Vietnam Discovery
Da Lat Vietnam

Vietnam Discovery

Overview

Vietnam Discovery is an easy 15-day/14-night discovery tour of Vietnam following a less-traveled route from the South to the North with an in-depth look into the country natural beauty and culture.

We start every Saturday at the southern Cosmopolitan of Sai Gon (officially Ho Chi Minh City) and have a day getting lost in the exotic life of the Mekong River Delta. Then our journey brings us to the hidden gem for beach vacations at Mui Ne where we have a day relaxing on the fine white sand beach. We'll discover the mysterious Central Highlands from the romantic city of Da Lat to the serene coffee kingdom of Buon Ma Thuot where we'll have a tour of the local ethnic communities by elephant. We'll learn about the Central Region of Vietnam by touring the 2 World Heritate Sites of Hoi An Old Town and Hue Imperial Citadel. The discovery tour concludes in North Vietnam with the unreal beauty of Ha Long Bay and the laid-back life style atmospheric Ha Noi – the capital city of Vietnam.

The tour has a leisurely pace and with accommodation including 3 and 4-star hotels of best value and great amenities at each city. Some meals are included for the convenience of touring, while others are left for the travelers to try the local culinary delights.

"Vietnam Discovery is a off-the-tourist-track discovery tour and with the best value for money service!"


Day1    (Saturday)     Arrive in Sai Gon/Free at leisure (no meal)
Day2    (Sunday)     Sai Gon - Cai Be - Vinh Long – Sai Gon (B/L)
Day3    (Monday)     Sai Gon – Mui Ne/Free at leisure (B)
Day4    (Tuesday)     Mui Ne at leisure (B)
Day5    (Wednesday) Mui Ne Morning Free/Mui Ne – Da Lat (B)
Day6    (Thursday)     Da Lat Tour (B/L)
Day7    (Friday    )     Da Lat – Lak Lake/Elephant ride/Lak Lake -  Buon Ma Thuot (B/L/D) 
Day8    (Saturday)    Tour of Waterfalls/Buon Ma Thuot – Da Nang (VN 338: 1705-1815) - Hoi An (B/L/D) 
Day9    (Sunday)     Hoi An Morning Tour/Free Afternoon (B)
Day10    (Monday)     Hoi An Morning free/Hoi An – Da Nang Cham Museum – Hue (B)
Day11    (Tuesday)     Hue Tour (B/L)
Day12    (Wednesday) Hue – Ha Noi (VN 240: 0830 – 0940)/ Ha Noi City Tour (B/L)
Day13    (Thursday)     Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay Junk Cruise (B/L/D)
Day14    (Friday    )     Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi/Free at leisure (B/L)
Day15    (Saturday)     Depart Ha Noi (B)

Inclusions

  • English-speaking guide as per itinerary: no guide for free-at-leisure days;
  • Twin/Double-shared accommodation as indicated in the program;
  • Private car for all airport transfers and tours as indicated in the program;
  • Airfare for the flights within Vietnam as per itinerary;
  • Private boat cruise on the Mekong River (between Vinh Long – Cai Be) and the Perfume River in Hue as in the program;
  • Piroque trip on the Lak Lake in Buon Ma Thuot as per itinerary;
  • Elephant Riding in Buon Ma Thuot as per itinerary;
  • Private Twin/Double-shared cabin on a shared-junk cruise on Ha Long Bay as per itinerary;
  • Meals as indicated in the program ( B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • All admission fees during guided times in the program;

Exclusions

  • Insurance of any types;
  • Visa arrangements;
  • Early check-ins and late check-outs: check-in time: 14:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 A.M unless otherwise indicated by each hotel;
  • International airfares and airport taxes other than those mentioned as included above;
  • Drinks, laundry, bar or other personal expenses;
  • Others not clearly specified clearly in the inclusions;

Itinerary


Day1    (Saturday) Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (also called Sai Gon)/Free at leisure (no meal)
Private Tour Vietnam driver and tour guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day2   (Sunday) Sai Gon - Cai Be - Vinh Long – Sai Gon (B/L)
Today we’ll discover the exotic lifestyle of the communities who live on the mighty Mekong River. We travel through the heart of the verdant Mekong Delta to Cai Be for our boat trip to Vinh Long.
In Cai Be we will witness an exotic floating market with boats carrying loads of commodities for bartering. We can engage in the bargaining sessions with the local merchants for the fresh fruits of the region. Then we’ll move on to visit exotic occupations still carried out by the locals such as making dry young rice, making rice papers, making coconut candy. After that our tour brings us to an old house with traditional Vietnamese architecture and we’ll learn about agricultural works through the ancient tools used here in the past.
Lunch is served right in a bonsai garden amid trees and tranquility. After lunch, we’ll relax with some walking tours or cycling tours through the village to learn more about the local life. We’ll also sample a bonsai garden and visit a ceramics workshop before rejoining our car to travel back to Sai Gon. Overnight in Sai Gon.

Day3  (Monday)  Sai Gon – Mui Ne/Free at leisure (B)
08:00 A.M our driver and tour guide will call at your hotel for the trip to Phan Thiet – Mui Ne. The road trip offers spectacular scenery of green rubber plantations, green dragon fruit plantations, white sand beaches with swaying palm forests and red sand dunes. Arriving at Mui Ne in the afternoon, we'll check into our resort and enjoy free time for the rest of the day.
Overnight at Phan Thiet Mui Ne.

Day4    (Tuesday) Mui Ne at leisure (B)
Full day free at our own pace. Only accommodation with breakfast is included.
Overnight at Mui Ne.

Day5    (Wednesday) Mui Ne Morning Free/Mui Ne – Da Lat (B)
12:30 P.M We continue our journey along the blue ocean through the arid south central area of Vietnam to Da Lat. The 5-hour road trip offers verdant green coffee and tea plantations. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and enjoy free time at leisure. Overnight in Dalat.
Da Lat is a temperate climate city, famous for its scenic nature settings, the French Colonial Architecture, the pine hill forests dotted with lakes and waterfalls, ever-blossomed flowers and  green vegetables. Da Lat is the destination for Vietnamese artists and honeymooners.

Day6    (Thursday) Da Lat Tour (B/L)
This morning is for the panoramic view of the city. We drive out of Da Lat, through the stunning countryside to the foot of the Lang Biang Mountain. We’ll get a rocky jeep drive to the top of 2169m above sea level. From the top of Lang Biang Mountain, we can get the whole breathtaking view of Da Lat and the fresh surroundings. Then we’ll descend back to the city and enjoy a tour by cable car to the Tuyen Lam Lake. Then enjoy mid day break.

In the afternoon, we’ll have more exploration of Da Lat. We’ll visit the Valley of Love, Bao Dai Summer Palace, Hang Nga “Crazy House”, Central Market, the Old Railway Station, Linh Phuoc Pagoda.

Day7    (Frinday) Da Lat – Lak Lake/Elephant ride/Lak Lake -  Buon Ma Thuot (B/L/D) 
08:30 A.M Our tour guide and driver call at your hotel for the trip through the heart of the Central Highlands to Buon Ma Thuot Province – the capital of Vietnamese coffee. We'll make our way to the serene Lak Lake which is home to the Mnong Communities with untouched life-style for centuries.  At the Lak Lake, enjoy a tour of the lake on piroque to M'Lieng Village where our elephant is ready to assist you with a trip around the Mnong community. We'll dismount our elephant at Jun Village and take the car for the trip to Buon Ma Thuot City.
Overnight at Buon Ma Thuot.

Day8    (Saturday) Tour of Waterfalls/Buon Ma Thuot – Da Nang (VN 338: 1705-1815) - Hoi An (B/L/D) 
08:30 A.M We'll check out of the hotel to visit Dray Sap and Dray Nur Waterfalls, then travel back to town for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Ethnology Museum of to Buon Ma Thuot and Ako Dhong Village. Then we'll travel back to the city and have time to sample the best coffee of Vietnam at a local famous village of coffee.

15:00 Our team transfer you to Buon Ma Thuot Airport for the flight to Da Nang.
Arriving at Da Nang, welcomed by our tour guide and driver and transferred to Hoi An.
Overnight at Hoi An Old Town.

Day9    (Sunday) Hoi An Morning Tour/Free Afternoon (B)
In the morning, we’ll have an oriented walking tour of Hoi An ancient town which was busy with trade back a few centuries ago. Walking in the narrow streets flanked by old merchant houses we can imagine the hustling and bustling time when the town was filled up with merchants and goods from around the world. We’ll visit some old merchant houses, a Chinese Congregational Hall, Hoi An Museum, and the famous Japanese covered-bridge.
You have the afternoon free at leisure for relaxing on the beach or for checking the fine silk of the region. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day10 (Monday) Hoi An Morning free/Hoi An – Hue (B)
Enjoy the morning free at leisure.
13:00 P.M Our team call back at your resort and we'll travel through the scenic countryside of the Central Region of Vietnam to Hue Imperial City. We stop at the Lang Co Beach with fine white sand against the green mountain backdrop and the Hai Van Pass which offers 360 degrees of breathtaking mountain and sea.

Arriving in Hue, we'll check into the hotel and have free time for the remainder of the day. Overnight in Hue.

Hue was the capital city of Vietnam from 1802 - 1945. It is a charming imperial city with peaceful combination of the past and the present. The Perfume River bisects the city into the northern and southern parts. To the north is the ancient citadel surrounded by moats which was home to the royal court of Vietnam in the 19th century. Visiting the ancient citadel you can visit the Palace where the king lived, the quarter for the royal family and concubines, the royal library….The city is also famous for the royal tombs - the final resting place of the Nguyen Kings – unique in their architecture. Lots of damages during the war are still found in Hue.

Day11 (Tuesday) Hue Tour (B/L)
We start with a tour of Hue Imperical Citadel.
Then enjoy a cruise on the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb of King Tu Duc.

In the afternoon, continue our discovery to the royal tombs of King Khai Dinh and King Minh Mang. We’ll also visit the tranquil secluded Tu Hieu Pagoda and the Royal Arena.
Overnight in Hue.

Day12 (Wednesday) Hue – Ha Noi (VN 240: 0830 – 0940)/ Ha Noi City Tour (B/L)
We check out of the hotel and travel to Hue Airport for the flight to Ha Noi. Arriving at Ha Noi Airport, meet our our guide and travel to the city. Upon arrival at the city, we’ll tour the Temple of Literature and Ngoc Son Temple.

In the afternoon, we have a tour of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (from outside), the Presidential Palace, the One-Pillar Pagoda. Then we go to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at our own pace. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day13 (Thursday) Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay Junk Cruise (B/L/D)
We start at 0830 A.M for the 3 hour trip (170 km) through the Red River Delta, which offers plenty of photo opportunities of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy fields. At half way, we'll have a visit to a handicraft workshop with fine clothes, embroidered paintings, stone statuettes and all kinds of gems mined in Vietnam such as star rubies or sapphires... Our destination is the World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. The bay offers some 3000 mountain islands and islets towering in the Gulf of Tonkin in the East Vietnam Sea.

Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed on board our luxury junk and treated with wine and fresh local seafood. As our junk gliding further into the tranquility of Ha Long Bay amid the towering mountain cliffs and on the emerald green water, you'll have relaxing time combining the fine taste of the wine and the freshness of Ha Long Bay. During the cruise, we'll stop for visiting the amazing Sung Sot cave and the Ti Tov white sand beach before anchoring for the night. Overnight on board the junk in the wild of Ha Long Bay.

Day14 (Friday) Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi/Free at leisure (B/L)
After breakfast, we'll take a little sampan to visit a secret lagoon of Ha Long Bay while the surrounding mountains are just waking up. After that our cruise takes us further into the Bay of Bai Tu Long travelling past the Human Head Island, the Turtle Island, and the Duck Islet... to the studio site where the famous Indochine film was shot.

After the last feast on board for lunch, our junk travels back to the harbor for disembarkation at 12.00 A.M. We rejoin our bus and travel our way back to Ha Noi. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and enjoy free time to do you last shopping.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day15 (Saturday) Depart Ha Noi (B)
Enjoy free time at leisure until our driver comes back and transfers you to the airport for your departure. We trust you had a wonderful discovery tour of Vietnam with Private Tour Vietnam.

Trip photos

 

Saigon China Town
Tune in Vietnam with the funky Saigon, exotic traffic and the hectic China Town
 
 
 
Floating Market on the Mekong River
Have a full day to explore the exotic life on the Mekong River
 
 
 
Phan Thiet Mui Ne Beach
Have some time to worship the sun at the paradise for beach holidays of Phan Thiet Mui Ne
 
 
 
Xuan Huong Lake Da Lat
Getting romantic again in the Love Haven of Da Lat
 
 
 
 
Elephant at Buon Ma Thuot Lak Lake
Travel deeper into the Central Highlands to meet Brum and his elephant buddies at the serene Lak Lake
 
 
 
Buon Ma Thuot Dray Sap Waterfall
Have an opportunity to visit Dray Sap and Dray Nur Waterfalls at Buon Ma Thuot
 
 
 
 
Old Port Town of Hoi An
Traveling back in time to the Old Port Town of Hoi An with quaint atmosphere...
 
 
 
 
Hue Imperial Citadel
Have a discovery tour of Hue Imperial Citadel to learn about the royal family once in rein...
 
 
 
 
Hanoi Vietnam
Have a complete tour of the capital city of Ha Noi including a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
 
 
 
 
Halong Bay Vietnam
Get unwound on a luxurious junk cruise with overnight on board the junk in the wild of Ha Long Bay