Highlights of Vietnam

  • days: 13
  • from $4,325

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Vietnam

Description

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Uncover the true highlights of Vietnam. Be captivated by the bustle of Hanoi, and cruise along the breathtaking Halong Bay. Wander the streets of charming Hoi An and observe life on the tributaries of the Mekong Delta.

Hanoi to Halong Bay

From the moment you arrive in the historic Vietnamese city of Hanoi, you’re truly immersed into traditions and culture. See both sides to Vietnamese life, as we explore the bustling city of Hanoi. Absolutely breathtaking, Halong Bay is a feast for the eyes, dotted with hundreds of rocky islands and outcrops. Sit back and relax, cruising around this natural wonder!

Traditional Experiences

Hoi An will beguile you with its charm. Wander the quaint streets, visit a traditional home and take an aromatic cooking class. We juxtapose this against the lively city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the largest in Vietnam. See the historic architecture and immerse yourself in the history of the Vietnam War. Traverse the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels – a base for the Viet Cong, where they remained undiscovered throughout the conflict.  Explore the Mekong Delta, enjoy a sampan cruise through the small canals and stop at a family-owned coconut processing business and a brick making factory. 

Itinerary until March 2020

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evening’s group welcome dinner. [D]

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Special Experience: A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we’ll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes.

Day 3. Hanoi

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Special Experience: Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains.

This afternoon our sightseeing highlights include the Presidential Palace, the beautiful Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. [B,L]

Day 4. Hanoi - Halong Bay

An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We’ll visit the flower market, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee.

We then travel to breathtaking Halong Bay, through the picturesque farming lands and rice paddies of the Red River Delta. Here we’ll board our overnight cruise. After lunch we’ll discover the mysterious Tien Ong Cave, one of the finest caves in Halong Bay, featuring stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations. We’ll be able to swim at an exclusive platform and witness a traditional cooking and fruit-carving demonstration. Relax with a sundowner this evening and enjoy the incredible views as the sun sets. You might also like to join the crew fishing for squid later this evening. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

This morning you might like to take part in a tai chi lesson on the sundeck or just sit back and relax as we cruise the waters and islets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. We'll explore Cua Van floating fishing village after breakfast. Return to Hanoi after brunch to fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. [B,Brunch]

Day 6. Hoi An

We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a historic, UNESCO Heritage-listed house. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels).

Day 7. Hoi An

The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this picturesque town at your own pace. Hoi An's centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, free from cars and a lovely area to explore on foot. [B]

Day 8. Hoi An - Saigon

This morning we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). In the afternoon we’ll take a walking tour of the bustling metropolis. Highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Opera House. We’ll also visit the Presidential Palace and the moving War Remnants Museum. [B]

Day 9. Saigon

Today we travel by boat to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels for a tour with a veteran guide. This network of tunnels served as a base for the Viet Cong and remained undiscovered during the Vietnam War. [B,L]

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Special Experience: Go off the beaten track to discover Saigon’s a-little-out-of-the-ordinary sights. We’ll visit the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, the Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street and the traditional French-style Fanny’s Ice Cream Parlour, Vietnam’s leading ice cream producer.

Day 10. Saigon - Mekong Delta

We make our way to the Mekong Delta to board our traditional-style cruise boat. We’ll observe life along the banks of the delta and hop on and off smaller boats on shore excursions, passing villages and rice paddies. Relax on board this evening with an aperitif as the sun sets. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Mekong Delta - Saigon

This morning we travel to Cai Rang by traditional sampan boat to experience all the action of the floating market - the liveliest market in the Mekong Delta. We’ll also witness rice-paper and coconut candy making, and visit a local farm and tropical fruit orchard. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner back in Saigon. [B,D]

Day 12. Depart Saigon

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 13. Arrive Australia

 

Walking Man

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Itinerary from April 2020

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evening’s group welcome dinner. 

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Special Experience: A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we’ll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes. [D]

Day 3. Hanoi

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Special Experience: Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains.

This afternoon we'll explore more of the city. Our sightseeing highlights include the Presidential Palace, the beautiful Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. [B,L]

Day 4. Hanoi - Halong Bay

We'll rise early this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We’ll visit the flower market, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee. 

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Embark Cruise: We then travel to the breathtaking Halong Bay, where we’ll board our overnight cruise boat. 

We'll enjoy lunch as the boat cruises towards the southeast of the bay. Here we'll depart for a kayaking excursion to Trinh Nu Cave, also known as 'Virgin Cave'. We’ll be able to swim at the cave's exclusive beach. Returning to the boat, we'll have the opportunity to relax with a sundowner, while admiring the incredible views. We can even join the crew fishing for squid later this evening. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

This morning you may like to take part in a tai chi lesson on the sundeck or just sit back and relax as we cruise the waters and islets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. We'll explore Sung Sot Cave after breakfast, the largest cave inside Halong Bay. 

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Disembark Cruise: After enjoying brunch back on board, we'll disembark and return to Hanoi, before flying to Danang and transferring to Hoi An. [B,Brunch]

Day 6. Hoi An

We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a historic, UNESCO World Heritage-listed house. 

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Special Experience: Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels). [B,D]

Day 7. Hoi An

Hoi An's centre is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, free from cars and a lovely area to explore on foot. Today is at leisure for you to enjoy this picturesque town at your own pace. [B]

Day 8. Hoi An - Saigon

This morning we fly to Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City.  

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Special Experience: Discover Saigon at night on a foodie tour by jeep. Pass by iconic sites including the Opera House, City Hall and Post Office and taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine as the locals do. [B,D]

Day 9. Saigon

Today we'll enjoy a half day tour of Saigon. We'll visit the moving War Remnants Museum and the Presidential Palace, which encapsulates a 1975 vibe. The palace has lush gardens, secret rooms and is filled with antique furniture. We'll then visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Opera House by foot. [B]

Day 10. Mekong Delta Excursion 

We explore the Ben Tre province in the Mekong region today, travelling along the tributaries and narrow canals in a traditional-style cruise boat. Observe daily life along the banks. We’ll stop at a family-owned coconut processing business and a brick making factory. We'll then cycle to a local rice noodle factory before enjoying lunch. Our cycling excursion then continues, as we visit Mr Sau Tuong, a former Viet Cong soldier who spent two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. [B,L]

Day 11. Saigon

Early this morning we'll travel by boat to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels for a tour with a veteran guide. This network of tunnels served as a base for the Viet Cong and remained undiscovered during the Vietnam War. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before our group farewell dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 12. Depart Saigon

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 13. Arrive Australia

 

Walking Man

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Vietnam. Taxes included
  • 2 economy-class flights within Vietnam
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $105pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 9 nights in 4-5 star hotels
  • 1 night on board a Vietnamese cruise boat on Halong Bay
  • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong Delta (until March 2020)
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 brunch,  4 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking locally based national guide
  • English-speaking local guide on board Mekong Cruise (until March 2020)

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Explore stately Hanoi & amazing Halong Bay       

  • Go Behind-The-Scenes at a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi.
  • Tour stately Hanoi including the Ho Chi Min Memorial, Hoan Kiem Lake and Old Quarter on foot.
  • Walk the Rail Tracks of Hanoi and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam's capital city! Meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life along the rail tracks.
  • Discover the city of Hanoi as it awakens, visiting the flower market, old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake before a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee.
  • Spend the night on beautiful Halong Bay on a Vietnamese Cruiseboat.

Heritage-listed Hoi An

  • Spend 3 nights in World Heritage-listed Hoi An and explore the town on foot, including the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, Culture & History Museum, the Chinese Assembly Hall of Fujien Chinese Community and an old historic house (UNESCO Site).
  • Cruise down Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School and learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes.

Saigon and the lively Mekong Delta       

  • Discover Saigon by night on a foodie tour. See iconic sites at night including: Opera House, City Hall and Post Office. Taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine as the locals do (from April 2020).
  • Tour bustling Saigon including the French-style Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Opera House, Reunification Palace and the very moving War Remnants Museum.
  • Enjoy an "A Little out of the Ordinary" tour of Saigon - a unique look at Saigon visiting the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street (Le Cong Kieu), Fanny's Ice Cream Parlour, the trendy boutiques and shops of Ton That Thiep Street (until March 2020).
  • Spend the night on the Mekong River, exploring the tributaries and canals while observing daily life along the banks (until March 2020).
  • Spend the day exploring the Mekong region, cruising the tributaries and narrow canals while observing daily life along the banks (from April 2020).
  • Visit the Cai Be Floating markets and walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek witnessing local houses, green orchards, ship building yards, the rural and water activities of the Mekong (until March 2020).
  • Visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnel complex north of Saigon, with a veteran guide. This elaborate 200 kilometre-long tunnel complex was built by the Viet Cong and never discovered during the Vietnam war.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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26/12/19 07/01/20   $4,525 On Request  
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20/02/20 03/03/20   $4,325 Guaranteed Departure book now
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18/03/21 30/03/21   $4,395 Available book now
Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing. Clients ex Adelaide and Sydney will require a night in Singapore at an additional cost, please contact our office for details.
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $105pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $270
Single supplement: from $850
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
Our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Please note, the below accommodation reflects the 2019 program. Accommodation listed is subject to change and should be used as a guide only. Every effort is made to avoid changes, however should it be necessary then accommodation of a similar standard will be confirmed.

Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi

Centrally located near the Old Quarter of Hanoi, the Silk Path Hotel is within walking distance to Hang Da Market, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Temple of Literature. The property offers contemporary guestrooms and modern facilities including a restaurant, terrace café, piano bar and premium bar, as well as a sauna and fitness centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Stellar - Aclass Cruises

Stellar cruise offers a one-of-a-kind experience aboard a traditional oriental-style boat. With crews providing excellent service throughout the length of your journey, it will make your vacation a truly unique and unforgettable experience. 

The cruise liner contains twenty-one spacious cabins, full of luxuries including a private en-suite bathroom. The cruise liner also boasts a large sundeck, elegant dining room, lounge bar, beauty spa and massage, along with other exciting entertainment.

Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa, Hoi An

The stunning 4-star Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa is centrally located between Cua Dai beach and the famous historic district of Hoi An. Immerse yourself in the authentic Vietnamese culture, gaze out over iconic rice fields or dine in one of the two delicious on-site restaurants.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities; swimming pool; fitness centre; spa

Hotel Equatorial, Ho Chi Minh City

This five star hotel is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, where the borders of the city’s four main district intersect. The city’s major commercial and entertainment area is only a mere 8-minute drive away. The hotel provides world-class facilities and services is the ideal choice while visiting Vietnam’s most vibrant and exciting city.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar;safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities; outdoor swimming pool. 

Le Cochinchine Cruise, Mekong Delta

Designed in a style reminiscent of the traditional sampans which have navigated the Mekong Flows, Le Cochinchine cruises the Mekong Delta while passengers can relax and witness the various landscapes of the Delta and the local daily life along the banks. Enjoy a welcome drink as you board before experiencing a variety of excursions along the way including floating markets, strolls in the countryside and of course, tasting fresh local cuisine on board.

Weather

Weather

Hanoi

Dry Season: November to February

Wet Season: March to September

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Dry Season: December to March

Wet Season: May to October

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Currency

Currency

Vietnamese Dong

The official currency of Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND; ₫).

  • 1 Vietnamese Dong = 100 Hào
  • Notes are in denominations of ₫500000, 20000, 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200 and 100
  • Coins are in denominations of ₫5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500 and 200

Please Note: USD is widely accepted throughout Vietnam. 

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

Reviews for Highlights of Vietnam

This tour has a rating of 4 stars based on 3 reviews.

Here's what others have had to say about this tour.

Highlights of Vietnam Loved the food and culture 5
Enjoyed the culture, the food, the people and our guide. I love getting involved in daily culture and being able to walk around the streets, buy food and sit with locals. Karen Swincer - May 2018
Highlights of Vietnam Great variety 4
Good level of sightseeing with a variety/diversity of activities included in the tour enhanced the experience of Vietnam. Martin Klavins - August 2018
Highlights of Vietnam Great experiences 4
We hadn't been to Vietnam before and knew we needed to visit on a tour. We preferred this tour as it was a small group. Our tour guide "Tiger" was terrific. His sense of humour definitely suited our group. His knowledge and passion were infectious. The variety of things we saw was fabulous. From the water puppets to Halong Bay. The tunnels and eating with the locals. Great experiences. Catorina Rawlins - May 2018

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Special Experiences!

  • A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we’ll enjoy an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the history and art behind water puppetry.
  • Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and meet the locals who have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains.
  • Visit a colourful local market in Hoi An before taking a short cruise (subject to water levels) along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class.
  • Discover Saigon at night on a foodie tour by jeep. Pass by iconic sites including the Opera House, City Hall and Post Office and taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine as the locals do.  

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, plane, cruise boat, longboat, sampan, jeep, riverboat, bicycle & motorised tuk tuk

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $105pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Go behind the scenes at one of the famous water puppet shows in Hanoi • Discover the many sides of Hanoi as the city awakens in the early morning • Cruise amongst the limestone islets of breathtaking Halong Bay • Wander the streets of charming, World Heritage-listed Hoi An • Visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnels complex • Cruise along the Mekong Delta

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This tour has a rating of 4 stars based on 3 reviews.