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From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

1. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

Discover the verdant beauty of the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh city. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan or bus and board a motorboat for a ride through islands on the Tien River. Enjoy a local lunch in an orchard and ride a rowboat under coconut trees on the Bao Dinh canal. Depart from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and head to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. Pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. Along the way, visit the Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta.  Go by motorized boat on the Tien River to the Qui (Tortoise islet). See the fishing port, boat-building workshops, and the Dragon, Phoenix, and Unicorn Islet. Walk into the village, where you can visit a local fruit garden and enjoy the tropical fruit while listening to Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by islanders. Join in the daily activities that the locals do and take in the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside.  Visit the bee house, and take a picture of the pythons. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. The boat cruise will lead you through the Bao Dinh canal, entering Ben Tre province — the land of coconuts. Here you'll see a typical agricultural model called "Garden – Pond – Cage” before visiting the coconut candy-making shop. Next, enjoy a rowing boat trip on the small canal, fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut trees. After your boat ride, take a bike ride around the island before returning to the bus.

From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

2. From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

Travel by air-conditioned bus from Hanoi to Tam Coc and ride a Sampan boat to impressive caves. Experience local life as you cycle through picturesque villages, explore ancient temples, and enjoy a Vietnamese lunch. Start your tour early with pickup at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter. Hop into the luxury van to visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh king Temple and Le king Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At midday, sit down for lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. Continue to Tam Coc and take the sampan go (traditional river boat) along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc's three caves. Head back to Tam Coc wharf, take your bicycle, and cycle around traditional villages and Tam Coc town. Visit Mua cave, which attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. In the evening, return Ha Noi.

Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

3. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

Discover, Ha Long Bay, known as the “Bay of Descending Dragons” an enchanting bay in the heart of Vietnam. Relax, soak in the scenery, and embrace the culture on this 2-day cruise. This cruise includes a visit to the Sung Sot Cave, the Biggest Cave in Halong Bay, learn about the UNESCO declared World Heritage area, and enjoy the stunning picturesque landscape. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Begin with a pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter between 8:00-8:30 AM. Set off towards Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Harbor by noon, before checking in. Next, your captain will welcome you aboard the cruise with a complimentary drink. Meet the crew for a brief introduction and go through safety guidelines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch, cruise along the Emerald Sea, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Later in the afternoon, you will visit the Sung Sot Cave, swim on Titop Island and embrace the views from the mountain peak. Soak in the sun on a deck chair, sip a cocktail or read a book as you enjoy relaxation. In the evening, gaze at the night sky, as you join the ship’s sunset party. Take a cooking class and master making fresh noodle rolls. Enjoy a delicious set dinner packed full of vibrant flavors. Join in karaoke, play games, or go fishing for squid, before you enjoy a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi Wake up, enjoy the beautiful sunrise on the sundeck, have breakfast, and admire the stunning views. Help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee if you like to kick start your day. Set sail past the magnificent landscapes, visit the Halong Bay Pearl Farm, and learn the history of pearls. Next, you will return to the ship, enjoy an afternoon dip or explore the bay yourself by kayak, the choice is yours. In the afternoon, enjoy a spot of lunch, and relax as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbor. You will then head back to Hanoi or your hotel, arriving back by 3:30 PM.

Ho Chi Minh: A O Show Ticket at Saigon Opera House

4. Ho Chi Minh: A O Show Ticket at Saigon Opera House

Learn about the vibrant culture and history of Vietnam at the iconic A O Show. The performance takes place within the beautiful surroundings of the historic Saigon Opera House, built in a European style. Enjoy humorous and sophisticated stories about rural Vietnamese and urban life. Admire a varied critically-acclaimed performance utilizing simple bamboo props, contemporary cirque acrobatics, and live folk music. Hear traditional Southern Vietnamese work songs played on traditional instruments. Enjoy an exciting spectacle that brings the rural and urban character of Vietnamese culture to life.

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay 2-Day Cruise with Meals

5. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay 2-Day Cruise with Meals

See the best of Halong Bay on this two-day guided cruise. Taste the local seafood and try your hand at cooking traditional dishes. Swim, kayak, fish, sunbathe, and more on this activity-filled adventure.  Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Start the day with a short cruise briefing and enjoy a welcome drink. Check in at your cabin.1:15 PM: Enjoy lunch with sampling of fresh regional seafood while cruising on the clear waters, passing Incense Burner Island, Fighting Cock islet, and Stone Dog.3:00 - 4:30 PM Kayak inside Luon Cave and visit Ti Top Island, or just relax on the boat’s sun-deck and take in the views of the bay. Join the sunset party and a cooking class, where you can learn how to make fresh and fried spring rolls with fish sauce.7:30 PM: Indulge in the set-menu dinner of Vietnamese and Asian foods. Afterwards, join a squid fishing outing with the crew. Cook the fresh squid with the cruise chef, play cards, or sing your heart out at karaoke.  Day 2: Halong Bay 6:30 AM: Enjoy the sunrise on the sundeck.7:00 AM: Take in the morning view of Halong Bay with a cup of tea or coffee over breakfast.8:00 - 8.30 AM: Transfer to daily boat from meeting point at Titop Island to explore Halong Bay in different sites.9:15 AM: Cruise to some of Halong Bay’s most untouched areas like Tortoise Islet and Man Head Islet.9:30 AM: Relax on the sun deck or inside the restaurant.10:15 AM: Enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch while cruising back to the pier.12:00 PM: End your trip in Hanoi.

Da Nang: Ba Na Hills Tour with Cable Car Ride

6. Da Nang: Ba Na Hills Tour with Cable Car Ride

Escape on Ba Na hills tour 8.00 Pick up at hotel in Da Nang and head out to Ba Na hills. Take Cable Car which gains 5 world scores to Ba Na hills station. Stop at By Night station to visit Vong Nguyet hills, Linh Ung pagoda, The Old Villas of French. Continue moving up by cable car to the Nui Chua Mountain – the top of Ba Na range, visiting Nginh Phong top, Le Nim Villas, Orchid Garden… Experience hill climbing train (first and unique funicular in Vietnam) and visit an old French cellar (Debay Ancient Wine Cellar), flower garden Le Jardin D’amour and Linh Ung Pagoda. You should not miss walking on the Golden Bridge amid the foggy hills of the mountain, enjoy the gorgeous view of Da Nang City. Have lunch at restaurant. Afternoon: Free for explore the French village or joining games in Fantasy Park – the third biggest indoor games zone in Vietnam with series of interesting games: 4 – 5D film, skiver, The death race, dinosaur park… (2 hours). 15:00 Return to Da Nang city along the Red Beach Bay. Stop at Central Specialties Super Market for Shopping. End the tour at your hotel.

Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

7. Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour.  After you’re picked up at hotels located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop halfway to take a short break or restroom. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier around midday and board the traditional cruise. You’ll be greeted on board and then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Have a chance to take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck of the boat. During the cruise, enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names, such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock (which is the symbol of Halong Bay). Then, head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO. Return to the Tuan Chau pier and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the early evening. Lunch menu:• Tomato/ cucumber salad• Fried potato• Steam shrimp• Fried eggs roll• Fried squid • Deep-fried seafood spring rolls• Fried chicken with mushroom• Steamed fish with tomato sauce• Fried vegetables (when in season)• Steamed rice• Fresh fruit• Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

8. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Book tickets in advance for the best seats for the show at your preferred timing. Skip the lines to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and experience one of Vietnam's most distinctive art forms live on stage.  See a unique art form that originates over 1,000 years ago in the Red River Delta. In the past, water puppetry showed the daily life of villagers such as farming, fishing and romance. Now, watch plays about ancient Vietnamese legends, myths and history. The world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi has its roots in an art form that dates back to the 11th century. The tradition of water puppet theater stems from a time when rice paddy fields were flooded and villagers would create entertainment by standing in the waist-deep water with the puppets performing over the water. Using large rods to support the puppets it appeared as if they were moving across the water with the puppeteers hidden behind a screen.

From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

9. From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

Enjoy a lesson in Vietnamese history on this day trip from Da Nang. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Hue, stopping at Hai Van Pass to explore some abandoned war bunkers. Upon arrival, head to the city's prime attraction, the Citadel. Wander through this vast complex containing the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Emperor's private residence, and learn more about Vietnam's last dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty. You will also discover other architectural masterpieces such as temples, pavilions, gardens, and the gates to the Imperial City. In the afternoon, stop for lunch to reenergize before enjoying a boat trip along the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery, and admire its iconic 7-story pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city.   From the monastery, head to the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, the final resting place of a Nguyen Emperor. Admire the tomb's unique architectural design and learn more about the many myths and legends that surround this controversial emperor before heading back to Da Nang.

Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

10. Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

One of the most stunning sights to see in Hoi An area is My Son, Viet Nam’s most important site of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountain ranges, My Son was named a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence

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What people are saying about Vietnam

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We had the pleasure of getting Mr. Tom or (mot) as our guide for Ba Na Hills. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable about sites and history of Vietnam but he also did so in a very engaging way. 11/10 would recommend him as a guide!

Great tour. Our guide was sweet, funny and knowledgeable. Cycling was relatively easy, although be careful in the sun. Lunch was great, and the stops to see the local crafts were really interesting. Very much recommended!

Really great tour, I got to see some super parts of the city that I almost certainly wouldn't have gone without a guide and the food everywhere was very good and came with a story.

May was Wonderful, Took me everywhere and Show me Beautiful places, told me about history of her Country and We had a lovely local food. Thank you so much

Had a great tour, our guide Phu was very knowledgeable and took time to tells us all we needed to know.