She will proudly explain the techniques of her traditional craft. This will be a good opportunity for you to practice on fabric like a real craftsman.

    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
    Boat: Van Long
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Bike: Ninh Binh
    Entertainment / Show: Thung La temple music
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Gondola Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    31 Hang Hanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 7,Hanoi - Bai Tu Long bay160km - 3hWed, Jun 3, 2020
    Cruising in Bai Tu Long bay, exploring Cap La Island, cooking class and overnight on boat

    8:00 AM: Pick up at your hotel (in the Hanoi Old Quarter). Enjoy three hour drive from Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay. Your journey will pass the series of villages and rice fields in the Red River Delta. Have a stop for drink and restroom. Continue your driving, arrive at the harbor around noon, get warmly welcomed at cruise reception.

    12:45: Warmest welcome drinks from our staffs. Listen to a brief of safety on board then check in your cabin

    13:30: Enjoying delicious Vietnamese dishes for lunch while leisurely cruising to the core of Bai Tu Long Bay. 

    15:00: Leave the cruise to discover Cap La Island- the beautiful area in Bai Tu Long bay. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing

    17:30: Get back to the boat and enjoy Sunset Time (enjoy tea and fresh fruits). This time is regarded as “Happy Hour” – “buy two get one free” while our cruise is sailing to the overnight anchorage. In addition, cooking class is also organized by our guide at this time. You have a chance to make Vietnamese cuisine by yourself. 

    19:00: Sumptuous set-dinner on board.

    20:30: Free time for relaxing on the sundeck, listening to music, you may also try your luck with squid fishing

    If you want to join in karaoke activity, please inform our tour guide to be supported

    Overnight on board on Bai Tu Long bay

    Shuttle bus: Hanoi - Hon Gai
    English speaking guide (on board)
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Entrance fees
    Kayak: Halong
    Entertainment / Show: Beach swimming
    Cooking class: Halong (on board)
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Deluxe Swan Cruise - 2D1N(Deluxe Room)
    3 Dang Thai Than street, Hoan Kien district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 8,Bai Tu Long bay - Hanoi160km - 3hThu, Jun 4, 2020
    Visiting the charm of Thien Canh Son cave, stunning cruising and back to Hanoi

    06:30: Freshen up your new day with doing Tai Chi 

    07:00: Breakfast will be served in Western style and furthermore with Vietnamese traditional foodTea and coffee is available

    08:00: Explore Thien Canh Son cave. Your guide will explain the history of Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and this Cave, made by Mother Nature

    09:30: Back to your boat by tender then finish packing.   

    Please remove all of your belongings from your cabin, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabin (staff will transfer directly to the pier).

    10:30: Join in and show your creativity in fruit carving activity

    11:00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

    12:00: Disembark in Hon Gai pier

    Welcome by driver at the harbor then enjoy travel back to Hanoi. Have a rest at the middle of the way. Drop off at your hotel (in the Hanoi Old Quarter).

    English speaking guide (on board)
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
    Entrance fees
    Entertainment / Show: Morning Tai Chi
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Gondola Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    31 Hang Hanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 9,Hanoi35km - 0.75hFri, Jun 5, 2020
    Transferring to airport for flights to next destinations

    Private driver will pick you up at the hotel lobby (Hanoi Old Quarter) for about 45 minutes to Noi Bai airport (international or domestic hall according to your request). Thanks for the visit to our city.

    Note: International flights require you to be at the airport 3 hours and domestic is 2 hours before departure time.

    Meal: Breakfast
    Private transportation
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
  • English speaking tour guide following itinerary
  • All entrance fees and tickets mention on itinerary
  • Selected Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Cruise: Deluxe Swan Cruise - 2D1N
  • Boat: Ben Tre, Van Long
  • Private transportation following itinerary
  • Shuttle bus: Hanoi - Hon Gai
  • Flight Ticket: VN258 SGN - HAN(Vietnam Airlines - Economy)
  • Meal: Breakfast: 08, Lunch: 05, Dinner: 01
  • Bike: Ben Tre, Ninh Binh
  • Kayak: Halong
  • Entertainment / Show: Water puppet, Thung La temple music, Beach swimming, Morning Tai Chi
  • Cooking class: Halong (on board)
  • 01 bottle of water per pax per day
  • Service charges and Taxes
  • International flight from/to your country
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • Other not mentioned in the program

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