Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
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Very Vietnam - 10 days

From charming Hanoi with its fading colonial architecture and national monuments, to the spellbinding scenery of Halong Bay and the steamy city of Saigon on the edge of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam is as colourful as it is diverse. See the very best of vibrant Vietnam in 10 captivating days!

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Hanoi - Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ancient Quarter
Hue - ancient citadel, Imperial Purple City, Royal Tombs, Thien Mu Pagoda and monastery
Saigon - ‘Pearl of the Orient!. Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office and War Remnants Museum
Cai Be waterways, cottage industries, mansion home and Dong Hoa Hiep Island
Halong Bay - UNESCO Listed region with thousands of beautiful limestone peaks and islets
Hoi An - UNESCO Listed ancient town, famed for its beautifully preserved old city, tailors, handicrafts markets and nearby beaches
Mekong Delta - a maze of waterways, fertile farm land and floating villages
Can Tho - lively market town in the Mekong Delta and nearby Cai Rang floating market

Included

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner
Economy class flight Danang - Saigon
Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration
Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 10
Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide
Visa approval letter (excl. stamping fee required upon arrival)
7 nights 4 star and special class hotels, 1 night deluxe junk boat and 1 overnight sleeper train (Junk boat: private cabin, Sleeper train: basic, 4 berth cabin)
Halong Bay Junk boat cruise - opt to swim, kayak and explore caves
Sampan boat trips in the Mekong Delta
Guided sightseeing - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta and Saigon
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa. Vietnam visa letter included - stamping fee required upon arrival
Entrance Fees: USD$30-40, paid in USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$40-50, paid in USD

Itinerary

Day 1

Hanoi

Saturday. Welcome to Hanoi, perhaps the most graceful, atmospheric and exotic capital city in Asia. Airport to hotel arrival transfer. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to explore the wide tree-lined avenues, beautiful lakes, ancient pagodas and the thriving historic old city, all easily navigated on foot.
Overnight: Hanoi

Day 2

Junk boat cruising, Halong Bay

Hanoi – Halong Bay. This morning a scenic drive leads us to the stunningly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Boarding our traditional wooden junk boat we cruise the emerald waters soaking up the panoramic vista of the thousand or so karst limestone islands that stud the bay.

Later opt for a refreshing swim in one of the many sheltered coves before taking row boats to the pristine 'Dark & Bright Lagoon'. Tonight, there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served.
Overnight: Halong Bay, Deluxe Junk Boat  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Hidden grottoes, Halong Bay

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional massage. After exploring a lofty grotto hidden beneath towering cliffs, we sail back to port.

Arriving to Hanoi mid-afternoon, an hour or so is spent exploring the quixotic web of streets, known as the ‘36 streets of the old quarter’. The motorbike-swarming narrow lanes are each named after various guilds of the city’s artisan who established themselves here centuries ago. There is Silver Street, Silk Street, Comb Street, Paper Street and more. The maze of rambling streets are framed by narrow front tube houses and we may have a chance to sample the exotic fruits, sizzling noodle dishes and delightfully sticky snacks being offered by the pavement vendors. Our tour of the area is undertaken by a quintessentially Vietnamese experience from aboard a cyclo (rickshaw).

A little time will be given to freshen up before boarding our train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to Hue.
Overnight: Sleeper train  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Imperial Hue

Upon arrival to Hue we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the 19th-century Nguyen empire capital. We visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city, whose 21m high tower has become something of a symbol for Hue and the citadel. Within the citadel is the Imperial Purple Palace, an exact copy of the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its impressive ramparts, formal moats and imperial palaces, some of which lay in ruin.

In the countryside lies the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings and here we’ll view the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. As the sun sets opt for a cruise in a long boat along the gentle Perfume River, beautifully illuminated at night.
Overnight: Hue  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Delightful Hoi An

Hue - Road of the Ocean Clouds - Hoi An. Today we take the scenic Hai Van Pass (Road of the Ocean Clouds), which offers magnificent views of beaches to one side and lush hills to the other. En route we stop for a walk along My Khe beach, a beautiful stretch of coastline which was nicknamed 'China Beach' by the Americans during the war and famously featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s movie ‘Apocalypse Now’. Perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea before continuing our journey south along the coast to Hoi An.

The charming, old-world trading port of Hoi An with its cobbled streets, traditional homes and tiny shop houses is a perfect place to lose yourself in a bygone era. Boutique restaurants, hip cafes along the waterfront, delightful craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors (whose services come at a nominal price), all can be found here.

On a short walking tour of the enchanting historical town, we’ll visit the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house, former merchants’ homes and the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge.
Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Village Life

A bicycle ride into the countryside leads us to Tra Que village. Here, we discover age old farming practices and learn about traditional medicine. It’s a hands-on experience today where we’ll assist with tending the fields and gardens and cooking lunch.
Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Hoi An - at leisure

A free day for you relax or further sightsee. You may wish to take a relaxing rowboat journey along the river or spend the day lazing by the beach or hotel pool. It’s also possible to take an optional excursion to the holiest and most evocative of Vietnam’s Cham sites - My Son, or to Quang Ngai, the site of the My Lai massacre memorial. The massacre was a significant turning point in the Vietnam War and the story is told through photo presentation on a walk through the village.
Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Cruising the Mekong

Hoi An - Saigon. Early morning flight to Saigon. Drive to the Mekong Delta. Often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the fertile Mekong Delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits, flowers and rice, as well as its fantastic views while boating along the canals. Taking our sampan from Vinh Long we’ll cruise downstream from Cai Be through the maze of waterways watching the hubbub of daily life on the river. Passing colourful trading boats, house boats and children swimming we stop to visit some of the local cottage industries that produce popcorn, coco candies and paper along the way. Lunch is served today in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island.
Overnight: Can Tho  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Mekong & Saigon

Can Tho - Saigon. Early today we visit the ever lively Cai Rang floating market. Watch as melons, pineapples, fresh greens, sacks of rice and children's toys get tossed from one sampan to another at great heights and speed before driving back to Saigon. Once called the Pearl of the Orient, modern Saigon is a thriving metropolis on the move. Sleek sky scrapers, gourmet restaurants, designer malls and swanky bars and spas are scattered between ancient pagodas, colonial era landmarks and lively street markets. Our walking tour of Saigon includes visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post office and the sombering War Remnants Museum. Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Saigon  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Saigon

Monday. Today is free for you to enjoy Saigon before your departure transfer to the airport. Opt for a relaxing foot massage, shop for souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market or visit the grand Independence Palace, with its secret bunker and military command centre beneath.

You could also extend your stay and join us on a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels Here you can go underground to explore the vast network of tunnels and hideouts used by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters, see booby traps, trap doors or test your skill with an AK 47 at the firing range.
Breakfast

Cu Chi Tunnels - go underground!

Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels - a vast underground network of tunnels and hideouts used by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters during the 1960’s. Often lead by a relative of a Viet Cong fighter in green fatigues you’ll walk the bush trails discovering grass covered trapdoors, ingenious, yet gruesome booby traps and hidden underwater entrances in rivers. There is also an opportunity to go underground and pop off a few rounds at the firing range. Our Cu Chi Tunnels bolt-on includes return transportation to and from Cu Chi, guided tour and 1 night accommodation in Saigon.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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We have special arrangements on this tour to attend the Full Moon Festival taking place in Hoi An. A small supplement applies. If you wish to travel on this date please refer to the 'Full Moon Festival, Hoi An' 10 day tour on our website.
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Post Tour Accommodation Saigon
USD $70
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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Sunway Hotel, Hanoi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This ambient, boutique hotel combines traditional appeal with modern pleasures. Rooms are furnished in a contemporary fashion with an array of amenities for added comfort. Its restaurant provides a great variety of Vietnamese cuisine and you are welcome to enjoy cocktails and live music in the Jazz Bar or relax in the hotel's health spa.

The Ann Hotel, Hanoi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

In the centre of Hanoi sits the contemporary and sophisticated The Ann hotel. Guest rooms are spacious and well appointed with delightful en suite facilities including bath and shower. The hotel boasts both a bar and restaurant. The swanky A lounge offers a wonderful selection of beverages and diners can enjoy the Onyx house for delicious local and international dishes on A la carte or buffet style. Our top tip is to head to the roof top pool for a refreshing dip and wonderful views across the city.

Bhaya Classic Junk Boat, Halong Bay

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Deluxe House Boat

This premier cruise boat offers 18 well appointed cabins with en suite amenities. Cabins are contemporary in design, whilst the finer touches have a distinct oriental influence. All cabins feature large windows creating a bright and airy atmosphere as well as scenic views. Facilities and services onboard include a dining room and bar, a sunbathing area on-deck, masseur and small library. This boat departs from the port of Halong City and plies its route through the karst peaks of Halong Bay during their journey and overnight stay on the water.

Syrena Junk Boat, Halong Bay

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Junk

A tradition hand crafted boat, the Syrena Junk Boat offers superb en suite air conditioned cabins with comfortable interiors and balconies. The on board Lotus Restaurant serves up a delicious array of Vietnamese and International cuisine. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the public areas. Swimming, kayaking and tai chi are all offered on board and movie nights are also very popular.

Mondial Hotel, Hue

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a 5 minute walk from the Ho Chi Minh museum, the Mondial Hotel is a contemporary hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms benefit from spacious interiors, comfortable beds and lots of mod-cons. There is complimentary Wi-Fi for guests, an outdoor pool and onsite spa - perfect for a re laxing massage. As well as the delicious Huong Xuan Restaurant there is also the Lobby Lounge - great for cocktails before dinner!

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort, Hoi An

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort offers luxury and gracious hospitality in a traditional Vietnamese environment right on the banks of the Thu Bon river with top notch facilities.

Thanh Binh Riverside hotel , Hoi An

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Boasting a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, the Thanh Binh Riverside offers excellent accommodation in a great loacation. Guest rooms benefit from garden or river views and all come full air-conditioned, with stunning hardwood floors and all mod-cons. The onsite restaurant offers a great selection of Vietnamese and International dishes and the town centre is just a mere 200m walk away. Why not grab a cocktail and relax by the pool in the afternoon - a great way to refresh yourself from the Vietnam heat.

Victoria Hotel Can Tho, Can Tho

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This attractive, colonial-style resort is tastefully decorated with well-appointed rooms and a wide range of facilities including a spa, tennis courts, open-air bar, restaurant and a gym. The hotel also offers sunrise and sunset cruises to the floating markets aboard the Lady Hau junk.

Iris Hotel, Can Tho

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This elegant hotel is housed within a modern building in the city of Can Tho. Each guest room comes equipped with plush furnishings to ensure a good night's sleep and is decorated with a neutral palate and calming tones. Rooms look over the city and boast a range of modern amenities such as air conditioning and stylish ensuite facilities. Magnificent views of the city can be had from the hotel's skybar while a range of gourmet local and international dishes can be sampled at the onsite restaurant. The accommodation is just a few kilometres from the Cai Rang floating market.

Northern Hotel, Saigon

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located in Saigon's central business district, the Northern Hotel offers comfortable and stylish accommodation. Guest rooms are contemporary in style and are decorated with warming tones and excellent en suite facilities. The onsite restaurant offers a variety of European and Asian dishes set on the mezzanine floor. The hotel also offers complimentary use of computers in the lobby and a fully equipped gym for those who wish keep fit whilst staying in the city.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.85 out of 5 based on 73 recent reviews

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Our tour guide Tuan was absolutely amazing. He was very knowledgeable, proactive, genuine and friendly. I cannot express how happy I was to have him as my tour guide. One of the kindest people I have ever met and made our trip a very memorable one. I will miss him deeply.

• Submitted 22 May 2017
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An excellent first tour for us. The highlight was our tour guide Tuan who was knowledgable, charismatic, friendly and very entertaining. He's a real asset to your company.

• Submitted 22 May 2017
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This was a fabulous tour. We covered so many different places in the 10 days. The accommodation was very good and at times exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide Hung was very knowledgeable about Vietnam and kept us informed at all times as to what we were doing the next day so that we were prepared. Hung went above and beyond in helping my sister when she was struggling and was continually checking that she was ok. We would love to see his wonderful work ethic and professionalism acknowledged by management.

• Submitted 12 May 2017
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Great tour. Had a fantastic time and learnt a lot. Hung was full of information and had a great sense of humour. Highly recommend the tour and guide. The organisation went without a hitch.

• Submitted 12 May 2017
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Hung was just awesome! He was knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming and heaps of fun. He looked after us fabulously. I would happily do a tour with Hung again any time. The trip itself was also excellent & gave us a great taste of Vietnam. From boats, trains, buses, bikes, walks... plus the food, I really cannot fault this tour at all.

• Submitted 11 May 2017
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This was a fabulous tour. We covered so many different places in the 10 days. The accommodation was very good and at times exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide Hung was very knowledgeable about Vietnam and kept us informed at all times as to what we were doing the next day so that we were prepared. Hung went above and beyond in helping my sister when she was struggling and was continually checking that she was ok. We would love to see his wonderful work ethic and professionalism acknowledged by management.

• Submitted 11 May 2017
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I've just got back from Vietnam which I absolutely loved. I had an amazing time there and couldn't rate the tour highly enough. I had very high expectations for Vietnam as everyone I know who has been has really enjoyed themselves but the trip didn't disappoint. We fitted everything I wanted to do in to a short space of time which was perfect for me as I have to fit my holidays in to my limited annual leave allowance! Hung, our guide, was friendly, funny and knowledgeable and provided us with interesting facts about the country together with anecdotes about his own life and childhood growing up there. All in all, a wonderful ten days and I am only sad that I couldn't have stayed longer!

• Submitted 09 May 2017
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Our ‘Very Vietnam’ tour with On the Go Tours was fantastic. Our guide (Ken) was the perfect tour guide. He was friendly, knowledgeable, funny, helpful and super organised. Everything was so well run and there was never a time when we had to wait unnecessarily for hotels, transport, entry etc. He was very accommodating and he knew that I had difficulty using stairs and getting on and off boats at times, but he was always there willing to lend a hand or to suggest an easier way. He made us all feel welcome in his country and created a good atmosphere and connection between the tour group members.

We had 23 people on our tour (which dropped down to 22 about halfway along) and it was a good mix of ages and nationalities. It was a good size group; you wouldn’t want any bigger than that I don’t think, otherwise you lose the bonding opportunities. The hotels chosen by On the Go were fabulous. Convenient locations; excellent amenities and very welcoming and helpful staff. We were actually very surprised by the standard because our expectations were not high before we left, as we didn’t really know what to expect in Vietnam in terms of accommodation.

The only element of the tour I didn’t enjoy was the 14hr overnight train trip from Hanoi to Hue (the on-board toilet facilities were awful and very unhygienic), however having said this the group made the most of it and I think it helped that we were all in the same boat (so to speak!). Plus, we knew what to expect before we boarded, so it wasn’t a total shock. It was part of the experience and will be remembered that’s for sure! Just a shame they don’t clean them…

The local operators used in each location were also great, and clearly On The Go tours have chosen some of the best. They were very welcoming; spoke enough English that we could communicate with them and were very organised.

All in all we were very impressed with On the Go and would definitely travel with them again. We gave them great ratings in our departure survey 

It is hard to pin-point just one ‘favourite’ location, however for me it would be Hoi An. I really loved it and it was so nice to spend 3 days in the one place so we could relax a bit; do some shopping (and some washing!). Dad and I both had clothes made in Hoi An (at Yaly Couture) and they were excellent! It was probably the most ‘touristy’ location of the trip but even then it was great to be able to enjoy our time with other travellers and to experience the city/town. I also loved our overnight stay on board the junk boat in Halong Bay. Such a peaceful, beautiful place.

The best part of the whole trip though was the food! Wow…it was incredible. Some of the best food I’ve had in my life. Dad and I both commented throughout the whole trip that it was getting better and better as we went. Dad was very impressed!

Our flights were ideal in timing and we had no complaints or problems. Thanks for your assistance here.

We would both highly recommend Vietnam and On the Go tours to anyone you have coming in to the store; especially people who want an Asian destination but don’t want the over-done Thailand or Bali. It is still un-touched by tourists in a lot of areas, and English is not widely spoken, but the country is beautiful; the people are welcoming and the culture is accessible and enjoyable. Crossing the roads as a pedestrian is CRAZY but we mastered it in our first day and were quite proud of ourselves. Hahaha. Traffic is certainly an eye-opener.

Haley and Greg Brunell • Submitted 08 May 2017

This 10 day tour was great. Fast paced but still had a couple of hours at the pool here and there and a nice day and half free to enjoy Hoi An or the beach on our own half way through the trip. The hotels were superb and the variety of Vietnam cuisine was a delightful surprise to us! Our tour guide Loc Nguyen was wonderful. Handled everything with ease and a smile. We loved your stories and jokes Loc! The group enjoyed great camaraderie, in part due to Loc making us 'feel' like a cohesive group. Not always sure how he did that but we've been on other tours that did not benefit from this atmosphere and saw Loc as making the difference. Highly recommend the tour in every way!

• Submitted 26 Apr 2017
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Our guide Taun was excellent from start to finish. He showed great leadership skills, very organised and professional. He knew everyone's names in the group and their likes and dislikes. He accommodated everything and treated everyone with great respect. His knowledge of Vietnam was impressive. The most important thing is that everything in the days went on time thanks to his immense organisational skills. He most certainly is our guide of the year. He kept us all entertained with his knowledge and great sense of humour during our long journeys.

• Submitted 12 Apr 2017
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Hanoi
Ends
Saigon
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 1
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1st March 2017

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Our tour guide Tuan was absolutely amazing. He was very knowledgeable, proactive, genuine and friendly. I cannot express how happy I was to have him as my tour guide. One of the kindest people I have ever met and made our trip a very memorable one. I will miss him deeply.

Danny Salvador