Vietnam Cultural Highlights 14D-13N - Indochina Travel

Vietnam Cultural Highlights 14D-13N


This itinerary brings you to the most-wanted destinations in Vietnam from North, Centre and South in two weeks. You will have a perfect view on Vietnam culture, history and yet still be able to enjoy the natural landscape and beauty Vietnam has to offer.


Arrive at Noibai Airport. You will be greeted by our guide and driver and transfer to hotel. Check in and have a restful overnight stay at the hotel.
Tour guide: English speaking guide
Meal: None


The full day tour takes you around Hanoi’s highlights sites including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his stilt house, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda. You also have chance to visit historic University – The Temple of Literature, that dates back to the 11th century; learn about Buddhist practices in a serene lakeside pagoda. Visit the famous Ethnology Museum. Back to the Old Quarter to walk through the narrow streets that were famous for its specialized craft making guilds, the guild streets are named for their product or location and still bear such names nowadays; and then join in an unique water puppet show that features the Viet folklores and culture. Overnight in Hanoi.
Tour guide: English speaking guide
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


After breakfast, depart from your hotel at 9.00. A big morning is in store today as you will experience an unforgettable visit to the scenic rural village of Tho Ha; discover the vestiges of an ancient miniature coffin-making village and rice paper producing town; board one of the few remaining ferries to cross Cau river and observe a sharing technique for making rice paper from your friendly locals. Return to Hanoi for lunch and balance of the day is at own leisure.
Tour guide: English Speaking Guide
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


At 08:00, you will leave Hanoi for Halong Bay after 3.5 hours drive and board a boat, enjoying lunch while cruise through the bay. The magical bay is home to thousands of limestone islands rising from the waves like dragons’ teeth. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board, you will enjoy cocktails or cooking classes while watching the sunset, before indulging in a lavish dinner onshore. Afterwards, you can choose to do anything from joining movie night, playing board games, or relaxing at the beauty spa before retiring for the night.
Tour guide: English speaking guide onboard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Wake up on the bay to the sounds of waves, fresh air and breeze welcoming the new day. After breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto then walk back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. The boat arrives at the harbor by 11.30am and your driver is waiting to take you back to Hanoi for dinner before heading to Lao Cai – Sapa by night train. Overnight is on train.
Tour guide: English speaking guide on board
Meal: Brunch, Dinner


Arrive at Lao Cai train station at around 6am. Pick up and transfer to hotel in Sapa ( 1 hour drive). Once in Sapa, have breakfast and check-in to your hotel (the early check-in is upon availability and hotel’s policy). Some free time is offered to explore the town by yourself. Afternoon is started by an enjoyable walking tour to the hill tribe village of Cat Cat, home to the H’mong minority peoples. You will have the opportunity to get cultural interaction with the families that live in the area before heading back to Sapa in the late afternoon. Overnight in Sapa.
Tour guide: English speaking guide
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Breakfast in hotel, you will explore Sapa daily wet market and then set out on our 3-4 hour trek down to Muong Hoa valley, travel though the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H’mong, and Dzay people. Amazing view from the walk with a lot of local hill tribes people on the way make your experiences here. Lunch is along the way at a local restaurant. Back to the main road where your vehicle is waiting to take you back to Sapa town. Free until transfer back to the train station around 5pm for night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
*If today is Tuesday, Thursday, Sat or Sunday, we will recommend to visit some of the most beautiful markets in North West Vietnam
Tour guide: English speaking guide
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


This morning, arrive at Hanoi Train station and see our driver who transfers you to the airport to catch the morning flight to Hue Airport. You are picked up by our guide and driver then transfer to your hotel in Hue. Check in and relax until our guide and driver come back to pick you up to a royal style dinner to show off the nice and sophisticated cuisine of Hue. Overnight at your hotel.
Tour guide: English speaking guide
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner


Breakfast in hotel and meet up with our local guide again to start a day exploring the charms of The Citadel in this former Imperial City with many well-preserved royal monuments in Hue. Board a dragon boat cruising the Huong River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda and then back to the car to visit the most famous Tu Duc’s tomb. In the afternoon, visit the Citadel, Forbidden Purple City and the Dong Ba Market. Overnight in Hue.
Tour guide: English speaking guide
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch


Follow by the ancient citadel is an ancient town – Hoian. After a rewarding drive through the scenic Ocean Clouds Mountain Pass (Hai Van pass) with a stop in Cham Museum and Marble Mountain in Danang, you will arrive to the well-known Hoian ancient town. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant then check in hotel and leisure time. Afternoon we take a walking tour into the Old Quarter to visit the Chinese Embassy Halls, Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Pagoda & Tan Ky House. Early evening will be free time for shopping or relax. Overnight in Hoi An.
Tour guide: English speaking guide
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 HOI AN – MY SON

After breakfast, you take the half day private tour to My Son – the sanctuary of Cham culture. You will walk into the ruins of ancient My Son holy land to recall the Champa people’s glory days dating from the 4th to the 13th century. Afternoon, balance your leisure time between lounging at the beach or happily emptying your wallet while browsing the world of handicrafts and souvenirs that Hoian has to offer or simply stroll along the riverside to get a feel for the olden days of the busy Faifo merchant port. Overnight in Hoi An.
Tour guide: English speaking guide
Meal: Breakfast


This morning, our driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer to airport for the morning flight to Saigon. On arrival, welcome by our guide and driver, then drive to downtown and check into your hotel. In the afternoon, we start our half-day city tour of Ho Chi Minh City including The Old Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Independence Hall, War Remnants Museum and the bustling Ben Thanh Market. Evening is at leisure and overnight in HCMC.
Tour guide: English speaking guide
Meal: Breakfast


After breakfast, we take a smooth ride to southern Saigon and reach the land that is home to friendly Mekong farmers and fishermen; walk across their lush orchards and sample a variety of seasonal tropical fruits; venture out in a small sampan and glide through the narrow canals and enjoy the tasty food of the Mekong, which is interestingly garnished and offered by these hospitable locals. Transfer back to Saigon in the afternoon.
*Itinerary is verified depending on which Mekong program you choose
Tour guide: English speaking guide
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch


This morning, enjoy a leisure breakfast and you may take a walk to the central Ben Thanh market area for some last minute shopping. Be packed and ready for your flight home or onward for an extension to Cambodia or Laos. End of services.

our clients’ reviews

KRConnor – Doha, Qatar
Reviewed May 20, 2015

My brother and I try to always ‘go local’ with companies when we travel. Experience has taught us that they simply have the ‘on the ground experience’ and after much research, I found the reviews for Indochina Voyages very encouraging. We are both well-seasoned travelers yet, only had one week available with the hope of seeing the highlights of Vietnam, as first time visitors.
So, with limited time on our hands we liaised with Tham, the Indochina Voyages Rep who was quite exceptional in her ability to quickly and effectively set up our day tours during our fast-track through this captivating country. Her proficiency in English, both written and spoken, made communication of our ideas and plans very easy.
Not be missed:
(1) A full day tour Hanoi’s highlight sites ending with a food on foot tour. Note: that they will keep ordering, as long as you can keep eating! (2) A luxury boat tour of Halong bay, which in my years of travelling has to be one of the most breath-taking experiences to date. (3) A day in the ancient town of Hoi An being led through the cooking process; visiting local vegetable growers by bicycle and then the market. This followed by our own cooking class before a guided tour on foot of the city. (4) Ho Chi Min (‘Saigon’) and the Chu Chi tunnels. Do not miss the ‘Saigon after dark experience’ as a passenger on a Vespa! Absolutely great fun! (5) Mekong Delta day cruise, where you will witness first-hand the traditional and sustainable life of the locals.

Felixlo – Bandung, Indonesia
Reviewed March 16, 2015

Me and my wife traveled to Vietnam with the help of Ms Quyen from Indochina vogayes in January 2015. We really couldn’t fault any of their service. Our guides in HCMC, Hoi An and Hanoi were excellent. We were also kept updated throughout our tour by Ms Quyen. She even spared her time to meet us and showed us around Hanoi’s best foodstall on our last night in Hanoi. She was also patient enough to attend to our changing requests. It was really a breeze from start to finish. Her choices of our accommodation and sightseeing places were also immaculate.
One more thing to note is that we really loved our guide in HCMC. His name is Tom. He is such a friendly and open person. He is always concerned about our tour satisfaction and he continually made sure that our needs were attended to. We even went to his house and learnt his family history.
This trip really is an enjoyable, professional and indeed unforgettable. Well done Indochina voyages. Keep up the good work. And btw, cannot wait for our next trip with them to Laos.

MichaelLee60 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed March 6, 2015

I have had my first encounter with Indo China Voyages since our first trip to Hanoi in 2010. Knowing little about the country and places of interest I sought out from Tripadviser who is a good and trustworthy travel agent – this I found Indo China Voyages very well praised for services and reasonable price. During my first personal trip the owner Tim personally liaised with us to plan out our trip. I was very impressed that he was the personal guide of President Carter when he visited. Overall it was an excellent arrangements and suggestions and what I like about Tim is he listens. In every trip there could be hiccups such as food not according to our liking which is hard for the travel consultant to phantom – one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Because he arranged great accommodation and nice clean and new SUV for our trip, I trusted him and engaged him for four more group trips of more than 10 persons each time – we chartered the Violet Cruise three times, went up to Sapa by deluxe overnite coach and trip to Danang, Hue and Hoi An. Each time we left to him to work out our itineraries and hotels. Many a times I had wanted to spend more on what I thought were better hotels but Tim was always very assuring that the cheaper hotels he recommended were better and yes, he was right. I always feel safe using Indo China Voyages because Tim is always on hand to make sure things go right even though we deal with his staff directly. I have often referred Indo China Voyages to clients and friends who expressed their gratitude for our recommendations.
Tim remembers well that I am a gourmet and therefore would not bundle food in our package so he ensured we were taken to some of the best restaurants in all our destinations, from the very simple stalls to 5 Stars hotels. Yes there are times where the guides could have performed better and I did tell him that and he took care of it immediately. I feel sad for some of the bad experience of traveller from Jersey but I am not sure whether is the question of perception and expectations because the West and Asia functions rather differently. As an Asian I am more accommodating perhaps because I understand how things work in Asia. We are still growing and learning and I am truly vouch that Tim is one such guy who listens and constantly improves. Yes I will continue to travel with him to other part of Indo China since they are the Indo China experts.

KittytheHare – Galway Ireland
Reviewed March 6, 2015

We travelled from Ireland all three of us in January 2015.
We were meet by our Guide Tuan and whisked away in private transport. We had arranged to visit North and South Vietnam especially the Mekong and Saigon also DeLath,where they grow lots of their fruit and vegetables.
We can only say that our accommodation, tours, expert english speaking entertaining guides, who provided us with bottled water and snacks, gave us a wonderful first visit to this wonderful country and its people. Our drivers were excellent and always punctual.
We also took internal domestic flights and all our tickets, accommodation and transport was arranged just as we wanted it – this was a holiday with no dissappointments, just perfect timing and wonderful service.
We also had a wonderful experience at an organic farm where we had a day at cookery school. This was just wonderful.
There is so much more to visit and see that we will be back. I have to say also that we priced other travel agencies and found that Indochina Voyages gave us the best options and also were agreeable to change our plans accordingly when we were in Vietnam.
We will be back………. hotel and bed & breakfast accommodation was perfect so to are the people. They work very hard to make every visitor welcome and how I long for the Chicken Noodle Soup.
We were very lucky to have a wondeful evening in a Vietnameese home with their home cooked food and entertainment. What a treat.

Trip Inclusive

• All private transfer and transportation.
• Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast
• Experienced local English / French speaking guide
• Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
• All sightseeing tickets
• Water and tissues on coach
• Services charges and government tax
• Dragon Boat in Hue
• Private double/twin cabin in Halong
• Boat trip in Mekong Delta
• Approval document for visa on arrival ( 1 month single entry)
• Train ticket to Lao Cai/ Sapa in return route

Trip Exclusive

• International flights & departures taxes
• Beverage
• Travel insurance
• Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
• Vietnam visa stamping fee.
• Others not mentioned above
• Compulsory dinner and peak season surcharges at hotel
Check in time: 02.00pm – Check out time: 12.00pm

*Special offer in Low Season from 1 May – 30 Sept is applied. Please contact us for more details.
*Price is based on minimum 2 people sharing 1 double/ twin room. Single Room Use is surcharged when 1 person occupy 1 room.




Price valid from 1 Jan, 2017  – 31 Dec, 2017 (per person in US dollar)
2 3 – 4 5 – 6 7 – 8 SRS
Superior 1,833 1,662 1,474 1,382 433
Deluxe 2,097 1,925 1,738 1,646 697
Luxury 2,437 2,267 2,079 1,987 1,038

* Special offer in Low Season from 1 May – 30 Sept is applied. Please contact us for more details.
* Price is based on minimum 2 people sharing 1 double/ twin room. Single Room Use is surcharged when 1 person occupy 1 room.

Category Price valid from 1 Jan 2016  – 31 Dec 2016 (per person in VND)
2 3 – 4 5 – 6 7 – 8 SRS
Superior 40.252.350 36.452.850 32.295.750 36.452.850 9.051.750
Deluxe 48.678.300 36.452.850 40.677.000 36.452.850 17.410.650
Luxury 56.322.000 36.452.850 48.320.700 36.452.850 25.054.350







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Deluxe (4*)



Luxury (5*)



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Liberty Central City Point – Deluxe Room


Rex – Premium Room




Moonlight – Deluxe City View room


Eldora Hotel – Deluxe Panorama Room


Indochine Palace  – Deluxe Room


Hoi An


Vinh Hung Emerald – Deluxe Pool View Room


Vinh Hung Resort – Superior Room


Almanity Hoi An – My Mind Room




Essence D’Orient Hotel – Deluxe Window Room


Boss Legend – Deluxe Room


Apricot Hotel- Sketch Room




V’Spirit Cruise – Deluxe Room


Treasure Junk – Superior Room


Dragon Legend – Deluxe Room




Bamboo Sapa Hotel – Superior room


U Sapa – Superior Room


Victoria Sapa Resort – Superior Room




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