Best of Vietnam

Trip Code


Departure Date



20 days



Maximum Seats


What's Included?

All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour


Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Hoi An, Hue, Ninh Binh, Cuc Phuong National Park, Halong Bay, Hanoi

Embark on a journey that commences in Ho Chi Minh City and concludes in Hanoi! The Best of Vietnam, an immersive 20-day cultural tour, will lead you through the vibrant streets of Ho Chi Minh City and traverse nine other captivating destinations across Vietnam. This comprehensive experience encompasses hotel accommodations, the guidance of a knowledgeable expert, delicious meals, seamless transportation, and much more.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Greetings! Welcome to the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Your exciting journey kicks off with a welcome meeting scheduled for 6 pm today. As this itinerary doesn't allocate much time for exploration in Ho Chi Minh City, consider arriving a day or two in advance to fully immerse yourself in the local attractions. Ho Chi Minh City exudes a vibrant atmosphere with a touch of French influence. Explore Pham Ngu Lao Street to witness the lively open-air market, pay a visit to Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, or enjoy the thrills of one of the amusement parks. Following the welcome meeting, you have the option to join your group for an optional meal at one of the city's delightful dining establishments.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 2

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

On the inaugural day of your journey, you will explore one of the pivotal landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City—the renowned Cu Chi Tunnels. These intricate tunnels served as a crucial asset for the Viet Cong during the protracted conflict against the Americans, playing a pivotal role in the Vietnamese triumph. Witness the remarkable ingenuity behind these perilous passageways. Later in the day, embark on a city tour that includes notable sites such as the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Opera House. A visit to the War Remnants Museum will provide a thought-provoking and enlightening insight into the Vietnam War, showcasing artifacts such as vintage military equipment, an F5A fighter, and a UH1-Huey helicopter.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 3

Day 3: Mekong Delta Homestay

Embark on a journey southward aboard a private minibus, covering approximately three hours to reach Cai Be. Upon arrival, you will board a boat to navigate the intricate waterways of the Mekong Delta, often hailed as 'the rice bowl' of Vietnam. This fertile delta serves as the primary region for cultivating rice, tropical fruits, and flowers that contribute to the nation's agricultural abundance. Disembark from the boat to explore an orchard and savor the flavors of tropical fruits. The cruise will then take you to visit local cottage industries, providing an intimate glimpse into the daily life and trades along the river. As the sun sets, you'll meander along one of the numerous canals to reach your homestay, where a delightful meal featuring local specialties awaits. While the accommodation for the night may be modest, the overall experience promises to be enriching.Accommodation: Homestay
Day 4

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City

Return to Ho Chi Minh City, a journey lasting approximately three hours, and take advantage of some leisure time for sightseeing. We suggest indulging in the city's diverse culinary scene, exploring its restaurants, and sampling the distinctive flavors that define Ho Chi Minh City's cuisine. In stark contrast to the northern regions of Vietnam, the local gastronomy here tends to be spicier, sweeter, and more diverse. If you're feeling adventurous, the city is dotted with numerous street food stalls offering a chance to savor bites of the authentic local fare.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 5

Day 5: Dalat

Following your exploration of Ho Chi Minh City, embark on a bus transfer to Dalat. Characterized by a temperate and cool climate in comparison to the rest of the country, Dalat has earned the moniker "City of Eternal Spring" due to the perpetual mists enveloping its nearby valleys throughout the year. This enchanting epithet extends to the city's remarkable architecture, exemplified by the Hang Na guesthouse—an expressionist masterpiece that looms like a molten stone obelisk over the verdant garden below. The area is adorned with charming structures and gardens influenced by Art Deco. Consider strolling through the streets to immerse yourself in the city's ambiance or seek out a café to enjoy a cup of artichoke tea, a local specialty.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 6

Day 6: Dalat

Dalat's refreshing climate not only offers a welcome respite from the coastal heat of Vietnam but also provides an ideal setting for cultivating an extensive array of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Dedicate an entire day to meandering through the serene gardens of this city, weaving through plantations adorned with robust vegetables, vibrant flowers, medicinal herbs, fragrant lavender, and succulent strawberries.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 7

Day 7: Phan Rang

Begin your day by journeying to the coastal town of Phan Rang via minibus, a trip that takes approximately 3 hours. Explore the nearby Po Klong Garai Cham Towers, an archaeological site dating back to the Middle Ages dedicated to the indigenous goddess. Delve into ancient traditions with a visit to Bau Truc, the oldest pottery village in Southeast Asia. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Feel free to consult your guide for restaurant suggestions to savor the outstanding local seafood.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 8

Day 8: Phan Rang / Overnight train

Embark on a day excursion to Vinh Hy Bay, an idyllic crescent-shaped harbor nestled between Phan Rang and Nha Trang. En route, pause at the Bau Nai fish market to witness the lively activity of fish being unloaded and locals briskly seeking the best deals. Proceed to a salt field, where the expansive salt fields of central Vietnam unfold in a breathtaking display of natural beauty. Observe workers raking and harvesting salt that has crystallized from the saline waters of Vietnam's coast, channeled inland into shallow fields. Visit another marvel of natural beauty, the moss-covered rock formations, and fossilized coral reefs of Hang Rai. Finally, reach Vinh Hy Bay, where ample time awaits for swimming and snorkeling in its warm, coral-rich waters. As evening falls, board an overnight train bound for Da Nang. While conditions on these trains may be basic, and hygiene standards could differ from what you are accustomed to at home, the overnight journey offers a unique opportunity to mingle with locals and optimize your time. Most trains feature a dining carriage serving straightforward meals, but we recommend stocking up on snacks before boarding.Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train
Day 9

Day 9: Hoi An

Commence your day with an early arrival and a bus transfer from Danang to Hoi An. Recently designated as a World Heritage site, Hoi An served as a prominent trading port with the West from the 15th to the 19th century. Today, meticulous restoration efforts have recreated its appearance precisely as it stood over a century ago, imparting an antiquated ambiance with myriad corners and alleyways waiting to be explored. The afternoon offers leisure time, and Hoi An stands as a veritable shopping paradise. Why not peruse the locally crafted paintings, woodwork, ceramics, and embroidery? The city is renowned for its skilled tailors, adept at working with exquisite fabrics at reasonable prices.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 10

Day 10: Hoi An

Indulge in another day of leisure in the charming town of Hoi An. Take the opportunity to admire the exquisite Chinese shophouses, immerse yourself in the vibrant local market, explore Cua Dai Beach, embark on a cycling adventure through the rice fields, or peruse the diverse array of art galleries.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 11

Day 11: Hue

Leave Hoi An and venture to the pristine My Khe Beach, where white sands meet azure waters. Continue your journey by traversing the breathtaking Hai Van Pass, making a brief stop at the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. Rejoin the minibus and proceed to Hue, with a total travel time of approximately five hours. Upon arrival in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, you'll encounter a city adorned with the treasures of the country's royal history—a unique blend of lively streets and serene surroundings. Your exploration here will focus on the Imperial Citadel, a fortress encompassing the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City within its walls. Ravaged during the Vietnam War, the remnants and craters left by bombs serve as poignant reminders of the conflict's destructive impact. During your free time, consider a visit to Dong Ba Market, a bustling hub offering locally crafted goods, fresh produce, and tempting street food. It's an excellent opportunity to sample specialties once enjoyed by Emperor Nguyen, such as the banh khoai royal rice cake.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 12

Day 12: Hue

Embark on today's journey on the back of a motorbike, accompanied by your designated driver. Your exploration begins with a scenic ride around the Imperial Citadel, followed by a visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda—an emblematic symbol of Hue with origins dating back to 1601, still functioning as an active Buddhist monastery. Here, you'll encounter the car left behind by a monk who self-immolated in protest against the mistreatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. Break up your sightseeing with a tranquil dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River, then resume your motorbike adventure to a unique lunch destination at a convent, where a delectable vegetarian feast awaits. Post-lunch, ride to the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, situated amidst a scenic landscape of lakes, frangipani bushes, and pine trees. The evening grants you the freedom to savor more local specialties.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 13

Day 13: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

This morning, board a minibus en route to the Vinh Moc Tunnels, which served as shelters during the Vietnam War for villagers seeking refuge from intense bombing. Inhabitants lived in an underground system spanning three levels, and you'll have the opportunity to explore the original tunnels. In the afternoon, proceed to a charming village located just outside the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Our accommodation here is nestled on a farm, with rooms situated in bungalows scattered across the property. Established as a 'farmstay' to contribute to the local town's economic growth through tourism, it has also embraced recycling and waste management initiatives.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 14

Day 14: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park / Overnight train

Explore the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park today, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for hosting the oldest known karst mountains in Asia and an expansive cave system. Your itinerary includes a visit to the Thien Duong Cave (Paradise Cave) and a scenic cruise up the Son River towards the Phong Cave. The sheer magnitude of the surroundings is truly awe-inspiring. Later in the afternoon, journey to Dong Hoi and board an overnight sleeper train bound for Hanoi, with the travel time lasting approximately 10 hours.Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train
Day 15

Day 15: Hanoi

Reach Hanoi in the early morning and proceed to your hotel. Renowned for its picturesque lakes, tree-lined boulevards, public parks, and the French-influenced Old Quarter, Vietnam's capital offers a charming blend of modern office structures, ancient Buddhist temples, and a maze of historic streets. As a burgeoning city in Southeast Asia, Hanoi showcases an appealing mix of the contemporary and the traditional. Later in the day, your itinerary includes a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, encompassing the One Pillar Pagoda and the Ho Chi Minh Museum.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 16

Day 16: Da Bac

Depart from Hanoi after breakfast at approximately 8 am and embark on a journey to Sung village, covering a distance of around 4 hours. Sung Village is home to about 70 families, with the majority belonging to the Dzao 'Tien' ethnic group. The primary sources of livelihood for the community are farming and forest plantations. Enjoy a homestay lunch upon arrival, followed by an introductory stroll around the village. After familiarizing yourself with the surroundings, embark on a brief trek (2 kilometers) to the enchanting Sung Cave and explore a tea plantation that has stood for a century. The trek involves some steep and slippery sections, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Following a handicraft workshop, return to your homestay for a refreshing shower and a delightful dinner.Accommodation: Homestay
Day 17

Day 17: Hanoi

In the morning, seize the opportunity to immerse yourself further in the Vietnamese highlands with a 10-kilometer trek from Sung Village to Da Bia. The initial 8 kilometers of the trek traverse mostly flat terrain along well-trodden buffalo tracks. The remaining 2 kilometers feature a gradual incline, with a section of approximately 300 meters incorporating some steps; nevertheless, the walk maintains a steady and relaxed pace. Along the hike, which passes through local villages and offers encounters with people from the Muong ethnic tribe, keep an eye out for the monumental stone atop Da Bia Mountain. Pause for lunch at Da Bia before embarking on a picturesque 1.5-hour boat cruise on the Hoa Binh hydropower reservoir. Upon reaching Thung Nai, transfer to Hanoi by bus (approximately 2 hours), arriving around 6 pm. The evening is yours to explore this charming city. Consider unwinding with a bia hoi (freshly brewed draught beer) at one of the microbars in the Old Quarter.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 18

Day 18: Halong Bay

Journey to Bai Chay Harbour, the gateway to the renowned UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay. The approximately four-hour drive leads you to the turquoise bay adorned with limestone outcrops. This picturesque area is replete with beaches and natural grottoes. Embark on a boat expedition through the limestone peaks and caves adorned with stalactites and stalagmites. You'll have the opportunity to swim or opt for a kayaking adventure on the bay. Spend the night aboard the boat beneath a sky adorned with starlight. The boat features twin-share cabins equipped with air-conditioning and private facilities. Additionally, there is a dining room and bar where you can savor the day's meals.Accommodation: Overnight boat
Day 19

Day 19: Hanoi

Arrive back in Hanoi in the mid-afternoon following an approximately four-hour drive. Delight in a water puppetry performance, an exclusive and traditional Vietnamese art form. Following the show, you may consider concluding your journey with an optional farewell dinner. Enjoy one last night in Hanoi before the trip concludes tomorrow.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 20

Day 20: Hanoi

The last day is free, and you can check out from the accommodation at your convenience. Hanoi offers a plethora of attractions and activities, making it worthwhile to extend your stay for a day or two. If you wish to prolong your visit, we can arrange additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). During any additional time, you might consider exploring Hanoi further through an Urban Adventure tour. Your trip leader will be available to help you book the tour of your preference. Explore the options at

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OptionPrivate TourSmall GroupHotel
 Standard2760 USD2360 USD3-star
Deluxe/Superior2960 USD2560 USD4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with Tourism Union Indochina an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .


* All nights hotel accommodation.
* Breakfast daily & All lunches & Dinners.
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
* Boat trips   and
Halong Bay.
* 2 domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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