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13 Days, Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (saigon)
Explore Vietnam

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Immerse yourself in the incredibly vibrant Vietnamese culture with this 13-day introduction to its iconic highlights. Spend a night on a traditional junk boat in stunning read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 12 nights accommodation (Hotels (10 nts), junk boat (1 nt), Lodge (01 night))
  • 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Bus, boat, cyclo, plane, walking).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Internal flights.
  • Visit Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
  • Cyclo tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter.
  • Breakfast at a youth training restaurant.
  • Overnight on a junk boat on Halong Bay.
  • Guided tour of Emperor's Tomb and Imperial Citadel Hue.
  • Walking tour of Hoi An Old Town.
  • Oodles of Noodles market tour and cooking class.
  • Lantern-making class.
  • Guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 155-205 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi/Mai Chau
Day 3 Mai Chau
Day 4 Mai Chau / Hanoi
Day 5 Hanoi/Ha Long
Day 6 Ha Long / Hue
Day 7 Hue
Day 8 Hue/Hoi An
Day 9 Hoi An
Day 10 Hoi An
Day 11 Hoi An/ Ho Chi Minh City
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City
Departures
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  • Start
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  • Sun, 26 Nov '17
  • Fri, 08 Dec '17
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  • Fri, 12 Jan '18
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Hanoi
  • Mai Chau
  • Ha Long
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (saigon) Map
  • DAY 1 Arrive Hanoi

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    Private Vehicle
    Gia Lam Airport - Hanoi
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Hanoi/Mai Chau

    Start your day off right with breakfast at Hoa Sua, a non-profit training restaurant for underprivileged Hanoi youth. Help yourself to some yummy cuisine while helping others. We then travel to the lush Mai Chau Valley.

    Continue to the lush Mai Chau Valley where we stay in a rural lodge, the perfect base for exploration and learning about Vietnam's ethnic hill tribes. Options include a walking tour of the ethnic villages, cycling to the countryside, taking a cooking class, rock-climbing, or kayaking.

    Breakfast at Hoa Sua
    Hanoi
    Savour a meal of Western (mainly French) and Vietnamese cuisine at this restaurant while supporting a training program that prepares local disadvantaged youth for careers in the culinary arts. After 19 years of operation the Hoa Sua School has trained more than 7,000 young people giving them the skills to overcome poverty, many of them going on to have very successful careers. Meet with one of the organizers to learn more about this successful organization.

    Private Vehicle
    Hanoi - Mai Chau 3h-4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities
    Village Walking Tour

    Mai Chau
    Learn about the local ethnic tribes of Mai Chau on a walking tour through the valley.

    Cycling Mai Chau
    Mai Chau
    Cycle through the lush countryside and small towns to get a great view of local life and the surrounding paddy fields.

    Cooking Class
    Mai Chau
    Create some delicious Vietnamese dishes with a little help from an expert.

    Rock Climbing
    Mai Chau
    Learn about the landscape and rock formations in the area after a quick lesson on basic rock-climbing techniques.

    Kayaking
    Mai Chau
    Take a kayak out on the beautiful Hoa Binh reservoir (Vietnam's largest man-made reservoir) and take in the views of the surrounding hills and villages. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Mai Chau

    Enjoy free time to explore the valley and any of the optional activities available.

    Options include a walking tour of the ethnic villages, cycling in the countryside, cooking class, rock climbing or kayaking.

    Free Time
    Mai Chau Full Day
    Spend the day paddling on a kayak, learning to make delicious food in a cooking class or cycling through the lush rice fields.

    Optional Activities
    Village Walking Tour

    Mai Chau
    Learn about the local ethnic tribes of Mai Chau on a walking tour through the valley.

    Cycling Mai Chnu
    Mai Chau
    Cycle through the lush countryside and small towns to get a great view of local life and the surrounding paddy fields.

    Kayaking
    Mai Chau
    Take a kayak out on the beautiful Hoa Binh reservoir (Vietnam's largest man-made reservoir) and take in the views of the surrounding hills and villages.

    Cooking Class
    Mai Chau
    Create some delicious Vietnamese dishes with a little help from an expert.

    Rock Climbing
    Mai Chau
    Learn about the landscape and rock formations in the area after a quick lesson on basic rock-climbing techniques. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Mai Chau / Hanoi

    Return to Hanoi to explore Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton), visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with a local guide, and go on a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter.

    Private Vehicle
    Mai Chau - Hanoi 3h-4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Guided Tour
    Hanoi
    Take a guided tour of the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh's body is embalmed in a glass case. Visit the museum where you can learn about Ho Chi Minh's life and political history.

    Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) Guided Tour
    Hanoi
    Tour the museum of Hoa Lo Prison, referred to as Hanoi Hilton by American prisoners, to learn more about the Vietnam War.

    Hanoi Cyclo Tour
    Hanoi
    Take a seat on a cyclo for a tour of Hanoi's lively Old Quarter. Let the driver navigate through the bustling streets and start taking some photos or just use the tour to help get familiar with the area.

    Optional Activities
    Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance

    Hanoi
    Watch a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show with beautiful live music and intricate puppets dancing in a water stage. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Hanoi/Ha Long

    Transfer to Halong Bay and spend the night on a traditional junk boat surrounded by turquoise waters, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the calm waters. Opt to explore some caves, go kayaking, or hike up one of the islands.

    On arrival in Halong Bay, we board a junk boat, our home for the evening. This traditional wooden sailing boat offers a unique way of navigating the lime karsts of Halong Bay with all the comforts of a motorized, floating hotel. The boat crew will prepare an included seafood lunch and dinner to feast on.

    All cabins are twin share and have an en-suite bathroom. The boat features an enclosed dining and sitting area and of course plenty of outside deck space to enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

    Private Vehicle
    Hanoi - Ha Long 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Halong Bay Overnight Cruise
    Ha Long
    Cruise through majestic Ha Long Bay on a traditional wooden junk boat. Enjoy your time afloat eating fresh seafood, kayaking, and exploring Sung Sot cave. Spend a peaceful night anchored in the bay under the stars. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 6 Ha Long / Hue

    Continue to cruise around the Bay finding more secluded areas to enjoy. Have an early lunch before returning to land and heading back to Hanoi. Later in the day catch our short flight to Hue.

    Private Vehicle
    Ha Long - Hanoi 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Plane
    Hanoi - Hun 1h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 7 Hue

    Visit the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. Take a trip into the surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of former emperors, visiting one of the most impressive royal tombs.

    Hue is the gateway to the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and remains one of Vietnam's major tourist attractions. This quiet city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadel, royal tombs, pagodas, and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty on the lush banks of the Perfume River.

    Imperial Citadel Tour
    Hue
    Tour this one-time capital city and UNESCO World Heritage site. See the walled fortress and former palace, which has many palaces, gateways, courtyards, and gardens to explore. The Forbidden Purple City (modelled on China's Forbidden City) inside the citadel was once home to the imperial family and was significantly damaged during the Vietnam War.

    Emperor's Tomb Guided Tour
    Hue
    Tour the tombs of Vietnam's great emperors. Just outside of Hue, along the Perfume River are several impressive tombs dating back to the 1800s. Ranging in size and states of ruin, the ornate architecture and history make the sites a great place to learn more about the history of Hue.

    Private Vehicle
    Hue
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Hue/Hoi An

    Enjoy a scenic drive to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site and take a walking tour of the ancient town. Also visit the Lifestart Foundation and learn how to make a traditional lantern from one of the beneficiaries of this program. Supported by Planeterra, this project helps local Vietnamese with chronic disabilities gain sustainable employment.

    Depart Hue for the scenic journey to Hoi An, via the Hai Van Pass, an incredibly scenic and mountainous stretch of highway with spectacular views of Lang Co Beach. Hoi An itself is a charming small town 30km (19 mi) south of Danang.

    Private Vehicle
    Hun - Hoi An 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Hoi An Walking Tour
    Hoi An
    Stroll through the narrow winding streets of Hoi An's Old Town to see the Chinese assembly halls, ancestral homes, the Japanese covered bridge, and well-preserved pagodas. Stop for a riverside lunch to sample delicious local delicacies and fusion food at one of the restaurants for which Hoi An is becoming famous.

    Traditional Lantern Experience
    Hoi An
    Add a little light to your life in the lantern capital of Vietnam! Visit Lifestart Foundation and learn how to make a traditional lantern from one of the beneficiaries of this program. Share stories with the teacher and gain insight into their daily life. See how this project, supported by G Adventures, helps local Vietnamese with chronic disabilities gain sustainable employment. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Hoi An

    Enjoy the Oodles of Noodles cooking class at a G Adventures-supported culinary training school. Visit the local markets with two students and their trainer to learn about and taste noodles, and then return to the school to cook lunch with the students.

    Oodles of Noodles Culinary Experience
    Hoi An
    The Oodles of Noodles Culinary Experience is run by STREETS International and has been designed exclusively for G Adventures. This tour empowers street youth from across Vietnam that have been brought to Hoi An to learn in a culinary training kitchen. Youth (16-18) go through an 18-month training course and are divided into wait staff and kitchen staff. The kitchen youth often have a more challenging time finding employment after their training course as their English is not as proficient as their wait staff peers. This excursion will empower the kitchen youth to lead insider noodle tours in Hoi An. There are currently over 26 types of noodles in this city alone and we will go to the market with two students and their trainer, learn about the ingredients at the market, and do a tasting of the different noodles while supporting local small women enterprises. We then pick the ingredients and return with our youth guides to the training kitchen where you will learn to cook and prepare noodles from the guides. After we enjoy our noodles for lunch and watch a video and learn about the organization.


    Free Time
    Hoi An Afternoon
    Spend free time this afternoon visiting a tailor, wandering through the temples and tombs at a UNESCO World Heritage site, or take a bike ride to a nearby beach. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Hoi An

    The day is free for optional activities of your choice.

    During your time in Hoi An, you may like to visit a local tailor and be fitted for some very reasonably priced clothes. Alternatively, you can organize an optional day tour to My Son, a major Cham site around one hour outside of Hoi An. These historical ruins are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Or opt to spend the day by the pool or head to the nearby Cua Dai beach, a bike ride away.

    Free Time
    Hoi An
    Numerous optional activities are available today.

    Optional Activities
    My Son Excursion

    My Son
    Travel approximately one hour from Hoi An to arrive at My Son. Tour these Hindu temples built between the fourth and 14th centuries; the site is widely accepted as one of the most important Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia. Learn about the architectural style and history of a site that's often compared to Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Bagan in Burma.

    Cua Dai Beach
    Play in the surf at Cua Dai beach about 4km (2.5 mi) away from the Old Town. Make your own picnic of local food and rest under one of the palm trees lining the shore. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Hoi An/ Ho Chi Minh City

    Flight to Ho Chi Minh CIty. Opt to take a cyclo tour and visit the markets and shops.

    Discover the infectious energy of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's biggest city. Formerly known as Saigon, it was once the capital of South Vietnam and remains the country's commercial center.

    During your free time you can take a tour by cyclo (rickshaw) to various sights around town. See Notre Dame Cathedral, Gustav Eiffel's Post Office, the Opera House, Rex Hotel, and town hall. Or you may wish to visit the War Remnants Museum or the Reunification Palace.

    Plane
    Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City 45m - Kindly advise on the airport as the closest one as per our knowledge is Danang airport. Nha Trang airport is 10hrs approx away from Hoi An.
    30 minute transfer from hotel in Hoi An to Nha Trang airport. One hour transfer from Ho Chi Minh City airport to hotel.

    Free Time
    Ho Chi Minh City Afternoon
    Free time to enjoy the city.

    Optional Activities
    Ho Chi Minh City Cyclo Tour

    Ho Chi Minh City
    Take a city tour on a cyclo (cycle rickshaw) - a great way to absorb the sights, sounds, and smells of Ho Chi Minh City. Watch your belongings though - they're easy for people to grab, if you're not careful.

    War Remnants Museum Visit
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Visit the War Remnants Museum, a gut-wrenching but worthwhile experience that includes three storeys of exhibits and military hardware. Learn about the devastation that occurred in Saigon during the Vietnam War, a period that greatly contrasts the joy and liveliness of the Vietnamese people today.

    Reunification Palace Visit
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Wander the historic halls of the Reunification Palace (Independence Palace), a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City. This former home of the South Vietnamese president during the Vietnam War became the location of the end of the war when a North Vietnamese tank pushed through the palace gates on April 30, 1975. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Ho Chi Minh City

    Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, legendary for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War.

    Private Vehicle
    Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi 1h30m 80km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour
    Cu Chi
    Take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels (if you're not claustrophobic). These tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.

    Private Vehicle
    Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City 1h30m 80km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Ho Chi Minh City

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 155-205 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. LUGGAGE

    There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 20 kg (40lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.



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